Vendor Spotlight: The Urban Gypsy

I am so excited to share this vendor with you. I met Paulette, the owner of The Urban Gypsy, at a bridal show this past March. She had brought a few samples of her work and I immediately knew this was someone I wanted to work with in the future. Not only was her work creative and gorgeous, but her personality really stood out. We met for coffee to get to know each other a little better and ended up sitting there for 2 hours just talking randomly about design and goals for our business in the future. She and her family had plans to go to a festival and they actually had to come and interrupt to get us to stop talking. We could have been there for 5 more hours.

I can say that this is someone I will most definitely be working with again. And again. And again. As a matter of fact, we have something in the works right now. But you’ll have to wait for the details 🙂

So what is so great about The Urban Gypsy? Well I asked Paulette a few questions to help you get to know her.

NAE: What is your favorite color scheme from a wedding you have done?
UG: I did a fall wedding that used autumn orange, green and cream. My fantasy is to do a peacock-blue and purple wedding and a platinum and hot pink wedding.

NAE: What is the most unusual request you have had from a bride?
UG: To construct a necklace out of fresh orchids. The bride was so pleased, she had tears in her eyes, and so did I…

NAE: What made you decide to open your own floral shop?
UG: After two decades in the corporate world, I was ready to let the real me takeover. It was time to stop dreaming about how I wanted to live, and start living the dream. What a dramatic, positive effect it has had on my health, happiness and my family.

NAE: Which non-floral pieces do you love to incorporate into your work?
UG: Grandma’s brooch. A small beloved toy. Vintage ribbon. Old Buttons.

UG: NAE: If you could be any flower, which one would you be?
The calla lily. Graceful. Unpretentious. Perfect in any situation.

NAE: How far in advance do you suggest for brides to meet with you?
UG: 6 to 12 months is the usual, but I’m accommodating–I’ve met with brides in as short as a few weeks from their wedding.

NAE: I’ll let you bloom: What else do you want to share?
UG: I’m very versatile, creative and open-minded. My role is to enhance the bride’s vision, not so much as to change it. It’s about building relationships with my brides. I want them to know that they are in capable hands; they will be well taken care of.

NAE: Where can brides find you?
UG: The best way to reach me is via e-mail: They can make an appointment at my lovely space in Polish Hill for a free consultation where I’ll give them my complete attention:

3101 Brereton Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Here are a few pictures of her work to give you a better idea of the beauty of her work.


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