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Meet Amy Yu

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amy Yu.

Hi Amy, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I’ve always loved flowers, and I was looking for a creative outlet—something I could immerse myself in that gave me joy. I took a floral design workshop, and shortly after that made a small wedding bouquet and boutonnière for a friend getting married. I’d make bouquets and flower arrangements for friends, and people loved my work and were incredibly encouraging and supportive. I started taking on more clients and had some great opportunities to showcase my take on floral design. I’m always grateful whenever a client puts their trust and faith in my creative vision.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I’d say struggles usually involve things that are out of your hands and maybe even come out of nowhere. Maybe a flower your client wants isn’t in season or a batch of flowers wilted overnight because the weather’s too hot. A couple of times, the wind knocked over some tall centerpieces and I had to start over from scratch (one of those times, the glass vase shattered, but luckily I had another one that I could use). Struggles and stress come with anything in life, so you just gotta roll with the punches.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I’m a floral designer who loves to work with different colors and textures while making unique flower arrangements. I like doing small weddings (a lot of my past clients had City Hall weddings), and I love that I get to play a small but beautiful part in their special day. In addition to wedding bouquets and boutonnières, clients reached out to me because they like the flower crowns I make. I like trying new things for events as well—I got to do a few floral arrangements and small installments for local storefronts, and I’m glad that I got to be an exhibitor at Filoli’s annual flower show one year. That was super fun.

Any advice for finding a mentor or networking in general?
In this day and age, it’s so easy to learn things on YouTube or to reach out to a teacher you admire online. (Once, I reached out to a floral designer I admired on Instagram to see if she had time to do a private workshop with me while I was visiting London. I loved learning from her, and I’m so grateful for that memorable experience.) I save or pin things for inspiration all the time. It’s wonderful to be able to have so many resources as starting points.

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