Amirah and Dave

The military buildings in the Presidio and Fort Mason make such fantastic wedding venues… you get that elegant “old San Francisco” feeling along with a playful kitsch factor. Amirah and Dave got married at the General’s Residence at Fort Mason, where there is a parquet floor to die for and some stern old generals smirking down at you from their oil portraits on the walls. For their flowers, too, the couple wanted elegance with a sense of play.


I used lush, deep purple spring flowers in Amirah’s bouquet — anemones, lisianthus, sweet peas, boronia (so fragrant!) — with succulent rosettes and a few tillandsias and ferns.


The guinea hen feathers gave these dramatic corsages a sense of whimsy too. Julie Benjamin (of Little Lane Studios) never ceases to amaze me with her work on our “small flowers.” Thanks also goes out to the lovely Alysia Hook, who joined our team for this wedding.


We’ve been playing with “container-less” arrangements, using mosses to create the look of a little garden growing right out of the table.


More fun with mosses and succulents!


Bi-Rite created this pretty (and no doubt delicious) cake and decorated it with some plants I pulled from our palette of purples and greens. Amirah and Dave are putting together a “wedding garden” with all of their succulents; they asked guests to sign river rocks to place in the garden in lieu of a guestbook. So lovely and fun!

One Response to “Amirah and Dave”

  1. Brooke Says:

    That is one of the most beautifully decorated cakes I’ve ever seen! I’ve known about Flora Grubb for a while, but didn’t know you did cut flowers until now – so, so beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing your work with all of us, Susie.

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