Meet the Owners
MARTHA STEWART - originally from Michigan and a long time resident of New York City, Martha has a business degree from Western Michigan University and is a Certified Project Manager. She achieved a Six Sigma black belt level for innovative business analysis. A resident of Richmond since 1993, she holds certificates in wedding coordination, floral design and event planning. Before co-founding SBD, Martha was a buyer for Lord & Taylor and Bloomingdale's, followed by 17 years at Circuit City Stores with concentration on project management and vendor relations. Martha has two daughters and seven grandchildren. Her passions are weddings, Florida State University Football, photography and landscaping. Martha often says she would rather be at a wedding helping to make the event a success than anywhere else.
DEBBIE BERRY - originally from Ohio, Debbie holds a Masters Degree in Education from Ohio State University and is certified in floral design and decor. After her teaching career, Debbie transformed her lifelong love of antiques, vintage items and historical lore into a successful retail business. A founder of SBD, she is an avid decorator and gardener with a talent for combining the two into home and landscape design that is well known in the Midlothian area. Debbie and husband Randy have a daughter and son, and five grandchildren. A master of color and floral design, her passions are bridal bouquets and creative center pieces - always with low cost in mind.
COMPANY HISTORY - Stewart Berry Designs, or S B D as we like to call it, began hundreds of weddings ago in the mid 1990's. With Debbie's color and floral experience and Martha's project management and vendor relations experience, coupled with their mutual interest in weddings, estate sales and collecting vintage/antique items, Martha and Debbie were often called on by friends and family to design wedding floral arrangements, to create a time-line for an event, or manage the various vendors during the reception. It was an obvious transition into the creation of a wedding planning and floral business.
MISSION STATEMENT - From the very beginning, Martha and Debbie were committed to creating a company that was different from the usual floral and coordination offerings. They based their company on the following concepts –
every wedding should be special and unique - designs are always new and never prepeated
personal service is of the highest priority - we only do one wedding a weekend so that we can provide excellent service
family heirlooms and collections should be used and not collect dust in the attic - from this came the Loaner Program so that we can share these things with others
the bride’s money is precious and should be respected - use our creativity instead of your cash
licenses, insurance and certification is necessary - we are knowledgeable professionals, not hobbyists or amateurs
bride's rule - we give honest and experienced based advice, but in the end it's the bride's call
mothers, brides and family members should be guests at the wedding and not workers - let us watch the clock and handle the tasks while you all have a wonderful time