Floral Designs for Weddings and Occasions

January 9th, 2015

TopBlogKimWelcome to The Cutting Garden at Flora Grubb Gardens. We are delighted to provide flowers for weddings and special occasions of all kinds. Our floral designer, Susie Nadler, will work with you to create beautiful custom designs for your event using seasonal, California-grown flowers and plants.

Susie and The Cutting Garden are available for events and weddings in 2015. At this time, however, The Cutting Garden is not equipped to accommodate requests for single-bouquet deliveries.

If you would like to inquire about availability or schedule a consultation, please email Susie@floragrubb.com with details about your event (if you have them), including date, location, and number of guests expected.

In the meantime, you can enjoy photos and descriptions of Susie’s work below, or visit her Flickr portfolio here.

Claudia and Scott

January 9th, 2015

It’s a bit dreary out there today, so how about some peony loveliness from last spring to cheer things up? Claudia and Scott were married on an uncharacteristically sun-dappled day in the Presidio, surrounded by loads of coral charm peonies. You just can’t go wrong with those beauties, so exuberant and fun. Thanks, Emily, for sharing these photos. See more of Emily’s wedding work here.











Lindsay and Peter

November 19th, 2014

Here’s a city wedding in the springtime rain, reception held in the moody and elegant Julia Morgan Ballroom downtown. The bride loves white dogwood, and we were lucky enough to catch it at its peak (which doesn’t last long!). Simple bunches of dogwood in glass were so dramatic against the dark wood paneling of the room. Enjoy these gorgeous photos by Alison Yin.

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Lyford House Wedding

October 2nd, 2014

A sweet June wedding from a dramatic and lovely pocket of the Tiburon coast. A collaboration with the ladies from Going Lovely, and with help from Melanie and Alysia. Photographs by James Moes.


Jennie and Eric

September 25th, 2014

Some summer romance for you as we head into fall… enjoy these gorgeous shots of Jennie and Eric’s wedding from Julie Mikos Photography. The wedding was at Ralston White Retreat, up in the hills behind Mill Valley, where it’s hard to believe you’re so close to the city, surrounded by lush forest and giant redwoods. I was lucky enough to have so much talent helping me out on this one: Max Gill, Alysia Marie, and Melanie Tom (Hawthorn Flower Studio). What a team!


A Garden Wedding Photo Shoot

September 9th, 2014

Last year I had the pleasure of putting together a little styled photo shoot here at the gardens with photographer Catie Coyle and event designer Satra Zarghami. We can’t actually host weddings here anymore, but it was so fun to imagine one, an intimate dinner at our succulent-planted table surrounded by lush ferns and palms, with portraits in the garden and so many lovely details styled by Catie and Satra. Thanks for including me, ladies! You can see more of their gorgeous work at Catie Coyle Photography and Events by Satra.







Tara and Cina

August 14th, 2014

March is my new favorite month for weddings. Blooming branches, lush greenery and herbs, ruffly ranunculus and fresh creamy white anemones… misty weather, cool sunlight on ceremony photos, and indoor venues with cozy lighting. I love it all. Tara and Cina were married at the lovely Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club last spring, and I’m finally getting around to posting these wonderful photos shared by Green Vintage Photography. Thanks to the unstoppable team of Alysia Marie, Max Gill, and Julie Benjamin for helping put this one together.



Mother’s Day Weekend Pop-up at Ritual Coffee on Valencia

April 29th, 2014

This year you can treat your mom to some Cutting Garden beauty for Mother’s Day; stop by Ritual Coffee’s Valencia Street café (1026 Valencia, between 21st and 22nd) on the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend and pick up a bouquet with your latte. We use only seasonal, California-grown flowers and plants, including live succulents that can be planted in your mother’s garden. $48 for each bouquet. Get ‘em while they’re hot!

Cutting Garden Mother’s Day Pop-up Shop
Ritual Coffee Roasters, 1026 Valencia St (between 21st and 22nd)
Saturday, May 10, 9:30am-3pm


Photo by Braedon Flynn.

Cara and Ryan

March 31st, 2014

Cara and Ryan’s wedding was a surprise — not to them, fortunately! — but to their guests, most of whom believed they’d been invited to an engagement party. Instead the couple got married right then and there, at Cookhouse in North Beach, a lovely little apartment and event space upstairs from Vesuvio, the legendary beat writer hangout. As you can imagine, this made for some amazing photos. Of course I love the setting — I grew up here in San Francisco and fancied myself a literary kid, so I used to hang out at City Lights in high school, brooding over serious texts — but my favorite shots are actually of Cara arriving at the party decked out in a glorious gown with her bouquet. So much joy. These guys were lots of fun to work with. Their photographer, Bethany Carlson, was kind enough to share her work.

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Ella and Chris

March 26th, 2014

Sometimes it’s fun when a client comes in with a blank slate and asks us to come up with a wedding design. Creative license is so freeing! But I also love a challenge, and when Ella told me her ideas for this wedding, I was soooo excited to bring them to life. The “theme” of the wedding was Alice in Wonderland, encompassing both the whimsical and the bizarre. “Creepy-beautiful” was the way Ella described it: “half pretty tea party, half Tim Burton.” Right down to her bouquet, which she’d hoped would fade from soft pinks to deep purple and horticultural black, with lots of unexpected textures along the way. Orchids were a no-brainer. Protea too. Carnivorous plants? Oh yes. We had fun with this one. Congratulations, Ella and Chris, and thanks to photographer Gabriel Harber for sharing these moody and luscious shots.



The reception was a “mad tea party,” so the guests were encouraged to wear outrageous hats. We made a floral headpiece for Ella using a crytopanthus, orchids and succulents, some mosses and lichen, a bat flower, and a few carnivorous sarracenia pitchers.





Of course we couldn’t do an Alice in Wonderland wedding without the reddest of garden roses.




I just couldn’t help but break my California-grown-only rule for the fiddlehead ferns from Hawaii and red protea from New Zealand. They were too perfect for this wedding! Couldn’t pass them up. The bridesmaids each carried a large red protea bloom with a black-and-white striped bow.