Maple trees hold the wisdom of balance, promise, and practical magic.
Mums symbolize optimism and joy.
Meet the Maple & Mum team
Nancy Hilton and Kate Brunson are a mother-daughter duo who combine their love of natural beauty, design and celebrations to create a family business that serves wedding and event clients in Connecticut and beyond. Inspired by the changing seasons, Maple & Mum proudly partners with local growers to create lush, organic designs.
Their name stems from the roots they’ve planted in New England and the maple tree they’ve had in every place they’ve called home. One seedling from Nancy’s childhood home has moved with them as life has taken them from place to place. And the mum, an homage to their favorite season and motherhood.
Maple & Mum was born on a cold winter afternoon as Kate was preparing to return to her 9-5 office job after the birth of her daughter in 2012. Searching for a more meaningful, creative career that supported more time with her growing family, she asked her mom for advice. Nancy recalled her years working in their small-town flower shop while her girls were in grade-school as the best job she ever had. The hours flew by while she worked with her hands creating art through flowers. That spark led to research, floral design courses and finally led them to Debra Prinzing's "Slow Flowers" podcast. Her weekly stories of farmers and florists growing and designing with local flowers convinced them to take the leap and open their own floral design business in May 2015.