Posts Tagged ‘wedding florist’

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.


Something swell is going on…

May 11, 2010

With our handmade accessories line!

During the winter months, my nimble  hands were hard at work stitching, beading, and bedazzling.  I’m truly proud of my newest creations, and can’t wait to fill you in on all that’s going on with the boutique!

Here’s a behind the scenes look at our photoshoot, as documented by Joe.  All pieces were modeled by my sweet (tall, blonde and beautiful) friend Jodi.

jodi is wearing the snakes in love belt.

my assistant Shana helping Jodi achieve the perfect amount of tease. in the background- all 7 wardrobe changes!

an intricate hand-beaded dragonfly headband

mix and match camellias come in a rainbow of colors.

hydrangea blossom belt

Thank you Liberty of London for Target for creating these precious rainboots!

Now, judging by the back of this head in the picture below, can you guess who the photographer was? Hint, it’s a super sweet husband and wife team whose first names sound ridiculously similar.

one of the many flirty veils in the collection.

This is just the teeny tip of the iceberg.  Stay tuned  for the professional pictures, and some exciting boutique updates and giveaways!

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

Take a peek: Firebird Ballet Wedding

October 2, 2009

When my friend Kelly Demaray first contacted me about her clients’ Firebird Ballet inspired wedding, I knew it would be so fabulous.  There would be candlelight, a dramatic palette of fiery oranges, reds and eggplant,  and lots of moonlit dancing beneath the tall buildings of downtown L.A.- the perfect urban setting for Cafe Pinot.  Not to mention the fabulous Rebecca of Docuvitae would be photographing.  Many thanks to Rebecca for sharing these images with us!

Best of all, they have an amazing proposal story: the bride Kirsten  is a dancer, and the groom Jonas proposed to her on stage after they watched the Firebird Ballet (Kirsten’s favorite ballet ever!)  What a man!  As Kirsten’s “Man of Honor” said matter of factly at our consultation, “Everyone needs a Jonas!”

Here’s a painting inspired by the ballet:

firebird ballet

Image from Wikipedia.

Kelly emailed me a picture of the gorgeous invitations to get the creative juices flowing. Courtney from Flush Designs was able to mesh the passion of the Firebird Ballet with Kirsten and Jonas’ love of art deco. To see these perfect invitations from every angle, check out Courtney’s beautiful blog post!


Our bride, Kirsten.  She is a real beauty with such a contagious energy about her.


Jonas was such a dapper groom.


Kirsten’s bouquet was made of the most luscious burgundy peonies, dahlias, and black baccarra roses.  She also asked that a few blue flowers be added into the mix, as this is considered good luck in Sweden.  I tucked in some pale blue delphinium blossoms.  I love this color combo, and now I’m dying to do a deep wine and periwinkle wedding!


The bridesmaids were uniquely attired in plum dresses of their own choosing.  Their shawls were hand-knit by a loved one, and their wild sunset bouquets tied their look together.  A reader asked me if I think orange circus roses pair well with eggplant dresses- the image speaks for itself 😉



My fav detail of all: the cake.


I’ll be able to show you much more of this fabulous wedding in the days to come, and give you the full scoop on this amazing couple.  For now, I’m off to the dessert to visit my sister and her new husband!  Have a GREAT weekend!

A Winery Wedding, Part 2

August 20, 2009

Welcome to Part 2 of Jenn and Chad’s Cotolot Vineyard wedding. Tony Florez caught them strolling through the grape vines…


And toasting to their union!  Love this pic.



You know how I love decorating the chairs! I think I figured out why- back in high school my whole A.P. art portfolio was centered around the theme chairs. I find them strangely inspiring…


Simple sweetheart decor that doesn’t block the guests’ view of the couple. Check out those dahlias!



Tall trumpet vases filled with crystals and lime green orchids, topped with piles of hydrangeas and phaloenposis orchids. Love the elegant shape of the vase and the playful burst of florals.


Low glass cubes packed with florals and candles decorated every other table.






A collection of submerged florals led the way to the cake.







Congratulations Jenn and Chad!  I hope your first few months of marriage have been sheer bliss!

A Winery Wedding: Part 1

August 19, 2009

Napa? Temecula? Sonoma?

blog collage 1Actually, somebody’s home in Orange County. Can you believe it?

Jenn and Chad had the most vibrant, lively, joy-filled wedding at Cotolot Vineyards, a private residence in Coto De Caza complete with a vineyard, wine tasting barn, grassy meadow, and more. Coto is filled with so many amazing estates, but Cotolot Vineyards, owned by the groom’s gracious relatives, absolutely takes the cake. While we were setting up, I couldn’t help but daydream a little bit about being the queen of Cotolot.

The inspiration for Jenn and Chad’s wedding was wine tasting- the rich green and purple color of grapes, the rustic feel of a vineyard, the intimate and festive atmosphere of a boutique winery, with a bit of glitz and glam added to the mix.

The wedding was perfectly executed by one of my favorite planners, Kerrie Underhill of Platinum Weddings by Kerrie. The fabulous Tony of Tony Florez Photography was there to capture every detail beautifully. I swung by his immaculate studio in Corona Del Mar today, and he was kind enough to give me a cd with over 1200 glorious images. I had so much trouble choosing just a few to share with you.

