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Meet Kate Westa

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kate Westa. 

Hi Kate, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’ve always been drawn to flowers but didn’t know if I was able to make it a career. As I changed my major in college from economics to Spanish, to political science, I kept finding myself browsing florists online and walking into flower shops as much as I could. I was able to train under Gerrie Morgan from Amazing Floral Moments in 2017 and learn the basics, then started doing things on the side just for fun. When the pandemic hit, I took a hard look at what I wanted to do and what made me happy. I started Weekend Florals, a weekend delivery service of local flowers. From there, I started getting wedding inquiries and launched Made by Kate Florals. I’ve been lucky enough to book weddings solely based on word of mouth and working with florists for styled shoots. I work now as a full-time florist and am so happy I finally jumped entirely into florals. The floral industry is changing so much! It’s so fun to explore with different design styles, more sustainable materials that are entering the market, and work with local farmers and florists. Each day is different and every arrangement is unique and curated! 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The floral industry has been changing so much. From shortages due to wildfires, protests, and the pandemic, to inflation and the increase in weddings since everything was pushed back in 2020. Being a florist is about knowing how to pivot when to call in for help, and finding ways to substitute if all else fails. Doing florals on my own has also been a huge undertaking. Working out of my kitchen and calling in friends to help me out has been a brand-new experience. It’s so rewarding, though, to have my own name on something and say “I did that!” 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I work a lot with dried florals. I sell exclusively dried designs on my website but do fresh and mixed designs for wedding. Last year, I did all-dried for a wedding in Traverse City. The bride keeps her bouquet on her nightstand and another arrangement by their front door. Dried florals are super special because they’re everlasting- something that you can always look to that remind you of your big day. My favorite thing to design are large-scale installations, like arbor and freestanding arches for the ceremony. 

What do you like and dislike about the city?
I love how much our city is growing, and I love the lack of chain restaurants and stores. I live in Eastown and can walk to my favorite brewery, farmer’s market, restaurants, and little shops. I don’t enjoy all the new construction on old buildings that I love, but who knows what other restaurants and shops will come with that! 

Pricing:

  • Bridal bouquet: starts at $200
  • Bridesmaids bouquets: start at $60
  • Altar installation: starts at $400

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Image Credits

Chelsea Seekell-Hill
Tana Helene
Gabby Seekell
Mikayla Jean Co.

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