In honor of working moms everywhere, meet Leland-based mompreneur Amber Lanier.

“It’s been a wild ride,” says mother and business owner Amber Lanier.

Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Lanier relocated to Wilmington in 1998 with her mind set on pursuing a career in the film industry. As a set dresser for productions filmed in Wilmington and Charleston, she learned the elements of design from some of the best production designers and set decorators in the business.

Seven years later she moved to Leland. After spending years designing weddings and events for family and friends, in 2007 she decided to take the plunge and open her own floral and event styling business. Designs by Amber Lanier, Floral and Event Styling provides fresh floral creations and decor for all occasions.

Lanier’s passion for flowers and creating tranquil environments and breathtaking settings was inspired by her mother. A nature lover and avid gardener, her mother’s idea of a good time was exploring nature to find and admire various types of flowers, such as cypripediums aka lady slippers. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Lanier has had a similar passion for all things green and flowery since she was a young girl.

“Floral work is my favorite,” Lanier says. “I love designing a space that is visually appealing.”

Lanier has a knack for piecing together flowers and decor to bring her clients’ floral and design dreams to life while creating an atmosphere that is unforgettable and comfortable for their guests. She is an expert at creating a wow factor through large floral installations and bridal bouquets.

But while she specializes in creating stress-free events for her clients, Lanier’s life can be quite hectic. Juggling mom life and work life has been one of her biggest challenges. She is not only a full-time floral designer, but also she is a full-time mom. She has 12-year-old twins, Sara and Fletcher.

“The balance between work and home … the struggle is real,” she says. “Dirty dishes piled high in the sink kind of real! When you are completely exhausted and you have to cook dinner but you need that one pan way at the bottom of that dirty pile of dishes kind of struggle. So you end up calling Papa John’s instead. That kind of struggle!” Lanier laughs as she describes the pressures that she faces as a working mom, knowing that she is definitely not alone.

She encourages all moms, entrepreneurs or not, to take care of themselves this Mother’s Day, to kick up their feet, order carry out and do themselves a favor and relax!

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