Weddings vs. Retail

 Photo by The Wild Hearts Collective

Photo by The Wild Hearts Collective

As we can see from my radio silence on the blogging front, running a busy flower shop takes a lot of time, energy, money (oh the money!) and attention. When I opened the shop last summer, I naively thought, “perfect! A place to sell flowers and goodies during the week while we work on weddings for the weekend.” having grandiose visions of all our flowers tucked neatly into buckets that fit perfectly in our tiny 200 sq. ft. work space, while having the retail section of the store full, fresh and perfectly merchandised. Wedding days would be a breeze - arrangements and supplies would fit perfectly in my tiny hatchback, freelancers would show up on time to look over the shop while I ducked out for an hour set up, and my mascara would remain perfectly applied through the day. Cue reality.

Weddings are a whole different ball game. And so is running a shop. But both are like my twin babies. I just can’t pick which one I love more, but something has to give. In order to wear both giant hats (like the biggest sombreros you’ve ever seen) and ensure all our clients are taken care of, we’re restructuring things around here.

You may have noticed every wedding we did this season involved the amazing Amanda of Green Leaf Floral Design. Amanda and I met 3 years ago and hit it off immediately. We built our separate businesses in tandem and as the weddings we each booked became a little bigger and more complex, we’d call on each other to help with the workload. Instead of continuing to do our big weddings separately and annoying other vendors with constantly making sure both of us were given credit for one job (sorry guys!), we’re so excited to announce the start of Fern & Flower Events.

Fern & Flower will be a sister business to both BVFC and Green Leaf and will be a partnership between myself and Amanda, encompassing all our full-service weddings. Blossom & Vine will remain a retail floral, gift and lifestyle shop and still take the odd intimate wedding order (just bouquets/bouts or wedding orders that don’t require any delivery or set up) and Green Leaf will continue to do elopements and intimate weddings in the Fraser Valley as well as her bangin’ photoshoot bouquets.

Our goal with Fern & Flower Events is to provide the whimsical, romantic and unique florals both Blossom & Vine and Green Leaf are known for, but with the attention and service that only two type-A, complimentary perfectionists who live for stellar customer service can provide. We want our clients to be wowed from the second they book with us and we think you will be.

Please give @fernandflowerevents a follow on IG and check out our website which will be launching in the new year once we’re ready to hit the ground running. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been up to. Inquiries will open up then so keep posted.

- Michelle
Owner, Blossom & Vine Floral Co.
Co-owner, Fern & Flower Events

BVFC x Valentine's Day 2017

Valentine's Day ain't only for lovers!  We've got a whole whack of goodies on for this years day o' love.  First up: Valentine's Day Pre-Orders.  Call Brick & Mortar Living to reserve one of 5 sassy floral options for pick up on February 11, 12th or 14th and contact us directly if you'd like us to deliver something to your bae on February 14th.

We're also hosting a fun "Galentine's Day" teacup arrangement workshop on the evening of February 13th.  For $65 (or $60 each if you book with a buddy) you'll make a sweet rose, ranunculus and heirloom carnation arrangement in a vintage china teacup.  Call Brick & Mortar Living to reserve your space.

We'll be slinging blooms all weekend and all day Tuesday at Brick & Mortar Living, 11-6pm.  Come say hi!

BVFC Weddings Team!

Wedding season launches in t-minus 7 days for BVFC!  This one will be a doozy - we have back to back weddings from July to October, and many multiple wedding weekends.  Instead of running around like a chicken with it's head cut off trying to knock it out of the park for each of our amazing couples single-handedly, we'll be welcoming both Toni & Colleen to the BVFC Team for the wedding season.  They'll be helping with all the behind the scenes goings ons that comes along with weddings:  flower pick-ups, processing, taking out the trash, making 100 or so boutonnieres (seriously), tying ribbons, loading the BVFC mobile, etc, etc.  We're so excited to have a few extra hands to help wow our clients. Thanks so much ladies!   Cue flower mugshots.

Mother's Day 2016

We're gearing up for another big flower holiday here at Blossom & Vine Floral Co.  Flower deliveries are flying out the door, peonies are flying in the door, and we're busy getting our vases prepped, cooler stocked, and snips sharp!  

