“Be happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.”  
― Mother Teresa

I have never known a kinder soul than my own mother.

This very sentiment will be shared countless times this weekend by sons and daughters showering their beloved moms with gifts of flowers, brunch and outings with the family. Yet, there are many of us amongst you, missing that very special lady in our lives, and reminding us of the very reason we celebrate her…

I lost my mom last year around this time; a month before Mother’s Day to be exact. April 2016. It’s been very hard to talk about and something I never share professionally, because it is so personal and close to home. I look back on those last moments with my mom, as hard as they were, and cherish every single second I had with her. And until she took her very last breath, she embodied true KINDNESS.

“Honey, you’d take my last nickel, but I’d be happy to give it to you.”

Those words echo fervently in my head. I can see her so clearly expressing her honesty to me as a child. Naturally, as a young adult, I left home as early as I could to start my life and career. Every time I returned for a visit, I would take my mother for an afternoon tea so we could just talk and spend time together.  Thinking back on those conversations now (and what I wouldn’t give to have just one more with her), I can’t help but smile because these were the very moments that I got to KNOW my mom. It was like meeting her for the first time, as an adult. She was her own person, her own being, who just happened to share her genes with me. If there was only one word I could take away to describe this woman I had come to know was KIND. 

Leading up to her last days, I distinctly recall the generosity and kindness she showed to the nurses who cared for her. She would look at each of them deeply and say, “Honey, you’re so beautiful!” She was always so sweet to everyone she met, even in her darkest hours. She embodied this virtue that I believe is nothing short of miraculous.

I’m now a mother myself. My son Brom turns nine this year and he loves video games, swimming, and visiting Legoland. He just learned to ride his bike without training wheels and now we ride together on the weekends. My most special moments with Brom are at bedtime. It’s the time of day when we all wind down, it gets a little quiet, and we get to just talk. He tells me about his day and asks me questions. He’s at the age where he’s starting to wonder more about me, about who I am as a person. He understands that I’m someone beyond “mom” and he wants to learn who that is. It makes me so happy to get to connect with him on that level already. We really get to bond at bedtime and it’s quickly become my favorite part of the day.

This Mother’s Day, we’ll probably get breakfast together as a family (since that’s our collective favorite meal) at our favorite spot, Breakfast Republic. Bike riding is still new and exciting, so I expect we’ll go bike riding at Crown Point. But mostly we’ll celebrate the holiday by being together.

I wish all the mothers out there, mine included, a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! Life is short, and I’ve learned not to take anything for granted. I hope you treasure the special moments you have with this incredible woman in your life, who blessed you with so many gifts of kindness. 



For those of you missing your mom this Mother’s Day, I share this with you:

Your Mother is always with you.
She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street.
She's the smell of certain foods you remember, flowers you pick and perfume that she wore.
She's the cool hand on your brow when you're not feeling well.
She's your breath in the air on a cold winter's day.
She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep, the colors of a rainbow.
She is Christmas morning.
Your Mother lives inside your laughter.
She's crystallized in every teardrop.
A mother shows every emotion ... happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy, love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow... and all the while, hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life. She's the place you came from, your first home, and she's the map you follow with every step you take. She's your first love; your first friend, even your first enemy, but nothing on earth can separate you. Not time, not space...not even death!

Author: Unknown


Vendor Love: Photos by Paul Barnett

COASTAL OMBRE as seen in Ceremony Magazine

HELLO SPRING BLOOMS! The season of color is here and we could not be more exhilarated than to celebrate this reawakening with one of our favorite styled shoots that graced the pages of Ceremony Magazine

Shot at the stunning L’auberge Del Mar by Pam Scott Photography, this collaborative design was with my good friend and wedding coordinator Regina Young of Meant2Be Events, based in Scottsdale, Arizona. 

