Tuesday, April 8th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Jackie and Eric at the Athenaeum

When the parents of the bride send you a note the following morning saying that it was the perfect wedding! Exactly what they had envisioned. We could not be happier.

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The bride carried an elegant cascade bouquet of Crystal Blush Calla lilies.

 

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The Athenaeum at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena was modeled after The Athenaeum of London, established in 1824.

In Ancient Greece, the word Athenaeum referred to buildings dedicated to Athena, the goddess of wisdom.

Members of the London club included individuals known for their scientific or literary attainments, artists of eminence in all classes of the fine arts, and noblemen and gentlemen distinguished as liberal patrons of science, literature, or the arts.
The first formal dinner held in Pasadena included three Nobel Prize winners including Albert Einstein.
This beautiful building  was designed by famed architect, Gordon B. Kaufmann, in 1929. It is magical setting for a stylish wedding.

 

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The beautiful Mediterranean gardens were originally designed by Florence Yoch and Lucile Council. This landscape architect couple were know for designing the estate gardens of  many of the movie studios heads of the time.  The mature Olive and Eucalyptus trees create a romantic atmosphere for this beautiful setting.

 

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Inspired by the Great Gatsby the bride requested an all white and black themed formal wedding.

 

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The bridesmaids wore sleek black gowns to complement their nosegay bouquets of Vendela roses and Crystal Blush miniature calla lilies

 

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The challenge of this wedding was constructing a wedding canopy on a flight of stairs.

 

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Full bolts of off-white fabric were swagged down the aisle tied with wide black satin ribbon and Vendela roses.

 

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The translucent off-white linen fabric was pulled back and tied to the columns with Vendela rose tie backs accented with black satin ribbon.

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After the ceremony we turned the canopy around facing the dance floor framing the sweetheart table.

 

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During the cocktail hour, guests were asked to fill out a vintage post card with well wishes for the couple and post it in the personalized mail box.

 

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After cocktails, guests were led into the courtyard which was transformed by romantic candlelight and a beautifully draped fabric tent.

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Dramatic long tables surrounded the perimeter of the ballroom

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Our Art Deco inspired crystal candelabras were used for the first time on this party and set the perfect tone for the Great Gatsby inspiration. Around the base, crystal wrapped black glass bubble bowls were filled with Vendela roses, Crystal Blush calla lilies and Phalaenopsis orchids.

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The black and white Damask napkins were wrapped in a crystal band folded with a pocket for the menu.

 

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The beautiful Art Deco cake created by Fantasy Frostings, was accented with fresh Phalaenopsis orchids

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We wish this stylish couple a lifetime of happiness.

 

Wedding Coordination – Samantha Sisk, La Bella Dia Weddings

Photography- Kate Connolly, Kate Connolly Photography

Cake and Dessert Buffet – Fantasy Frostings 

Venue – Pasadena Athenaeum

Thursday, March 20th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Ava and Ali’s Bahá’í Wedding at Saddlerock

 

 

This was our first Bahá’í  marriage. The Bahá’í faith is a monotheistic religion emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind.

The ceremony and reception took place at the beautiful Oak Grove at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu.

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The bridesmaids were all dressed  in shades of coral.

 

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The bride carried Vendela, Cinnamon and Ivory Patience David Austin Roses with ‘Mellow Romance’ Hypericum berries.

 

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Even though the  Bahá’í faith does not require any structure or canopy to be married under, the couple thought it would be nicer to build a floral and birch frame to make the space more intimate.

 

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The sides of the aisle were lined in an ombre effect of rose petals starting from a vibrant bright coral red to soft peach color.

 

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Wooden and galvanized buckets and pails were filled with Cinnamon Roses, Peach Stock and peach Hypericum.

 

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Saddlerock Ranch has so many fun photo opportunities. This area is called Camp Cabernet.

 

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Long wooden tables were covered with  coral colored fabric runners. We created beautiful botanical florals using David Austin peach Juliet Garden Roses, Macarena Spray Roses, green antique hydrangeas, peach stock, peach hypericum, dahlias and variegated tree ivy arranged in white-washed wooden boxes brushed in gold.

 

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As the evening progressed, the romantic cascades of twinkle lights gave a shimmery glow to the special evening.

