Capital Florist is aN OTTAWA wedding & event floral studio Lead by Carla Carbajal. They specialize in AFFORDABLE EVENT design & FLORALS. their mission is to ensure that your vision is brought to life.
Carla fell in love with the art of flower arranging in 2008, after being hired by a flower shop to clean and wrap roses by the dozen.
Though the job was hardly glamorous, Carla loved flowers and was happy to take on whatever job would teach her more about floral design.
Eventually, she was tasked with creating presentation and hand-tied bouquets as well as filling orders for deliveries. Yearning for more, Carla applied to become a Junior Designer at another flower shop. Here, she was tasked with designing funeral arrangements.
While the experience helped Carla master her craft she developed a love/hate relationship with funeral flowers and after two years, she decided to pursue a degree in Political Science instead.
Following graduation, Carla realized that politics wasn’t exactly where she wanted to be and decided to go into retail. A natural leader and extremely organized, Carla went on to become a manager at one of the biggest and most successful companies in Canada, managing 78 people. Though one could say she had made it, Carla’s true passion always remained in floral design.
Somewhere between finishing up school and becoming a retail manager, Carla met her life partner, Rob. Just like with floral design, Carla knew that she and him were meant to be from the start.
Ambitious and supportive, it was Rob that pushed Carla to pursue her dreams. Together, they attempted to purchase the flower shop that Carla once worked at. Their offer fell through but it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. It helped Carla define what kind of business she really wanted: a wedding & event exclusive floral studio.
A year later, Rob sent Carla the text message that would start it all…”How hard would it be to start your own floral business?” Carla's response, “Not hard at all… I think! Let me look into it.” And shortly after, Capital Florist was born!
Today, Carla works with Rob, her Mother (Hazel), and her Sisters (Hazel & Gabriela) and her 3 wedding stylists (Leah, Allycia & Tab) to bring your style and dreams to life.
Want to work with Carla and the Capital Florist team? Book a Consultation.
Rob has always been very ambitious! From the very beginning of their relationship, he made Carla know that he wanted to one day become a business owner. At the time he toyed with several ideas (and even created innovative products!) but nothing really felt genuine or natural, so he decided to concentrate on building his career in the retail industry. While he exceeded at his job at one of the most prestigious stores in Ottawa, due to his passion for delivering an exceptional customer experience, his entrepreneurial bug never left him. And he decided to venture with Carla and buy an already established flower shop, when that fell through Rob was the first one to realize that this was a blessing in disguise and that they had the opportunity to start their own business. And so, he sent that text that brought Capital Florist to life!
While Rob had no knowledge of flowers, he was well versed into the operations side of a business so he was happy to help Carla set up systems to run the business smoothly! He has since taken the time to learn floral design and even did his first wedding in March of 2018! Turns out he’s a natural at flower arranging and enjoys it! Since he is very comfortable around flowers, and he is the ultimate ‘people person’ (he genuinely enjoys listening to other people’s stories!), he now takes care of our Corporate Accounts and he is working on a new project that we will reveal soon!
In the meantime, because his entrepreneurial bug never leaves him, you can find working on his newest entrepreneurial adventure, Capital Photography! This one came about our plans of making our business a one-stop-shop for event planning!