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Welcome to my blog, where you will find the musings of a decor obsessed designer. Aileen Tran Event Stylist is an extension of our parent company, Karen Tran Florals. My love affair with flowers began when I was a little girl. I was lucky enough to have a floral-filled childhood and exposure to the wedding industry at an early age. After studying Art History at UCSB and pursuing culinary endeavors, I've come back to my roots with flowers and absolutely love it! With the eclectic and unconventional bride in mind, we use unique details to make each event your own. It's my passion to create unexpected, fresh, and daring events of distinction.  

US Grant Bridal Showcase Part 2

I don’t normally like to play favorites, but these designs that we created at the US Grant Something Borrowed 2014 rocked my world! Mid-century modern and Hollywood glam got an updated twist. Vibrant purple, magenta, fuchsia, peach, orange, and yellow accented eclectic vases. Agate stones, custom napkin rings, amber stemware, acrylic menus, crystal skulls, and French Bulldogs threw in some unexpected funk. For the pièce de résistance,  a lucite vase was filled to the brim with colorful tulips and perched on a gilded base.

Inspired the ocean and all things glamorous, we created a seaside themed table in an aqua and coral color palette. Woven through coral were stunning blooms of amaryllis and tillandsia air plants. Nautical rope meandered throughout the table, giving it another element of texture. Hovering above the guests was a cascade of floating glass orbs, twinkling with votive candles. Laser cut coral menus placed upon gold starburst chargers gave the perfect  touch.

Special thanks to Thomas Bui Lifestyle and his league of extraordinary women!

Photography: Joseph Matthew Photography and Tim King Photography

Stationary: Whimsique

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Linens: La Tavola Linens

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US Grant Wedding Showcase

The Something Borrowed Bridal Brunch was a show unlike any other. A collective of wedding pros were chosen by The US Grant to share ideas, designs, and tips. We were honored to be one of the vendors! Working with the ultra chic Thomas Bui Lifestyle, we created 5 uniquely designed tables, from classic elegance to eclectic modernism. For now, we’ll just start off with two :)

We wanted to celebrate the feminine side of Spring. White cherry blossoms were the star, accompanied by pink lilac, David Austen roses, and parrot tulips. A chiffon garland, crystal candle holders, and custom floral napkin rings brought out the inner ballerina in all of us. Laser cut menus, sequined table linens, chiffon chair covers, and gold stemware took the decor to another level!

Living in Southern California, lilac and wisteria are like botanical unicorns. So when they do come around, we rejoice like it’s a national holiday. Using copious amounts, we create a towering purple lilac and wisteria tree. Inspired by East Coast classicism, we added touches of French country ceramic, letter pressed stationary, hemstitched linen, and viburnum.

Stay tuned for the deets on our other three tables!

Photos: Joseph Matthew Photography and Tim King Photography

Stationary: Whimsique 

Linens: La Tavola and Wildflower Linens

Tableware: Classic Party Rentals

 

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Glamorous Garden Inspiration

Here is our labor of love: a luxe garden/Garden of Eden-inspired photo shoot. We shot this at The Santaluz Club with a building covered in creeping fig as the backdrop. Inspired by wisteria and a white/gold/green color palette, we tried to create a luxurious tablescape that combined looks both old and new. Lush garden florals and sleek orchids were paired with gold vessels (both vintage and modern) for an eclectic mix. For our florals, we used crisp white phalaenopsis orchids, white hydrangea, garden roses, cattleya orchids, white peonies, white clematis, as well as dendrobium orchids and stock on the top canopy. Gilded birds-of-paradise and anthurium gave a whimsical/edgy/unexpected touch. We added vintage cut crystal glasses to echo the crystal chandeliers hovering above. Each chair cover was custom made and adorned with lush hydrangea, roses, orchids, and clematis.

 

 

 

Photography: Joseph Matthew Photography

Coordination: Wynn Austin Events

Stationary: Ceci New York

Rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals, Classic Party Rentals

Linens: Nuage Designs

Alice in Wonderland Inspired Wedding

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.

Rustic Fall Wedding at The Santaluz Club

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!

 

Whimsical Peach Wedding at Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club

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.

A twist with the French Macaron

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!



Outside the Box Photo Shoot

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!




Lunch with Sylvia Weinstock

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!


Engage! 11

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!