Oscar & Janelle (Janie)
We, Oscar Lima & Janelle 'Janie' Gerestein, are a husband & wife led floral team. We fell in love in the city of La Paz- Bolivia, South America in 2008 and were married two years later in December 2010. Together we created the fresh floral décor for both our Bolivian & Canadian weddings! We love working as a team, to exceed our clients’ expectations and achieve their floral vision creating beautiful and unique designs. Our design style is Natural, Modern & Sophisticated. We look forward to hearing your love story and how our team can create stunning florals to enhance your special day!
Janelle is a certified floral designer with over 16 years of experience. She received her Certificate of Commercial Floristry at Olds College in Olds, Alberta while studying with a Swedish Master Florist. Janelle loves to travel and learn new floral styles and techniques. She is inspired by her love for English gardens and has studied with renowned UK florists Robbie Honey, Paula Pryke & Shane Connolly during recent trips to London. She has studied under American floral designer Holly Heider Chapple and is a member of the International collective of floral designers, the Chapel Designers. She has international floral design experience having worked as a florist in four countries on three different continents; Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and Bolivia. She received her nickname, Janie, while working at Flowers on 9th, a floral shop, located in Lethbridge, Alberta where she began specializing in wedding design work while finishing her Bachelor of Management Degree at the University of Lethbridge.
She is the lead floral designer and co-owner of Flowers by Janie.
Oscar has a dynamic background in history, political science, videography and photography. Oscar has a great eye for design and learned many aspects of wedding floristry by working closely with Janelle. Besides specializing in boutonnieres, corsages and pomander floral spheres Oscar helps with logistics, delivery and on site set up at events. He also uses his talents to photograph and film our work for sharing on social media. Oscar has recently graduated from SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) where he honed his videography skills! We are excited to announce the addition of wedding videography to our services through Oscar's new venture Castaño Media (a division of Flowers by Janie Inc.) He is now taking bookings for 2018 and 2019 wedding dates. To view his most recent videos click here. He is the co-owner of Flowers by Janie.
Oscar and Janelle work with a small but dedicated team of floral designers for larger weddings and corporate events. We are happy to have Brenda & Jessie on our design team along with a long list of other freelance designers who we work closely with during our busiest season!
Photo Credit: Tara Whittaker Photography