Back to Her Roots

Wedding florist Sophie Felts grew up on a tree farm in Montgomery County. Years later she moved home and started a business of her own.



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Felts, right, works on wedding centerpieces with colleagues Erica Conner (far left) and Ali Chakola. Photo by Gaston Lacombe. 

 

On a Thursday afternoon in September, wedding florist Sophie Felts is searching for something. Standing in the middle of her floral studio in an old converted barn, she scans dozens of tall plastic pails on the floor that are filled with branches and sherbet-colored flowers. 

“We need whites,” she says to no one in particular. “Where are the whites?” 

She stares at the dahlias. “Are these too orangey?” she mutters before moving toward the walk-in flower refrigerator. The studio, on a quiet two-lane road in Laytonsville, just a stone’s throw from where she grew up, is painted white, with a contemporary table and four pastel-pink folding chairs set up near a garage door in the front. House & Garden magazines from the 1970s are stacked in the bathroom, and a spool of hand-dyed silk ribbon hangs near a wood-burning stove. Twenty clipboards adorn the wall, perfectly aligned, each with an upcoming wedding date and a collage of flower photos. 

Felts, her hair in a messy bun, walks out of the refrigerator. “Oh good, there’s more white in the cooler,” she says, also remembering the delivery of white cosmos scheduled for that afternoon. 

At the moment, Felts, the founder of Blossom + Vine, is preparing for a three-wedding weekend: one in Annapolis, another in Purcellville, Virginia, and a third in St. Michaels at the Inn at Perry Cabin, where Wedding Crashers was filmed. Gone are the days when she ran the business on her own and often found herself crying at 2 a.m. over the amount of work she had to do. Still, the weight of making a bride’s dream day come true, at least in the floral department, rests on her shoulders. 

“It always hits me when all the flowers are here,” she says. “A panic about not being able to do it.”

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