Monday, May 31, 2010

Orange you glad you're a ranunculus?

Shining bright like summer and infused with orange juicy vibrancy!
The fresh palette that Sarah went for is one of my faves for SoCal- orange ranunculus, cymbidium orchids, and white with green parrot tulips- can you get more fresh?
Awww... :)
True tradition- this antique brooch has been in the family for generations- placed gently, but securely on the stems wrapped in Sarah's lace.
We get Papaya bridesmaid dresses to go with our Orange & Lime Bouquets!Have to give props to the Groom for his amazing street sign/table names & to the Bride et. al. for the lovely flower arrangements!! Way to go!
Cupcakes and kissing- doesn't get better than this.
Coordination by Brenda Swann of Swann Soirees
Photos by Gabrielle Fox Photography
Sweets by Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.
Shot on location in my neck of the coastline, at the Ocean View Villas of Ocean Beach

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Trade you my cigar for your dahlia...

Terri & Erik!! These two had such heart and genious style, it was fate that we spoke on the phone late one night and they shared their ideas... I was hooked and here are the results! But first, check the heart-shaped toe peeps on her shoes- so cute!
Love those smiles!!!
Our beautiful bride, Terri with her deep red orchids....
Her bouquet of deep purple & black miniature callas, black magic roses and a multitude of monkey tails! A cuff of bright indigo purple statice and a butterfly brooch finish the details.Stylin' groom Erik with his shades... boutonniere of a single black calla, deep red orchid, and fiddlehead fern.Gorgeous sunny day at the Rancho Bernardo Winery.. garlands of fresh green leaves, black magic roses, and bright red butterflies framed their special moment.So cool! Step 1: Remove cigars. Step 2: Add flowers. Red roses, wine colored dahlias, and purple seafoam statice.. Favors were coasters fashioned from wine corks, two together, neatly tied with ribbon.
I just love the vintage pictures on each of the cigar boxes- no two were alike except for this pair on the Sweetheart Table; each one added a fun punchy flavor to the classic red & black color scheme.
Butterflies being very sentimental to Terri & Erik, the day wouldn't have been complete without a few on the cake. Amazingly delicate, crystalline sugar butterflies flit from tier to tier with the orchids, roses, and monkey tails.
Thank you to Acres of Hope Photography for the awesome captures &
the adorable Krystel of Couture Events for coordinating a perfect day!

Monday, May 17, 2010

Lilies for Lilly

Lilly & Neal had the most miraculous ceremony- seriously, it was raining on and off all day, and like magic- the sun came out just long enough for us to decorate the canopy at Seagrove Park and have the happy couple walk down the aisle! No sooner had the guests arrived at the cocktail hour, than the drizzling resumed- luck & happiness surely follow them still.
Lilly loved her namesake flower, so we were sure to include them in her bouquet- both the pink and white miniature calla lilies, as well as the fragrant Stargazer, surrounded by white freesia and creamy vendela roses.
We love the dusty mauve color of these Ravel roses! With just a touch of pink bouvardia and chocolate brown ribbon lining the aisle...
Details of the bridesmaid bouquet with those same pretty Ravels, more roses & white hydrangea, wrapped in chocolate satin.
Ceremony cabana topped with full clusters of big, bright stargazer lilies and eucalyptus at each post.
Check the adorable custom color shoulder wraps for the bridesmaids- happily posing to show off their pop against the chocolate dresses :)
Elegance at dinner- tons of votive candles to reflect on the glass brandy vases and simplicity of floating rose blooms...
Au natural reception decor befitting the Del Mar Powerhouse outdoor patio- river stones and curly willow mix up the lilies, eucalyptus, and Queen Anne's lace.
Pink, pink, pink! & and some chocolate.. yummy cake layers with sweetly trailing bouvardia around Esperance roses.
Congratulations Lilly & Neal!!
Thank you Amy & Maurice from Theorie for the awesome pictures!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Flowers for a Revolution

In this life, there are boundless opportunities to make more of a situation. This generally begins with a little bit of service, generosity of spirit or material goods; and results in an exponential multitude of love given and received right back where it started.

In general, my posts are consistent- flower features based on my lovely brides & grooms, unique blooms, and stories of their day. For a special cause, I am breaking routine and bending your ear- for as we have something to offer, you have something to gain :)

By clicking this link or the image above you, will be able to bid on our flowers for your wedding at a deeply discounted price. We are part of a industry-wide collaboration to benefit one of our own. Besides flowers from Rae Florae, there are auctions currently running for DJ's, photographers, invitations, and everything else you could possibly need for your wedding. Take advantage of the amazing vendors who want to be a part of something good and need you to bid on our offerings to complete the circle of support.

Please, check out the following blogs for more information.. and inspiration.
Your wedding can be part of an even bigger picture-make a contribution that befits a celebration of your love!! BTW, Bidding ends this FRIDAY, May 7th so hop to!!