How gorgeous are these two?
And since we can’t officially celebrate their leap year wedding anniversary for another 2 years- here we go. Happy Second Anniversary Dian & Kenny! 😜
And here is Dian’s beautiful modern cascade bouquet. It features orchids, tulips, mini-callas, ranunculus, tiny kumquat cuties, and fragrant tuberose, lilac and orange blossom.
Scent is such a powerful memory trigger and I LOVE incorporating it into wedding work- in just the right amount of course.
Which brings us to the cutest photo ever! I was so thrilled to see ALL the beautiful photos Miki & Sonja captured, but this one is definitely a favorite.
This veil by Julie Harris Designs needs its own moment though. Sigh. 😍
The gorgeous invitation suite by Bella Figura + ALL the citrus and citrus-hued blooms.
A beautiful bridal portrait- The Ebell of Los Angeles has SO many amazing spots for portraits!
And a super stylish groom!
Love love love Kenny’s whole wedding look.
The cutest baskets for all the flower children.
And flowers for all the family & friends.
Again, the cutest.
The Lounge at The Ebell of Los Angeles is absolutely stunning, and a dream to flower! We created two large foam-free arrangements featuring olive and eucalyptus to flank the altar, and lined the the aisle with large & airy arrangements of greenery, delphinium, and dahlia.
Love a casual amount of greenery. 😉
These organic & textural greens are the perfect contrast AND compliment to this room. Also, those windows. 😍
I know I said the bouquet sniffing was my fave…but this photo is ALWAYS a personal fave, and Dian & Kenny’s recessional does not disappoint.
For their reception we created a few different styles of centerpieces: large & low floral pieces, fresh hand-laid greenery, bottles and bud vases, AND these large elevated pieces that are full of textural greenery and accented with birds of paradise- a bit of nostalgia from Dian’s childhood.
I love a meaningful DIY, and how Dian & Kenny chose to highlight Black love by featuring some of their favorite couples in place of table numbers.
February is the perfect month for fresh mimosa and ALL the winter citrus.
A mix of centerpiece styles, late winter/early spring flowers, and textural greenery brought the dining room to life at The Ebell of Los Angeles.
I mean, look at this star. She *almost* stole the show.
But then this happened.
It was so much fun to work with Dian & Kenny, Dian’s Mom, Jeannie, and of course, Renee of Moxie Bright Events to bring all this magic to life.
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Venue & Catering: The Ebell of Los Angeles / Planning & Design: Moxie Bright Events / Photography: Miki & Sonja / Floral Design: Winston & Main / Invitations: Bella Figura / Bride’s Gown: Lihi Hod / Veil: Julie Harris Designs / Hair: Carla Sorenson Farmer Jackson / Makeup: Shea Hardy / Grooms attire: Zegna & J. Hillburn / Music: The Half Moons of Dart Collective / Cake: Susie Cakes / Linens: Luxe Linens / Photobooth: Hashtag Photobooth
Originally scheduled for 2020, and then rescheduled, and then rescheduled again (thanks Covid), we were so thrilled to finally get Julia & Jackson to the altar.
And what an altar it was!
We created this suspended tropical installation with #nofloralfoam, as per usual, and incorporated disco balls, dahlias, and a few veeeery special anthuriums from our friends at Haus of Stems.
How cute is this flatlay? The paper goods- designed by Julia Walck herself, were incredible, and they were styled to perfection by Mary Costa Photography.
So, let’s talk about Julia’s super eclectic bouquet. It features a hot pink phalaenopsis orchid, local dahlias, rudbeckia, and sunflowers, AND those ridiculously amazing anthuriums from Haus of Stems, AND tropical accents like ginger, monstera, and birds of paradise.
Color, texture, personality- this bouquet has it all, and then some!
It’s my maximal tropical garden dream bouquet. For real.
We kept the personals bright & fun, in sunset sherbet shades of yellow, pink, orange, & red. Those tiny air plants in the bouts? Chef’s kiss for the cuteness!
Fun fact: when you incorporate air plants or tiny succulents into your personals, you can keep them post wedding or event.
I think the chamomile on this wrist cuff corsage also understood the cuteness assignment.
In the before times, we actually didn’t have any ceremony decor on our order! Site-specific installations are my jam though, so I was thrilled when Julia & Jackson added this hanging floral installation a few months before their wedding.
Even more so, because they let me do my thing when I politely inquired if they would mind if I hung a bunch of disco balls in it. I know, I know…who can say no to a bunch of disco balls?
I probably say it in every blog post, but this shot is always one of my favorites! That post-ceremony, superexcitedwehavetostopandkiss moment when the couple is recessing up (down?!) the aisle.
Aren’t they just perfection- the dress, the crown, the makeup, the suit, the tie, the love. Every last detail!