Meet our gorgeous bride, Jenn.



And meet her bouquet!


garden roses, stephanotis,

garden roses, crystal studded stephanotis, frayed tulips, and gardenias with feathers.



The bridesmaids were so well dressed, and the bold florals complimented their ensemble so perfectly.

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apple green hydrangea, deep pink spray roses, tibet roses, and magenta tulips and phaleonopsis orchids.

The handsome groom, Chad. I see a little Leo in him. Do you?


Notice the amount of detail that was put into his bouttoniere.



A cheerful display of florals greeted guests.

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The ceremony was simply decorated with colorful florals to bring out the natural beauty of the whole scene.



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Much more of this spectacular wedding to come!

Orange Dahlias and Pink Peonies

August 3, 2009

The other day, my brother and I were hanging out at Border’s books, and I picked up my usual ginormous stack of wedding mags. When I opened up the new Brides Southern California Magazine, I saw my tangerine dahlia bouquet and calla bout (photographed by the fabulous Michael Norwood) staring back at me! Check out the new issue and read about the inspiration for this simple yet striking bouquet and bout pairing.

brides socalperfect pairings

On another note, head on over to the Love and Splendor blog to see one of the most girly pink weddings Angel and I have ever done together. Evoke Photography took the most stunning pics that day. Here’s a peek of Martha and Hector’s florals:

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pink peonies, white ranunculas, sahara and tibet roses, viburnum, and peony tulips

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faith (still my favorite- the softest powdery lavender and dusty rose) and anna roses, viburnum, ranuncula, pink hydrangea, and perfect pink tulips

A little cherub!

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martha 5

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Have a wonderful Monday!!!

Barefoot Wedding, Part 1

August 3, 2009

My nephew-in-law just married the gal of his dreams in a shady meadow under a perfectly clear Oregon sky. This was definitely a homemade affair on a super tight “college kid” budget. Joe stepped in as the photographer (thank you to my friends Jasmine Star and Trista Lerit for their last minute pep talks!), I pulled together some simple florals, and a friend cooked enough chicken pesto pasta to fill all our tummies. I do love me a fancy fete, but sometimes two lovebirds surrounded by family and friends under a big tree is all you really need.

On the plane ride up, I was a little nervous about doing florals in a strange city with no real workspace, recipes, tools, assistants… but upon entering the laid back city of Eugene, I couldn’t help but chill out. Eugene is sometimes called a “little Berkeley”, where college students, coffee shops (I’m talking REAL coffee), trees, native gardens and bikes rule. I was whisked back to my Berkeley days and felt right at home there. In fact, if the weather was ALWAYS as sunny and fresh, I might be tempted to leave California behind. Alas, I don’t like sporting the drowned rat look 80% of the year 🙂

The big adventure of our trip: We decided to pick flowers from a U-Pick flower field at the base of Mount Pisgah instead of going to a wholesale mart. Imagine a magical place where you can come with your clippers and fill your bucket with whatever wildflowers catch your eye! It was pure bliss. Not to mention the whole scene was beautiful beyond words. Thank you to the folks at Sparhawk Farms for being so kind! We paid 4.00 per handfull, and 6 buckets FULL of wildflowers was only 50.00. I personally think the farm was very generous with what they consider a “handfull”.

Helloooo gorgeous! *EDIT: I’m referring to the scenery below, not myself above!!!*

u pick collage 1Our lovely bride, Sara, picking the flowers she would soon hold on her wedding day.

Fresh lavender, queen anne’s lace, and funky blue wildflowers whose name I cannot recall (can anyone identify? they are NOT cornflower/bachelor buttons…)

u pick collage 2

A closeup of the funky blue flowers…

I was overjoyed to find rows and rows of floral delicacies: blossoming hypericum berries, chinese lantern flowers, and delicate lysimachia which can be pretty pricey at the flower mart. All mine for 4.00 a handfull!

u pick collage 3

Starting to assemble some no-fuss bouquets… no color scheme- we just went buck wild!

I’ll be posting pics of Josh and Sara’s barefoot wedding soon!

Sitting Pretty: Chair Adornments

July 7, 2009

Chair decor is such a sweet touch. It needn’t be extravagant- just a little something to make the bride and groom feel special as they sit down for their wedding feast.

alicia chairs

Photo by Jasmine Star Photography.


Photo by Jerry Yoon Photography.


Photo by Gabriel Ryan.

Photo by Sae Lee Photography.

Photo by Sae Lee Photography.

Photo by Jasmine Star Photography.

Photo by Jasmine Star Photography.

Photo by Trista Lerit.

Photo by Trista Lerit.

Photo by Trista Lerit.

Photo by Trista Lerit.

Some other cute ideas?

  • Mini wreaths
  • Pomanders hung from satin ribbon
  • Trailing ribbons in different colors and textures
  • Flower leis, coral or starfish hung from ropes for a beachy feel
  • Crystal strands or ostrich feathers for a glam wedding
  • Fabric flowers and tassels for a vintage wedding
  • Berry and greenery garlands for a rustic feel
  • Giant, colorful lollipops for a whimsical wedding (these would even be cute at the kids’ table!)
  • Mr. and Mrs. “bride” and “groom” signs like these shabby chic keepsakes from Etsy