Cory and Jody's wedding - Brand Park, Mission Hills, CA. Photo Credit: Gio Barot Photography
Flowers in her hair and wedding with care
By Essi Auguste Virtanen
It is pretty obvious to state that on anyone’s wedding day nobody wants anything to go wrong. Therefore, when Jody could not find her hair piece on her wedding morning, she told herself to stay calm and asked her mother for help.
Her mother Clarissa reached out to Kreative Hands Founder Srini Perera, who was going to bring their wedding flowers in couple of hours, and asked if she could make a headpiece for her daughter.
Srini’s response implied: Consider it done.
“Since we had already done the bouquets into the wee hours of the morning and having a few extra flowers and accents, as I always keep for an emergency, we were able to make it happen,” Srini said. “I was very confident we will make it on time and we arrived half an hour earlier than schedule.”
In 45 minutes, she created a spur-of-the-moment piece of white anemones accented with rosemary, dahlia buds, amaranthus, wax flowers and seeded herb sprigs--a compilation that matched the other floral creations of the wedding party.
Clarissa said Srini’s strong suit is organization and execution, even last minute.
“Srini definitely specializes in saving the day and always adding a little touch, and I don’t know how she’s able to execute that, because not many people can, but Srini can,” Clarissa said.
Srini said working on short notice can be “daunting,” but she has created a routine and system of organization along the years, which leaves room for emergencies. Her other secret is to get herself mindfully in the right place, which helps her creation to flow--even if it has to happen fast.
“My talents of creativity just come to me, and I think that it is the peaceful time I give myself starting the day with a prayer and meditation,” Srini said. “Everything else follows beautifully.”
Jody said Srini’s hair piece turned out to be better than the one she originally had. It was the highlight of her day.
“It was perfect,” Jody said. “Somehow she understood exactly what it should look like and what I wanted.”
Clarissa said she could see that Srini enjoyed just being able to help them. She never even charged them for the hair piece.
Srini said: “It might be just a small extra boutonniere or just a small centerpiece or just a small hair piece or just a few extra blooms, but that is the opportunity I get to help them rather than charge them. I always have a few extra blooms, and why not embrace that opportunity to add a few to their wedding rather than create stress for them to pay me last minute and add to their budget?”
The corsage created last minute was a single pink cymbidium orchid embellished with with ti tree, heather and asparagus fern. Photo courtesy: Pat Pantutamangkul
Corsage chaos and neighborly love
By Essi Auguste Virtanen
It was the day before Michelle Maloof’s son’s prom when she ran in evident urgency to her neighbor’s house.
The neighbor, Kreative Hands Founder Srini Perera, opened her door to a hysterical Michelle who was holding a compilation of flowers and floral supplies that she had found from a local supermarket in Woodland Hills, California.
Michelle exclaimed: “I need some desperate help!”
Srini thought it was an actual emergency.
“To my dismay, she wanted me to do a corsage for her son who was going to prom and decided last minute,” Srini said. “This is her only child and we have seen him growing up.”
For Srini, it has always been a part of her mission to help people in need. She was working on another order at the time, but Srini took the pieces without hesitation to help her long-time neighbor.
“I told Michelle, every day an opportunity knocks at my door to help someone, I grab it with love and passion and take the time,” Srini said.
In only 45 minutes, Srini sculpted together a corsage incorporating the items Michelle had brought and adding her own “kreative” flair. She used a single pink Cymbidium orchid Michelle had brought and framed it with ti tree, heather and asparagus fern.
Michelle said Srini saved the day with her warm and calming essence and her ability to jump on a creation so last minute. “Because we’ve been neighbors for so long, it’s just for me so comforting and amazing to know that you can go to her with pieces and she can bring it all together for you and make you feel good,” Michelle said.