Archive for June, 2011

Thursday, June 30th, 2011 | 2 Comments

INSPIRATION: Handmade Sculpted Flowers

We recently designed a wedding at the stunning Vibiana, The Los Angeles Archdiocese’s old cathedral,  re-purposed into a unique event space.

While researching past events at the venue, we realized that the niches in the front of the room were so large, that most attempts of filling them with flowers, fell a few feet short. We needed something that was bold and 8-9 feet tall.
So, I started thinking about what to do. I was thinking of glass artist, Dale Chihuly and his large installations.

Then I happened to see on Fashion TV, the Chanel spring/summer couture collection show. They covered a backdrop and staircase with 7000 handmade paper flowers.

I was getting some supplies at Paper Source and I saw some kits for small handmade paper flowers, so I started with these. Then I experimented with pearlized and Japanese Washi papers and came up with these beautiful flowers.

After we were about a third of the way into the project, we were walking down La Cienega Boulevard and noticed that Monique Lhuillier had been similarly inspired as well. Her beautiful wedding dresses were surrounded by sculpted paper flowers.Creating these arrangements were far more involved than creating fresh floral arrangements, but we feel the results were outstanding.


We can’t wait to show you more of this magical wedding as in the following weeks to come.

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011 | 2 Comments

2nd Annual Beverly Hills Wedding Seminar Group from Japan

We just hosted the second floral trends seminar at the studio for The Beverly Hills Wedding Seminar Group from Japan.

We discussed popular wedding trends, themes and ideas.  After enjoying an alfresco lunch under the garden tent, we discussed creative ideas to make the most of a clients budget.

Two of the trends we showed were  a Rustic look  with mercury glass votives  and  black and white sculptural look with lime green accents.


Then as a special treat, special event photographer, Tracey Landworth, presented a seminar on how to take better wedding photos with whatever camera you have.

Traditional Japanese Wedding photography is stiff by comparison to western style wedding photography.

Tracey brought in a model bride and groom so she could give a “hands on” seminar. Tracey explained that capturing the moment was more important that lining up the family in a row. Everyone learned very quickly the concepts that Tracey was sharing.

It was interesting comparing Far East and Western customs and further still, our particular Southern Californian Style.
We had a lovely day sharing ideas and sparking inspiration.
All the best to our new Japanese friends.

Tracey Landworth Special Event Photography –

Tracey Landworth Architecture and Interior Photography  – Tracey Landworth

Creative Photography workshops with Tracey Landworth –   Creative Photography Workshops


Thursday, June 16th, 2011 | Leave A Comment

evan at the Skirball Cultural Center

The design of this cool Bat Mitzvah was based on a minimalist contemporary graphic of a cherry blossom. Using white as the base color, splashes of pink, blue and green accented the sleek canvas.

For the place card table, we sculpted a letter “e” for Evan and covered it with turquoise moc-crocodile. We then framed the “e” with pavéd lime green Kermit Mums.

The centerpieces were inspired from the cherry blossom graphic.
Table top embellishments included, custom made turquoise moc-crocodile rounds with matching napkin cuffs, blue mercury glass votives and frosted glass cubes.

One of the stand-outs of the evening was the custom designed two level dance floor, complete with hot pink velvet VIP Rope. The upper level lighted dance floor was popular all night.

The kid lounge  featured  new  glow chairs and stand up cocktail tables.

Yet again, it was a pleasure working with Evie Steinberg, Bar Mitzvah planner extraordinaire.

Event Planner –    Evie Steinberg –    Be our Guest
Photography    –    Kerry Corcoran-   David Michael Photography

Thursday, June 9th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Lauren and Charlie at the Smog Shoppe

We recently worked on a wedding at the ultra-cool Smog Shoppe. For those of you who are not familiar with the space, it was an old auto repair garage located in Culver City re-purposed into a great indoor/outdoor party space.

Lauren and Charlie were really fun to work with. It was important to this unique couple that the wedding conveyed their personalities. No formal ballroom for this couple.

Millions of personal details were loaded into this fun, funky, flea-market-find, floral fantasy. When Lauren showed me her brooch collection and told me she wanted to make the bouquets with them, I was so ready.  We combined succulents with the brooches and tied the handles with antique buttons and raffia.

Lauren would have regular visits to drop off her many eclectic containers and craft projects. She also found vintage fabric and created colorful aisle and table runners. It was my challenge to pull it together and give it a look.

We created a unique vignette of vintage containers and garden flowers for each table.

Charlie’s contribution of home-brewed beers is a craft that I would like to explore. ….sample … imbibe.

It was really great to work with Hallee of Kensington Caterers. The food was delicious and beautiful presented.

While guests were dancing the night away under swags of multi-color lanterns, the Cool Haus Ice cream truck pulled in across the candlelit patio area. What could be better than their salted caramel ice cream between two of their double chocolate cookies!

To see more great images of this fun wedding go to:   Duke’s Blog

Photography: Duke Photography

Venue: Smog Shoppe,

Food: Kensington Caterers,

Coordinator: Amanda Auer,