May 24, 2013
Yesterday Snippet & Ink posted part 2 of my bouquet features that I worked on with Christina McNeil Photography and Adelphi Productions at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum. The second feature focused on educating brides about the cost of flowers, specifically bouquets. I shared some of my ideas regarding costs with Kathryn, the editor of Snippet & Ink, and she wrote a thorough article about pricing. I have another blog post up my sleeve about budgets and flower costs that I will be posting at a later date but in the meantime head on over to this article on Snippet & Ink to check out the bouquets and what Kathryn has to say.
May 20, 2013
Elizabeth & Lloyd's wedding was a festive and love filled affair. Lloyd is from South Africa and Elizabeth is from the midwest so people came from far and wide to attend their wedding held at Paradise Cove in Malibu. They crafted a lot of DIY elements with their family and friends to add special touches to the decor. Lloyd's grandmother sewed feet upon feet upon feet of bunting for the ceremony….I love when touching elements like this are incorporated into a wedding. Their palette was very fun to work with. A bit out of the norm from most of last year's brides and a refreshing change from the softer color schemes I had been working with at the time. Elizabeth is quite tall so I made a monstrous bouquet for her. I loved the combination of elements and colors that came together so beautifully.
Big thanks to Soda Fountain Photography for the lovely pics. Enjoy!
May 16, 2013
Last month I collaborated on a fun shoot with Christina McNeil Photography and Adelphi Productions that was featured on Snippet & Ink today. Set against the lovely backdrop of the Santa Barbara Historical Museum we did a simple shoot featuring 3 of my bouquets. More often than not I create bouquets within a budget, a particular palette and using specific flowers that a bride has requested so when I get to do something limitless based on what's inspiring at the market it's pretty much a dream come true. For the shoot I mentally created 3 different brides with very differing personalities and made bouquets fitting for each.
First was the more classic bride who would cary a somewhat traditionally round bouquet. The peachy colored ranunculus were the starting point for this bouquet. I love the range of colors in those bunches of ranunculus. I dream about them. In addition to the ranunculus were buttery yellow garden roses and fresh herbs as accents. A bit of asymmetry was created with trailing honeysuckle and peachy-pink ribbons of different textures and widths were tied at the handle.
My second bride was more of a hippy at heart. Earthy, natural colored blooms and greens with lots of wild texture were formulated into a more lengthy bouquet. I imagined the bride would cradle this bouquet across one arm rather than carrying it mid torso. There are a mix of numerous white blooms but it still has a picked from the garden feel. I added artichokes for a more rustic focal point and used trailing white ribbons and lace for the handle.
The last bouquet was for a bride making a statement and not scared of color. The bright coral peonies were too amazing not to use. I added in more interesting greenery with a large airplant and umbrella fern as a frame. Lilac and dark purple garden roses were another moody element to enrich the bold color scheme. An array of lush gray ribbons finished the bouquet. This definitely isn't a palette you see much at weddings so it was a treat to create such an outspoken bouquet.
Heather of Adelphi Productions found some amazing pieces to style the bouquets on. I wanted to take the velvet chair home and prop every bouquet against the copper colored Indian tray. And of course a big high-five to Christina for photographing the bouquets so beautifully. It's not easy to get amazing shots like these sans bride/model. Also a big thanks to the Santa Barbara Historical Museum for letting us use their space for the shoot. They are available for weddings for any of you bride-to-be's still in search of a venue. Check out the full Snippet & Ink feature here and keep an eye out for part 2 of this shoot next week. There's more goodness to come!
May 14, 2013
Moms…aren't they the best? I sure think so. None of us would be where we are now without our moms. Although we should be grateful every day of the year, Mother's Day is an extra special day to celebrate our moms and their goodness. And what better way to celebrate our mothers than with a colorful brunch full of tasty treats, yummy libations and lovely flowers! Joy the Baker, Honestly YUM, Love + Cupcakes and I collaborated on a photo shoot doing just that. It was great fun working with this talented set of ladies. Be sure to check out Joy the Baker's post here, Honestly YUM's here and Love + Cupcakes' here for more pictures, recipes and full features. Hope all of you had a great Mother's Day!
Apr 30, 2013
Yesterday I was lucky enough to have not one but two features. Quite a Monday treat to say the least! I posted about Jess & Rob in my last entry and today I'm sharing the heartwarming wedding of Jackie & Matt. The couple lives in Australia so I didn't meet them until their wedding day but I felt like I knew them for years from the instant we said our "hello's". They opted not to have a sit-down dinner so their guests could mingle freely and turned the Carondelet house into a cozy and comfortable lounge. They wanted to bring a piece of nature inside for their wedding so I used live moss, fungi, bark and lush greenery along with pillar candles for lighting. The cocktail tables and buffet were accented with petite wintery white arrangements. Wilmarose of Lovely Jubilee was the planner and event designer. She put some hard work into crafting just the right elements for the unique affair. Meghan of Floataway Studios took amazing pictures of the night. Such a great team of ladies to work with. Be sure to head on over to Ruffled Blog for the full feature and to learn more about the wedding.
Apr 29, 2013
I'm so excited to finally post this wedding! It's been under wraps until the feature came out but I've been dying to share. It was nearly a year ago and I still revel in its beauty. Such a casual elegance set amongst a sunny Southern California backdrop. Thanks to Style Me Pretty for the full feature and to Ashlee Raubach for taking such great photos.
Check out the full feature and more photos here.
Apr 24, 2013
Jenny & Joe's Ojai wedding at Casa Barranca last fall was pretty stellar. Jenny is a fashion buyer and has a great sense of style. Her vision for the wedding was very unique and non traditional. I love when brides think outside of the box with wedding decor. The way she pulled the table elements together was stunning and I had fun creating the centerpieces in large brass bowls. Her table runners were super dreamy and the plates by Casa de Perrin finished the look quite nicely. Bravo to Jenny for a well put together and gorgeous table.
