- Associated Press - Sunday, June 26, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Jeanie Meiers has a passion for flowers. Those who have enjoyed her floral creativity know it well. Now so do people throughout the country. Meiers was featured in the April edition of Florist Review, the longest running magazine of its kind, for “Best Wedding” of 2015.

“It’s called ‘Picture Perfect Weddings,’” said Meiers. “It was a 14,000 stem wedding. When I got the news from Florist Review I was excited, real excited! My family was excited for me as well and that made it even better.”

Meiers’ winning wedding was held at Minot’s Cornerstone Presbyterian Church with a reception for 425 people held at the Holiday Inn. Eleven photographs of the wedding grace the pages of April’s Florist Review, all displaying the floral skills of Meier. It was the most flowers she had ever used for a single event, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/28PDRAT ) reported.

“They are perishable,” said Meiers. “Most came out of Minneapolis. Some were shipped right from the farm in Miami. Several times we were up at the airport picking up our flowers, getting them hydrated and cooled.”

With such a large wedding, Meiers enlisted the help of eight others to pull off the award-winning event. It was a success, mostly due to the experience and eye for color possessed by Meiers.

“Color is something that I didn’t know I had the ability to pick. I can choose colors and textures that work together,” said Meiers. “I thought everybody had that.”

Meiers’ floral design was chosen from hundreds of submissions for national recognition, proof that she has a unique talent for choosing both colors and textures. Most of the flowers for her winning wedding were shades of pink, mauve, ivory and champagne.

Meiers owned and operated Meiers Floral in Stanley for 10 years prior to moving to Minot in 2010. Today she works out of her home in the southwest portion of the city, having converted a garage and basement into work and display areas. Meiers says she can meet customers at any time and has the freedom to pick and choose how many events she’ll design each year. Through it all, she has made a dedicated effort to stay well informed on the latest happenings and trends in the floral industry.

“I just came back from California, where I took a class from a man from Holland. It’s nice to be in the know. I push myself,” said Meiers. “I’ll attend a bridal fair in January and keep in touch with retailers.”

When pressed about her favorite flower, Meiers responded that it would have to be a tulip.

“I like some of the uniqueness of a tulip,” said Meiers. “They grow on a daily basis and grow toward the light. I’m kind of a tulip fan. I really like some of the tropicals, too, that we don’t get to see very often here.”

Further information on Meiers and Meiers Floral can be found on the internet at www.meiersfloral.net.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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