 

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We just love the ombre and gold detail in the cake.

 

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Unexpectedly the shadows behind the photo booth were as good as the front of the photo booth.

 

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The gorgeous sunset set the tone for a fantastic evening

 

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As always, it was a pleasure working with Laurel of Laurel and Party events

 

Wedding coordination – Laurel Szeto of Laurel and Party Events.

Photography – Brandon Wong , Brandon Wong Photography 

Thursday, March 6th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Marion and Andrew at the Riviera Country Club

We are  finally catching up from a whirlwind year, what a year 2013 was!

We are so thankful for our great clients who have been keeping us so busy.

We have wonderful events that we want to share with you.  So, with any luck, we will be back posting entries more regularly.

 

 

We recently created florals for Marion and Andrew’s wedding at the landmark building,

The Riviera Country Club, built in 1922. It has a great Spanish Revival Hollywood feel about it.

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It was a pleasure working with their families to create a beautiful wedding for their guests.

 

 

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The bride carried Vendela and Virginia Roses with gardenias and stephanotis. This bouquet had such a beautiful fragrance.

It was great to do a tear-drop or as we like to say ” pear shaped, like diamond” bouquet. It’s refreshing to see this shape come into fashion again.

 

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The bridesmaids were dressed in soft shades of pink caring rose nosegays tied with silk cording.

 

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The four ring bearers were such fun to watch stealing the show.

 

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The escort cards were penned in the most elegant and ornate golden calligraphy.

 

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Heart warming silver framed photos of parents and grandparents were placed on the entry table.

This  beautiful display really speaks to the  feeling that you are marrying into a family.

It was so interesting to see all the different styles of wedding bouquets over the years. These are only a few from the table.

 

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The fabric covered Chuppah was covered with garlands of rose nosegays and greenery with the family Talis pinned inside.

 

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As guests left the ceremony, custom made sugar cookies with  bride, groom and the couples monogram  were displayed on the entry table as afvors.

 

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Half of the centerpieces were tall vases of  fully reflexed Vendela and Faith Roses, Lemonade hydrangea, Dendrobium orchids, caspia and dusty miller. The other half were lower versions of the same flowers.

 

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At the base of the centerpieces, collections of mercury glass votives and small florals including roses, freesias, dusty miller and variegated ivy filled the table .

A fresh gardenia was placed on each napkin.

 

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Vanilla Bake Shop made the simple, yet elegant cake using a gold French dot decoration and monogram.

 

Charlie King and her wonderful staff made the day run smoothly and were a pleasure to work with.

We wish this great couple a wonderful life together.

 

For more photos, this wedding was just posted on –  Style Me Pretty 

Wedding Coordination -Charlie King – Bluebell events 

Photography Jeffrey Shipley - j shipley photography

Venue – Riviera Country Club 

Videography - Charles Lauren Films

Cake- Vanilla Bake Shop

 

 

Thursday, October 10th, 2013 | Leave A Comment

Lauren and George At Casa Del Mar

We recently created flowers for this great couple at the beautiful Casa Del Mar Hotel. Planning this wedding with the bride and her mother was a pure pleasure.

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Lauren requested a hot pink Duchess Rose. We used 3 dozen fragrant Yves Piaget, French Garden Roses. The petals are detached from the stems and individually reassembled with glue to construct a single fantastic rose.

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As you can see, the Duchess rose bouquet makes a strong statement.

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The bridesmaids carried Vendela roses with a Dusty Miller collar.

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The groom ‘s boutonniere was Stephanotis backed with Dusty Miller.

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The ring bearer carried a moss pillow trimmed in Dusty Miller and tied with silk cording.

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There were customs observed from the Greek Orthodox  and Jewish traditions in this inter-faith marriage.   We created Greek Stefana floral halos for the bride and groom, presented by the mother of the groom.

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The beautiful floral Chuppah was created with Phalaenopsis orchid sprays , Dendrobium orchid sprays, Hydrangea, lime green hanging Amaranthus, cream Roses.  After the ceremony, the cake was moved under the canopy to continue enjoying this fantastic floral setting.

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This wedding was filled with wonderful details. Lace handkerchiefs for the ladies.

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Don’t forget the gentlemen.

