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!!
Sunday, December 12, 2010 Posted in Details
How many reason do I love mercury glass? Let me count the ways…I could stare at its perfectly imperfect mirrored surface for hours. Mercury glass can be a gorgeous compliment to a vintage wedding, surrounding antique silver candelabras. Or in an organic inspired wedding, like these centerpieces at the Hotel Del Coronado. Another beauty about these babies is that once it meets candlelight, it takes on a surreal and romantic glow. The vintage candle holders lined on the Crystal Ballroom fireplace at the US Grant sends my heart a flutter.
Saturday, December 11, 2010 Posted in Details
San Diego is a big destination for beach themed weddings, like these weddings at L’auberge Del Mar. Being the ocean lover that I am, how could I resist them? One of my favorite ways to integrate elements of the sea into your special day is through starfish. I especially love the sophisticated natural looking white finger starfish. Here we scattered them around to accent place settings, cake decor, and a hand painted wedding sign. Their charm is undeniable as a replacement for the old fashioned escort cards. The starfish theme is carried further with crystal studded brooches that adorned the signs and table numbers designed by the fabulous Jennifer of Simply Posh Design.
Friday, December 10, 2010 Posted in Tabletop Photoshoot
It was the peak of peony season when I saw this Isaac Mizrahi dress that was absolutely to die for. The use of khaki colored linen with airy tulle inspired me to use delicate peonies and rough burlap to emulate it. The wonderful Pam Scott shot this table top at the Santaluz Country Club , a gorgeous and peaceful venue for romantic wedding. Swatches of burlap and raw linen wrapped vases and functioned as place mats for subtle texture, while white phalaenopsis orchids gave luxurious dimension. Earthy details like the wooden frame and kukui nuts were on each place setting while fluffy peony pomanders hovered over the table. My ode to the dress was the bride and groom chair, which had sand colored canvas as the bust and tulle intertwined with peonies as the skirt. Thank you Pam for all your fantastic photos!