My craft began at a very young age when I returned from a walk in the woods with a large bunch of Lady Slippers and handed them to my mother. Yes, these stems are indeed endangered but even at the age of six I could not resist the urge to pick them. From then on you could find me picking across our acres of farm gardens or trimming fresh pine and holly berry for holiday swags. I can still smell lilacs before they are seen, stare at a peony for hours and feel a connection to all things rooted. Never did I believe I could take this love and develop it into an actual career! In a world where career dissatisfaction is common, I am truly lucky to love what I do. There is something incredibly rewarding about meeting a client for the first time, listening to their newborn ideas, becoming familiar with their own uniqueness, and within minutes create sketches of their dream day. Seeing the sudden comfort and trust on a couple’s face after a few photos and brainstorming sessions is remarkable. Creating a sense of ease and growing a personal connection with my clients is important to me. Listening to their ideas and turning them into concepts is the art. The true magic of my job is to transform their ideas into reality with my own hands and watch the tears of joy and giant smiles on their day. It never gets old.
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Jill Landry knows flowers. As the owner of award-winning Beach Plum Floral and Event Design in Marshfield, Landry creates lush and distinctive bouquets and arrangements for over one hundred weddings each year. She sees first-hand how flowers add color, beauty and deeper meaning to these special ceremonies and celebrations. Yet as Landry's business began to grow, she quickly realized something. "At the end of a long wedding weekend, we have an abundance of fresh flowers remaining," she said. "When we return to pick up all of our décor, the vases are still filled with gorgeous flowers that have many days left in bloom. I wanted to repurpose them somehow. I wanted to do something good...because everyone loves flowers!" That's when Landry heard about Cottage Caregivers, an in-home senior care agency that provides non-medical services to families on the South Shore and Southeastern Massachusetts. This sparked an idea.