“We are in it for the love and devotion” ~ Adorations Botanical Artistry

Brides-to-be sought their style A-game at a special BHLDN pop up shop and wedding fair at UTC’s Anthropologie location in La Jolla. As an adoring fan of anything “Anthro,” we were beyond excited to be one of their featured vendors onsite during this special bridal event, showcasing a new collection of BHLDN bridal gowns and accessories.

Teaming up with our good friend, the always fashionable Lauren Rennie of Sweet Cheeks Baking Company, we styled a lusciously delicious farm table in the heart of the store with beautiful blooms and the tastiest treats. Lauren’s expertise in dessert styling placed Sweet Cheek’s BHLDN-inspired cake, monogrammed cookies and citrus cupcakes with lemon butter cream amongst our bounty of bohemian-inspired centerpieces and arrangements full of the season’s favorite: coral-charm & Sarah Bernhardt peonies, dinner-plate dahlias, anemones, and David Austen garden roses. A eucalyptus garland meandered across the entire table, adding an abundance of natural greens that lent so perfectly with the Anthropologie style.

Ladies perused the collection of stunning BHLDN gowns in romantic, bohemian and modern styles while sipping on the most adorable Sophia Mini cans of champagne. With so many gorgeous gowns to choose from, the fitting room was a flutter of brides-to-be dressed for their special day. To help them “complete the look” we had our signature Adorations bouquets on hand for them to feel as they may in that anticipated moment.

As a special token of love, Dear Darling, a San Diego-based calligrapher created the most darling name cards for every lady to take home from the evening’s gathering.

While this bridal event was one-night only, the pop-up shop for BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding collection, stayed in the store for the entire weekend. Of course, our bouquets and a few arrangements remained for the festivities and the green garland found its home (thanks to our Leo) draped above the entryway to the fitting room in absolutely perfect Anthro fashion.

We’d love to especially thank Paula Luna of lunaphoto for joining us to capture this incredible style event! Want to see more? BHLDN BRIDAL EVENT



Photography: lunaphoto. Gowns: BHLDN. Floral Design & Bouquets: Adorations Botanical Artistry. Cakes & Sweets: Sweet Cheeks Baking Company. Calligraphy & Wedding Stationery: Dear Darling. Location: Anthropologie, UTC La Jolla


Elle Fashion Show at The W Bridal Luncheon

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself” – Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel said it best. And isn’t it just the truth! We adore working with brides who want to show their true selves on their wedding day! It was so much fun to celebrate real bridal beauty at the Elle Fashion Show at W Hotel’s Bridal Luncheon. Ladies-in-waiting to say I DO dined in a gilded celebration before heading upstairs to the chic hotel rooftop for fashion inspiration on the runway.

Adorations was thrilled to be one of the floral designers featured at the Elle Fashion Show, which was hosted in part by our friends at the Lofty Wedding Collection – Elle Bridal Boutique, Garrett Richardson Photography and Posh Paperie. Krystel Tien and the girls at Couture Events coordinated this fabulous show incorporating the works of four San Diego fleurists. Leaf it to Lexi created the stunning runway backdrop that was designed with ombre pink roses making the perfect entrance for the models, while Compass Florals did an amazing job decorating the tabletops for the ladies luncheon. Along with our fellow florists and The Dainty Lion, we contributed two bouquets for the fashion show; both of course, in our signature texturized style.

Our first bouquet was fairytale-inspired and woodsy in charm with branches, scabiosa, peonies, patience garden rose, coneflower, dusty miller, kiwi vine and anemones.  Bouquet number two, romantic in nature, comprised of blush and white peonies, protea, dahlias and white o’hara garden roses.

It was just so exciting to see our fleurs working the runway in the hands of the beautiful bride models….especially with the paddle signs aligning the first row. Guests were able to flash a little  “Love,” “Yes, Please” and “FAB!” as the complete looks hit the catwalk.

Thanks so much to the wonderful team of vendors who worked together to make this one ELLE of a show!!!


Coordinator: Couture Events. Venue: The W Hotel San Diego. Photography: Garrett Richardson. Invitations: Posh Paperie. Bridal Gowns: Elle Bridal Boutique. Cinema: Anthology Films. Florals: Leaf It To Lexi. Florals: The Dainty Lion. Florals: Compass Florals. Florals: Adorations Botanical Artistry. Rentals: Classic Party Rentals. Linens: Concepts Event Design. Sponsor: Exquisite Wedding Magazine.

SPARKS of Inspiration: New San Diego Local Art GALLERY

It SPARKS with an idea…

Sonya Sparks always knew she wanted to be involved in the arts and remembers drawing, painting and taking photographs at a very young age. By college, she studied Art at the University of San Diego but decided to major in Business Administration instead, as the art scene in SD wasn’t very open to new hires. After eight years at an international business, Sonya felt it was time to start something new.

