February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day!

Hi everyone! We're usually closed on Saturdays for appointments and weddings but the shop is open today for some in-store pick-ups so come on by! I would love to make something special for you :)

December 31, 2014

New Years Eve

I've been a bad blogger guys. But I figured I'd get one post in before the year ends. That should garner your forgiveness right? :p

I especially wanted to write this entry because even though 2014 took me on a whirlwind of a ride, there were so many wonderful lessons and opportunities. I can't mention enough how in debt I am to my clients. For their trust and encouragement, I am forever going to be a broken record of thank yous. It's because of you guys that I get to do what I love. 

And just when I thought things couldn't get even better, I met some awesome industry peers! I finally didn't feel so alone anymore -- not in an emo sense but more so in a growing-a-business-is-hard-so-let's-talk-to-each-other sense. It's just so nice to have people to talk about your fears and your goals with and to ultimately watch and help each other succeed. 

With all these good happenings of 2014, I am stoked for the new year. I'm excited for new projects and ultimately looking forward to seeing growth in myself. I still can't believe I have my store (!!!) and I can't wait to see what the new year has in store for us. 2015, here we goooooo! :) 

November 2, 2014

Heritage Square Museum Wedding

I didn't realize how much of a surprise I was in for until I arrived at the venue of Jason and Leng's wedding. History was my favorite subject in school so I was beyond excited when I realized I had arrived at a pocket of land frozen in time. The venue was a tiny plot of land adorned with buildings of the Victorian style. While dropping off bouquets in the bridal room, I noticed even the furniture lived up to the authenticity of the place. This atmosphere was perfect for a vintage inspired wedding.
Bridal Bouquet
Bridesmaid Bouquet
My favorite part of this wedding was that the bride and groom decided to have a lunch hour in front of the venue's barn. They provided me with different sized bottles to fill with blooms.
Lunch Hour Centerpieces
After the ceremony, friends and family gathered at Capital Seafood Restaurant for continued celebrations. When sourcing for this wedding, I found a birch treated vessel. I knew it would be a perfect match for this event and the bride and groom loved it. 
Reception Centerpiece
This wedding was also the first time I decorated a cake with irises. The entire time I just kept thinking why haven't I done this before?! The flower just opens up so pretty and really brings the perfect pop of color. 
And pretty much for the entirety of this wedding, I could not stop exclaiming how much these tulips looked like peonies.
Cake Decor & Toss Bouquet
I cannot stress how appreciative I am of my clients. This year they coincidentally spoiled me with four consecutive purple weddings. I had the best time styling the same shade of florals for each wedding. I can't say thank you enough so here's more pictures I took back at the shop. 
These tulips were such a dream. They bloom in a way I could have never imagined. They are definitely going on my list of peony substitutes when peonies are on hiatus. 
And speaking of peony sub-ins, these garden roses are also perfect for the job. I always recommend these if a bride wants peonies during its off season.
Ivory Garden Roses
Groom Boutonniere
Groom & Groomsmen Boutonnieres 
And just to give you an idea of how we package our personal flowers, (e.g. bouquets, boutonnieres, family flowers, etc) I usually like to include tags just in case I'm not there to pin everyone. 
I was very happy with how the bridesmaid bouquets turned out. I must remember that tulips + spray roses + irises = textury floral goodness.
And the bridal bouquet. I think this photo is the perfect one to wrap up this post. Much thanks to Jason & Leng for trusting me with their special day! Wishing you both the very best! :)
Bridal Bouquet
Ceremony Venue: Heritage Square Museum {Los Angeles, CA}
Reception Venue: Capital Seafood Restaurant {Monterey Park, CA}

October 24, 2014

Waterfront Wedding

Jennifer was one of my pre-storefront brides who found me on the internet and was gracious enough to meet me at a local Starbucks for our first consultation. She specified that she wanted lots of foliage and for the arrangements to look wild and airy. I (surprise, surprise) got very excited because I personally love that aesthetic. I was also spoiled because Jennifer gave me complete creative freedom over the concepts she had chosen. Without further ado, I present one of my favorite September weddings.

The bride mentioned she wanted a pop of yellow. And I don't think anything would have done as perfect of a job as chamomile.

I also saw this scabiosa at the flower market during my pick-up and had to get it. The color palette featured different shades of purple and I couldn't pass this dark tone up. 

Nothing quite beats the feeling of being surrounded by a sea of flowers. Especially if this sea includes maidenhair fern. 

The recipe for the bridal bouquet -- I don't think I've used this many ingredients before. This is like a floral all-star team. 

One of my first flower girl poseys. It made me really happy when the bride told me the flower girls loved them!

The bride emphasized that she didn't want her bouquets to be round. And not-round was what she got. It's actually a lot harder to make a not-round bouquet look nice -- a skill I'm still trying to master.

Lastly, the bridal bouquet. My iPhonography doesn't do it quite justice but I'm sure the professional photographer got plenty of nice shots! I'll probably do a follow up post once she sends those images my way. 

And here are some reception pieces I got a couple snapshots of. I loved that Jennifer asked me to make two different designs with the same vessel for her table toppers.

I know many people dislike carnations but I really feel like they're making a comeback! I always tell my clients it depends on how their styled. I hope I contributed to the movement with the use of carnations in my sweetheart table piece!

After about an hour drive, all the fleurs are at their final destination! I keep lucking out with venues that are in cool places during our delayed one hundred degree California summer weather.

I must point out that Jennifer made excellent linen choices. My assistant and I were both going pretty bonkers setting up on them.

Per special request of the bride, we decorated the mantel with just roses and foliage, but the effect was wonderful. Hands down, my favorite part of the wedding.

Oh and it doesn't hurt that we had this view the entire time during setup. I really love how my job brings me to these little locations I would have otherwise not known of. Until next time! :)

Venue: Portofino Hotel & Marina {Redondo Beach, CA}

October 14, 2014

Grand Opening!!

I still look back at this day in disbelief but since there are pictures it must have happened. It seemed like just yesterday when I would sit at my desk job daydreaming about a storefront.
I really didn't think I would be scrambling to Porto's on a Saturday morning to pick up pastries for my very own grand opening.
While preparing for the big day I remember wishing I had more time to make a photobooth of some sort. Since I was occupied with weddings the previous four weeks I virtually had no time. But lo and behold when my crafty friend walked through the door, she surprised me with a DIY photobooth with props to boot! I think the smile on my face pretty much summed up my emotions at that moment.
I opted for flower crowns to be my party favors. They were made with a combination of pom poms, eucalyptus and chamomile -- some of my favorites!
I can't say thank you enough to these two for helping me have such a smooth day. Love you both to pieces. 
And to all my guests, thank you so much for sharing an afternoon with me. I know it got quite crowded at some points but this event really turned out to be one huge reunion spanning from my high school life to the years after college. 
One of my favorite aunts walked in and said "You're the first. The first one to start a business in our family." I teared up but luckily I was able to hold the river back. Haha
And I absolutely would not be where I am today without the love and support from my wonderful parents. I'm also pretty sure they're happy I'm not producing weddings out of their backyard anymore.
My Grand Opening was hands down one of the happiest days of my life. I was in the best company of family and friends and could not have asked for better people in my life. It was one of those days where at the end your cheeks hurt from smiling and laughing all day. Thanks again for coming everyone!!