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

Saturday, February 14th, 2015 | Leave A Comment

Valentine’s Day at Historic Dawnridge

 

Valentines day at Tony Duquette’s, Dawnridge will be an evening to be remembered.

 

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There is nothing like experiencing Dawnridge at night.  Guests were greeted by the fragrance of gardenias and the red glow of candles as they entered the main salon.

 

 

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Champagne and hor d’oeuvres were served as guests arrived.

 

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Dawnridge is filled with wonderful treasures everywhere you look.   I just love this giant garden snail lamp.

 

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Tony’s mantra embroidered on a pillow, More is More!, couldn’t be more true.

 

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Because it was unseasonably warm, guests were able to enjoy a walk in the exotic garden filled with so many treasures both imported and fabricated artifacts.

 

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Tony’s famous sculptures are even more magnificent  illuminated at night.

 

 

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There is a feeling of being transported to an exotic land, far away from Beverly Hills.

 

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Dinner was arranged in intimate Monkey Room, which is lined in Indochine tapestries accented with architectural corbels of hand carved and painted monkey heads.

 

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The tables were set with an interesting frayed check pattern table cloth.   Hutton Wilkinson’s newly designed line of china for Tony Duquette in green malachite, gold bamboo designed flatware and hammered brass water glasses created an elegant table.   The seats were covered in Tony Duquette’s iconic green Malachite design.

 

 

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Using the original Duquette candelabras dripping in pale amethyst crystals, we embellished them for our version of Valentine’s Day.   Red ostrich plumed finials and floral garlands spiraled down to the gorgeous table.

 

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This creative garland was composed of  Lord Rothschild’s Vanda orchid hybrids and hundreds of coral dyed leather straps, re-purposed into spiraling coils.

 

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Rock quartz crystal votives and coral filled nautilus shells filled the center of these lavish tables to complete the “More if More!” evening.

A big thank you to Hutton and Ruth for their hospitality and to our friends at the Robinson Gardens.

 

 

 

Thursday, February 12th, 2015 | Leave A Comment

Rosa & Hector’s Wedding at the Sunset Tower

We recently created florals at the landmark Sunset Tower Hotel. This Hotel was built in the 1920’s as apartments. Hollywood Stars, John Wayne, Howard Hughes, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Roger Moore, Zsa-Zsa Gabor and many others have called the apartments their home at one time or another.

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The bride and groom had a very modern and clean sense of style that complemented the Art Deco architecture.

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I knew when i  presented the bouquet to the bride, before she was dressed, and saw her in an Iron Maiden T-shirt, this was going to be a fun Reception.

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We created a modern rose topiary with Vendela roses for the seating chart table.   The graphic on the bottom of the chart is the view from the hotel located up on the Sunset strip.

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The chic Mother of the Bride came in from Germany to walk the bride down the aisle. We created  a Duchess rose bouquet from Vendela rose petals for the bride .  A Duchess rose is constructed by taking a single open rose for the center and then individually gluing petals around the outside until you have one giant rose. The bride wore a super cool dress with metallic accented skirt.

 

 

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The couple’s friends built the minimalistic chuppah.

 

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As guests enjoyed cocktails, long tables were set the length of the room filled with Vendela roses and white hydrangeas in clear glass with matching clear glass votives.

 

 

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Each Napkin was folded with the menu inside and a re-flexed Vendela rose on top.

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Thanks to Wedding Coordinator, Frannie Felder, of Frannie Felder Hudson Events.

 

 

Thursday, January 15th, 2015 | Leave A Comment

Film Opens Tomorrow – The Wedding Ringer, with Kevin Hart

We are so excited to see our work, this week, on the film, ‘The Wedding Ringer’.

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It stars Kevin Hart, People Magazine’s Comedy Star of The Year Award winner, with Josh Gad and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting.

Doug Harris (Josh Gad) is a loveable but socially awkward groom-to-be with a problem: he has no best man. With less than two weeks to go until he marries the girl of his dreams (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting), Doug is referred to Jimmy Callahan (Kevin Hart), owner and CEO of Best Man, Inc., a company that provides flattering best men for socially challenged guys in need. What ensues is a hilarious wedding charade as they try to pull off the big con, and an unexpected budding bromance between Doug and his fake best man Jimmy.

