Maria Cecilia Darling Young comes from a long line of women who had a way with the paintbrush, and found that she didn't at all- not even a bit, so she studied history instead, fell in love with food and flowers, and crazily started toying around with the idea of designing full time with her own studio and garden in play. With a very tiny daughter in arms, she officially signed D&D into existence with her sister Catherine in 2015 and has been rearing both her daughter and business ever since.
With every design she creates, the flowers are selected as part and parcel a palette for the occasion. That natural love we all seem to have for blending and playing with color comes through best with seasonal blooms and foliage, and otherwise more surprising elements that pop and beautify and honor the celebration at hand.
Flowers are present, after all, at most rites of passage that shape these short lives of ours; they should reflect that very moment as a temporal but timeless element to guide us and remember the occasion.
Darling & Daughters tries to source as close to home as possible seasonally; some stems are foraged, some gathered from our backyard gardens, and everything else very carefully curated and sourced from trusted wholesalers, vendors, and farms, so that each event palette is completely unique to that season, client, and vision.
We avoid the use of floral foam and otherwise toxic materials save for certain installations.
This business is one that Maria is proud to lead and grow thoughtfully with much regard to any environmental and social impact. We try to source blooms that are seasonal and local, of course, but most of all take great care to everything we procure and design strike our clients as a temporal sign that there is so much natural beauty in this world.