Real Weddings: Tess and Jim / Westlake Village Inn

Tess and Jim were married at Westlake Village Inn, in the lovely rustic gazebo. Tess loves blue!! So we featured tiffany blue, light blue and lavender in her summer fresh wedding. 
Beautiful images provided by Angela & Cedric photography.
Tess carried a bouquet of ivory " polo" roses, white freesia, white dahlia, accents of light blue delphinium. The bridesmaids bouquets featured  with ivory "Polo" roses, light blue delphinium, lavender freesia and orange freesia.

Real Weddings: Nicole and Jabbar / Hilton Hotel, Woodland Hills CA

Nicole and Jabbar were recently married on a sunny Saturday in June.  The wedding was held at the Hilton Hotel in Woodland Hills.  Their colors were blush pink and magenta and grey.  Here are some beautiful images provided by Kaysha Weiner Photography.

Nicole carried a bouquet of white and blush pink flowers: white peonies, blush pink peonies, white “polo” roses, white freesia, and white cymbidium orchids with magenta throats.

The maid of honor carried a similar bouquet but with magenta peonies, magenta dendrobium orchids, pink cymbidium orchids, white freesia, and white “polo” roses.

The bridesmaid bouquets were mostly white, blush, and pink with accents of magenta.
The ring bearer carried a pillow made of white cushion poms and decorated with pink cymbidium orchids and magenta dendrobium orchids.
Too cute!

We provided a large manzanita tree arrangement decorated with blush pink dendrobium orchids and crystals with the based covered with hydrangea and roses.2

A tall arrangement of all white hydrangeas accented the place card table.

Nicole was clever and wanted to use the reception table flowers as ceremony decor as well. The aisle was lined with clear glass cylinders holding magenta dendrobium orchids immersed in water as well as clear glass cylinders holding a pillar candle on a bed of blush pink rose petals. Both cylinder designs were later moved to the reception tables.

Real Weddings: Lauren and Adam / Shutters on the beach, Santa Monica CA

Lauren and Adam were married last year at lovely Shutters on the Beach hotel in Santa Monica. I really enjoyed working with these two — they are a fun and cute couple! I also was fortunate to work with them on their letterpress wedding invitations. Seeing them more frequently and also meeting their mothers were a treat!
The following beautiful images are from Hazelnut Photography. Lauren and Adam’s fabulous wedding was also featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs.

Real weddings: Jeanine and Scott /The Mountain Mermaid, Topanga CA

Jeanine and Scott were recently married at The Mountain Mermaid in Topanga. The color scheme was white, blush pink, and light purple. Jeanine loved peonies so we included blush pink and white peonies in her bouquet and centerpieces. Here are some amazing images provided by Ian Andrew photography.
All lined up and ready to go on the tables.
A close-up of the centerpiece. Flowers include: ivory hydrangea, lavender “stranger” roses, blush pink “Anna” roses, blush pink peonies, and dusty miller leaves.

Real Weddings: Alexa and Evan /Bel Air Bay Club, Malibu CA

Alexa’s bouquet featured “polo” roses, succulents, delphinium, lisianthus, dendrobium orchids, and seeded eucalyptus for a natural, loose feel.

The bridesmaids bouquets had accents of soft pink lisianthus in addition to the “polo” roses, dahlias, delphinium, and seeded eucalyptus.

For Alexa and Evan’s wedding, the theme was natural and rustic, yet refined. After all, it was an evening wedding at a private beach club. The ceremony was held outdoors, and the chuppah was decorated with burlap draping accented with bouquets of white roses, dahlias, and lisianthus, and succulents and seeded eucalyptus. Under the chuppah were two pedestals each holding a tall, natural arrangement with curly willow branches, antique green hydrangea, queen anne’s lace, and tall stems of white delphinium. We lined the aisle with white rose petals as well as lanterns with pillar candles.

The guestbook table held a small arrangement of dahlias, roses, hydrangea, and delphinium. The table and birdcage were also decorated with jasmine vines and some loose rose and dahlia blossoms.

I really like what Una did with the escort card table! The middle and edges were decorated with a blanket of delphinium flower blossoms with accents of larger blooms including succulents, roses, and dahlias. Very cool!

We had a lot of fun making the centerpieces. 6″ glass cylinders were wrapped with a burlap ribbon and filled with a variety of flowers for a natural, rustic look. The flowers included: antique green hydrangea, “cafe au lait” dahlia, white delphinium, “polo” roses, queen anne’s lace, seeded eucalyptus, festival bush, Italian pittosporum, and jasmine vine. Interestingly, all but the hydrangea and roses were local California grown flowers!

Real Weddings: Niki and Evan / Loews, Santa Monica CA

Niki and Evan were married in April on the sands of Santa Monica at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Their colors were ivory with an accent of peach, orange, and green. Town and Country set up a walkway and platform right on the beach where we set up the chuppah and Niki’s family made the Sofreh spread of nuts, fruits, sweets, and pastries.
(Andre Niesing Photography)
Niki carried an all white bouquet of roses, peonies, lily of the valley, freesia, dendrobium orchids, ranunculus, and dusty miller leaves.
We decorated the chuppah with sheer, billowing white fabric to create a relaxed yet formal beach vibe.

On the aisle chairs were mason jars filled with roses, tulips, ranunculus, peonies, dusty miller leaves, and viburnum.

