My name is Cathy Teeters, and my business is Cathy Teeters Beautiful Weddings and Design Studio. As a second generation florist, I was raised in the flower shop, and I started my own business in 2001. We offer Wedding and Special Event flowers, as well as planning and coordinating services. I joined The Association of Bridal Consultants in 2000 with the intention of being a full planning and decor company. Our 1000 square foot studio is located on Lake Lemon, and is set up like a traditional flower shop, with a walk-in cooler, and it’s filled with rentals and decor that are available to our clients. Because our studio is at the same location as our home, I am truly living and working in my small business…it is very rewarding and I am thankful and proud of our success. We are going into our 18th year in business. It is sometimes challenging to separate family time and business, which is why after nearly eight years in business, I began blocking Sundays off for our family. I laugh now, because one of the reasons I wanted out of a retail flower shop was because I was tired of working eighty hour weeks in the flower shop at Valentine’s Day. Now, I know running your own business, is often filled with eighty hour weeks!
As I mentioned, I am a second-generation florist, so for me, the calling was natural. My dad was a florist and once told me, “Once a florist, always a florist.” My kids also have the creative gene. My daughter Caitlin, is a kitchen designer at Tommy D’s and my son Seth, has designed for Adidas, does marketing for a local company that has several businesses under their umbrella, and does video and photography for weddings. I was called to the planning and coordination after many years in the floral business and seeing a real need for a wedding planner or wedding coordinator. I saw firsthand too many moms running themselves to exhaustion on their daughter’s wedding day. Mom’s, brides, groom’s and family should be able to relax enjoy that very special day, not run a marathon!
I once had a bride’s mother tell me that we created an atmosphere where joy was possible. I was very moved by that, and it became my motto, “We create an atmosphere where joy is possible”. We create that atmosphere with our beautiful florals and design. We also create that atmosphere by allowing our clients to be a guest at their wedding. We want our audience to associate us with being knowledgeable, creative, patient, passionate, and having integrity.
The favorite thing I have ever created would be the florals for my daughter’s wedding, and then my son’s. They were very different stylistically, but the flowers were a true priority. I joked at my daughters wedding that we might run out of beer and wine, but aren’t the flowers spectacular?! (We of course, did not run out of beer or wine!). One of my favorite things to create is always the bride’s bouquet. I enjoy designing a special bouquet that is going to be carried by a woman on one of the most important days of her life. As often as I possibly can, I want to be the one to personally share that bouquet with the bride for the first time on her wedding day.
I met Alison at one of our Bloomington Wedding Professional group meetings. This is a group that I co-founded several years ago for just this purpose, to meet other professionals in the wedding business in our local area. It gives us an opportunity to network, as well as do site visits. Originally, our purpose was also to not only have the opportunity to network, but to socialize away from the busy wedding days that many of us work, but never have much of an opportunity to talk and get to know each other. I am very excited to do our first wedding at The Wilds Venue together! We have booked our first couple that is using this beautiful new venue.
To find out more about booking your wedding with Cathy and her talented company, please schedule an appointment with her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via phone at 812.327.9794!
All images courtesy Seth Teeters Photography and used with permission.