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Sea Side Settings September 26, 2011

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Before our varied ‘living landscapes’ landed on tables at a stunning sea side wedding, Sophie captured two of them beautifully in our studio. Stay tuned for the full wedding photos, it was one sensational setting.

Photos by Sophie de Lignerolles

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How to Make a Wedding Celebration that Keeps on Growing September 8, 2011

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How to Make a Wedding Celebration that Keeps on Growing

At the Point Lobos Ridge Home in Carmel, we went wild.  Quite literally.  Our goal for this wedding situated just over the sea, was to bring the outside landscape in, featuring arrangements that were less about cut flowers and more about showcasing living plants that thrive locally.

We started by using lots of small containers to create living landscapes as table centerpieces.  The small worlds we conjured were comprised of mosses, ferns, rosemary, and orchids.  Giving the appearance of growing out of the table, we gave them free reign and encouraged them to weave around the table and the chargers.  Living orbs of live plants, mosses, and succulents brought panache to each surface.

 

The cake table was a fanciful island all it’s own.  Using lichen-covered twigs we constructed a frame over which we allowed vines to hang, loose and wild.  We situated between them wooden pieces that served as a pedestal for the cake that was delicately adorned with air plants.

The ceremony took place under a Chuppah draped with fresh juniper branches.  Potted grasses and orchids stood jubilantly next to each post.  The bride’s bouquet was a dazzling combination of Scabiosa pods, Orchids, Bunny Ears, and Lavender.

 

Some interesting and exceptional accents included: a constellation of succulents, grasses, and orchids growing from the ceremony benches, scattered orchids along the aisle by the lovely flower girls , and miniature hanging terrariums above the dining table.

Each of these stylish punctuations was not only elegant, but ready to be replanted, reused, to continue living.Each of these stylish punctuations was not only elegant, but ready to be replanted, reused, to continue living. The takeaway?  When there are so many extraordinary living botanicals to create with, why limit yourself to the temporality of cut florals?  Exactly.

Photos by Tinywater Photography.

Making Magic in the California Woodlands May 17, 2011

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The story begins at Dawn Ranch, amidst fifteen acres of tranquil redwoods on the Russian River.  The occasion was to celebrate the nuptials of Kristi and David.  They were going for a particular kind of rustic charm- taking care not be too overdone, and achieving whimsical elegance in thoughtful ways.

 

We started with moss islands that provided a sumptuous bed for the unusual.  We placed them under a cloche bell jars and adorned them with mushrooms, monkey tail ferns, scabiosa, poppy, and nigella pods.  From the trees we hung twig and moss baskets with blue hydrangea ferns and passiflora leaves.

 

The bride’s bouquet featured succulents, ferns, blackberries, helleborus, tweedia, cotinus leaves, and coniferous pieces.  The men sported boutinierres that were an unique combination of nigela pods, berries, and tendrils.  Two flower girls left a shower of hydrangea petals in their wake.  An energetic brown datsun served as a friendly ring bearer.  Everyone carried darling vintage parasols to shield them from the California sun.

 

There is a fine line between a country wedding and a fantastical woodland celebration.  We think this wedding celebration is one that achieved fairy tale status without being trite.  Have a look at the pictures and let us know what you think!

Photos thanks to Charlie Gesell Photography and Sophie de Lignerolles.

Nuptials that will go down in the books March 24, 2011

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For the wedding celebration of Jeannie Choe, the San Francisco summer fog took a day off and allowed the sun to shine.  We wasted no time in harvesting some of our most colorful lot garden blooms for this literary- themed nuptial day located just a few doors up the street at one of our favorite neighbors, the Stable Cafe.

The bride started off the creative process by sharing her collection of vintage glassware and ball jars to use as vases.  Some were dyed and others were classically clear.  We added a bright combination of dahlias, daisies, billy bobs, mint, sage, and berries.

Wooden farm tables featured large arrangements surrounded by a constellation of smaller, intimate miniature landscapes.  We filled a large glass terrarium from our friends at Roost with knofia, ferns, knofia, and poppy pods.  Beneath cloche bell jars were magical combinations of locally gathered botanicals.

This day was definitely one to go down in the “books.”  From the array of antique books holding seating cards and stamped on the page side with the wedding date, to the menagerie of striped socks sported by groom and best men, and the darling mint green fingernail polish of the bride.

Photos by Lisa Wiseman Photography.

Love Expressed with Sustainable Beauty February 21, 2011

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One of the seasons most delightful celebrations took place at on the rolling hills in Northern California.  A fully organic venue, thousands of redwood and douglas fir seedlings were planted throughout the lands as part of a responsible forest management plan.

