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ingredients: floral inspiration / design insights / the business of me / the business of emotion
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
August 7th, 2013
We had a fantastic time designing for this inspiration tea party photo shoot. We took the tradition of refined elegance and infused it with a playful and whimsical quality. Tea parties don’t have to be polite affairs! Each event is a unique opportunity for expression ~ we want to make a difference in our clients’ lives, and that means doing something different.
The tea cups, saucers and pots are literally brimming with flowers and botanicals ~ definitely a contrast to the formality of tea party etiquette. The color palette is a mix of rich berry tones, which adds to the lush and vibrant feel of the designs.
The backdrop for the sweetheart table is probably the most whimsical part of the overall look. It was fun to use the umbrella ferns as actual umbrellas for the happy couple!
It’s a huge honor being part of a wedding celebration. The trust our clients place in us is something we take very seriously, and our goal is to create an experience that makes an actual difference in their lives.
Check out the video that captures the behind-the-scenes look at putting this all together!
Thank you to the wonderful team we collaborated with to make this photo shoot come together:
Location: Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate ~Oakland, CA
Photography: Junshien Lau, Junshien International
Videography: Jason for Junshien International
Wedding Planning: Anna Lu, Peony for Your Thoughts 510.866.3686
Hair Accessories: Lydia Choi, Poppyhearts
Makeup: Christina Chen, Makeup by Quis
Hair: Mikel Sessions, Crush Salon
Caterer/props/linens: Christian and Jessica Hardy, Culinary Excellence
Tables & benches: Zephyr Tents
Letterpress: Cynthia Lin, Lucky 8 Letterpress
Bridal gowns: Bo Lee, BoLee Bridal
Models: Chelsea Wendroff & Justin Clemens, Stars Model Management
July 19th, 2013
I love being a part of wedding celebrations. It’s an honor to be trusted with such an important celebration, and it totally makes my day when clients share!
“Thank you so, so much for your beautiful flowers! They were absolutely perfect, we couldn’t have been happier. Everything – corsages and boutonnieres, pew decorations, bridal bouquets, centerpieces, house decor – were just how I hoped they would turn out. We can’t thank you enough” ~ Brittany (the Bride)
ingredients: roses, hydrangea, lisianthus, tulips, stars-of-bethlehem, freesia
wreath ingredients: hydrangea, roses, alstroemeria, bells-of-Ireland and tulips
recipe: roses, hydrangea, ranunculus, sweetpea, bells-of-Ireland, stars-of-Bethlehem
June 18th, 2013
We’re pretty lucky in the Bay Area to have so many beautiful places to get married. Congrats to Houyna and Dimitar ~ you have been absolute sweethearts to work with. Thank you for letting us be a part of your big day!
May 15th, 2013
Soft. Romantic. Sweet. These would be the words to describe Vanessa and Chris’s lovely wedding at Murietta’s Well. The wedding featured peonies, ranunculus, garden roses and sweetpea ~ about the most romantic blooms one could possibly have for a beautiful spring wedding celebration!
April 9th, 2013
Mountain View Cemetery held its 8th annual Tulip Exhibit this past weekend, and I was thrilled to be a part of it again this year. Local floral designers, garden clubs and floristry schools came together to transform the small Cemetery chapel into a mecca for tulip lovers. I love using branches since they allow for an organic look to the design. Here, curly willow branches provided the main structure, dyed loofah was suspended from the branches, and tulips, thistle and statice were nestled inside the loofah in water tubes.
After the exhibit, I placed all the tulips into vases. What an explosion of color. Happy colorful spring!