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Sweet and Sour and Seersucker

October 14, 2010

Hostess With the Mostess just featured this deliciously sweet shoot I took part in a few months ago!

My beloved friend Angel Swanson called me up one day and said something along the lines of, “I have 1 week to put together an adorable shoot.  Colors are soft teal and saturated berry pinks.  It will involve kiddos, an ice cream cart, and fruit. Are you in?”  Or course I was in!  Having worked with Angel a million times, I know how her genius mind works on shoots.  For her, they are more than throwing matching flowers and linens on a table.  Her shoots have heart, personality, and a story, and she always tries to create something a little different than anyone has seen before.  I also had the chance to collaborate with vendors I’ve never worked with before, such as Leila from Be Inspired P.R., the talented Becky Hill Photography, Sweet Lucie’s Ice Cream, and many more who came together to make the shoot special (full vendor list below).

Not only did I create the happy, textural florals for the shoot, but I had the chance to dream up some stinkin’ cute hair adornments for the kids!

Angel picked out the perfect preppy pink seersucker linen,  delicate filagree runner, and modern white panton chairs for the table.  I accented it with white glass containers chocked full of the most playful berry pink flowers I could find.

I went to the market the morning of the shoot with a totally open mind.  I grabbed whatever flowers stood out to me as sweet, fun and funky- flowers that kids and adults alike would be fascinated by… cockscomb, sweet peas, dahlias, asters, bouvardia, and more.

Being a bit “granola”, I was soooo happy Angel decided to use mostly healthy, organic fruits in the shoot instead of the typical candies and cupcakes.  The kids seemed happy with them!

The hand-painted invites by Momental Designs were truly special and fit the vibe of the shoot so perfectly!

Coming soon to the Petal and Thorn etsy site, adorable flower girl headbands and belts!  Here is one of them, made with pleated fabric petals, hot pink stamens, and HUGE hot pink rick rack.  Can’t wait for my little girl to rock this!

Sweet Lucie’s ice cream is made from organic ingredients.  The company is run by the sweetest couple who named the business after their daughter Lucie.

Have you ever seen such perfect dahlias or vibrant cockscomb?  Me neither!  I jumped for joy at the mart and grabbed as many bunches as I could.

Thank you Leila from Be Inspired P.R. for gathering such a great group of vendors!  Thank you Angel for styling this shoot and bringing me along for the ride!

Photography: Becky Hill Photography
Designer: Angel of Love and Splendor
Floral: Kristin of The Treasured Petal
Stationery – Kristy of Momental Designs
Ice Cream Cart – Sweet Lucie’s Organic Ice cream
Bundt Cakes – Nothing Bundt Cakes
Panton Chairs – CORT
Linens & Pillows – La Tavola
Hair Flowers and Accessories: Petal and Thorn


Petal and Thorn

October 10, 2010

I’m so excited to announce the launch of my new accessory line, Petal and Thorn!  Janie from The Brides Cafe did a great little feature on the new products, and is giving away a Wispy Cymbidium Clip to a lucky reader who comments on the post.  I can’t thank Janie enough for always supporting my artistic endeavors 🙂

The amount of work that goes into creating a diverse line of products, styling a shoot, pricing and describing each item, and then creating a brand for them is SOOOO INTENSE.  Which is why I’m just now launching in October, 7 months after the sweet as pie Marlin and Marlene Munoz shot all the pics for me.  Ok, so I got preggers, it’s wedding season,  AND my dad passed away during that span of time, so life has been a bit crazy.  I’m not beating myself up for taking this long.

Here is a small sampling of products from our new line- check out the new Petal and Thorn Etsy Site to see the rest!

The Wispy Cymbidium

Marlin captured the most dreamy pics as the sun was starting to descend.  All photos were taken in random residential and business spots in Downtown Tustin.

“First Date” in black

Also available in silver and eggplant purple.

“Snowflakes Falling”

Available in black, white, and ivory.

“Flower Princess Wand, in bronze” and matching hair bloom

These flower girl wands are so happy and colorful.  I would have loved these when I was a kid!  Sidenote: Can’t wait until my baby is grown up enough to model all my flower girl accessories!

The wands and hair blooms come in all sorts of candy colors.

