December 6th, 2013
Welcome 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 2013 and 2014. 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.
June 21st, 2013
Michelle and John got married at her parents’ home high up on Mt. Tam, overlooking the mountains and the Bay. I love weddings at home because they feel so personal, and in this case Michelle and her mom had worked hard to transform the garden for the big day. I had seen it first in the winter, and when I returned for the wedding setup I couldn’t believe how lush and green everything looked, with majestic tree ferns, copious blooms, and carefully tended succulents. Such an inspiring setting! Photos by Darcy; visit darcyweddings.com to see more of her amazing work.
Vibrant yellows and icy blues and grays were the order of the day, with creamy white and wispy green mixed in. For Michelle’s bouquet we used some breathtaking garden roses and ranunculus; belladonna; honeysuckle; viburnum blooms; dusty miller; eucalyptus and tillandsias.
We created their chuppah with birch poles and mossy branches; Michelle’s wedding band has a twig motif, so she wanted to carry that through the wedding decorations. Vining elkhorn moss, tillandsias, roses and ranunculus added color and texture to the structure.
Congratulations, Michelle and John! I had so much fun working with you and the incredible team behind your wedding.
June 12th, 2013
I’m so excited to share these photos from a lovely, moody March wedding down the coast in Pescadero. At Pie Ranch, the plum trees had just burst into bloom, and the air was dewy and cool. The talented ladies from Going Lovely were the planners behind the party; we’re lucky to have these amazing shots from photographer Braedon Flynn. Thanks for sharing!
Here are a few different looks at the bridal bouquet, with lots of springtime goodness including anemones, sweet peas, ranunculus, manzanita blooms, heather, dusty miller, and agonis, along with some excellent tillandsia specimens and little echeveria rosettes.
Lantern for the precious flower girl!
The bridesmaids wore dark gray, which set off the flowers so beautifully.
The ceremony took place in the lovely old barn at the edge of Pie Ranch on Highway One. We did four tall sprays of pink and white plum with anemones and larkspur,and a big lush bouquet for the stand of vintage doors that formed the ceremony backdrop.
Going Lovely did a beautiful job with all of the nice little vintage-y details. Check out the typewriter seating chart…
May 6th, 2013
I just loved Sora and Dan’s approach to the look and feel of their wedding at the Olema Inn last fall. They wanted to keep everything simple and elegant and clean — white linens, white sheafs of gauzy fabric strung from the trees — and then the flowers were riotously colorful and full of texture. We had so much fun with them. These stunning photos come from Wilson Lee (except the sixth and seventh shots (noted below), which were taken by a friend of Sora’s). Thank you, Wilson and Sora and Dan, for sharing them!
Aren’t Wilson’s photos just light-filled and lovely? Here are the two lovely candids Sora’s friend shared with us as well:
And more below from Wilson Lee, inside the beautiful dining room at the Olema Inn.
March 25th, 2013
Priscilla and Christopher’s November wedding felt very old-time San Francisco: Cliff House reception; ferns and white flowers; heirloom silver on the tables. Priscilla brought me some of the pieces she and Christopher had inherited from their grandmothers, and we ooh’ed and aah’ed over them on the patio at the nursery. There were lovely salt and pepper shakers with tapered feet; an ice bucket, etched crystal inside a silver frame; tea service engraved with delicate curlicues. Priscilla polished them to a mirrored sheen, and we filled them with greenery, white orchids and hydrangea, black privet berries, vibrant mosses, succulents and tillandsias, and silver leucadendron leaves. So elegant! I don’t have many photos of the centerpieces, but these lovely shots from photographer Becca Henry give a good sense of the look and feel of the celebration. One of my favorites from last year!
March 19th, 2013
I was just knocked on the floor breathless by these photos that came in from Sonja and Chris’s wine country wedding, which happened last September. Lucky for us, the incredibly talented Emily Scannell was the photographer, and she was kind enough to share.
The dahlias are the star of the show once again here… what else? Begonia and coleus leaves; abelia; some garden roses; ferns; astilbe. Tillandsias and succulents. Some locally grown orchids and blooming eucalyptus.
The dinner was held in the wine caves, which explains the dim mood lighting in the photos below. If you want to see our pics of the centerpieces in daylight, you can click over to my earlier post.
Can’t get enough of this one? Head over to Style Me Pretty for more photos. Congratulations, Sonja and Chris! What a great party.
March 12th, 2013
Here’s a little peek at the first gorgeous spring flowers rolling in at the flower market now. Our lovely couple got married at Pie Ranch in Pescadero last weekend. It’s such a charming place, especially this time of year, with big plum trees bursting with flowers and dewy grasses everywhere. (Pie Ranch is also a very cool organization, actually, dedicated to educating kids about where their food comes from; check them out here.) Alysia and I worked with the fabulous team from Going Lovely and hope to share more pictures when they come in, but here are a few we snapped of the personals and accents.
Those anemones with the dark center are spectacular, aren’t they? Especially with the little bit of blush on the petals… sooo dramatic. We paired them with ranunculus, dusty miller, purple anemones, scabiosa pods, succulents and tillandsias, sweet peas, and some dark and wispy agonis leaves.
I love how the boutonnieres turned out. Here they are waiting like candies in their little chocolate box. For a few of them I removed the petals from the anemone to use the dark metallic center itself. It brought out the subtle purple hue in the succulent really nicely.
Can’t wait to see more photos!
March 4th, 2013
My best friend from college got married last fall on a historic ferryboat at the Hyde Street Pier. Since I was going to be spending the day as a double-agent (florist by day, maid of honor by night), we decided to keep the flowers as simple as possible, but still wanted enough color and fabulous flora to make an impact on a giant boat where a lot of the guests would be coming in costume (there’s more explanation there, of course, but it belongs on somebody else’s blog). In the end we went with huge dinner-plate dahlias grown by a family farm in Half Moon Bay, and also tons of ferns, ivy, and other lush greenery. As you can see, the dahlias basically do all the work themselves. I love to use them in mixed designs, but maybe they are even more stunning on their own. We arrived on the dock with buckets and buckets of them, and my brave staffers spent the afternoon shooing away the curious wharf tourists.
Speaking of brave staffers, I have to note that NONE of the below could have been pulled off without the incomparable and lovely Julie Benjamin, who saved the day tons of times and tried to pretend she didn’t so I wouldn’t feel guilty for running off to be a bridesmaid. You’re my hero, Julie!
Anyway, enough about the florists and the dahlias. You can check them out below. More importantly, wasn’t my friend Eileen a knockout bride? (Photos by the generous and talented Frankie Norstad (shots 2, 3, 4, 10) and Tod Seelie (all remaining).)
I bought her a yard of antique French ribbon for her bouquet (something old) and wrapped it while we were all getting pretty together before the wedding:
Here we are on our way up the dock:
And then the party started:
Okay, now back to the dahlias. I knew I wouldn’t have time to make centerpieces, so the dahlias did the trick all on their own. To decorate the boat we strung up hundreds of feet of garland — ivy and plumosa fern and passion vine — and tucked the dahlias in to add color.