YARDLEY BOROUGH >> Maura Feeney is back home and she’s brought her successful wedding and floral design studio with her.
Joined by family, friends, co-workers and town officials on Saturday afternoon, she celebrated the official grand opening of Maura Rose Events at 40 South Main Street (rear) with a ribbon cutting, open house and floral arrangement demonstrations.
“Ever since I started this company seven years ago out of my apartment in Philly I’ve wanted to bring it home to Yardley,” said Feeney. “We started the business in Philadelphia, but it was always the goal to bring it here. It’s just nice to be back home where I’ve always belonged.”
Before cutting the ribbon, Feeney thanked everyone who has given her support over the years.
“I have the absolute best family in the whole world,” she said, thanking them for their help from ripping out walls to installing new drywall to painting and offering encouragement and emotional support. She also thanked her team for their support, her boyfriend and her friends.
“It really means the world to me to bring this business back home,” she said.
Feeney, who grew up in Yardley Borough and Lower Makefield and graduated from Pennsbury High School in 2004, got her first job when she was 15 just down the street at Ye Olde Yardley Florist.
Today, she’s still all about flowers - her business focused on event and floral designs for weddings and special occasions.
She and her team of experienced floral designers do everything from simple centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnières to extravagant living walls and big chandeliers.
“Our team has been styling weddings throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey for the past seven years. Our mission is to stay a smaller design company that limits the number of weddings we carry out per year in order to give our clients a boutique experience so they experience the immersive nature that is floral design, rather than simply selecting images from a website or blog,” said Maura.
At Maura Rose Floral & Event Design, the customer experience is crucial, but so is their focus on the community and the environment.
“We strive to source our blooms as locally as possible during the growing season and we minimize our footprint by composting all of our floral materials at Snipes Farm," said Maura. “This year we also offer a floral re-purposing program to all our clients in which you can opt to donate your wedding florals to be re-used as bouquets to be delivered to area hospitals, shelters and homes.”
Maura Rose Floral & Event Design has already begun hosting Wine + Design Nights since coming to town. The next open event (ticketed online) is a Wildflowers & Cotton Workshop on July 9th. All events are BYOB, with materials, instruction, water and herbal teas provided.
“What a fantastic story: Local resident learns her trade at one of Yardley’s legacy businesses, later creates her own brand and business concept elsewhere in the region, has great success, and then comes ‘home’ to Yardley to live and have her business be part of growing that very same community,” remarked Jef Buehler, President of Experience Yardley. “Their offering of design classes on evenings just adds to mix of cool things you can experience in our one square mile of awesome.”
Among the dignitaries attending the event and helping to cut the ribbon were State Rep. Perry Warren, Yardley Borough Councilman Ryan Berry, Barry DiNola representing the Yardley Business Association and Heather DiPrato and David Appelbaum from Experience Yardley.
“It’s wonderful to see a woman who grew up here in Yardley - a Pennsbury High School graduate - build her business in the big city and then bring the experiences she has gained and her business home, back to the community and back here to Main Street in Yardley where she grew up.”
Councilman Berry added, “It’s always great to have a new business open up in town. I walked through and the studio and it is absolutely amazing,” he said. “.I think they’ll do very well and I wish them the best.”
For more information on Maura Rose Floral & Event Design and their workshops and services, find them on the web at http://mauraroseevents.com as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.