Tag Archives: Manzanita

T & S Wedding

Earlier this summer my dear friends T & S tied the knot. I was honored to do their wedding florals for them. T knew she wanted a modern wedding, but was open from the very beginning with what I wanted to bring to the table. They got married at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSULB, which was lush all throughout so my florals didn’t need to make a big appearance. Their reception was in the Sculpture Garden at the MOLAA in Long Beach and it was a feast for the eyes… the vivid colored walls, the fun quirky sculptures, the various levels and planes of space… I loved it! We decided to go with white, yellow, green and pops of teal. Please enjoy the photos from Kawabori Photography! Wedding coordinator: Zoie Events.

We decided to go with jelly belly favors, and I helped design the labels. The guest names were on the top of the boxes, and their table numbers were on the front… talk about personalized.

Check out that color. Beautiful shot. T’s bouquet is definitely one of my favorites ever. SO classic and beautiful.

There was a large stage that I dressed up with lots of pomanders… and kept it low to not obstruct the band or slideshow screen. Lots of flower balls.. what better way to incorporate florals in a sculpture garden?


Friday edition

Hello, hello.

I am in a terribly good mood, despite the fact that my good friend PNL just told me that my photos look cheesy (me, in general, and the non existent styling, not the photography). After expressing my hatred for him and his comment, I agreed and am again on the search for a photographer that can direct and make me look fab, dahling. I clean up real nice sometimes.

So the other day(s) I had coffee ice cream for breakfast. In order for this to make sense, you must know three things: I have never in my life tried coffee ice cream before, I do not drink coffee (an occasional sip of black when there are desserts involved), and I have an extremely addictive personality. The moral of the story is that I require supervision. On a tangent, Chocolate covered macs are SO much better with Hello Kitty gracing the packaging don’t you agree? Thanks L!

The other day I had a date with my girlfriend H. Aside from stuffing ourselves with delicious goodies LA has to offer & visiting the Annenberg Space (Water exhibit is currently going on and I recommend it to anyone and everyone), we also went to the flower mart where we started her Manzanita project. While most of the wedding industry has been there and done that, there are many that still pursue the beauties of this tree and really it is no wonder it is being used everywhere… each branch takes on its own personality and there are so many things you can do. What’s even more challenging (= fun) now is to do something truly unique that has yet to be done with them (I won’t pursue it but let me know if you do!).

What innovative & beautiful designs have you seen done with manzanita branches?

I made this simple little decorative piece for her living room side table, finished off with a decorative vase, grey spanish moss & little pearly and metal balls hidden in the moss:

And I am currently working on a manzanita wall sconce for tea lights for her dining area.

Also it is N’s mother’s birthday today and here is a detail from my arrangement for her, filled with spider mums, lilacs, and tulips:

Have a great weekend everyone!