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Saturday, June 25th, 2016 | Leave A Comment

Lindsay and Adam’s Romantic and Whimsical Fall Wedding at the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills

Lindsay and Adam’s Fall Wedding at the Four Seasons.


Last fall, we created a wonderful seasonal wedding in an imaginative color palette of cream, beige, and grey green with burgundy, navy and rose gold accents.


The bride carried ‘Garden Spirit’ Roses, ‘Crystal Blush’ Calla Lilies, champagne spray roses, Seeded Eucalyptus and dusty miller.



The bridesmaids loose garden style bouquets were composed of Vendela and Juliet Roses, Eryngium Sea Holly, burgundy Amaranthus, Nigella pods, Seeded Eucalyptus and dusty miller.


The Boutonnieres were plum mini-calla lilies with Eryngium Sea Holly and Seeded Eucalyptus.



As guests entered the ceremony area, a rose petal station complete with monogrammed bags were provided for the guests.


Collections of beige, cream and parchment color pumpkins were staged on either side of the pergola.


Hanging bird cages filled with ivory pillar candles were attached to arching birch branches.


Garlands of antique colored hydrangeas, fresh hop vines, hanging burgundy Amaranthus, white paperbark birch and clusters of roses Cascaded over the pergola.


In the cocktail area,we constructed white paper birch lantern chandeliers on either side of the hallway that were embellished with antique hydrangea and Amaranthus garlands.


The escort cards were inserted into the gold brushed stems of miniature white pumpkins placed on a bed of fresh green mood moss.

The twelve foot tall birch trees filled with lanterns and little white string lights looked magical as the evening progressed.


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Rose gold calligraphy on a deep navy card added drama to this unique fall wedding


Wonderful long floral arrangements meandered down the table with tall antiqued wooden candlesticks.


Clusters of red and black grapes with burgundy dahlias complemented the cranberry cut crystal water glasses.


Burgundy calla lilies were tucked into fresh curly willow napkin rings for that added extra touch.


The bride and grooms chairs were festooned with floral and greenery garlands.


After dinner the escort card table was transformed into a sweets table featuring pie “pops” in birch bark lined boxes.

It was a great pleasure creating this magical wedding for this special family.


Event planner- Samantha Scott events

Photography ; Jana Williams


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


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.



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.



The bridesmaids, in a flattering variety of black dresses contrasted with their jewel-toned bouquets.



The bridesmaids carried callas and hydrangea in shades of purples with Fatsia foliage.



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”.



Thousands of purple Dendrobium orchids created this modern floral canopy.



The orchids were hand-tied.on site, to create this one-of-a-kind disk-shaped chuppah.



A garland of purple Mokkara orchids was placed on this ceremonial table.



One of the most spectacular views, was from the pool terrace, where hotel guests watched from above.





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.



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.



As the evening progressed, the lighting enhanced the dramatic decor.



burgundy succulents were places on the menu filled napkins.



The multi-tierd stacked wedding cake was circled in Rothschild Vanda purple orchid.



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

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.






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.






Champagne and hor d’oeuvres were served as guests arrived.




Dawnridge is filled with wonderful treasures everywhere you look.   I just love this giant garden snail lamp.




Tony’s mantra embroidered on a pillow, More is More!, couldn’t be more true.





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.





Tony’s famous sculptures are even more magnificent  illuminated at night.





There is a feeling of being transported to an exotic land, far away from Beverly Hills.





Dinner was arranged in intimate Monkey Room, which is lined in Indochine tapestries accented with architectural corbels of hand carved and painted monkey heads.





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.






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.





This creative garland was composed of  Lord Rothschild’s Vanda orchid hybrids and hundreds of coral dyed leather straps, re-purposed into spiraling coils.






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.




Friday, December 26th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Inspiration: Christmas 2014 – KOI TO THE WORLD



We want to thank our friends and clients for an amazing year.


We still have blogs to write from events this year, but we thought it would be fun to share a peek at what can inspire us personally.


Every year, after we complete all our clients holiday decor and parties, we create a  unique decor for ourselves for our home’s fireplace mantle.

Ricky has had many years experience as a Visual Director and he starts the creative process with a yearly theme. many times with a fun play on words. This year is,  ‘Koi To the World’.


As some of you may know, we have a beautiful Koi pond in front of our studio.


It is a joy and wonder to watch the beautiful patterns and color combinations of the fish.



Being in Los Angeles, the water lilies bloom 10 months of the year and their exotic beauty and fragrance is a focal point of the garden.

Watching the Koi is a very relaxing, meditative and stress reducing activity.

So, it is not just a play on words, but also a sentiment of a wishing everyone some stress relief and to enjoy the beauty around us.


You may ask how does that become a Christmas trim? I thought it might be fun to show you the process.


