When it comes to Bali Wedding Flowers – Bloomz is one of the BIG names. At the creative helm is Janice Ripley, a true artisan with an undeniable talent for creating magical, inspiring stories for her couples and their guests with her stunning florals.
Lots of wonderful information to ponder below if you’re on the hunt for a Bali wedding Florist. Janice also shares her personal super power and her Wedding Pinterest board no-no’s!
Name: Janice Lee Ripley
Business name: PT. PMA Bloomz Flowers & Events Bali
Affectionately known as BLOOMZ
Tell us about your lovely self and your business?
Bloomz opened our doors on December 18, 2007, to the festivities of a block party attended by friends and well-wishers at our first location in Ubud.
Background of owner: Janice Lee Ripley
A passion for flowers and decor is the driving force for the creation of Bloomz in Bali, Indonesia. This artisan endeavor began in San Francisco, California, where my previous exposure to floral design brought me to the attention of Fioradella. The Fioradella studio was the “it” company at that time for events including society weddings, museum openings, and holiday celebrations. Clients included Martha Stewart, Wilkes Bashford, Paloma Picasso and the San Francisco Symphony, among others. During this time, I was pursuing a master of fine arts degree at the san Francisco art institute having recently relocated from New York.
To date, Bloomz has grown exponentially due to our reputation, through word of mouth recommendations, and exposure on social media. These accomplishments have resulted in Bloomz executing over 80 boutique quality weddings in 2016.
Since opening in 2007 Bloomz has provided innovative flowers and decor for over 700 weddings and produced hundreds of party events in Bali and beyond.
How did Bloomz begin?
After some 10 years of extended visits to Bali working with the jewelry silversmiths on my fashion jewelry collection, I made the decision to call Bali home. The tropical landscapes, the elegant Balinese people & culture, and the artistic vibe of Bali nurtured my creative spirit. I began composing floral arrangements for my own home utilizing the flora available locally. The personal fulfillment of working with flowers led to the opening of Bloomz fine flowers. The intimate and magical flower shop gained the attention of the New York times travel writer, who described Bloomz as “a must see while in Bali”. Weddings and special events followed in discovering Bloomz. Clients include Aman Resorts, Oberoi Hotels, Mozaic Ubud, Louis Vuitton and a plethora of social weddings and parties.
What’s your super-power? And what’s unique about your business?
My superpower is my creative intuition and ability to deliver a personalized and beautiful environment for my clients. Bloomz is unique in so many ways including our capacity to turn a concept into an ultimate reality for weddings and special events.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
All flowers tell a story, of the earth, the sun & the rain…memories, passions, stories of grace and the joys of life.
I am passionate about flowers, grasses, seedpods, branches and brambles. What they represent are gifts from nature; their strength and beauty, with us for just a short time. I am passionate about how they can transform a room, a venue, and the landscape. They can elevate what and how you feel. I love flowers, I love working with brides and the grooms creating a wonder world of joy and beauty for them.
What is your favourite flower of all time?
I can’t say………I love so many
What floral trends never go out of fashion?
Flowers are things of nature so they in themselves are eternal and never go out of fashion. Seeking beauty and balance in flower arrangements is always fashionable.
What floral trends are we likely to see this season?
I think brides will continue to personalise their weddings using family heirlooms with fresh flowers in abundance and arranged in the old world garden style. Touches of modern sensibilities are added with furnishings and lighting. I call this “heirloom modern”.
Can you tell us a bit about local and imported flowers in Bali?
I am committed to the Indonesian farmers by using locally grown flowers and foliage. So, my first choice is flowers grown in Bali. They are brought in daily from Tabanan, Bedugul, and Karangasem. Next are the farms in Java, East Java and Bandung…north of Jakarta. I design with imports from Holland if they are not grown here and specifically requested. The quality and variety of locally grown flowers has excelled dramatically since I first opened shop 10 years ago. Indonesian farmers are growing export quality flowers now…….and they are in demand. It’s great to be a part of a dedicated growing community.
What’s the most challenging aspect of being a wedding florist in Bali?
A. The traffic!
B. Being in more than 1 place at a time………. truly wish I had a Tardis. (time and space machine)
If you could give one piece of advice to couples planning their wedding florals and decor, what would it be?
I can’t just give one piece of advice!!! My website has a list of 10 top tips for Bali! Here are two:
A. Use Pinterest as a point of reference only to inspire and help. It’s a great tool to convey long distance the feeling and general mood you would like to have. But beware of overdoing it and then have your wedding look like a hodgepodge of other people’s weddings! A good décor stylist will know how to edit your inspiration board so this does not happen.
B. Big one!!! Weddings are subject to fashion. And just because it’s “in” is not a good enough reason to copy it. Your wedding is a chance for you and your partner to express yourselves and to cherish this wedding celebration for a very long time. Trends come and go…that is why it’s important to choose colors and designs that are personally meaningful to you both! Be inspired by a trip you took together, your favorite period in art, gardens, movies, and the music you love…
Best coffee in Bali?
Not drinking coffee these days…but I love coffee wood and berries. I design with them and sell coffee branches and the berries at my shop.
Yoga or gym?
What quote or mantra do you live by?
“I refuse to settle for average”, “I will never give up” and “everything is possible”
If you were a flower, what would it be?
A lotus…………from out of the mud to the beauty of the world come I…….