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Wedding bliss at Nature Friends in Oakland

Beautiful Bouquets, Summer blooms, Redwoods and views. This summer I created one of my favorite bridal bouquets for Brian and Emily who got hitched at the Oakland Nature Friends in the Oakland hills. It was a spectacular day.

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Some soft flower beauty to look at

Hello Flower lovers, gardeners, design enthusiasts, eco friendly fiends and all of our friends.

Rather than get hung up on creating special stories, I’ve decided in this coming year I will use the blog to just share the daily beauty that we create and share.  Here is a small selection of designs we created that share a romantic, bright, soft and fresh feel.  Enjoy!

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a beautiful yet simple bridesmaid bouquet with the greens showing off.

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a hand tied beauty for local delivery by bike.  I love the look of the succulent flower, like a patch of pink grass.

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a summery rounded bridal bouquet with some ferns for interest.

this natural arrangement in whites and various greens with subtle earth tones.  Love that brass pedestal vase.

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and these sweet corsages and boutonnieres in buttery cream and pinks.

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The Gorgeous and Green Studio Tour up on Design Sponge!

I’m excited to announce that the new Gorgeous and Green studio in Oakland, CA is up on Design Sponge!

Featuring beautiful images by Nicole of Sorella Muse and curated beautifully by Rebekah of A and B Creative.  It’s a sample of the goings on in this little corner of the Bay, where we create fresh, bountiful, local grown and artfully designed floral and botanical designs for events, corporate offices as well as floral designs and gift boxes for local gift delivery by bike (by Pedal Express).

If you haven’t had a chance to see my little creative heaven in Oakland, please visit the tour here.

 

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The corrugated metal of the front of the studio

 

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Making beautiful designs in the studio with local grown goodness.

 

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Hands hard at work.

 

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The ever popular reclaimed chandeliers painted chartreuse.

 

You’ll see a lot of reuse, reclaimed items, beautiful florals, lots of natural light, and of course the chartreuse chandeliers.

Enjoy,

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all smiles.

Pilar, G&G

Dreams in the English Countryside at the Ponderosa Workshop, part 1

This past April I had the amazing opportunity to attend a Ponderosa Workshop in the English Countryside. What? you say. Yes, I say. A floral design workshop for floral designers (and a few new-to-flowers) in England, in the country, on a famous Manor, in a house that holds famous philosophical texts, amidst beautiful gardens and water. There are even a few horses there.

Now, the English Countryside is beautiful.  But this location was totally breathtaking.  I mean, it’s a magazine cover kind of situation (cue Wedding Sparrow).  The bulk of our days and evenings were spent at the St Giles House.  A beautiful estate with a rich history.

the house, photo by marialamb.co

the house, photo by marialamb.co

If you studied American history, British history, philosophy, government and the like, you might have heard of John Locke.  Well, let’s just say one of his best buds was The First Earl of Shaftesbury, and he owned this house many moons ago. He himself was a politician (religious freedom, etc) and quite the philosopher as well.

The Earl and Countess, photo by Maria Lamb.

The Earl and Countess of Shaftesbury, photo by Maria Lamb.

Fast forward to the present: The current owner of the house at St Giles is also an Earl of Shaftesbury.  He and his wife, the Countess, have taken great care in restoring and updating St Giles, and it’s a beauty to behold.  They are fabulous people and have a long list of accolades, as they do a lot of things to benefit their community and the public. I won’t divulge too much here, but let’s just say the world is a better place with them in it, and the next time I have a chance to share a bottle of wine and conversation with them, I will not hesitate.

So back to the workshop…

We’ve already set the stage with the beautiful location.  For the actual workshop part, the players continue to impress. Our teacher and workshop leader was Katie Davis of Ponderosa and Thyme.  What a lovely woman and human.  Her soft yet strong encouragement; her vibrant smile and whimsical artistry; her poise and welcoming demeanor. The list goes on. She was a fantastic workshop leader and allowed us to experience the full breath of the land and space in that countryside paradise.  She has a beautiful soul, and her creations dare to match.

Katie Davis, photo by Maria Lamb

Katie Davis, photo by Maria Lamb

You have to believe, this was a once in a lifetime experience with such wonderful people, and I am so fortunate to have made the journey.

Speaking of people, there were so many beautiful souls with such different and unique artistic talent.  I can’t talk about this workshop without mentioning all the magical hands that were there to create and help us create (all photos by Maria Lamb). So, I’m going to introduce all the participants in the workshop so you can get a sense of the skill and artistry that prevailed at this event.

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Hana of Ponk Rentals
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Daniela of Meraki Studio 
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Cristina of Aqueduto Eventos 
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Tara of Freckled Flora 
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Anna of Inflorium 
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Megan of Isle de Flores 
And our supportive Workshop Staff:
Mark of Bigwig Donuts 
ribbons/silks: Silk and Willow
film scans: Photo Vision Prints
Our days were spent foraging on the grounds of the St Giles House:
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photo by Maria Lamb

 

Learning and trying techniques during Katie’s workshops in the St Giles Library:

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We were treated to a plethora of beautiful blooms, many of which were grown in England. (cue tulips from Electric Daisy Flower Farm) The textures, colors and abundance made the heart sing.

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Film photo by Maria Lamb

The details of this experience were numerous, and I would love to share more about the creativity and beauty that took place in the English Countryside. Stay tuned for another installment of Creating Dreams in the English Countryside at the Ponderosa Workshop.

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A photo of me. All photos by Maria Lamb.

Read more….. In this next installment.

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Dreams in the English Countryside at the Ponderosa Workshop, Part 2

More details and inspiration from the Spring 2016 Ponderosa workshop in the English Countryside at St Giles.

