When you walked into Danger and Devon's wedding you felt like you walked into their house in Fresno. I added small touches of records, starburst and guitars for accent decor. It had a rock n roll vibe (the groom is in a band) mixed with a retro feel (the bride owns a vintage truck boutique). It was one of the first weddings we got to add so many details about the bride and groom without be catchy. I just love this couple and everything about their day.
If you haven't been to Ruth Bancrofts Succulent Garden, you must go. It's a hidden gem in Walnut Creek and for any floral designer/plant lover it's like Disneyland. Diana from Dia Photography and I wanted to design a moody and edgy elopement to contrast the lush desert feel. I wanted to use a mix of burgundy and reds to add a romantic touch to our tattooed bride.
Florals by Us!
Photography: Diana Gonzales
We couldn't be more happy that dried elements are making a scene. We collect dried goods year around and store them in our studio when the perfect opportunity arises. We have been sneaking bits and pieces into our bridal bouquets this year. Our adiction to dried florals started last spring when we created a giant dried bouquet for a boudior shoot at Point Reyes.
We think in 2018 you will see more dried pieces throughout the year and plenty next fall. Beware 2018 brides because I will sneaking some into your bouquets, boutonnières, centerpieces and your installations. Below we created a few mood boards of what to expect.
When I feel the world is getting me down and I feel like giving up, I review these amazing photos from last years boudior shoot. She empowers so much strength, beauty and positivity. I believe I can do whatever and be whoever I want. We as females can not let other people tell us who and what we have to do. We need to stay strong when things get though and stick it out to the bitter end. It will always work out! We need to support each other and help each other grow and become strong. We need to work together to climb to the top. We need to empower all females!
Need a little help editing your ideas for your big day? We can help. We love when brides and grooms send us links to your Pinterest but sometimes it's a hot mess. Too many ideas for one wedding. We will edit your ideas and create the prefect concept, theme or vibe. A few examples below....
Lauren and John were wed at St Mary's Church in May 2017. After the beautiful ceremony they celebrated at Wildwood Acres Resort. They dance and celebrated with family and friends while the twinkle lights sparkled through the night.
Lauren wanted to mix blush tones and peonies with succulent. The Cinderella baby blue bridesmaids dresses complimented the soft tones of succulents and blush roses.
Florals: By Us!
Getting Ready Venue: LaFayette Park Hotel
Ceremony Venue: Santa Maria Catholic Church
Reception Venue: Wildwood Acres Resort
Coordination: Jenessa from Entourage Events
Dress: Wtoo Logan Dress from Janene’s Bridal Boutique
Shoes: Betsy Johnson
Hair: I Do Dry Style Lounge
Makeup: Nicole Pietkiewicz
Jewelry: Kate Spade
Bridesmaids Dresses: Joanna August
Catering: Wildwood Acres Resort
Cake Stands: Julia's Cake Stand Rentals
Photography: Tanya & Victor
Emily and Chris were married at Fort Mason Center for the Arts in September. My favorite element was the boutonnieres. We used cannabis, house plant foliage and ranunculus wrapped in blush silk ribbon. After meeting with the bride and groom we found out the groom enjoys a little cannabis once in awhile so we thought, why not? It's a prefect wedding favor for your groomsmen, bridesmaids or guests! You can add cannabis to any wedding and keep it elegant and fresh.
The SF Mint hosted the fabulous wedding of Connie and Peter. The venue is one of the best in the bay with amazing light, details and over design. It was a pleasure to work with Vero Suh Photography. Vero captured the bride and groom perfectly.
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This year I wanted to create a few easy DIY tablescapes that were affordable. My first tablescape was a Friendsgiving inspired. The best thing about Friendsgiving is you get to create your own rules and traditions. Since living in the Bay Area I have hosted Friendsgiving almost every year for the past 8 years. I am vegan, honestly it's just easier for me to host. I really enjoy it and am kind of a control freak.
My first DIY tablescape was inspired by eating with your hands. I wanted to create a cheese board that was the main event. Friendsgiving doesn't have to be hours of slaving in the kitchen it can be wine, cheese and games. At my house it's usually games and Home Alone or a sappy Hallmark Christmas movie.
Being vegan cheese plates usually don't make it on my table but there are great vegan options but I don't torture my friends. There are so many other great options on a cheese board I fill up fast without the cheese.
