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.  



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