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Daily Inspiration: Meet Lee Forrest

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lee Forrest.

Lee Forrest has been designing with flowers most of his life, collecting wildflowers from his parents’ farm in Kentucky when he was very young and arranging them in old glass jars to present to his mother on special occasions. At age five, his dream was to someday command his own floral business. Thus the spark was ignited! After graduating from Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky, in 1988 with a degree in history and pursuing a job in archival science, he soon discovered that his new career did not allow him enough creative freedom. He then returned to his first love of working with flowers and began designing professionally in 1990. 

Eventually in 2000, he realized his early dream with the opening of Forrest and Flowers Designs, which initially began as a freelance design business based at home. In 2005, he incorporated the business as Lee Forrest Design, LLC and moved into his current retail location and has established it as one of the most prominent wedding floral design firms in Orlando. Lee’s unique gift for creating the most elegant and beautiful arrangements is purely instinctive and has been honed through years of experience working with some of the top designers and premiere shops in Louisville, Indianapolis, and Orlando. He has also traveled and created arrangements for events up and down the East Coast from Maine to Florida and everywhere in between.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Every year has its’ ups and downs, but no one could’ve predicted how a global pandemic would affect the event industry so drastically. From cancellations, postponements, and diminished guest lists, we’ve had to make big adjustments to just about everything involved in the business. But… we’re still here and still creating to make everyone’s special day the most memorable possible.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We’re a multiple award-winning floral design boutique that specializes in custom weddings, corporate parties, special events and holiday decor. Our look is very clean and modern with lots of inspiration from traditional sources. Whether we design in an opulent European style with garden flowers and fruit or in a dramatic Asian style with tropicals and exotics, our work is always anything but run-of-the-mill. Our legacy will be the artful designs that we have created for you, that are captured in your images. These family photographs will be cherished by future generations, long after we are gone and any first-hand memories of your wedding have faded. Our work will be seen by your grandchildren, your great-grandchildren and even their great-grandchildren for the next hundred years and beyond.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Being able to do what I love and provide exceptional service to my clients who become my friends. We’re lucky enough to have families that bring multiple weddings to us and then baby showers, birthdays, anniversaries. When we connect on a personal basis it makes all the hard work worth it.

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