Today we’d like to introduce you to Teri Shackelford.
Hi Teri, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I love nature and design and so floral design just came naturally. I grew up helping my mother in her wedding rentals business and watching she and my older sister decorate for weddings which included mostly silk flowers, because the 80s to be colloquial.
My mother is a watercolor artist and had an all-around out-of-the-box style, so I naturally could see new possibilities for floral design. I found myself married young, finished college at Lipscomb University then quickly started a family. I was a stay-at-home mom and loved every minute. When my girls began going to dances, I started making their corsages. I was bitten!
For the past 10 years, I’ve owned my floral design business, Mansion and Marsh. We live in a rural area just outside of Nashville where I grow flowers to use in my designs and sell the rest on an adorable flower stand at my mother’s home in the summer.
I service the greater Nashville area but have extended my design work to Memphis, Chattanooga, and anywhere someone needs flowers.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Smooth? Not exactly! The main struggle that I had was my confidence. I had been hidden away in the safety of my home raising two girls for 18 years. Technology had surged during my confinement and I had a lot of catching up to do. I had the desire, and uncanny ability to remember the names of flowers (strange, I know) and a tremendous work ethic.
I watched a LOT of YouTube videos and took a LOT of classes. While all of the education was necessary, it was the passion that has made the difference. It was just God-given and I’ve never had to manufacture it.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am known for my wild, romantic style. I bring it to as many weddings as will let me! The large photo on my website’s homepage embodies the work that I want to be doing. It’s from a styled shoot and it felt so good to express myself fully that day.
No parameters, just me and the flowers. I think what sets me apart from others is that I genuinely want to know my clients’ stories, what brought them to this place in their lives, why they love the particular style that they have chosen.
I love the fact that I have become a part of that story. I think that I am most proud of pushing through when I have been scared. Scared of embarrassing myself, (or my kids, oh no mom’s on social media!) scared to take myself seriously, scared to make that investment, or scared to take on that enormous project.
Any big plans?
My immediate plan for the future is to design my oldest daughter’s wedding which is in April 2022. It’s very different on this side of the table! But I’m loving it and if I do say so myself, killing it!
I can’t say that It is in the planning stages, but said daughter who is a graphic designer and artist, and I have a dream of opening a studio/shop in the Nashville area for florals, paperie, and all the gifty goodness and bonus dream points if it is sourced from marginalized women who want to support themselves.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: mansionandmarsh.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mansionandmarsh/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mansionandmarsh
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