Meet the mother-daughter duo behind Auburn’s flower arrangements
As one of the South’s premier university campuses and a historic agricultural school, Auburn University flower arrangements must have a punch, and Cathy and Catherine Wayman of C. Wayman Floral and Events are two women. who achieve it. Auburn graduates themselves, promotions of 1974 and 2007, respectively, the mother-daughter team understand that college bleeds navy blue and orange, and it doesn’t stop at the flowers. âIf you’re looking for an orange or blue vase, we’ve got it,â laughs Catherine.
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âI started by organizing a few events for some schools such as the School of Education and the School of Forestry. Word of mouth spread and I finally started doing the graduation flowers, âsays Cathy. One thing led to another and Cathy had more work than she could handle on her own. It was then that she turned to apprentice Catherine.
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“While she was at school [at Auburn], Catherine had always been a wonderful helper and assistant, so she came to help me with things. Now she has joined me full time! âSays Cathy.
Now, more than a decade after graduating, Atlanta-based Catherine helps her mother with Auburn concerts, but also serves clients in major cities, including directors of movies and hip hop celebrities such as Cardi B, Missy Elliott, and Rick Ross. âOne of the planners I work with discovered me on Instagram and gave me this clientele opportunity in Atlanta, but we’ve been running these large-scale events in Auburn for years. practiced and that I could dream without limits, âshe said. said.
C. Wayman’s designs are innovative and fun, yet professional and refined, and the team is always on the lookout for new ways to get creative. Whether they are designing tulip chandeliers or flowery trellises, women take a unique approach to each project and as a result Auburn has been at the forefront of floral design. âNow, I never made giraffes with flowers for Auburn, but I did topiaries with flowers in Auburn,â says Catherine.
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Currently, C. Wayman’s wives are preparing arrangements and reasons for recruiting the sisterhood. “This clientele has grown larger and larger because these girls really do everything for their preferred parties.” However, in no time at all, summer will turn into fall and it will be football season.
Whether Cathy and Catherine are making 60-100 arrangements per week for the Jordan-Hare stadium suites or creating massive screens for the President’s office, one thing is certain: each arrangement will be filled with a multitude of blue and orange flowers. Orange amaryllis and blue agapanthus are some of the duo’s most used selections. “I can tell you all the blue flowers that exist, all the shades of orange pink,” Catherine agrees.
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This is where the good old color theory comes into play. Orange and blue are complementary on the color wheel. Yes, University of Florida, we’re looking at you. âThe Gators are a brighter orange. Auburn is really burnt orange and navy blue, so we’re leaning towards those colors. And we certainly don’t use crimson or red in the stadium,â says Catherine. Catherine and Cathy joke that you will only find red around Auburn during the holidays, and even that is overkill.
Ultimately, the team ultimately wants to deliver that classic Southern hospitality we all know and love. Cathy explains that from food to flowers, people ultimately want to feel special and like they’re part of something exclusive.
“Our main customer, Auburn University, wants people to feel at home,” confirms Catherine. “Football is more than just a game, it’s the beautiful tailgate and the family atmosphere.” We are going to “War Eagle” at this!