Sora and Dan

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.








Priscilla and Christopher

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!

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Sonja and Chris, Part 2

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.

Pie Ranch Wedding

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!

Eileen and Chicken

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.








Alysia and Arthur

February 28th, 2013

How about this for a little change of pace: A wintry, metallic black tie wedding at the City Club last Thanksgiving weekend. The bride is my lovely and talented friend and colleague Alysia Marie. I have to admit to feeling pretty nervous making wedding flowers for another florist… but my husband and I were lucky enough to attend the wedding, and I was like a proud mommy watching her bouquet come down the aisle on her arm. If you have never been to a wedding celebrating the union of a Russian family with a Greek one, you’ve never lived. It was a fantastic time and such a sweet tribute to a fun couple. Saul and I are still recovering from our collective hangover. And now for the pretty flowers… photos by Jade Studio:


Alysia and Arthur refer to the large xerographica tillandsia above as their pet. She wanted to incorporate it in her bouquet with some metallic foliage (silvertree), dramatic creamy white roses, grevillea and orchids for a bit of crimson red, and seeded eucalyptus. Looped phormium leaves echoed the forms of the tillandsia tendrils. To add a little subtle bling, we gilded the eucalyptus seeds with a spray bakers use to gild cupcake frosting. For real. So pretty and nontoxic!





Erica and Jeff

February 18th, 2013

Here are a few sunny photos from an August wedding at the Marin Art and Garden Center in Ross. I love when the pics come in and I can see on a bride’s face just how gloriously happy she was that day. It makes me feel lucky to do this job! Thanks to photographer Stacey Klemme for sharing these beautiful shots.




I did a lot of purple weddings last year, but Erica had a nice fresh take on the color palette, choosing creamy white for contrast and a deep, rich shade of eggplant purple mixed with vibrant greens. Here are a couple of the sweet little bridesmaid bouquets:







I knew I liked this couple all along, and then they named their tables after their favorite SF Giants, which further endeared them to my heart. Thanks, Erica and Jeff! Hope married life is treating you well.

Leila and Philip, Part 2

February 15th, 2013

With this warm weather, lots of spring flowers are coming into bloom, reminding me of one of my favorite weddings from last March. It was a rainy day but the flowers were bright and lush. I’ve posted some of our own photos before; these come courtesy of photographer Sara Brooke Curtis, a friend of the bride and groom. Thanks for sharing, Sara!




This is as close as we get to a detail shot of Leila’s bouquet… can’t see much in the way of flowers, but this photo is so fabulous! Happy happy!


We used an aerium for a ring “pillow.” The aerium was passed around among the guests so each could give their blessing to the marriage.


The ranunculus we found for this wedding were so stunning. They are some of my favorite spring flowers… rose-like but not precious, with a kind of fresh-picked look but still refined and elegant.





Kristine and Andrew

November 30th, 2012

Here’s a little summer color for you on a rainy winter day… this sweet couple got married in at the Headlands Center for the Arts back in August. I was lucky to find those melon-colored dahlias; the bride asked for them, and they were few and far between this year! Perfect with her bridesmaids’ emerald green dresses. We made the centerpieces in a cornucopia-style to mirror a style the bride’s mother loved from a florist near her home in the Philippines. Kind of winged it on that one, but they turned out beautifully! Photos by Michael Ash Imagery. Thank you for sharing, Michael!

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Stacey and Duane

October 7th, 2012

I love a nice muted palette for weddings on the coast. Stacey and Duane were married in the fireplace living room of a small inn in Mendocino on a rainy day. Can’t get much more romantic than that. We used soft champagne and rose tones with dove grays and silvery greens. Have a look. The first three photos have been generously shared with us by Kate Harrison; the others I took myself.