The Thistle + Twig story

Hi! I’m Kahly, and I’m the owner and creative brain behind Thistle and Twig. You can usually find me in the back of the shop slinging flowers! I wanted to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about what makes Thistle and Twig unique.

Weddings have fascinated me since my first experience as a flower girl at the age of two. I spent my high school years paging through every issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, and The Knot. During college in Boone, NC, I worked in a wedding gown shop learning alterations and custom design work. With a strong sewing background, I figured that’s where I was headed.

And then I got my first taste of working with florals! I was a tagalong assistant to a talented floral designer who gave me a whole new perspective on weddings. I spent the next few years practicing with weddings for my sisters, friends, and family members, having two baby boys, and settling into life in Morganton, NC. When my youngest son headed to preschool, I decided it was time to see if I could make this wedding floral thing into a legitimate business (getting a business license, paying taxes, and all of that fun stuff!). To my huge surprise and delight, it’s taken off.

We opened our first Morganton, NC shop in August of 2020, and have been full speed ahead ever since! We moved to our current location in January 2022 to have even more work and cooler space. I love that Thistle and Twig is part of Morganton’s vibrant, downtown, small business community. While I want to wow all the out-of-town wedding parties that we work with, it’s even more important to me to support our small town.

This whole thing has been a huge learning experience. To this day, I am still floored that people trust me with such a huge part of their wedding. I am so very honored to place my designs in brides’ hands for their walk down the aisle. As I look around at creatives who have been in their industry for 25, 30, and 40 years, I’m inspired by their ability to adapt and change with the trends while still maintaining their creative integrity.

We strive to provide our clients with beautiful, distinctive, high-end flowers, with your inspiration, in our style. We want to stand out from traditional florists and create unique and vibrant floral pieces. My passion, and my promise to you, is that Thistle and Twig will use the highest quality blooms, including local and seasonal florals, to craft distinctive, elegant designs that are customized to your needs and personality. We are so happy to bring our creativity and style to all your floral needs—weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, parties, showers, dinners, all the things! Thank you for trusting us!

Meet the Twiggies


Kahly is the creative and fearless founder of T+T! If she isn't in the back slinging flowers for whatever event is up next or up a ladder hanging the latest floral installation she dreamed up, she's probably trying to corral all the emails and figure out exactly how the next year will unfold.

While she may have started T+T as the sole employee/ designer/ secretary/ photographer, etc., Kahly is quick to give so much credit to the team behind her and knows that without them, none of this happens well!


Julie is our Shop Manager, joining the T+T team full time last December. If you've called the shop to order flowers or popped in with a plant question, you've likely talked to Julie. Her calm spirit and kindness make every interaction with her a joy!

Julie does a little bit (a lot of bit, actually!) of everything - arranging, organizing, ordering, keeping us tidy and in line - how we managed all the things before Julie is a total mystery.


McKenna has been with us since 2020 and how we did anything social media related before she came is still a mystery.

We love having her in the shop for photo shoots, seeing how perfectly she’s captured everything and are incredibly grateful for this amazing timeline of pictures of what the shop has evolved into.

It’s also our very favorite when we overlap with her on wedding days (check out her photography @mckrhynephoto to see exactly why we thinks she’s the best!).


Walker joined us in spring of 2022 and we have loved watching her confidence and skills grow in the last few seasons! You’ll see Walker in the workroom slinging flowers and on wedding setup days doing all the things - but if you catch her in the shop, she can also fill you in on anything you need to know about all the plant things.

She's also our go-to on anything trending on TikTok or Instagram - we'd be a lot less cool without her!


Anastasiia joined the T+T team in the spring of 2023 and we are so incredibly grateful for her! Her technical training in floral design and execution has been a wonderful resource and learning opportunity for us and having the extra experienced hands made this last season an absolute dream.

Anastasiia is Queen of the Flower Crown and whips up the most gorgeous wreaths. She's also our detail girl at all the wedding setups, making sure each stem is exactly where it needs to be!

The Shop

Downtown Morganton

304 South Sterling St, Suite 102
Morganton, NC 28655

Tues - Fri: 10:00 - 5:30
Saturday: 10:00 - 4:00
(828) 608 - 0858

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