Heidi Jo Lauber, Owner
Sugar Magnolias is the centerpiece of my existence. My life has revolved around the space and my brides for twenty years. From the first day it has been about love and weddings and work that smells delicious. My home and my own true love are around the corner from my studio and my labrador retrievers have their favorite napping spots here. My parents live five minutes away, retired in the house I was raised in. My Dad visits almost daily to fix and support.
I’ve watched in wonder as the young girls I employ grow up and have weddings of their own. Now they are beautiful women, some with grown children, others raising their babies right here amidst the boxes of flowers and piles of green stems. I love when I can hear them playing with a discarded flower box on the grassy hill out front.
There is labor, and there is love. We work hard and long. We are true laborers. The flowers are temperamental; they have a short life span that needs prompting and prodding so they will peak, not before, not after, but only on that special day. There is a world market with prices that fluctuate, and summer heat, and trends. My clients are emotional as they begin their march towards married life. They need guidance and corralling and help prioritizing. There are budgets, venue logistics, and family dynamics. “Spend your money where your guests spend most of their time…”, I say over and over, “…your ideas can be tailored to fit your budget”. I love my couples, their mothers, their families. I love the fathers that sit quietly, so willing to let the wedding wave wash over them. And I love that there is love. I am honored to be a part of that love, never passing up the chance to watch as the vows are exchanged.
Flowers have been the way I express myself for almost forty years. My first job at eleven paid me $2.25 an hour. I can manage a staff, grout a tile floor, cook for twenty and mow my own lawn, but flowers are my love.