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Citrus and Sunset inspired wedding at the Presidio

This Summer we created some beautiful designs for a wedding at the Presidio.  From large floral pieces in copper buckets, to sprawling table designs featuring citrus, it was a lot of beautiful color and texture in the Log Cabin.

Take a look at some of the beauty from the day:

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The large Arrangements getting their finishing touches at the studio.

 

Flower and leaf installation on each table

Flower and leaf installation on each table, check out the blood oranges and grapefruits.

 

Cheese cake decorated with citrus and leaves

Cheese cake decorated with citrus and leaves

 

Decorating the large Fireplace

Decorating the large Fireplace

 

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details of the couple’s seating arrangement.

 

Table like a canvas painted with leaves and flowers

The tables were like a canvas painted with leaves and flowers

 

Flowers, leaves and fruit

Flowers, leaves and fruit

 

Up close with the citrus details

Up close with the citrus details

 

The Simple and Natural Bridal Bouquet

The Simple and Natural Bridal Bouquet

 

It was a beautiful and bright occasion.

 

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Rustic and Romantic Yosemite Wedding

It’s prime wedding season, and we get asked to create designs in all manner of colors, textures and styles.  Our favorite are natural and lush arrangements.  This wedding order for a ceremony in Yosemite included a wild and textural feel, with bright and natural colors.  We wanted to use flowers that would last in the heat as well.

Take a look at some of the rustic, wild elegance we created for this couple.

A beautiful view and wedding couple in Yosemite

A beautiful view and wedding couple in Yosemite. Photo by Juan Pablo Barrientos viojf.com

 

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Rustic and Natural Bridal Bouquet

 

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Rustic and Natural wrist corsage

 

The Bride among the trees with her Boho Head Garland

The Bride among the trees with her Boho Head Garland. Photo by Juan Pablo Barrientos viojf.com

 

 

 

Rustic and Natural dusty rose head crown for the Bride

Rustic and Natural dusty rose head crown for the Bride

 

Rustic and Natural boutonnieres and ribbon wrapped wrist corsages

Rustic and Natural Boutonnieres and ribbon wrapped wrist corsages

 

The Beautiful Bouquet added to this unique and natural wedding ceremony

The Beautiful Bouquet added to this unique and natural wedding ceremony. Photo by Juan Pablo Barrientos viojf.com

 

The Bridal Bouquet highlighted with a lovely teal ribbon

The Bridal Bouquet highlighted with a lovely teal ribbon

 

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Absolutely beautiful. Photo by Juan Pablo Barrientos viojf.com

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Beautiful jewel tones for a Summer wedding in Tiburon

Bright and festive colors and blooms for this couple’s Summer wedding in Tiburon.  They chose a beautiful location in Marin, with the ceremony on a bluff in Marin and the Reception in the historic China Cabin.  With beautiful cobalt dresses and the water surrounding the venue, these shades of golden yellow and plum really popped.

Photos by our friend and lovely photographer Sonya Yruel….

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Adorable lineup of the boutonnieres in shades of golden yellow, white and plum. Can you guess which one is the groom’s?

 

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Sweet bright bouquets look amazing against that cobalt blue.

 

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Flower power.

 

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Boutonniere special for the groom.

 

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That wild and natural bridal bouquet.

 

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Beautiful wild blooms decorating the buffet of nibbles.

 

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The sweet and stylish couple.

 

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Beautiful ceremony scene from the top of an ocean hill in Marin.

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More from the Vintage Inspired Berkeley City Club Wedding Part 2

Here are more beautiful images from last Summer’s Vintage inspired wedding at the Berkeley City Club.  The centerpieces were so fun to dream up, lots of fun vintage pieces like phones and typewriters, vases and candlesticks.  The best part about all this decor, it was the epitome of reuse!

Here is the second segment of beautiful shots from the photographer Sonya Yruel

 

Sweet garden rose boutonniere with thistle

Sweet garden rose boutonniere with thistle

 

Vintage Phone and little pot centerpiece.

Vintage Phone and little pot centerpiece.

 

Love this vintage mirror, ferns and feathers as a centerpiece.

Love this vintage mirror, ferns and feathers as a centerpiece.

 

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Vintage typewriter and nice accents makes for a vintage and lively centerpiece.

Vintage typewriter and nice accents makes for a vintage and lively centerpiece.

 

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Beautiful and lush vintage inspired bouquet.

Beautiful and lush vintage inspired bouquet.

 

Fun and dramatic arrangement in a vintage glass vase.

Fun and dramatic arrangement in a vintage glass vase.

 

The lovely couple in the garden courtyard.

The lovely couple in the garden courtyard.

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An amazing vintage wedding at the Berkeley City Club, Part 1

Last summer I got the green light to create beautifully detailed designs for a vintage inspired wedding at Berkeley’s famous Berkeley City Club.  The couple I worked with were wonderful, and they also gave some design reign to create some interesting tablescapes with vintage pieces as well as plants and flowers, a wonderful card display, beautiful bridal bouquet and I even got to pick the color scheme.  Overall, I had a blast and the couple said their guests just loved it.

Here is the first segment of some beautiful shots from the photographer Sonya Yruel

First: the Bride and the Groom:

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The amazing architecture by local favorite Julia Morgan:

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This beautifully designed set of windows and the vintage window below that we used to help people find their seats.  After they were done, it said this:

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This beautiful vintage inspired arrangement with peacock feathers and their eyes….

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This amazing shot of the couple at the swimming pool.

 

 

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Stay tuned for more pictures from the event in the next installment….

 

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