Thursday, September 8th, 2016 | Leave A Comment

Alisa and Brian’s Wedding at the Taglyan, Hollywood

 

Alisa and Brian’s Wedding at the Taglyan Complex.

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This stylish couple came to me with a few exciting ideas. I couldn’t wait to make them happen.

 

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The bride, with her father, is carrying a beautiful bouquet of Phalaenopsis orchid sprays, Hellebore, Vendela and White O’Hara garden roses.

 

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The bridesmaids carried bouquets of Vendela Roses and white tulips.

 

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The wedding party gathered at the nearby W Hotel Hollywood allowing for some red carpet photos.

 

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As guests entered the European style foyer of the Taglyan Complex, they were led to believe this was an all white wedding.

 

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The ceremony featured a custom sixteen foot tall circular chuppah complete with large crystal chandelier.

The fabric from the chuppah was pulled back with collars of Vendela roses.

 

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Down the aisle were clusters of floating candles in glass cylinders and matte silver metallic fabric covered boxes filled with hydrangeas.

 

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After the ceremony, while guests were enjoying a cocktail hour in the foyer, we transformed the all white wedding into a dramatic vibrant red and white decor.

 

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The tall vase centerpieces were filled with dozens of roses in three shades of red, red spray roses and Renanthera Azimah orchid sprays.

 

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The red napkins provided a pop of color framing the gold and white double layer menus.

 

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The ballroom’s dramatic lighting from the Beaux Arts style glass dome ceiling delighted guests and put people in a party mood.

 

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The groom’s side of the family, being Russian, wanted to find a venue that would allow the reception to continue until the wee hours of the morning.

The Taglyan was the perfect choice for this fun and energetic wedding.

 

 

Best wishes to this fantastic couple.

 

 

Wedding Coordination: Kimery Events

Videography, VIP Production

Venue, Taglyan Complex

Thursday, August 4th, 2016 | Leave A Comment

Meredith and Josh’s Magical Home Wedding

I have a very special wedding to share with you.

The Kaplan family has been long-time clients and friends of ours. We have done many events together, but I was especially happy when they called to say their daughter, Meredith, was getting married and they wanted to do the wedding at their home.

 

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This stylish contemporary Rustic Canyon home in Santa Monica is a modernist’s dream beautifully set in a stunning natural spacious garden designed by the bride’s mother.

 

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I immediately envisioned setting the ceremony in the front courtyard, centered by the sculptural Cork Oak tree. It was the perfect setting to create a floating magic carpet wedding canopy.

This important tree became the inspiration for the decorative motifs for the entire wedding.

 

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Sloane of Sloane Harmony Design created a beautiful tree graphic and cross-cut trunk design with a pair of turquoise love birds as an accent.

 

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To the beautiful guitar music of Brandt Jacobus, two flower girls started the procession. They wore floral wreaths of lavender herb, olive branch and orchid florets carrying birch bark baskets full of petals.

 

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The ring bearers carried custom made moss ring pillows.

 

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The moss pillows had a braided raffia cording detail.

 

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The beautiful kippot were hand crocheted by Maya Works, a Guatemalan Fair Trade business providing opportunities to Mayan women.

 

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The vibrant bridesmaid bouquet was composed of garden roses, Vanda orchids, anemones, delphinium, scabiosa, and blushing bride protea tied with a purple silk cording.

 

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Purple, being the bride’s favorite color, became the dominant accent color. A gorgeous bouquet of jewel-toned purple hydrangeas was surrounded with a dark purple calla lily collar.

 

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This amazing Sola wood flower cuppah was suspended from the tree. It was encircled by a thick band of fresh Vendela roses and lime green hanging Amaranthus.

 

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The Sola wood flowers were commissioned in many unique patterns, featuring Magnolias, Campaca, roses, daisies, and Gardenia shapes all hand made from Sola wood.

 

 

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The warm and meaningful ceremony was presided over by two Rabbis and a Cantor all friends of the family.

 

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After the ceremony, the bride and groom led the guests into the garden for refreshments.

 

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The charming garden path was lit with mercury glass hurricane candle holders.

 

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The escort card table floral was created with fresh lavender herb, Aonium ‘cyclops’, and fishtail palm fruit spikelets.

 

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Guests were asked to write words of wisdom to the new couple to be read at a later time.

 

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The faux bois pots held collections of Cool Water roses, dusty miller, Echinops thistle, seeded Eucalyptus, and Mokara orchids placed on the cocktail tables.

