Petals, ink. was founded in 2009 by 9-yr Austin resident Gretchen O'Neil. Her interest in floral design began in 2001 on a small Vermont farm tending a five acre field of annuals and perennials nestled deep in the Green Mountains. While she has since traded the mountains for a cityscape, her appreciation and sense of natural beauty remains a strong influence in her overall work. Austin offers up it's own bounty of inspiration--from sweeping, modern architecture to an eclectic culture full of possibilities.
Gretchen attended the Floral Design Institute in Portland, OR for formal training where she learned the invaluable techniques of structure and mechanics. She then set out to form a unique business model which combined her skills and interests, bringing something fresh and new to the Austin Floral scene. She decided it couldn't hurt to actually use that B.A. in creative writing, and that she might as well find a way to incorporate her love of photography in pursuit of the perfect career.
Choosing "Ink." is a play on words of the more commonly seen business name, "Inc."--- but more than that it is a way to bring another dimension to our client's experience by incorporating floral stories and photography into their wedding design. Our brides receive a unique keepsake: a portrait of their bouquet accompanied by a snappy write up chronicling the life and legends of a particular flower featured in their bouquet.
When she isn't knee deep in flowers, you can find Gretchen out running along Town Lake, enjoying all of Austin's fabulous food trucks, playing & dancing with her 7 year old daughter Aiwyn and their super dog Ruby, or working on the yard and house with her handy & handsome husband Ben.
Gretchen's enthusiasm for each season's offerings bring vitality to every wedding, event and occasion. You can expect attention to detail, flexibility, competitive pricing and fresh design. Contact Petals, ink. for your free consultation via Gretchen@petalsinkfloral.com or 512-203-0508. Thanks for stopping by our site!