British-born Maria Okwa is an experienced florist and event decorator. Now living and working in Darwin, she enjoys the year round sunshine and takes her inspiration from the natural outdoors, the wonderful variety of native Australian flowers and the gorgeous, locally-grown tropicals. Maria is always on the lookout for unusual elements to add to her arrangements, and is known for using a generous stem count – meaning your designs are jam-packed with lush blooms.
Maria has traveled all over the world gaining experience and inspiration as a florist and event decorator. Beginning in 2005 with an apprenticeship in retail floristry Maria won competitions at local flower shows which provided a stepping stone to the area of luxury weddings and events. Her real education with weddings began when she joined Springbank Flowers, Manchester and became head florist at one of the UK’s leading event flower suppliers. During which time she was privileged to work at many beautiful venues and historical buildings throughout the UK and beyond. In 2009 Maria traveled to Brazil where she decorated weddings and parties in Rio de Janeiro including the Copacabana Palace. Arriving in Australia in 2010, Maria was head florist at Hayman Island Resort before settling in the Northern Territory, with her husband and daughter.