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.
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!
a beautiful yet simple bridesmaid bouquet with the greens showing off.
a hand tied beauty for local delivery by bike. I love the look of the succulent flower, like a patch of pink grass.
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.
and these sweet corsages and boutonnieres in buttery cream and pinks.
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.
You’ll see a lot of reuse, reclaimed items, beautiful florals, lots of natural light, and of course the chartreuse chandeliers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learning and trying techniques during Katie’s workshops in the St Giles Library:
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.
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.
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:
It was a beautiful and bright occasion.
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.
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….
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…
The lovely couple in the garden courtyard.
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:
The amazing architecture by local favorite Julia Morgan:
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:
This beautiful vintage inspired arrangement with peacock feathers and their eyes….
This amazing shot of the couple at the swimming pool.
Stay tuned for more pictures from the event in the next installment….