Abby: owner boss lady | event producer | visual director | momma of 9-year-old future event designer | favorite colors are black and white | lover of over-the-top | extreme perfectionist | orchids make everything better | dreamer
Abby grew up in the wedding business here in Austin and literally has thousands of weddings and events under her belt. With a work ethic that would politely be described as “tireless”, she works endless hours to make sure every event is perfect and not only up to her client’s expectations, but to hers as well — which, with her years of experience, Abby herself is often the hardest to please. You would think that after thousands of events, one might not be as enthusiastic about the next — but one meeting with Abby and you will understand it is so much more than a job for her… it is truly a passion and you will see she is just as excited as you to see the big day come to life. Abby’s background in wedding and event coordination is an asset as a florist and designer to be able to see the big picture and plan accordingly. She walks into a room and does not just see the florals… she sees the layout, the flow, the linens, the signage, and all the other details that go into each and every flawless event. With over a decade’s worth of experience in floral design, a commitment to her craft, an eye for detail, and a passion for bringing unique ideas to life, Abby’s mission at the end of the day is to have an unforgettable room that her clients will never forget.
Natalie: operations manager | event designer | momma of 3-year-old dancing king | chips and dip lover | firm believer in coral peonies | spray paint master | color expert | whip-cracker | clean freak
Natalie has an artistic touch and a keen eye for design, but it is her willingness to go the extra mile for her clients that sets her apart. As stated above, it is not just a job for us, it is a passion, and Natalie exudes that. Natalie has been with STEMS since day one of its conception and has helped shape the company into what it is today. As our clients will tell you, she is one of the sweetest and most loyal people you will ever meet. She cares about you the moment you walk through our door and will not settle for anything less than perfection. Her years of experience in floral artistry is a strong asset for her clients and she will effortlessly guide you through the process of designing your special event. In addition to designing, Natalie is also responsible for coordinating the schedule and ensuring that each event is pulled off seamlessly and according to our strict timeline. In other words, she makes sure we are where we are supposed to be, when we are supposed to be. Trust us, in a world where this means juggling the timelines of the client, venue, our design team, the planners, fragile product, etc. this is no small task. But she handles it with confidence and conviction. Natalie is a true leader, keeps us all in line, and we literally could not do this without her.
Austin: communications director | event designer | dry sarcasm-maker | mother of codependant dog, Kiki | kolache Queen | computer problem-figureouter | photo taker | huge lover of post-its
Austin is the voice of STEMS. It is her job to manage our social media outlets, keeping all our work visible and up to date. Blogging, tweeting, Instagraming, Facebooking, Pinteresting… there are so many outlets to connect with our fans, and Austin is on top of them all. She is reinventing our online presence and everyone will get to know her warm and fun personality. In the design world where creativity is king, Austin is no exception — in addition to seamlessly handling our public relations, she is alongside the rest of us designing weddings and in the studio. Her drive and enthusiasm for the industry is infectious and she will win you over in a heartbeat.
Rachel: studio manager | event designer | foraging queen | magical unicorn | compote master | sketching mastermind | constant mover | pretty-things obsessed
We like to say that Rachel is our magical unicorn because she is seriously... that... talented. This girl creates the most beautiful designs, we are so lucky to have her on the team. And as our foraging expert, she is always on the lookout for that special touch to add to our designs - clippers in hand wherever she goes, you never know what she is going to surprise us with at the studio. Rachel is a busy bee around the studio, never sitting still for one second - she keeps us moving on days we are making things in the studio! Our clients all get to see the results of having this magical unicorn on the team. We love her!!!
Corey: manager of STEMS Productions | Abby's hubby | will find an excuse to use power tools in any situation | does the "Charlie work" | jokester | always wears a beanie | or a poncho | usually the one on a ladder
Corey is responsible for hand crafting most of the rental items you see in our Productions inventory. Essentially it is his job to build the crazy ideas we come up with. It is also his job to deliver and install these items — whether that means hanging crystal chandeliers out of a tree, installing a pallet wall, illuminating a ballroom with up lighting, or making tables that appear to float in mid air… Corey is usually the one behind it. And every day he manages to pull off the sometimes… (OK who are we kidding)… most of the time… not so easy to pull off ideas that we come up with. He is behind the scenes for most clients, but an invaluable member of the team!! His “jokes” also keep us going on busy days, and we thank him for that. Pictures speak louder than words, Corey’s artistry is featured all over the pages of STEMS Productions.
Jill: studio and warehouse manager | floral design expert | maker of inappropriate commentary | freesia-enthusiast | garland-making champ | boutonniere Queen | lover of loud, screaming music | eternal optimist
it is her job to organize the "flower lab" and make sure we have the supplies we need to make every event a success. Part of her job includes sourcing all the things we need, like batteries, floral tape, gold sparkly ribbon, wood slices, votives, vintage glassware... our list of supplies is often complicated and very detailed! Not only is it her job to keep the supplies organized, but it is also her task to maintain the cooler and make sure the hundreds and hundreds of blooms we get in each week stay healthy and happy. Jill keeps things moving forward, all the while checking and double-checking to keep everyone on track. Each event we do has a million little details, and it takes a a committed individual to be able to handle the responsibility of making sure it all gets done. Our happy, happy clients are proof she is doing a great job!
Tiffany: office manager | event designer | dog lover | spring rolls adict | poppies and peonies believer | creative crafter | candy Queen | John Mayer Groupie
Everyone will get to know Tiffany, as the office manager of STEMS. Keeping the flow of information organized in the office is so extremely important when you are in the business of details, and she handles it with ease. As a designer, Tiffany truly excels – her gift for creating beautiful arrangements was apparent right from the start. She effortlessly guides clients through the creative process with her warm spirit and eye for design. An Austin-transplant from Salt Lake City with over a decade of experience in design - you are in great hands you guys!
Carrie: studio manager | event designer | list maker | the sweet one | horoscope reader | details queen | Jim James lover | great lipstick wearer
We love Carrie!! And you will too. As studio manager, she is integral to the process of organizing each and every event. It is her job to make sure we have a list of supplies ready to go at all times for every event we do, and it is also her job to make sure those same supplies are on the shelf. Think about how MANY little things that is - it takes a dedicated and organized person to make sure it goes off without a hitch. Not to mention she also prepares all the bucket labels in the cooler with what is coming in for that week to keep us on track - and we get hundreds and hundreds of flowers for every event. Little details, lots of lists - Carrie's your girl. A true asset to the team!
• Assisting managers with setting up events
• Breaking down events at night when the event has ended
• Loading vans
• Moving supplies
• Making floral arrangements in the studio
• Gathering supplies and getting things organized
• Prepping flowers as they arrive to the studio
• Cleaning up from the weekend
• Hard working person with an interest in the event industry
• Likes a physically-active, fast-paced work environment
• Creative person with an interest in floral design
• Detail oriented with the ability to follow instructions
• Not afraid to get your hands dirty
• Available to work about 10 hours per week, with shifts typically occurring Wednesday – Sunday between 9AM and 6PM and Saturday evenings roughly 11PM – 1 AM
• Reliable transportation to and from our studio in Northwest Austin
• Must be up to the challenge of a physically demanding job - we are on our feet all day moving things