Tuesday 26th March 2019

Today marks one year full since we opened our florist shop and floral studio in Coconut Grove. It’s not your typical Darwin flower shop and we think that’s what makes us stand out from the crowd. We’ve made flower buying simpler with lots of fresh and seasonal flower varieties by the bunch. Our flowers are also available from Parap Fine Foods, so you can still pick up a bunch of beautiful flowers outside our studio hours. 

Beija Flor Darwin, florist and floral design studio in Coconut Grove, NT

Space for weddings and retail flowers

Our brief was to create a space where we could better serve our increasing customer base of wedding and corporate clients but also where customers can call in and pick up a bunch of flowers. Our studio serves both with a great location on the corner of Dick Ward Drive, making it easy to call in for a bunch of flowers on your way home and also plenty of space for all the flowers when we do really big wedding set ups like we did for The Bachelorette in August.

Beija Flor florist and floral design studio located on the corner of Dick Ward Dr. and Tang St. Coconut Grove, Darwin, NT.

We’ve a huge warehouse out back, to grow our collection of props and vases, which are integral to our floral designs. We’ve been working hard the last few weeks photographing and uploading these to the rental collection here on the website. We’re looking forward to this weeks An Outback Affair where we’ll be showing off the latest additions to our rental collection. 

wedding table set up at Beija Flor floral design show room and flower shop in Coconut Grove, Darwin.

It was a slow start when we first moved in on the back of Cyclone Marcus, but we had a great last dry season and we’ve been overwhelmed by how many new customers and friends we’ve made in our first year. 

event florist, small business Mum, working from home with toddler, Nightcliff, Darwin, NT

Growing up our Home Business

Although it’s just one year at Coconut Grove our floral business actually started in Darwin in 2014. We prepared our first floral event centrepieces out of the kitchen sink in my apartment in Nightcliff. Our unit didn’t even have a spare room for the flowers and I was permanently nervous my curious toddler would pull all the heads of the flowers! We now have a great location, off the main road on Dick Ward Drive, a large cool room and we recently upgraded our refrigerated van which makes working with flowers in Darwin so much easier. 

….and if you need another reason to stop by the Beija Flor studio, there’s great coffee just next door at Ruby Gs.

An Outback Affair | a wedding fair for adventurers

We can’t wait for the upcoming An Outback Affair, having been involved with all of the wedding fairs from A Fair Affair, since it’s inception in 2016. A Fair Affair wedding fairs follow a theme each year and we love this creative challenge. 

In 2016 we had A Rural Affair at Fred’s Pass Show which was all about the rural, rustic and vintage inspiration. In true Territory outback fashion, the Beija Flor florists dressed a palomino in a  beautiful floral garland for the photoshoot. 

palomino pony wears beautiful floral garland in true Northern Territory wedding fashion

2017 saw the wedding fair move uptown to Mitchell Streets, Six Tanks Brewery, the theme here was An Urban Affair. One of the things we love about these wedding fairs is that no business is closed in by traditional expo booths. Think of it as catching up with a few friends at a bar over drinks! Guests meander throughout the area weaving in and around vendors in a space that is beautifully decorated everywhere you look. 

an urban affair, wedding fair, simple brides bouquet of peonies, Darwin, Northern Territory

Last years An Island Affair (possibly our favourite theme to date), was held at Club Tropical Resort. The Beija Flor floral team created our most popular table setting yet. A Ralph Lauren inspired table with navy and gold accents, masses of candlelight, cascading phalenopsis orchids and monstera deliciosa. 

The oh, so glamorous photoshoot and promotional video, featured a private jet along with not to mention, our trailing phalenopsis orchid bouquet. 

an island affair, Darwin wedding fair, bride carries bouquet of cascading phalenopsis orchids

We’ve got lots in store for An Outback Affair, which will be held at Pee Wees on Sunday 31 March, 10am - 4pm. Entry is $15 each or $20 per couple. The bar will be open and Pee Wees are offering small delicious plate to purchase. 

We’ll be setting up our timber ceremony canopy, which we can’t wait to see on the new look ceremony lawns at Pee Wees. This is a huge four post chuppa style arbor which is ideal for seating your wedding guests in a semi circle. 

Pee Wees is such a popular choice for Darwin weddings and it’s proximity to our new studio was one of the deciding factors when we chose the Coconut Grove location for our new floral studio. (Can you believe we’ve been there for almost a year). 

Even if you’ve already booked your wedding with us this year, pop by An Outback Affair and say hello. Or if you are planning your wedding for this year or next we would love to see you there, what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon, than surrounded by flowers with stunning views of Fannie Bay from Pee Wees.

an outback affair, Darwin wedding fair at Pee Wees, 31 March 2019

Valentines Day 2019

Valentines Day is a time to celebrate romance, friendship, love and admiration by sending messages of love and affection to partners, girlfriends, lovers and friends. 


With that in mind it’s time to get creative, unleash your inner poet with a charming love note. We’d love to hear your messages so we’re running a competition on our facebook page, whether its soppy, funny, mysterious or colourful the message with the most ‘loves’ will win our MILAN gift wrap of a dozen stunning red roses.  

Valentines Day is also a great reason to surprise your beau by sending an anonymous card and gift with a mysterious note. At Beija Flor all of our card messages are hand written on a beautiful A6 gift card meaning you’re plenty of space to express yourself this Valentines Day.

Valentines Day falls on Thursday 14 February this year and while this is a normal working day for us in the Northern Territory, we think Valentines Day is a great excuse to have some fun and liven up your workday. So if you’ve been admiring someone from across the office, go ahead and create some Valentines Day magic this February 14th. 

One dozen long stem red roses is the traditional Valentines Day gift and at Beija Flor while it’s the only week of the year we have these in stock it’s still important to get your order in early. 

red roses, Darwin, Palmerston

You don’t have to send roses, all flowers are beautiful and a gift that acknowledges the taste of the person receiving the flowers is a very thoughtful gesture. Our seasonal flower selection this February includes vibrant purple vanda orchids, summery snapdragons and gladioli, funky black pineapple lilies, long lasting sweet williams and fragrant oriental lilies in white and pink. 

But why choose between a dozen red roses and something else, we’ve also introduced the BUENOS AIRES gift wrap combining a dozen long stem red roses matched with a stunning array of blooms from our selection of seasonal delights. We hope you feel inspired to think outside the box on this occasion. 

Speaking of boxes have you seen the super cute, locally hand crafted chocolate boxes from Bumble Bean Chocolates. Your sweetheart will be sure to adore this selection of dark, milk and white chocolates and truffles. And we’re giving these away with all Valentines Day orders place before midnight on Sunday 10 February, use the code VDAY2019 at checkout. 

a puddle of red rose petals, Howard Springs forest, Northern Territory

We’ve had so much fun creating our Valentines Day 2019 collection, we went all out with the roses, dismantling hundreds of luscious crimson roses to create a pool of velvety red petals. Local Territorians will recognise the location of our shoot at Howard Springs just outside of Palmerston. 

Our Valentines Day poster girl is Georgia-Rose Stretton of Passarella Models. Photographed by Amy Weir of Weir Courture

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.