“Snakes in Love Belt”

This one is a personal fav, just because I’ve never seen anything quite like it!  It’s super girly and glam, but edgy at the same time.  Any bride who can rock snakes on the wedding day deserves a high five!

“Polka Dotted Vixen”

I used spotted guinea feathers and striped grizzly maribou feathers to create this soft, feather flower.

“Hydrangea Blossom Belt” in blue

I love this for a bridesmaid or flower girl- super preppy!  My favorite detail is the intricate veining on the leaves.

“Child of Manhattan” cocktail hat

This sassy hat is perfect for boudoir portraits.  Jodi wears hats so well, and looked gorgeous in this delicate Diane Von Furstenburg dress.

“Ritzy Dragonfly”

“You Pick Two” hair blooms

Can be worn as a corsage, sash, or hair flowers.  They are super lightweight, which makes them perfect for flower girls’ fine hair.

“Champagne Toast”

Cocktail hats are by far my favorite item to make.  I use “French Room” technique, which basically means I take no shortcuts and try to create my hats from scratch, stitch by stitch.  The pregnanter I get, the more I’m enjoying just kicking my feet up and hand-stitching for hours at a time.

I could never have done this without:

  1. Marlin Munoz Photography,
  2. my sweet and GORGEOUS friend/model Jodi Newton,
  3. my neighbor Chie Hamada who did the makeup,
  4. my sis Jenny-lyn who did Jodi’s hair,
  5. my good friend Jenny Pham who let me raid her closet for all the super cute outfits,
  6. my hubby Joe for assisting me in too many ways to list,
  7. and my cousin Jason Schmidt who designed the website.  He also did my Treasured Petal website!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a  refreshing white beach wedding.  Ciao!

A Sweet Southern Wedding!

May 29, 2010

Last week I happened to see  Meg’s beautiful blue eyes staring back at me from the e-pages of  Southern Weddings Magazine! What a surprise!  Although SWM usually features real Southern weddings, they have happily featured quite a few of my California weddings that have a certain Southern something 🙂

{BTW,  I’m actually typing this from my hotel room in Oxford, Mississippi right now. It is GORGEOUS here and the magnolias are starting to bloom. Tomorrow I’ll be a guest at my nephew Aaron’s  wedding.  I will not be doing their florals, in case you were wondering!}

I posted some teasers of Meg and Shawn’s wedding captured by Joe a while ago here, but I recently received a slew of detail shots from Meg and Shawn’s sweet photographer, Brittany Keene.  Here are some of my favorite details!

A single gardenia graced her hair.  I always suggest purchasing two wired gardenias, one for the ceremony and one for the reception.  They are so fragile and can brown easily, but their creamy gorgeousness cannot be denied.  And the fragrance!

A classic white bouquet, filled with dahlias, callas, gardenias, roses, and then some.

The bridesmaids carried equally lush and textured blooms in shades of white, beige and yellow.

The Newland Barn and Museum is a cool little spot in Huntington Beach. It definitely has a country feel to it.

Brittany caught some great shots of the couple wandering around the barn.

One of my favorite planners- scratch that- one of my favorite PEOPLE Courtney Toney of Joyful Weddings and Events created all the sweet little touches that made this wedding so special:

The reception florals were so sweet!  Paisley wrapped vases and jars overflowing with fresh blooms.

We hung wired mason jars from the magnolia trees.   How Southern is that ? 🙂

I firmly believe the bride and groom’s chairs should be a little bit special.  

Here is one of my assistants hard at work on the cake.  She is my cake decorating expert!

The reception was chock full of southern bbq, dancing, and merriment under the stars.

I can’t wait to share pics from our Mississippi adventure!  I’m in love with their accents, catfish, wild growing hydrangea, and Southern hospitality.  I’m NOT in love with the humidity, fried foods, and mosquitos though, but it’s a small price to pay.

A Dream Wedding at Nellie Gale Ranch

April 7, 2010

Just when I told you we’d have a blog break from girly-girl weddings with Audrey and Ali’s wedding, here I am sharing possibly the girliest wedding I’ve EVER done.  Kelsey, a girly-girl herself, wanted pearls, floral chandaliers, lace, and a divine assortment of romantic blush florals for her summertime backyard wedding.

