Who says fall weddings have to be orange and red? We certainly don’t! We used deep burgundy, shades of pink and purple, with chartreuse and orange accents to create this lush look. We used some of our favorite materials, including orchids, gomphrena (those fun purple balls), jasmine, and coxcomb. Throw in some champagne grapes and we’re ready for a perfect celebratory feast for the senses!
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October 22nd, 2014
September 30th, 2014
Loved working on this berry-rich wedding, especially at the Palm Event Center, one of our favorite wedding venues. The space is warm, rich, and inviting. Congratulations Amanda and Dale ~ we’re thrilled to have been a part of your wedding celebration!
August 12th, 2014
This beautiful ceremony took place at the home of Amanda’s parent’s, which made for a perfect outdoor garden setting. The celebration continued at the Westin St. Francis, where the florals took on a more sophisticated vibe and color palette. Congratulations Amanda and Julian ~ and a big THANK YOU to Any Occasion Events for making everything come together so beautifully!
July 6th, 2014
It doesn’t get any more beautiful than a view of the Bay to serve as the backdrop for this colorful San Francisco wedding. Liz and Sameer chose this spectacular view from the General’s Residence at Fort Mason to tie the knot. Peonies and poppies and pops of color galore. This is truly the season of bright pinks, corals and oranges! Liz and Sameer incorporated the Indian wedding tradition of exchanging floral garlands as part of their celebration. This exchange is known as Jaimala, and just as Westerners exchange rings as a gesture of acceptance of one another and a pledge to respect one another as partners, so too is the symbol of the garland.
Thanks to Cierra from Dreams on a Dime for your calm demeanor and cheery disposition despite the inevitable snafus that came up during the setup!
p.s. Look closely and you’ll catch a glimpse of Ella, one of our canine mascots, sunning herself behind the bridesmaid bouquets!
May 27th, 2014
One of the things I love about working on weddings is that we get to go to new places! Remona and Gary chose the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento as the backdrop for their wedding ~ a combination of modern and old world history and charm. What a beautiful venue, and what an absolutely lovely couple. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your celebration, and thanks to Katherine at Custom Celebrations for keeping us all organized and on track!
May 13th, 2014
We loved adding a pop of color to Crystal and Dan’s wedding, and are thrilled to have been a part of their celebration! The ceremony took place on the Great Lawn on Treasure Island, with the San Francisco skyline serving as the backdrop for their special day. The reception took place indoors at SF Winery ~ a great blend of modern meets vintage meets industrial!
April 8th, 2014
The California Memorial Stadium is a new event space on the University of California campus in Berkeley, but don’t let the location fool you. The Stadium has absolutely stunning views of the Bay Area, and holds its own against any top tier wedding and event venue. We were invited to create one of the showcase centerpieces for their Open House last month, and had a blast designing all the various table scape elements. Berkeley just so happens to be my alma mater, so the Open House was a good reason to visit my old stomping ground! Thank you to Akiko Nabeshima of Akiko Photo for your beautiful photos!
March 27th, 2014
The annual Tulip Extravaganza takes place at Mountain View Cemetery tomorrow through Sunday (March 28-30). This wonderful floral exhibit is celebrating its 9th year, and we’re thrilled to be part of it again!
Each year thousands of Dutch tulips bloom on the Cemetery grounds, and to celebrate the new season, dozens of local floral designers, garden clubs and floristry schools showcase their designs featuring the beloved spring flower.
The event is free and open to the public, and there will be live demonstrations by local floral designers. The Cemetery is a fantastic place to run, walk your dogs, or just stroll through to enjoy the thousands of blooming tulips. Our design this year is titled Spring Swirls ~ enjoy it in person through Sunday!
March 27th, 2014
In addition to designing the Gala flowers for Bouquets to Art, we had the opportunity to design our own exhibit piece, taking inspiration from Anne Appleby’s “Wild Iris”. The artist paints large, primarily monochromatic fields of colors, with titles taken from the natural world, such as “Wild Iris”. The fields of color are abstract interpretations of a botanical specimen ~ in this case, the wild iris. Our piece uses botanical specimens to create a complementary landscape of texture, movement and rhythm.
March 27th, 2014
We had so much fun designing the Gala flowers for Bouquets to Art on March 17 ~ this year marks the 30th anniversary of the exhibit, so it was a true honor being asked to design them! We were thrilled to be a part of this very special San Francisco tradition.