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Meet Maria De la Paz of Lolo Creations in Inland Empire – Corona

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maria De la Paz.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Lolo Creations began out of a longing for independence and creativity. I am Maria or Lolo as known by family and friends, and now by our community. Creating things with my hands has always been something that makes me happy. After surviving breast cancer, I knew life was too short to not go after what brought me joy. If I’m honest, you never truly survive cancer, the physical and emotional scars stick around forever. However, I wanted to surround myself with people and activities that took away some of that pain. I began creating home decor and then switched to natural flowers out of mere coincidence. It was not planned, it just happened. I was scared to try natural flowers because I had the worst green thumb. I was the type of person that overwatered succulents. That didn’t stop me. I was determined and persistent. I took classes and learned from other florists, videos and anything I could get my hands on. Next thing I know, creating florals for brides on their wedding day was my calling. The pure happiness and hope for a bright future in a bride’s eyes fill me with excitement. The late nights before a wedding are so worth it after seeing the bride’s reaction when I deliver the bouquet of her dreams.

I still remember my first client, Rosita. Thanks to her, I was able to design my first big event. To this day, I thank her for trusting me and giving me the opportunity to show what I was capable of. Lolo Creations continues to exist thanks to people like Rosita.

Lolo Creations grew and with it my need for help. My thick accent, shyness and heavy lifting of the florals quickly became hurdles. Those beautiful stems are much heavier than people think. Being a florist is tough work, physically and mentally. I was exhausted and in pain, not to mention stressed out. My daughter, Julia jumped in to help me with marketing and clients. She juggles a full-time job at a crisis center helping survivors of domestic and sexual violence and leads the marketing and logistics for Lolo Creations. To say she works hard is an understatement. My daughter Diana, my second child, can also be spotted helping us design on event days. She is a natural-born artist and has the kindest of hearts.

Lolo Creations is a full family effort. Without the support of my husband, Esteban, and youngest sons, Esteban Jr, and Adrian, I wouldn’t have the strength and motivation to do what I do. I give my absolute all into every single occasion and can do so thanks to them.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As a proud immigrant, I quickly learned how to turn obstacles into opportunities as a form of survival.

Have there been obstacles? Yes, absolutely. Everything you can imagine. Anything from learning how to care for florals to accounting. That’s the beauty behind independence. Being a small business owner means that your hustle is your reward. The good, bad, ugly and wins are all part of the beautiful mess of having something to call your own.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Our purpose is to design florals so beautiful that they brighten someone’s day. We specialize in weddings and special events like showers and even quinces. However, no occasion is too small, all are worth celebrating.

We continue to grow and find our own voice. Our roots and culture are a big contributor to our work ethic and customer service. We may not be the biggest in the industry but you can expect our all in every single event and occasion.

I am so proud of the quality of florals we use and the nurturing care we have with all our designs. As a mother-daughter team, I am over the moon to be able to share my craft with my girls. When someone books our services, they are booking a whole family of dedicated individuals working hard to make their vision come true.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up was an adventure. I grew up in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico with traditional, strict parents. As the oldest of four and a woman, I learned to carry a lot of responsibility very quickly. There is not a problem I can’t solve and move quickly. That comes in handy in our industry as you constantly improvise so that at the end of the day, everything looks flawless and beautiful.

I have always been shy, especially as a kid, but never shy of a desire to grow and thrive. I do what I have to do to and get things done.

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