Branch Out - floral and event design

branch out (v.)

  • - to enlarge the scope of one's imagination.
Photo of Leighsa Montrose, principal of Branch Out

About Branch Out

Leighsa Montrose AIFD, PFCI, CFD launched Branch Out Floral and Event Design in 1993 in her native home of San Francisco. Utilizing her innate awareness of nature and her profound understanding of color she creates striking compositions for each and every event. Leighsa's designs become storybooks of carefully chosen, placed elements which live side by side and create a seamless harmony. Always, this results in a sense of how truly special the occasion is.

Leighsa is that rare individual who intuitively understands color's effectiveness in capturing and conveying an endless array of emotions. And her intuition extends to her clients as well, where simply a brief conversation can set her off in pursuit of the ultimate way to allow her client's individuality to shine through. Indeed, you know when you meet Leighsa that she is one of those people who is doing exactly what she was meant to do in life.

In was in 1989, following the encouragement of accomplished world–renowned teachers, masters and mentors, Leighsa followed her path of formal education in floriculture. Since that time she has dedicated herself to the development of her craft, and has won numerous awards and accolades for her floral artistry and event designs.

In 1996 she was inducted into the prestigious American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD), an organization committed to excellence in floral design, professionalism and education. In 2010 she was inducted into the Professional Floral Communicators International (PFCI). PFCI is the floral industry’s speaker’s bureau, a network of professional floral business educators certified by the Society of American Florists (SAF).

Leighsa regularly lectures on floriculture and event design, as well as mentoring and teaching design classes and workshops. Her events and designs have been featured on television and in numerous nationwide bridal, home design and current event publications through her 18 years in the industry. Her designs have also been published in books such as: Bouquets to Art (2006) by Pamela J and Style Your Dream Wedding (2008) by Susie Coelho.

Leighsa is an active member of The International Special Events Society (ISES) and founding sponsor and member of the Wedding Industry Professionals Association (WIPA) and The Society of American Florists (SAF).

Since 1993 Leighsa has been commissioned to create exquisite complete environments, blending floral design and event décor for a myriad of San Francisco Bay Area venues. Known for her innate ability to “hear” what her clients may not be able to convey in words she interprets their vision through flowers and décor and creates memorable events that stay etched in time forever.

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