Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Print baby!

The Floral Lab was asked by Carter and Cook Event Co. to contribute the floral design for a tabletop shoot for Exquisite Weddings Magazine. Of course, I jumped at the opportunity to work with Carter and Cook. The girls pulled together a great team to make this shoot happen two days before Christmas! The Spring/Summer 2010 issue is on stands NOW!

More to follow.....

Friday, March 12, 2010

Real Wedding: Erin + Michael

The Maderas Golf Club in Poway was the location of this summer wedding. Erin's outgoing personality and Mike's Brittish reserve make them a perfect pair. So cute and so young, their energy was infectious! Photos by Rod Foster Photography.

The arch was designed with various greenery, hydrangea, and roses.
Erin's bouquet was designed with calla lillies, orchids, freesia, and roses.
Mike's handsome boutonniere was designed with a cymbidium orchid.
The bridesmaids carried bouquets designed of calla lillies. They are so classic and stunning on their own.
The mothers of the bride and groom carried small posy bouquets designed with cymbidium orchids.
The piece de resistance were the free standing shepherd hooks that I made for the patio. I searched far and wide for freestanding shepherd hooks and came up short so I decided to get my craft on. I wrapped them with smilex and hung rose pomanders and mason jar arrangements {later used as centerpieces). The bottom was accented with moss and a cymbidium orchid. The freestanding shepherd hooks are available for rent.

Wedding Chicks {Part II}

The afternoon was devoted to an engagement session styled after the button brunch. Katie wore a dress from Anthropologie and Heather of Carter and Cook made the turquoise bow. So crafty that Heather! The felt flower is crafted with love from Ink and Button.
I created this oh so perfect bouquet of bright yellow acacia or "mimosa" and wrapped it with the button garland made by Carter and Cook seen in the earlier post.
It was easy for Katie and her husband Ryan to bring the love for the engagement shoot shot by Jessica Claire. This shoot is for the little homemaker in all of us!
All the little details by Carter and Cook and yummy button cookies made by Erica O'Brien.
A HUGE thank you to the Wedding Chicks for the opportunity to work with you and all who inspire me: Carter and Cook, Jessica Claire, Paper and Thread, Ink and Button. I hope to work with you all again soon. xoxo

Wedding Chicks {Part I}

It all started with a tweet. I jumped at the chance to be a part of a bridal shower photo shoot for the wedding chicks blog. Next thing I know I'm sitting in a quaint little cafe brainstorming with a killer group of creative minds. Amy {one of the wedding chicks} gathered an all-star team for this shoot which was held at Cafe Mimosa in San Clemente.

Carter and Cook stole the show with their styling abilities. They were behind every last detail. That is what makes them so great. Working with them is a blessing. If you are a bride or hostess, you can relax and have piece of mind because they've got it covered. They go above and beyond your expectations every time.

Jessica Claire shot all of the beautiful images. Jessica was so fun to work with and she had us all laughing throughout the day. She came up with the key words for which the shoot was based: yellow and buttons. For all of you photogs out there, Jessica is the genious behind the camera bag company, shootsac.
For the centerpieces, I used three rectangular white vases. Clean, simple, and fresh. The white allowed the colors pop! The floral recipe was as follows: tulips, hydrangea, ranunculus, mini daffodils, and kumquats. Perfect for a Spring wedding or bridal shower.
Lori of Paper and Thread made all the paper goods for the shoot. I love the recipe boxes that served as the placecards. So cute! She made the invitations, menus, recipes, and the Cute as a Button sign. Lori's passion for all things paper is clear. She loves what she does and it shows in her work. She's also one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
Erica of Erica O'Brien Cake Design. What can I say? I wish this girl lived closer because we'd hang out all the time. A fellow east coaster with an awesome personality. She makes you feel like you've known her for years. Her cakes were right on! Those flowers, those buttons, they're not real. They're made of fondant. Such talent! And look at those mini cakes, so cute! She also made button cookies for the afternoon engagement shoot.
What's a bridesmaid brunch without a bride and her bridesmaids? Three of the four models are photographers. Katie from Katie Neal Photography, Rachel from Studio Castillero, and Lauren from Bullock Productions. All the girls wore dresses from Ruche. Don't you just love the felt flowers on the recipe boxes and in Katie's hair? Those were made with love by Lisa Raser, the creator of Ink and Button. Everyone was talking about them!