 

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While guests were enjoying passed hors d’oeuvres, the custom elixir bar and hot pizza from the wood burning ovens, our resident poet, Jacqueline Suskin, created spontaneous poems from the guests inspirations.

 

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The bars and buffets had beautiful organic bouquets of Giant Allium, purple leaf plum, spider mums, green mist, chamomile, purple Eucomis, Hydrangeas in shades of purples, variegated tree ivy seeded Eucalyptus, fish tail palm fruit spikelets and teasle thistles. The teasel thistle got its name from the flower heads that were used to tease out the wool before spinning (carding).

 

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Bill Brendle’s  jazz trio’s music, could be enjoyed after the floor to ceiling wall of glass was opened for a free flow from the house to the garden.

 

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Guests were led into the tented dining area under our custom made organic chandeliers, light spheres and garlands of Edison bulbs.

 

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The tables were set with amethyst and lavender vintage water goblets and Italian china from Archive Rentals. The garden style florals of purple mini-callas, Cool Water and Vendela roses, scabiosa pods, lavender herb, Echinops, Italian Pittospurum, ornamental kale and lime green Viburnum formed a floral table runner.  Mercury glass was perched on wood rounds illuminating the tables in a romantic glow.

 

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The couples love of photography gave them the idea to have a vintage Polaroid camera at each table with the new Impossible black and white film.

 

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What is so cool about this film is the frame of the photo is not white, it’s black.

 

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A garland of succulents and Sola wood flowers cascaded off the sweetheart’s table to the floor.

 

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The food stations were a fantastic Santa Maria style BBQ buffet featuring Tri-tip  and Tasmanian Ocean trout with amazing sides and a noodle bar with chefs preparing a variety of noodles-to-order for the guests.

 

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Kimberly, from The Butter End, created this beautiful cake complete with the pair of love birds inspired from the invitation. The cake was placed on a bee’s wax polished teak wood trunk.

 

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The view from outside the tent had a magical glow from the garden.

 

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After the cake was cut, the walls of the kitchen slid open to reveal a dessert fantasy.

 

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Kate of Food Ink Catering, set up a fantastic liquid nitrogen ice cream bar with three chefs cranking out frozen treats.

 

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Next to the ice cream station there was a decadent chocolate dessert bar

 

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Lastly, for the groom, a popcorn bar, his favorite.

 

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The popcorn with a logo and a friendly reminder of how lovely it is to share.

 

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Just as the bride and groom were trying to make their honeymoon getaway, there was one last photo session.

 

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Luckily, they had a drive to help them to the hotel.

Such a fun and perfect summer wedding. We are so happy for this family and this terrific couple.

Florals, Event design-  Brad Austin Imaginative Florals

Invitations- Sloane Harmony Design

Kippot- Maya Works 

Ceremony Music-  Brandt Jacobus

Catering – FoodInk Catering

Table top rentals – Archive Rentals

Rentals – John Ferdenzi Town and Country Event Rentals

Poet-  Jacqueline Suskin

Cake- The Butter End

Cocktail music- Bill Brendle Trio

Photography-  a guy and a girl photography 

DJ- Red shoe

Monday, July 4th, 2016 | Leave A Comment

Roselily at Sino Dutch Lily Days

We had a wonderful time presenting Van den Bos’s beautiful bulb flowers in China. Tricia Tang Van de Borg and Henri Van der Borg were terrific hosts and made me fall in love with China. The event took place at the new bulb center in Lingyuan, north of Beijing.

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It is a beautiful green agricultural area where cut flowers are becoming a much more important crop.

 

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President Qian’s of Beijing Sino Floriculture, organized the event Jimmy from Sinoflor and their crew coordinated and oversaw decoration of the event space  with giant lily pillar structures featuring 150,000 stems of various varieties of lilies. It was very inspiring.

 

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The structure is similar to chain link fencing with small water bottles wired in the spaces.  This creates a beautiful lily covered pillar that flares out at the top, some of these were 35′ tall.

 

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There was a floral fashion runway presentation that was televised on national TV.  I presented a collection for Van den Bos flower bulbs.

 

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I created from left to right,  a arm bouquet with a midilino hat, a floral crown with a floral handbag, a bolero hat with a floral and wire cape, a fabric spiral Roselily bouquet and a triple composite Roselily bouquet.

 

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I didn’t even know I was getting a male model, but it worked perfectly with this matador look and I think he really enjoyed showing it.

 

 

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Felicia from Van  den Bos, also her first time in China, modeled the calla crown after the show. Being a tall, blonde, blue eyed beauty, she attracted a lot of attention with the Chinese and was posing with the growers for photos.

