OUR TEAM

 
 
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EMILY PINON
FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Growing up in New England’s countryside, surrounded by fragrant lilac, lush peonies, and delicate lily of the valley, Emily Pinon developed a love for flowers and design. Later, she flourished in Paris where she worked alongside some of the city’s most renowned designers. Immersed in a world of luxury and fashion, she returned to New York City and established herself as a preeminent force in the design community.  Before long she was lauded for her dynamic and inspirational designs, and she quickly acquired a loyal and sophisticated clientele. Emily and the Bastille flowers & events team enjoy traveling all over the globe producing exquisitely crafted and one-of-a-kind events.  Emily currently lives in Manhattan with her husband and 8 year old son.

 
 
 
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NINA GLUCKMAN
CREATIVE DIRECTOR

As creative director for Bastille flowers & events, with more than twelve years in the event design industry, Nina creates bespoke environments and custom events, utilizing her flair for florals, texture, color and scale.   Nina lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. 

KATHERINE GONZALEZ
EVENT DIRECTOR

A certified member of AIFD, Katherine knows every different floral design technique out there, and continues to teach and evaluate AIFD’s new crop of students each year. As Event Director, she brings her love of the craft and impeccable design eye to produce hand-crafted events and unforgettable weddings at Bastille flowers & events. 

 
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MARIA O'NEILL
EVENT PRODUCER

Maria developed a love of flowers at a young age, purchasing small bouquets with her babysitting money. She has since turned that passion into a career that has spanned more than 12 years and included working as a floral designer, a wholesale sales rep and now an event producer at Bastille Flowers and Events.  Maria feels that the natural world provides the best inspiration for design and that each bloom has a role to play in transforming an event space from the ordinary to the sublime.

TRACEY HU-A-NG
EVENT PRODUCER

Following graduation from FlowerSchool New York, Tracey Hu-a-ng joined Bastille Flowers and Events in 2016. She hit the ground running and immediately became an integral part of the team (aka our organizational guru). Raised on the island of Curaçao and coming from a corporate background, Tracey believes that reinventing yourself and stepping out of your comfort zone is where you grow and learn the most, and she has fully embraced that philosophy as an event producer at Bastille Flowers and Events.  Tracey's creative spirit and decisive sensibility combine to make every event she works on unforgettable. 

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KANDICE LAVALAS
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS & EVENTS AT CHELSEA MARKET

Design of all kinds is in the details, or at least that’s Kandice mantra! It’s guided her work alongside high profile non-profits such as Girl Scouts and Common Sense Media, and later translated to event management of several major fundraising initiatives. Now it takes shape, enhancing the Bastille Flowers and Events brand by curating even more beautiful dreams and ideas.