The reception was held in the Venice Ballroom at the Loews Hotel. We created elegant centerpieces in clear glass cubes filled with “polo” roses, peach parrot tulips, peach ranunculus, white ranunculus, viburnum, freesia, and dusty miller leaves,

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Real Weddings: Anita’s succulent personal flowers

Sometimes our brides are more hands-on and crafty and decide to make their own centerpieces but hire us to provide the personal flowers. Here are some bouquets and boutonnieres we made for a recent wedding featuring succulents and dark “Schwarzwalder” mini calla lilies. We also inserted vintage buttons, which belonged to the bride’s grandmother, and incorporated them into the bridal bouquet.

The bridesmaids bouquets were slightly darker without any white mini calla lilies and were made of succulents, dark “Schwarzwalder” mini calla lilies, green hypericum berries, and green cymbidium orchids.

{One Love} Wedding Photography Workshop in Santa Monica

The Flower Lab had the pleasure of working with Sara of One Love Photography, a photographer extraordinaire. Sara was running a wedding photography workshop in Santa Monica and we helped out by providing a bridal bouquet and matching boutonniere.
The pictures are STUNNING!!! For the bouquet, I had free run of whatever I wanted to create. Sara just wanted me to have fun with the flowers, and I did indeed! I had just consulted with a couple earlier that month and became inspired by their floral decor. So for this photo shoot, I planned to make a very natural bouquet with lots of interesting leaves.
At the market that week, I saw that my favorite phalaenopsis orchid supplier had buckets of these awesome bicolor yellow and burgundy orchids. I let these orchids set the tone for the rest of the bouquet and included deep burgundy mini calla lilies, burgundy anemones, dark brown/burgundy succulents, and burgundy amaranthus. In addition to the flowers, sword ferns, variegated Italian pittosporum, and large branchy leaves filled out the bouquet.

 hope you enjoy these photographs taken by Sara and her students. I love how they found such unique settings around the beach and pier for these images. Ahh Santa Monica — isn’t it a wonderful environment for your wedding and engagement pictures???

Real Weddings: Annie and Ted / Palos Verdes Country Club.

Annie and Ted were married on a perfect June day at the Neighborhood Church, followed by a reception at the Palos Verdes Country Club. Their colors were ivory with touches of blush pink.
Annie loves peonies and it was the perfect time for white and blush pink peonies. We also used lovely ‘polo’ ivory roses and hydrangea.

Annie’s bouquet featured all white peonies in various states of openness.

The bridesmaids carried bouquets of ivory ‘polo’ roses and blush pink peonies.

We placed a tall arrangement of hydrangea and peonies in the center of the escort card table with the escort cards radiating out from the flowers.
Each reception table held a low centerpiece of ivory hydrangea and ‘polo’ roses and blush pink peonies. We wrapped the clear glass cylinders with a band of gold ribbon.

A Graduation Party on the Malibu Pier

A swell was in one clear sunny Saturday in May and the surfers were out in full force. At the end of the Malibu Pier, Liz was having her graduation party in the Surfrider room at the Beachcomber Restaurant. Here are some pictures of the floral arrangements we provided. The color theme was orange and pool blue and Liz thought having actual oranges in the arrangements would be a lot of fun. I couldn’t agree with her more! We also used fun, bright orange gerbera daisies, yellow craspedia, peachy-orange roses, and accents of light green bupleurum.

Real Weddings: Jenny and Kevin / Marriott Hotel , Newport Beach CA

Jenny and Kevin were married on a Saturday in May at the Marriott Hotel in Newport Beach. Their colors were peach, blush pink, ivory, and accents of lime green. Because the ceremony and reception both occurred in the afternoon, Jenny wanted a fun look that still spoke “wedding”. To make things more fun and interesting, we incorporated bright green Fuji mums and peachy-pink hypericum berry mixed in with the roses and hydrangea. The different textures from the Fuji mums and hypericum berry broke things up a little in the centerpieces so they didn’t look too soft.
The girls carried all rose bouquets in ivory and peachy-pink. Jenny’s bouquet also featured blush pink peonies and peach French tulips mixed in with the ivory roses. We accented the bouquet with loops of blush satin ribbon.
Beautiful images by Erich Chen Photography
The flower girl carried a petite pomander made of lime green kermit poms.

And the groom and groomsmen boutonnieres were made from peachy-pink French tulips.

The bride and groom honored their close family and relatives with boutonniere style personal flowers made from pink cymbidium orchids.

The ceremony was held in a lovely garden setting at the hotel. We decorated the gazebo simply with vines and greenery. The tall centerpieces were repurposed as ceremony decor, placed on white pedestals along the aisle.

Real Weddings: Senta and Rob / Smog Shoppe , Culver city CA

Ahh, the Smog Shoppe! One cool venue for a not too large wedding! What was once a place to get your smog checked, is now an urban oasis event space with chic vintage furnishings.
These beautiful images of Senta and Rob’s wedding were taken by Laura Grier ofBeautiful Day Photography.
Boutonnieres featuring yellow craspedia, waxflower, astilbe, veronica, and limonium.
Lovely wildflower bouquet of limonium, stock, waxflower, alstroemeria, astilbe, veronica, and monte casino aster.

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Senta picked out these awesome old soda bottles from the Rose Bowl Flea Market to use as her centerpiece containers. It was really cool seeing all the different brands of soda pop from back in the day!

We sprinkled loose flower blossoms along the length of each reception table.
Old flattened spoons with table numbers etched in — another great find by Senta!
Each place setting held a box of candy cigarette gum! I remember getting these as a kid and thinking I was so cool puffing out the fake smoke!
I may be partial, but I love this photo of the reception in full swing with Senta and Rob framed by their flowers… and guests too!

And now for some additional flower pictures, unfortunately taken from a lesser photographer (moi!)

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.