(photography by Simply Rose)
Onyx Harris of Amoda Flowers is on a mission. Her mission is to create beautiful sustainable bridal bouquets for those couples looking to tread lightly on the earth. Providing not only bouquets, Amoda Flowers creates stunning and unique centrepieces and can help discerning couples with eco-friendly wedding favours such as herb plants, seedlings and seed packets.
(2 above photographs Simply Rose)
All floral arrangements shown here are creations of Amoda Flowers.
“Picking flowers in season is always a good place to start. This way your flowers should be hold up well with the weather of your wedding day. Their travel has also been short therefore they are more sustainable and better quality. Here is just a sampling of the lovely seasonal flowers I’d suggest:
Spring : Peony, Iris, Anemone.
Summer: Allium, Calla Lily, Hydrangea, Delphinium, Scabiosa.
Fall: Kale, Dogwood, Solidago.
Winter: Tulips, Ranunculus, Cherry Blossom. Cymbidium Orchid.
Here are a few flowers that are available most of the year: Roses, Gerbera Daisies, Lily, Freesia, Chrysanthemum.” Onyx Harris
(2 above photographs Snap Weddings)
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Tagged Amoda Flowers, bridal bouquets, fair trade flowers, fair trade roses, green wedding favours, organic bouquets, sustainable flowers, Vancouver wedding flowers
Many vendors from The Grassroots Wedding Fair are at EP!C this year. The event itself is quite phenomenal and it truly is an eco-friendly love-in. The wedding showcase features many old friends and day 1 was great to meet and see how everyone is doing.
The green wedding community is not very large and EP!C is a nice way to welcome new businesses into the fold. I believe we will all come away from this event more resolved in making a difference in our community.
sweet earth photographics (that’s me!) and Sweet Naturally Bakery fill out one corner of the wedding showcase quite nicely. I am enjoying chatting with Francis and Dickson of Sweet Naturally and finding out more about how their stint with the winter Farmers Markets went. They will return for the summer markets as well. I love the diversity of their baking specialties from gorgeous wedding cakes to scrumptious scones and cookies.
Another old friend is Onyx from Amoda Flowers who brought in both centrepieces for the Epicurean Court and bouquets for the Wedding Showcase. Her sense of style always impresses me and the range of bouquets she creates can match any bride’s whimsy.
Shoo-Foo Bamboo offers wedding registries to couples interested in more sustainable options. Shoo-Foo has a well-organized system to help couples set up their registries and their products are beautifully made.
Pure Magnolia provided wedding attire and Spark Jewelry provided bridal accessories for the EP!C Wedding Showcase. Patty and Christina make sustainable fashion come to life with gowns made from natural materials and bridal jewelry made from recycled silver.
Olla Urban Flower Project is also at EP!C with air plant boutennieres, stunning bouquets and their signature living favours and centrepieces.
EP!C is a truly exciting event for those commited to sustainability and for those who are curious and want to learn more. I am very pleased to see so many familiar faces. Change may come slowly, but attending an event such as this just reminds me that yes, we are on the right path.
photos by sweet earth photographics
Posted in Accessories, Attire, bridal jewelry, Exhibitor, Florist, green wedding, registry, sustainability, Wedding Attire, wedding decor, wedding gift ideas
Tagged Amoda Flowers, EP!C, Olla Flowers, Pure Magnolia, Shoo-Foo Bamboo, Spark Jewelery, sustainable wedding, sweet earth photographics, Sweet Naturally, wedding florist
It was a wet January day that I visited Olla Flowers to learn more about this new florist on the edge of Gastown. I was well rewarded for my visit and discovered much about the Flower Project that has very strong ties to the community around it.
The store sits in a very beautiful building at 235 Cambie Street with large windows and brick walls. Everything I saw was for sale and the unique arrangements came in modern and vintage planters. From gorgeous terrariums to fair trade roses and flowers sourced locally, Olla was alive with colour.
Megan Branson and Dionne Finch are set on urbanizing flower production and working with social enterprises through work with DTES community gardens, local flower lovers and even backyard growers. They came to this new enterprise through their love of design and landscaping. One of their goals is to ‘bring the outside in’.
Their work within the community includes working with mature gardens for flower cultivation, working with individuals with land available to host a garden and share the crop, hiring locally and purchasing flowers grown in community gardens and then sharing the bounty from corporate events, such as work with Amnesty International with non-profits in the DTES.
For weddings they have everything an engaged couple would need. Olla Flower Project promotes living wedding favours and centrepieces. The creative skills of Megan and Dionne can create stunning bouquets and floral displays. Their living arrangements can be purchased or rented for the big day.
Manifesto for Horticultural Wedding Design
“We are convinced that the bounding vibrancy and evolved design of living plants be at the center of wedding decor. We offer a pair of flowering viburnum bodnantense with an underplanting of snow drops to frame your winter vows, flowering lilac trees in spring, mixed perennial grasses with wild flowers in summer, and berry shrubs heavy with fruit for autumnal nuptials. These living containers will act as metaphors for the sustained love being celebrated.
We support a wedding design movement that celebrates humans’ relationship to the plant world and gifts its clients with beautiful plants that will continue to grow and thrive long after the last dance draws to an end.”
Olla Urban Flower Project
I was very grateful for the opportunity to spend an afternoon wandering the store and learning so much about this unique new florist hub. This spring will find the shop blooming with new ideas and work in the community. Megan and Dionne have (no pun intended) their roots well planted in this neighbourhood and as they expand so will the gardening community around them.
Olla Flowers will be an exhibitor at The Grassroots Wedding Fair on February 12 at Heritage Hall.
photography by sweet earth photographics
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Tagged bouquets, bouttoniere, fair trade flowers, floral arrangements, living plants, local choices, vintage