It's always nice when I get to work with a bride who is just so sweet and excited about her flowers. She's totally my girl, because I get just as excited as she is. It makes me spend that much more time making her bouquet is just perfect. When I got these photos back from my couple, my eyes were excited pouring through the sun drenched photos. Jake and Necia captured the event beautifully and now I have major hair envy of my bride Gloria. ;)
When I got the call from my old sorority sister Rachel, I knew I was going to be in for a treat. Rachel has such great style (check out those accessories and her couture gown) and everything she shared with me about her wedding got me more and more excited. Since Brian is from the East Coast, they found such fun ways to incorporate nods to, complete with an appearance from Mr. Met (whose costume traveled cross country via gray hound). Talk about a devoted fan! Shot by one of our favorite Colson Griffith, this celebration at BR Cohn captured all of the magic and beauty the wine country has to offer.
Watching the vision of my clients come together for their wedding, is quite possibly my favorite part of their wedding, second only to helping my clients discover what their floral fingerprint is. Ralphy and Christina knew they wanted something different from what they had seen before at other people's wedding and it was through choosing lesser common statement flowers such as thistle and protea to really make their flowers unique and unusual. Taking those flowers and incorporating into a garden style asymmetrical bouquet, this bouquet added an effortless look to Christina's bridal look.
One of my favorite floral instillations I have done, the Jacuzzi Winery has a picture perfect mint green Vespa that was just begging for a basket of flowers. So we focused on making the Vespa an focal point of the reception and glamming it up with some flowers. That Vespa was the ultimate photo booth prop!
And the ultimate highlight of this wedding was getting to work with former Wish team member Maurice. Maurice had the pleasure of planning this gorgeous party for Ralphy and Christina and I was so happy to get to work with him again.
So, its officially since 10 years since I myself tied the knot with my husband Dave. When planning my own wedding, I had no idea that I'd be now designing and styling weddings of other people. Nor did I have any of that valuable party planning knowledge I had at the time. I had just finished law school, Dave and just finished dental school and we were getting ready to purchase our first home. We were just plain young. And planning my wedding was no different than much of what I hear from my brides today - filled with much of the same emotions and obstacles.
Scrolling through my photos today, I can't help but chuckle to myself - pay phones in the corner, Dave holding a flip phone, and my bridesmaids wearing brown (I'm so sorry girls!!). One day my son will look at those photos and say "What is THAT?!" and I'll have to explain to him what it was like before there were cell phones and how there were phones that we could use randomly dotting the streets. And before they had the sleek designs they had today, cell phones folded in half and were HUGE.
If planning my wedding today, would I do somethings different? Of course! Times change, style changes. What was modern and forward then is now seen as...vintage?! Does 10 years qualify as vintage? At the time I thought I was being so forward and modern with the combination of crisp lime green cymbidium orchids paired with classic white roses. And red and deeper shades of red paired with the same shades of green? I thought it was fresh and cutting edge. But these photos reflect exactly where we were at the time and I absolutely love that.
Happy Anniversary to you Dave. You're the love of my life. I am just as excited about our future as I was 10 years ago.
Happy first anniversary to my sweet neighbors, friends and clients Nisha and Joe!!
All of my clients are special to me. Its so fun to take lead my clients on the journey familiarly known as planning a wedding. For Nisha and Joe, it was extra special because not only were they clients, but they are my neighbors. So on this one, I knew that Nisha would want something beautifully understated, not too over the top but everything filled with meaning and beauty. And Joe would want to look good and throw an amazing party - a custom tailored tux (which we designed together) and a party that would have their guests enjoying themselves into the wee hours of the San Francisco morning. All of this interpreted into a wedding at the beautiful Bently Reserve building. The decor was centered around hundreds of feet of eucalyptus garland draped and lining the aisle of the ceremony and tables of the reception. This alone filled the room with an uplifting and energizing aromatherapy that Nisha still talks about to this day! When there wasn't eucalyptus it was opulent bowls of fruit which carried an old world and farm to table sensibility. For the brides bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets it was less about the flowers but more about fresh cut herbs such as rosemary, mint and lavender. And for a touch of whimsy, peacock feathers which were the "light theme" of the wedding were incorporated into cocktail arrangements. The bride wanted a nod to what had inspired the design of their wedding invitations, but didn't want it to feel like peacock overload. We carried the peacock design into the ceiling at the reception, but kept it only on the ceiling so as to avoid weird shadows on everyones faces.
A special thank you to Christopher Duggan for these beautiful photos!!
You gotta love a girl whose willing to chow on In and Out Burger before her wedding...and I do love this girl. Nicole and Eric's wedding took place in the family's church, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere, CA. We didn't need to do much to compliment the gorgeous and clean architecture of the church, so simple spheres of hydrangeas and roses lined the aisles. The reception was filled with the finest of details - an eclectic mix of sterling silver vessels to serve as vases for the flowers, delicate crystal for guests to drink from and exquisite antique linen napkins all from the private collection of the Mother of the Bride, Rita. To add an even more special touch, Rita adorned each antique napkin with a hand tied ribbon of luxurious silk ribbon. No detail was unattended to by Rita who sprinkled the celebration with personal touches such as Brazilian appetizers, desserts and homemade limoncello lovingly made by the parents of the Bride. Despite all the classic and rich details of the tablescape, the Bride and Groom added a casual vibe to their celebration by asking their favorite restaurant, Tacolicious, where they spend every Friday night.