 

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I was lucky to meet talented floral designers, Kathy Ong – AIFD  from Indonesia and Regine Motmans,  Artist Director of Fleuramour, from Belgium and Chinese Designer,Zhang Chao, not pictured.

 

 

Here is a clip from the fashion show, which started off with fireworks, singing, two dance groups, confetti bomb and balloon release, it was quite a spectacular event.

 

 

Saturday, June 25th, 2016 | Leave A Comment

Lindsay and Adam’s Romantic and Whimsical Fall Wedding at the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills

Lindsay and Adam’s Fall Wedding at the Four Seasons.

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Last fall, we created a wonderful seasonal wedding in an imaginative color palette of cream, beige, and grey green with burgundy, navy and rose gold accents.

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The bride carried ‘Garden Spirit’ Roses, ‘Crystal Blush’ Calla Lilies, champagne spray roses, Seeded Eucalyptus and dusty miller.

 

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The bridesmaids loose garden style bouquets were composed of Vendela and Juliet Roses, Eryngium Sea Holly, burgundy Amaranthus, Nigella pods, Seeded Eucalyptus and dusty miller.

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The Boutonnieres were plum mini-calla lilies with Eryngium Sea Holly and Seeded Eucalyptus.

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As guests entered the ceremony area, a rose petal station complete with monogrammed bags were provided for the guests.

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Collections of beige, cream and parchment color pumpkins were staged on either side of the pergola.

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Hanging bird cages filled with ivory pillar candles were attached to arching birch branches.

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Garlands of antique colored hydrangeas, fresh hop vines, hanging burgundy Amaranthus, white paperbark birch and clusters of roses Cascaded over the pergola.

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In the cocktail area,we constructed white paper birch lantern chandeliers on either side of the hallway that were embellished with antique hydrangea and Amaranthus garlands.

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The escort cards were inserted into the gold brushed stems of miniature white pumpkins placed on a bed of fresh green mood moss.

The twelve foot tall birch trees filled with lanterns and little white string lights looked magical as the evening progressed.

 

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Rose gold calligraphy on a deep navy card added drama to this unique fall wedding

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Wonderful long floral arrangements meandered down the table with tall antiqued wooden candlesticks.

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Clusters of red and black grapes with burgundy dahlias complemented the cranberry cut crystal water glasses.

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Burgundy calla lilies were tucked into fresh curly willow napkin rings for that added extra touch.

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The bride and grooms chairs were festooned with floral and greenery garlands.

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After dinner the escort card table was transformed into a sweets table featuring pie “pops” in birch bark lined boxes.

It was a great pleasure creating this magical wedding for this special family.

 

Event planner- Samantha Scott events

Photography ; Jana Williams

 

Thursday, June 16th, 2016 | Leave A Comment

Stacy and Ricky at the Montage Hotel Beverly Hills

Stacey and Ricky at the Montage Hotel, Beverly Hills

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I was so excited to share this wonderful couples wedding.

When they shared with me the story of their engagement, I was just blown away.

The groom prepared a surprise proposal engagement party at an art gallery. He had photo highlights of their relationship, enlarged, mounted and hung in the gallery with beautiful heartfelt captions.

What a surprise for the bride to see that the show was the photo depiction of their romance and then the proposal. So romantic and thoughtful.

 

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For the wedding, we recreated the art gallery on the perimeter hedge walls of the ceremony area, so guests could enjoy the installation during cocktails after the ceremony.

 

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The bride carried a Biedermeyer bouquet,  a style that features flowers arranges in concentric circles, consisting of Crystal Blush Calla Lilies, Stephanotis, and white peonies.

 

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The bridesmaids, in a flattering variety of black dresses contrasted with their jewel-toned bouquets.

 

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The bridesmaids carried callas and hydrangea in shades of purples with Fatsia foliage.

 

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Being October, guests were offered pashminas for the outdoor terrace ceremony inscribed with the clever saying,

“To have and to hold , in case you get cold”.

 

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Thousands of purple Dendrobium orchids created this modern floral canopy.

 

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The orchids were hand-tied.on site, to create this one-of-a-kind disk-shaped chuppah.

 

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A garland of purple Mokkara orchids was placed on this ceremonial table.

 

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One of the most spectacular views, was from the pool terrace, where hotel guests watched from above.

 

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The floating escort card table supported a collection of vases filled with bouquets of Burgundy Cymbidium, purple Rothschild Vanda Orchids and hot pink Calypso Mokkara Orchids.

