Apryl Sahadi and Julie Crites joined creative forces several years ago to create Petalena, a boutique floral design studio located just north of Boston. Their unique style reflects an appreciation for the natural world with inspiration from European floral design and contemporary technique and artistry. Petalena’s custom floral creations capture the mood and spirit of their clients and each event.
Petalena has had the pleasure of working with some of Boston’s best and most sought-after vendors and venues. Their design work has been featured in many of New England’s renowned wedding publications including Boston Magazine’s – Boston Weddings, Bride’s Boston, and The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine Wedding Issue.
Most recently Petalena was voted “Best of the Knot” for 2010, receiving accolades from their clients for their distinctive floral designs. WeddingWire also honored Petalena in 2010 with the “Bride’s Choice Award,” a distinction that recognizes the top 5% of wedding from professionals for their excellence in quality, service, and professionalism.
Petalena’s florals and décor have graced New England’s most unique hotels and venues including The Liberty Hotel, Taj Boston, XV Beacon, Hotel Marlowe, The Algonquin Club, The Lyman Estate, and The Pierce House.
Apryl has the greenest thumb of anyone you will ever meet and an artist when it comes to all things floral. Prior to Petalena, she danced ballet for several years at regional ballet companies and was a professional make-up artist for MAC as well as for numerous movies filmed in New England. In her free time, she works on restoring her lovely old house north of Boston.
Julie started out as a visual artist doing wacky mixed media paintings and has loved art and aesthetics for as long as she can remember. Orchids were the first of her flower passions and drew her into the floral design world several years ago. When she’s not creating Petalena designs or blogging about it, Julie hones her cooking skills, travels, reads too many books at the same time, and makes jewelry.