According to latest estimates, the U.S. wedding industry is worth over $60 Billion annually, and the average wedding sets the happy couple – or their parents – back by a whopping $44,000. Weddings are big business today. And this has created all sorts of opportunities for creative entrepreneurs who have figured out how to offer goods and services to satisfy the fancy and both the modest and lavish budget of every bride.
Lauren Bercier is co-founder and CEO of Something Borrowed Blooms, a startup company that offers rent-and return flowers for your special day.
The company uses high-quality silk flowers and then does the arrangements themselves, being mindful of the latest trends and fashions in floral arrangements.
Lauren founded the company in 2015 with her cousin, Laken, based on Lauren’s experiences as a bride, and after a couple of years of slow growth, company revenues shot up 400 percent in 2018 and – despite the pandemic-driven dip – it’s been gangbusters ever since. Lauren says the current generation of millennial brides want picture perfect weddings but don’t necessary want to spend money on pricey fresh flowers. With Something Borrowed Blooms, they don’t have to.
Something Borrowed Blooms is nothing short of a game-changing revolution in the multi billion dollar wedding industry.
Felix Sherman, Jr. is co-owner of one of Baton Rouge’s most beloved bakeries—The Ambrosia Bakery and Deli, which is particularly well known for its beautiful wedding cakes, as well as a whole bunch of other sinfully delicious confections.
Ambrosia was founded in 1991 by Felix’s parents, Felix and Cheryl Sherman. Cheryl began decorating cakes in the 1980s and spent some time working in other bakeries. Felix, after losing his job due to a company merger in 1991, decided it was time to try something new and the couple opened the bakery together. In the years since, it has grown tremendously, expanded in size three times, and been recognized not only locally but nationally, picking up an award for being one of the Top 50 Wedding Cake bakeries in America.
Photos by Karry Hosford, over lunch at Mansurs on the Boulevard.
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