Maple and Mum Floral Designs
Family Owned. Locally Grown.
At Maple & Mum we are committed to three core values: exceptional service, responsible sourcing, and seasonally-inspired design.
Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event and we take that seriously. Our goal is to make the planning process fun and to build a relationship with you that lasts far beyond your wedding day. To best serve you, we take time to learn your story, your interests and what makes you and your event unique.
We find that local flowers are more beautiful, sustainable, fresher, and longer-lasting. Traditional imports are doused in chemicals, boxed in excessive packaging and shipped thousands of miles before arriving at the florist’s doorstep. Our flowers arrive freshly cut from the field in buckets of water from farmers we know by name and consider our friends. Choosing Maple & Mum Floral Designs means you are supporting family farms, small businesses and your local economy.
Our commitment to local sourcing guides our fresh-from-the-garden designs. Our style is loose and airy, with a touch of whimsy. We offer a wide range of services from bridal party bouquets and boutonnieres to elaborate ceremony and reception décor.
Meet the Maple & Mum team
Nancy Hilton and Kate Brunson are a mother-daughter duo who combine their love of natural beauty, design and celebrations to create a family business that serves wedding and event clients in Connecticut and beyond. Inspired by the changing seasons, Maple & Mum proudly partners with local growers to create lush, organic designs.
Their name stems from the roots they’ve planted in New England and the maple tree they’ve had in every place they’ve called home. One seedling from Nancy’s childhood home has moved with them as life has taken them from place to place. And the mum, an homage to their favorite season and motherhood.
Maple & Mum was born on a cold winter afternoon as Kate was preparing to return to her 9-5 office job after the birth of her daughter in 2012. Searching for a more meaningful, creative career that supported more time with her growing family, she asked her mom for advice. Nancy recalled her years working in their small-town flower shop while her girls were in grade-school as the best job she ever had. The hours flew by while she worked with her hands creating art through flowers. That spark led to research, floral design courses and finally led them to Debra Prinzing's "Slow Flowers" podcast. Her weekly stories of farmers and florists growing and designing with local flowers convinced them to take the leap and open their own floral design business in May 2015.