While I was taking photography lessons, one project was to photograph a single subject every week for a year. i chose the pond.


As the weeks went by, I would experiment on trying to make the pond appear completely different  without Photoshop manipulation..

This one using a long exposure to appear impressionistic.



Then the following week using reflection to appear surreal.

The pond has continued to be inspiring to us and this year is was for Christmas.




While working on a client’s Christmas tree, with a ‘Olde time circus theme’, we festooned garlands of animal cracker cookies and hand-decorated ornaments.



We printed photos of old posters and ornaments on metallic finished paper. Then we added details with glitter glue.

As we were making them,  I  thought this could be good for our Koi theme.



Next we decided, rather than hand draw or copy images from the internet,  we would take photos of our own fish.



Some of the Koi’s patterns were perfect for this project.




We then cut and pasted them out of the photos on to a blank background.



Then we used our regular computer printer to printed hundreds of  them on gold paper.



After cutting each one out, we chose which details to accentuate using glitter glue.

While doing this, we had to come up with something to attach them to.

I thought we could always do a garland, but it might be fun to make a frame around the mirror above the fireplace to create a Koi Pond.

While flipping through the stacks of magazines arriving daily i saw these mosaic candle holders.  I really liked the iridescent glass that reminded me of fish scales.



From this, we decided to make a frame with a fish scale finish and frost the mirror with Ice crystals for a frozen pond effect.

So instead of buying a frame, we made one out of an inexpensive cardboard tube form home depot. We cut the tubes in half lengthwise. These are more commonly used as a form for pouring concrete.



To the left, you can see the frame after we cut it and painted it white.

After everyone went home from the studio that evening,  we cut out hundreds of pieces from an old plastic tarp in the shape of scales and painted each one.

After the scales were painted we glued them to the frame and glazed them with a luminescent violet-blue gold glaze.

The following afternoon, we went to work creating a exciting installation to our already eclectically decorated living room.

I hope you enjoy the time-lapse version.

So much faster like this.


We added a garland of fresh Norfolk Island pine garland with little warm white lights and white snowflake lights around the frame. We then painted the side windows in a pattern found on a Japanese screen.



In the center we added a wreath of fresh Norfolk Island pine which allowed the koi to jump out of the frozen water.


We wish you a wonderful 2015 with much health, happiness, and creative energy.

All the Best! Brad and Ricky


Thursday, November 6th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Rachel and David Wedding at  Paramount Ranch

Our bride had the advantage of working on many weddings for renowned wedding photographer, Susan Bordelon.


Rachel came to us with a clear idea of what she wanted, and let us run with it.  Rachel requested a color scheme of matte grey, white and deep red with a yellow accent.


The bride carried white peonies, Blushing Bride Protea, rock quartz crystals and for the first time ever, spiraling silver grey leaves of the Tillansia xerographica.



The groom’s boutonniere was silver grey thistle wrapped in silk cording.



Owning a lapidary business in Minnesota, Rachel’s Parents sent her the rock quartz crystal, Hematite and Jasper  stones used in the wedding. When I saw the metallic pewter color Hematite, I knew that we would have fun creating bouquets out of succulents, berries and stones.



The ceremony took place under the shade of a giant Coast Live Oak at the Paramount Ranch.



The Paramount Ranch was purchased in the 1920’s by Paramount studios and provides amazing backdrops for wedding photos.



This location has hosted a veritable who’s who of Hollywood including director Cecil B. Demille and actors Bob Hope, Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert.   From 1992 to 1997, Paramount Ranch was used as the setting for the television show, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.


Everywhere you looked, the surroundings made you believe that you stepped into a western film.  Escort cards were displayed in front of the saloon windows.


The reception took place in a big barn providing authentic ambiance for the rustic fantasy evening.


Vintage lace runners were laid donw the center of these natural wood plank tables.  Banana leaf plates and bamboo flatware were the perfect complements to this rustic elegant wedding.


Rock Quartz crystals swirled around the vintage silver and grey painted bottles.


Romantic swagged Tivoli lights created a warm glowing ambiance.  The centerpiece vases were filled with white China mums, bachelor buttons, deep red Gerberas and yellow Craspedia. Succulents, gardenias, and white selenite candle holders were clustered around the vases.


After a fantastic reception the bride and groom drove away in their vintage car.





Susan Bordelon- Susan Bordelon photography

Venue- Paramount Ranch

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Crissy & Mike’s Magical Bel Air Wedding

For us, this was a dream wedding. A bride with an interesting vision, an amazing family, and a great team to pull it all off.

Two years ago we created a beautiful wedding for Crissy’s sister Nicole at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills.  Naturally, Crissy didn’t want to do the same wedding again.  We were delighted with her completely different design aesthetic. Crissy had adjectives I had never heard used when describing the vibe of the decor. She used the words, whimsical elegant swamp plantation. This was really exciting for us.