Kinda like it just grew there, huh?
THE FRINGE. I bow down to you Rachel Burke.
And now would be a good time to talk about hiring a wedding planner who really gets you.
Holly of Anything But Gray Events always understands the assignment. AND how cute is it that she surprised Julia & Jackson with these perfectly colorful & coordinated fringe balloons on their wedding day?
Get yourself a Holly.
Julia’s boots are everything. And as a boot bride myself…all the heart eyed emojis.
The color continues…all the way to the ceiling in this fabulous balloon installation by the one-and-only Marla, of Balloonzilla.
More fabulous paper goods. More colorful blooms. And the custom drink stirrers?
Best day ever indeed!
We mixed these cute and colorful tropical mini arrangements with bud vases of bright blooms, and of course, more disco balls!
More pressed-flower cake perfection from my pal Nicole of Nicole Bakes Cakes.
And one more gratuitous bouquet shot.
Because Mary Costa really is the best.
It was so much fun to bring the flower magic to this colorful wedding day.
Julia & Jackson- we’re wishing you a lifetime of dancing with joy (and disco balls)!
Check out more of Julia & Jackson’s Tropical, Disco Ball, Colour Pop Wedding over on Rock n Roll Bride!
Venue: Valentine / Planning: Anything But Gray Events / Photography: Mary Costa Photography / Videography: Elevate Films / Floral Design: Winston & Main / Catering/Bar: Border Grill / Cake: Nicole Bakes Cakes / DJ: RedShoe / Balloons: Balloonzilla / Paper Goods: Julia Walck / Rentals: La Pinata Party Rentals / Photobooth: Classic Photo Booths / Valet: White Label Valet / Shuttle: Riz Transportation / Dress: Willow by Watters / Alterations: Deborah Lindquist / Jacket: Rachel Burke / Crown: Carbickova Crowns / Boutique: Lovely Bride / Wedding Party Beauty: Face It Sugar / Family beauty: Betsy diFrancesca / Suit: Friar Tux / Officiant: Great Officiants /
2020 started out so hopeful. I attended the Team Flower conference in Pasadena. The next week I took Amy Nicole’s Bouquet Bootcamp. I love education and I loved getting it in right at the beginning of what was sure to be a busy year. A profitable year. The MOST profitable year yet. (ha ha ha)
Photo: Rebekah Lemire Workshop: The Floral Coach
We did two beautiful weddings, a few brand activations, and one AMAZING celeb event (NDA be damned). We did our final design meetings for our spring weddings…
Photo: Brooke Allison Photo Planner: Events by Emily Kay
Photo: Miki and Sonja Photography Planner: Moxie Bright Events
And then the world shut down.
Our studio building, aka The Original LA Flower Market, shut down, and I had a couple hours to take everything “valuable” out of my studio. To watch my vendors throw their product/profit in the garbage. Talk about a surreal and heartbreaking day. What IS valuable in your business/workspace/life when you have to choose what to take with you?
After a month at home without flowers, I tentatively dipped my toe back in, and started figuring out how I could safely get flowers (both locally and from my wholesaler). There was a veeeery strange period of picking up flowers 100% no contact- checking out my pull from a parking lot, and then putting it in my car before dousing myself in sanitizer lest any covid nasties were hitching a ride.
I arranged flowers in my backyard and turned my tv/guest room into a temporary cooler by cranking our AC.
I advertised my new delivery biz solely via instagram AND the response was overwhelming.
Clients, old and new, embraced flowers in a way that felt absolutely sacred. The joy I witnessed when I delivered flowers from a grandchild to their grandmother, who was isolated at home alone, was beautiful and heartbreaking and so very meaningful.
Photo: The Hendrys Planning: Opus Events Co.
Photo: The Hendrys
Photo: Heirlume Photography Planning: P.S. & Associates Event Planning
Photo: Michael Gomez Photo
Photo: Faye Casaje
There were elopement blooms too- in national parks, backyards, hotels, and homes.
2020 was an excellent reminder for me about just what I love about flowers.
An opportunity to come back to my WHY again and again, one bouquet at a time.
Flowers are magic and they have the power to transform spaces, people, and bad days alike. Flowers are a powerful reminder to be present, and they teach us to cultivate a more mindful relationship with ourselves and the world around us.
They remind us that joy is now.
This is one of the lessons I’ll be taking into 2021, and the busy season ahead.
How about you? What did you learn or relearn about your business in 2020?
All photography by Winston & Main, except where credited otherwise.
Rebekah Lemire / The Floral Coach / Brooke Allison Photo / Events by Emily Kay / Miki and Sonja Photography / Moxie Bright Events / The Hendrys / Heirlume Photography / Michael Gomez Photo / Faye Casaje