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California Memorial Stadium Open House

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!

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9th Annual Tulip Extravaganza at Mountain View Cemetery

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!

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Bouquets to Art: Inspiration from Anne Appleby’s “Wild Iris”

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.

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Bouquets to Art ~ Opening Night Gala and Preview

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.

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9th Annual Tulip Extravaganza

March 11th, 2014

Spring is almost here, and with it comes the annual Tulip Extravaganza taking place at Mountain View Cemetery from 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.

Following are some of our designs from previous years. The event is free and open to the public, so be sure to check it out!

Painted curly willow branches, sisal, dyed loofah, thistle, statice, and of course tulips!

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2014 Bouquets to Art

March 6th, 2014

I’m honored to participate in the upcoming Bouquets to Art exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. This year marks the 30th anniversary of this very special exhibit, and takes place March 18-23. Every year, 125+ floral designers come together to interpret or take inspiration from a work of art at the Museum ~ the results are a stunning collection of botanical ingenuity and beauty.

This year I’ll be taking inspiration from Anne Appleby’s “Wild Iris” (see below). Although Appleby’s paintings are primarily fields of color, she thinks of them as landscapes. Her paintings are often abstract interpretations of a botanical specimen ~ my piece will use botanical specimens to create a complementary landscape of texture, movement and rhythm. Check out our piece from last year!

Gingerleaf Floral is also thrilled to have been asked to design the floral arrangements for the opening night Gala and preview on March 17. This is a huge honor to design the flowers for this very special San Francisco tradition, and we couldn’t be more excited!

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Sherie & Jeff

February 5th, 2014

Winter weddings seem especially romantic to me ~ maybe it’s because we cuddle closer to our loved ones. Sherie and Jeff’s wedding at Hotel Vitale was the epitome of modern urban romance. Winter whites dressed up with black, lavender and blush tones ~ an urban venue with ocean backdrop. Perfect complements ~ perfect pairings. Thank you Sherie and Jeff for the opportunity to play a part in your celebration, and to Annie (Annie Tao Photography) for your absolutely stunning photographs of their very special day.

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Jessica & Ross

November 18th, 2013

I met Jessica for the first time less than a week before she and Ross got married. Crazy, I know. The bride and groom lived out of state, so it was Jessica’s mom, Ricki, whom I’d met with months earlier to discuss the flowers. Jessica and I had emailed plenty in the subsequent months, but things never seem quite complete until I meet the bride! The wedding took place at the Presidio Golden Gate Club in San Francisco, with amazing views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the Presidio forest.

The one image Jessica shared that really helped me understand what she was envisioning was the image below. This image said it all ~ the explosion of emotion; the pop of flowers; the sparkle and celebration through light. We had a blast working on the wedding ~ not the least of which was decorating the amazing gold cake.

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2 Comments to “Jessica & Ross”

  1. Jessica:

    I know it is silly to comment on my own wedding, but what you can’t see from the beautiful pictures is what a DELIGHT Ellen is to work with. Never planning to have another wedding, but if we did, Ellen would do the flowers!

Stephanie & Matt

October 17th, 2013

Thank you Stephanie and Matt for the opportunity to be part of your wedding celebration. My own wedding day was the happiest day of my life (truly!), and I know how much it means to entrust someone with being a part of the big celebration. Congratulations to you both ~ and now begins the real journey!

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Sarah & Anthony

September 4th, 2013

Anthony proposed to Sarah at a winery, so it was only fitting that they incorporate a wine theme into their wedding! The theme continued into the color scheme ~ burgundy, rosé and champagne. We had a ton of fun with this wedding ~ incorporating wonderful summer blooms like dahlias and hydrangea, and mixing it up with structured blooms like mokara orchids and bells-of-Ireland. This was our first time doing a wedding at Preservation Park in Oakland. Like so many parts of Oakland, it’s a hidden gem. A big “thank you” to event planner extraordinaire Chelsea Bowman for being so on top of EVERYTHING. Congratulations to Sarah and Anthony ~ thank you for allowing us to have so much fun doing what we do!

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