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!
Sunday, December 19, 2010 Posted in News
A big Thank you to Brenda’s Wedding Blog for featuring a selection of my bridal bouquets! Below are some bouquets I have designed integrating brooches, feathers, lace and jewels. The options are truly endless. You can see more new bouquets every Monday and tons of eye candy at the fabulous blog of Karen Tran Florals.
Here is a photo shoot dedicated to the origins of one of my favorite flowers: the peony. This insanely gorgeous flower came from China, so naturally I wanted to pair it with traditional blue and white chinoise vases. With cloud-like arrangements filled with peonies named “Charlie White” and “Bowl of Cream,” how could you go wrong? Cascading white phalaenopsis orchids give additional dimension and texture. The simplicity of color and zen lines makes this a modern ode to this ancient flower.
Along with the centerpieces, what makes a dramatic statement in a reception is the candlelight. It gives the room an unbelievably romantic atmosphere. We love to get creative with our votive and floating candles by adding colored water and a hint of bling. For a chic tropical wedding, we lined a path of orchids with coffee bean votives. Or for that pop of color, we used cobalt blue crystals in floating candle holders at this contemporary wedding at the Hotel Del Coronado.
Thursday, December 16, 2010 Posted in Recent Weddings
What is one of the most romantic views in San Diego? Why it’s from the Pacific Terrace of L’auberge Del Mar. This couple chose to have an intimate wedding, overlooking one of California’s most beautiful beach. We constructed a mahogany canopy and hung white orchid leis and crystals that swayed in the ocean breeze. One of the most dramatic possible statements at a reception is a long and extravagant feast table. I go crazy for the long continuous lines of white phalaenopsis orchid bouquets and vases of hydrangea. Floating candle holders filled with fuchsia sea glass, hot pink napkins, and green cymbidium orchids give the table a pop of color. We couldn’t have done this wonderful wedding without Allison Samson, the fantastic Romance Director of L’auberge.
Whenever a bride is afraid of a little color, all the more power to them. Sometimes understated colors show off the natural beauty of flowers even more. Case in point: this wood toned inspired sign-in table the Hotel Del Coronado Windsor Lawn. A sandblasted grapewood branch, adorned with white and ivory flowers, is balanced a top a crystal filled vase. Crystal strands and stems of white phalaenopsis orchids are hung asymmetrically, showcasing the curves of the wood. As the guests wrote notes congratulating the soon-to-be-wed couple, they were complimented to wooden fans and parasols to keep them cool in the San Diego sun.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 Posted in Details
Not only is wheatgrass a phenomenal superfood, but it also makes for a chic and modern display. Wheatgrass gives a deep punch of green to an escort card table or as an enhancement to a table top. Escort cards nestle perfectly in between the vibrant blades of grass. Never has freshly cut grass looked so elegant!
Monday, December 13, 2010 Posted in Recent Weddings
I must confess, I’m a sucker for white weddings. They’re timeless and never go out of style. Take for instances this vintage inspired wedding at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla. Naomi was an adorably chic bride, and so I created a sophisticated clutch of garden roses and gardenias. The handle was wrapped in a silk swatch from her dress and finished with an antique brooch. Her accompanying ladies had an extra hint of color with pink cymbidium orchids and silver satin ribbon. A thick petal path aisle awaited her as she walked down the Garden terrace to meet her husband to be. I just love the quaint feel of this Garden, perfect for an intimate ceremony. AT the Altar, we designed two large arrangements overflowing with orchids and tulips to flank the beautiful couple. As the guests headed to the Verandah Room, they were greeted with vintage silver candelabras overflowing with white and ivory roses and cascading phalaenopsis orchids. Hovering above them were custom floral chandeliers dripping with crystals. Surrounded each centerpiece were mercury candle holders and rhinestone encrusted floating candles. Congratulations Naomi and David!!