Chandra with her boys Ethan and Carsten     

Photo Cred: Alex Lasota

To Do GREAT WORK you MUST LOVE what you do....

I am excited you have found us!  There is nothing better than going to work each day and loving what I do.  It truly is life changing. YOU are the reason I get to do that.  Flowers have been a love of mine since I was just a child. I was a lucky kid that lived a rural life in small town Elgin, Oregon. It all started when my grandpa would take me out every spring to pick Buttercups. Then in high school I was active in our FFA chapter which helped form dreams of flower farming or greenhouse production.  Well... life happened and that wasn't the direction I went.  Instead I found more enthusiasm for the design side of the industry.  I LOVE weddings and events, so it was only natural that be my focus.  

 After helping family and friends plan, design, and execute their own weddings I was urged to start my own endeavor.  Simplified Celebrations was born in 2009. Having an entrepreneur for a father and a creative mother already equipped me with the building blocks needed to start my own business.

Following the birth of my second son, MY dream came true. The first step was remodeling my garage into a fully operational design studio. My dining room was then converted into a comfortable consultation area. By keeping the business in home, I was not only able to keep my two boys Ethan and Carsten close, but also kept overhead costs to a minimum. 

Aside from having formal experience in a local flower shop, I graduated from The Floral Design Institute in Portland, OR. Soon after I took the Advanced Wedding Design course from FDI and continue to stay on top of current and upcoming trends in floral artistry and design. In 2016 I was embraced by an international group of wedding and event designers called Chapel Designers. Having Holly Chapple and so many other amazing floral designers as part of my team has changed, not only my outlook on the industry, but also the way I design.  I really enjoy learning new techniques and trends to bring to our area.

 November 2015 Simplified Celebrations expanded to our cute little studio in Richland, WA off Casey Avenue. We offer in studio or phone consultation times, Sips & Stems classes, and a co-op environment for other vendors in the event and wedding industry to meet their clients. 

Come and see our space, chat flowers, and tell us what inspires you.