Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Organic Natural Inspired Design

We recently had a few summer weddings that the clients desired simple yet elegant natural, organic inspired designs highlighting interesting local cut flowers and foliages accented with succulents. The designs fit in perfectly with the Spanish/Italian architecture and iron & wood and white plaster details of the venues (The Old Grapevine at the San Gabriel Mission; The Eagle Rock Arts Center; The Villa Del Sol at Alverno High School).

The Old Grape Vine event featured a vignette of three cylinder vases filled with moss and an accenting pink flax leaf and twine vase detail. Each vase contained either a cut floral arrangement of orange dahlias, zinnias, Mexican sage and mint or an echeveria or miniature cymbidium orchid stem accented with string of pearls. I thought the napkin fold/band was so clever- a nice alternative to the standard pocket fold.

The wedding in Eagle Rock infused soft French blue hydrangea, Iceberg garden roses and Vendela roses, mixed succulents, blue thistle, rosemary, lavender and lamb's ear. Each chocolate brown napkin was accented with either a sprig of rosemary or lavender. Loved the escort card display!

The Villa Del Sol is one of the most beautiful venues ever! (In fact, I personally scoped it out for my own wedding years ago because I had actually gone to high school dances there- way back when!). The front entrance gates were accented with welcoming olive branch, lemon leaf, mood moss and gardenia wreaths. As the guests entered through the gates they were greeted by a reception table with one of the cutest "sign-in table" concepts ever! We had various bowls of mixed loose flowers nestled in beds of moss and flower petals. The guests could pick out their favorite and pin it to their lapel or place it in their hair. Each guest was invited to fill a small bag with loose herbs to toss on the bride and groom as they walked down the ailse. Each herb was labeled with its significance (ie. rosemary=rememberance, lavender=devotion and sage= wisdom). The bride's bouquet was created by each of her bridemaids and close friends coming to the shop early on Saturday morning to pick out one flower that they wanted included into the bride's bouquet (I was given liberty to add additional flowers to fill out the bouquet and give it a finished touch). The centerpieces were a mix of iron candelabras and tall branch stands with loose, earthy inspired designs of roses, lisianthus, olive branches, artichokes, grapes and moss. The finishing touch was a single miniature artichoke on each guest's hemstich linen napkin.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Trish & Dave- Sublime White and Grey with a Splash of Yellow

The perfect setting for a summer wedding- A cruise ship in Newport Harbor! What could be more perfect for So. Cal? As the sun set on the horizon, close friends and family celebrated an intimate wedding ceremony with the bride and groom on the upper deck. During cocktail hour on the lower level of the ship, the upstairs was transformed into an elegant dinner reception. The tables were draped in slate grey satin with matching napkins accented with a perfect yellow Mocara orchid. The setting was complimented by unusual grey vases filled with white phalenopsis orchids and square votive candles. The bride custom made the table numbers and CD's with the coolest yellow details for each guest. (Check out her web- she is a fantastic child/family photographer! Love her stuff and the patience of a saint- she photographed my two crazy girls a while ago! http://www.trishreda.com/)

Friday, August 7, 2009

Fun Summer Wedding - Macall & Patrick - Keeping it Sunny and Cool!

Yellow is definitely a new popular color that many of our clients are asking to be incorporated into their floral design. We are so excited about this trend with a "poppy" new color. (A fav of mine as well- in fact, our new chairs in our consultation office are bright sunny yellow!) Paired with more subdued colors like slate grey, black or chocolate brown, yellow is a is a fantastic way to inject a pop of color and create a fresh fun vibe.

Macall and Patrick truly embraced the sunny yellow in their summer wedding color scheme. Shades of yellow roses created great contrast with the bridesmaid's bright tangerine dresses and crisp white table linens.