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Flower Girl NYC: A Day in The Life of a New York City Florist

Thursday, March 8th 2018


Last year, we met with Flower Girl NYC founder Denise Porcaro to walk us through a day in the life of a New York City florist. With a flair for effortless, wildy romantic and whimsical arrangements, it's no surprise she has worked with a host of fashionable clientele including Vogue and Chanel.

Denise took us through one of her favourite suppliers in the city and answered a few burning questions we had for her:

Can you tell us a bit about life as a florist in NYC?

There are a ton of florists in NYC these days but it was different when I started Flower Girl in 2004.  From what I have experienced most florists in NYC and in general tend to be an extension of themselves both as a creative as well as through their personality.  I grew up in NY so starting my business here was very comfortable for me as it is home.  NYC can be overwhelming to some so I think that juggling/multi-tasking, a fast pace nature, feeding off of this frenetic city, various cultures, amazing people and all that it has to offer is what makes floristry here in NY something a bit different than if we in a different part of the world perhaps.

What does a typical day looks like for you?

No day is really typical – as a small business owner, I wear many hats.  Days can consist of many different things depending on the week or season at hand.  I can be glued to my computer doing back end work and writing wedding proposals, processing through a sea of flowers at Flower Girl or taking a trip for a site-visit with a bride.  I like the balance and differentiation as it works different parts of my brain and keeps me involved with all aspects of the business.

Do you have any tricks or advice for our readers buying/styling blooms for their home?

I think the best advice that I can give would be to stay seasonal/local and not to overthink it.  You will get the most beautiful blooms of that particular season if you're buying when it is that flowers time to shine. Most of all have fun and enjoy the process – the fact that you are surrounding yourself with flowers which are quite a luxury means that you are already on the right track.

What difference do you wish to make with floral arrangements? 

I always hope that our flower arrangements touch people.  Whether it be a birthday arrangement or their wedding bouquet the idea is that the client feel that we fully understood what they were trying to express with the use of what Mother Nature has to offer us that particular time or season.

Can you tell us a bit about what is was like working for some of the most renowned fashion houses, such as Vogue and Chanel? 

Of course it has been an honour, and there have been some ‘pinch me’ moments over the years.  That being said, we do treat all of our clients with the same care and attention.  Whether Vogue with models and celebrities is having a dinner or someone is having a 30th Birthday party or bridal shower we really focus on personalizing to each clients needs.  With a wide array of flowers, colors, textures elements we listen to our clients and try to build something that is unique and personalized for them.

How can our brides break away from over done trends and where can they draw new inspiration from?

Staying true to who you are as a couple is most important.  There are so many awesome sites to create mood boards and get ideas from, however being sure to not get too swept up I think is good advice.  Your wedding should be a celebration of not only your love but also who you and your partner are as individuals and as a couple.  Be sure to not lose track of that and pull inspiration that tie it all together rather than focusing on trends - this will help you express yourselves best and remain timeless and beautiful.

How do you like to work with clients? 

I am a people person so I try to make clients feel comfortable from the start.  During the creative process I want to be sure they feel comfortable with me and my team, and so that something as fun as the flower element of an event never becomes a stress.  I always say to my brides, you can email me once a week if you feel a photo or something takes your attention that you want to share, or we can finalize details and then not talk much until we get closer to their wedding date. Everyone is different but I try to be flexible to each client’s needs.  Being comfortable and having the right chemistry however is the first step and sets the tone for a great working relationship.

What happens to the flowers after the wedding?

Being that we customize the flowers to each client specifically, the vases, flowers, candles, etc. all are included – therefore couples can gift the flowers to their friends and family, use them for brunch the following day, and/or reuse some of the vases and candles on their own tables as they start their new life together. I think it is a nice touch in years to come to say that was the vessel or candelabra that was at our wedding that is now sitting on your dining table.  There also happen to be many organizations these days in NY that will pick up the blooms and resell them and donate the revenue from the re-sale to a charity close to the couple’s heart.  This works especially if you can’t keep 50 vases for instance.  Either way there are a bunch of different options based on what works best for the couple.

What is the most memorable thing a customer has ever said to you?

