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Vancity Vendor:
Queensberry Flower Company Inc.

May 3rd, 2013 by Jeannine

 
Vancity Vendor: Queensberry Flower Company Inc.

Kanako Heinrichs - Queensberry Flower Company You may have seen the cute Queensberry Flower Company stores during your commute to Downtown Vancouver. They have two locations, one at Granville Station and another at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station, both places carrying lots of pretty bouquets and arrangements created by their talented team of floral designers. Kanako Heinrichs is the founder/owner of Queensberry Flower Company. She graduated with a degree in Visual Art from the University of Alberta and and got into floral design in order to marry her creativity with her passion for entrepreneurship. She received her training from the Canadian Institute of Floral Design and even flew to Japan to further enhance her skills.

Queensberry Flower Company creates beautiful bouquets and arrangements for all occasions. They prefer to focus on the natural beauty of the flowers but they can Queensberry Flower Company - Photo by Desy Cheng accommodate requests for embellishments such as feathers, satin ribbons, crystals and pearls. Their team of floral designers are highly trained locally and internationally and are inspired by Japanese and European styles of floral arrangement. They love to try new things and experiment, creating new and unique arrangements that their clients may love. The company didn’t offer wedding services at first but due to an overwhelming number of event requests, they decided to open their Yaletown Design Studio, which is focused on serving these types of clients. They hold consultations here as well as floral design courses for the curious or the DIY brides. For promotions and other news, be a fan on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.

** Update: August 26, 2015 – Queensberry Flower Company has closed. **

A Few Words With Kanako…

Queensberry Flower Company Inc. What do you have to offer for brides on a budget?
“We have a special product line called Brides on a Budget, and these products are very popular with those who wish to have pretty flowers done on a budget.  All you have to do is to choose your color scheme and our talented design team will create something pretty for your special day.”

What flowers would you suggest for brides with lower budgets and why?
“Using flowers in season is always a great way to save.  Being flexible to welcome the local, seasonal flowers is the key to lowering the cost.  For summer weddings, hydrangeas are great because having just one stem of hydrangea in a jar will look amazing without breaking your bank.  On the other hand, having a specific flower in mind that you absolutely must have for your Queensberry Flower Company Inc. wedding that are not locally available can end up costing you a lot more than expected.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“We are very experienced with budget brides, and from our experience, we have developed a system that simplifies the ordering of the wedding flowers.  So you don’t have to know anything about flowers because we will help you every step of the way.  Accessibility and openness of our shops are another big advantage.  Our shops are located inside SkyTrain stations, so you can easily pop in to see our latest designs and flowers that are available during the season.  Our customers are often already familiar with our style because they or their fiancé is already a customer of ours prior to getting engaged.  They are happy to have our sophisticated but playful style for their weddings.”

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Queensberry Flower Company - Photo by Desy Cheng What do you enjoy most about your job?
“I love creating something pretty and beautiful, and am grateful that my job requires exactly that!  We receive a lot of complements at the shop and by emails, and we love making a difference in people’s lives one bouquet at a time!”

What was the most unique arrangement you’ve created for a wedding?
“I had a customer who wanted a bridal bouquet made with vegetables!  We got fresh veggies from Granville Island, such as radishes, carrots, corn etc, and matched them with sunflowers.  The end result was a big surprise… the vibrant colors of the vegetables were so beautiful, and the textures so interesting, we could look at the bouquet and talk about it for hours.  The red radish boutonnieres were super cute.”

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Queensberry Flower Company - Photo by Desy Cheng What are your favourite flowers to work with and why?
“My personal favorites are berries, pods and seeds, I love the beautiful texture of berries when paired with roses.  These pods and berries help make bouquets look more fun, modern, and sometimes vintage/antique, and I love having different textures in my arrangements.”

How do you stay competitive when it comes to pricing?
“We buy our own flowers so that they are always fresh, and are very familiar with the seasonality and availability of flowers in a given season.  We can provide the most economical flower options based on our deep understanding of the market and a good relationship with our suppliers.”

Describe a real life situation when you Queensberry Flower Company - Photo by Michael Wachniak had to deal with a low budget bride. How did you make her dream bouquet come true?
“Our bouquet pricing is already very competitive, so we never had any difficult situation where our price was too high for their budget.  However, we often recommend using the flower arrangements twice, such as using them first as pew decorations and then recycling them into centerpieces.”

If you had to make a bridal bouquet for $50, what flowers would it include?
“Roses, carnations, or gerberas.  Baby’s breath-only or a gerbera-only bouquet would be nice as well.  By using only one type of flower, it makes the arrangement look more modern and “intentional”, meaning that it wouldn’t look like you were trying to cut costs, but you like the simple and elegant look.”

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“Don’t be a bridezilla… just kidding.  But the truth is, the more flexible you are, and more trust you put in your floral designers to do their job, the higher chance you will end up with something amazing for a lower price.”

Queensberry Flower Company Inc.

To contact Kanako, visit her website.
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All photos provided by Kanako Heinrichs

Photographer credits: Michael Wachniak Photography (feature photo), Tallulah Photography, & Desy Cheng

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