I’m so delighted and honored that Style Me Pretty recently featured Kelsey and Carl’s wedding!  Check out the gorgeous post here.  Many thanks to SMP for selecting this wedding, and for including me in their prestigious Little Black Book. Thank you Chantale for working with me on this submission!

Lest I forget to mention, her family home in Nellie Gale Ranch is OFF THE HOOK! Backyard weddings are intimate and meaningful, and there are no limits to how we can use the space.   But I’m always amazed at the insane amount of work it takes to throw a wedding at a private residence.    You need to hire a valet, bring in all the tables, chairs, linens, keep neighbors happy, etc.   That’s why a fabulous planner is essential.  My gal pal Courtney Toney from Joyful Weddings and Events fit that bill.

Michael Norwood was there to capture all the girly goodness.  I can’t say enough about Michael’s talent and sweet spirit.  When we were breaking down the arch during the cocktail hour and it managed to fall right ON MY FACE (!!!), Michael was there to pry it off of me and make sure I was ok.  I WAS ok, just really really embarrassed.  I am just too cool.

I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking!

Kelsey has that lovely sunkissed California beauty!

Her florals were pure whites and creams, wrapped with pink satin and ivory lace. 

The bridesmaid bouquets were sweet and fluffy.  I used peach stock, hydrangea, and lots of local mini garden roses.

Such a gorgeous group of girls!

Kelsey and Carl chose not to see one another until the ceremony.

Since childhood, Kelsey dreamed of a sparkly flower decked arch and pink petal aisle.  I’m so glad we were able to bring her vision to life!

The ultimate arch (you know, the one that fell on my face!) covered in curly willow and adorned with swags of pearls, crystals, and clusters of garden florals.

Floral chandeliers hanging from trees provided a sweet backdrop.

I repeat, her backyard is insane.

To place these pool floats, Joe ended up diving to the bottom of the pool for about an hour.  This was a project that was so much easier to dream up than to execute.  But I do love how sweet they look against the aqua blue water.

I loved this- Courtney found vintage silver platters and filled them will pearls to display the escort cards.

God bless you, Kelsey and Carl!

Planner: Joyful Weddings and Events / Florist: The Treasured Petal /Photography: Michael Norwood / Videography: LuvBug Films /Catering: Iva Lees / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Linens: Fusion Linens /Band: American All Stars / Bride’s dress: Kenneth Pool / Bridesmaids dresses: Melissa Sweet / Makeup: Amanda Peck Makeup / Stationary: Josie Jean Design

Alice in Whimsyland

April 2, 2010

My good friend Christina from Simply Modern Weddings asked me to take part in a fun Alice in Wonderland inspired photoshoot a few weeks ago.

Here’s the thing– my role in  the shoot didn’t involve a single real live flower.  Instead, she asked me to provide some accessories to adorn our gorgeous model Lauren.  Seriously though, isn’t she stunning?  She could rock a burlap sack and still look luminous.

Imagine my joy at waking up this morning, running down my google reader as usual, and seeing these images by Kim Le Photography on Style Me Pretty! I guess today is “Alice” day, because they are featuring THREE different and totally unique “Alice in Wonderland”  shoots.

To check out the SMP post, click here.

Here are some of the accessories I created for the shoot:

We tucked 4 of my white cymbidium clips into Lauren’s tresses.  Each petal is hand-cut, singed with a flame to add texture, and beaded with glass pearls.

Double White Cymbidiums

I formed each of these dahlias from different sari fabrics, added a cluster of pearls, and long frayed strands of fabric dangling down.

The sash is quite special, with hand beaded silver leaves and a vintage brooch.

Braided Dahlia Crown and Glitz and Glam Sash

Below, a funky take on Alice’s standard black bow, with a huge rosette center and “veil” of feathers.  The belt features two sparkly snakes joined by a jewel encrusted heart.  A little quirky, but sure to look rad on an offbeat bride out there!

Black Bow Comb and  Shimmer Snakes in Love Belt (both coming soon to etsy)

And here are some of the adorable details from the shoot, all of which I had nothing to do with!  It was honestly kind of fun coming in with just my tiny part of the puzzle, and watching on the sidelines as other professionals put something amazing together.  And you can imagine how much I loved the color scheme based on my website colors, right?

