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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.  

Yellow Wedding Fever

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.

Purple Weddings of 2010

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.

Carol and Glen: Hotel Del Coronado wedding

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!!!

Black and White Weddings

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.

Intimate Yellow La Valencia Wedding

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!!

Plum Purple Magenta tabletop photo shoot

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!

Aileen Tran featured in ‘Brenda’s Wedding blog’

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.

Chinoise Tabletop Photoshoot

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.

Dramatic Details: Candlelight

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.

Fuchsia and white wedding at L’auberge Del Mar

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.