Samantha Bates AIFD, CFD, CF  

Samantha Bates AIFD, CFD, CF is the owner of Especially For You Floral in Downtown Ponchatoula Louisiana and fully accredited designer with the prestigious American Institute of Floral Designers. She has been in the floral industry for 12 years and has established a flourishing wedding and event business in her retail shop. She was named by Florist Review magazine as one of The Top 35 Under 35 in the floral industry in 2017 and was a featured designer in the book Creativity: A Global Floral Introspective. She has competed and made it to the final four of the FTD Americas Cup twice, won the Jim Johnson Cup twice and recently placed second overall in the International Gateway to the Americas Cup in Orlando.