Business HIGHLIGHT! Expressions of Love Florist
Expressions of Love Florist was established in Fuquay Varina in May of 2000 by a mother daughter team, Irene and Shelley. We are a locally owned and operated business with over 52 combined years of floral design experience. Our unique combination of wisdom through years of experience and up-to-date and trendy design education will provide you with everything you need. We are a full service florist as well as an event décor specialist!
Shelley has been working in the floral industry for about 15 years. After graduating from college in San Diego, CA, she moved out to North Carolina in 1995 and decided to call it home. In May, 2000 Shelley and Irene decided to open the florist shop in Fuquay Varina and have loved every minute of it! Shelley likes to keep up with the latest trends which gives her a desire to excel in this business! She is a member of ISES, International Society of Event Specialists, and is a 3 time award winner of an ISES Trinity Award, first in 2012 for Best Design/Decor Budget under $25,000.00, then in 2013 for Best Team Effort Budget under $75,000.00, and again in 2014 for Best Team Effort Budget under $75,000.00 . She has also been awarded 2014 Couple's Choice Award Wedding Wire, 2012 and 2013 Bride’s Choice Award Wedding Wire, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Wedding Wire Rated, and 2008, 2009, 2010 The Knot, “Best of Weddings” pick! Bottom line-Shelley loves what she does and truly has a passion for it.
Shelley does like to give back to the community in a few areas that are near and dear to her heart. Since the Law Enforcement Memorial Service was created in 2008, Shelley has donated her time, talents, and supplies to create the wreaths that stand in honor of each of the fallen officers in Wake County who died in the line of duty. She received a Raleigh Police Department Chief’s Citation in 2014 in appreciation of her support. Shelley also joined the American Heart Society and became a sponsor of the American Heart Ball in 2014 where she donated the décor for the gala. She will also be participating again in 2015 with the ball. We are going to strive to make your experience with us as perfect as possible and want to make ourselves available to you throughout your process. What else is there left to say except that We Love Flowers! God has blessed our hard work with a flourishing business and we like to pass on these blessings to you through our designs. Our shop motto is "Every job is a self portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence!”
Irene has been in the floral industry for over 40 years and has gained her experience from California, New York, and North Carolina. This vast knowledge began from her grandmother's teaching in Philadelphia, PA in the 1950s. This instruction allowed her to train with incredible designers across the United States. She has designed for political figures, government agencies, as well as celebrities like Roy Rogers and Dale Evans! She has also instructed Floral Designing at Wake Technical College in Raleigh, NC, where she received the highest of compliments and evaluations from her students. Her passion for the art of design is forever in her. Although Irene retired from the business in January of 2012, you will still see her in the shop when big events are scheduled or holidays are just around the corner. Irene was also presented a Raleigh Police Department Chief’s Citation in 2014 in appreciation of her support for the Law Enforcement Memorial Service.
Patrice joined the team in 2010 and is here for all of the day to day operations as well as event set up and design! She is a main point of contact when you contact the shop and will always be a friendly voice on the phone. She is our resident "Jersey Girl" and does a great job in every aspect of the floral world!