I absolutely love it when a bride isn’t afraid to do something daring with her decor. When I got the opportunity to design a modern wedding with Susanne from Crown Weddings, I was beyond excited. Cathy and Christian had their intimate wedding in the Coronet Ballroom of the Hotel Del Coronado. With a color palette of white, yellow, black, and silver, we created a contemporary wedding that was sleek, elegant, and fun. Unconventional centerpieces of sprouting tulips and calla lilies filled slim silver trumpet vases. A custom cake stand was designed to raise their adorable cake. The bouquet on the back of the bride and groom chairs was a small detail that made their day that much more special.
Friday, January 7, 2011 Posted in Details
If there’s ever an opportunity to get a little funky with your decor, it’s with the escort card table. To me, and ideal place card table catches your guests eye and draws them in. In this unconventional arrangement we did at La Estancia in La Jolla, we completely draped vases with crystals to counterbalance the edginess of the painted grapewood. Hand wired cattelya and bouquets of tulips reminded me of orchids growing from lava rock walls in Hawaii. Surrounding the centerpiece were custom boxes wrapped in satin and jewels to house lovely escort cards designed by the fabulous Jennifer of Simply Posh Design.
With all the hustle and bustle of wedding planning, we tend to forget some of the younger members of the bridal party. And what’s more adorable than a flower girl carrying a dainty floral pomander. Ring bearers look incredibly dashing carrying a customized silk box adorned with orchids and satin ribbon. Your junior bridesmaid will feel like a princess holding a purse of roses and rhinestones.
Monday, January 3, 2011 Posted in Details
Perhaps it was from holding my umbrella so often that had me pining for the days of summer. One of the things that reminds me of summer the most are parasols. These ethereal beauties were hand painted and customized for each wedding. This vibrant wedding on the beach of the Hotel Del Coronado had pink and green painted parasols to decorate the entrance of their ceremony. They also function as great favors for your guests to protect them from the summer sun.
Looking back on another fabulous year, I couldn’t help but notice all the yellow weddings we’ve had. Here is a sampling of yellow events that range from vintage, to simple, to modern, and funky! I love weddings at historic locations, such as this ceremony at the Prado in Balboa Park. A romantic garland of yellow roses, orchids, and billy balls gently swags across the wishing well. Speaking of historic, the charming La Valencia Hotel is easily amongst my favorite venues in San Diego. There we created a clean-lined canopy covered in sheer fabric with hanging orchids and crystals. Just outside San Diego is the swanky Parker Palm Springs. We designed a contemporary wedding of floral spheres and bouquets of calla lilies in the Mafiya Room. The Hotel Del Coronado is one of the top wedding destinations in the world. This year, we created several weddings featuring this vibrant color on their Windsor Lawn and Coronet room.
We had a fantastic year with many great weddings. Amongst those weddings, purple stood out as a popular trend for many brides, and I can see why. It’s a striking color that can be either fun and flirty, or refined and elegant. Boldly colored bouquets of orchids, roses, and calla lilies are great for that punch of color during your ceremony. Flowing centerpieces of fuchsia phalaenopsis, purple anemone, lilac, and lavender roses fit the bill for a festive wedding. We also created a chic Parisian tabletop with black feathers and crystal jewels (for more, click here). Purple combined with other contrasting colors of reds and greens makes a dramatic impact, like the vintage-inspired wedding we did that the Hotel Del. Or an opulent, yet subtle wedding of all white flowers and amethyst linens at La Estancia and La Valencia. I’m head over heels for the sleek silk board menus, created by Jennifer of Simply Posh Design. Photos courtesy of Darin Fong and Pam Scott.
Monday, December 27, 2010 Posted in Recent Weddings
When I first met Carol and Glen, I couldn’t stop smiling from their witty banter and humor. And when I first heard their love story, I was exited to design their wedding even more! Carol and Glen were high school sweethearts who parted ways. Many years later, they reunited and rekindled that teenage flame. The lovely bride wanted her dress to be light pink, like the color of her outfit when Glen and her first met. Carol had seen Karen’s wedding on WE tv’s “Beach Weddings” and knew own had to be over-the-top. Their wedding, which took place at the Hotel Del Coronado, was centered around the color theme of pink, mauve, and gold. I was ecstatic to work with Susanne Duffy of Crown Weddings, who always executes her events to perfection. To accompany her down the aisle, Carol carried a timeless bouquet of white and ivory roses finished with a gold crystal brooch and a delicate halo of sweetheart roses. Her daughters carried pink bouquets of roses, calla lilies, and orchids. A silk ring bearer box accented with spray roses and mauve lisianthus was the perfect opulent compliment to this over the top wedding.
To get their guest into a festive mood we during cocktail hour, we used hot pink linens and created a vibrant escort card table on the Del’s Vista Walk. Various bouquets of magenta roses, fuchsia cattelya orchids, and hot pink makaras perfectly matched Wendy Ware’s guest cards. The real party took place in the Crown Ballroom, where table was decorated with enormous centerpieces. Supporting each ivory and pink centerpiece were hand painted gold vases. Surrounding vases of orchids and gold floating candles gave the whole room a romantic glow. The couple celebrated their love at their own sweetheart table, adorned with cascading orchids and leis. What better way to end the night than with Michele Coulon‘s delectable cake! Congratulations Carol and Glen!!!
Saturday, December 25, 2010 Posted in Details
Johnny Cash was onto something every time he wore black: it makes a statement. Here is a collection of photos we’ve done throughout the year that showcase the variety that having a black and white wedding can have. First is a clean mahogany canopy on the lawn of La Estancia in La Jolla. Roses and hydrangea are densely packed in the front, while crystals and a crystal chandelier delicately sway. A black satin wrapped vases filled with white and ivory blooms were centerpieces at the Torrey Pines Lodge. A bouquet gets a French twist with black and white anemones and a wisp of feathers. At the L’auberge Del Mar, black and white damask is paired with modern decor and a pop of yellow. I’m completely smitten with these contemporary menus created by Jennifer of Simply Posh Design.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 Posted in Recent Weddings
Here is a romantic story that will melt your heart! We got a call from Mauricio, telling us he wanted to surprise his fiancee, Betty, with a spur of the moment wedding. He asked us to create an intimate wedding at the charming La Valencia in La Jolla for two using her favorite color, yellow. For the blushing bride, I hand wired cattelya orchids, gardenias, and peonies to create a delicate and sophisticated bouquet. The couple said their “I do’s” under clean and elegant canopy draped in sheer fabric and dripping with crystals and orchids. All of these romantic photos were taken by the talented Pam Scott. Congratulations Mauricio and Betty!!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010 Posted in Tabletop Photoshoot
Purple reigns supreme in this photo shoot we did at one of the villas in Santaluz. We noticed that this year Purple has been the preferred color palette for this year’s wedding. Here we used a wide range of shades from fuchsia, lavender,purple and eggplant to royal blue and chartreuse. A variety of springtime blooms give this tabletop tremendous texture: flowing phalaenopsis orchids, linear calla lilies, billowy viburnum, and eye-popping anemones. Such intense colors are balanced by an elegant silver lace overlay and silk napkins, provided by Wildflower Linens. We tied the backs of the white chiavari chairs with elegant strands of deep purple chiffon streamers. We would love to see this type of tabletop at a vineyards for a Napa wedding or at a rustic Venue where elegance meets Organic! Jennifer of Simply Posh Design created the vibrant and festive menus and table name. Special thanks to our friend Pam Scott for all the gorgeous photos!