wedding and event florist

wedding and event florist

Friday, March 1, 2013

Making up for Lost Time!

So 2012 was a wonderful (and BUSY!) year for me.  I had some amazing clients, got to work with new and amazing vendors and venues, but above all, had a beautiful and amazing little baby boy!!!
Beau Daniel Ralph, born on March 9th, 2012
He is almost 1?!?! what the heck happened to the past year?  Well, I will show you:
Below are a few of my bouquets from the 2012 wedding season.  I had about 1-3 weddings per weekend, and each one was special and unique and I have fond memories from each!

Left: Peony, dahlia, liziahtus roses, viburnum. 
Right: sunfulower, dahlia, lizianthus, calla lily, craspedia

The above are all such fun and textured garden style bouquets.  I like to include fun and unique accents and pops of texture throughout the bouquet or on the stems.  Things like thistle, succulents, burlap, or a personal charm can really make your bouquet one of a kind!

I am a little obsessed with the two I have above, these garden roses are to die for!  And the frangrance as I arrange them.... woooo weeee!

Can't forget about those boys!  Here are a few of my favorite boutonnieres I was lucky enough to create.  I'll let you guess which one was my husbands favorite :)

As the year went along and moved closer to fall, more of these rich fall tones were evident.  I LOVE the combos on both these bouquets!!
The above was my all-time favorite for the 2012 year.  her name is Tamar and she was a wonderful client and let me have fun with her bouquet deisgn.  Tons of texture, unique accents and cool tones really set the mood for her garden setting wedding.  Blue Thistle, Silver Brunia, and Green Dianthus really gave the soft roses and dahlia a contrast of texture.  I could stare at it for days!  We wrapped the stems in a vintage lace dress remnant for the perfect compliment to her outstanding gown!
I want to say a quick thank you to all of my clients that I had this past year.  I really am blessed to have the job that I have and especially that the brides that come to me are open to my design ideas and are so sweet to colaborate with me and work together to make their visions a reality.  I am also so thankful to the awesome vendors I get the pleasure to work with, and each one of you has helped me so much along this journey and as my business grows I learn so much from all of you and hopefully each year I can be of better service than the last.
here's to a wonderful 2013 season as well, lets hope it is better than ever!

Thursday, May 10, 2012


This is something I keep meaning to post but somehow never get the time!  I have a wonderful, eclectic collection of vintage items that I offer as rentals for my events.  This collection is contantly being added to, since I am a bit of an antique and estate sale nut... something I have always loved to do!!

candelabras, white ceramic vintage pitchers and vessels, a wide collection of old rusty stuff too! (many more in the photos below too...)

One of my favorite uses for these is an entrance table, dessert table, or focal area.  Somewhere that your guests will get a chance to look over everything and add some interest, depth, and personality to these otherwise semi bare areas.

A large collection of vintage doilies, so fun to tuck in different areas!  Mirrors, crystal and silver dishes and dessert trays.  Now these are not just for desserts, it is fun to stack favors or candies on these too!  Incorporate your programs into a grouping of items for a vintage feel.

Trunks and suitcases!  So fun to stack any goodies on.  And my never ending collection of clear vintage glass bottles and jars, these are great in little grouping throughout your wedding.  On a bar, in bathrooms, entrance tables, dessert tables, and my favorite--- group 5-10 together in the center of each table, maybe on top of a burlap square, and have small bunches of flowers or a few stems to add height differences and interest to your guest tables.  Doing rectangular banquet tables?? Even better!  a few small grouping of 2-3 down the center of the table works great and wont take up the valuable space.  Put them on a few stacked old books, or slats of old barn panels.  Cost effective and Beautiful!

I've got stacks and stacks of fun colored old books, a constant find during my estate sale shopping trips.  Took me a long time to collect, but so happy I have them!  I like to search for interesting cover art, color schemes, and best of all- love inspired titles.  I know they say not to judge a book by it's cover... but that is exactly what I do!!

My Typewriters, ahhh, sigh,  I love these gems.  Both irriplacable to me.  Great for a guestbook area.  A really fun focal point for display!!!

Got Milk??!!  I have a collection of over 30 milk glass vases.  Fun to line down those long tables and have a few Crespedia (Billy Balls) for a fun bright pop of mustard yellow.  really anything goes for these!

I filled each one of these with one or two flowers, using Crespedia, Gerbera Daisy, and Dusty Miller at my most recent bridal expo, it was a great focal point, got a great response from the brides, and was very cost effective and fits great in this old coke box I have.  It also looked beautiful on my dining room table the week following! :)

So there are a few samples of my rentables.  My collection is always changing and being added to, and these photos are not all-- there is already a whole lot more!  If you have any questions or need some quotes feel free to ask!  I deliver and set-up, and would be happy to help you plan out a fun and interesting, eclectic display for your wedding or party! 


