With so many florist options in San Antonio, many couples end up stuck in the weeds trying to find the best vendor for their needs. Whether you’re picking out peonies, choosing cherry blossoms, or selecting succulents, Spring Garden Flower Shop has you covered for all of your floral fantasies.
Husband and wife co-owners David and Oralia Espinoza have been a bride favorite vendor in San Antonio for 26 years, though when they opened their doors for business in 1990, their flower experience was just beginning to bloom.
“I had a ‘real job’ in banking before I opened the shop and I used to make wedding cakes on the side,” says Oralia. Then one day a customer asked her for flowers and Oralia was faced with a choice: bakery or flower shop. Instead of picking petals, Oralia says, “David asked, ‘Would you rather open a store at 2 a.m. and bake bread or at 8 a.m. and work with flowers?’” Luckily, Oralia chose flowers over frosting, becoming Spring Garden’s chief designer.
From its humble beginning, the flower shop has enjoyed great success.
Oralia’s designs have been featured in magazines, books, and art exhibitions, and in 2010, Spring Garden Flower Shop was the first florist in Texas to achieve the Society of American Florists’ Marketer of the Year award.
But, Oralia says, flowers aren’t the most important part of her accomplishments. In order to be successful and continue appealing to brides and grooms year after year, her continued education is essential.
To refine her craft, Oralia travels the globe. “I’m a perfectionist when it comes to how things are done in my flower shop, especially when it comes to education,” says Oralia. “I read, keep up with trends, attend workshops, and network with other florists around the country.” She even tries to attend one class outside of the United States each year to discover new and trending techniques from other countries that American brides love.
She’s studied in Spain, Canada, and the United States and draws from international inspiration, always creating out-of-the-box designs. Though she’ll cater to the more traditional client, too.
“Oralia doesn’t have one design style because she knows how to do so many different techniques,” says David. “She can do it all—Barcelona-inspired cork creations, natural and minimalist Canadian arrangements, traditional nosegays bouquets, Japanese ikebana designs. If a customer wants something, we try our best to make it happen.”
When David and Oralia say they try their best to make it happen, they aren’t just talking about flowers. Spring Garden Flower Shop can also provide linens, invitations, consulting, and coordinating for customers.
And after more than two decades in the wedding business, it’s clear that working with couples is a passion for this dynamic duo.
“Seeing the joyful look on a bride’s face when I present her with her bouquet and being a part of making a couple’s wedding memorable is so special,” says Oralia.
David agrees, “There’s a proverb that says, ‘Flowers are God’s way of smiling’—and it’s true! We want to make our customers smile. It reminds us why we do what we do.”
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