Posts Tagged ‘wedding blog’

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.

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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We surrounded the monogrammed cake with a magnolia garland.

 

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

 

 

Coordination:  Michelle Dixon – coordinatormd.com

Caterer: Kitchen for Exploring Food 

Photographer:  MayaMeyers

 

Thursday, February 12th, 2015 | Leave A Comment

Rosa & Hector’s Wedding at the Sunset Tower

We recently created florals at the landmark Sunset Tower Hotel. This Hotel was built in the 1920’s as apartments. Hollywood Stars, John Wayne, Howard Hughes, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Roger Moore, Zsa-Zsa Gabor and many others have called the apartments their home at one time or another.

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The bride and groom had a very modern and clean sense of style that complemented the Art Deco architecture.

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I knew when i  presented the bouquet to the bride, before she was dressed, and saw her in an Iron Maiden T-shirt, this was going to be a fun Reception.

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We created a modern rose topiary with Vendela roses for the seating chart table.   The graphic on the bottom of the chart is the view from the hotel located up on the Sunset strip.

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The chic Mother of the Bride came in from Germany to walk the bride down the aisle. We created  a Duchess rose bouquet from Vendela rose petals for the bride .  A Duchess rose is constructed by taking a single open rose for the center and then individually gluing petals around the outside until you have one giant rose. The bride wore a super cool dress with metallic accented skirt.

 

 

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The couple’s friends built the minimalistic chuppah.

 

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As guests enjoyed cocktails, long tables were set the length of the room filled with Vendela roses and white hydrangeas in clear glass with matching clear glass votives.

 

 

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Each Napkin was folded with the menu inside and a re-flexed Vendela rose on top.

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Thanks to Wedding Coordinator, Frannie Felder, of Frannie Felder Hudson Events.

 

 

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.

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

 

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

All the Best! Brad and Ricky

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

Sophia& Seth at the Rancho Sol Del Pacifico in Malibu

We enjoyed creating flowers for this beautiful bride at the Malibu estate, Rancho Sol del Pacifico.

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Sophia asked us to create loose garden- picked bouquets.

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She carried cafe au lait dahlias, veronica, giant white cornflowers, white cymbidium orchids, green millet, with a dusty miller collar.

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The beautiful view of the Malibu mountains and the ocean was a beautiful back drop for this romantic wedding

 

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The brides maids carried bouquets of garden rose,’Agusta Luise’, peach Hypericum, Thistle with dusty miller collars.

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The beige organza domed canopy over looking the Pacific ocean was accented by a crystal chandelier.

 

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After the cocktail hour, guests moved into the the romantic courtyard for dinner and dancing under the lights and stars.

Wedding Planner – Samantha Scott

Photography – Susan Bond-  www.bondsphotography.com

 

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.

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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.

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

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

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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