Everyone agreed there could be no better place to hang bell jars filled with moss and flameless flickering tea lights for the wedding celebration of Kevin DePalmer & Elizabeth Mooney.

This was an event that integrated the talents of both friends and family.  We placed magnolia leaves preserved with glycerin that had been hand-picked by the bride’s grandmother on over 200 feet of burlap elegantly draping the single table winding between the trees and hillsides.  Outstanding in the Field, known for setting up magical and completely local “farm dinners” all over the United States, set the table with farm fresh tomatoes, grits, Burrata cheese, grilled meats and marinated figs. The delectable cake was provided by the brilliant sisters of Patisserie Angelica.

Flowers for the event were simple and local, featuring fragrant oregano and sage as punctuating accents.  Nestled in the bell jars were poppy pods and small artificial white doves which carry a sacred meaning for the family.

The bride and the groom came wanting to orchestrate a celebration that was special and local- a collaborative effort with friends.  We think this celebration achieved true elegance by allowing for rustic emphasis punctuated by small, special, family-oriented touches.

Thanks to Thor Swift for the photographs capturing the occasion.  Elizabeth’s handmade dress by the very talented Sue Hanley of Atelier des Modistes in San Francisco’s Russian Hill neighborhood.

Details:
August 21 2010
Reception Venue: Failla Vineyards, St. Helena Ca
Flowers: Lila B. Design
Dining: Outstanding in the Field
Cake: Pattiserie Angelica
Dress: Atelier des Modistes
Photography: Thor Swift

For more photos see: Thor Swift Photography: see (2) blog posts:
http://thorswiftstudio.blogspot.com/2010/10/catching-up-elizabeth-and-kevin-august.html

http://thorswiftstudio.blogspot.com/2010/11/more-from-elizabeth-and-kevin.html

and to download our write up:

Sustainable Local Celebration at Failla Vineyards

Fun with Boutonnieres November 18, 2010

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Known by the most fashionable British men in the 18th Century as the “button hole flowers” and later coined by the French as the boutonniere, these tiny sculptural pieces were traditionally worn to ward off bad luck and evil spirits.

Sophie is our studio master in creating what we now recognize as the special-occasion-statement of masculine flair and sophistication. Here is what she has to say about the matter, from lot garden to suit lapel!

What are some of your favorite lot garden plants you use for boutonnieres?

I gather everything from our lot garden. The flowers from parsley have small florets that are quite beautiful. I like anthriscus for their delicate, fernlike quality, and the tiniest little strawberries. Achemillis mollis is one of my favorites because you can use both the broad leaf in the background and the tiny star-shaped blossoms in the center.

I like to pay attention to the various stages of flower development. Before a flower blooms, it’s bloom, and even the post bloom all can add a unique statement to the boutonniere.

Creating boutonnieres is like sculpting the smallest of masterpieces. What kinds of textures do you look for when sculpting your pieces?

I look for a variety in textures and colors. Of course I consider what is about to bloom in the garden. I like to sculpt with lots of texture- fan-shaped, fernlike, oblong, blunt, spatula-shaped, broad-leaved, slender-leaved, all yield exciting compositions.

How do you know when you have a succesfull composition?

I look for each one to be unique! A successful boutonniere will make whoever wears it feel special.

Photo credits: Lisa Leigh, Lisa Wiseman, Prima Photography, Wendy K. Yalom, and Sophie de Lignerolles.

Amy + Jeph- The Reception October 21, 2010

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The elegance of teal set off with soft orange, all held by classic ball jars- here is our final collection of inspiration from the reception of Amy and Jeph. Set at Holman Ranch, the wedding was one of our favorites this season.

Thanks Amy and Jeph for sharing your delightful aesthetic! We wish you all the best for a beautiful life together!

Amy + Jeph – Concept to Ceremony September 24, 2010

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Amy + Jeph sprouted beautiful ideas for ther wedding day at Holman Ranch.
Sophie from Lila B. sketched out a few to set the scene…
We all went to work to create the setting (including Jeph’s handpainted working gramophones!)
Amy Byrd orchestrated with her event planning team..
Anna Kuperberg captured it all on film.

Spring Blooms at Spanish Hacienda September 23, 2010

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The story of a special wedding at Holman Ranch in Carmel Valley, CA told with Anna Kuperberg’s bright photos ~ in three blog entries.

First, Amy and Jeph’s bride & groom personal flowers. Spring blooms ~ with a just picked look ~ lovely.

Bright as the Sun Shines September 10, 2010

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Adorable wedding at Dawn Ranch Lodge  fab photos by Morgan Bellinger/movephotography.com.