Posts Tagged ‘Rustic Elegance’

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016 | Leave A Comment

Karin and Hart’s Wedding at Saddlerock Ranch Malibu

We love weddings at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu.

We have created beautiful wedding flowers for all three daughters of this family.


All three sisters had distinctive ideas regarding their wedding decor.


Bridal Bouquet

Our bride carried a beautiful bouquet of  Vendela, Crème de la Crème and David Austin Patience Garden Roses with accents of Lemon Vision Spray Roses, lite blue hydrangea, dusty miller and Stephanotis.



Her beautiful bridesmaids carried bouquets of blue hydrangea, Vendela roses and Dusty Miller.



The adorable flower girls wore wreaths of seeded Eucalyptus and carried birch bark moss lined baskets.



For Karin and Hart’s ceremony, we decided to to site the ceremony facing the oak grove.



Herb filled French galvanized flower buckets and vintage iron garden lanterns were grouped down the aisle.


ceremony area

The wedding canopy was created using pale blue shades of Hydrangea, lime green hanging Amaranthus, Southern Magnolia, dusty miller, Crème de la Crème, Message and Vendela roses.



I love this family tradition, every couple has their name sewn into the bridal canopy.



A hand lettered sign and steamer trunk filled with jasmine and herbs led guests to the ceremony.



Framed wedding photos were displayed of the many generations of family members.



Three different styles of centerpieces were used, featuring green grapes and birch bark containers.



The long tables had our tall vintage candlesticks and striped table runners.



We surrounded the monogrammed cake with a magnolia garland.



We are so happy for this wonderful couple and glad they thought to take a evening photo under the canopy.



Coordination:  Michelle Dixon –

Caterer: Kitchen for Exploring Food 

Photographer:  MayaMeyers


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, August 2nd, 2012 | 1 Comment

Linda and Sean at Saddlerock Ranch Malibu

Linda and Sean are self-proclaimed “foodies”. They wanted to create a farmers market feeling after seeing produce markets on their many travels.

So we created an escort card table where the place cards were apples.

They encouraged guests to visit the resident horses and feed them the apple.  Not to worry, the calligrapher used edible ink.

We decorated the ranches rustic trunk gazebo with cream tapestry fabric and garlands of rosemary and fresh bay leaf.  Clusters of Granny Smith Apples and butterscotch roses cascaded around the garlands. Burlap covered planter boxes lined the aisle filled with jasmines, lavender and apples.

Old heirloom bibles from the family were placed on the table under the Chuppah.

The bride carried a beautiful bouquet of blush peonies and cream roses with fresh herbs and scented-leaf geraniums.

The bride looked so beautiful with the vibrant green backdrop of the garden.

We used  round and long wooden tables with green moss table runners. Displays of fruits and vegetables surrounded rustic lanterns.   little bundles of flowers, were  displayed in ceramic containers in market style. Generous platters of side dishes were served family style in the center of the table for this rustic elegant wedding

The sweetheart table was filled with an abundant display of fruits and vegetables with a fresh bay leaf garland.

The menu was printed on chipboard and had the couples silhouette logo on the bottom.

Catering : Kitchens for Exploring Food

Venue: Saddlerock Ranch Malibu

Wedding coordinator: Events of Love and Splendor

Rentals:  Town and Country Event Rentals



Thursday, January 19th, 2012 | 3 Comments

Frannie and Jordan at the Book Bindery

This wedding was a designers dream. Last year we created a gorgeous wedding for the bride’s brother, in the Grand Ballroom at the Wilshire Beverly Regent Hotel. ( See blog entry)

Instead of having a second beautiful formal wedding one year later, the bride had other ideas. A habitual stalker of the wedding blogs, she fell in love with the style of a rustic elegant barn wedding. The “buzz words” for this wedding were to be “ Creative, Elegant, Rustic, Imaginative and Unique”. The only problem was to find a conveniently located barn large enough for 320 guests in Los Angeles. The Book Bindery warehouse space became the perfect solution because of the rustic wood bow-truss ceiling.

Guests were greeted with a collection of framed family wedding photos displayed on a rustic farm table. Above the table succulent filled panels created in the couples initials.

The ceremony room was surrounded by clusters of lighted custom-made grapevine ball chandeliers. The largest being over three feet in diameter.

The ceremony, set in the round, called for a unique floating canopy created by a framework of driftwood. Simple and elegant garlands of white orchids and hanging glass teardrop votives cascaded over the frame.

The riser was circled with the beautiful antiqued wood vineyard chairs.

A succulent garland accented the table underneath the canopy.

The riser was topped with a white Flokati rug and surrounded by burlap covered planters filled with bundles of Paper Birch tied in raffia, hanks of rope, Magnolia and antique Hydrangeas.

After the ceremony, guests were led down a hall to the escort card table.

Birch logs were notched for the escort cards radiating around a sculptural tower of Bear grass, Gardenias, antique Hydrangeas and grapevine trunks.


The cocktail area was draped off with burlap curtains to conceal the reception area.

The antique iron bar was converted into a farmers market of apples and custom made preserves with the couples logo.

Groupings of lounge furniture were placed for guests to relax, complete with pillows sporting the “F+J” logo.

The drapes were pulled back to reveal the magical rustic ballroom.

The backdrop of the bandstand was White Paper Birch logs backed by a Birch tree-patterned foil wallpaper by Cole & Sons flown in specially from London.   The couples Logo was embossed in the center of the metallic champagne and bronze dance floor with clusters of iron coach lanterns hung above.

The long communal tables had raw linen cloths with wood runners down the center filled with Mercury glass votives and a collection of vases filled with coral Peonies, Ranunculus, roses, Mini-callas, and gardenias.

The rustic flatware and rattan chargers completed the elegant and rustic tables.

The round tables had birch trees with hanging glass teardrop votives planted in a moss garden with clusters of flowers in mercury glass.

The cake table base was a beeswax finished trunk of Teak wood accented with succulents. The perfect foundation for a one of a kind candy petal wedding cake.

We were so honored to be asked to create such a beautiful and magical environment for your fantastic family’s special day. We felt like it was our own sister walking down the aisle.  Our Heart felt best wishes for Frannie and Jordan on their new life together.



Photography – Susan Bordelon –          Click here to see more of the fantastic photos that Susan captured

Caterer – Kitchen for Exploring Food

Cake – Fantasy Frosting