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!
Oh how I adore feathers. They come in so many forms, like the ostrich and peacock, which especially tickle my fancy. It makes any item instantly more posh and sophisticated. A touch of feathers in a bouquet or a centerpiece gives it another layer of texture and dimension. Adding a trimming of ostrich feathers to the bottom of this floral bride and groom chair makes it stand out even more.
Thursday, December 9, 2010 Posted in Details
There’s something about using something that your grandmother owned in your wedding that makes it all the more special. Here, we have antique milk glass from the bride’s family collection. These tiny vases were lined across the table to give it charm and character. The use of softly colored spring time blooms showcases these vintage vessels even more. Thank you Pam Scott and Evonne Darren for the gorgeous pictures!
Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Posted in Details
I’m a big fan of head tables. They join the bride and groom with the bridal party into one long festive table. The length of a feast style table makes a huge statement in the room and is an opportunity to do something a little different from the rest of the wedding decor to make your table extra special. Tables in all white or a solid color make a dramatic statement, as well as giving them more decor.
When looking for a rustic and organic aesthetic, moss fits the bill. My favorite is the reindeer moss, which has a stunning apple green color and soft texture. Here are some examples of the multiple ways we use this amazing ingredient. Shantung covered boxes are filled with bright green moss and cymbidium orchids to secure guest cards for the Escort table. The centerpiece for this place card table was a manzanita tree dripping with orange tulips, green orchids, and touches of moss. You can view this wedding in full details at Karen Tran’s Blog where she featured this gorgeous wedding at the Inn at Rancho Santa fe. Square glass cocktail pieces are filled with a mix of delightful Autumn inspired blooms and stuffed with garden moss. Candelabras completely covered in moss and intertwined with curly willow make a naturalistic statement.