Santa Ynez Wedding, Private Home

Admittedly I should have had this blog post up long ago, but every time I opened up the file to look through and pull out my favorite photos I ended up browsing thru all of them and reliving the magically chaotic day that was my oldest sister’s wedding.  Family weddings are always special and this one all the more so as my sister asked me to both be her maid of honor and her florist, no small feat but so worth the hours and late nights spent creating a beautiful setting for my sister and her new husband and then being able to stand at her right hand (ok it might have been left, wasn’t sure at that point in the day;) while she pledged forever to the love of her life.  

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And finally now as I do post this, I serendipitously realize that it’s perfect timing for a warm winter, as we chose a stunning palette of navy blue, burgundy, blush, cream and a pop of orange.  Her color choices in the middle of spring are just one of the many reasons why I love my sister’s style and confidence in knowing what she loves and wants…and to heck with season trends.  As a result we had fun playing with all the spring flowers in the most gorgeous shades of burgundy, blush, and orange! 

 

Lindsay and Burak were married in our childhood church, a beautiful old brick structure with soaring wooden beam ceilings that didn’t require much decoration as sometimes that age old motto “less is more” really is true.  We used basic green garlands on the front of the pews, wild flowers by the altar and huge sprays of pink blooming dogwood branches at the back.  

The bouquets were a generous and lush mix of blush, cream, orange and burgundy.  They included caramel antique garden roses, burgundy and blush dahlias, hellebores, burgundy peonies and ranunculus, frilly white spirea, trailing jasmine vines, chocolate cosmos, and the cutest little orange guem mango blooms.  

The real fun started back at the reception, we held the party in our parent’s backyard and after months and months of no rain in our California drought… we never imagined that of all the days in April the skies would open up the morning of her wedding!  And yes, you guessed it- we had no back up plan.  Enter my amazing friend and uber talented organizing guru Katie, when the rain finally let up a couple hours before guests were set to arrive with towels in hand she directed a circus of staff in setting up tables, dinnerware, flowers, dance floor stars, and games. 

We chose two different centerpiece styles, high and low.  The tall glass centerpieces (lowered last minute due to the unexpected wild winds) were lush gatherings of dahlias, roses, kumquats, spirea, ranunculus, poppies, bay leaves, and a gorgeous new antique carnation.  

The second low centerpieces are some of my favorite to make, we planted an assortment of fresh herbs; basil, mint, parsley, sage, and cilantro in long metal trays.  They smelled amazing and became a lovely little take away for a few lucky guests at the end of the night.  We also added candles, and mini blue bottles with single blossoms amongst the centerpieces to complete the tables.  

The day ended under hundreds of glittering gold stars on the dance floor, a snappy sparkler send off and a happy couple surrounded by family and friends. 

brilliant moments captured by Shelly Vinson Photography  (click here to see the more photos!) good eats by Polka Dot Catering, cake by Solvang Bakery, coordination and juggling by Katie Kosaka, lawn games by Amy Marchiando, venue at private home and flowers by Gathered Blooms

 

Roblar Winery Wedding

Sandra and Johannes's wedding was set perfectly at the end of a warm weekend in September.  This sweet couple travelled all the way from London to say "I do" in true California style under a stately oak tree against a backdrop of budding green grapevines, surrounded by close family and friends.  

 photos by Jonathan Roberts

 photos by Jonathan Roberts

   

Sandra chose a beautiful color palette of burgundy, shades of purples, fresh green and a touch of cream to compliment and subtly enhance the all ready stunning natural setting that they were getting married in.  Roblar Winery in the Santa Ynez Valley is the perfect mix of rustic wooden buildings, rows of grapevines interspersed with large oak trees and lush wisteria vines climbing over top the intimate outdoor seating area.  In balance with this we kept the florals simple and let the beautiful fresh oak branches dictate the wild branching style of the mason jar aisle accents and centerpieces.

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Sandra's one request was petite hellebores in her bridal bouquet, and I was thrilled when I was able to get my hands on a beautiful mix of purple, green, and cream hellebores begging to be admired each for their own unique color and pattern.  I love hellebores and so does Sandra and her bouquet is one of my favorite to date, I could not have been more happy to have created it for a lovelier person and the images that Jonathan Roberts of Bluephoto captured of her with her bouquet has my heart skipping a beat this morning!  

Also included in the bouquets are local cream blush garden roses, burgundy ranunculus, viburnum berry, pieres buds, white larkspur, white anemones, and dark purple scabiosa blooms. Her bridesmaids carried gatherings of white blooms including white larkspur, white tulips, queen annes lace, lisianthus, garden roses, and accented with petite chocolate cosmos and blue viburnum berries. 

Another unique touch that I loved about this wedding were the tulips and queen annes lace that we intentionally incorporated into everything in a nod to Johannes's Dutch heritage and to England where they met, fell in love and now currently live.  It's these small details that I love adding to each couples wedding to make it unique, personal and memorable, and I love how these two unassumingly popular flowers held a sweeter meaning for this perfect couple.  

Just a few more gorgeous photos from the talented Jonathan Roberts and a special thanks to Roblar Winery and Elizabeth for her coordination, beautiful venue, and efficient staff.  And to Dawn from Decadence who created a classically simple naked cake accented with an abundance of fresh berries and flowers.  

