Archive for July, 2011

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 | 1 Comment

Dinner Plate Dahlias at FIG AND OLIVE

We recently created florals for a bridal shower in the private dining room of the new Fig and Olive Restaurant on Melrose Place.

If you haven’t been there, it’s beautiful, airy and feels like your dining outside.
The private dining room is divided from the restaurant by a glass wall with large glass doors.

We used a new variety of Dinner Plate Dahlias called Café Au Lait. The subtle coloration of the dahlias are fantastic.  This form of Dahlias are called dinner plate because of the size of the blossoms being the size of a plate. The individual blossoms can be between 8-10″ around.

We added roses in a matching shade and a coral accent to tie in with the terracotta in the room.


Fig and Olive Melrose Place –


For those of your with a “Green Thumb”, Here is a source for ‘Cafe au lait’ Dahlia tubers. They are sold out for the year but will be available for order in later January and available for Southern Californian gardeners in later February.   Later for other areas of the country. Check out their website lots of great plants from a California business that prides itself in Customer service.   click here

Thursday, July 21st, 2011 | 1 Comment

Fantastic Unique Gift

I’m so excited to let you know that we are offering a unique gift idea for a bride, daughter, wife or even a groom.

I have been working on this idea for over a year.
With all the modern technology today so many things are possible. Photos of weddings are Tweeted before the ceremony is even over.
I’ve been thinking of what I could offer that would last longer than a tweet.  An act of love and beauty that would be an enduring anniversary gift or wedding remembrance.
In the 80’s we did Victorian dried nosegays of the actual brides bouquets displayed in a glass dome. These were fine for a certain kind of environment but, not in keeping with today’s aesthetic.
Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a fine artist create an original work of art using your bridal bouquet as the subject matter?

I would like to introduce you to artist, Teri Farrell-Gittins.  Teri paints the most gorgeous watercolors. We met thru a mutual friend and I just loved her work.

I sent her a photo of a few bouquets from recent weddings and she brought this beautiful bouquet to life.

Work in progress

The finished bouquet

Details  ( you can click on this image to enlarge.)

Wouldn’t this be a romantic gift to have in your bedroom! Teri can also create smaller pieces that would be appropriate for a dressing area. This is a smaller piece of the groom’s boutonniere.

This is a family heirloom in the making.

Please contact me and I can give you more details on how to commission a personal original work of art.


To see more of this wedding Click here

Visit Teri’s website to see some of her other work      Visit Teri’s blog      Visit Teri’s face book page

Thursday, July 14th, 2011 | 4 Comments

Behind the scene visit to our design studio

Most people have never been behind the scene of a special event florist. Like the film industry, many people are involved. I would like to share some of the preparatory steps of making it all come together.

Timing is almost everything.

Years of experience tells you what day to purchase each type of flower so they are at the perfect stage. Flowers need to be at their peak of beauty for the party. I thought it might be fun to show a few photos of preparation for the event we did two weeks ago.

4am we’re off to the flower market

the rose shipment arrives from Ecuador                                time to get all 3,800 stems in water

hundreds of small vases ready to be filled with Sweet peas                  hand tying 1500 stems of orchids

picking up Peonies flown in fresh from Oregon          finishing the bridesmaid’s bouquets

loading up a truck for delivery to the reception                        dressing the linens on the tables

folding napkins with  dark purple ribbon bands              adding garlands to the candelabras

Cake Divas setting up the cake                   tying orchid garlands on the bride and groom’s chair

We’re finished and ready for the guests to enter.  The party is about to start.


More photos to Follow in the coming weeks.

Thanks to Tracy Landworth for Pre-event photos,

Wedding coordinator:  Stacy Porras –  Porras Wedding consultants


Once Todd Johnson’s photos are ready, the photographer for the wedding, we will post a whole blog of this beautiful event.

Thursday, July 7th, 2011 | Leave A Comment

Eddie’s Bar Mitzvah at the LUXE

This handsome Bar Mitzvah was at the LUXE Hotel in Brentwood.
We created a series of black risers with mirror tops for the escort card table.

The cards were placed in a small silver cube card holder. I love how the card says “SIT”.  It’s always a challenge to come up with something creative, simple and cool.

Then we placed our sculptural candlesticks on the table and topped them with succulent spheres and blue Vendela roses spheres wrapped with glossy black lacquered Galax leaves

The centerpiece was a sculptural floral table lamp with a hammered silver neck, embroidered black fabric lampshades and blue Vendela rose trim.
The tables were draped in platinum dazzle linens with black lacquer chargers.  We brought in black onyx water goblets, mercury glass votives and clusters of gardenias to finish off this stylish table.


Blue Ultrasuede lounge furniture and black curved booth seating was enjoyed for the kids area lounge.

The lounge florals had smoked glass cube vases filled with blue LED lighting, Lucky bamboo and black lacquer painted handmade Galax leaf rosettes.

Bar Mitzvah Party Planner Extraordinaire , Evie Steinberg,    and  the very talented, Special Event Photographer,   Susan Bordelon made creating this event a joy.