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!!

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}