Amy Pihlar - Owner and Designer at Bright Inc Photo by Anna Delores Photography

Amy Pihlar - Owner and Designer at Bright Inc

Photo by Anna Delores Photography

I am a designer at heart and worked as a clothing designer for over 17 years, mostly in New York City.  I had my own line and shop in Manhattan and also worked for larger companies, including Ralph Lauren.  After moving back to my native Santa Barbara with my family I was ready for a career change.  I learned to love flowers growing up on the beautiful California coast and more so at one of my first jobs at a local flower stand.  After creating flowers for a friend’s wedding, I was inspired to make floral design my job.  I love my work and will never look back!

I have an eclectic style and like to use unusual materials in my work.  I love the immediacy of working with flowers and the emphasis on color and texture, which was always my favorite part of clothing design.  I love the challenge of making something traditional with a new spin, but also to create out of the box arrangements.  I am equally inspired to create large installations and dramatic altars, as I am to make boutonnieres and corsages.  I believe it is always important to use seasonal and local materials where possible, but, at the same time, your wedding is a once in a lifetime event so if you must have those peonies you must have those peonies!

I feel so honored to design flowers for each couple’s big day and take my role very seriously.  I have been married for 14 years and LOVED designing my own wedding and know that you only get to do it once.  No two weddings are the same so I listen very carefully to each couple and incorporate their ideas and desires into the design to create a personal experience.     

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