An Interview with Carmen McKnight, owner and lead designer of Flora Amor, an artisan based floral design studio located in Sayulita. Carmen offers beautiful (fresh or paper) flower pieces designed and crafted to turn each wedding into an unforgettable experience.
Carmen, where did your love of flowers begin?
Well, I grew up in a small town in Canada. When I was just a young girl, I used to hide in the towering gladiolas on my grandparents farm. My parents always encouraged me to get to know nature, and my father has often said one of the most important things to him was that his kids grew up with a love of the outdoors.
Why did you decide to start a career in the wedding and event industry?
That's an interesting question. As an artist, I believe I don't have any other choice but to create. Creating runs in my veins, my blood, and is my lifeline and guidance through life. It's passion and expression combined. By working with flowers, fresh and paper, I am able to transform the every day into the extraordinary, whether it is for weddings, stylized photography, or event decor.
What makes Flora Amor so successful?
Before becoming the owner of Flora Amor, I was the creator of The Paper Wedding in Canada, an artisan based handcrafted paper art studio specializing in paper flower walls and installations. I was very fortunate to work with lead wedding designers, fashion show planners, and countless brides and grooms. When we fell in love with Sayulita, we decided to stay and build a life here. I believe the key to success is doing what you love, and living the life that you choose. For me, Flora Amor is not about making the most out of myself, but making the most out of some else's experience. I hope this, plus my creative talent, is the key to the success of Flora Amor.
What role do you, as an artist, have in the community of Sayulita?
As an artist, I would like to give back to the lovely community of Sayulita, just as Sayulita has given me so much. I have been teaching kids paper art classes for the past six months and through this, I hope to nurture the younger generation's imagination, creativity, and love for Mother Nature. In these classes, I take the kids through the basics of paper flower making, and work to design and create their very own hanging wall flower, floral crown, home decor, and more! One goal of mine is to work with my students to create our own paper from the scrap paper in the community, thus diverting it from the landfill
Apart from designing flowers for weddings, what more does Flora Amor offer?
Flora Amor's number one priority is to provide you with prompt personal service delivering exquisite floral arrangements. We will customize your floral request to create a beautifully handcrafted, stunning work of art. You can be assured that Flora Amor will meet and exceed all of your floral needs, whether for your wedding, birthday, anniversary, or any other special occasion.
Where can we find you?
Flora Amor is based in Sayulita. You can contact us through Sayulita Life. Don't hesitate to contact us for more details. We'd love to help make your experience a one of a kind.