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About Us

Utilizing decades of experience, Fresh Affairs specializes in floral and event design for weddings and events of all styles and sizes in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area in North Carolina and beyond. We also travel regionally and nationally, per request. From classic to contemporary and everything in between, our designs are always evolving based on innovation and continuing education. We are happy to interpret your existing ideas or simply start with the basics and create a distinctive vision exclusively for you. Our years of experience has enabled our dedicated and accomplished design team to continue an imaginative approach to fresh flowers that turns your dream into a reality.

Whatever level of support you require for your wedding day, we can tailor our services to meet your needs and are always here to assist. We offer comprehensive services, including linen/rental selection, day-of or full service coordination, lighting design, staging, florals, vendor referrals and more. It’s why we’ve won a variety of industry accolades, including consecutive trinity awards from the International Special Events Society Greater Triangle.

Meet Our Team

Lyn Graves


Michael Whaley AIFD, CFD

Creative Director


  • 2015 Best Event Design Decor – Budget $25,000-$75,000
  • 2014 Best Event Table Top Design
  • 2013 Best Team Effort – Budget over $200,000
  • Winner of over 75 State and National Design Competitions
  • Winner of Southeastern Designer of the Year, 1st for NC
  • Inductees, Hall of Fame, North Carolina State Florist Association
  • Six-Time winner of the Jim Treadway Interpretive Art Competition
  • Finalist, Teleflora Design America Competition
  • Finalist, FTD Americas Cup Competition
  • Winner, AFS Great America Design Competition
  • Designed florals for the Governor’s Inaugural 2005
  • Created florals for the First Lady’s Luncheon and Lt Governor’s Reception
  • Created the floral environment for President Clinton’s Inaugural Ball
  • Design for trade and floral magazines locally and nationally
  • Create floral design workshops for competition
  • Conduct workshops for many local, state and national floral associations


  • AIFD American Institute of Floral Designers
  • NACE National Association of Catering Executives
  • ISES International Special Events Society
  • TBA Triangle Bridal Association
  • NCSFA North Carolina State Florist Association
  • Member of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce