This rooftop wedding celebration is one of my favorite events from this year, being with one of my extremely creative and stylish friends, Thomas Bui.
Our modern couple chose one of San Diego’s most notable downtown haute spot’s for their ceremony and reception celebration, the Andaz Hotel. Keeping with the ultimate city-vibe, Thomas came to me with a vision to create elevated arrangements with suspended elements. While our couple was invested in their rooftop affair, Astrid, our bride, was transferred to Africa for a job and her husband-to-be Peter took over the final planning details. We all wanted her to be wowed with the final result… and that she was.
The overall color palette was pure white boasting a dramatic grouping of florals, very Jeff-Leatham style with verdant greens brought into the reception décor. The bride carried a chic asymmetrical bouquet mixed with peonies, garden roses, and string of pearl succulent strands, lady slipper orchids, and ranunculus and cymbidium orchids.
Since the Andaz is set in sections, as it doubles as a high-end nightlife venue as well, we had just one hour to turnover the orchid-infused ceremony site into a 65ft king table with the elevated tabletop installation during cocktail hour, transforming the space into an enchanting floral paradise. The tabletop of contemporary Lucite was the dwelling of sandblasted grapevine that rambled organically above guests’ heads with lush with foliage and hanging glass globes. Garden roses, scabiosa pods, brunia, hanging strings of pearls, succulents, fresh Spanish moss, and lotus pods comprised the table botanicals making this one OVER-THE-TOP table setting of 2014.
It meant so much to me this year to share in the wedding celebration of my dear friend and colleague Kelly Aull of Mint Weddings.
Being in this business, you could say that the two of us came up the ranks of the wedding industry together—her as a coordinator and I as a floral designer. We collaborated our talents countless times and even shared our very first office and meeting space. Our relationship certainly blossomed over the years and I have always held her in the most special place in my heart.
Her day was magical – exactly what this effervescent gal deserved. We always joked that if she married again, I would design her wedding flowers. It was such a dream come true for me to make this happen. Kelly’s elegant style sought a palette of white florals with hints of natural greenery for a very modern sophistication. We set grapewood along both sides of the aisle with aesthetic ghost chairs and low to high gloss vases in unique shapes, which became defining aisle pieces. We wanted a contrast in movement and embedded grapewood in the arrangements to carry through the organic design.
Grand entry flowers were set upon pedestals flanking each side of the aisle, lined with peony embellished hurricane lanterns and a dramatic, lush rose petal pathway leading the ceremonial arbor. The arbor was draped in diaphanous ivory and gray chiffon and enhanced with strands of orchids and crystals. The floral detailing included Annabelle hydrangea, garden roses, café au lait dahlias, and delicate scabiosa flowers.
The head table for the bride and groom along with the surrounding guest tables included gold and crystal candelabras, a variety of candle lighting and etched mercury and gold glass votives. Lovely antique golden compotes held romantic garden blooms such as Juliet garden roses, lavender hydrangea, white clematis, and scabiosa flowers to name a few. Each blossom was hand selected for its contribution to the overall floral palette. An eclectic mix of both gold and silver toned mercury glass votives in a range of styles and sizes surround this opulent floral display.
An outdoor San Diego wedding is every bride’s first choice. This stylish garden-inspired tent wedding began with winding willow and garden rose vines imbued with antique green hydrangea and an ethereal collection of flowers embellishing the bleached wood trellis, set on the terrace of Rancho Valencia Resort.
Wood farm tables ground an opulent display of peonies, garden roses, tulips, hydrangea, and botanical foliage that touched each and every tabletop for the dinner reception. Crystal chandeliers and expertly draped fabric coupled with plethora of candlelight instilled a understated romantic ambiance in this celebratory haven.
There is that moment of twilight after the sun has long set and the night sky turns to dusk. This is when Christina and Sean said, “I do.”
Set beachfront outside of the legendary Hotel Del Coronado, with the glowing iconic turrets as part of their scene, Christina and Sean had the romantic setting that Christina had always dreamed of.
When I had first met with the beautiful bride-to-be to talk about her wedding décor, she had brought with her an inspiration board from a summer wedding she wanted to recreate with large dinner plate dahlias as the basis of the floral palette. Being that her wedding was a pre-winter affair in November, we had to tailor the plan to include seasonal flowers that could give the same grandiose effect and opted for large china mums to take the place perfectly. David Austin garden roses dominated the design with natural foliage that lent a handpicked styling, with subtle hints of metallic gold. Queen Anne’s lace, maidenhair fern, and white veronica imbued movement, peaking amongst the garden roses. We were able to weave in smaller varieties of dahlias to keep the bride’s original vision at play, but let the china mums do their job to emphasize the scale.
Our favorite design element in Christina and Sean’s wedding was the crochet chuppah that added such unexpected personality to the décor. With nightfall, the chuppah illuminated in ambient lighting that complemented The Del’s iconic radiance making this one unique and gorgeous celebration.
Romantic and fanciful flowers filled botany-style clear and aqua apothecary jars. Blush and coral dahlias, garden roses, Icelandic poppies, and yellow billy balls sprinkled this backyard wedding with colorful moments. Mercury glass, repurposed vintage vessels, and woodland elements were placed with attention to whimsy and flourish.
That kiss… have you ever seen one onscreen as passionate?
Forget about Christian Grey – let’s talk about Sherwin and Janissa’s high-fashion and modern love story, celebrating their special day at the Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach.
Janissa & Sherwin are unlike many couples and wanted to express their love through modern design, artistry, fashion, family, friends, and of course, one another. “Being in the industry, our goal was to provide a rather non-traditional wedding for our guests to experience,” says our gorgeous bride Janissa. “All of the events throughout our engagement leading up to the wedding and even there after, have been nothing short of memorable.”
With a color palette of greys, creams, and pops of crimson red, their wedding scheme completely lent itself to the venue’s natural design. The chic Shade Hotel was actually the one and only ceremony and reception space the couple viewed. Knowing they had found the one, the question became, “How do we make the wedding exude a simplistic yet modern design that exudes high fashion and sexiness during the day?”
The answer was simple – bring in event designer & coordinator Charmae of Bellz & Whistlez and Adorations Botanical Artistry to collaborate with the talented bride. Charmae wanted to play with the use of textures influenced by Janissa’s wedding gown and made a custom backdrop for the altar with hanging ribbons and lace embroidery hoops. The dramatic faux fur aisle runner set focus on the red dahlia and dusty miller–filled boxes leading up to the aisle adorned with wooden pedestals with arrangements varying in white and red.
To transition from the “I Do’s” to the “Brilliant Party” in the same space, tables were set in crimson linens while we repurposed the ceremony décor into white centerpiece arrangements full of hydrangea, dahlias and dusty miller. The ceremony altar became a stunning sweetheart table and cake display with a plexi-glass base set overtop of florals to showcase their sweet puppy-love toppers.
Janissa and Sherwin’s wedding began long before their actual wedding day – we loved hearing about their pre-wedding bridal luncheon and photo/film shoot with their absolutely gorgeous bridal party that not only made their save-the-date wedding invites so fabulous but also turned into one phenomenal grand entrance film and photo memories set amongst the reception. We thought Janissa’s sense of extraordinary style was even more striking with the quote she included on her invitations regarding her guests’ dress:
"What makes a brilliant party? Clothes. Good clothes. A frumpy party is nothing more nor less than a collection of badly dressed persons." ~ by Emily Post
Not only were each of her bridesmaids donned in uniquely different cream dresses but each groomsman in a different shade of grey. The guys also wore distinctive boutonnieres to show off their individual style, all of which were carefully curated by our high-fashion couple. And the guests adhered to the “good clothes” dress code, making this one fashionably fabulous wedding celebration con amore!
On June 21st this lovely couple said their “I dos” under, literally, a glittering heart, framed in a lush white arch of phalaenopsis orchids, dahlias, and hydrangea.
Their Rancho Valencia wedding was a dream come true for the beautiful bride who had a clear vision of exactly what she wanted her special day to look like. It was right up my alley to transform her very own ideas and personality into a chic wedding day design with textural organic florals, amongst pops of pink, with black and white stripes, all embellished in gold sparkles!
