"Life is the flower for which love is the honey." - Victor Hugo

You could say that Petals, ink. is a pursuit of happiness.

The first wedding flowers I designed were our own. A bright, happy, unforgettable mix of gardener favorites like Sweet Peas, Zinnias, and Salpiglossis grown on a small Vermont farm I helped tend. The year was 2003, and I was always busy creating something–hand bound journals with stitched seams or fresh soaps and lotions wrapped in handmade paper labels.  I knit scarves and rolled from-scratch dough for pot luck pies, and loved nothing more than making bouquets of farm grown flowers for market.  What I didn’t know then, was that all the seeds for a creative career were being planted.  In the years that followed we ‘d pack up our belongings and drive cross-country to this little city called Austin.  We’d buy a fixer-upper, get a dog, start a family, get another dog.  And while I’ve always done meaningful work throughout my life, from the non-profit sector to education, there was always this insatiable itch to create.

People often say, “Do what you love.” I took that sentiment and made a business & a lifestyle out of it. Petals, ink. launched in 2009 as a way to incorporate all my passions– flowers and plants, design, photography, and writing. It has since grown and evolved over the past seven years into a bustling, artistic enterprise recognized in the wedding industry as a provider of fabulously unique florals, and dreamy customer service.  In recent years we’ve been carving out a name for ourselves as dynamic flower growers, offering sustainably grown and unusual flower varieties to our lucky clients.  In June of 2015 our dream of expanding that endeavor serendipitously came about with the purchase of  a 7 acre parcel of Texas Backland Prairie we named Grassdale.

All in all, we are a quaint, family & friends business.  My husband Ben built our amazing studio space and takes the lead on custom construction of ceremony arches and chuppahs, and most recently– the first greenhouse at Grassdale!  His ten years as Director of Construction at Austin Habitat for Humanity provided an invaluable skill set to both build and lead crews. (He makes a nice boutineer too!).

Lennie King is our Admin Extraordinaire. Having owned a cupcake bakery in Atlanta and managed a local bakery here in Austin, she knows how important your big day is. She takes care of all the little details so you can sit back and relax on your wedding day!  She keeps all of us at the studio organized, manages special projects and is the master of all the back-end parts of running a small business.

Emily Eargle is our studio manager.  With a background in non-profit work, a love of flowers and organization, Emily joined us in the Fall of 2016 and has been running the show at the studio.  She has her hands in all aspects of making an event happen from prepping glassware, to making gorgeous boutonnières, to delivering and setting up the event.

Lyda Cherie is our Farm manager.  With a background in landscape design, and a vast knowledge of native plants, as well as the ability to throw a fifty pound bag of compost over her shoulder like a pillow, Lyda tackles day to day harvesting, planting, greenhouse management and farm flower marketing.

My ten year old daughter, Aiwyn, never met a tulip she didn’t like.  She can sometimes be convinced to help in the gardens and with deliveries, but her love of singing and dancing, along with her dog Foxy, and two donkeys Burrito and Chula take up most of her time…..

Aiwyn in the garden.

Aiwyn in the garden.