 

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the long tables were filled with tall purple Dendrobium Orchid floral clouds.

At the table level, groupings of geometric mirror finish cubes, laid out in a pattern, were filled with hot pink peonies, Rothschild Vanda Orchids, and Mokkara Orchids.

 

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As the evening progressed, the lighting enhanced the dramatic decor.

 

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burgundy succulents were places on the menu filled napkins.

 

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The multi-tierd stacked wedding cake was circled in Rothschild Vanda purple orchid.

 

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Beverly Hills Trolley, provided the perfect stetting for their bridal party photo.

We are so happy for this wonderful family and great couple.

 

Wedding designer and florals; Brad AustinImaginative Florals

Wedding Coordinator:  Katie Pincus of Bob Gail

Linens La Tavola Linens

Photography: Steve Steinhardt

Videography:  Bluecat films

Thursday, June 9th, 2016 | Leave A Comment

Exciting new lily variety – Roselily

Later this month, we will be exhibiting in China for our friends at Van den Bos Flower Bulbs.

Van den Bos is one of the largest suppliers of lily, freesia, and calla lily bulbs in the world and supplying nearly a million flower bulbs every day of the year.

We are so excited to share their featured new varieties of double-flowering oriental lilies with you. They are just starting to be availabe here and there,  but supply is limited at this time.

They are called Roselilies. Click on the screen below to see them open up.

The fantastic thing about these lilies is they are double-petaled and come in the full spectrum of oriental lilies colors from white, blush, pink, magenta and fuchsia .

 

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Roselily cascade bouquet with Senecio and Echevarria accents on a yarn wrapped wire armature.

 

Then if that wasn’t enough, They don’t have any pollen! This is a wonderful quality as there is no need to remove messy pollen before it falls or stains your clothing.

They are lightly scented and have a super long vase life.

Roselily composite flower bouquets are fast and beautiful using the Roselily varieties. I think this one looks like a dinner plate dahlia, but it is sturdier and has a nice fragrance.

Roselily composite flower bouquets are fast and beautiful using the Roselily varieties. I think this one looks like a dinner plate dahlia, but it is sturdier and has a nice fragrance.

 

We will be photographing our experience in China and sharing the exciting designs with you in a later post.

 

 

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 | Leave A Comment

Karin and Hart’s Wedding at Saddlerock Ranch Malibu

We love weddings at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu.

We have created beautiful wedding flowers for all three daughters of this family.

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All three sisters had distinctive ideas regarding their wedding decor.

 

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Our bride carried a beautiful bouquet of  Vendela, Crème de la Crème and David Austin Patience Garden Roses with accents of Lemon Vision Spray Roses, lite blue hydrangea, dusty miller and Stephanotis.

 

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Her beautiful bridesmaids carried bouquets of blue hydrangea, Vendela roses and Dusty Miller.

 

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The adorable flower girls wore wreaths of seeded Eucalyptus and carried birch bark moss lined baskets.

 

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For Karin and Hart’s ceremony, we decided to to site the ceremony facing the oak grove.

 

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Herb filled French galvanized flower buckets and vintage iron garden lanterns were grouped down the aisle.

 

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The wedding canopy was created using pale blue shades of Hydrangea, lime green hanging Amaranthus, Southern Magnolia, dusty miller, Crème de la Crème, Message and Vendela roses.

 

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I love this family tradition, every couple has their name sewn into the bridal canopy.

 

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A hand lettered sign and steamer trunk filled with jasmine and herbs led guests to the ceremony.

 

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Framed wedding photos were displayed of the many generations of family members.

 

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Three different styles of centerpieces were used, featuring green grapes and birch bark containers.

 

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The long tables had our tall vintage candlesticks and striped table runners.

 

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We surrounded the monogrammed cake with a magnolia garland.

 

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We are so happy for this wonderful couple and glad they thought to take a evening photo under the canopy.

 

 

Coordination:  Michelle Dixon – coordinatormd.com

Caterer: Kitchen for Exploring Food 

Photographer:  MayaMeyers

 

Thursday, April 28th, 2016 | Leave A Comment

May 14, 2016 ‘Los Colores’, The Virginia Robinson Gardens Garden Walk

One week from this Saturday, May 14, 2016  –  ‘Los Colores’ .

We are happy to announce we have been asked, for yet another year, to decorate the VIP concierge lunch tables for the Robinson Garden’s Garden Walk

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The theme this year is ‘Los Colores’, a Spanish Childrens song about how the world is made of many colors.