There have truly been so many – I have been blessed with wonderful praise from our brides and customers.  Seeing the faces and expressions of clients is even more memorable than the words they have spoken or written to me.


Denise's work brings a whimsical and unique approach to floristy in the big city and this is just one of the many reasons why Flower Girl NYC is a Brand We Love. View more on The LANE or head to their website here

Behind the scenes: Hibiscus.

Monday, November 25th 2013

Maybe it's the fact that Summer is just around the corner and I'm dreaming of exotic island escapes, wild salty air, toussled hair and sun-kissed skin (aren't we all!) but I've been obsessing over the Hibiscus of late! I also love taking a flower that has received a bit of a bad name after having starred in a tacky beach wedding or two, and trying to find a fresh way to incorporate it into a wedding. (however you won't see me attempting this with the Gerbera!)

I love the lush, tropical vibe that the Hibiscus can infuse into a wedding with it's vibrant palette of coral, fuchsia and watermelon. For this shoot I wanted to blend effortless bohemia with the Summer island aesthetic that a Hibiscus evokes, and capture the flower styled in a beautifully raw, natural way. We kept the Hibiscus as our focal flower and blended Bougainvillaea, Russian Red Spray Roses, David Austin garden roses, Lilac, Alstroemeria, Lithianthus and Carnations to create beautiful garlands, bouquets, arm bands and anklets!

Cue a secluded beach location that looked perfectly rugged after a giant storm, the most divine sunset, bohemian lace gowns from Grace Loves Lace, our talented florist at The LANE, Alex Lorking-Tanner and the amazing eye of wedding photographer Brooke Adams to capture it all... and we had ourselves a pretty magical shoot!

Take a look at the full Hibiscus shoot in our Floral section of The Guide here.

Art Direction / Styling / Production:  Karissa Fanning / The LANE 

Photography: Brooke Adams
Hair + Makeup: Models own 
Floristry: Alex Lorking-Tanner
Model: Laura from Viviens Model Management

Dress Credits
Image 17: Grace Loves Lace: Vida dress
Image 18: Grace Loves Lace: Natalia dress

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Delivered with passion, A little bit too much.

Wednesday, October 2nd 2013

While most people enjoy the comfort of bed at 4am, florists are normally frantically running in and our of cool rooms, trying to secure the most sought after flowers from the markets. A lot of heartache, sweat and tears go into the stunning bunches of flowers you normally lust over at home. From the growers who slave away at their in-demand fields, to the couriers who rush from state to state to deliver wholesalers with the goods, it's not as luscious as the end result tends to look!

Prepping for today's shoot at The LANE, I'm up a few hours before sunrise to beat traffic & get to the markets. I make myself tea knowing not a single coffee shop will be open for my early morning wake up hit & shuffle out of the door. The drive is fairly smooth sailings & I'm daydreaming over the flowers I'm going to take home & love. Unfortunately & abruptly I drop our of wonderland & realise a burning sensations is growing on my lap, & my once full cup of tea has generously doused my legs!

Note to self: 1. Invest in a travellers cup.  2. Always pack a spare pair of shorts. You don't want the workers avoiding you after arriving to the markets 3 days in a row with saturated pants!

The fun begins when you walk into the hustle & bustle of market space & be sure not to blink, you might miss something. Including that really nice lady who saw you eyeing off the most fluffy bunch of hydrangeas you've ever seen. She snapped them up & they no longer exist. 

It's hard not to be happy when you're surrounded by pure bliss, but with the stress of weddings, your pre-ordered flowers not being everything you hoped them to be, or clients with high hopes, it's understandable that there's a little bit of tension. And competition running riot! After all, a happy customer means a happy florist. Luckily for me, I'm the outsider who doesn't have to get too involved, but that doesn't mean I don't notice the florists in the same stall as me fighting over who saw that pretty bunch of ranunculus first. You do know however that a little argument served their customers with passion. A little bit too much passion! 

These are a few of the beautiful flowers I picked up for our shoot at The LANE today. Look forward to sharing the finished shoot with you soon!

Alex x

(Floral Stylist at The LANE) 

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