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Our floating escort card table was a conversation piece.  Soaring mercury glass flute vases were filled with shafts of fresh lavender, roses and hydrangea all floating over lavender open roses.

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While guests were enjoying the cocktail hour, we were busy re-setting the room for the reception.

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We created a combination of long and round tables spaced around the glossy white dance floor

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Each setting had a personalized menu place card folded in the napkin with an open lavender rose.

We so enjoyed meeting the families creating a special environment for this great day.

 

 

Photographer – Joe Buissink – Joe Buissink photography 

Wedding Coordinator – Terri Castillo Bellisimo Events

Thursday, September 5th, 2013 | Leave A Comment

Erika and Andrew at the Four Seasons WestLake

 

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We recently created wedding flowers for this lovely couple.

 

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The bride carried white Avalanche roses and Patience David Austin garden roses, Majolica spray roses with a collar of variegated tree ivy.

 

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The bridesmaids carried Geraldine roses and White Majolica spray roses.

 

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I love it when the reserved looking groomsmen reveal their wild side with these crazy socks. Very fun!

 

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This is where the ring bearer and flower girl steal the show. They really seem to have this under control.

 

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The outdoor garden photography is so beautiful. I love how Erika’s veil caught the wind.

 

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How beautiful to be framed by an arbor of climbing roses.

 

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The elegant white, cream and pale pink accent floral centerpieces were so beautiful in this ball room. Cascading Smilax garlands led the eye to the  three smaller floral arrangements with mercury glass chalices surrounding the center of the table.

 

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Each Napkin was topped with a fragrant gardenia.

 

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Floral garland decorated Mr. and Mrs. signs made for a romantic sweetheart table.

 

Wedding coordination – Laurel Szeto  -  Laurel and Party Events 

Photography – Susan Bordelon Photography

 

Thursday, August 29th, 2013 | Leave A Comment

California Yacht Club Wedding

 

We recently created flowers for this beautiful summery wedding in the Marina

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Yellow Skyline rose petals lined the aisle with clusters of rose nosegays tied to the chairs.

 

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The bride carried a nosegay bouquet of yellow calla lilies, Skyline roses, orange pincushion protea with a crystal accent.

 

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The bridesmaids carried vibrant bouquets of yellow calla lilies, Orange Unique roses, lime green Kermit button Mums and orange pincushion protea.

 

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I love these hot citrus colors contrasting with the green lawn and blue ocean.

 

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The Wisteria orchid arch made a great backdrop for the ceremony surrounded by private yachts.

 

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It was such a  fantastic California day for a wedding.

 

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This photo on the gang plank is really fun!   Best wishes to a sweet bride.

 

 

Photography - Scott Reynolds Photography

 

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 | Leave A Comment

Susan and Joe’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding

We were so thrilled and honored to be asked by Susan Bordelon, Wedding photographer extraordinaire, to do her own wedding flowers.

We have always loved working with Susan on weddings professionally.  She has a great personality, a keen eye and makes great photography seem so easy.  Her wedding was no exception.

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We were interested to see what Susan’s vision would be for her own wedding, having photographed hundreds of weddings for her clients.

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Susan knew exactly what she wanted to carry simple and fabulous. She  requested a bouquet of all Lily of the Valley. It has been years since I have done a bouquet like this. It really was special.  The fragrance of this flower is clean, sweet and delightful.  We made a magnolia leaf collar and tied the bouquet with silk cording.

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The groom’s boutonniere was made of Blushing Bride Protea, Magnolia Foliage and peach Hypericum Berry wrapped in bleached hemp twine.

 

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Her daughter, The maid of honor, carried pink peonies, pink spray roses and peach Hypericum Berries.

 

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The magical ceremony took place under a beautiful large oak tree by a stream .  The simple garden arch was decorated with blooming honeysuckle, magnolia, tree of heaven and German statice.

 

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After the ceremony, guests enjoyed a beautifully styled cocktail area using Susan’s personal collection of furniture.

 

 

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After cocktails, guests were led up to the house where long wooden tables were decorated with collections of Susan’s blue vintage glass bottles.

 

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The bottles were filled with coral peonies,David Austin Juliet  garden roses, Green Mist Queen’s Anne lace, Free Spirit roses, Dusty Miller, and variegated Hosta leaves.