After viewing the trailer, we tried to match up some of the scenes to our photos. We can’t wait to see how our flowers support the funny story.

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When you make a film, you might not shoot it in chronological order.  Sometimes they film reception scenes before ceremony scenes depending on the shooting schedule

This is the start of a scene with Kevin Hart and Josh Gad seated in front of our flowers.

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We used Vendela and Cherry Brandy roses, and golden James Story orchids.

 

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This is a  typical 7 am call setting up this scene. On the stage large bandstand florals act as a backdrop for this following dance segment.

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This scene was filmed in the Marina Vista Ballroom at the Ritz Carlton, in Marina del Rey.

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The rehearsal dinner was filmed in the Bernardo Room at The Millennium Biltmore Hotel, downtown Los Angeles.

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This wedding was filmed on top of the Hollywood Athletic Club. Providing a city view of downtown L.A.

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While waiting for a scene to take a break, we can’t help looking over the rows of director’s chairs to view the monitors.

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The ballroom wedding reception scene was filmed in  the beautiful Crystal Ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Some of the florals were both fresh and silk flowers as it was being filmed for a series of days.

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Here is a shot of  Kevin Hart in front of our blooming planter boxes and large spray florals.

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The wedding ceremony scene was filmed in the beautiful Hollywood United Methodist Church.

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Here is a funny scene, outside the church with grandmother, Cloris Leachman.

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I want to thank everyone working on this job. It was a pleasure.

Dena Roth – Set Decorator

Kathy Orlando- Set Decorator and Buyer

Chris Cornwall- Production Designer

Troy Meyers –  Leadman

Thursday, January 8th, 2015 | Leave A Comment

Tessa Legato & Scott Chacon’s Gracious Pasadena Home Reception

 

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We really enjoyed working with this bride and her wonderful Pasadena family.

Tessa and Scott were married at the All Saints Episcopal Church in Old-Town Pasadena.  Tessa was not afraid of color and had a truly showstopping bouquet.

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The bride’s bouquet of ‘Cafe au Lait’ Dahlias, ‘Juliet’ David Austin Roses, seeded Eucalyptus, green millet, blackberries on the stem with a collar of Magnolia leaves.

 

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The gentlemen were assembled,  on their way to the church,at the Langhan Huntington Hotel.

 

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The ladies wore vibrant coral colored dresses with pale flowers to contrast Tessa’s vibrant bouquet

 

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The bridesmaid’s bouquets were composed of a collar of dusty miller surrounding Vendela, Geraldine, and Fiesta roses, Majolica Spray roses, seeded Eucalyptus and Echeveria ‘Lola’ succulents. The bouquets also featured a very special locally grown form of  Lavender pink Fuji mum.

 

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The church’s European architecture provided a magical fantasy setting.

 

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A shower of rose petals greeted the bride and groom as they left the church.

 

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After the ceremony, guests moved over to the family home a short drive away to enjoy a warm and wonderful evening under the stars.

 

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The plantation-style portico’s  front door was festooned with floral garlands. Drifts of rose petals lined the steps leading guests through the gracious home to the pool for appetizers and cocktails.

 

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The cake was decorated with candy rose petals in pale blush and ivory shades by Leslie at Fantasy Frostings.

 

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Long Cielo Blanco Tables were placed on the lawn and filled with vases of coral and melon colored dinner-plate dahlias, garden roses and other summer flowers.

 

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Apricots, Gala apples and clusters of shimmering mercury glass votives were scattered down the centers of the tables.

 

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In front of the dance floor, the Antique-style sweetheart table was adorned with a hand made Southern Magnolia garland.

 

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The thrilling surprise of the evening, the father of the bride announced that American Standards Crooner,Steve Tyrell was to sing for the  the father-daughter/mother-son dance.

 

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Dinner was enjoyed under the warm glow of the Fellini string lights and pale pink lanterns.

 

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The couple danced while the guests help fiery sparklers in a salute to this new couple.

 

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What a magical evening for this terrific couple.  We wish them and their families much happiness.

