This whimsical Vancouver florist, Celsia, nestled in the heart of Kitsilano inside a charming, 100-year-old heritage building is a vintage bride’s dream – and when you walk inside this little flower shop, it’s nothing short of amazing.
Photo : Nicholas Siu
Celsia is filled with an amazingly large selection of fresh and beautiful, locally grown flowers with a European-inspired mix of vintage and modern ideas. Owner Johanna describes Celsia’s signature style as a combination of vintage and luxe. “We love mixing new ideas with timeless and elegant design.”
Even if you walk into Celsia without a specific vision for your wedding flowers in mind, it won’t be long until you are inspired. With gorgeous blooms, eclectic plants and bottles of all shapes and sizes, antique bird cages, and beautifully burlap and lace wrapped mason jars and cans scattered about the shop, it’s hard not to imagine the things you could do and create with such lovely things. ”Without even knowing it, we all have a style we love. It’s just a matter of finding out what that is,” said Johanna.
Photos : Robin O’Neill Photography, Vasia Weddings
When asked about the process of turning a bride’s vision into a reality, Johanna said, “We always ask our brides to send us inspiration photos prior to their consult so we can have some ideas in mind when we meet.”
The rest is a collaborative approach. For the ladies at Celsia, it’s all about understanding the couple and their style, listening to their ideas and making suggestions for how they can use their inspiration photos, the season and the wedding location to tie it all together until those favoured elements begin to stand out. “Once we get to that point, we’re well on our way to creating their dream wedding.”
What do they offer to the vintage bride? This past season, a lot of brides were looking for a very romantic and whimsical atmosphere, which they loved creating. They also did a lot of work mixing fruit and flora and branches.
“Mercury glass containers are a great feature to use, as well as elements like burlap, twine and lace. We often tell brides, who are after a vintage style, to keep sentimental items in mind such as an embroided handkerchief that could be used to wrap your bridal bouquet or an antique brooch that we could incorporate.”
There’s always a way to have the vision you love within your budget and they have lots of suggestions for how to do this. ”Sometimes it’s about replacing blooms for florals most in season; other times we can vary the size of arrangements ever so slightly to make significant savings.”
Never be afraid to ask for help with this either at your consult or once you receive your quote. “We always tell our brides the first quote is the starting point. We can work up or down from here, whatever you need.”
Soon Celsia will be teaming up with Savoury City for an in store meet-and-greet event to introduce their new wedding coordinator – check back soon for information.
Photo : Robin O’Neill Photography