Crissy really stressed that interesting texture was more important to her, rather than a classic rose bouquet. We created a bouquet using Green Eye roses, Blushing Bride protea, balloon-like  Asclepias physocarpa, silver Leucadendron, Japanese Pteris, Millet, Dianthus green ball, Green hydrangea, Ornithogalum, Japanese lily grass and Maranta foliage.


Crissy isn’t the only bride with history attached to her family’s home. On April 29th, 1930, Irene Mayer, daughter of Hollywood legend Louis B. Mayer, married her fiancé David Selznick, and in true Hollywood fashion Mr. Mayer gave Irene her choice of any house as a wedding gift. Soon after Irene chose the same Wallace Neff  Normandy estate now owned by Crissy’s family.

Guests were greeted by a floating Champagne tower inviting guests to a magical evening.


The beautiful lanterns were festooned with garlands of antique hydrangea, magnolia, huckleberry, lemon leaf , hanging Amaranthus and fresh Spanish moss.


The escort cards were laid out on a bed of  fresh Oregon forest mosses accented with mushroom covered bark and Spanish Moss.



To accommodate the cocktail hour in the rolling front yard, over 10,000 square feet of custom wood decking was built just for the day.


After the cocktail hour, guests were led through the house past a stunning staircase swagged with  magnolia and rose garlands to a wooden plank path underneath a giant Coral Flame tree.

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The swimming pool area had been transformed into the ceremony area with hundreds of teardrop hanging votives suspended from the trees.

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The wedding canopy was created by four sculptural sandblasted Mansanita trees. The trees formed a base for thousands of handmade Sola wood flowers carved into the shape of wisteria, one of Crissy’s favorite flowers. Months before, we commissioned a artisan factory in India to create these floral shapes not available in Los Angeles. These flowers were packed in a container and shipped to Los Angeles arriving just in time for this wedding. Thick garlands of  antique hydrangea, white roses and sola wood flowers wove their way up the base tree trunks. The riser was veneered with weathered Travertine with moss in the joints to look as if it were always there. It’s hard to believe, the week before this site was a beautiful formal swimming pool.


After the ceremony, guests were led down a flight of stone steps to the beautifully landscaped tennis court garden. We created an entry of living “draperies” from fresh hop vines topped with a valence of Sola wood Anemones. Many of you might know that hops are used in the making of beer. They also make  fantastic organic curtains.


The surrounding manicured French landscape led to the feeling of being in a secret garden. As the sun set, the almost invisible tent structure supported giant grapevine lighted spheres. Spanish moss and Sola wood chandeliers, eclectically placed Edison bulbs and Tivoli lights to create a magical glowing ceiling.

The eclectic tables were glowing in candlelight as the evening progressed. Assorted chairs and different patterns of china were randomly placed around the table. Vendela roses, gardenias, green hydrangeas, cotton bols, and reindeer moss dripped over the sandblasted grapevine trunks.

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Organic Spanish moss and Sola wood chandeliers framed the black and white checked dance floor with a view of the sweetheart table and the cake table.

The opulent sweetheart table was draped with a thick garland of antique hydrangeas, clusters of cotton bols,Vendela roses, gardenias and hanging amaranths draping down to the floor.



We created this pavéd foliage and flower table cloth for the fabulous nude cake, baked by Fantasy Frostings. They are the same baker that made celebrity, Hilary Duff’s cake at her wedding. This is a difficult style to do well as the baker can not cover any mistakes with frosting. We used Variegated Hosta leaves, Galax leaves, Maranta leaves, reindeer moss and white ranunculus.

It was truly a magical evening. In photographer Docuvitae’s blog on our wedding they stated so beautifully, “The guests were transported into a perfectly imperfect wonderland of light, texture and beauty.”

Photographer: Docuvitae

Coordinator: Samantha Scott Events

Cake: Fantasy Frostings

Catering: The Kitchen for Exploring Food

Additional detail photography: Tracey Landworth



Thursday, October 16th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Wedding for Taryn & Matt at Geoffrey’s in Malibu

We recently created florals for this beautiful intimate wedding at Geoffrey’s in Malibu.


It’s not often a restaurant like Geoffrey’s allows a buyout for a special event.

While we were setting up the flowers, we overheard the hostess informing a number of  “A-listers”  that they were closed for the evening.


The light and breezy canopy overlooked the ocean creating a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony. We designed a brown bamboo structure draped in natural gauzy fabric. Plumeria flown in from Hawaii, orchids and smilax were loosely draped over the frame.


After the ceremony, guests moved to the veranda for cocktails. Geoffrey’s cocktail tables are all designed to look like custom surfboards.

