Carrie Beamer, Flora Fetish
Carrie Beamer has been in the floral and event industry since 1984, and in 1996 opened Flora Fetish, a store front in Austin, Texas. During her floral career, Carrie has served on the Education and Board of the Texas State Florist Association, become a member of Teleflora and FTD, mentored floral design students, and judged floral exhibits. In 2006, she was inducted into the American Institute of Floral Design, a day she describes as one of the best days of her career.
Carrie loves that her job is a new journey daily, exposes her to pretty blooms, and allows her to develop friendships with top professionals. After 18 years in Austin, Carrie says she is blessed to have wonderful friends in the event industry that completely trust her with their clients. “I want to be the 110% florist every time for my industry, planners and our team motto is to always do whatever it takes.”
Coby Neal, The Flower Studio
Coby Neal is the founder of The Flower Studio, a staple in the Austin event industry for over 15 years. Coby’s experience in design and floral artistry began during his senior year at TSU when he acquired a job sweeping the floors of small flower shop in San Marcos, Texas.
He describes his style as ranging from traditional to contemporary, and lists planning a wedding with Lady Bird Johnson and a wedding for the Aga Kahn as the most memorable events he has had a part of.
When asked what he loves most about his job, Coby says he “loves the creative adventure, working with many types of flowers and foliage and hopefully enhancing other people’s lives”. And as for working in the event industry, he loves meeting challenges and people.
Trisha Bennett, Visual Lyrics
Trisha Bennett is part of the creative mother-daughter duo at Visual Lyrics Floral Artistry. Trisha grew up surrounded by floral artistry and as a child began accompanying her mother, Donna, to work at Floral Reflections by Coby Neal. After years of hard work, Visual Lyrics Floral Artistry was born.
Trisha loves “enjoying bountiful, gorgeous blooms grown from seed on our planet to share with others to symbolize their love and celebrations”. Visual Lyrics’ earthy, artistic style has even contributed to a 2009 episode of Extreme Home Makeover.
Fabian Salcedo, F Squared Floral Design
Fabian Salcedo is a University of Texas graduate with over nine years of floral experience in Austin. Fabian’s passion for flowers and making people happy are the backbone of the culture at his luxe floral studio, F2 Floral Design. F2 provides fresh floral arrangements as well as permanent botanicals, creative plant designs, and flower accessories. Weddings and events are a specialty, but F2 is available to service any and all floral needs.
Jerry Hayes, Photographer
The Premiere Select Gallery Collections are photographed by Jerry Hayes. After graduating from The University of Texas with honors, where he studied photography in both the Art and Journalism Departments, Jerry began working in the catering and event planning industry. During this time, he noticed that an event is only set for a short amount of time before guests enter and take over the space. He began capturing these short moments for the event holder. He now regularly photographs for event planners, florists, and real estate agents with high-end properties as well as alongside other photographers as a detail or second shooter. Jerry also owns an off-set printing business, Champion Printing & Copying in Austin, Texas.