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Today's grooms are more involved in the wedding planning and detailing than ever, so it's no surprise that they want more options when it comes to their wedding wardrobe.
Irmantas Dragunas, owner of Charleston-based Botany Bow Ties, combines classic ties with unique natural materials to create gorgeous one-of-a-kind artistic creations for the fashion forward groom.
Read on to learn more about this fresh new concept in grooms' attire, and learn more about the man behind the bow ties.
Tell us a little bit about your path to success. Did you always want to be in the wedding industry?
It took 3 years for us to complete our floral design before starting the business in 2017. The idea came from adding rose petals to an older bow tie.
Our goal wasn't to be in the wedding field right away. For us, it's about creating our passion. We're working towards our goal to get more modern men with Southern style to wear floral bow ties. With the help of current trends and social media, we can't wait to see how our business will turn out.
If you had to share one piece of advice for someone who was just starting out in the SC wedding industry, what would it be?
Connect with local vendors and ask for any help needed. Everyone is willing to help in Charleston, and that's what it makes it such a thriving place to work.
What is the best part about working and living in South Carolina?
Born and raised in Vilnius, Lithuania, I have lived here for about 16 years. As time has passed by in this beautiful state, it has always blossomed and has become more known around the world.
Growing up here and having the ability to show my work is gratifying, and it's also a perfect spot to show my handcrafted work.
What has been your best moment working in the SC wedding industry so far?
Our best moments have been seeing our grooms' happiness, and having the opportunity to match their individuality with our bow ties for their wedding day.