A bride holding a modern white spring neutral bridal bouquet of May ranunculus, mums, orchids, tulips, and garden roses with tapered candles in the background by Nectar and Root, Vermont wedding florist.

Our Essence
and Origins

"LET US LIVE LIKE FLOWERS; WILD AND BEAUTIFUL AND DRENCHED IN SUN"


The name
nectar & root embodies Erin’s love for the sweet, alluring process of floral design and the pure fulfillment that each collaborative project brings to the surface.

Erin adores working in the ethereal, earthy medium of flowers and plant materials.

She is completely influenced by the climate, landscape, and local botanicals of Vermont and wherever else on the map her wedding events take her.

Each stem is a dog-ear on the page of a love story. The impermanence and origin of flowers celebrate the specific place and time of their blooming and, in consequence, the wedding that they are picked for.

Long before Erin was a true florist, she walked into a Vermont boutique and saw a farm table with the most unique and natural floral display on it. A tall clear vase held amaryllis still on the bulb and boughs of greenery and roots. She was struck by how unfussy yet exquisite of a picture it made. She continues to imagine that authentic design, how it was driven by native, gorgeous materials as the base of what the vase inhabits even to this day.

She has revived the humble act of growing her own flowers both in Stowe and in the Burlington, Vermont areas. Springtimes in the garden, muddy, followed by jumping into the nearest swimming hole is the magic stuff that her flowers and spirit are fed on.

A simple green and white bridal bouquet of wildflowers and queen anne's lace by Nectar and Root, Vermont wedding florist.

Meet Erin

n&r Founder

Erin Ostreicher is the passionate owner behind Nectar & Root.

Erin graduated from Skidmore College with a concentration in studio art and creative writing. She went on to graduate from Columbia's summer publishing course, and she later earned a certificate in floral design from the New York Botanical Gardens.

In In 2019 Erin received the national Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the State of Vermont through the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Erin has studied under renowned global floral designers including Siren Floral Company, Amy Merrick, Foret, and Saipua, and she has provided her services in a range of settings from Brooklyn’s urbanized Green Building to Vermont’s historical Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms.

After ten years of running her own business, Erin is still constantly learning and pushing the edge of what moves and excites her creatively with flowers. She loves love stories, and lives in Stowe with her partner Mark.

Our Approach
to Gathering

We forage, grows our own flowers, and buy product from other local farms throughout New England.

Through the other businesses that nectar and root supports, the team that it's made of, and the clients we serve, our goal is to gather and bring people together for love and beauty, and to seize the day in celebration.

As a Vermont-based floral designer and owner of nectar and root, Erin is anti racist, LGBTQ+ inclusive, and environmentally driven.

To learn more about these practices, see our FAQ section below!

FAVORITE FARMS

Understory Farm
June Farm
Cedar Farms
Five Forks Farm
Unity Farm

LOCAL MARKETS

Stowe Farmers' Market
Burlington Farmers' Market
Waterbury Flea Market
Barge Canal Marketplace
Anjou

A simple spring peach, blush, yellow, and rust June bridal bouquet of garden roses, foxglove and orchids by Nectar and Root, a Vermont wedding florist at Foxfire Mountain House in the Catskills, New York.

Loving

Testimonials

Erin did a fabulous job with the floral arrangements for my wedding. From our first meeting through our wedding day, I felt confident that she would put her all into making the day beautiful. Erin worked with me to develop a vision for my décor, and in our last conversation before the wedding, I could tell that she was just as excited to create the florals as I was to see them. I wanted each of my centerpieces to be different, and Erin lived up to the task. All of the elements – from the fresh flowers to the unique vessels to the way they were all arranged – were thoughtfully chosen and well designed. Each of my bridesmaids also had different bouquets, and I was beyond happy with how beautiful they all came out. Ever since our wedding, our guests still talk about the stunning floral arrangements that Erin designed for us. I was so pleased with Erin’s services, and I would hire her again in a heartbeat!

Outdoor elopement farm table flower and greenery runner reception centerpiece by Nectar and Root, Vermont wedding florist at a backyard wedding in Vermont.

01. Elena, client

I looked at lots and lots of florists before my wedding day. When I came across Erin and her work, I knew that my search was over. She simply creates the most unreal arrangements, things that you would never think to put together but look incredible as a finished product. I gave Erin extremely vague descriptions of what I liked and didn’t like in our meetings leading up to the wedding, and she showed up on the wedding day with florals that blew me away. They were my vision–and beyond–exactly. I am so happy that I got to work with Erin, and I only wish I had more opportunities to need a bouquet and floral crown! I recommend her a thousand times over– you cannot pick a better floral artist than Erin.

A textured boutonniere of olive foliage and berries atop a gold tray with flowing silk ribbon by Nectar and Root, Vermont wedding florist.

02. Maya, client

My interest in Erin’s work was initially piqued by her combination of sophisticated, elegant technique and playful, adventuresome materials. There is a freshness and innovation in her arrangements that makes her unique among Vermont-based florists. She takes an infectious delight in her craft, and in flowers and beautiful spaces and objects. Her friendly, easy-going demeanor makes her very pleasant to work with, and her broad knowledge of flowers both familiar and rare, their growing seasons, and specialized vendors in Vermont and across the country made her an invaluable resource. The whole process of working with her, from the first phone call to the week of the wedding itself, was a pleasure. She incorporated details I had mentioned off-handedly many months before, and every component, from garland to centerpieces to boutonnieres to an extraordinary flower crown for our officiant, was both a satisfying realization of a year’s work and a beautiful surprise.

Elopement blush and peach wedding cake flowers on rustic farm table by Nectar and Root, Vermont wedding florist at a backyard wedding in Vermont.

03. Ash, client