For this tablescape I spent under $100. I found this great mid century wood wall art piece at Goodwill but from Target for $3. It was the perfect size for a large cheese board. I bought the linens from World Market for $4 each and the mustard yellow candles for $5. The $4 white plates came from Target. I found the brass candle holders and brass compote vases at goodwill and spent a total of $18 on all of them. The vases were also found at the goodwill though they were CB2 for $3 and $4. The most expensive thing I bought was the salt dish from Bed Bath and Beyond at $12. The plate treatment of dried Queen Anne's Lace forged along the side of the road with the pampas grass and thistle. I also forged the lovely green and red leaf greenery. The name tags were written on gourds and squashes found at the flower market for $1 each. You can also find them at Trader Joes, where I found the persimmons, cheese, nuts and fruit.
For my second DIY Thanksgiving dinner I wanted a little more traditional and fancier. Total spent was under $200. This is a little high but the table runner was from a local small business and was $70. The rest was stuff around the house or good deals.
First off the Happy Thanksgiving sign was just kraft paper I had around the house. Obviously, I have more arts and craft items around but when I was at the Dollar Store they were selling a small roll for $1. The silverware was mixed and matched from the goodwill a total of $15. We used the same name tags as above. The plates were mix matched from target for $5 each, world market for $7 and the last two were from my house (cb2 $8 each). The plate menu was $8. The plate from world market and the stand Michea's for $1. The candle holders were made from copper pipes I had left over from an art installation and the candles were from Ikea years ago. The wine glasses are $1 from the Dollar Store. The persimmons and gourds from the Flower Market and Trader Joe's for $1 each and bittersweet the flower market ($15). Lastly, the linens were from World Market for $2 each. The "I am thankful" clipboards were hanging up in my office. You can also find these at the dollar store or amazon.
The take away from this...... a lot of things can be found in your own house and repurposed or thing at your local Dollar Store. It's just how you mix high in with cheap to look like a million dollars.
Florals and styling by Us!
Photography: HFB Photography
Cake: Butter and
Cake Stand: Julia's Cake Stands
Makeup: Makeup by Melissa Guerro
Stationary: Keep Sakes by Ingrid
Though we hate color it's fun to challenge ourselves once and awhile. This cute teen photo shoot was the perfect time to use bright florals. We get request for colorful bright weddings but we prefer to use muted tones. Sometime you have to try new things!
Florals By US!
Makeup: Artistry By Amy
Photography: Tenley Clark Photography
Wardrobe Styling: Jeneffer Jones
Prop Styling: Lili Brumme
We are moving up north!
We are trilled to announce are we expanding to Mendocino, Sonoma and Lake County ! We are accepting weddings for 2018 in the Bay Area as well as up North for no additional travel fees. We will keep our studio in Oakland and we are opening a second studio in Willits, CA.
We are expanding for two reason, first we fall in love with Mendocino this summer. The quiet and laid back vibe is exactly what we need to get away from the hustle and bustle of SF and Oakland. The friendly people and the rad venues, equals a no brainer. From Philo's Apple Farm to Ella's Farmhouse there is no better place to get married. We are so excited to work with vendors like Fern Foot, Lucille Lawrence and Holly Shankland. Second we are going to start farming our own flowers.
Yes, we got our own farm! This winter we will be prepping our land to harvest are favorite flowers. We will be farming ranunculus, black tulips and so much more. We can't wait to watch our flowers grow from seeds to blooms and see them in the hands of our brides and grooms.
Stayed tuned for all the new and exciting things!
Photos: Holly Shankland
Sometimes you just need to get some girlfriends and pals together for a fiesta. If you talk to anyone I know, they will tell you one thing about me, I love anything Mexican.
I took 3 months off a few years ago just to become a beach bum in Mexico. It was the best time of my life. Living outside of Sayulita, Nayarit was nothing but a dream. I would get up every morning take a few steps from my apartment to the beach and head off for a run and swim. After my morning exercise I would go back to my place make some coffee and breakfast. Oh, they have the best coconut cream for coffee. My best friend/roommate Sarah and Stella (her dog) would wake up and meet in me in the kitchen to talk about what hidden beach or little town we were going to discover that day. We would pack our lunches and head out. After reading, sunbathing and swimming all day I would take another run, mediate and cook dinner. Sarah and I would watch the sunset on the beach or our rooftop with our rum and coke. We would talk about what wanted to do with our lives or dream about what we would buy on our trip if we had more than $10 a day to live. That was my happy place and I never talk like that.
