Finding your perfect florist can be tricky, but especially if you are wanting a florist who can provide beautiful, sustainable, and practical arrangements for your wedding day.
I’ve found my top preferred florists in the Portland, Oregon area as I’ve worked with each one individually. I know that each florist here provides what you are looking for in an elopement floral arrangements and have compiled the following list to get a sense of them and their businesses to help you find the perfect match.
Here’s my preferred Portland florists for elopement weddings who are all eco-friendlyand LGTBQ+ friendly:
1. Silk and Blossom
Tell us about yourself: “My name is Amy and I’ve grown up and lived in Oregon all my life. I LOVE it here and all the beauty that comes with the PNW. I’ve been a color nerd since a young child, like to the point where I used to organize all my candies by color before I ate them, I’d repaint my room at least once a year and now I work in color development for a footwear and apparel company. I also love my passion-job of creating wedding and elopement florals! It’s another outlet for me to express my love of color and bring beautiful color palettes to life through textural flowers and foliage. When I’m not creating bouquets and arrangements, I love to spend my free time with my sweet husband and our Frenchie/Boston Terrier Hudson at the coast or in the garden at our home.”
What is one food you couldn’t live without? “Sushi”
What is your favorite flower? “Wow, as a florist, I don’t know that it’s possible to answer this! It shifts with the seasons but some of my favorites are tulips, ranunculas, pompon dahlias, and of course a fluffy romantic rose.”
When did you start your business? “2020 was my first year with my business…what a year to start a business!”
What movie, picture, or video always makes you laugh no matter how often you watch it? “Christmas Vacation – a tradition to watch after Thanksgiving dinner is complete.”
What are you interested in that most people aren’t? “Tomato breeding. I dove deep into the gardening trend of 2020.”
What is your favorite thing about creating florals? “Besides the color aspect, my favorite part is the sweet reactions of brides when I give them their bridal bouquet.”
What is 1 thing you wish people knew about your business, as a potential customer? “I truly enjoy creating completely custom floral designs and arrangements that fit the style and aesthetic they are wanting for their special event or elopement.”
Do you have a meaning behind the name of your business name? “Silk and Blossom encompasses the 2 main services I offer. The silk representing the the natural fiber textiles I custom dye and the blossom representing the fresh blooms I use in my floral arrangements.”
What are the best, most durable flowers for elopements? “So many blooms can be used for elopements. Some of the most hardy blooms I like to use are ranunculus, dahlias, strawflower and dried elements.”
2. Coy & Co.
When did you start your business and why? “I started Coy & Co. on September 6th, 2018. I was working 5 other jobs and was tired of the pointless miserable daily grind and couldn’t live with the environmental impacts my floral habit was producing. I wanted to prove it could be done differently, and I have. My formal training is in fine art oil painting, and I spent a lot of time on farms reconnecting to myself and how I wanted to spend my life. You can read more about why we do what we do here: https://shoparq.com/blogs/news/friend-of-arq-feature-lynsea-coy“
What is one food you couldn’t live without? “Lemons. Acid is essential to any dish. That and flakey sea salt.”
What is your favorite flower? “Hellebore. She’s my PNW winter queen and I’m not sure I could run my business how I do without her.”
What movie, picture, or video always makes you laugh no matter how often you watch it? “At this point I am so heavily addicted to TikTok that all I can say is my FYP is a fucking treasure trove. If I could spend all of my free time cackling to TikTok, I would. My partner and I do watch Saturday Night Live every week and that does make us very happy. Usually anything with raccoons, frogs, or dachshunds will also get me cry-laughing.”
What are you interested in that most people aren’t? “Sustainability! 100% locally grown flowers and locally made materials 100% of the time. I don’t know anyone else who does what I do to the extent that I do it and we’re deeply proud of how we hold our convictions in our daily work.”
What is your favorite thing about creating florals? “The seasons! The life lessons! We’re big fans of writer and creator Annika Izora and she described it best in her piece “Lessons Taught by Gardens” linked here: https://www.annikaizora.com/post/lessons-taught-by-gardens“
Do you have a meaning behind the name of your business name? “My last name is Coy so, I’m the Coy, this is the Co.! Haha!”
What are the best, most durable flowers for elopements? “Dried! Especially if you don’t have a water source or are traveling long distances! Choose a florist that offers you fully compostable services like we do so that if something falls off on the trail there is no damage done to the natural environment you chose as a result. We do not use bleaches, paints, dyes, or preservatives ever because when flowers are treated with those chemicals they cannot be composted and will do damage if left in the natural environment you are being eloped in. Local flowers will also last the longest because they were harvested as recently as possible without the travel time of being imported.”
