Marie Grace Design is led by Carmen Marie Arnott. Combining her background in management with a heart for hospitality and eye for design Carmen executes events that are seamlessly managed, stylishly fun and classically modern! As a studio we specialize in intimate to grand weddings with a focus on family, friends and entertainment! We bring our clients distinct personality into every event we design and infuse it with a natural elegance that allows our couples and their guests to enjoy every moment! Most importantly we want your celebration to reflect you! It's what we call a life well loved and lived!
Hi there! I'm Carmen, the owner of Marie Grace Design! I love to design a wedding day that truly reflects the personalities of my clients! I started planning weddings in 2014 and in 2016 added floral and event design. I am so thrilled to use my heart for hospitality, passion for service and eye for design to create a beautifully seamless day for my couples! I'd love to share more with you over your choice of beverage and hear all about your vision and dreams for your wedding day!
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Marie Grace Design founder Carmen Marie Arnott was raised in the Pacific Northwest where she learned to love nature by watching her parents plant and grow vegetables and later flowers. She discovered early on that she enjoyed frequent trips outside to cut her dad's old english roses and make arrangements for family and friends. In her early twenties she started a retail career that would take her from salesperson to management in a very short time. She enjoyed working for Nordstrom in a variety of leadership roles as well as the creativity she found in merchandising but something was missing.
One afternoon while visiting her parents home, Carmen's mom showed her an article from a recent Martha Stewart magazine on the Little Flower School in Brooklyn, New York. Carmen loved the garden inspired look and wondered why she didn't see that in traditional flower shops. At the time she was soul searching and knew she want to use her skills and creativity in a different field. It was Carmen's mom who gave her a knowing look that said, you can do that too.
A few years passed and Carmen stepped away from her eight year career in management. Drawing on her love of patterns, flowers and building upon her abilities in management and merchandising, Carmen used this time of change to pursue floral design and styling. With a discerning eye and a style that can only be described as New York chic meets California bohemian, Carmen set out to rethink flower design and wedding planning.
As she looked ahead into the future Carmen decided to offer a more all inclusive approach to wedding planning by incorporating flowers and event design. By changing the business model Carmen knew her clients would receive the best service. In the spring of 2018 she re-branded from Sauvage Fleur to Marie Grace Events & Design. Marie is Carmen's middle name and represents her growth as a creative woman and entrepreneur. Grace represents elegance, beauty, dignity and family. Grace is her daughter's middle name and her grandma's namesake. Now as a floral designer and wedding planner, Carmen's love of flowers pairs well with her eye for design and the ease she brings in handling stressful situations. It is her desire to create a beautiful and seamless wedding experience for couple's and their guests all while focusing on what's most important, the wedding day (vows!).
The team is composed of creatives who work in a variety of fields. Many on our team are independent flower designers, flower farmers, stay at home moms and grandmas. They bring a high dedication to excellence and fun aspect to their work!