At 15 years old, Ian Prosser’s love of floral design began when he took an elderly woman in his community to flower-arranging night classes. Through apprenticeships and competitions– and some strong reservations from his family– Ian’s talent grew tremendously, turning him into the youngest person to receive Scotland’s Floral Designer of the Year at just 19 years old.
As a self-proclaimed, “detail freak” Ian built a successful business for himself in Scotland with his eye for detail and made the transition to the United States 32 years ago, where he re-launched his business with great success in his very first year. Ian’s passion and knowledge of the industry includes work with luxury and celebrity clients alike– even royalty! Learn what you need to know about building an iconic design and decor business in the luxury wedding niche through Ian’s stories, experiences, and advice.
Ian Prosser, originally from Glasgow, Scotland and currently residing in Florida, was the youngest person to receive Scotland’s Floral Designer of the Year. He earned the National Diploma of the Society of Floristry– the highest European honor in floristry.
His willingness to learn his entire career set him up for total success when he was tasked with a project so large and logistically complicated as an “Presidential Inauguration.” – he was able to create systems that made everything run smoothly and his design execution run perfectly.
He currently resides in Florida and owns Botanica International Design and Decor Studio. Through Ian Prosser Productions, he creates stunning, innovative floral design for luxury weddings and events, serving celebrity clients like Queen Elizabeth, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Donna Summer, Kirstie Alley, and others. He’s also done the inaugurations of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
- Hear how Ian Prosser honed his skills at an early age to become a professional floral designer
- The steps Ian took to build a wedding floral design business from scratch
- His perspective on floral design is so wide-reaching because of his experience from outside the US. He helped bring European floral design influence to the US.
- Listen to how he opened his own floral shop in the US and within a year was more successful than existing flower shops that had been running for many years.
- What it’s like to create and design for Queen Elizabeth
- Anecdotes from working with celebrity clients for weddings and events
- The process of creating floral arrangements for Presidential inaugurations
- How to help your clients conceptualize an event based on attire, setting, and weather
- The tools you can use with clients to find the right design style for them, and how to know when you’re on the right track during a design consultation
- Ian recounts wedding day disasters and how he resolved them
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