Before Nancy Liu Chin created NLC Designs in 2001, Nancy was actually a weekend wedding warrior (one of those insanely passionate souls who loved planning weddings for friends and friends of friends while holding a corporate job in retail merchandising). Though she secretly collected Martha Stewart Wedding issues, clipped out floral images from books and magazines, it wasn't really until after her own wedding to renowned San Francisco wedding photographer, Kevin Chin, that Nancy seriously decided to give the wedding business her full attention. Once she knew she wanted to do something with her hands, she worked a summer for respected calligrapher Michelle Papineau and later began apprenticing with floral guru Pico Soriano.
It was during these impressionable years that Nancy learned all about the art of making hand tied bouquets, boutonnieres and other detail floral pieces. Encouraged by her mentor, Pico Soriano, Nancy decided to learn more about floral design and enrolled in the esteemed City College of SF Horticulture program.
After starting her business on a fall day, Nancy turned a basement garage business into a thriving business by 2003 when she moved to Dogpatch, a neighborhood known for artisans.
Nancy Signature designs are ---- American. Modern. Classic.
As the years evolved, Nancy went back to her roots and evolved the wedding flower studio in Dogpatch into a floral and event production business(since she always loved the wedding planning process) Beyond just flowers, NLC Designs is dedicated toward creating events, not just beautiful floral creations. And the results show as her work has been featured in countless wedding magazines and blogs. NLC Designs work continues to garner rave reviews from some of the top bloggers like Inspired by This and to be on many of the editor's list of who's who in the floral business including JuneBugs and Style Me Pretty.
Turning a client's inspirations into a beautiful reality is what makes Nancy thrive.. Do you want to work with a team that is equally as passionate about your style and concept as they are about their own work? Do you want to work with a team of designers who year after year continue to set trends, make dreams a reality and also knock the socks off their clients? We sure hope so!
Nancy and her team of floral designers and artisans work out of San Francisco's Wholesale Flower Market at 6th and Brannan Street. The ability to see what the growers and floral vendors are bringing daily gives NLC Designs a slight edge. Being yards away from vendors allow NLC to cut fuel costs which helps the environment. Using local resources is one of the things NLC Designs strives for in their work habits as their community and the environment are important issues.
Nancy lives in San Francisco with her husband and dog, Rocco. When not working, Nancy can be found with her kindle as she is an avid reader(her favorite book is Persuasion), planning her next trip to some sunny part of the world(ask her about Vietnam's Danang beach), and working on Oh So Inspired, her pet project.