 

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The coffee-antiqued menu cards were folded into the napkins with a lavender and Stephanotis floral cluster tied with twine.

 

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The cake was placed on top of the bride’s vintage suitcases, surrounded by hundreds of Stephanotis and Cafe au Lait Dahlias.

We had so much fun creating this environment for one of our favorite friends and wish Susan and Joe all the happiness in the world.

 

For more photos and details see   Susan Bordelon Photography

 

Cocktail vignettes styled by – Donna Snell of  Be a Guest

 

Thursday, August 15th, 2013 | Leave A Comment

Erica and Nick at the Four Seasons Westlake

 

 

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We recently created flowers for this great couples wedding.  You would never have know that it was a record breaking 110 degrees outside!

 

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The bride carried white peonies, David Austin ‘Patience’ garden roses and Calcynia heather. We created a collar of  satin loops and tied it together with silk cording.

 

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The groom wore a white Dendrobium orchid and Calcynia heather boutonniere.

 

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The bridesmaids wore beautiful soft pink colored dresses.

 

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The bridesmaids carried Titanic and Geraldine pink roses with accents of green poppy pods and variegated Pittosporum.

 

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The boys carried the bride’s sign down the aisle followed by four flowers girls.

 

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Two of the flowergirls carried fairy wands and the other two carried birch bark decorated baskets.

 

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The aisle leading up to the wedding canopy was strewn with rose petals in an pale pink ombre design.

 

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The gorgeous rose and orchid garden Chuppah supported  Strands of orchids and crystal garlands, creating a magical backdrop for this beautiful couple.

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The escort card table had a trio of mercury glass flute vases  filled with Cafe au Lait Dahlias and pink peonies.

 

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This birch bark centerpiece was one of three unique centerpiece styles.

 

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The cake was an important focal point behind the sweetheart table. The cascading flowers greeted guests as they walked into the ballroom.

 

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Then most unexpectedly, when the bride went to toss her bouquet….

 

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she walked over and made sure that her sister would “catch” it.

 

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This was the perfectly planned timing for her sister’s boyfriend to propose to her.   What a surprise.

We were so happy to create this beautiful wedding and get to know this great family.

 

 

Stacy Porras coordinated this beautiful wedding and it was great working  together again.

Wedding Coordination – Stacy Porras,  Porras Wedding Consulting

 

A big thank you to Adam for the gorgeous images.  It was a pleasure to work together.

Photography – Adam George, Embrace Life Photography 

Thursday, June 20th, 2013 | Leave A Comment

Flower Arranging Party at Sherman Oaks Nursery School.

Last night we met a wonderful group of young mothers from the Sherman Oaks Nursery School.

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This was our second year we were asked if we would like to do a flower arranging seminar for the school fund raiser. we had so much fun that we were happy to do it again.

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We showed the ladies how to do a few easy, quick, and stylish centerpieces for entertaining at home and baby showers.

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Then we showed how to make a simple flower arrangement .

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We saw lots of creativity and imagination.

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Everyone’s personality came out in their designs.

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It was a fun Mom’s night out with appetizers, wine, flowers, and dessert.

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Sherman Oaks Nursery School

 

Thursday, May 30th, 2013 | Leave A Comment

Conservation International Gala at the Montage Beverly Hills

 

We created centerpieces for Conservation International Gala honoring Disney for Commitment to Nature Conservation at the Montage Hotel In Beverly Hills.

 

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The focus for the theme was the work that Disney has done in the Peruvian Rain forest.

 

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We have worked with this group for years. It was very interesting to discover how many plants and flowers originate from the Peruvian rainforest.

 

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We created glass sphere ecosystems and sustainable re-purposed root ball tropical planters.

 

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In recognition of its long history of commitment to sustainability and inspiring action for the environment, Conservation International (CI) honored Disney with its prestigious Global Conservation Leadership Award.
CI also provided Disney with key inputs into the company’s comprehensive long-term environmental strategy. As part of Disney’s commitment to address climate change, it has supported CI’s forest carbon projects in Peru and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last month, CI announced it was “retiring” over 400,000 metric tons of carbon credits from the Alto Mayo forest carbon project in Disney’s name.

 

 

Venue: Montage Hotel, Beverly Hills
Photography: Tracey Landworth