Thank you to all the stellar vendors who let me tag along that day!

Event Coordination and Design: Simply Modern Weddings / Photography: Kim Le Photography / Floral Design: Flowers by Helen / Invitations and Paper Goods: Darla Marie Designs / Floral Belts and Hair Accessories: The Treasured Petal Boutique / Hair and Makeup: All Made Up / French Macrons: Layer Cake Bakery / Cupcakes: Sugar | Tart Desserterie / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Linens: Wildflower Linens and Fusion Linens / Fashion: Jinny’s Bridal and Forever 21/ Model: Lauren

Featured: Green Wedding Shoes

March 18, 2010

A big thanks to Jen from Green Wedding Shoes for featuring Melissa and Bryan’s rad wedding here!  I’m glad that Green Wedding Shoes agrees that this wedding was rad in every way. As you know, it’s probably my favorite… ever.

Be sure to check out Melissa’s new blog, The Loveliest Day, while you’re at it! Her tattoos may look kinda tough, but she is a super girly girl and lover of all things fluffy and pink.  A total sweetheart down to the core! 🙂

Off to Peet’s Coffee to read on the patio and sip my iced mocha.  I love my life!

Firebird Ballet Wedding: A Closer Look

March 18, 2010

After a few internet-less days in Berkeley (part business/ part hanging out with college pals) I returned to see Kirsten and Jonas’ Firebird Ballet wedding featured on Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book Blog.  Check out the lovely feature here for all the nitty gritty!

I’ve been dying to show you pictures from this wedding ever since I posted a teeny tiny sneak peek months back.

Here are some of my favorite images from the day, captured by Rebecca of Docuvitae.  Thank you Rebecca for sending over these mesmerizing images!

Kirsten definitely has style! The shoes, pearls, dress, butterfly clips were perfection…

Courtney from Flush Designs blew me away with her gorgeous art deco inspired invitations.

Jonas and the crew…

The joyful bride and her posse!

Some of my favorite bouquets ever-loose and wild orange dahlias, roses, sandersonia and asclepias with velvety geranium leaves.

The pashminas and knit ties are the artistry of Suss Cousins of Suss Design, a dear friend of Kirsten’s.

The emotional ceremony took place at Cafe Pinot under a big tree.

The floral decor was elegant and approachable, in all shades of rust, copper, burgundy, and eggplant.

Long banquet tables were dressed simply with vellum-wrapped candles, and bud vases filled with single “stand-alone” flowers, such as sandersonia, dahlias, lilies, and peonies.

Gotta love downtown L.A.!

It all ended on a sweet note!

Many thanks to the spectacular vendor team:

Photography: Rebecca Rotenberg for Docuvitae Photography

Coordinator – Kelly Demaray

Florist –The Treasured Petal

Invitations –  Flush Designs

Venue – Café Pinot

Wedding party ties and shawls – Suss Design

A Snowy Southern Wedding… in California?

February 19, 2010

I think about Jennifer and Mike’s wedding, and my heart just swells with joy.  First of all,  the bride couldn’t have been sweeter, calmer, or more happy to be getting hitched!  Jennifer knew her style, expressed it to me well, and then gave me the freedom to bring it to life.

I also got to work alongside my two dear friends, Trista and Angel.  I’ve done plenty of weddings with each of them separately, but never at the same time (unless you count MY wedding when Angel was a bridesmaid and Trista photographed!)

I was also super stoked on the theme of this wedding.  It was three-fold:

Southern charm: Because the groom hails from the South, magnolia branches, mint julep cups, and mason jars were in abundance.  How perfect that Southern Weddings Magazine featured Jennifer and Mike’s wedding here!  Thanks so much for the feature, gals!!!

-Cozy Winter:  We Californians have fantasies about frolicking in the snow, even though much of the country is sick of shoveling it!  Branches, cinnamon sticks, fresh mint and rosemary, icicle crystals, crisp white florals, and snow.  Yep, snow at the beach!

-A Hint of Nautical: the wedding took place at Ritz Carlton in Monarch Bay, right smack on the Pacific ocean.  The navy blue and white palette was so perfect and crisp.

