It’s time to celebrate M O M! We are so excited to launch our 2022 Mother’s Day Gift Guides!
While you are enjoying these sunny days, get a jump start on selecting something she will truly love. We have thoughtfully styled these unique guides for all those amazing mamas out there–moms of littles, moms of grown-ups, stepmoms, grandmas, and even plant and dog mamas. Settle in and enjoy!
You can shop online and pick up in store, ship to your home, OR ship directly to HER! Of course, we will gift wrap it for you too! Or maybe you want to call us with your wish list, and then give your husband a hint to shop at OPD!
It makes us so happy to see all the design elements of your wedding come together seamlessly. We want your vibe to transcend every moment!
What happens when you work with us? Many brides are surprised to learn that the first thing we do is set up a consultation. We can’t possibly begin to bring your wedding vision to life until we have made that personal connection. We want to hear everything! Send us a Pinterest board, bring your photos, and all the ideas…dream big and then let us handle the details.
This process should be fun and exciting! Let’s talk about your wedding hopes and inspiration. Are you coastal? Boho? Elegant? We will help direct you on theming and weave in gorgeous, statement features to make your wedding truly unique and personal. Struggling with color palette? Few things bring us more joy than selecting just the right hues for your season, venue, and style!
Lindsay Hackney Photography
We’ve got you covered on all the moving pieces too. Our event designers know exactly where your signage needs to be placed, how many centerpieces you really need, and what can be repurposed after the ceremony. When you leave, we want you to feel completely psyched and confident that every detail is taken care of.
We always meet a few weeks before your big day to confirm all the details—date, venue, headcount—and make any necessary adjustments. Our team also works directly with your venue to ensure everything is set to perfection—every last detail. You won’t have to do a thing!
Lindsay Hackney Photography
Are you ready to hear more? How can we help? We only have a few dates left for 2022 and we are already booking 2023!
We’re taking these next couple of weeks to lift the curtain and introduce you to the lovely ladies who power the Only Prettier Design Team.
It only seems fitting to start with ourselves, Dianne & Heather. . . co-owners, dreamers and doers.
We have a deep love for making all things Prettier and everyday we wake up feeling blessed that we get to do what we love while working with each other!
We each have 4 kids, run 1 shop (that’s growing!), own 2 Flower Bars, and generally thrive amidst chaos.
To make things interesting (and a bit more personal), we asked our staff to interview us so you could get to know us a bit better.
So here we go…. All unfiltered and unedited.
Heather is a co-owner of Only Prettier Design [OPD] along with Dianne. She’s a dreamer, a doer, and can multitask like no other.
As a co-owner she’s pulled in a gazillion directions from arranging flowers for weddings & events, ordering merchandise for our little Norfolk boutique, and keeping up with social posts . . . just to name a few.
She has fierce tenacity, determination, and courage…. And also has a natural knack for making ALL things prettier.
Tell us a little about your kids. I have 3 sweet girls 8,10, 13 and 1 rambunctious little guy who just turned 5!
Have you always had a thing for flowers?Not exactly- I’ve just had a thing for unique textures and designs and flowers are just an extension of design expression!
What do you consider to be your superpowers? Multitasking- there are always a million to-do’s buzzing around in my brain!
What is your favorite product? Spark from Advocare…I truly can’t live life without it! It gives me all the energy I need to get through my busy days and helps me stay up during my night shifts at the hospital!
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would you bring? Mascara- I know it sounds crazy…but my lashes are seriously transparent and I just don’t feel comfortable without it 🤷♀️
Would you rather go a day without food or without the internet? Internet…I could honestly stand to go a day without food and the internet would help keep me distracted!
What are a few things that most people don’t know about you? I grew up in waterskiing in Michigan and have always loved to travel! I don’t get scared or cry easily. I’ve been a pediatric nurse for almost 2O years!
Who is your Role Model? My mom for sure! All of my drive and courage comes from her.
Would you rather skydive or swim with sharks? Swim with sharks for sure! Let’s go tomorrow 🙂
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? I don’t know if it’s crazy, but I waterski a slalom course, snowboards the Alps, and have eaten termites in the Amazon. I’m super adventurous and competitive. The crazier the better!