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Paper Wedding Bouquets! Check out my Etsy

So here is a new venture I am going on!  I have already told you all about the Etsy Shop, LoriBoeDesign, where I share and sell my new creations that are wedding related, and the newest addition is my paper, silk, and cotton flower bouquets.  Below is my all paper bouquet titled 'Mustard and Gray" and is composed of handmade (by me!) origami and rolled textured paper flowers.  I abolutely love this color combo and have been seeing alot of it lately.  The center of the Origami flowers are adorned with a button, for a little extra home made style.
The papers I am using are very high quality, heavy cardstock, and this particular bouquet uses several different shades of mustard yellow, which I think adds to the texture and interest quite a bit.  The stems have been wrapped in a chocolate brown, and have a twine knotting going all the up to the base of the bouquet.  Also, what a great keepsake these make from your wedding!! Plop it in a cool vintage vase and you now have a beautiful bouquet that will never wilt!

Let me know your feedback on these too, it is a new idea I had, I have seen them around and thought "I can make those! and they are so adorable!" Also the single flowers by themselves could be used for all kinds of wedding decor.  One at each placesetting, or maybe strands of them hanging from a ceiling or tree would be amazing!
 Above is another I made of a combination of printed papers in a mixture of antique blue, chocolate and mocha browns, taupe and cream colors.  I tied the stems with a vintage inspired ribbon for a fun added texture, and something fun to hang as you walk down the aisle.  The above right is the bouquet on display in a vintage milk jug that I have, love it on my mantle! 

All of these bouquets can be found at my etsy shop,
And of course if you are looking for items for your full bridal party, or items for other areas of your wedding, just ask!  I am always happy to create custom orders for my gals!

 So all of the above are made of paper, and below I will show you a mixture of the silks and handmade cotton and burlap!  These are just stunning, and can be made in any color scheme you can think of. 

At the top of the bouquet is a handmade cotton fringed layered flower with black rhinestones at  the center.  The larger flowers are silk peonies and ranunuculas, in creamy ivory and blush pinks.  These are all filled with fuzzy dusty miller leaves and hand rolled burlap rosettes.  I can get enough of it!!  Very elegant, but still rustic and chic, perfect for a barn or outdoor wedding.  Again, these can all be made to custom order, or quantity, simply check out the Etsy Shop!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to look at my new creations, of course, my favorites will always be fresh flowers!  But these are some fun and unique options to think outside the box, I also plan on making a few samples of combining the two, this would be a great way to incorporate new textures and match specific wedding color schemes!  So keep checking in to see what I can think up next!

Much Love, Lori :)

Friday, January 6, 2012

Beautiful Downtown Church Wedding

Congratulations Hannah!  I loved working with this bride, she had a beautiful style, and I can't wait to see her professional photos from her photographer!  Simple, English garden, natural style using cream and eggplant purple, and accented by dusty miller, vintage lace, and burlap.  Ceremony was downtown San Luis at the First Presbyterian Church, which is a gorgeous stone church in the heart of San Luis.

The bride carried a rich and vintage feeling bouquet of eggplant calla lilies, purple and ivory lizianthus, accented by dusty miller and baby's breath.  The stems were wrapped with burlap, pinned with pearl pins, and tied with ivory lace to match her dress.  Loved it!  The bridesmaids had simple clutch bouquets of white garden roses and baby's breath, also wrapped with burlap and a simple knot of thinner lace to coordinate with the bride.  They looked amazing against their purple chiffon dresses!

Centerpieces were a simple 'just picked' style, using Avalanche garden roses, lizianthus, seeded eucalyptus, and hints of baby's breath.  The wooden riser was perfect to anchor the stone-filled vase in the center of the table.  I am all for any type of anchor for your centerpieces, be it fabric, wood, stone, tile, or petals.  Having this really draws in the eye of your guest and adds interest to any floral arrangement.  Great job Hannah!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Mike and Jen Newsome

What a beautiful Lady!! Jen is the sweetest and funnest bride, friend, and now.... mommy!  Photos compliments of Cameron Ingalls, Their wedding was a couple years ago, packed with fun and family and friends.  I LOVED the peonies I selected for her, Jen was very simple in her requests and gave me lots of room to play, so I had a great time selecting flowers that fit her color scheme and vibe of wedding.  Jennifer and Mike just had their first little baby boy, Alex, only a few weeks ago, and I know they are going to be loving and devoted parents.  Alex is a lucky little boy!

