Wednesday, July 29, 2009

So we are officially in our new location and although we are still working on little decorating details we are fully functioning as normal. The weekend we moved in we had three weddings (and my two little girls were flower girls in one of them- yeah!) so the production room got all of our attention. I can now focus on the fun stuff- decorating the showroom! As I mentioned earlier, we will be having an open house and will keep you posted. But, please visit us anytime to see what new and cool floral designs we are coming up with in our new inspiring space.

For anyone living or working in the downtown LA area - or anyone up to a metro train ride into Downtown to explore- come visit our boutique in the Jonathan Club on the corner of 5th and Figueroa. Tenely and Malorie are busy making beautiful arrangements just waiting for you to take home or send to someone.
These are just a few examples of what you might find on our tables at our LA shop.

Semi-recently we were invited to a soft opening of a new restaurant on 7th called Bottega Louie, which opened up a couple of months ago and is fantastic (food and decor- they just need some fresh flowers in there!)- think Dean and Deluca for the West Coast. If you have not ventured into Downtown LA lately try to make a trip out of it. All the traditional places are still there- Taquitos at Alvera Street; French dips at Phillipe's, pancakes at The Pantry (my mom's personal fav); Grand central Market- but there are so many new and exciting things happening between art shows/gallery openings and new restaurants and music venues. We are excited to be a part of it!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

We're Moving!!!!

I am so excited to announce our new venture....we will be re-locating our Pasadena location to the quaint downtown village of Sierra Madre! The new studio, housed in a large late 1800's adobe building (complete with a floor to ceiling fireplace- I hope I don't get over zealous and burn the place down!) allows us to more fully focus on our wedding and special events department. The new showroom is perfect for displaying the multiple services and design options that are available to our clients for their special day. Our design space is 4 times bigger!!!! Yeah!!!!! For any of you who have visited us on one of our busy Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays you'll appreciate my excitement about more space!

Of course, daily floral pick up's and deliveries, as well as local and national/international wire services will be offered- nothing changing there.

Basically we will be closing the doors in Pasadena at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15th and opening the doors at 9:00 a.m. in Sierra Madre on Thursday, July 16th! Although our current phone number will forward to Sierra Madre, please take note of our new number.
Check back with us frequently- we will be announcing an open house soon and invite you to come visit us!
Our new info:
Ixora Floral Studio
35 East Montecito Avenue
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Friday, July 3, 2009

Erin & Jason

Erin and Jason must have been one of the most relaxed engaged couples I had ever met! An intimate ceremony in San Marino at a family home followed by a fun, relaxed dinner at a fantastic restaurant, The Raymond, in South Pasadena was exactly what they wanted. Next Exit Photography was kind enough to share some images with us- you have to check out their web/blog! I have had a few clients that have used them in the past and I have always loved seeing the quirky, unusual locations and poses that seem to truly capture the couple's personalities and emotions. They are one of my favorite photograghers and belive me- I have seen a lot!
The ceremony chuppah was made by Jason himself and incorporated the groom's families heirloom tallit and the bride's grandparent's Greek wedding wreaths. We liked the idea of lightly enhancing the chuppah with passion vine foliage, white cymbidium orchids and green mood moss. The bride carried a natural, garden inspired nosegay of lily of the valley, stephanotis, lamb's ear, scented geranium and birch pods. For the reception, Erin and Jason loved the idea of creating organic vignettes on the long narrow tables. We used brown glass vases filled with blue thistle, Corba lilies, orchids, succulents and straw flowers, various size glass square vases were filled with moss or natural pebbles and interesting succulents or fresh cut arrangements of pin cushion proteas, cymbidium orchids and hosta leaves. Warm amber glass votives add the perfect amount of romantic lighting.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Heather & Spencer

We just received the wedding photos back from one of my favorite bride's ever! Heather and Spencer were married at The Athenaeum in Pasadena in late April and it was an absolute joy to design and plan the big day her and her mom.

The look was a classic, timeless design in shades of cream and white enhanced with lush lemon leaf foliage garlands (a favorite of the bride) and boxwood topiaries. For the ceremony the bride carried a full bouquet of all white peonies and the bridesmaids carried all white rununculas nosegays. The Athenaeum's beautiful architecture was enhanced with swagged garlands accented with clusters of abundant white roses and the aisle was adorned with a custom monogrammed runner. Large boxwood sphere topiaries studded with large white roses marked the aisle for the bride. The reception glowed with warm candlelight and lush all white arrangements in classic dark iron urns.

Thank you to Page from Page Bartelsen Photography for capturing such great images!