Many florists' biographies begin with their beautiful childhood stories of being surrounded by flowers or working in a flower shop. But, growing up in Ukraine, there was no profession as a florist. There were flower markets with mostly local flowers but nothing was designed. Looking back, I often bought flowers for friends' birthdays - using my love for creativity to make them look as beautiful as possible.
When I turned 21 I had an opportunity to come to America by winning a green card and I was excited to continue with the business degree that I had started in Ukraine. As I was looking for a part-time job to improve my English and to get on my feet financially, a friend suggested trying a flower shop as a creative outlet before heading into the corporate world. After a short time, I absolutely fell in love with the world of flowers, weddings and events.
Two years later Romance of Flowers was born as a small home-based business specializing in beautiful flowers for weddings. Almost two decades later, we grew from our humble beginnings in a small laundry room, to an award-winning, trend setting, floral and event design company, Victoria Clausen Floral Events. We are not just bringing beautiful transformations to weddings, but also creating unforgettable parties, intimate celebrations and producing or supplying flowers to corporate events across Eastern Coast and beyond.
Since the very start, I have been totally taken by the idea of making each and every wedding as unique as the client themselves. Each event is in opportunity to tell a story and share the beauty of a client's personality or the unique message for a corporate function. It's the biggest thrill for me to have clients come in with loads of Pinterest boards or even having no idea what they want and working with them closely to come up with a vision. I thrive on making the plans to bring magic on each wedding day to make it better than their biggest hopes and dreams. I sure hope that we will have the honor of telling you a story as well!
I can truly say that I am one of those super super lucky people who loves what they do. I get up every morning with excitement for the new week, new clients, new events in new creative challenges and opportunities. When I'm not sketching pretty visions or dreaming of amazing ideas with clients and planners, playing knee-deep in flowers or keeping up with my two active boys, I absolutely love to travel and explore cultures. Being inspired by colors and textures is the best creative food for my soul.
Kelly came to VCFE over 10 years ago after a 15 year career working as a set dresser/prop stylist in the film/television business. The "jack-of-all-trades" mentality she picked up on set carried over in to her work as an event and floral designer with VCFE, as she is just as often seen with a drill as she is with clippers. Christmas is a year-round affair for this glitter-covered girl who heads up the holiday installations for the company.
The mother of 2 boys can usually be found sitting on the sidelines at a sporting event somewhere in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Christine comes from an advertising background, working in the industry after finishing art school. She left advertising to stay at home and raise her two daughters, continuing graphic design work on a freelance basis. After offering to create her friend’s wedding invitation many years ago, she was hooked. She loves the hands on aspect of creating invitations and paper details. Christine joined VCFE when Kelly asked her to help with an event set-up. She continued helping with event set-up on a part-time basis before joining the team to do graphic design and create custom invites and paper goods. Much of her free time is spent at the barn or horse shows with her youngest daughter, as well as visiting her oldest daughter at the University of Pittsburgh.
Jacqui came to work for VCFE a year ago, assisting with event breakdowns and setups. Now, she sits full time in the office where she is responsible for overseeing the administrative side of the business. Coming from an office and administrative management background, she loves lists the way her co-workers love flowers.
When at VCFE you can find her traveling up and down the East Coast looking for cliffs to climb.
Susan Villei has been working for Victoria Clausen approximately 3 years. She enjoys the diversity of the job, from setting up weddings to processing flowers, and everything that happens in between. Having worked in the hospitality business for 15 years, it was easy for Susan to fit right in.
Laurie joined VCFE in the fall of 2014 after working full-time in accounting for 25 years. She continues to do accounting for other businesses but enjoys the beauty and creativity that is so evident in every VCFE event. She works in the shop to help prepare props and flowers for events as well as helping to set up and breakdown the events.
Her spare time is spent decorating cakes or spending time with her husband of 33 years, their two daughters and husbands, and her two sweet little granddaughter's.
Starting as a nanny for Victoria's 2 cute blond headed boys, Angie has worked with Victoria for 10 years. As the boys headed off to school she transitioned into the wedding world. She enjoys being in the background, processing beautiful flowers and working to bring Victoria's vivid imagination to fruition. The later usually involves being on a ladder hanging something and everything. She loves having a new vision to work on for every wedding.
With a background in photography and videography, Sara jumped on board to create some fun videos to showcase a few of VCFE's designs. After spending some time with these amazingly creative people, Sara was inspired and excited to join the team full time! Now, in addition to doing photography for VCFE, Sara reaches out to understand client visions and assists the team in many ways to make those dreams come to life! She is constantly fueling her creative energy through photography and traveling the world.