From Left: Charles Harris (Delivery and Setup), Teresa Hunt (Store General Manager), Bethany Downs (Design and Setup), Warren Pusak (Design and Setup), Teresa Underwood (Design), Betsy Isaacs (Design and Setup) and Samantha Leatherwood (Design and Setup)
North Raleigh Florist has an exceptional wedding and event team with over 95 years of combined experience. Our design team consists of Warren Pusak, Teresa Underwood, Betsy Isaacs, Samantha Leatherwood, Teresa Hunt and Bethany Downs.
Warren Pusak is our head designer with over 30 years in the floral industry. Warren is no stranger to wedding and events and specializes in cascade bouquets, large wedding and event arrangements and wedding setups.
Teresa Underwood is a very talented designer with over 25 years experience and specializes in large wedding and event arrangements and ceremony decorations.
Betsy Isaacs is a North Carolina Professional Florist (NCCPF) Certified designer with over 7 years experience. Betsy specializes in silks, tabletop designs, corsages and wedding setups.
Samantha Leatherwood has 2 years of design experience and was a runner up at the 2013 wake county designer of the year competition. Samantha specializes in handties bridal bouquets, table top designs, ceremony decorations and setup.
Teresa Hunt has been in the floral industry since the early 80's and is North Raleigh Florists general manager. Teresa specializes in corsages and helps with coordination delivery and setup.
Bethany Downs is one of our newest staff members, who has a niche for design. Bethany has been with our design team for a year and a half and specializes in boutonierres, corsages, table top designs and wedding setup.
Charles Harris has been with North Raleigh Florist for over six years and specializes in wedding delivery and setup. We take pride in all our staff members, and know that you will be happy with our services.
Each staff member takes personal responsibility and ownership over different aspects of your wedding and takes direction from the wedding and event manager to ensure your wedding exceeds your expectations.
"My bouquet was AMAZING! It was even better than I expected. All the flowers were delivered on time and looked great. They helped me find the exact color I needed for various flowers, and it looked perfect. I'm not one for flowers, but everything was really pretty, and I still can't get over how great my bouquet was. The value is great, as well." - Littles
"Janice was very flexible and responsive regarding my requests for my flowers. She was fine with making last minute adjustments and receptive to all my requests. My only regret is the flowers weren't exactly the color I had expected and I wish I would have gone a little bigger with the bouquets. But other than that I was very happy with working with Janice at North Raleigh Florists and would recommend them to others." - Sarah
"North Raleigh Florist provided us with beautiful flowers for the ceremony and reception for a great value. Upon meeting with them, they took our budget seriously and helped create bouquets and table arrangements based upon it. We were extremely pleased with all the flowers! And the staff were very down to earth and easy to work with. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for beautiful and affordable flowers!" - Amy
"My flowers were fresh and beautiful! I didn't line my sample bouquet very much because it didn't have enough color for me (used it in my bridal portraits) but they worked with me and I ended up with the most perfect stunning flowers for my actual wedding day! They are great and prices are reasonable. They will try to get exactly what you want for you and tell you what flowers don't work for bouquets etc and why! Wonderful staff!!" - kfs0228
"North Raleigh Florist did a fantastic job on flowers for my wedding. The bouquets and arrangements came out exactly as I pictured them and everything looked beautiful. Working with Samantha was fantastic, as she quickly responded to my emails and questions and had no problem making changes and adjustments for me. They were also a great value by helping me stay within my budget and still letting me pick the flowers I wanted. I highly recommend them for your event!" - Ada
"A friend of mine referred me to North Raleigh Florist, as she had used them for her wedding. We had a great experience. Samantha met with us and was very knowledgeable. We wanted something beautiful with a reasonable cost. She was prepared with many suggestions for us. I found bouquets that I loved for myself and the bridesmaids. Samantha helped us switch out some of the flowers to lower the cost but still have the same basic bouquet. We also had some special requests for flowers for our many nieces and nephews, along with our parents. We were able to find very lovely flowers for everyone. The price was very reasonable! The flowers were delivered on time, clearly labeled, and looked just wonderful. I would highly recommend North Raleigh Florist to anyone." - Erin
"My flowers were so beautiful and well put together!!!!! I could not have been more pleased. They also lasted a while, so they were definitely good quality." - Mandesa
"Janice and Samantha were more than accommodating with keeping my budget in mind and, providing me with honest feedback when it came to my flower needs. Will definitely use them in the future and refer them to friends and family. Thank you for the absolutely gorgeous flowers that made my bridal party even more gorgeous than they already are!" - Lauren
Janice Cutler began her education at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. She received a B.S. in Marketing/Management and International Studies with a concentration in German. She graduated in 1990 at which point she worked in the Marketing and Survey Research field with companies such as SavaTree, IBM, and the Research Triangle Institute. Soon her interests turned to Horticulture and she enrolled in a program at North Carolina State University, while working at Homewood Nursery. In November of 1995, Janice began working at Montgomery’s Florist and in the Spring of 1996 became a certified Floral Designer by the Southeast Florida School of Floral Design. In October of 1996 she became the new owner of Montgomery’s Florist and successfully ran the company until 2001 at which point she decided to sell the business and focus on raising her children. In July 2007, Montgomery’s Florist had closed their doors and Janice noticed the space was available. After spending the last seven years raising her two beautiful daughters she decided to return to the career which she loves. By November 2007, the florist doors in the Celebration Shopping Center reopened as North Raleigh Florist. Janice and the staff stay current with design trends and techniques. She encourages everyone to always keep learning and to share their knowledge and experience with one another. She and her staff continue to grow in the field of design through industry classes, design competitions and hands-on workshops. She has served several terms on the board of the Wake County Florist Association, the BLC (Business Leader's Club), Membership Chair and Communications Chair on the board of NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners), and Chair of the Wake County Business Alliance Committee for the Mt. Vernon Middle School. Janice has a great passion for the floral industry and strongly believes in long-term relationships. She strives to help every customer express themselves perfectly for each occasion.
Samantha Alawar is the wedding and events manager at North Raleigh Florist. Samantha started in the floral industry at a young age and almost 15 years later she still loves the industry! Through floral education classes she has expanded her knowledge of designs and floral industry trends and is very passionate about expanding her floral knowledge through continued education and regularly attends floral design workshops and classes. In 2011, Samantha won The Wake County Florist Associations Designer of the Year competition and has since taught public design workshops and trained and coached floral designers in everyday and competition designs. As a part of North Raleigh Florist, Samantha has competed at the NC State Fair and won many ribbons with bridal bouquets, sympathy pieces and surprise categories. With a full design staff for weddings, Samantha supervises and oversees all aspects of the weddings from consult to wedding day.
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