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Thursday, August 4th, 2016 | Leave A Comment

Meredith and Josh’s Magical Home Wedding

I have a very special wedding to share with you.

The Kaplan family has been long-time clients and friends of ours. We have done many events together, but I was especially happy when they called to say their daughter, Meredith, was getting married and they wanted to do the wedding at their home.

 

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This stylish contemporary Rustic Canyon home in Santa Monica is a modernist’s dream beautifully set in a stunning natural spacious garden designed by the bride’s mother.

 

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I immediately envisioned setting the ceremony in the front courtyard, centered by the sculptural Cork Oak tree. It was the perfect setting to create a floating magic carpet wedding canopy.

This important tree became the inspiration for the decorative motifs for the entire wedding.

 

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Sloane of Sloane Harmony Design created a beautiful tree graphic and cross-cut trunk design with a pair of turquoise love birds as an accent.

 

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To the beautiful guitar music of Brandt Jacobus, two flower girls started the procession. They wore floral wreaths of lavender herb, olive branch and orchid florets carrying birch bark baskets full of petals.

 

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The ring bearers carried custom made moss ring pillows.

 

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The moss pillows had a braided raffia cording detail.

 

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The beautiful kippot were hand crocheted by Maya Works, a Guatemalan Fair Trade business providing opportunities to Mayan women.

 

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The vibrant bridesmaid bouquet was composed of garden roses, Vanda orchids, anemones, delphinium, scabiosa, and blushing bride protea tied with a purple silk cording.

 

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Purple, being the bride’s favorite color, became the dominant accent color. A gorgeous bouquet of jewel-toned purple hydrangeas was surrounded with a dark purple calla lily collar.

 

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This amazing Sola wood flower cuppah was suspended from the tree. It was encircled by a thick band of fresh Vendela roses and lime green hanging Amaranthus.

 

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The Sola wood flowers were commissioned in many unique patterns, featuring Magnolias, Campaca, roses, daisies, and Gardenia shapes all hand made from Sola wood.

 

 

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The warm and meaningful ceremony was presided over by two Rabbis and a Cantor all friends of the family.

 

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After the ceremony, the bride and groom led the guests into the garden for refreshments.

 

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The charming garden path was lit with mercury glass hurricane candle holders.

 

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The escort card table floral was created with fresh lavender herb, Aonium ‘cyclops’, and fishtail palm fruit spikelets.

 

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Guests were asked to write words of wisdom to the new couple to be read at a later time.

 

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The faux bois pots held collections of Cool Water roses, dusty miller, Echinops thistle, seeded Eucalyptus, and Mokara orchids placed on the cocktail tables.

 

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While guests were enjoying passed hors d’oeuvres, the custom elixir bar and hot pizza from the wood burning ovens, our resident poet, Jacqueline Suskin, created spontaneous poems from the guests inspirations.

 

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The bars and buffets had beautiful organic bouquets of Giant Allium, purple leaf plum, spider mums, green mist, chamomile, purple Eucomis, Hydrangeas in shades of purples, variegated tree ivy seeded Eucalyptus, fish tail palm fruit spikelets and teasle thistles. The teasel thistle got its name from the flower heads that were used to tease out the wool before spinning (carding).

 

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Bill Brendle’s  jazz trio’s music, could be enjoyed after the floor to ceiling wall of glass was opened for a free flow from the house to the garden.

 

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Guests were led into the tented dining area under our custom made organic chandeliers, light spheres and garlands of Edison bulbs.

 

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The tables were set with amethyst and lavender vintage water goblets and Italian china from Archive Rentals. The garden style florals of purple mini-callas, Cool Water and Vendela roses, scabiosa pods, lavender herb, Echinops, Italian Pittospurum, ornamental kale and lime green Viburnum formed a floral table runner.  Mercury glass was perched on wood rounds illuminating the tables in a romantic glow.

 

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The couples love of photography gave them the idea to have a vintage Polaroid camera at each table with the new Impossible black and white film.

 

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What is so cool about this film is the frame of the photo is not white, it’s black.

 

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A garland of succulents and Sola wood flowers cascaded off the sweetheart’s table to the floor.

