Archive for March, 2012

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Kaufman Franco Lupus Luncheon

Last week we were asked to create simple and chic florals for one of our favorite clients who was hosting the Kaufman Franco Sacks Fifth Avenue  luncheon for the Lupus foundation at their home.

The all white tent and carpet contrasted beautifully with the Gunmetal Grey linens from La Tavola Linens.


We created a floating Sphere of Vendela Roses in a bias-cut glass bowl.


Steel grass loops circled the roses for a clean and beautiful centerpiece.

The luncheon was prepared by the wonderful , Celestino  Drago


Thanks to Alex Berliner for capturing the  afternoon with his beautiful photography


Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 | Leave A Comment

Emerson College Groundbreaking Luncheon

We were recently asked to create flowers for the Groundbreaking ceremony luncheon for
Emerson college’s new Los Angeles Center.

We used pink sweet peas, melon colored Ranunculus, Fiesta roses and Stickerus flabellatus or Umbrella Fern

The new building will be located at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Gordon Street in Hollywood, and has been designed by world-renowned architect Thom Mayne.
The luncheon was held in the ballroom at the W hotel in Hollywood.

This will be a great addition to the college and we can’t wait to see the progress of this beautifully designed building.

Thursday, March 8th, 2012 | 2 Comments

Inspiration: Plum Blossom Festival In Kyoto

Feb. 25th we were fortunate to be in Kyoto and get tickets for the Baika-sai or Plum Blossom Festival.

The festival is held at the Kitanno-Tenangu Shrine built in 1592. The shrine was built for devotion to the God of Learning and to enshrine Poet, Michizane who was about to be exiled to Daiziafu. He wrote the following poem.

When the East wind blows,
For even without their master,
plum blossoms should never forget spring.

Leading up to the shrine, was a market with food stalls, where we sampled delicious  Japanese street food.

My favorite was Takoyaki, which is a savory octopus fritter topped with dried Bonito fish shavings, so yummy.

The shrine has over 1500 Plum Blossom trees.

If that wasn’t enough, there was a Nodate, or outdoor tea ceremony preformed by Geisha and Maiko ( apprentice) geisha where they serve tea to the public.

I thought the rain was going to detract from the event, but the tent became a interesting background.




This was a great thrill to have between 20-30 geisha at close range.

I could have photographed them all day.

Thursday, March 1st, 2012 | 1 Comment

Tokyo Wedding Planning

We just returned from a two week wedding planning trip in Japan.
We were thrilled to plan a “Beverly Hills” style wedding with wedding coordinator, ayame , for a Japanese celebrity and her producer fiancé in Tokyo.

During our time there, we met with many wonderful people and were delighted to be asked to return in July.

We visited the  beautiful Happo-en Gardens in Tokyo.

Even in early spring this garden is stunningly beautiful. The trees without leaves in the photos are either Japanese Maples or Pendulous Cherry blossom trees so this garden has four beautiful seasons.

Happo-en, (beautiful from all angles) is a former Samurai residence originally built in 1600.
It is located in the Shirokane, (Platinum district) in the Minuato ward of Tokyo.

This 12.5 acre property was built in a valley with gardens and spring fed Koi ponds. At one time, this district was all private estates. Now, totally surrounded by high-rises, this garden retreat is a rare gem in the city.

We were given a tour of the property and gardens.

We were so excited to see the bonsai collection some of which are as old as 500 years.

Mr. Inoue, the General Manager, invited us to a dinner at Kochyuan, the private Japanese style dining room later that week.

We were greeted by a welcoming staff dressed in beautiful Kimonos.

We were treated to a multi-course seasonal Kaiseki gourmet dinner overlooking the manicured garden.

Each course a feast for the senses. Fantastic presentation

The entire evening was a magical delight .

Yes, That’s Kobe beef for Sukiyaki.

The name of the restaurant, Kochyuan, means an experience of paradise from a vessel filled with all types of delicacies.

This is truly what we experienced.

During our visit, we were interviewed by the top wedding magazine 25ANS wedding, and Trade magazine, HOTERES Wedding, for the hotel and restaurant trade.
There is so much to share about Japan and how it has inspired me. Look for more entries soon on Kimonos and wedding dress fashion, The Plum Blossom Festival in Kyoto where we were served tea by the young Meiko Geisha,  and a visit to the Ikenobo school of Ikebana.