“I was frustrated that there were not a lot of art galleries showing local work in a range of pricing,“ recalls Sonya, “so I decided to combine my interest in art with my business background to start a gallery that focused on the local art scene.”

 And so it began that this young lady (and former Adorations’ bride) started a namesake gallery right in the heart of downtown San Diego.

 The Sparks Gallery is home for contemporary artwork from artists living in San Diego and encourages patronage of local artists, while supporting San Diego's growth as a strong art community. Located in the historic Sterling Hardware Building on Sixth Avenue between Island and Market in the Gaslamp Quarter, the historic focus of the building aims to pair old San Diego with new contemporary visions. 

I was thrilled to provide flowers for the opening night of the Sparks Gallery for their debut group show, ONE ON ONE.  Being that Sonya is one of my past brides, I was in complete awe to see her passion come to life in such a gorgeous and unique space. The opening was buzzing with an energetic crowd of hipsters, art enthusiasts, patrons, featured artists and fellow creators hoping to see their work showcased at Sparks Gallery one day.

For me, I also felt like I was on display as our signature Adorations floral arrangement of seasonal blooms was part of the bar setup with smaller garden centerpieces set amongst the lounge tables. We choose flowers in various bright colors for the POP ART effect of our palette.  

As a wedding industry professional, I fell in love with the grandeur of the historic Sterling Hardware building and the amount of work that went into restoring such an amazing space. The original floors and brick walls were restored by hand to create an elegant balance between industrial and handcrafted detail work, and they designed the space so the fixtures, knobs, paint colors, and other details are all vintage (from 1924 or earlier) to fit with the era of the historic building. Apparently this building’s past included a vaudeville theater with a trapeze lady, carriage repair shop and a hardware store, while its inevitable that its future home will include many stunning events, as Sparks Gallery is available for wedding and event rentals.

Sonya explained that they recently added industrial steel columns and seismic bracing to their building, so our capacity limit was raised from 50 people in 2012 (before renovations to the space) to 348 people this year. They’ve also added a whole new upper level mezzanine and interior structure with a kitchen, restrooms, office, and elevator lift to the second floor.

 While the main focus of Sparks Gallery will always remain to exhibit local San Diego artists, it’s possible they may consider expanding to national or global artists in the future but with several group and solo shows coming up this year along with the creation of a guest curatorial program for local curators, Sparks Gallery is already flourishing with a new show going up every month. They are also looking forward to hosting occasional seminars and other performance-based events, such as music or spoken word. Announcements for all these shows will be posted via social media and through their email newsletter.

 As for Adorations, we are so excited to have the Sparks Gallery just walking distance from our studio for inspiration as well as having the opportunity to contribute flowers for their upcoming events.

“I didn’t even need to see what LaVonne was making ahead of time,” remarks Sonya about the opening night florals. “I knew it would be wonderful because her artistic eye for arrangement is amazing, and the quality and freshness of her flowers is perfect every time.”

Sparks Gallery is located at 530 6th Avenue in downtown San Diego, CA. For more information visit or call 619.696.1416

 Photography provided by Sparks Gallery. Cocktails: Snake Oil Cocktails.
Architect: Hanna Gabriel Wells. Restoration Contractor: Wilson Construction.

Christmas in July: Holiday Party Offer

For the entire month of JULY, pre-book your holiday party or event with Adorations Botanical Artistry and receive 15% off the cost of your décor and receive a gorgeous gift arrangement for you or someone you love, FREE OF CHARGE!!! Time to cross that one of your wish list! 

There’s nothing better than celebrating a bit of the holiday season while we are in the midst of SUMMER!!! While the BBQs and the bathing suits of the 4th will come and go, Adorations is already preparing for our Fall/Winter months with this VERY SPECIAL offer just for you!! 

In anticipation of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and the New Year, Adorations is your go-to floral & event designer for all your celebrated festivities! We’ve created some incredible holiday décor, as seen here on our site, like Thomas Bui’s Annual Holiday Party and our extravagant tabletop styling! If you are looking for someone to decorate your Thanksgiving dinner table for a family of 4 (or the whole 40+ entourage) or are planning to host a corporate holiday party or a New Year’s Eve cocktail countdown with your closest friends, we’ve got you covered!

This festive discount will only last through the month, so contact us today! We can accommodate any holiday or winter celebration and will customize the décor to fit your needs.

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Santa and his elves are already jealous… 

See more pictures from Thomas Bui’s Annual Holiday Party and Magical Christmas at the Hotel Del.