What’s your favorite flower? Poppy!
Are you an early bird or night owl? Night owl…always have been!
What’s been the most exciting moment for Only Prettier Design? It’s so hard to just pick one! There have been so many signs that have shown us that this is exactly where we’re supposed to be! This expansion has probably been the MOST exciting… our vision is now becoming a reality!
Do you have a favorite Mantra? My dad always says…”many hands make light work”. Truth!
This year is definitely a little different for me. It’ll be my first Mother’s Day without my momma.
I remember sitting in my car last year on Mother’s Day when I received an email that shared a song, Blank Stares by Jay Allen. I immediately asked my husband to play it, and tears began streaming down my face. This song put every single thought that I’ve had for years into words.
Oh how do I get you back
If I could only seal the cracks you’re slipping through
Wish I didn’t feel so helpless when it comes to helping you
So I keep holding on
To every little memory made of you and me
Every little glimpse of who you used to be
I know you’re still in there
Deep down somewhere I swear I still see you
Between the blank stares
Jesus must have known that I needed that song. I needed something or someone to put all my thoughts out there.
It was almost 10 years ago that I sat quietly and heard about the terrible disease that was taking my momma away. I was angry, sad, scared, and down right, a flipping mess. My mom had been fighting Alzheimer’s and then in July of 2019, two months before delivering my twins, it just became too much for her. She was tired, and it pushed her to the edge. She lost her battle with dementia on July 28th, 2019 and if I told you the story about 6:48, you wouldn’t believe me so we’ll save that for another day.
This is a picture of my mom and I at NASCAR. She’s the biggest Earnhardt fan you’ll ever meet and never missed watching a Sunday race.
I’ve almost had all my firsts without her – my birthday, her birthday, thanksgiving, christmas, new years, valentine’s day, easter, and now … the last one – Mother’s Day.
This year, it will hurt. It will remind me of what I have lost and what I will never have again. The person that I’ve had the closest relationship with in my life is gone.
I could let my day be consumed by these thoughts and feelings. But I know the way that I can celebrate her on Mama’s Day is to live like her, and good lord, there are no tears.
You get up, you hug your babies, you make memories, and you remind yourself, that you will never walk alone.
I look forward to Mama’s Day every year – and each year it has become better and better. Five years ago, I celebrated my first mother’s day while I was pregnant with my oldest. He has taught me everything that I know about being a mama. I remember asking the discharge nurse in the hospital if he was buckled in right. Yes, total first mom nerves. Each day since, I’ve learned more about myself than I have in my entire life. I have days where I show up my best self for my kids, and then I have other days where I just can’t get it right. One thing never changes though – how my kids look at me.
I was recently asked who my role model is – and seriously this question is hard. I sat there searching for someone else. And then it came to me… when it comes to who a role model is, it’s me! It’s who my kids think I am. I truly wake up each day trying to be the person my kids think I am. Without them, I wouldn’t be who I am, and even on my worst of days, they just see their momma. They don’t see the laundry or dishes, or tears. They just see me.
I was honest y’all – this is what I will be thinking about on Mother’s Day. Love and hugs to all you moms out there! You are killing it, even on the hard days. To those who have their moms, treasure this time – make some memories. To those who have lost their mom, my heart is with you – cry a little, and then go and do something for you!
For me – it’s a dance party in the kitchen kind of day – grabbing my kids and jammin out to a little Kip Moore is exactly what this mama needs!
Welcome to the OPD Blog!
Hi! We are Heather & Dianne and we’re the proud owners of Only Prettier Design...wedding florists and designers! Our shop in the greater Boston area is filled with fresh blooms and all the home decor to make your heart swoon. Besides entrepreneurs, we are also busy moms to 4 kiddos each! Our lives are crazy, but beautiful. We are excited to share our story with you, all while keeping it very real. While we’re super excited to show you how to execute a beautiful tablescape and design a stunning floral arrangement...we also want this to be a place to share the real struggles of balancing work and life while creating a life we love!