Brad Austin's passion for flowers started long before he gained recognition as one of L.A.'s leading floral designers.
"As a child, I would gather flowers from the garden and give them to the neighbors," Brad says. "I realized later that they loved the bouquets, but were far more pleased if I didn't pull the flowers from their own gardens."
Brad went on to become a Horticulturist with a degree from the University of Illinois. His unique creativity and organizational savvy soon earned him acclaim within the entertainment industry, where he has worked on over 80 films and TV shows. He was also part of a team that won four Daytime Emmys for set decoration.
Brad's special satisfaction, however, comes from his wedding, party and event work.
"I enjoy the gratification of being a part of families' most important life events," Brad notes. "It's more than a job to me, which is why I find it so important to personally get to know my clients, to understand their vision and, ultimately, to provide an unforgettable memory."
To fulfill this goal, Brad meets with his clients at the beginning of the process to discuss their ideas, the feeling they want to create, and their likes and dislikes. He creates hand-drawn renderings of the centerpiece, then arranges an entire actual table around the arrangement.
"It is a great help to clients to be able to envision the event. I can also coordinate all the dozens of other things that reflect the style, like linens, lounge rentals, favors, music, photographers, etc.," explains Brad. "In other words, I can be involved as much as the client desires."
"Throughout my life and in my work, I've always been seduced by color. Whether it’s gracious, stunning whites for a timelessly elegant ceremony, or seasonally inspired color for a joyous, vibrant affair, it’s thrilling to use nature’s hues to create the mood for a once-in-a-lifetime occasion."
When Brad isn't busy creating exquisite arrangements for his clients, he designs gardens, studies photography, and enjoys botanical illustration. "I have always been amazed at how the natural world works, how the smallest detail interconnects with everything around it," Brad says. "My enthusiasm for nature is infused into my work. It is my calling, and it is apparent in everything I do."