BABE #31: ZOE GALLINA,
Creative Director @ Botanica International
Zoë is just so lovely. She was referred to me by her 'right-hand woman' and a very important lady in my life, Kellie Hughes. As I know Kellie surrounds herself with good company in and out of the workplace, I can only imagine how wonderful Zoë is in person. Her passionate (and meticulous) approach to her career leaves a lasting and memorable effect on one of the most special days in the lives of her clients. Thanks for being here, Zoë!
Engaged friends who are in the beginning stages of wedding planning and decorating: this interview is for you. You're welcome.
Hometown: Born in Rutherglan, Scotland & Raised in Tampa, FL
Current city: Tampa, FL
Alma mater: University of North Florida
Degree: B.S. in Communications
Hustle: Creative Director, Botanica International Design and Decor Studio
Babe you admire and why?
I admire all women, but specifically moms. Obviously it’s most likely because I’m a semi-new (3 years into the gig) Mom myself. Motherhood is the most amazing, challenging, wonderful, hard and awesome job all at the same time. To think we’re able help grow and take care of a little human being all the while taking care of ourselves is pretty incredible. We're all pretty awesome, and I don’t think we appreciate ourselves enough for what we do.
What have you been listening to lately?
JohnnySwim! We had the honor (and pleasure) of providing the florals and décor for this AMAZING duo several years ago for their wedding. When I learned the bride’s mother was Donna Summer and she and her husband were a talented singing duo, I was HOOKED!
Go-to adult beverage?
Red or white wine. I don’t discriminate. ;)
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
This answer would certainly be different 4 years ago, but right now, it would be on a Disney Cruise with my husband and 3-year-old daughter. I’ve heard nothing about rave reviews about Disney Cruises, and my daughter is Disney/Disney princess obsessed - I know she would die!
Tell us about your hustle:
I am currently the Creative Director at Botanica International Design and Décor Studio, my family’s business (Est. 1989). As Creative Director, I interact with each client that walks through our door. We discuss their event and help to create the design and décor concept. Sometimes clients come in with an exact vision and others come in and trust us to create it for them. After I create all of our concepts and proposals, the rest of our crew brings them to life. I also oversee our social media, various personnel items and rental items, work with a graphic artists for various marketing materials, and when necessary, clean/tidy up around the office. In a family business, you wear many hats!