Photos by Brent Mullins Photography.
Apr 11, 2013
A beautiful Big Sur wedding from last fall is on Snippet & Ink today. I love Snippet & Ink so it was such a treat to be featured by them. This wedding was a DIY and homespun affair with lots of hands-on work by the copule and their families. The views from the ceremony were to die for and man-oh-man did Rachel Thurston take some gorgeous photos of the 2 of them amongst the redwoods. Every time I look at these images I miss northern California and want to jump in the car for a road trip up the coast. Courtney is a graphic designer and made her own invitations complete with a map and list of fun things for the guests to do over the course of the weekend. Be sure to check out her company Pine & Parcel. The reception followed at the Big Sur Bakery. I ate there the night before the wedding – super yummy food in a cozy and friendly atmosphere. I could instantly see why Courtney & Mike loved the place and wanted to incorporate it into the festivities. What I really enjoyed about this wedding was that you could truly tell it fit them to a tee. I don't think anything could have been more perfect for Courtney & Mike. Read more about the gathering and why they chose BIg Sur in the full feature on Snippet & Ink.
Photos by Rachel Thurston.
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Aya and Trevor had their ceremony on a bluff overlooking LA with the reception to follow at the SmogShoppe. They aimed to make it a casual and fun affair and they accomplished just that. Trevor pieced together Legos for their table numbers. I loved this little personalized and very unique addition to their wedding. They even brought the In-N-Out Burger truck in for dinner. Although I wasn't there, I heard they danced the night away and had a wonderful time. Cheers to Aya and Trevor and a lifetime full of fun and love!
Photos by the talented Tyler Branch.
Mar 27, 2013
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Feb 20, 2013
We all need a little vacation. Even those who run a small business. It's not always easy to step away from work but I find it necessary. Getting out and exploring the world helps me become a better designer and motivates me to work harder on projects to come. My out of the office responder is set to "ON" and I leave for Bali tonight. Three weeks in a far off land half way across the world is exactly what this florist needs right now. I look forward to coming back refreshed, restored and ready for the 2013 wedding season!
Feb 6, 2013
This couple was too much fun. I loved the bright palette they chose for their fall wedding at Marvimon. Yoko wanted something fresh, fun and colorful which was a perfect representation of their personalities. Her and Guy are foodies and wanted to incorporate that into their wedding decor so I used decorative kale and small pumpkins as accents on their table tops. They hand crafted flavored salts as favors and even had a cupcake eating contest instead of the typical cake cutting at the reception. I had to throw in a picture of that even though it has nothing to do with my contribution to their wedding.
Sergio Photographer did an awesome job of capturing the love, laughter, tears and fun that were all a part of this fabulous celebration. Be sure to check out more pictures from the wedding on his site here.
Feb 4, 2013
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Feb 1, 2013
A destination wedding on Catalina Island??? Yes, please! Especially when tag-teaming it with the talented Megan Gray of Honey and Poppies. Any destination wedding can be a bit tricky with transporting the flowers and goods to the location, even if it's just a ferry ride away, but thankfully Megan and I were able to work out the logistics together. It was fabulous to design alongside her and work as a team. I respect and admire her work immensely and we've also become friends through working in this industry together so it was a treat to do this wedding with her.
Nicole Arena of The Green Ribbon Party Planning Co. was the planner and pulled together her usual all-star cast of vendors. She always creates classic and pretty events with her great attention to detail and fabulous sense of style. Thanks to Annie McElwain for capturing the moments on camera so wonderfully. Check out the entire feature on Green Wedding Shoes here.
Jan 30, 2013
Budgets: we all have them. They are a much talked about subject in the wedding industry and at times can be a bit difficult to make work. More often than not, budgets aren't ideally where we would want them to be, for both the clients and vendors, but finding the right fit for your budget is very important.
I wish I could make every bride-to-be's Pinterest dream wedding come true but most of the inspiration images I get are far out of reach of the average wedding budget. These are weddings that are featured on blogs as the best of the best and their floral budgets alone may be half of what some couples' entire wedding costs are. It should be a requirement of each blog to include a price tag and breakdown of costs attached to the features so people get a better understanding of what is doable in their price range. But unfortunately that isn't going to happen.
Yesterday I read a great blog post discussing realistic budgets vs. inspiration images and expectations written by Nancy Liu Chin. She does an excellent job of breaking down where and how all of the money is spent on floral design and decor. I encourage every bride-to-be or fellow wedding vendor to read it in it's entirety.
Jan 23, 2013
Carla and TW were full of smiles every time we met. On their wedding day their grins were even brighter. What a great couple they are. Their SmogShoppe wedding was full of laughter, friends, family and love. They wanted fall colored flowers for their early October wedding with touches of bright yellow to keep things cheerful. Carla is from England so we used tea cups as vases to pay tribute to her British roots. EPLove captured the moment perfectly. Head on over here to check out more of their fabulous photos from the evening.
Jan 10, 2013
My lovely friends Patty & Nate were married in the fall. They had an intimate ceremony in the park followed by a small reception at a local wine bar. It was perfect and so very fitting of their personality and style. I absolutely adored Patty's vintage dress and wanted to create a petite bouquet to match. I had fun with Nate's bout and even included a little bittersweet for some extra pazzazz. They let me have total creative freedom on the bar piece for the reception. Boy oh boy was that a treat.
Jenny from Alders Photography did a fantastic job of capturing the moment. I see Patty & Nate's personalities shining through in every picture. So great they brought tears to my eyes.