Real Weddings: Katie and Dave / La Chiquita Ranch , Malibu CA

Kaite and Dave were recently married at the lovely La Chiquita Ranch in Malibu canyon country. Tiffany and I got a good work out setting up their wedding with lots of walks up and down steep hills – whew! The views and the fresh air made it seem like we were on a mini holiday getaway (on a fat farm?)!
Katie carried a lovely bouquet of all white peonies. When I saw the couple for the sample centerpiece showing, Katie brought with her some family heirlooms from her grandmothers. Here we attached her grandmother’s locket and her other grandmother’s rosary to the handle of the bouquet. I love how it turned out!
The groom wore a small peony bud accented with craspedia and a succulent. The groomsmen wore boutonnieres of lime green Fuji mums with a fun accent of craspedia.

The ring bearer carried a little floral pillow made of green kermit poms. And the flower girls wore little barrets with green mini cymbidium orchids.

We used a lot of fun and interesting botanicals for Katie and Dave’s wedding featuring lime green and purple. In particular, succulents, craspedia, aka “billy balls”, artichokes, protea, and umbrella fern

The other centerpiece design was a grouping of four glass bubble bowls of two different sizes. Each of these held an interesting flower or botanical, such as a king protea, a Fuji mum, several stems of green molucella, and purple hydrangea. Wispy stems of umbrella ferns completed the look – either arranged so the ferns stick out of the bowl, or are viewed through the walls of the glass bowls, like specimens in a terrarium.
We had a lot of fun with the centerpieces! There were two designs which we placed on the 17 tables. One used a low, dark slate, square container that we filled with deep purple hydrangea, all sorts of interesting succulents, Fuji mums, lisianthus, and mini purple artichokes.