While the bride had her heart set on the main Ceremony focal point – the 4ft, wired heart of gold, she also wanted to say her vows with a simple white color palette of flowers. Her reception, of course, was just the opposite with a vibrant combination of the season’s most sought-after peonies, dahlias, and garden roses peppered throughout the affair. The tables were dressed to the nines in sleek black linens, striped table runners and hot pink napkins, offset with glittering moments of gold!
Moniker Warehouse, in the upper East Village district of downtown San Diego is perfect for the unique bride looking to differentiate herself from a sea of white dresses. Draped in diaphanous fabric and styled with custom design sensibilities, our team created lush tablescapes that reflected the taste of a couple mad about industrial chic!
A private home in Del Mar enjoyed the beautification of springtime in all its glory with white lilac, sweet peas, anemones, and garden roses.
A bird bath floral cascade and a walkway of candlelight lead to a grove of trees embellished with strands of orchids and streaming crystals romantically dancing amongst a floating layer of candles. Intimate, integrated, and imaginative describes this highly personalized wedding.
Personality is fully expressed in this colorful setting at La Jolla’s Scripps Seaside Forum. This imaginative beach wedding is exquisitely styled with sunset hued blossoms, natural driftwood, and orchid-enhanced Manzanita branches enlivening the modern architecture of this popular venue. Peony, dahlia, and rose filled centerpieces are accented with vivid chartreuse orchids and various blue-green succulents. Tulips and colorful glass vessels create a dreamy floating flower effect as a key feature of the celebration. This presentation is natural, grand, and stunning.
White and ivory flowers with wrought iron for both the tabletop and reception decor live up to its Spanish rustic theme with textural blossoms and hints of green. Found here are classical elements of golden candlelight, wood accents with touches of glistening clear-cut crystals that punctuate the neutral black and white landscape.
Santa Barbara's Bacara Resort & Spa is marked by opulence and luxury. Congruent textures and layers of decor defined this look that resulted in lush floral centerpieces, lace cut filigree candle lighting, delicate crystal enhancements, and romantic flowers that mixed together to produce a lavish result.
Lady slipper orchids, strings of pearl succulents, and magenta phalaenopsis orchids were the surprising floral elements of this color-infused wedding at The Inn at Rancho Sante Fe. Texture flourished with paper pom-poms, chiffon fabric, glass spheres, and rambling grapewood.
The ceremonial tree created the backdrop of lavender chiffon fabric, designer paper tissue poms, and glass globes for the two altar arrangements that anchored the setting, complementing the bridal party's colorful attire and personal flowers.
Grapevine roots were the foundation for teardrop glass vessels that hovered over the dance floor with each embellished with vivid magenta orchid blossoms. Modern kiri wood boxes held varied floral compositions with dahlias, orchids, and coxcomb while scabiosa pods and hanging amaranthus finished the look.
This couple’s desire to put “poetry in motion” was repeated in poems and quotes woven throughout their wedding décor. The soft purple and green hues harken back to the pastel palette of the Impressionist art that the bride enjoys. From spherical topiaries to decorative moss in shades of mint green and daintily tied bunches of herbs, the floral selection created a verdant setting. The branches of the petite Manzanita trees were entwined with garden roses, hydrangea, peonies, and cascading blossoms. Such blooms were also a focal element of the bride’s one-shouldered Ines Di Santo wedding gown.
The “tree of knowledge” made a beautiful centerpiece for the escort table with its poetry decoupage along the trunk. The tree was adorned with whimsical mushrooms, moss, dandelion-like bulbs, and tiny birds. The groom’s love of chess was incorporated into the paper elements for their tables named after game phrases such as “Grand Knight” or “First Move.”
Each tabletop held decorative elements of stacked books and Lucite candelabras with apothecary vessels displaying the flowers for maximum effect at this extraordinary Grand Del Mar event.