As she describes: "Taking inspiration from the vibrant energy of the coastal background, this crisp modern design was intended to be bold, harmonious and sophisticated while keeping the canvas clean. From the contemporary lounge furniture, to the playful overhead floral display, down to the details of the striking stationery, each element was carefully curated to create a chic stylish celebration. Martini, anyone?”

It’s evident our background at the stunning L’auberge Del Mar set our scene with the ocean in the distance and a combination of ombre flowers to die for! This arrangement was one of my favorites to create, starting with our vibrant purple phalaenopsis orchids to anemones drifting into pops of pink with frilly tulips, ranunculus into everyone’s favorite peony, then drifting towards the paler shades of roses, hyacinth, sweet peas and finally, the white orchids -- with such a lush profile of fleurs, this cascading centerpiece truly takes my breath away! 

To frame our tabletop design, we created a backdrop full of whimsy to highlight and complement the overall styling, comprised of oceanic teal chiffon draped asymmetrically with an artful installation of belles of Ireland, driftwood with falling orchids and yellow craspedia aka billy balls. A bar top added fun mini cakes, candles and vases with a touch of greenery to complete our setting.

Taking this inspiration into fashion, our model, Kimberly Daniels, posed in a gown from the White Flower Bridal Boutique and held a bountiful bouquet comprised of our incredible floral palette. 

This contemporary coastal ombre shoot fulfilled our aesthetic game plan and truly moved us to create a colorful spring masterpiece… one that we hope inspires you! 


Photography: Pam Scott Photography. Location: L’Auberge Del Mar. Coordination: Meant2Be Events. Floral Design: Adorations Botanical Artistry. Rentals: Classic Party Rentals. Stationery: Be in Love Designs. Cake: Piece of Cake. Model: Kimberly Daniels. Gowns: White Flower Bridal Boutique. Hair & Makeup: Jennifer Bueno.

COVER GIRLS Adorations Botanical Artistry & White Lace Events

Featured on Ceremony Magazine’s April Cover

I knew deep down at our photo shoot that THIS would be a cover.

We were cutting it close to deadlines for Ceremony Magazine’s 2015 print edition when I was asked to partner with Elizabeth & Krissie of White Lace Events & Design.

This was to be their first styled photo shoot with Ceremony, as they were in the midst of launching their very own wedding coordination and design company. Since I knew these vibrant girls well, as they were certainly no strangers to the wedding industry, coming direct from one of my favorite properties, L’Auberge Del Mar, I was thrilled for the collaboration!

Right away, E & K (as the White Lace girls are known) knew they wanted to incorporate a SWING, and I was all for it! This is the kind of work I feel eternally grateful to get to design. The shoot was a representation of that “loose, handpicked from the garden” vibe that doesn’t always get expressed within magazine editorials. Mixing unique elements like berries and pomegranates (which were in peak season) added another level of depth and texture to the styling, which is very much in line with our personal design philosophy at Adorations.

The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe was the perfect location for this shoot as the natural romantic landscape lent so well to our entire design scheme. As E & K selected the farm table, chairs and tabletop accessories, including that signature “White Lace” runner, we built the swing to act as the “sweetheart seat” at the table for the bride and groom. We created the swing in bay laurel, seeded eucalyptus and Italian pittosporum leaves with a found vintage plank of wood.  The bountiful centerpieces and bouquet were crafted with lush peonies, dahlias, ripe red roses, garden roses, and ranunculus, all in various shades of burgundy, pink, and white with touches of pale gold for an unexpected lean in color.

I remember thinking when the talented Pam Scott took the shots of the bouquet on the swing, that Ceremony would love it! This really was a “fruits of love” moment for all of us and such an amazing debut of two very creative ladies.  I look forward to many more COVER-worthy designs with Elizabeth and Krissie as I know they’ll find much success with their business, White Lace Events & Design!

Photography: Pam Scott Photography. Coordination & Styling: White Lace Events & Design. Floral Design: Adorations Botanical Artistry. Stationery: Posh Paperie. Escort Cards: RLH Creations. Rentals: Classic Party RentalsLocation: The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe.