27 Mar Floral Designer Spotlight: Monica Bunino, Damselfly Flowers and Damselfly Direct
Today we are spotlighting Monica Bunino – our dried floral designer extraordinaire! In addition to her beautiful fresh flower design, Monica has mastered the art of dried botanicals for both Damselfly Flowers and Damselfly Direct. Whether it’s a long-lasting bespoke bridal bouquet, the perfect hostess gift, and everything in between, she’s the perfect designer for the job!
First and foremost, how long have you been in the industry?
It’s been almost a year and a half working with Damselfly Flowers and Damselfly Direct, but I’ve worked in organizing events and as a decorator for chic cocktails, receptions, parties, and other celebrations throughout my career.
What would you say is your favorite style?
When it comes to décor, I prefer elegant environments and monochromatic themes.
Is there a design/style you’re personally known for?
My specialties are in dried bouquets and arrangements. I design and create a wide variety of bespoke arrangements, custom bridal bouquets, centerpieces, and everything in between!
How did you get into the industry?
I’m very passionate when it comes to design and I am a creative person by nature, so pursuing a career in this industry was exactly what I was looking for! I love everything that goes into creating beautiful designs and details for a lovely dinner and special occasion. It felt only natural to become a florist as I love working with beautiful flowers and exploring new designs – and there’s nothing I love more than knowing how much a simple bouquet or arrangement makes someone happy!
What’s your favorite part about floral design?
I am a creative and imaginative person with a particular aptitude for beautiful and elegant things. So, I love creating things with what Mother Nature gives to us, playing with it, and finally seeing the result!
What’s one item you simply cannot live without (doesn’t’ need to be floral/event related)?
My car because it gives me the freedom to go anywhere where and when I want!
What advice do you have for couples looking to hire a wedding florist/event company?
My advice will be to look for a company that doesn’t just give you the best offer or the design that you want, but someone that really listens to your desires, expectations, and someone that is really attentive to every little detail to make your day fabulous and unforgettable, so prepare a detailed list in advance of what you envision for your special day!
Do you have a favorite flower?
If your personality could be described a flower, which one would it be?
Coffee or tea?
What has been a challenge you overcame in the industry?
The challenge was learning to recognize every kind of flower and trust them
Favorite place you’ve traveled? Where do you want to go next?
My favorite place I’ve traveled several times is Greece and next on the list, I would love to visit Portugal
Best celebrity couple? Best celebrity wedding?
Best couple: Matthew Mc McConaughey and Camila Alves
Best celebrity wedding: George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin
Finally, if you weren’t a floral designer, what would be your dream job?
My dream job would be staging houses for sale – I could never leave the world of design!
Damselfly Flowers reinvents the traditional retail experience with transportable bouquets and sophisticated arrangements that move with grace and ease through the fast-paced world we live in. Made up of a dedicated team of floral designers, Damselfly Flowers offers one-of-a-kind bouquets, elegant custom arrangements as well as a selection of stunning blooms available à la carte from our signature stem bar.
Damselfly Direct offers farm-fresh flowers shipped directly from the dirt to your doorstep. By connecting clients straight to the growers, they each have the ability to customize, modify, secure and design the highest quality flowers from around the globe. In addition to our fresh floral boxes, Damselfly Direct offers a wide variety of dried and preserved botanicals.
If you’re looking for the perfect gift, look no further than our e-commerce page and Etsy shop! Whether it’s a bespoke bouquet gift for a holiday or a long-lasting bouquet from our recently launched bridal collection, our signature designs stand the test of time.
Needless to say, however you choose to celebrate, we’re here to help you decorate!