A luscious and texturized mix of sophisticated botanicals embellished the softly draped ceremony site for this intimate wedding at the couple’s private home. A 40-foot railing framing the patio became a part of the breathtaking scene leading up to the infinity pool, decorated with lavish foliage with a great depth in color. The floral palette consisted of deep burgundy dahlias, intermixed with white accents and greenery, which beautifully played with hints of pink in the peonies and garden roses.
The bride’s background in interior design aided in the construction of the linens, as she worked one-on-one with Wildflower Linenfounder, Youngsong Martin, to create the delicate lace overlay onto a romantic blush chiffon fabric. Accents of gold tipped the china, chargers, stemware, flatware, and decorated the napkin holders adding a golden-hue to the refined and precisely perfect tablescape that carried into the design of the Persian Sofreh.
The bride’s bouquet was non-traditional, asymmetrical, and avant-garde - a gorgeous balance between femininity, luxury, and fashion-forward style. The importance of texture created a loose but pristine blend of calla lilies, star of Bethlehem, scabiosa, begonia foliage, and dahlias, cascading into a lush botanical arrangement.
Fantasy bouquets, pomander balls, flowering crystal wands, and blooming wreaths introduced a botanical floral landscape complete with a cobble stone pathway on the lawn at The Lodge at Torrey Pines. Poppies and succulents surrounded the handcrafted moss ceremonial riser, while the four directional compass points were acknowledged with sacred rituals symbolic to the bride and groom's Native American Indian and Celtic heritages. They were enclosed within a five point floral canopy representing the five elements of earth, air, fire, water, and spirit as they exchanged their vows.
Amethyst geodes, copper wood risers, and Manzanita branches were adorned with succulents, air plants, and a collection of vivid orchids, such as lady slipper, phalaenopsis and cymbidium; each placed with attention to floral artistry and set amongst numerous calla lilies, and ornamental ferns with artichokes and kale and woodland mushrooms as surprising finishing details.
Each tablescape was adorned with a variety of floral presentations in boxes upon reclaimed wood rounds and iron pedestals. Mercury glass votives with gold linings were incorporated into a portion of the design to perfectly coordinate with the variety of gold and crystal candle stands. Focal flowers consisted of gold roses, magenta coxcomb, yellow cymbidium orchids, craspedia, and succulents. The dessert display included cake stands risers and wood blocks presenting the delicate treats as a key feature of the design. Our favorite part of this Rancho Valencia wedding was that the groom created all of the paper products himself... and they were perfect!
The guests' eyes were delighted with an assortment of unexpected decorative treatments, starting with the Hotel Del Coronado's beach ceremony site. Window panes framed the aisle entry and a tub full of flowers awaited the bride and groom under the crocheted lace-covered chuppah.
Tabletops featured mason jars and collected bottles garnished with hydrangea, garden roses, dahlias, clematis vine, feverfew, and scented geranium. Treasures and assorted found objects were positioned with repurposed factory light bulb sculptures, wooden spools, and decorative script books all nestled amongst reclaimed railroad ties. Hand-tied bouquets of ocean blue and sea green hydrangea, garden roses, and clematis vine created an airy quality while additional tables featured large moss spheres and rustic candelabrum imitating sculptural displays upon reclaimed teak wood pedestals.
Expressing their first and only love, this fun and playful couple celebrated in a burst of vibrant color. A bright and cheery floral palette of oranges, aqua blue, and soft greens balanced perfectly with grey undertones to keep this affair whimsical, creative, and completely enchanting. The design intermixed live florals, handcrafted paper flowers, pinwheels, and fantastical elements that tickled everyone’s fancy.
The ceremony arch was a spectacular display of such floral elements balanced between a lavish blend of orange-toned dahlias, white hydrangea, garden roses, tulips, celosia, brunia, dusty miller, and green foliage, embellished with paper flower pieces that harmonized the set-up into a wonderland of decoration.
The escort card table was a sculptured installation piece crafted in a circular display of mums with reclaimed wooden spools wrapped in ribbon. The tables were set in simple white linens with grey chevron runners, yet exploded with colorful arrangements placed in decorative paper wrapped vases. Sequined chevron linens dazzled the head table and completed this extravagantly fabulous affair.