This was a very fun project! My assignment was to create a setting for some very different SF neighborhood signs. Each table was to be named after a local district. I began by fanning out the cards next to the flowers in the market to come up with a family that worked with all the colors. A sweet challenge indeed! My favorite find was the perfect sunset shaded rose to bring out the one color that was in all the signs. The setting was the Golden Gate Club in San Francisco, it was a misty evening, perfectly mirroring the way the artist had rendered all his images. Lots of gold votives and covered ivy pots filled out the space below and made a welcoming warm glow.
Here is one of my favorite holiday arrangements from last year.... I fell in love with the beautiful red/orange roses and the variegated cedar... all the other flower choices and colors came after those two had been picked... lots of texture and warm hues make for a welcoming centerpiece.
My bride brought me swatches of her wedding dress fabric and an exquisite shawl to show me her preferred color palette. And so ensued this gorgeous floral combination of vibrant fall shades. She (with the fabulous caterers “Just Us Catering”) had chosen the linen and napkin colors and so I married the two creating this renaissance style centerpiece, complete with copper urns, persimmons, pomegranates and green berries decorating the table.
These photos of our beautiful bride say it all! Sweet wedding bliss captured in timeless snap shots. I had a lovely time transforming Caitlin’s idea of a ‘fairy’ urban rustic chic inspired wedding into florals. For the centerpieces we incorporated moss blocks, birch bark risers, woodsy table top mushrooms, surrounded by silver crackle votives. Soft peach colored dahlias were the focal point amidst dusty miller leaves, solidago, lycopodium and deep burgundy cosmos.
Caitlin’s bouquet heralded exquisite ivory helleborus, gorgeous lush bells that arched amidst ranunculas (Caitlin’s favorite flower), feathery astilbe, heavenly cosmos, rosemary from the garden and the sweetest peach carnations you have ever seen! The burlap wrap around the stems matched the binding of Matt’s boutonniere … a tiny combination including rosemary, astilbe and hypericum berries.
Caitlin, Siani (Caitlin’s sister) and I had the very best girl time together choosing and arranging these flowers.
You are invited to a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! Here is whimsy at it’s best. Fanciful teapots are filled with brightly colored flowers and tiny teacups rest amidst mushrooms and topiaries. Vintage cake plates and wrought iron risers create height and even more eccentricity.
I got a call from a fellow soccer mom, “Did I do funeral flowers?” And so here is my first floral for a passed beloved. I was on my morning walk with a friend and heard about the disappointing creation that had been made for his mom’s casket; stems not properly trimmed, cheapest flowers possible and then thrown together. And so I was moved to treat this job specially. The dogwood at the flower market that morning was just beautiful and it inspired the whole. I felt so happy as I found complimentary flowers in the same deep coral hue and paired them with a family of creamy whites. Choosing flowers for this occasion was like no other, I didn’t want somber but they couldn’t be too cheerful... I got there in the end, arranging the display with love and Andrea Bocelli singing in the background!
“Sustainable Meets Elegance” was my client’s request. My assignment was to create an arrangement using both flowers and succulents in white and green with hints of orange. It was a presidential event at the Rosewood Hotel, a beautiful site indeed. Gold wooden boxes filled with Dutch tulips, kale, roses, asclepias and various types of dusty miller were placed on a rustic birch bark square. Crackled gold votives on the rich orange tablecloth finished the look.
This floral was created with some specific specs.... it was to be placed on a long, narrow wooden table in a Mexican restaurant and had to liven up some rather dull decor. Since the celebration was a husband's birthday we didn't want it to be too soft or feminine. So, thinking chile peppers and a sunny climate we washed the box with a thin coat of blue and popped in some vibrant shades with just a hint of greenery. Mission accomplished and we had one very happy wife!
An autumn tablescape with warm fall colors for a wine country reception.
Flowers used: Asclipias, Golden Roses, Toyon Berries, Tulips, Alstroemerias, Red Clovers, Oak Leaves
Summer, here on the gorgeous coast of California, has clearly arrived!
What better way to celebrate (and create darling centerpieces) than with vibrant parasols and paper lanterns?!
Mix and match oranges, yellows and turquoise (clearly my new favourite colour, it’s all over my home) and see what transpires – in this case a bevy of bright and beautiful combinations that suggest sun, sand and surf.
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