Experts like Sayles Livingston do Wedding Flowers Best

Tending to flowers, for some, conjures up visions of ease and leisure, grace, a slowed-pace, and long summer evenings spent arranging freshly cut roses while a cold glass of iced tea waits sweetly on the porch. Gardens can provide a relaxing pastime for amateurs and experts alike, but lets face it, when it comes to weeds, dirty fingernails, and scrawny perennials, they can send others running for the hills. And, when it comes to thinking about wedding flowers, it’s a whole different can of worms. Brides especially have a lot on their plate and little spare time for wistful days planting or planning bouquets. Tending to wedding flowers, then, becomes an expert’s job.

Sayles Livingston, the mother of Sayles Livingston Floral Design based in Tiverton Four Corners is an expert. She’s been sourcing and snipping bright, lush, and simply beautiful bouquets for weddings for over 20 years. Surrounded by wood-planked ceilings and tubs full of peonies, she laughs when recalling her own wedding; “It was sort of silly. I probably should have been mingling with guests,” she recalls. Instead she was busy tending to the flowers. That’s because flowers seem to be part of her being, Sayles Livingston is pretty serious about gorgeous flowers.

Arranging the flowers for her own wedding happened about the same time her expert eye and artistic compositions were beginning to draw crowds. While studying for a Masters in Plant Science at URI, Sayles’ home garden made an impression on her landlord who asked Sayles to arrange flowers for his daughter’s wedding. She began working out of her home as word spread about the outstanding arrangements. An outpouring of wedding offers ensued, and Sayles Livingston Flowers was born.

Twenty years after a stunning backyard garden awarded her with her first wedding gig, Sayles has opened her own shop in Tiverton and is receiving her fair share of publicity, appearing in high profile magazines like Vogue and Grace Ormonde. Most recently, her unique and glamorous flower-made flower girl dresses appeared in an article in the Huffington Post, but she doesn’t let the fame get to her head. A talk with Sayles is as relaxing as some might find the job of tending to the garden. A calm and cool Sayles is reassuring and confident about her work, bringing the stress of wedding planning all the way down to earth. That’s what keeps clients coming, she says.

The style of her arrangements is just as organic and even more enchanting, a perfect match to the beautiful rural location her Tiverton Four Corners shop. There, a generous range of work and repertoire of special events are on display in her loft space and give brides plenty of ideas to work with. Sayles and her homegrown team also provide full-service event design. Everything from linens to light fixtures can be coordinated into something spectacular.

With 20 years under her belt Sayles knows a thing or two about weddings and encourages brides to be choosy about selecting a floral designer; “Choose someone who will provide you with confidence, and then let the people who know what they’re doing do what they do best,” she says. Faith in your flowers means you have time to relax, mingle, and admire the beauty of one of the most important days, your wedding day. Sayles invites brides to come and meet her in the shop to see her work, get a sense of her style, and more importantly talk about the dirt of wedding flowers.

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