Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Chic Palm Desert Wedding

Anytime I have the opportunity to do a wedding or event in the Palm Desert area I start packing- I practically will do it for free- well, not quite but my clients will get a great deal!! This is my go-to spot for a quick getaway with my fam (and most recently, without the girls- happy 9th anniversary to my husband and myself!). So anytime I can turn a job into a bit of a break I can't wait. Well...although we did just recently design a Friday wedding at Rancho Las Palmas it was all work for me....I had to drive back the same day to the shop and finish up for my weddings the next day. It did help that it was RAINING and not the 110F that I am used to. Rain in Palm Desert- not possible, right? Well, it did- but we did get a bit of a break to still have the ceremony out on the fairway under the most dramatic sky with the mountains as a backdrop.

Although the clients live in Arizona we were able to meet frequently enough to come up with a design that was dramatic yet not over "flowery". The groom wanted a lot of sexy red lighting, candle light and floral design with a bit of a contemporary twist. The bride, who also liked those ideas, still wanted something that was a little more full and "contemporary classic".

The design I came up with included a crisp black and white color pallet with accents of deep rich red created with about 6 different, yet consistent, design concepts. Hundreds of various size candles added interest, warmth and intimacy to the large room. Custom black and white striped runners accented the long tables, a whimsical paper lantern design added height and interest in the lounge area of the reception- thank you to the bride and groom for allowing some leeway in the creative process. These are always the most fun events for me to produce!

Can't wait to see the pro pics!

Thanks to Jill form Miller Hawkins Productions for introducing us to the clients!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Some Recent Favorites!

A few pics of recent bouquets we have done over the last few weeks ( I would say about 9 out of the 40 or so bridal bouquets we've created since the last post!).... Definitely noticing a trend in the looser, more natural or garden style bouquets... It's fun to experiment with textures and alternative additions to bouquets. I am loving the different combos of colors and elements like feathers, herbs and unusual foliage. BUT, there are a few classic, more compact styles I had to include that have some of the most beautiful peonies ever !!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Wedding at the Vibiana

Whew! That's all I can say about the last month or so but here are a few photos- (from my little IPhone so not the greatest) from this past Sunday's wedding At the Vibiana. Can't wait to post the pro photos!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Spring Wedding

On the way out the door to the Langham to deliver this perfectly spring wedding for this perfectly spring day (complete with June gloom drizzle early this morning but now it is gorgeous!)... We used our private collection of vintage cut glass vases filled with maiden hair fern, dusty miller, scented geranium, cream and blush peonies, peach Juliet garden roses, gardenias, mood moss, succulents and jasmine...wish you could smell them!
The bride will be carrying a bouquet of blush and cream peonies, cream garden roses, blush rununculas and viburnum....while her maid of honor has a bouquet of blushy pink peonies, peach tea roses, peach Juliet garden rose and dusty miller....gotta go deliver them now!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

A Marie Antoinette Inspired Wedding

Natasha and David had to have been one of the sweetest couples I have had the pleasure to work with! After months of planning and collaboration with the bride, groom and the bride's mother, the princess- like Marie Antoinette/French inspired wedding finally happened. The ceremony and reception took place at the Nixon Library in Placentia....a perfect garden setting for the ceremony. We brought in large cone topiaries in classically shaped urns, garlands of pale pink, warm pink, cream and green flowers that wrapped around the base of the topiaries and pedestals. The bride and her bridal party (including the cutest flowergirls and ringbearers ever!) walked down an aisle decorated with a soft swirl pattern of pink rose petals and draped with pink and gold cording accented with roses and golden tassels. The reception took place in the ballroom which had the perfect ambiance for the the event- lots of beautiful gold and crystal chandeliers, huge mirrors over grand fireplaces and dramatic gold drapery. The photographer happened to take the best shot-one that I hope captures the expression of all of my clients- as soon as Natasha and David walked into the room for a preview. The many tables had three coordinating, yet different color and textured linens and were topped with either crystal candelabras with lush pink and cream arrangements topped off with decadent ostrich feathers. The rest of the tables had low versions to compliment. Speaking of decadent ... the dessert bar was the most elaborate and Marie Antoinette- worthy dessert bar I have ever seen. This was a very sweet wedding for a very sweet bride, groom and families. Thank you for letting me participate in your big day!
Special thanks to Mathieu Photography for the great photos!