This whimsical wedding runneth over with fantastical details. Rihanna and Reggie came to us wanting an Alice in Wonderland inspired affair in a dreamy gardens of Villa de Flores. Their other request: nothing was to be white except for the cake and the dress. With vibrant saturated hues of blue, violet, fuchsia, and chartreuse, we created a lush and topsy turvy party with vintage flair. We scoured Parisian flea markets and Portobello Road for vintage tea tins and filled them with peonies, lilac, David Austin roses, and clematis. Butterflies adorned the centerpieces and were release throughout the day, making the guests feel like they were in a whimsical garden. Vintage pagoda parasols were strung from the trees and floral garlands bedecked the estate’s statues and water fountains. Guests dined underneath a custom tent in the brightest blue color, while their eyes feasted on towering centerpieces bursting with dogwood branches, viburnum, hydrangea, and passion vines. Rustic benches an vintage sofas from Archive Vintage Rentals perfectly complimented the “falling down the rabbit hole” atmosphere. Coordination by Thomas Bui Lifestyle and photos by Yvette Roman. Plates by SugarBaker and Toad. Tent and rentals from BBJ Events.
Jen and Steven exchanged their vows at the picturesque Santaluz Club on a gorgeous fall day. Red and peach David Austin roses were accentuated with double hellebore and scabiosa for lush, yet rustic bouquets. Now let’s take a moment to talk about that ceremony arch…Tuscan olive branches, magnolia leaves, and pepper tree were bedecked with masses of roses, hydrangea, and cascading amaranth. Luscious smilax played a sweet supporting role during the wedding, draping ever so delicately down the aisle. Guests dined at tables with towering candelabras, ladened with garden roses, cotinus leaves, tulips, and suspended candles. This party went off without a hitch thanks to the Wynn Austin Events team. Big applause for Joseph Matthew Photography for the exquisite photos!
Friday, August 2, 2013 Posted in Uncategorized
Megan and Scott’s was a dreamy display of their love for all things vintage. Using peach David Austin roses, apricot parrot tulips, and white scabiosa, we fashioned a free form bouquet to match Megan’s Monique Lhuillier dress. They chose to say their ‘I do’s” in San Diego’s oldest church, The Mission Basilica de Alcala, where we lined the aisle with romantic lanterns and candlelight. To create an enchanted garden wonderland at the Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, we draped all the chandeliers with fresh green vines and filled the room with lush arrangements of garden roses, tulips, and orchids. For that touch of glam, we adorned the wrought iron candelabras with swags of crystals, embellished candleholders with custom brooches, and decorated each table with crystal frames. To give justice to the escort cards designed by J. Grace, we created a dramatic garden inspired table and showcased the cards in rustic vintage trays. Just when I thought their good taste couldn’t be any better, they chose Michele Coulon Dessertier for their cake (who in our humble opinion is the BEST in San Diego). We created a custom lace cake stand and gorgeous ruffle embellishments for this delicious confection. Much thanks to the seamless coordination by wedding planner extraordinaire, Wynn Austin Events. Photos by Joie Lala Photographie and Joseph Matthew Photo. Designed for Karen Tran Florals.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 Posted in Tabletop Photoshoot
Ok blog mates, as promised, here is the second part of our latest Outside the Box photo shoot. We decided to take a twist on the traditional french macaron wedding cake and create one in the shape of a lamp shade, naturally. A sleek black cake adorned with perfectly round white french macarons is the center of this clean and modern dessert station. Swanky black tassels and a smart chrome stand give it a nonchalant element of cool. To compliment the macarons, we placed pristine mounds of white meringues on black lacquered platters. An addition of geometric shapes and subtle touches of tulips and protea for color, et voila a sexy dessert bar! Thank you Joseph Matthew Photography for the fantastic photos!
Though geometry was never my favorite subject (sorry Mrs. Carrillo), we took the opportunity to embrace the square in this photo shoot. Inspired by a visit to the Viceroy Palm Springs, we got our hands on some mesmerizing geometric patterned fabric, lacquered urns, and mod shaped stands. In the spirit of Kelly Wearstler, we used vibrant orange tulips, chartreuse green cymbidium orchids and bells of Ireland, modern yellow pin cushions, and crisp white lilies. The sleek silhouette of the black boxes is balanced by graceful curves of bright orange tulips. Each of the chiavari chairs were embellished with black crystals and a tulips bouquet for that punch of tangerine. The incredible photos were taken by the talented Joseph Matthew Photography. Stay tuned for the second part of this photo shoot!
A legend, an icon, and a rebel against lasik eye surgery. I speak of the amazing Sylvia Weinstock, who captured my heart the first time I laid eyes on one of her unworldly cakes (and her signature glasses, of course). Before I fully dove into the world of flowers, I was a baker and cake decorator at Michele Coulon Dessertier. When I got the opportunity to decorate a cake with Sylvia at Engage 11, I was glowing with excitement. Being able to be along side a woman that has accomplished so much and is such a role model made the experience of Engage 11 even more unforgettable. Each of her sugar flowers were marvelous and unbelievably detailed. Thank you Sylvia for being so incredible!
Monday, May 23, 2011 Posted in News
It’s less than a week until Engage 11 at the Grand Del Mar, and my zeal is off the charts. After attending Engage 10 in Grand Cayman, my outlook has completely changed. This symposium brings together individuals such as Monique Lhuillier, Slyvia Weinstock, and Marci Blum. It’s an amazing experience to be surrounded by inspiring leaders in the wedding industry. We are lucky enough to be asked to design the florals for the event. Stay tuned for the photos!
Last week, Stacy and Melissa of Sunday Romance asked me to create bouquets for their collaborative photo shoot with Lovey by Isha, Faces of California, and Brooke Hill Makeup. I couldn’t be happier to be a part of their fantastic project. The photo shoot took place at the picturesque Steele Canyon Country Club, along with even more gorgeous muses.
For Kalah, I made a textural nosegay inspired by the purple bearded iris. Pops of royal blue vanda orchids and intensely hued sweet pea complimented the various colors of this magnificent flower. A dramatic bouquet of hanging amaranth, coral ranuculus, blush David Austin roses, and peach tulips were a perfect match for Kristina’s red hair and pale skin. Subtle hints of vintage lace and dangling pearls accent this cascading bouquet’s handle. Carissa’s edgy looks and posh make up naturally paired with this contemporary clutch style bouquet composed of vibrant orange ranuculus, yellow pin cushions, and eye popping tulips. Had a great time ladies!
Nestled in a villa at the rustic Santaluz Country Club, we designed this tabletop to be intimate and comforting. Gnarled grape wood gets a makeover with blush colored blooms and succulents. Textural white lilac, cascading tulips, and David Austin roses look as if they’re growing from the wood. Vintage candelabras and an antique frame perfectly compliment the warm atmosphere. My favorite part, a luxurious throw and plush pillows to get cozy with your husband to be. Thank you Joseph Matthew Photography for the fantastic photos!