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About You

Weddings are kind of a big deal…in fact, that’s the only service we sell. Our brides and grooms get 100% of our attention, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. After flowering for over 200 weddings, we’ve noticed a few commonalities amongst our clients:

  • You want your wedding to be amazing, but not look like you tried too hard.

  • You want the wedding to reflect who you are as a couple, but you want your guests to feel loved.

  • You want to cast a vision, but you want us to take that vision and run with it so that you can relax and enjoy your engagement.

 From left to right: Ciara (studio manager), Mary Ellen (founder and head of Steelcut Virginia), Emma (lead designer and head of Steelcut Maryland)

From left to right: Ciara (studio manager), Mary Ellen (founder and head of Steelcut Virginia), Emma (lead designer and head of Steelcut Maryland)

About Us

We believe in Grit and Grace.

Yin and Yang.

Whatever you want to call it, magic happens at the intersections of life— the place where thorn and petal collide, where sunlight glimmers on an icy pond, where two hands join as one after the officiant says ‘I pronounce you.’

Our floral designs aim to capture the full range of emotions, because we believe there’s beauty in all of it.

We express this through flowers with unexpected groupings such as garden roses in full bloom paired with foraged seed pods, always looking to nature for cues while keeping our clients at the forefront of our work.

Steelcut was founded in Baltimore, MD in 2014 by Mary Ellen LaFreniere (the one with the forever topknot, in the middle of the photo above). Mary Ellen grew up on a flower farm and made her first bouquet at the age of 4. Mary Ellen has always believed in flowers, but especially for weddings, because “the flowers are the only living element at a wedding besides the guests. The flowers, with their heads held high, remind us that we humans are strange and lovely, that senseless beauty still exists, and that falling in love is always worth the risk.”

Today, the Baltimore studio is run by Emma Bates (that cute gal on the right) and Mary Ellen has expanded the business to Virginia, where she calls Lynchburg home.

Emma and Mary Ellen met when Emma hired Mary Ellen to do the flowers for her own Baltimore wedding. As a client, Emma described her color palette with words like “parchment and vanilla,” and she e-mailed Mary Ellen intimidatingly detailed pdfs detailing how she wanted her flowers styled. When Mary Ellen was ready to hire, Emma was the obvious choice, bringing with her a keen and meticulous sense of design from her background in architecture, coupled with an insatiable love for flowers that was fostered at a young age in her Grandmother’s garden.

In the past four years, we have been humbled and overwhelmed with joy to see our flowers featured by the following publications: MarthaWeddings.com, Once Wed, Style Me Pretty, Baltimore Bride, Washingtonian Bride & Groom, Grey Likes Weddings, Ruffled, Design*Sponge, Real Simple, and Domino mag.

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Getting Started

Getting started is easy, but we only take a limited number of events per year and we book up fast. Click “check your date now” and give us the deets so that we can get this party started!