Weddings Florist, In-young Lee, Seoul
Every fortnight we invite you to take a peek behind the scenes at McQueens Flowers and meet the people who form the fabric of who we are, and what we create. Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to our Seoul-based Weddings Florist, In-young Lee.
How did you get into Floristry, In-young?
I've loved being with nature since I was a kid. So, I majored in horticulture and landscaping in college. But contrary to what I thought, this career involves a lot of time sitting in front of the computer. Meanwhile, I took flower classes as a hobby and I fell in love with it – that’s when I decided to move into the world of floristry.
Tell us how you came to work at McQueens Flowers?
At first, I worked part-time in the wedding team. As a florist, the wedding work was physically difficult, but I loved it and enjoyed the style of floristry that McQueens Flowers do. The teamwork is great, too, I really enjoy my time working with the wedding team.
What other roles have you held since working at the company?
I am a multiplayer! I mainly work for weddings, but also work for other events, school and make shop orders too. It can be challenging to work in all these parts, but it is also great to learn and experience so many areas of McQueens Flowers in a very short time.
What does your day-to-day typically look like?
My daily routine is different depending on what I’m doing that day. I usually work at school on weekdays, and I prepare weddings on the weekends. My work starts at 9:30 am normally, but if I need to go to the flower market, I will start at 7:30 am. Before class I will usually condition and prepare the flowers, the class will run from 10:30 am to around 5 pm, then we clean-up the school, prepare for tomorrow, and do the paperwork. I usually finish around 6:30 pm (I wish there were more hours in the day!).
What do you love the most about your job?
The best thing about floristry is that you can experience the season completely. As I work, I can see the colours of the season, smell the scent, and feel it with my hands. And giving happiness to people. These two reasons are why I chose this job and why I continue.
Do you have a favourite flower?
Actually, this is the most difficult question to answer. Every flower has its own beauty, and my mind keeps changing by season. But if I have to answer it, At this moment, Fritillaria!