Ipanema | inspiration

Today I’d like to share some of the inspiration behind the Beija Flor brand. If you’ve ever sent or received an Ipanema gift wrap, you might wonder, why is it called Ipanema?

Beija Flor, inspired by travel

Like our name - Beija Flor, this bouquet of seasonal delights is inspired by our  travels to Brazil. Ipanema is a chic beachside neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro - its lazy days people watching at the beach, and evenings watching the sunset over the water. 

If you enjoy watching the sunset from Darwins, Nightcliff Jetty, Pee Wees at East Point or Casuarina Beach, you’ll be sure to love watching the sun set from Rio de Janeiro's many stunning vantage points. 

The Ipanema gift wrap combines just two (or maybe three) of the seasonal delights of the day, hand picked by our expert florists.  Beija Flor gift wraps are simply presented in vellum paper wrapping, with our custom gift cards and ribbons. 

Beija Flor gift wraps are intended to inspire creativity, divide your blooms into a collection of smaller vessels or fill one big vase. Share you flowers with your friends on insta and tag us of course, it makes our day when we see our blooms being enjoyed. 

The Ipanema gift wrap is fun and fabulous without being over the top. It’s an ideal way to say ‘Congratulations’, or ‘I’m thinking of you’ or simply to surprise and delight. 

Maria Okwa, photo by  George F

Maria Okwa, photo by George F

Beija Flor founder, Maria Okwa, has spent many evenings watching the sunset over Ipanema, where she lived and worked as a florist and event stylist for Florisbela at their Ipanema boutique and the Copacabana Palace. 



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The Bachelorette Finale

Did you watch this weeks Bachelorette finale on Channel Ten? 

Filmed in our ‘majestic and beautiful Northern Territory’ the show had some incredible shots of our stunning North Australian landscapes.

The Bachelorette finale floral decor by Beija Flor in the Northern Territory

The Beija Flor team got together on Thursday night with cheese and champagne to watch the finale of The Bachelorette, along with the Two Seasons and White Rabbit ladies, who also supplier furniture and props for The Bachelorette set. 

We were approached back in August by The Bachelorette team to decorate the finale film set. We headed out to Corroboree Billabong at 4.30am with two refrigerated vans filled with masses of native blooms, pampas grass, king proteas, leucodendrens, in rich red shades. We had so much fun setting up on location with the Warner Bros set designers and camera crew.

flowers for TV and film in Darwin, Northern Territory, The Bachelorette

We didn’t meet the stars of the show as we headed back to town for our next set up…65 table centrepieces for the Master Builders awards on Sky City Darwin lawns (yes both on the same day!) 

I have to admit I was a little nervous to see how our flowers turned out on screen, but we were all super proud of the result, definitely, one of the highlights of the Beija Flor calendar for the 2018 dry season. 

native flowers at Corroboree, NT, floral installation for The Bachelorette

The Bachelorette showed off our stunning Territory natural attractions and we really hope third times a charm for Ali amongst our flowers. 

In case you missed it, you can still catch the show on Ten Player.