In heavy glass sham vases we arranged ranunculus, scented geraniums, Iceburg roses and herbs.


Each dining table table had a different variation of the centerpiece.


We used combinations of bleached driftwood, rustic carved wood bowls, clusters of green grapes, mercury and bubble glass votives,  pearlized sea shells, open cream roses, succulents, herbs and gardenias.


The place card was tied with twine to a sprig of rosemary and a single Plumeria, or also known as  Frangapani.


The table under the canopy for the ceremony became the sweetheart table.

As the sun set the restaurant became a magical glow of candlelight and music.



Wedding Coordinator: – Samantha Scott – Samantha Scott Events 

Venue: Geoffreys Malibu

Friday, September 26th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Variety and Women in Film’s Annual Pre-Emmy Celebration at Gracias Madre


Firstly, we would like to like to say, thank you for supporting our blog.  As of this date, we have shared 100 blog entries with you.

We have a lot of exciting parties and weddings we have been wanting to share with you. Now, is the time to catch up.

We recently created florals for Variety and Women in Film’s Annual Pre-Emmy Celebration at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood.


Our friends at Variety, gave us the inspiration for the party and we had fun filing the beautiful restaurant with glorious color.


This star studded evening was attended by  so many talented actors, the beautiful Angela Bassett, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Kerry Washington  ——–


The corner of the beautiful tiled bar created a focal point for the two-tone Cherry Brandy roses, orange dahlias, orange marigolds, Teddy Bear Sunflowers, zinnias and bromeliad floral spikes filled the re-purposed Mexican chili cans.


The courtyard was laid out with seating areas under the ancient olive trees that had been recently planted in this former parking lot turned gracious dining patio.


The entire courtyard had been branded with Variety’s logo including the frosted mirrors.


This party was the perfect event to introduce our fantastic new orange lanterns lining the valet area.

We found it amusing to see posts of a few of our favorite stars on their way to their limos. To get a paparazzi view of our party, check out the videos below.

Michelle Dockery, best known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV drama series Downton Abbey, for which she has been nominated for three consecutive Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award was seen leaving the party.

The lovely, Lea Michele, known for her performance as Rachel Berry on Fox television series Glee,  was charming, even to the paparazzi!

It was such fun to get a glimpse of the famous guests that enjoyed the beautiful environments we have created.





Thursday, July 24th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Nail’d It


Our friends at Oxygen Network invited us to create floral designs for their latest project. They hosted the Television Critics Association with a Pop-UP Salon for their new show, NAIL’D  IT.



We created color-blocked florals using Oxygen’s new color palette and logo.



Oxygen Network describes the new series as…

Delving into the newest fashion trend of nail design, Nail’d It is an innovative self-contained challenge pitting the country’s fiercest nail designers against one another. Hosted by fashionista Adrienne Bailon, each episode will feature three “Nailistas” as they are pushed beyond their creative limits to face-off crafting flawless flat paint designs and over-the-top 3D works of art using everything from gels, wraps, polishes, glitter, lace, rhinestones, 3D objects and extreme materials.  The winners of each battle will then compete in a two-part finale until only one artist is standing to claim the $100,000 prize, which will get them to the next level in their aspiring career.


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Oxygen created a Pop-UP Nail Salon in Beverly Hills at the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s International Terrace. They transformed it into a glossy white slick salon and offered creative manicures and mini-massages.




We created floral garlands of deep violet Hydrangeas, fuchsia Mokara orchids and orange Mokara orchids submerged in giant glass cylinders. We capped the vases with vibrant  purple Vandas orchids and fuchsia dinner-plate dahlias for a strong color statement.


Thursday, July 10th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Chinois Birthday Party

We recently created festive party decor for a special clients birthday at Wolfgang Puck’s Asian Fusion Restaurant, Chinois.
Guests were greeted with  the warm glow of hundreds of ruby red candles arranged around the golden Buddha.
The stunning custom-made invitations designed by Evie Steinberg, set the mood for an Asian Fantasy in purple and red.
We suspended clusters of large red paper lanterns and hand painted parasols over the tables.   Royal purple fabric draped the ceiling finshed in Red Chinese tassels.
The base of the centerpieces were filled with Rothschilds orchids, Mokara orchids, Giant allium and Poppy Pods. Purple dendrobium orchids climbed up tall red lanterns.
The red silk tablecloths were embroidered with cherry blossoms in pink and gold stitching. Little Buddha place card holders added to the festive occasion.
Each napkin had a chocolate covered fortune cookie tied with a mokara orchid.
We were so happy to be a part of this special birthday
Custom Invitations and planning – Evie Steinburg –  Be our Guest –
Photography       – Kelly O Photography