Q & A with Makini Regal Designs




Tell us a bit about yourself and when you first became interested in becoming a Floral Designer… what/who inspires you?

Both my grandmothers are avid gardeners and flower enthusiasts, so I always appreciated the beauty of flowers. Watching them tend to their gardens with such affection made me appreciate their fragility and my interest in flowers bloomed into a passion. A desire to learn coupled with a great respect for floral artistry inspired me to enroll in a floral design program. Upon completion, I relinquished my tenure as a Senior Analyst for a Management Consulting firm and launched Makini Regal Designs, a boutique floral and event design company.


What is your favorite flower?

It’s so hard to choose and varies often! Orchids are a staple in every corner of my home. They have a simplistic beauty that makes them such a great statement piece. I am especially fond of Phalaenopsis and Cymbidums and use them in my designs as often as I can. Peonies are also another favorite and make exquisite, fragrant bouquets. Ranunculi are lush, happy and add a touch of gaiety to every occasion.


Where do you get inspiration for your floral designs?

My Brooklyn upbringing and Trinidadian roots are deeply woven into me and inspire everything I do. I also find inspiration daily, from nature, to fashion to colors and textures. My design process, however, is organic – I don’t always fully conceptualize the pieces until I arrive at the flower market, right before an event. Once I choose my primary bloom everything else falls into place, almost magically. I approach each design with an open mind and a fresh approach and try to incorporate even the smallest of detail that will compliment each, unique event.


How would you describe your style?

Makini Regal Designs fuses both classical and contemporary elements with just a touch of whimsy. The result is a unique design suitable for any event, from traditional to avant-garde. We take the needs of our clients very seriously and strive very hard to conceptualize their style and ideas and deliver a stunning final product.


What advice would you offer to brides looking for a great florist for their wedding day?

 Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life, so every detail has to be perfectly executed. Flowers play such a huge part of your wedding decor so it is important that you choose someone who understands design and can execute your vision. Be prepared for your consultation. Photos of your wedding dress, swatches of your table linen and magazine clippings of your favorite designs can all be helpful in understanding your wedding style. The more information that you can provide your floral designer, the easier it will be for them to create floral artistry that will be sure to wow you and your guests.


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How to Choose the PERFECT Centerpiece!

Whether you are having a wedding, bridal shower, birthday celebration or corporate function centerpiece is a very important aspect. Centerpieces help tie together the entire décor of the.

Here are some tips on choosing centerpieces:

1. Numbers! If you are using more than one item in the centerpiece go with odd numbers it is eye catching.

Odd # Centerpiece

2. Layer! Positioning is everything.


3. Height! Creates great visual!


4. Space! Do not over crowd your table with favors, place cards, formal place settings. Make sure you have room for the centerpiece.

Table 4

5. Venue! Make sure you are aware of ALL the restrictions of your venue.


6. Setting! Take into consideration your environment. Surrounding and temperature is key.


Centerpieces add a special touch to an event. Be sure to think your ideas through in order to have an event that is a vision of excellence.

Q & A with A Floral Story

A Floral Story is a full-service floral design company based out of Lindenwold, New Jersey servicing the greater Tri-State Area. We offer custom floral design for all size and type events – weddings, parties, sweet 16s, funerals, and more.

Owner & Lead Designer Carolyn and daughter Annie,

Tell us a bit about yourself and when you first became interested in becoming a Florist… what/who inspires you?

My mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother have always loved and appreciated flowers and I just grew up watching my mom working tirelessly in her garden. Each of them always spent countless hours maintaining their gardens, which were full of wild flowers and had a natural feel. I suppose I just grew up with that same appreciation having been around such talented women with such green thumbs! Later in life Ion one of my frequent visits to Longwood Gardens in Kenneth Square, PA I instinctively decided to enroll in floral design classes, more out of the desire to work with botanicals and flowers than as a career. I loved what I did so much, here I am today!

What is your favorite flower?

Currently my favorite flower is the dahilia. They come in so many vibrant colors and are very versatile in wedding work – pinks and purples for spring weddings, burnt orange and burgundy for fall and creamy white for winter weddings. They are less traditional that the familiar rose, and lily and just add a beautiful unexpected touch to every arrangement.

Where do you get inspiration for your floral designs?

I get my inspiration from the bride. I really listen to her “vision” and then try to translate that as best I can with the flowers. I love creating non-traditional, almost whimsical designs, ones that truly mimic the themes and ideas a bride desires.

How would you describe your style?

I would describe my style as asymmetrical and artistic, deriving from my art background – I was a design major at Moore College of Art in Philadelphia. I like to treat my work as individual pieces of art – each is unique and aims to convey a message or idea. I also often incorporate different mediums into the floral designs for extra details, anything to break the traditional mold of “flower arrangements” and offer a new take on floral design. What advice would you offer to brides looking for an amazing florist for their wedding day?

A bride’s vision of her “big day” will never become a reality unless the vendors hired truly understand and share that vision and can use their expertise to translate those ideas into their work. Bride’s should hire a florist who is willing and able to comprehend a bride’s conceptual ideas and use floral design to express them. If a florist seems unwilling to think outside the box with their designs, is dismissive of a bride’s ideas, or pushes a bride into a pre-designated “wedding package” – stay away! Every wedding is an entirely unique event and the creative designs that help make it such should be too.