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Check Out Brittany Polk’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Polk.

Brittany, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
I always wanted to do something that made me happy. That was my life goal for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until like five years ago that I found floral design. It was kind of random, actually. I went to this joint coffee/flower shop with a friend of mine and the obsession with flowers began. I had always loved flowers and had a knack for things of a creative nature, so in retrospect, it seems so obvious.

One day I signed up for a floral design workshop just for fun. Not long into it, I began to realize that everyone around me knew exactly what they were doing! I had absolutely NO idea, but it was the most fun I’d had and the happiest I had felt in a long time.

I left that day thinking to myself: if I can feel so lost and overwhelmed but still enjoy myself so much, there has got to be something to this. So I started to read all kinds of books and watch videos; obsess over so many gorgeous floral Instagram pages, and apply for jobs I had no real experience for, hoping that I would find someone to be willing to take a chance on me. After many, many failed attempts, I finally came in touch with the amazing Alex Azat of Blush Botanicals, who put me in touch with her incredible business partner Brittany Parnell of Parker & Posies, who brought me onto the team as a floral assistant. There I was finally able to learn about design first hand and things were beginning to stick- I’m a very hands-on learner so, as much as I love to read, it wasn’t quite conducive to floral design learning. Working with these amazing companies has taught me so much about myself and design, and I would not be here without them, nor would I have my wonderful flower family.

Having some kind of floral business was always the goal. It started with the idea of a flower truck- like a food truck but with flowers- but I quickly realized that event work is where my true passion for design lies. We do mostly weddings, and there is just something so magical about helping to bring a couple’s dreams to life for their big day!

I still remember the feeling of complete bliss I felt leaving my first wedding install. I was sweaty, sore, and completely exhausted, but I knew I had found it. This is what people dream about and search lifetimes for, and I found it. I can’t even begin to tell you how lucky I feel. This is why I feel confident in Amethyst & Ivy- something in the stars or the universe or whatever you believe in aligned for me, and I don’t have a penchant for failure, so couple that with my passion for design and I feel like the world is my oyster!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It took me a long time to find a floral design. I was 26 when I decided to pursue it and 27 going on 28 when I started my first job in the industry with Blush Botanicals. The learning curve was one steeper than anything I had ever done in my life but the utter bliss I feel/felt makes that hard to see in a negative way. I had fun with all of it. I found it to come pretty naturally to me. I do struggle with boutonnières, though. And draping fabric is not a strong suit of mine. Covid definitely threw a huge wrench in everything but at the same time is the reason I decided to start a design company of my own.

As much as I love freelancing and working with other people, the goal was always to have my own business, so why not now? I don’t know if I’m ready, but if I wait until I feel like I’m ready, I‘ll never start, so here we go! I know there will be challenges, but- naive as it may sound- I’m not worried about it. I know that my passion for this and my work ethic, intelligence and adaptability will help me succeed. Plus, struggles, pitfalls, and mistakes have helped me learn and grow as a person, so I try to be grateful for them, which isn’t always easy.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a floral designer and plant nerd. Pretty much, we do pretty things with flowers- mostly weddings and corporate events. I think what sets me apart from other designers is my weird style. I have kind of always thought outside of the box and loved things that are weird and beautiful. Adaptability is also one of my greatest strengths- failure isn’t in my vocabulary, so if the first attempt doesn’t work, I adjust and try again. I also think that I have a natural eye for colors, textures, and movement, which helps me immensely in design. I am also known in the studio for my random plant and flower knowledge and fun facts. I’m most proud of how far I’ve come from that day of the workshop. I sometimes have to pinch myself to make sure it’s real and imposters syndrome is definitely real, but I am proud of myself nonetheless.

Is there anyone you’d like to thank or give credit to?
Alex Azat and Brittany Parnell of Blush Botanicals and Parker & Posies, I would not be where I am without these two! They gave me the opportunity to learn and grow and have both taught me so much about design!

Sara Eaton of Black Lotus Design. One of the most creative, talented, and incredible humans I have the pleasure to know. She helped me grow as a designer and human and has always been my biggest teacher and cheerleader. She inspires me every day to be more creative and just a better human.

Katie Evans of Watersigne Florals. Katie was my first friend in floral design, she taught me the ropes of Blush and P&P and design in general. She was the first person to hire me as a freelance designer with her own floral company and was a big inspiration to do the same and start my own thing.

Shelby Ligman of Styled by Shelby Nicole. Shelby is the definition of a hype man. Always building me up and encouraging me to chase my dreams and do all the things. She so fiercely cheers me on. Doubt has no room to be anywhere in the picture. Everyone needs a friend like Shelby.

Rachel Copley. My best friend and biggest supporter, she knew Amethyst & Ivy would be a thing long before I did and that is just a testament to how incredible a friend she is to me- she always believes in me to do the most and the best things. I’m forever grateful I was able to bribe her with pizza to be my friend that night.

Lauren Gaglia. Another hype man definition is this girl. Always rooting for me and cheering me on, making it known how much she believes in me and how proud she is. She also is the best sounding board/voice of reason. I’m so lucky to have her as a friend.

Lani Conklin of Black Moon Images. I would not be the designer I am today without Lani. She taught me so much about design and was a big part of the beginning of A&I. It would not be anything without her. An incredible artist on so many levels.

Contact Info:

  • Email: Helloamethystandivy@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @amethyst_and_ivy

Image Credits
Shelby Ligman Lani Conklin Suzanne Ofeldt

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