I am Andreea
A multi-passionate creative irrevocably in love with nature. A wedding and event designer, with a background in conservation biology. Proud creator of Teastyle and master daydreamer, with a passion for culture and exploration.
Just the right balance between highly organised scientist and unconventional creative.
A Few Things About Me
I am an explorer at heart, with boundless curiosity and passion for every living thing. An avid traveler, I am at home wherever I go. Nine years ago I moved from my native Romania and found a new home in the UK. Charmed by the nature of British people, their literature and culture, I decided to stay a while.
I prefer to take the less traveled roads and immerse myself in the local culture. Discovering quirky corners and learning about the lifestyles and traditions of people makes my life and work richer.
At the moment I dream of the year I will spend in Japan, followed by another year in Costa Rica. Equally fascinated by one’s culture as I am by the other’s natural richness, I don’t imagine I could spend any less time than a year exploring each. Which is why, I’m still dreaming at the moment.
Until then, you’ll find me in my charming home, just outside North London, in a lovely green and quiet location. Most days I’m sitting at my desk by the window, immersed in work. Occasionally glancing at the tableau outside, green and peppered with animals of all sizes. Sometimes jumping to photograph a bird doing something interesting. And when I’m not at my desk I usually play with flowers, photograph nature in all it’s glory, work in the garden, dance, cook and watch sitcoms.
This is what happens when inspiration strikes and you have no one around to model your creations. You model them yourself. Rather reluctantly, but you do it anyway, because you love what you do.
Creativity often comes and goes, at the most unexpected times. And when you get it, it overflows. Flexibility is key. Keeping things fluid and diverse. Trying something new. And leaving room for ideas to take shape.
Why I do this
…Because it brings a moment of joy and wonder in someone’s life. It brightens their day, and gives them a beautiful memory to carry onward. And sometimes it does more…
Teastyle has become a part of who I am. It’s what I want to bring into the world. Beauty, wonder and meaningful memories to the people I work with. My clients are my friends. It is my mission to take them on a wonderful journey.
But Teastyle is also my avenue to feeding my other passions and creating purpose-driven work. I want through my business to have a positive impact and contribute to nature conservation, social equality, education and sustainable entrepreneurship. Through the process and resources I use. Through the ideas I put forth and the context I create. And through donations to these causes – you can read about this on the Services page.
It’s as simple as that :). Creating something beautiful for good! One day at a time.
“…She took our ideas, our vision, and transformed them into something better… Differing tastes did not stand in her way; budget did not stand in her way; and distance (we had the ceremony in Greece) definitely did not stand in her way. … Andreea came up with a curated set of options for us and somehow managed to pull all of our different choices into one fantastic experience.”
VLADIMIR, PRIVATE VILLA GREECE
I like to create unstructured, organic and flowing compositions, that feel natural, and have an ethereal quality about them. Unconventional formats, beautiful textures, bold or interesting colour combinations, and unusual shapes are my signature.
Seasonality also plays a major role in my work. Both from an aesthetic and sustainability perspective. If you look at my Portfolio, you’ll notice that I often create floral arrangements for my designs. And the projects were all prompted by seasonal flowers and rituals.
I love working with other creatives. But stretching my creative arm allows me to bring more ideas to life and connect better to the artists I work with on other projects. So, I often create floral arrangements, stationery, hand dyed linens, and I photograph a lot of my projects.
“People may forget what you say. They may forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel”
(Carl W. Buehner)
Teastyle was my response to 6 years of corporate work.
I stumbled across wedding planning over 4 years ago, while planning my own wedding. At the time I was working as a scientist in a pharma company – not why I studied biology in the slightest. It was a job I took out of necessity and it helped for a while. But, I hadn’t been happy with it for a long time.
And then my new-found interest for wedding planning had become the answer to leaving the 9-5 job. A few months into this realisation I quit and started my business – Teastyle.
At first I planed tea parties.
Afternoon tea was something I really enjoyed and I was really interested in tea culture in general. My background wasn’t a creative one so I trusted my organisational skills more than my artistic capabilities. I focused on planning and every now and then I tried something more creative.
Ten months into starting the business I planned the first wedding. And I enjoyed having a change of pace and more diversity in my work.
I’m really bad with routine, especially from a creative perspective. Accentuating individuality and creating something unique is essential for me. Recreating the same thing time and time again however, or following what everyone else is doing, is really not my game.
So I started taking on more complex roles for my clients to stretch myself and focus on creative work. My first immersive event was a revelation and it gave me the spark for what I was going to focus on.
Crafting thoughtful, meaningful and awe inspiring experiences. The kind that draw inspiration from people’s uniqueness, from cultures around the world, from the marvel of nature and the distinctive beauty of places. Experiences that stay with you for life, and open your eyes to amazing new things. That is aligned to my core and gives me an insatiable desire to create every day.
“We couldn’t have selected a better visionary than Andreea. I needed a designer that would be a true partner for me throughout this journey and Andreea was definitely it. She brought the elegance and beauty that we were looking for, all while keeping the situation cool, calm, and collected across a terrifying (for me) number of providers and deadlines. It was a truly unique experience — exactly what we wanted — and we couldn’t have done it without her.
You can see that she really knows how to mold her passion around the dreams and desires of others. It surrounds you when you walk into one of her events — you can simply feel it.”
FLAVIA, ONE EMBANKMENT UK
Images on this page © Andreea Bucur | Paul Bucur | Inna Kostukowsky | Nian Photography