wedding and event florist

wedding and event florist

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.