I worked with Larissa before for a previous wedding and her work was beautiful. But of course, I didn’t get to meet her on the wedding day so now was my chance. I visited Larissa in her Coquitlam home studio on a somewhat grey Vancouver day but as soon as I stepped into her bright arranging area full of gorgeous white blooms, I was in heaven. She was preparing bouquets for a wedding at Stanley Park the next day so I got to watch her carefully choose and arrange the blooms into lovely handhelds. She worked fast and with quick decision – you have to when you run a successful business that saw 50 weddings this past year. Larissa has been in the wedding industry now for 16 years, so she certainly knows a thing or two when it comes to creating beautiful arrangements and treating clients like gold.
I asked Larissa if she would answer a few questions for me, so here they are!
What kind of services do you offer? Do most brides hire you for both flowers and decor?
While the majority do hire us for complete floral art and event designs, I am often hired as just a florist for an event that does not require decor (or is already provided by the venue). So a FULL RANGE of service is from small floral orders, corporate events, children’s/family celebrations and sympathy/tribute pieces.
What kinds of flowers were popular for 2013 you found? Are you seeing anything in particular emerging for next year?
The vintage garden bouquet. I like to joke that if there was an award handed out for more popular flower of the year for 2013 it would be Juliet, a soft peach garden rose.
What are your favourite kinds of bouquets to design? What blooms do you personally like to work with?
I love vintage/shabby chic designs, were we are working with a collection of flowers that are all complimentary, but all the the designs are a little different. Nothing is exactly the same. I love working in unique non -floral elements like succulents, kale, or even artichokes in the fall as well as personal touches like heirloom jewellery.
One piece of advice for couples who are currently planning their 2014 weddings.
Your wedding is a celebration of your love story, the beginning of a new family. Be sure to included elements that tell people about your story; how your met, fell in love, what you love to do together etc etc. Have fun with it, and make it unique to your story!
Thank you so much to Larissa for taking the time to meet with me and show me a little bit about what she does.
If you are interested in getting in touch with Larissa for your event, please check out her website or her FAQ page.
Come back next week on Monday to view another installation of the Vendor Series!