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.
Apr 8, 2013
Apr 2, 2013
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.
Jan 7, 2013
I was truly moved by a short and sweet thank you note sent from one of my December couples. Goosebump worthy.
Jan 3, 2013
Happy 2013! I hope 2012 ended on a high note and is carrying everyone on to bigger and better in the new year! Twig & Twine started 2013 with a feature on 100 Layer Cake of Andreia & Kenny's wedding. Can't complain about kickin' off the new year with some blog love!
I have yet to post images of this wedding from The Carondelet House and am excited to finally share. The couple had impeccable taste and chose decor that fit the venue to a tee. Andreia's dress was to die for and her color choice of dusty pinks, whites and greens was the perfect subtle combination for the beautiful aged interiors at Carondelet. Accents of tarnished metal containers and mercury glass votives really completed the look on the tables. The large backdrop at the ceremony was made from tons of torn fabric strips and topped with olive branches that framed the couple softly during their vows.
Thanks to Braedon Photography for capturing the moment so wonderfully. Go on over and check out the full feature on 100 Layer cake here to see more awesome pictures by Braedon. Also be sure to check out Olivia of Zoie Events who didn't even break a sweat when the power went out for the entire reception portion of the wedding due to a heat wave. Olivia dealt with the issue like a champ and the guests enjoyed their evening by candlelight and generator powered music on the dance floor. Indeed, this was a special wedding for many reasons….and one that definitely will not be forgotten.
Dec 17, 2012
The talented photographer Bryce Covey and I collaborated on a small shoot over the summer. It was simple and lovely. He shot on film and did an amazing job of working with the natural light. The colors fell into place perfectly from the model's hair, to the flowers, to the rocky hillsides and grasses. I adored the bouquet I made for the shoot - peonies, bearded iris, ranunculus, millet, rattlesnake grass, chocolate cosmos and a peachy colored spirea. It was that time of year when the seasons are overlapping and you get some truly glorious floral combinations.
If you haven't checked out Bryce's work yet be sure to go to his site. He just moved to LA so snatch him up before he's booked full for 2013.
Dec 11, 2012
One day this inspiration board I created will come to life. I call it Dark & Woodsy. Any takers???
Dec 10, 2012
It was an honor to be asked to participate as a partner in the LA Kinfolk dinner series. I remember reading the email they sent over inquiring if I'd be interested in doing the decor and grinning from ear to ear with excitement for the 2 next hours. There was quite a stellar cast of partners that pulled together a most amazing experience for the guests. You can read more about it in an upcoming Kinfolk issue and be sure to check out more pictures here. I'll let the below pictures speak for themselves…no words necessary.
Photos be Leo Patrone.
Nov 27, 2012
Last July Han & David were married at Calmigos Ranch. She wanted a soft color palette of peaches, pinks, creams and grays that included garden roses, dusty miller and trailing jasmine. It was an easy combination to make beautiful. Her dad owns a metal shop and built the stands that the table arrangements went on. Pretty awesome contribution from a family member if you ask me. Han nearly took my breath away when I saw her for the first time in her dress with the bridal bouquet. So stunning. Cheers to a happy, healthy and wonderful future for Han & David.
Pictures by Andy Seo Photography.
Nov 26, 2012
My good friends over at Casa de Perrin asked me to help pretty up their already gorgeous Thanksgiving dinner table with flowers. Diana set the tone with white plates, amber and gold colored goblets, gold utensils and tan colored napkins pulled form their amazing collection but let me have creative freedom for the floral decor. We decided on a long uninterrupted flower runner to stretch the length of the table, supplied by Found Vintage Rentals, and that navy blue privet berries would be our base. I knew I wanted to incorporate some sort of bountiful feeling with seasonal fall fruit or vegetables but outside of that I let what was available at the flower market that morning dictate the direction of the arrangement.
I first found the decorative artichokes and knew that was going to give me the bountiful feeling I had hoped for. Next came the Caramel Antique garden roses to bring in the amber color in a soft way and from there it was about picking up some of the accent colors. Majolica spray roses were the perfect soft white to echo the plates, touches of red ranunculus pulled in the red goblets, amber colored amaranthus brought in the darker brown colors of the goblets, magnolia gave it a seasonal touch of green and gray eucalyptus seeds echoed the color of the table. It turned into 8 long feet of beauty that Diana, Josh and their guests enjoyed while noshing on the amazingly tasty food of Heirloom LA. Now that is one awesome Thanksgiving table and spread that I was very pleased to be a part of! Thanks guys!
Pictures taken by Casa de Perrin.