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!!

October 10, 2014

Rustic Botanical Garden Wedding

I recently submitted this wedding to one of my favorite wedding blogs. Since I wrote a pretty detailed excerpt I figured I'd feature it here too since I didn't get to blog about it last year. Here we go and I hope you enjoy :) 
Eileena was just one of those clients who I instantly had a connection with. Probably because we loved all of the same things -- dogs, food and bad jokes. Our email chain was filled with words in caps, exclamation points and smiley faces. We were both excited for her wedding which made it all the more fun to design. During our initial consultation Eileena and Puneet told me that they wanted a romantic rustic wedding. After further discussion it was obvious that there was a collective appreciation for moss, burlap, and lace. Puneet threw in that "terrariums are cool" and with these dreamy elements in mind, I set to work.
After planning to build my terrariums in a traditional low round vase, I felt that my centerpieces needed a little something more. In need of inspiration, I walked my local flower market one morning and absolutely fell in love with some wooden slabs. These pieces were by far the heaviest items I have purchased from downtown but I triumphantly carried them to my car. And to top everything off, I had been eyeing a cute three-footed vase for quite some time. When Puneet mentioned terrariums, it was this vase that I immediately thought of. I was very excited to finally have a reason to purchase the little guy.
The day of the event was an absolute pleasant surprise. With weather forecasts predicting an 100 degree day I was ready to sweat buckets. But to my delight the gardens of the venue provided a surreal oasis from the heat scorching the rest of southern California. And to say that Hartley Botanica is a beautiful venue is an understatement. Despite my client's descriptions and pictures, seeing the place in person was unbelievable. The ceremony was held in a glen at the end of a tunnel of arching trees and the reception was essentially in a secret garden bordered with a beautiful assortment of foliage. Since the ceremony location was already a work of art on its own, Eileena opted to decorate the aisle with petals.
As for the reception, the tables were dressed in a burlap tablecloth accented with a lace runner. After placing my wooden slabs and terrariums, I sprinkled reindeer moss on the table to finish the look.
The bride also made sure to incorporate a little bit of her family and friends in her special day. She and her sister decorated the signing table, which was garnished by a succulent plant potted by her very own dad! 
She also asked close friends to bring handmade baked goods for her dessert table. It was a grand sugary feast comprised of lemon bars, cookies and brownies made from heirloom recipes.

Overall, my favorite part of the day was giving Eileena her bouquet. A couple weeks prior she had emailed me saying she had thrifted a gold leaf pin she wanted to add to her bouquet. In a medley of dahlias, roses, scabiosa and eucalyptus, the pin was the perfect accent. I was beyond happy when I found out that Alumniq captured Eileena's reaction to seeing her bouquet for the first time and that details like the leaf pin were captured by Phoebe
This wedding was truly a beautiful day and I would do it all over again if I could!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Hartley Botanica {Somis, CA}

October 1, 2014

Wine Wedding

After a slew of emails and Skype calls, I managed to book this wonderful, wine themed wedding. At the time of consultations the bride worked in Atlanta, but since her family was back here she naturally wanted to have her nuptials in her hometown. The bride described that her wedding colors were inspired by the burgundies and greens of the riesling grape. With that beautiful palette in mind, I set to work.

While drafting my floral order I knew I wanted burgundy dahlias. Their color was perfect for the wine theme so this decision was a no brainer.

Along with dahlias, I wanted more burgundy so I piled on the spray roses and mums. I've also recently re-discovered my forgotten love for queen anne's lace so you'll be seeing it quite a lot in my arrangements. 

And this beauty. Meet veronica. She is expensive but she is worth every penny. She's available in whites, purples, and pinks. It was very difficult not to buy them all. 

Here are my wrist corsages for the moms and grandmas. I saw this green ribbon at my supply store and we had a moment. Then I bought them. 

I've been trying really hard lately to step up my boutonniere game so here it is -- my buttonhole for the groom! I used a succulent garnished with some seeded eucalyptus and a dahlia bud. Topped off this fella with that wonderful ribbon find and I was pretty satisfied.

After getting my centerpieces in a row it was time to put them in the fridge. That week was in the 100s for California so I literally hugged my freezer every day. 

Fast forward to delivery day and I was smitten with how my centerpieces sat on the linens the bride chose. Color coordination on point!

When the bride asked me to decorate her cake with grapes, I was completely on board. So happy with how it came out!

Until next time! :) 

Venue: The Maxwell House {Pasadena, CA}

September 24, 2014

BTS | Royal Blue Wedding

This week so far has been chock-full of goodies. For example, I restocked on my favorite brand of kimchi and today is the first day of Fall. I love fall. It is hands down my favorite season. Why? Because it's full of boot wearing and pumpkin tasting things. And call me crazy, but I love the smell in the air. Yes, even through the dense smog of Los Angeles, my nose can detect the seasonal change. Anywho, I just drafted two floral orders and figured I should end my night blogging about one of my favorite summer weddings before I go gaga over my fall weddings. I was originally going to include these photos with my previous post, but these behind-the-scenes shots didn't quite go with everything else. So I decided to dedicate an entire post to what went down that day.

Wind. There was a lot of wind by the beach which made it somewhat difficult to secure my fabric. But time and time again, zip ties saved the day. I know I always go on a crazy zip tie kick on almost each post, but they're just that great. But I must say despite the wind, I didn't mind working by the water on a day where it was expected to hit the 100s in the inlands.

I really loved the courtyard at the Long Beach Museum of Art. Especially the hanging lanterns and lights. I tried to muster up a decent smile in this pic but the glare of the sunlight was just too great. So this is the best you're going to get.

And omg I did not know of the intensity my face exuded during times of concentration until this picture surfaced. 

Further proof. But I guess friends have told me in the past how my mouth tends to hang open when I'm concentrating.. or when I'm watching tv..

This is how happy I get after smooth installs. After making sure everyone's boutonniere was on straight we were able to secure this shady spot to watch the procession. 

After much hard work, I treated myself and my assistant to a delicious Greek dinner at nearby Downtown Long Beach. #WeRegretNothing

And that's it! For installation days I pretty much work my ass off and then eat like a queen. My answer to the question "would you like a salad or fries with that" would always be fries on these days. Always fries. Until next time!