My sister is married :)

My big sis Jenny-lyn married James in Hemet, CA last month.   James is a pastor in Hemet, a little town near Temecula, in the middle of the desert.  In August, temps reach over 100 degrees easily, and it’s dry as a bone.  You can imagine that this influenced my flower choices greatly.


The task before me: to create fun, funky, flirty arrangements that would hold up in the desert, for a wedding of over 350 people, on a very modest budget. Also, I was to be the matron of honor, and deliver a witty toast, at that!

Jenny-lyn is always adorable, but was positively radiant on her wedding day.  Those earrings were her “something borrowed”- I wore them on my wedding day, too!


She always claimed she’d recycle my wedding dress on her wedding day, which was an airy Liancarlo gown with subtle beading and ruffled train.  But in my heart I knew she needed a dress of her own, something over the top and dramatic to match her personality.   Her Reem Acra gown was so perfect for her.



I adore the intricate embroidery and the sweet satin bow.



Jenny-lyn’s bouquet was a sweet mix of pinks and whites, including nerine lilies,  roses, and feathery astilbe, wrapped with fuchsia satin and black lace.  Oo la la!  She demanded that I make her bouquet small and easy to carry.  She still has horrible memories of holding my two ton bridal bouquet AND her bridesmaid bouquet during my ceremony.



Notice the unexpected touch of black: we hand painted each billy ball/craspedia!





I give James major props for being ok with all the pink!





Not surprisingly, I sobbed my way down that aisle; my second emotional meltdown that day.  The first was when my sis put that veil on.  That totally choked me up!


My sis’s style is bold, flirty, and feminine.  Everything has to be pink pink pink!  Black lace, satin, bows, feathers, and vintage buttons were used to spice up our simple arrangements.


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My hubby Joe did a reading from the book of Romans.



My parents.


Enough delicious cupcakes to feed 350 guests, handmade with love by my floral assistant’s  mom, Cathy.   She’s a super star for delivering those babies all the way to Hemet, and displaying them so beautifully on tiers of glass!  Please email me for contact info if you’d like to taste her treats for yourself.



Some of the simple, creative decor elements included 1) tall vases filled with illuminated orchids, topped with pink florals and a lit lampshade.  2) patterned hatboxes in the wedding colors, girlified with feathers, bows, and flowers (such a fun DIY project!)  3) white ceramics filled with china mums and zinnias.  4) shiny black urns filled with various florals.

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A view of the whole reception, with the floral lamps shining brightly in the background.



Thank you to the sweet and talented Chad of Chad Martin Photography in Hemet for so generously sharing these images!


8 Responses to “My sister is married :)”

  1. Fleurie (Laurie) Says:

    I love your selections of flowers for your sister’s wedding, the intuition and nerines especially. I am doing a pink wedding in October, and would love to use nerines, but bride is very narrow in her selections- I’m not accustomed to that! Lovely work.

  2. Vanessa - V3 Says:

    So many gorgeous details with a beautiful bride to match! Nice work Kristen and congrats to your sister & her new hubby!!

  3. Jennylyn (the bride) Says:

    People just could not believe their eyes when they saw all of the magnificent flowers at my wedding. I have never seen something so fresh and funky and creative. Kris, you are THE MOST talented floral designer in the world. 🙂 And you are such a kind and loving person who strives to make the bride feel like the most special person in the world on her big day! Thanks for making my wedding a beautiful dream come true!

  4. Kathy Ann Says:

    Kristen, your sister’s wedding flowers were beyond gorgeous! Even Brianna was taking pictures of the centerpieces! You are one of the most talented creative florists I’ve ever known! I really enjoyed reading your blog too!

    Jennylyn was the most beautiful bride that day, but your flowers were the finishing touch! I’m so thankful that I got to see the wedding and your floral creations in person! Congrats to the newlyweds!

  5. Rachel (Heart of Light) Says:

    Everything looks absolutely gorgeous and heartfelt! You can see all the love shining through. Yay!

  6. simplymodernweddings Says:

    so exciting to see your sis’s photos! she looks absolutely beautiful and I really love the black and pink combo, especially the painted billy balls. cool idea!

  7. contessa Says:

    krissy, your blog for jennys wedding and the florals where fabulous, but then what else could it be because your fabulous!!! we all had a great time at the wedding, everything was so beautiful, she is blessed to have you as a sister.. can’t wait till my forty year renewal of vows, you are soooo doing my florals, save the date ! love ya con

  8. Sandra Says:

    OMG what a beautiful work all the flowers arragment are so pretty and creative, Great job Kristen sorry i miss it.

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