His business is blooming, literally.
Donnie Morey is a self-taught floral designer who has been in business for 20 yearsand very serious about it for the past 10 years, he said.
He has his own floral studio near Oak Park.
"I enjoy pairing unexpected materials together, [ including ] exotic flowers, feathers, etc. I like playing with color, texture, creating interest and drama," Morey said. "I have always had a creative side, have always felt need to createbe it art or floral design. I have always needed that outlet. "
Morey won the 2009 People's Choice Award ( for bouquet work ) , presented by the American Institute of Floral Designers.
"What I enjoy the most is, the process," he said. "What I really like to do is, take what the client wants, and then incorporate my own spin. They'll bring pictures of flowers or styles that they like, and then I'll add my touch."
His work is primarily for weddings, though he also has shined at galas, fundraisers, dinner parties and elsewhere. He also has done several civil unions, which definitely have increased his business, he said.
Morey and his partner, Eric Breckenridge, had a ring ceremony five years into their relationship and are now thinking about their 20th anniversary celebration. "We will do something to celebrate our commitmentwith lots of flowers, of course," Morey said.
"One thing I love about my job is, helping people realize their dream, their vision. I enjoy taking simple elements and turning it into something that is dramatic, amazing. I get a lot of satisfaction from that 'Wow Factor."
THE STATSAge: 48
Job title: Floral designer
Favorite flower: Orchid
Relationship status: Partners with Eric Breckenridge, 46, a flight attendant. They have been together for 19 years.
Hobbies: Movies, music, and socializing with friends.
Pets: Two Wheaten terriers, named Sidney and Shane
Little-known fact: Is a part-time social worker and writes home studies for people who wish to adopt.