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Meet our Team || Karina

 

Plant enthusiast. Crafts maker. Sports watcher. Travel lover.
Flower freak.

Having completed school and moving to Adelaide from the Flinders to pursue university study in the creative arts, Karina soon found her way into a part-time job with one of Adelaide's leading florists.

After graduating from university she dove head first into a full time position which saw her learn all facets of the industry; and although Floristry wasn’t originally on her career radar she quickly became addicted to the fast paced creative environment.

A dedication to quality and design lead to Karina's work being featured at numerous weddings and functions, and servicing corporate cliental from small scale to large including sporting events, conferences and several galleries.

With over ten years industry experience Karina joined the Viva team in July 2015 and retains a passion for flowers, event planning and design.

Mother & Daughter Flower Workshop

On Sunday 4th June Viva held a flower workshop for Mums & Daughters.

Bethany & Karina were joined in-store by 8 lovely ladies to sip bubbles and chat all things florals. The group were introduced to the basics of hand-tied flower arranging with a demonstration of bouquet construction and some insight into how a Florist might go about selecting the best blooms. 

With some guidance from the lovely Viva team, all participants were then invited to get their hands dirty and 'create-their-own' arrangement to take home. 

What a fun and inspiring way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Bethany's Hen's Day

White and green are one of Bethany’s favourite aesthetic combinations. The exquisite mixture highlights the organic beauty of flowers and the pure joy of our natural world. 

It was truly fitting that her Hen’s Day boasted gorgeous women cloaked in white, atop a sea of rolling green hills and vines. 

Lining the long lunch table were huge clear vases filled with remarkable cactus leaves and radiant white orchids.

Customised cookies, plates of fresh oysters and gin and blueberry cocktails were happy at home amongst lustrous floral settings of cacti and ferns. 

Guests dined, laughed, danced and enjoyed a glass or two of champagne (O.K maybe 3 or more!) amongst the dream-like setting that is the Barossa Valley.

Sweetest baby girl names, INSPIRED by FLOWERS

Choosing baby names is HARD. We know a few babies but we know lots of flowers! Girls are awesome and their names should be too! Drawing inspiration from our natural world, we’ve put together nine beautiful and unique baby girl names that are inspired by flowers and foliages.

Julia & Michael's Gorgeous Barossa Wedding

Last year we had the honour of creating the stunning flower arrangements for Julia and Michael's wedding.

The weather was perfect, the blooms beautiful and plentiful and the magnificent Chateau Tanunda was dressed to impress.

We loved contributing to the magic of the day; bringing in over four hundred bunches of roses to create the 250+ flower arrangements for the day. Months of planning, three days of constructing, 230 candles and votives, 2 delivery vans and a full day's set-up culminated in this spectacular occasion.

Check out all our behind the scenes action below, and pop over to our wedding gallery here to see more photo's of Julia & Michael's breathtaking day!










PHOTOGRAPHY: Meaghan Coles

 

Valentine's Day and the meaning of Flowers

Most people recognise Valentine's Day as a date to celebrate romantic love and affection toward your partner. But did you know that, historically, the date of February the 14th presented as a chance to express feelings of appreciation to family, friends and children?

Red roses are a traditional choice when it comes to sending flowers attached to messages of love and desire, but why not choose flowers that reflect your significant other’s personality - whether that be classic and sophisticated, or bright and fun. Below we’ve listed some other seasonal favourites and the meanings behind those:


Dahlia

The Dahlia represents celebrating what makes you different, seeking adventure and moving past challenges. The Victorians used the Dahlia to signify a lasting bond and commitment between two people, making it a perfect Valentines gift.

Key ideas associated with Dahlias are the following:

    • Grace and inner strength
    • Power
    • Seeking adventure and travel
    • Commitment to another person  


Lily

Having such an elegant look, it’s no wonder the Lily flower means royalty, rebirth, and purity. There are hundreds of different true lilies, but the most commonly found cut-stem lilies are the orientals. With their striking shape, the large blooms open to either pink or white.

The Lily Flower means:

  • Royalty and excellence
  • Motherhood and fertility
  • Purity
  • Passion and drive


Chrysanthemum

Also known as a ‘Mum’, the Chrysanthemum was first cultivated from wild blossoms by the Chinese, with the first breeding efforts dating back to the 15th century. It is a common cut flower used for bouquets and flower arrangements, and the traditional pick for Mother’s Day.

What does the Chrysanthemum Flower Mean?

  • Lasting friendship
  • Support in the face of obstacles
  • Cheerfulness and positivity
  • Loyalty and devotion, both romantic and platonic

 

 Lisianthus

This distinctive bloom that looks similar to a rose has a great vase life and is available in a range of pretty pastel shades. It’s also a popular wedding flower due to its link with devotion and long-lasting bonds. 

Lisianthus has plenty of different meanings to explore, such as:

  • The birth flower for Sagittarius
  • Lifelong bonds
  • Expressing gratitude
  • Showing someone appreciation
  • Traditional values and old fashioned morals. 


Rose

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” - William Shakespeare

The Rose is one of the most loved of all flowers has been widely recognised for hundreds of years as a symbol of love, sympathy or sorrow.

In mythology the Rose is associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love who was often depicted adorned with roses around her head and feet.

What does the Rose Flower Mean?

  • Love and Faith
  • Honour
  • Beauty
  • Passion and devotion
  • Timelessness

Roses come in a vast array of colours and there are over 100 species. Did you know that the spikes on a Rose’s stem are technically called prickles, not thorns?

Each coloured Rose offers a distinct and different meaning. The following are some commonly associated meanings for each colour:

Red: The red Rose has come to be the ultimate symbol to express romantic love. Though the red Rose has a long and storied history, it still reigns as the ultimate symbol of passionate affection.

Pink: Pink Roses are your ultimate go-to multipurpose colour. They are appropriate for sending thanks, cheering up a friend, or recognising a romantic occasion.

White: The pure white colour of white Roses conveys respect, pays homage to new beginnings and expresses hope for the future. Historically, the white Rose symbolised innocence and purity.

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