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

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