My  task was to create florals that would bring all three themes together effortlessly.  Mission accomplished!

Jennifer is graceful, and so elegant.

Each bridesmaid carried a special bouquet of their own. From top to bottom,  anenomes, hyacinth and hellebora.  When choosing florals for each bridesmaid, choose sturdy flowers that will hold up on their own, and remember to make each bouquet roughly the same size, even if it takes only one bunch of hydrangeas but 4 bunches of anenomes.

Mariner’s Chapel in Irvine is so gorgeous it needs very little adornment.  Some chair clusters and two branchy arrangements in the front did the trick.

We reserved red for the Jennifer’s wild, lavish bouquet.  The bride should always stand out!

My assistants literally had to stop me from adding anymore flowers.  There were just so many gorgeous red blooms I couldn’t resist!  But alas, the bouquet must be portable…

Genuine, uncontainable joy!

Angel’s hubby created this amazing birch display for the escort table, and draped icicles from it that glimmered in the sun.  Angel used instant snow, which looks and feels like the real thing, but doesn’t melt.  This stuff is amazing!  I had to get in there and play with it for a little while.

I just love the contrast of the bundled up love birds against the California coast.

The mint julep cups actually had mint sprigs tucked into them. This made me happy 😉

A single sprig of rosemary graced each napkin.  The whole reception smelled like it!

Herbs and greenery in loose bunches adorned the bride and groom chairs.

The Tall Centerpieces:  The cottony pussy willow buds mimic the look of snow on branches. These ginormous arrangements took four of us gals to place onto the table!  Floristry is NOT for wussies.

A huge burst of fluffy, romantic flowers- china mums, hydrangea, stock, roses, queen anne’s lace, lisianthus, and anenomes.

Something special for the sweethearts.  Love the snow on the table!

On half the tables, a trio of wooden boxes overflowed with a unique combination of white florals, with cinnamon sticks and pinecones for good measure.  I love how the cinnamon sticks match the rusty brown undersides of the magnolia leaves.

Arabicum and mint…



A simple way to dress up a mason jar- cinnamon and ribbon (twine would also work beautifully!)

A simple cake by the Ritz Carlton pastry chef, made spectacular with sugar magnolias.

Congratulations to the parents for raising such wonderful children!  Jenn and her mom look like twins!

That’s the way every couple should look at each other! ( Runs off to gaze lovingly at Joe…)

Thank you again to Southern Weddings for featuring this Southern-inspired wedding!

Thank you to Angel Swanson and her amazing a-sis-tant Anna for all the help on the big day.  Your passion for the details always inspires me.

Thank you Trista for sending over these STUNNING images!  Jennifer couldn’t have chosen a more perfect photographer to capture their day in a modern, crisp and colorful way.

And of course, thank you to Jennifer and Mike for the honor of beautifying your already beautiful love-fest of a wedding.  May the Lord bless and guide you in your marriage!!!

The amazing vendor team:

Florals:  The Treasured Petal

Wedding Planner and Designer: Events of Love and Splendor

Photography: Trista Lerit

Ceremony Site: Mariners Church, Irvine, CA

Reception Venue: Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel

DJ: Ian of Red Shoe LA

Hair and Makeup:  Joyce Luck

Photobooth: Cheesy Photobooth

Lighting: De-Lighted!

Linens: Elegant Designs Specialty Linens

Smokin’ Hot Off The Press!

January 27, 2010

Alicia and Steven’s wedding can be seen in all it’s glossy glory in the newest issue of The Knot Magazine!

Photos taken from The Modern Type Blog.

Thanks to Jasmine Star and our bride Alicia from The Modern Type for all their hard work getting this wedding published.  I know it takes time, patience and elbow grease!

I actually haven’t been able to get my paws on a real copy yet, but I plan on swinging by Borders in between birthday lunch with Angel and Trista at Memphis Cafe, and birthday dinner with Joe’s family at The Golden Truffle.  Meatloaf and duck tacos, all in one day??? BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!!!

Shameless etsy product placement ahead (b/c it’s my birthday):

Since I’m the birthday girl, can I wear this Emerald Gypsy Mask to lunch and get away with it?

