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Life & Work with Mabry Hastings

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mabry Hastings.

Hi Mabry, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
My story is bit odd. I kind of jumped right into florals before I even knew what a ceremony installation was. When I was 16, I helped my friend Kennan for a wedding in Fall of 2018. It was supposed to distract me from a birthday party my parents were planning. But while I was cleaning up, I asked if I could design one centerpiece and she let me. Then she let me design another and another and after about the 3rd she said she wanted to hire me. Mind you, I’d never even designed flowers let alone worked for a business that did. But nevertheless she had decided to she wanted to take me on as her apprentice so I could run the weddings she had booked in the Fall of 2019 because she was going to be out of town for a few months. For the next eight months, I learned how to design ceremony installs, create proposals, meet with clients, and lead walkthroughs of the venues.

During this time, I also learned I was able to graduate early and so I graduated in May of 2019. During that summer, I continued to book weddings for the fall and in August of 2019, I handled my first wedding all by myself. During this time, Kennan wasn’t certain if she would come back and in October of 2019 she decided for sure. So of course, I bought the business from her because I was hooked! 2020 was a rough year for so many businesses but my brides were so faithful and I only had one cancellation. Now Foxglove & Grace has the most weddings they’ve ever had in 2021 and I am going to be apart of several styled shoots this year. On top of all of that, I am also working on getting my bachelor’s in business management at Texas A&M University in College Station. How I juggle all of that is a different story!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
2020 was definitely the hardest year for me. I’m going into my 3rd year as a florist and 2nd year in ownership and while there have been a few tears shed, I am so thankful for my couples who trust me and stay with me through all of this. One thing I have struggled with is comparison. I was never formally trained in a school and a lot of what I learned was from Kennan and my own mistakes. This year my weddings have some challenging installs and designs and I am excited to push myself creatively.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a florist and I specialize in making my couple’s flower dreams come true. I’m most proud of how young I am being in the wedding industry and I think that’s what sets me apart. My youth brings a different kind of energy to the weddings I do and it’s something I love to amplify in my designs. I love flowing and youthful flower arrangements and try to pull from nature as much as I can.

If you had to, what characteristic of yours would you give the most credit to?
Perseverance. There have been many times that I just want to give up on being creative and go back to what I know. But I also know that learning something new will help me grow my business and so it’s something I’m working on now.

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