While visiting a dear friend in Akumal, Mexico this spring, I was inspired by her beautifully embroidered table runner of many colors.

 

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I thought that this might be fun to use for the Garden Walk.

I photographed the individual flowers and when I returned, I enlarged them.

 

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With the help of co-chairs Patty Elias and Marian Power, we enlisted the help of the lovely ladies of Robinson Gardens to help with the construction.

 

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Patty graciously hosted the three work days and treated us to wonderful lunches.

 

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We are so appreciative of all the support to make a really special installation.

 

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Now that the flowers are assembled, we will be installing them over the long seating tables  in a hanging installation styled with a nod to glass artist , Dale Chihuly.

We are excited for you to see the table when it is finished.

There are still tickets available, which can be purchased on line.

Please come Saturday May 14, to visit the private gardens that are on display, for that day only, and the Robinson Gardens Estate and well as all the special  floral tributes to ‘Los Colores.’

Tickets available at http://www.robinsongardens.org   click on link.

 

 

Thursday, February 26th, 2015 | Leave A Comment

Brynn and Ryan’s Wedding at the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills

 

We recently created florals for Brynn and Ryan’s beautiful early springtime wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills.

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The bride, looking down from the balcony, to where we were  finishing  her bridal canopy in the garden.

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We designed this charming rose petal bar, where guests could fill a bag of petals to shower the bride and groom.

 

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The petal bags were stamped with their names.

 

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The bridal bouquet was a collection of  ‘Juliet’  David Austin Roses,white anemones with a black center, white ranunculus. Veronica and Hellebore tied with a white satin ribbon with a black pearl head accent.

 

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The bridesmaids carried loose gardeny bouquets of white parrott tulips,  ‘Juliet’ David Austin Roses,white anemones with a black center, Veronica, hellebore and willow eucalyptus tied with a black satin ribbon with a white pearl head accent.

 

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The couple were married under a canopy of off-white blooming almond branches.

 

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After the ceremony, the bride and groom walked down the white hydrangea lined aisle under a shower of rose petals.

 

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The black and white escort cards radiated out from the blossom branch, Vendela roses, hellebore,  spray rose , and hydrangea filled antiqued garden urn.

 

 

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Table centerpieces were garden assortments of roses, ferns, nerine lily, freesias, ranunculus, antique hydrangea and wax flower arranged in a collection of mercury glass containers.

 

 

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Footed Mercury glass vases and Ivory pillar candles in clear glass hurricanes surrounded the centerpieces.

 

 

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I just love this photograph taken on the roof of the four seasons hotel.

If you click on it, you can see it larger. So beautiful, I think Heather Kincade Photography did an outstanding job.

 

 

Wedding Coordinator: Samantha Scott,  Samantha Scott Events

Photography – heatherkincaid.com

Thursday, February 19th, 2015 | Leave A Comment

Dylan’s Secret Club Garden Bar Mitzvah

We recently worked with one of our favorite families on a Bar Mitzvah for Dylan.

 

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Dylan’s grandparents have the most beautiful tropical garden that is entered by crossing a large koi pond.

 

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Using the D for Dylan Theme, kids were directed to the tennis court for games, while the adults enjoyed cocktails in the garden.

 

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Dylan’s Bar Mitzvah project or tzedakah was to start a charity call S.O.S. ,Songs of Shelter, raising funds for L.A. Family Housing.

 

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Using one of the gardens more whimsical art pieces, we placed the green bird sculpture in a mosaic bed of lime green fruits in the pond’s rowboat.

 

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We brought in this sleek modern furniture to complement this contemporary home and sculpture garden. The adults enjoyed a substantial appetizer hour complete with sushi bar , so they could dance the night away later.

 

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The tennis court was transformed into a fun dance club.

 

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We made tall buffet florals with white French tulips, Kermit mums, lime green Fuji mums and variegated tree ivy. The In and Out Hamburger truck supplied dinner to the kids both young and old.  For adults, food stations of made-to -order quesadillas and a quartet of dinner salads. The stations were placed on Town and Country’s new Cielo Blanco tables. These  are really cool because you can customize them with different table top inserts.

 

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For dessert we opened a very popular S’more station with dark and milk chocolate.

 

The Bon Puf, gourmet flavored cotton candy cart, was a big hit with flavors like salted caramel and chili mango.

Photography – Claire Haas, Claire Hass Photography    http://clairekhaasphotography.com/

Rhonda Dompierre Catering