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Cake by Decadence

Cake by Decadence

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And finally hugs and thanks to this beautiful couple that was a joy to work with even from afar. This sweet couple stopped by the day after the wedding to thank me again and my big dog (normally rather shy and hesitant) instantly connected with them, and the next half hour found Johannes sitting on the floor while Remy shamelessly begged for more belly rubs.  This couple was such a blessing to me and I'm so glad to have been invited to be apart of their beautiful intimate day in my favorite expression of flowers.  Thank you Sandra and Johannes and many wishes for a beautiful marriage and happily ever after!

Click here to see more beautiful images from this wedding!

Santa Ynez Inn Garden Wedding

Down the hill and just a step away from the hustle and laughter of the local town fair, Erin and Josh said "I do" in front of an intimate gathering of family and friends at the lovely Santa Ynez Inn.  Sunny skies and fresh cut lawns set the stage for the sweetest ceremony full of love, music, laughter, and a bright palette of yellow, crisp white, and kelly green florals. 

Santa Ynez Inn, Santa Ynez- California

photography: Sean J. Mason 

Within a small window every year, these stunning yellow tree peonies become available, I was so excited that Erin's wedding fell within that month and eagerly snatched up a bunch of these beauties for her bouquet!  I accented the peonies with yellow Toulouse Lautrec garden roses, crisp white stock, amaryllis, anemones, trailing vines of clematis and jasmine, and delicate stems of maidenhair fern, tied off with a length of silky kelly green ribbon. 

Erin walked down the garland lined aisle to her husband-to-be waiting under a simple birch arch strung with more green garland and bright yellow roses and ranunculus.  

Erin and Josh both love finding good breweries, so they proposed we use some of their favorite brewery growlers to hold simple wild queen annes lace accented with glowing candles on each table.  Simple and lovely and it complimented the beautiful carriage house that the reception was held in. 

Congratulations Erin and Josh, many blessings on your new marriage!  

find more wedding photos from Erin and Josh's wedding here!

La Cuesta Ranch Wedding, San Luis Obispo

This wedding was a true joy to be a part of, I was so honored and excited when Paige and Eric approached me about creating flowers for their wedding day.  I had enjoyed working with Eric for several years before starting my business, and he was a big supporter when I finally decided to branch out on my own.  His genuinely caring personality, witty sense of humor, and equally big heart are matched perfectly by the lovely Paige, who's smile and infectious laughter only made these two that much more fun to plan with and an absolute joy to bring flowers to!

iphone snapshot by yours truly- morning sun at the ranch

The day dawned perfectly for this wonderful couple at La Cuesta Ranch in San Luis Obispo. With a color palette of pure sherbert goodness, hues of peach, pink, yellow, cream and mint these flowers looked yummy enough to eat, and complimented the outdoor ranch venue in color and style.  

Among the team of amazing vendors chosen by Eric and Paige were the lovely photography duo Mason and Megan, this dream team was so wonderful to work with and I haven't been able to stop browsing through the stunningly crisp and beautiful photographs they captured.  It was a pinch me moment when I opened this album, and I don't blame you for taking extra long to peruse this small selection that I pulled from their brilliantly shot collection.   

Keeping in theme with the rustic outdoor ranch, we used grey washed rough wood boxes filled with blush cafe latte dahlias, ranunculus, campanella roses, petite feverfew daisies, ruffled peach stock, and wild greens with queen annes lace.

Paige and her bridesmaids carried lush gatherings of dahlias, blooming spirea, ranunculus, garden roses, queen annes lace, and feverfew daisies accented with succulents.  Eric and his groomsmen matched their lovely ladies with succulent boutonnieres wrapped in a twist of nectarine colored raw silk.   

The overall effect of the sherbert hued flowers and bright mint dresses matched with the men's cleverly quilted neckties made for a stunningly beautiful and composed line up against the endless sprawl of fields and mountains at La Cuesta Ranch.  

A sweet thank you to Paige and Eric for letting me brighten your special day with these gorgeous blooms, I wish you all the best and a marriage as beautiful as the day you got married!

Salut, Cheers, Hip Hip Hooray and Congratulations to you both!

Find more inspiring imagery in the full gallery here!

p.s  if you just can't get enough of this beautiful wedding check out the amazing video filmed and produced by the talented folks at Steelhead Cinema!  Stunning footage complete with overhead drone view shots!  what's not to love!  Click here for the video posted on Vimeo 

 

Moniker Warehouse Wedding, San Diego

This lovely little wedding took place on a sunny afternoon in downtown San Diego at the Moniker Warehouse.  Colby and Dylan chose a fresh color palette of lush blues and canary yellow, paired with an easy natural style that highlighted individual blooms and bold blue bottles.

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We used bright cobalt blue bottles in groupings down the table and filled them with stems of cream and yellow blooms, including garden roses, queen annes lace, freesia, sweet peas, and dahlias. 

photo by Greg Helton Photography

Each bridesmaid wore a bright yellow dress and held wild bunches white flowers and fresh greens that included mint sprigs, dahlias, queen annes lace and sweet peas.

Colby's wild and wonderful handful of blooms included white spirea, local garden roses, sweet peas, dahlias, ranunculus, olive, mint, fuzzy lambs ear and geranium leaf all wrapped in a beautiful atlantic blue raw silk ribbon. 

And we even added little posies for the mothers' to hold, a fun change to the traditional corsage. Each posey held ranunculus, garden roses, sweet peas, lambs ear, mint, queen annes lace, and the sweetest little blue forget-me-nots. 

photo by Greg Helton Photography

photo by Greg Helton Photography

photo by Greg Helton Photography

photo by Greg Helton Photography

The day was beautiful, the colors refreshing, and the couple were an absolute joy to work with!   Congratulations Dylan and Colby, many blessings and wishes of happiness to you in your new marriage!