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Choose from this beautiful rustic wood box arrangement filled with the best of the season: fragrant coral and pink peonies, peach, ivory and pink roses, lavender hyacinth, ruffley carnations, fluffy hydrangea, tulips and fresh snapdragons for $60.  Last years vintage teacup arrangements were such a hit that we'll also be bringing those back filled with peonies, roses and carnations for $30.  We will have kraft wrapped bouquets for $30 and $50 available as well.

 Photo by Michele Mateus Photography

Photo by Michele Mateus Photography

We will have lots of flowers available for walk-in's at Brick & Mortar Living, but we did sell out last year early in the day.  We're taking pre-orders until today at Brick & Mortar Living. Call 604 553-0289 to get on the list so you won't miss out!  Your mama will appreciate it.  

It's the least you can do given her 9 months sans wine ;)

Spring has Sprung!

Spring is just around the corner in our neck of the woods.  Longer days, sunny skies, t-shirt weather and leafy trees are on the horizon!  Spring has always been my favourite.   No matter where you are in life, something about spring inspires a fresh start.

This spring is no different. I'm making the jump and taking Blossom & Vine Floral Co. full-time. Since our launch 2 years ago, I've worked full-time while building the business up on the side. At the end of April, I'll be leaving my full-time job which will offer us more flexibility and time to meet our customers needs.  We will be introducing flower subscriptions, delivery and an extra day or two in-shop.  We are so excited for this next step in our business and know good things are on the horizon!

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In appreciation of this glorious season, the shop is filled with local and seasonal blooms.  Flowering branches, spring bulb planters, potted muscari, bunches of frilly daffodils and tulips and mixed bouquets of hyacinth, ranunculus, creamy garden roses and sweet cherry blossoms.  

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3 weeks later and (we are pretty sure) we've recovered enough to re-cap our little pop-up flower shop's Valentine's Day.

16 dozen roses,  125 carnations, 90 stems of ranunculus, 80 stems of stock, 20 different bunches of greens, tulips, and waxflower all unpacked onto the stoop of Sixth St. Popup & Gallery: Not necessarily an uncommon sight at 7:00am 4 days before Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day holds a special place in our heart - not just because of the sentiment of the holiday, but because it also marks our first anniversary of working with Brick & Mortar Living! 

Last Valentine's Day was a whirlwind. To say we were not prepared is an understatement. Learning from our mistakes, we made sure this year we were prepped, bouquets were made and wrapped and pre-orders sold out! (Say what?!)     

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Both the small and the large vase arrangements were the hot-ticket items for Valentine's 2016, for good reason.  Shades of pinks, purples, and ivory were our jam this year and each arrangement had a gorgeous mix of these colours all arranged in a wild and romantic fashion - perfect for the holiday at hand.  Our hobnail vases added that touch of vintage that everyone needs a little more of.  We like 'em better than those boring old cube vases.

Once again, we had an amazing turn-out this year, even with the horrible pouring rain. Thank you so much to our customers who made it out to pick up their flowers for their special someone!  Can't wait to do it all again next year.  Speaking of next year, we want to hear from you!  Let us know what you want to see for next year and we'll do our darndest to get it on the menu.  

Tori Blush Co. Studio Launch

A few weeks back we welcomed the amazing Suzanna and her team at Tori Blush Co to New Westminster.  Tori Blush Co. is a team of make-up artists, hair stylists and lash technicians, specializing in providing classic and timeless bridal make-up.  Suzanna hosted a few dozen guests at her beautiful by-appointment-only studio here in New West for a night of snacks and treats from La Macaronette and Sweet Bake Shop, photo booth fun care of Swany Booth and pretty party decor from Chic Fete.   The incredibly talented Christine Pienaar was there to capture some photos of the lush and girly floral arrangements we put together for the event.

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Photos by Christine Pienaar Photography

Welcome!

Well, finally, we have a functional blog to go along with our pretty little website.  Check here for updates on the shop, and little peeks into some of the weddings and events we help put together.

Photo by Sherry Lu Photography