Interview: Barb Oehlerking of Artistry Desgins Group

About a week and a half ago, I blogged about the four season event scenes that Barb Oehlerking of Artistry Designs Group created for The Wedding Galleries at The Special Event show.  If you didn’t get a chance to check out that post, click here.  I thought it would be a nice compliment to follow-up with an interview so that you could get to know Barb a little more.  Enjoy!

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Barb Oehlerking
Photo Credit:  Limelight Photography

When did you realize this was the career for you?

There is nothing more gratifying than to see my clients expressions when they walk into the ballroom. To hear them say “we’ve exceeded their expectations”, makes me love what I do. Being a part of such a special time in a person’s life and to know that I helped make their vision come to life doesn’t compare to any other career.

How did you start your business?

After many years as a wedding planner and designer I decided to expand my business into florals and decor. I wanted to be involved in every aspect of designing my clients wedding – from creating their floral arrangements to selecting every detail.

lavender rose and hydrange centerpiece 

How would you describe your design style?

I tend to gravitate towards romantic traditional lush arrangements.

What or who inspires you?

Preston Bailey has been a great inspiration and influence to my design style. His creativity and design empowers me to go beyond what’s expected.


[Photo Credit:  Limelight Photography]

What floral tool can you not live without?

Floral clippers.

white roses and hydrangea centerpiece 

If had to pick just one (I know it is nearly impossible) what would be your favorite flower and why?

Hydrangeas are my favorite flower. I love the fullness and volume that it adds to any arrangement.

Tell us a short floral story. Have you ever had a strange floral request?

I had a request to design a floral arrangement shaped as a monkey.


[Photo Credit:  Limelight Photography]

What is your favorite color combination right now?

Blush pink and pewter gray.

What is your best piece of advice for new comers into the floral industry?

Never compromise quality and always try to exceed your client’s expectations!

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