About Us

Shirley and her husband Dan

Lake Tahoes Award winning florist since 1983

Shirley has always loved flowers. She first started off with an athletic career as a runner and still holds the record for being the youngest cross country runner to be on the US team at age 14! Out of college, she transitioned into teaching aerobics and had her own tv show based out of Fresno California for 2 years. She loved guiding people to reach their fitness goals and helping contribute to the quality of their lives. Both of her parents were stand up bass players and found great success performing in the Big Band era. Her mother was also an artist and Shirley learned a lot about art from her just by watching. After moving to Lake Tahoe in 1983 her flower business was started simply by strolling through local restaurants and selling flowers to customers. It wasn’t long until she acquired her own flower shop. She is completely self taught and started designing all occasion arrangements. After some time Shirley developed a brand new passion for wedding work, which is still the main focus of Rose Petals today. She loves talking to brides and finds it easy and fun to figure out all of their details based off of their own unique personalities. Shirley’s philosophy is “If you find what you love and it makes you happy, you have truly found your place in the world.”

“I treat every event as if it were one of my races and I strive my best for a gold medal!”


Lake Tahoe Wedding and Honeymoon Association has awarded Rose Petals Florist the 2013 Wedding Professional of the Year!

Our floral shop was on Lifetime Television in March of 2002! Also, one of our brides and bouquets were featured on the cover of Wedding Affair magazine.

Rose Petals was awarded the best pick for wedding flowers and service for 2008, 2009, and 2010 by TheKnot.com


Lake Tahoes floral designer for over 26 years.

Her career has led her down many rewarding paths including designing weddings for Walt Disney World, floral décor for Tallahassee Governor’s Mansion Christmas which was featured in Southern Living Magazine and Universal Studios/Hard Rock Hotel among many other specialized floral design projects. Her vast knowledge of flowers is a compilation of her work in the U.S. from North to South and East to West, and is reflected in every flower she touches. Extremely detail oriented and thoughtful, she will see your floral vision, at times, even without words. As Lake Tahoe Wedding & Honeymoon Association professional of the year 2017, Raven will go above and beyond to make your wedding day or your just because day amazing! Born and raised in New England, Raven Sea Arbella’s free spirit reflects the beauty of the East coast with all of its charm and good humor.