Haha, I’m such a birthday diva.  I like to milk it for all it’s worth!!!

Splish Splash at the Style Lab

January 26, 2010

A few months ago Angel Swanson called me asking if I’d like to collaborate on a tablescape for the Boutwell Studio/Wedding Chick’s Style Lab.  I asked her to share her initial ideas, and she started throwing around words like “preserved butterflies”,  “taxodermy”, “specimens”, “test tubes”, “sterile”… but “pretty, of course!”

I asked her what kind of couple would have a wedding like this,  and she said, “Two genius  scientists who live in a forest and  wander out into nature to collect samples of insects and floral specimens.”

This is why I love Angel!  Not only because she’s my best friend and I HAVE to love her no matter what crazy stuff she comes up with, but because when she styles events, she is thinking  not only of colors and textures, but the story behind the design. This makes it easy to come in and add more juicy details to the  story with the  florals.

You can see all sorts of details from the Style Lab on Wedding Chicks, Boutwell Studio Blog, and the Love and Splendor blog.  But here I will give you the Style Lab from a florist’s perspective!  These  photos are taken by the  incredibly talented and sweet Chenin of Boutwell Studio.

This project was truly a florist’s dream.  My task was to find the funkiest  specimen-quality collection of flowers. The ones  I usually pass by at the flower mart and think, “Wow! That’s really kind of  ugly, but beautiful!” Bottlebrush protea, orange gloriosa lilies, leucodendrons,  pincushions, kangaroo paws, bromeliads and more.  Flowers that have amazing structure on their own, worthy of studying in a lab.

Amanda Rae is holding a giant burst of crazy florals  radioactive colors like neon orange, bright yellow, and lime green. Notice the cattleya orchids and gloriosa lilies (the flowers I carried down the aisle on my wedding day!)

For the vessels, we hunted down laboratory containers and sleek bulbous glass vases.   Angel already owned a good collection of science vases from Anthropologie.  My friend Rachel from Heart of Light borrowed  some  beakers from the biology lab she works at. CB2 also has a fun selection of lab-ish vases on their website.

This was super cute! See the hanging lightbulbs filled with flowers?  My nephews helped me dissect some lightbulbs and turn them into hanging bud vases.  I cannot take credit for this idea since I first saw it on Apartment Therapy.  This, my friends, is SO MUCH HARDER than it looks.  Many lightbulbs were sacrificed during this process.

Beneath that bell jar was the most gorgeous fragrant oncidium orchid plant- the buds smell like vanilla beans!

The test tubes filled with flower parts hanging in the shadow box are actually the bouts and corsages!  This was an idea that hit me at 3 am one night.  Angel and I each wore one while we were setting up.  We felt really cool 🙂

Last but not least, the drowned rats really added to the decor 🙂  Our bangs look like daggers, they’re so sopped with rain! A monumental storm was raging, lightening and thunder was striking, vases were blowing over, and here we are using soaking wet paper towels to try to “dry off” the tablescape so the photographers could take pictures.

photo by Lauren Bullock.

While we were setting up, we felt a few sprinkles here and there, but felt confident that our little plastic canopy would keep everything safe.  We had no idea that the rain would blow  in sideways and upside down,  and completely drench us to the core.  My boots had puddles in them! My first instinct was to freak out and assume the fetal position, but Angel is so positive and calm in the face of chaos. Her positivity was contagious.  In weddings and events, stuff happens and you just have to roll with it!   We’ve experienced a few mini-disasters together that we’ve been able to smooth over with cleverness and spontaneity.

Eventually, we decided to start from scratch and set it up inside with the help of Chenin and Amy’s chivalrous husbands, Doug Boutwell and Lane Dittoe.  Thanks guys, we couldn’t have done it without you!   For about an hour, the storm cleared and soft  light came in through the windows, making for some amazing pictures.

The vendors:

Styled By: Angel Swanson of Events of Love & Spendor

Floral Design: The Treasured Petal

Stationary: Wiley Valentine

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Dress Designer: Joan Shum

Makeup & Hair: All Made Up Team

Deserts & Goodies: Vanilla Bakeshop

Venue: Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club

Thank you to The Wedding Chicks and Boutwell Studio for allowing me to be a part of something so very special!