Monday, December 28, 2009

Flowers in Paradise

Veronica & Anthony were married in the lavish setting of Grand Tradition Estate's new Arbor Terrace Pavilion - tropical and lush, the flowers needed to not compete with the color palette, but enhance the richness of deep green leaves surrounding their wedding... Veronica's desire for shades of warm reds and rust orange with a ton of play in texture turned out beautifully.
Veronica's bouquet of wildly colored calla lilies, dark milva and rouge basier roses, with mocha cymbidium orchids.
The gorgeously relaxed and happy couple..Bridesmaid bouquets of bright hybrid callas and cherry brandy roses in a cuff of italian ruscus.Love the softness of her veil and hair flowers in contrasting combination with her highly textured and boldly hued bouquet!
Table centerpieces of safari sunset, orange dahlias, roses, and seasonal mums in glass squares.
Can you say vivid color saturation point??!! Overdye sunflower with red rosehips..What a fun surprise when I saw Veronica & Anthony Natividad's holiday e-card in my inbox! Love the photo and the perfect play on words :)
& many many many thanks to
Heather Moreau - Vallentyne Photography
for her amazing talents at capturing those colors!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Coral & Aqua

Julia & Michael wanted a romantic and luxurious feel to their wedding getaway. As a destination, La Jolla, California isn't too shabby ;) especially when staying and celebrating at The Grande Colonial hotel... with a color scheme that blended unbelievably well with the hotel's own palette, the flowers covered a spectrum of warm corals to cool aquas...
Julia's bouquet knocked the color into place with it's deep flame and mango miniature callas, dahlias, proteas, orchids, and echinachea pods, all tied with two shades of rich turquoise ribbon.
The Maid of Honor bouquet was subtlety in comparison- softer shades of peach garden roses with golden coxcomb with a ruffly cuff of sheer turquoise.
Sweet simplicity for the mothers- corsages of white miniature cymbidium orchids and tiny peach ribbon wrapped in teal satin.
Guests were welcomed to the ceremony area by a bubbling fountain filled with floating dahlia blooms.Detail shot of the ringbearer box of moss, ribbon, shells, and orchids that held the rings securely down the aisle..
Funky pomanders awaited the couple, dangling in the tree above their heads to add color and fantasy to their ceremony..
Now you see what I mean with the color pops! Check out the gorgeous rings contrasting with the flowers!!!
The feast table for all wedding guests elaborately decorated from end to end...Miniature sea biscuits and shells in glass with fragrant garden roses.Burnt orange-red tiger lilies in crackling gold vases, turquoise and brown cone shells submerged in aqua glass with a floating candle, and a pillar candle set upon a bed of neon green moss safely guarded in a cylinder hurricane.
Mossy branches mingle with orchid blooms in a "cloche" glass dome.
Detail shot of spotty yellow gold mokara orchids on a wide piece of driftwood...Kiwi branches, dahlias, berzilia, and majolica spray roses in an antiqued urn assist in that organic, old world feel that suited Julia & Michael's taste just right! That and their smart party favors: petite bottles of herb-infused olive oil! mm mmm....
Coordination without a hitch by Mia & Bek at Red Letter Days
Photography of beauty by Helene Cornell

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Clean + White Serenity

Devra & Jeff celebrated their wedding with a peaceful palette of whites, fresh green, and pewter grey- resulting in a classic affair that defies generations or trends, it was simultaneously elegant and contemporary.
Bridal Bouquet of draping white freesia buds surrounding tufts of white peonies in full bloom, mini calla lilies, and bells of ireland peeping through for another touch of green.
Bridesmaid bouquets of white dahlias, green hydrangea, and green miniature cymbidium orchids.
Just an awesome peony :) I love the way they blow out and just seem to overflow with petals...

Traditional chuppah topped in the four corners with simple posies of white roses and hanging green amaranthus so as to not detract from the gorgeous stained glass in the Beth Am Congregation of Del Mar.

Trio of vases for the Escort Card Table..
Cocktail tables to provide plenty of candles t0 light the evening well beyond sunset.
1 of 3 Table Designs - Classic "love" calla lilies in a glass trumpet vase.
Silver floating candles in a tall glass bottomed by white river stones.
Green spider mums and frosted votives covered the front of the Sweetheart Table.
2 of 3 Table Design - Oversize glass squares cut low to the table with floating candles and cymbidium orchid blooms, surrounded by a lush layer of white rose petals --
The definition of understated luxury.
3 of 3 Table Designs - Cylinder wrapped in a submerged ti leaf and filled with white china mums, silvery dusty miller foliage, and grand stars of bethlehem.

Congratulations Devra & Jeff!
Thank you Staci at Bliss Events for coordinating a flawless day..
..and to Michele at Captured Forever for the lovely photos!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Rusty and Right for Fall

Alicia & Derek went for a tonal palette of deep to light oranges, rusty ruddy oranges and reds, with tons of texture. I know it looks a bit redundant, but I couldn't get enough of Eddie B's bouquet shots- so I'm posting them all! Thanks for making my art look even more artistic!! Eddie's angles and framing are unbeatable!
Macro view of red flame callas, mini roses, orange mokara orchids, echinacea coneflowers, red hypericum coffee berry, and orange dahlias.
Such a sweet repose... feels like such a feminine shot of the bride and her bouquet.
& then this killer! So strong in comparison! love the variety.
Bridesmaids': miniature spray roses, hypericum berry, and brick red safari sunset.
happy faces, happy flowers :)
Blue skies and a breezy day on Coronado Island were perfect for setting off the bamboo poles and ribbon streamers marking their ceremony space in an arc around the wedding party.
Centerpieces of glass square vases filled with seasonal orange marigolds, the mini roses, magenta coxcomb and celosia for that vibrant pop, hypericum berries, tiger lilies for a touch of exotica, and local eucalyptus for a graceful bit of foliage.
Ah, the cake- lots of lilies! and custom swirls courtesy of Sweet Cheeks.
Tiger lilies and gloriosa lilies combine for a POW! of color.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Erica & Mark

This past week we celebrated a whopping anniversary for Brant Bender Photography (yay! more to come on this, I'm sure:)) So, on the heels of this excitement I want to showcase the beautiful photos Brant captured of Erica & Mark's wedding at the Hyatt Mission Bay...

Erica's beautiful bouquet of white peonies and a touch of freesia.
Corsages for the proud moms & grandmas...
Bridesmaid bouquets of hot pink peonies, white stock, and creamy roses.
Fluffy white china mums with pink and white roses, hydrangea, cymbidium orchids and mercury glass votives in a bed of winding rocks..
The cute cake & cupcake display.. ;)

Also the lovely handiwork of Jessica Beltran of Moira Events.