Thistle is a women-owned flower shop in sunny Tucson, Arizona, founded in 2018. Thistle specializes in textural, romantic weddings, and works with the freshest seasonal floral elements to create the stuff dreams are made of, for weddings of all sizes! They work closely with their couples to bring their ideas to life, using their extensive experience to design custom pieces unique to each love story. They love using unexpected elements to add dimension, texture, and movement to everything from the bouquet to the table arrangements. Every couple is unique and each deserves a wedding to match!
It is co-owned by floral designer Victoria Martino and administrative whiz Carly Wilson. Victoria has worked with flowers for over 30 years and has designed countless memorable & unique weddings of all sizes, working in renowned shops in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and finally Tucson. Victoria and Carly first met when they worked together in another flower shop, where Carly was the office manager; they soon realized that they made an amazing team, and Thistle was born!
Thistle prides itself on choosing to create custom weddings as opposed to enforcing budget minimums, packages, and anything else that limits the choices of their clients. They are happy to work with their clients on weddings and ceremonies of any size, from a single bouquet and boutonniere all the way to a fully decked-out reception. They hand-select each bloom, ensuring that the freshest, most vibrant flowers are selected to make your big day memorable.
Thistle's home is in the historic La Buena building on the border of South Tucson, which used to be a tortilla factory! Their shop and boutique offers not only wedding flowers, but also daily arrangements for all of life's celebrations (can you say anniversary?!). They carry a large variety of houseplants, succulents, and cacti, potted in a wide range of containers to suit any decor. Their boutique features gifts sourced directly from small makers across the United States and Mexico, including candles, luxury bath goods, accessories, letterpressed cards, and baby gifts.
Thistle is a boutique floral designer that specializes in designing custom florals for weddings and events. Victoria & Carly provide consultations for every couple, and they specialize in creating custom floral pieces that align with your taste, style, and budget. They design modern, romantic, textural floral arrangements, designed with your wedding theme and style in mind. They offer delivery and setup, as well as venue visits and event design. Floral arrangements include:
8 Reviews for Thistle
Recommended by 100% of couples
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Nicola B. · Married on 11/02/2019
Wonderful Succulents, Local Small Business!
We had the best experience with Thistle. Thankfully a friend pointed us in their direction! Victoria and Carly have such a sweet and personal touch, the initial consult was so easy, we wandered over to their location and they asked questions about our venue, some basics about our style and the colors for our wedding, and basically took the time to get to know some more about us (including our tiny baby). We knew we didn't want traditional flowers, and we were attracted to their use of succulents/desert foliage. After initial consult, communication, payments, etc was unbelievably simple and on the day of the wedding the flowers were right on time. They made the most incredible floral headband that our baby actually kept on for the whole ceremony. Our guests loved the table number succulents and mason jars and took them all home. Seriously, my mind was blown by how talented these women are. I recommend Thistle with no hesitation!Sent on 08/13/2020
Thistle's reply:Nicola, we're so glad that you chose us to be a part of your wedding. Your style choices really highlighted the beauty of the desert environment, and we loved being able to make the tiny headband for Zoe! We frequently revisit the photos of your wedding with our new consultations and it's always a delight to remember such a special day. Thank you, thank you!
Aida D. · Married on 04/25/2020
Beautiful wedding floral executed to perfection!
Carly and the Thistle team was such a pleasure to work with from our very first call. They knew exactly the vision I was aiming for and were completely accommodating with any and all little changes we needed to make. We had so many compliments on the quality of the florals and arrangements. Truly, they do beautiful work. Thank you Thistle for ensuring this piece of our wedding day was perfection.Sent on 04/04/2021
Alyssa C. · Married on 04/01/2020
My husband and I got married in January of 2020 (before the world ended). Since we paid for the wedding ourselves, we tried to be savvy in how we spent money. Flowers weren't high on our list of priorities, and we considered not doing any, but when I stumbled upon this female-owned, independent florist, I knew that only they could prepare our arrangements. We went pretty minimal with flowers on the tables, but all of the arrangements from the bridesmaids bouquets to the boutonnières were perfect! Everyone kept commenting on how beautiful everything was. Thistle found the perfect balance of "minimal" that still felt luxurious and special. If you are in the Tucson area, and planning any event that might include flowers, you must check them out!!Sent on 10/16/2020
Thistle's reply:Alyssa, thank you for your review! We loved your unique venue and you really were such a beautiful bride. I'm so glad your love story didn't have to include a pandemic! Thanks for letting us be a part of it.
Team of Thistle
Carly Wilson is a native Tucsonan who's been loving desert life for 26 years. She graduated with a BA in Philosophy from Arizona State University in 2017. She has worked in the floral industry for four years.
During and following her education, Carly spent many years honing her administrative skills, working at the management level at a law firm and a busy local restaurant. She finally found her way to the floral industry in an administrative capacity. This happy coincidence led her to Thistle's co-owner and designer, Victoria Martino!
Victoria and Carly handled design management and office management respectively at a high-volume flower shop for several years before making the big decision to team up and open a shop of their own–and Thistle was born!
Carly handles the office side of Thistle. This includes all communications with clients, web design, social media, and bookkeeping, among the other ecclectic tasks that pop up as a small business owner. She's happiest when creating wedding vision boards for clients, researching new products for Thistle's brick-and-mortar boutique, and perusing the produce aisle for way too long. Carly's dream wedding is a funky, casual affair, with plenty of flowers in vibrant oranges, yellows, and whites...and definitely disco balls.
Victoria Martino is a floral designer with over 30 years of experience in the floral industry. She was born and raised on a small hobby sheep farm outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her first foray into the floral industry was in high school, when she took a job at a flower shop owned by a friend's aunt. She worked for years in high-end floral design in Minneapolis, followed by 12 years living and designing in Los Angeles. Her travels and design career eventually took her to Tucson, Arizona, where she managed and designed at a high-volume flower shop. At that shop, Victoria met Carly, and then Thistle was born!
Victoria's extensive design experience has given her the skills and range to design weddings in virtually every style. Her personal design style draws upon both her rural upbringing and cosmopolitan Los Angeles years, resulting in designs that are all at once modern, organic, and romantic. Whether designing in a muted and neutral palette or a bright and vibrant one, Victoria always brings in textural elements that make each piece tell a story of its own.
When she's not designing, Victoria is an accomplished vegetarian home cook, and dog mom to a rambunctious pitbull named Frank. She previously owned her own business for many years as a curator and seller of museum-quality pottery and jewelry from Mata Ortiz and Taxco, Mexico. This work and her frequent travels to Mata Ortiz instilled Victoria with a lifelong love and collection of Mexican art.