3. Wildflower Portland
Tell us about yourself: Hi! “My name is Chas Thompson Thomas and I am the Lead Designer behind Wildflower Portland. As a native Oregonian it fills me with such joy & pride to help couples celebrate their marriage in my home state! When I’m not designing flowers for a wedding you can usually find me gardening or hiking around the PNW.”
What is one food you couldn’t live without? “Is wine food?”
What is your favorite flower? “Oh, this is a hard one and changes with the season! I have to say Bleeding Hearts are a sentimental favorite and remind me of growing up gardening with my grandma.”
When did you start your business, why? “I’ve always loved flowers and before launching Wildflower Portland in 2017 I worked for other Portland floral shops, flower farms and the Portland flower market.”
What movie, picture, or video always makes you laugh no matter how often you watch it? “I gotta say my one year old daughter always has me cracking up!”
What are you interested in that most people aren’t? “My love for dried flowers is unmatched!”
What is your favorite thing about creating florals? “I love incorporating thoughtful details into my designs and really catering to each and every one of my couples.”
What is 1 thing you wish people knew about your business, as a potential customer? “I wish people knew that working with flowers isn’t my JOB, it’s my joy! I hope that shows in my designs.”
Do you have a meaning behind the name of your business name? “Wildflower Portland was actually an accident! It’s a funny story.”
What are the best, most durable flowers for elopements? “Dried flowers, of course!”
4. Caroline Reusen Floral Design
Tell us about yourself: “Caroline is a wedding and event florist based in Oregon, offering services in the U.S. and Europe. As a resident of the Pacific Northwest, she has a great appreciation for natural landscapes and the beauty of local florals. She enjoys working with flowers grown by local farmer florists, which showcase the abundance of the seasons.
Guided by her wide ranging experience, Caroline uses her passion for flowers as an art medium to create timeless but innovative designs for her clients. She believes that each event is unique and should be a true reflection of the couple and their love story.
Her love for landscapes and locally grown materials has fueled her desire to design in a natural and organic way, while making every effort to practice sustainability in her work. Caroline is a 100% foam-free floral designer and uses eco-friendly mechanics for her designs.”
What is one food you couldn’t live without? “Cheese. 100 percent. Vermont Cabot cheese is the best (seriously sharp).”
What is your favorite flower? “Too many to name! Sweet peas and ranunculus are two of them. And clematis!”
When did you start your business, why? “I’ve known I wanted to start my own floral design business for years now but I was really intentional with when I’d start it. I wanted to get as much experience as I could before making the leap but there was definitely part of me that held back for a long time — is anyone ever truly ‘ready’ to start a business? The pandemic pushed me towards the decision and was definitely a silver lining through a hard time. It’s an absolute gift to be able to do what I love for a living.”
What movie, picture, or video always makes you laugh no matter how often you watch it? “Friends. I’ve watched the whole series probably ten times.”
What are you interested in that most people aren’t? “My degree is in psychology but I never did anything with it after college. The subject still really interests me though. I wanted to be a therapist growing up and I still have a deep and genuine interest in who people are, why they do things, their upbringings and how it shapes them, and things like that.- What is your favorite thing about creating florals? FLOW. I get into such a flow state when I design. I’m usually a pretty good multi-talker but when I’m designing, I can hardly hold a conversation at the same time — I’m ultra-focused when I create and I love that.”
What is 1 thing you wish people knew about your business, as a potential customer? “I put 100% into my designs, from the small pieces like boutonnieres to big installs, when it comes to floral design, I don’t mind being a bit of a perfectionist.”
Do you have a meaning behind the name of your business name? “I decided to have my business name be my name, mostly because I knew it wouldn’t be a name I’d ever ‘grow’ out of and it’s also easier to remember a name and who’s behind it if it’s the same.”
What are the best, most durable flowers for elopements? “Considering I have month and a half old carnations sitting in my studio that haven’t been freshly cut or given fresh water since I got them…I’ll say carnations. I hardly ever design with them but there are some cool varieties and colors out there. Roses are usually pretty durable and I almost always use them in some capacity.”
Choosing a Portland Elopement Florist
As you can see, these lovely creators really enjoy the job they have and if you book with any of them – you won’t be disappointed! If you are still unsure on how to hire the right person for your elopement, make sure to contact them, contact me, or check out this post to help pick your elopement vendors!