 

 

Leslie- Fantasy Frostings

John Ferdenzi-  Town and Country

Sara- Lead photographer,  onelove photography


 

Friday, December 26th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Inspiration: Christmas 2014 – KOI TO THE WORLD

 

 

We want to thank our friends and clients for an amazing year.

 

We still have blogs to write from events this year, but we thought it would be fun to share a peek at what can inspire us personally.

 

Every year, after we complete all our clients holiday decor and parties, we create a  unique decor for ourselves for our home’s fireplace mantle.

Ricky has had many years experience as a Visual Director and he starts the creative process with a yearly theme. many times with a fun play on words. This year is,  ‘Koi To the World’.

 

As some of you may know, we have a beautiful Koi pond in front of our studio.

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It is a joy and wonder to watch the beautiful patterns and color combinations of the fish.

 

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Being in Los Angeles, the water lilies bloom 10 months of the year and their exotic beauty and fragrance is a focal point of the garden.

Watching the Koi is a very relaxing, meditative and stress reducing activity.

So, it is not just a play on words, but also a sentiment of a wishing everyone some stress relief and to enjoy the beauty around us.

 

You may ask how does that become a Christmas trim? I thought it might be fun to show you the process.

 

While I was taking photography lessons, one project was to photograph a single subject every week for a year. i chose the pond.

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As the weeks went by, I would experiment on trying to make the pond appear completely different  without Photoshop manipulation..

This one using a long exposure to appear impressionistic.

 

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Then the following week using reflection to appear surreal.

The pond has continued to be inspiring to us and this year is was for Christmas.

 

 

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While working on a client’s Christmas tree, with a ‘Olde time circus theme’, we festooned garlands of animal cracker cookies and hand-decorated ornaments.

 

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We printed photos of old posters and ornaments on metallic finished paper. Then we added details with glitter glue.

As we were making them,  I  thought this could be good for our Koi theme.

 

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Next we decided, rather than hand draw or copy images from the internet,  we would take photos of our own fish.

 

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Some of the Koi’s patterns were perfect for this project.

 

 

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We then cut and pasted them out of the photos on to a blank background.

 

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Then we used our regular computer printer to printed hundreds of  them on gold paper.

 

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After cutting each one out, we chose which details to accentuate using glitter glue.

While doing this, we had to come up with something to attach them to.

I thought we could always do a garland, but it might be fun to make a frame around the mirror above the fireplace to create a Koi Pond.

While flipping through the stacks of magazines arriving daily i saw these mosaic candle holders.  I really liked the iridescent glass that reminded me of fish scales.

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From this, we decided to make a frame with a fish scale finish and frost the mirror with Ice crystals for a frozen pond effect.

So instead of buying a frame, we made one out of an inexpensive cardboard tube form home depot. We cut the tubes in half lengthwise. These are more commonly used as a form for pouring concrete.

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To the left, you can see the frame after we cut it and painted it white.

After everyone went home from the studio that evening,  we cut out hundreds of pieces from an old plastic tarp in the shape of scales and painted each one.

After the scales were painted we glued them to the frame and glazed them with a luminescent violet-blue gold glaze.

The following afternoon, we went to work creating a exciting installation to our already eclectically decorated living room.

I hope you enjoy the time-lapse version.

So much faster like this.

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We added a garland of fresh Norfolk Island pine garland with little warm white lights and white snowflake lights around the frame. We then painted the side windows in a pattern found on a Japanese screen.

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In the center we added a wreath of fresh Norfolk Island pine which allowed the koi to jump out of the frozen water.

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We wish you a wonderful 2015 with much health, happiness, and creative energy.

All the Best! Brad and Ricky

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Sophia& Seth at the Rancho Sol Del Pacifico in Malibu

We enjoyed creating flowers for this beautiful bride at the Malibu estate, Rancho Sol del Pacifico.

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Sophia asked us to create loose garden- picked bouquets.

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She carried cafe au lait dahlias, veronica, giant white cornflowers, white cymbidium orchids, green millet, with a dusty miller collar.

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The beautiful view of the Malibu mountains and the ocean was a beautiful back drop for this romantic wedding

 

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The brides maids carried bouquets of garden rose,’Agusta Luise’, peach Hypericum, Thistle with dusty miller collars.