 

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The food stations were a fantastic Santa Maria style BBQ buffet featuring Tri-tip  and Tasmanian Ocean trout with amazing sides and a noodle bar with chefs preparing a variety of noodles-to-order for the guests.

 

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Kimberly, from The Butter End, created this beautiful cake complete with the pair of love birds inspired from the invitation. The cake was placed on a bee’s wax polished teak wood trunk.

 

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The view from outside the tent had a magical glow from the garden.

 

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After the cake was cut, the walls of the kitchen slid open to reveal a dessert fantasy.

 

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Kate of Food Ink Catering, set up a fantastic liquid nitrogen ice cream bar with three chefs cranking out frozen treats.

 

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Next to the ice cream station there was a decadent chocolate dessert bar

 

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Lastly, for the groom, a popcorn bar, his favorite.

 

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The popcorn with a logo and a friendly reminder of how lovely it is to share.

 

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Just as the bride and groom were trying to make their honeymoon getaway, there was one last photo session.

 

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Luckily, they had a drive to help them to the hotel.

Such a fun and perfect summer wedding. We are so happy for this family and this terrific couple.

Florals, Event design-  Brad Austin Imaginative Florals

Invitations- Sloane Harmony Design

Kippot- Maya Works 

Ceremony Music-  Brandt Jacobus

Catering – FoodInk Catering

Table top rentals – Archive Rentals

Rentals – John Ferdenzi Town and Country Event Rentals

Poet-  Jacqueline Suskin

Cake- The Butter End

Cocktail music- Bill Brendle Trio

Photography-  a guy and a girl photography 

DJ- Red shoe

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.

 

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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.

 

 

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, November 20th, 2014 | Leave A Comment

JoAnna & George at the Four Seasons Westlake

 

 

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We recently created florals for this beautiful wedding at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village.

 

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The gorgeous bridal bouquet included garden roses Eden, Sweet Avalanche and Polar Star with Duchesse de Nemours Peonies. The only greenery in the bouquet was a collar of Lemon Lime, Maranta Marisela foliage.

 

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The brides maids carried  bouquets of ‘Bombay Pink’ Celosia, Majolica spray roses, Topaz and Faith rose, Pink dis-bud spider mums, Maranta leaves and loops of variegated Japanese lily grass.

 

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The grooms boutonniere was a double Dendrobiun with an accent of Hypericum, seeded Eucalyptus and loops of variegated Japanese lily grass.

 

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The aisle was designed in whimsical curves and ombre  flower shapes winding down the aisle.

 

 

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The bridal party was led through the gorgeous floral carpet to the wedding canopy was loaded with Dendrobium orchids and clusters of pink roses.

 

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The ring bearers brought the little flower girl down the aisle in a custom painted pink wagon.

 

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The flower girl was prepared with her Pink Flash Spray rose Pomander with matching Barbie flower girl.

 

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Rose filled fabric covered planter boxes lined the beautiful petal covered aisle.

 

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Along the back of the canopy, we created a curtain of  dripping crystals and frosted disk garlands. Lime green hanging Amaranthus and Dendrobium orchids accented the drape

 

 

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After cocktails, the guests were led into the dramatic chandelier filled ballroom.

 

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The sweetheart table was placed in between the cake table and the glossy white round dance floor.

 

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We made three different styles of centerpieces.  We selected White and Lemonade Hydrangeas, Faith and Vendela roses and Cafe au lait Dahlias for this beautiful tall vase arrangement.

 

 

 

 

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Our sleek crystal candelabras were adorned crystal garlands to give it that little extra “Bling”.  We combined Hawaiian Dendrobium Orchids, cascading Lime green Amaranthus   with Faith and Vendela roses.

 

 

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The tables were beautifully dressed featuring gold dusted white chocolate menus.

 

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The towering cake  seemed to float over a bed of open roses on our raised glass cake table.

Last week, My Hotel Wedding Blog Featured this wedding with many more photos.   My Hotel Wedding 

Photographer –Embrace Life Photography

Wedding Producer – Laurel & Party Events

Hotel – Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village 

Linens –  Glow Concepts

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