Venue: Holland Ranch, SLO
Photographer:  Cameron Ingalls

Great job everyone!  Loved working and attending this event. :)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lucas and Jessica- Nipomo CA

What a fun filled wedding!  Lucas is my husband's cousin, and Jessica is his beautiful new bride, that we are all so excited to officially be part of our huge family here on the central coast... (and spread throughout the country!) 

These two are sooooooo in love!  The ceremony was very traditional, held at St Joseph's Catholic Church in Nipomo, CA.  After that the gang took a hay ride, towed by the family tractor, across town to the Family ranch.  This is definately a perk of small town living!!!   Her flowers had a very natural and rustic touch, the soft lisianthus, dahlia, and splash of Milva roses, accented by seeded eucalyptus and buplearum foliage.  Tough to see in the photo, I wrapped the stems with a mossy green, a band of burlap, gold binding, and tied at the top with a heirloom golden leaf necklace.  The perfect 'something old' and a great way to personalize a bouquet.  Loved the whole thing and love this couple!

Look at all these lovely ladies!!  I love the natural textures and colors she chose, they compliment the surroundings perfectly!  Below is the beautiful cake, created by my very own mother-in-law, Betty Ralph.  We did the decorating together... isn't she the greatest?!  What a talented woman, and this is just one of the many crafty things she has up her sleeve.  I am thinking of creating and selling a 'cake kit' that includes the items necessary to decorate your cake in this style, among others, possibly on etsy.  Something easy to give to any bakery and they can assemble it on site.  I'll keep you all updated on that project as it unfolds!
These are the photos I was able to snag  from Luke and Jess's photographer, Mirelle Carmichael Photography,
She did an amazing job and I love how she captured the day, very professional and excellent quality.  I would recommend her for sure!  Thank you so much, and congratulations again to the beautiful couple, I know they will be happy and together forever. :)


Monday, December 5, 2011

Cory and Yvette- My First Hosted Wedding!

My Nephew Cory, and his beautiful new wife Yvette tied the knot in a beautiful and intimate backyard wedding at my ranch in Arroyo Grande.  Not only their dream come true, but mine too!!!  They gave me a budget and a few of their wishes then let me do whatever I wanted!!!  Lots of vintage items, the color scheme was bubblegum pink and aqua/teal.  I loved how the centerpieces turned out as well!!  We did low wooden boxes filled with dolce vida garden roses, sweet avalanche roses, china mums, gerbera daisies, lotus pods and moss, they then had tall manzanita branches coming up with hanging crystals to add a little sparkle in the mix.  Burlap table runners, then fabric napkins of different pink, ivory, and gray patterns.
In the background there on the wall of my barn studio we hung vintage picture frames and wooden windows and spelled LOVE using different patterened craft paper.  Throughout the yard were paper lanterns on shepherd hooks and hanging from all the trees. 

Instead of a guestbook for such a small guest count, we used one of my manzanita wishing trees and we all wrote notes on patterned craft paper tags and tied them to the tree branches.  I used my vintage suitcases for stacking items and my old tool box to hold the paper and pens.  A great welcoming to the guests as they enter the garden!  And then the cake... My sister 'dabbles' in wedding cakes... by this I mean that she is so creative and talented and can do anything!  She told me this cake was ok, and I think it is amazing, not to mention it tasted great! Here she has 2 layers of chocolate with handmade chocolate fill and the middle layer is white with buttercream filling and fresh strawberries.  Little fondant birdies nestled amongst manzanita branches and a few fall leaves.  All on display atop a vintage rolling iron table against the side of the house. 

Her Flowers had a simple and fresh feel.  Dolce Vida Garden roses, Sarbonne Oriental lilies, Venice gerbera daisies, china mums and soft pink ranunuclus.  A simple round bouquet wrapped with pink ribbon.  Here it is on display at the head table in a vintage jar tied with the aqua ribbon.

Not only did I tackle full coordination of their event, I handled the food as well.  I love the cook, and I love to display what I make!  So below is the spread of home made bruchetta and fresh baguette, Italian pasta salad, and the fresh fruit was all on display in an old wooden drawer on top of a vintage coke box.  A pretty classic family style display. We also had hot apple cider and fresh squeezed lemonade.  Cocktails and appetizers was just enough for a sunny but chilly Sunday afternoon event!
A wonderful and completely in love couple was married, and that is the most important part.  I was so happy to be part of such an amazing, fun, and love-filled event.  The most amazing part- we did this whole event, hosted for 45 people,  for less that $1000.00!!! Granted I am a florist and already had many display items, but I want all of you to know that no matter your budget, with a little creativity and help from your friends and family you can have a perfect and beautiful wedding!  There is nothing you can't do, and I am a huge fan of thinking outside the box, which is exactly what I got to do for this event.