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The beige organza domed canopy over looking the Pacific ocean was accented by a crystal chandelier.

 

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After the cocktail hour, guests moved into the the romantic courtyard for dinner and dancing under the lights and stars.

Wedding Planner – Samantha Scott

Photography – Susan Bond-  www.bondsphotography.com

 

Thursday, December 4th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Jordan and Ryan’s “Over the Moon” Vintage Wedding

 

 

What a treat is was to design a wedding Incorporation his bride and groom’s fun and quirky personalities .

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This wedding had a metallic vintage moon vibe.

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The brides maids carried golden glitter crescent moons sitting in a cloud of babies’ breath, while the flower girls had golden and silver stars.

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The bride carried a beautiful bouquet of white peonies, China mums, white ranunculus, feverfew, Queen Anne’s Lace, dusty miller and variegated tree ivy.

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We created for them a suspended canopy of diaphanous fabric with baby’s breath garlands trailing to the floor.

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The fabric had a frayed edge trim that contrasted beautifully with the delicate babies breath.

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Everyone celebrated bt throwing flower petals over the lucky couple.

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The couple found a few minutes  to sneak over to Factor’s Deli for a few classic cool shots.

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We just love the vintage quality of this image.

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We festooned the ceiling with garlands of ribbons and lights with large paper lanterns.

 

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The tables were filled with collections of garden flowers in gold glass vases surrounded by clusters of shimmering mercury glass votives.

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We wish this lovely couple much laughter and happiness.

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie  SDK Photo & Design www.sdkphoto.com

Printed Materials: Poppyflower pr

Wedding coordinator Allison Kuperberg of Sullivan Street Events

Lindsay Schwartz – The Mark for Events

 

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

JoAnna & George at the Four Seasons Westlake

 

 

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We recently created florals for this beautiful wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village.

 

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The gorgeous bridal bouquet included garden roses Eden, Sweet Avalanche and Polar Star with Duchesse de Nemours Peonies. The only greenery in the bouquet was a collar of Lemon Lime, Maranta Marisela foliage.

 

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The brides maids carried  bouquets of ‘Bombay Pink’ Celosia, Majolica spray roses, Topaz and Faith rose, Pink dis-bud spider mums, Maranta leaves and loops of variegated Japanese lily grass.

 

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The grooms boutonniere was a double Dendrobiun with an accent of Hypericum, seeded Eucalyptus and loops of variegated Japanese lily grass.

 

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The aisle was designed in whimsical curves and ombre  flower shapes winding down the aisle.

 

 

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The bridal party was led through the gorgeous floral carpet to the wedding canopy was loaded with Dendrobium orchids and clusters of pink roses.

 

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The ring bearers brought the little flower girl down the aisle in a custom painted pink wagon.

 

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The flower girl was prepared with her Pink Flash Spray rose Pomander with matching Barbie flower girl.

 

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Rose filled fabric covered planter boxes lined the beautiful petal covered aisle.

 

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Along the back of the canopy, we created a curtain of  dripping crystals and frosted disk garlands. Lime green hanging Amaranthus and Dendrobium orchids accented the drape

 

 

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After cocktails, the guests were led into the dramatic chandelier filled ballroom.

 

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The sweetheart table was placed in between the cake table and the glossy white round dance floor.

 

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We made three different styles of centerpieces.  We selected White and Lemonade Hydrangeas, Faith and Vendela roses and Cafe au lait Dahlias for this beautiful tall vase arrangement.

 

 

 

 

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Our sleek crystal candelabras were adorned crystal garlands to give it that little extra “Bling”.  We combined Hawaiian Dendrobium Orchids, cascading Lime green Amaranthus   with Faith and Vendela roses.

 

 

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The tables were beautifully dressed featuring gold dusted white chocolate menus.

 

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The towering cake  seemed to float over a bed of open roses on our raised glass cake table.

Last week, My Hotel Wedding Blog Featured this wedding with many more photos.   My Hotel Wedding 

Photographer –Embrace Life Photography

Wedding Producer – Laurel & Party Events

Hotel – Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village 

Linens –  Glow Concepts