I started going to Mexico when I was only 5 years old. My grandparents lived in Mazatlan, Sinaloa and I would visit them at least once a year. My favorite memory is me hanging out on the beach in front of Chili Peppers. Chili Peppers became our family's go to restaurant. The owner had a son my age and we basically grew up together. I remember spending the Y2K New Years Eve at the Chili Peppers. They let me pour all of my own drinks behind the bar, even though I was only 15 (16 in 12 days). My grandmother was dancing on the table that night as well. Since both of my grandparents have past I have only been to Mazatlan once. I dream about it all the time. If I close my eyes I can remember the smell of the sheets in my room and I can hear the sound of the ocean from my window.
By far Mexican food is my favorite food of all time. From the burrito trucks in Oakland to the home made carne papas in Mexico. Something about the spicy and salty flavors I can't control myself. But chips and salsa is my life. I could eat chips and salsa everyday. I am pretty sure I tried in High School when calories didn't matter. My step grandfather is Mexican and when I made him my pico de gallo he said he almost died. That was the best complement I have ever received.
So, when I got an email from a few friends asking me to design some florals for a Mexican fiesta I said "YES". This was a no brainer for me. I'm pretty sure I have more Mexican accent decor in my house than most Mexican restaurants.
The first flower that popped into my head was definitely bougainvillea. Sarah and I stayed in a neighborhood called bougainvillea when we were visiting Guadalajara. My second thought was straw flowers. Something about the colors and feel remind me of the artisan of Mexico. I chose terra cotta vases because my grandmother only had them in her garden. In Mexico they have round/oval shapes, unlike our triangular terra cotta plant pots. The bright shades of pinks and yellow add a soft but fun touch to the cactus and cobalt blue glassware and accents.
This party was a dream come true. Studio DBI was phenomenal. I love her touch of churros. No party in Mexico is complete without some kind of sweet. Oh Na La created the coolest menus and fortune tellers. My lady Michaela for Michaela Joy Photography capture every detail with grace though she just got off a flight from France. We pulled off the fiesta of the year.
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We are so excited our friend Dear Danger is getting married next month and we have the honor to design her flowers. The two are getting married at the Phoenix Hotel in SF which is the perfect place for a rock and roll groom to tie the knot to his fashionista bride. The venue is right on point with their home in Fresno, classic, retro, cool California. The groom's family runs a lemon farm and we want to add small touches of fruit leaves giving a little shout out to him and his family. Stay tuned for the real deal....
Jennifer and Scott were the lucky winners of an engagement Instagram giveaway! Tim and Michaela from Michaela Joy Photography capture the couple while they sipped on wine and walked through the beautiful vineyards of Liana Estates. The wonderful make-up artist Carrie Aldous of Napa kept Jennifer looking fresh all day long.
Simone + Mini
"After I mistakenly ordered flowers for the wrong day - Ash and Oak came through and in 2 hours I was getting married with the most beautiful bouquet ever in Muir woods. THANK YOU!" ~Simone
Simone a gorgeous bride married her beautiful partner on February 9th in Muir Woods. Simone and Mini live in New York city and choose to get married in the Bay Area where the two met.
Simone wanted a pageant style bouquet with dark green foliage and a few flowers to blend in with the surrounding forest. Unfortunately, it rained the day of and they enjoyed a small ceremony with a few close friends and parents.
They celebrated the weekend in Soma wine tasting and playing games in their Air BNB. These two know how to rock an intimate wedding!
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Each year we try to envision what it going to be the next big thing in weddings. This year we really want to play with two new concepts. The first is the futuristic bride. She would wear block eye makeup, a structure dress, hair you can only find on the runway and her nails would be painted sliver. She wouldn't take sh*t from no one and her wedding would speak for itself.
Our second concept is the complete opposite spectrum. This dream bride would be reliving the 70's but not like every boho wedding. This bride may have taken a few too many psychedelics and wants crazy neon colors, records and trippy prints. This bride wants you to feel like you are at woodstock but on the tour bus.
One of our favorite things to do is create one of kind bouquets for the smallest events. Most couples think a big wedding is important or at least they think the family thinks so. Why not, break away from all that drama and stress and ELOPE!
We will create you the stunning bouquet, floral crown and boutonniere you always wanted! You can even get crazy and let us "pimp your ride" with florals and foliage. Drive away from the beautiful City Hall to one of the best new hip restaurants in the city to celebrate the rest!
We will blow your mind, if you let us get funky and wild by styling your vow renewal with in all the best new trends. Maybe your first wedding was in the 90's or early 2000's and it was cool than but a little out dated now. We will take inspiration from you first wedding and add the prefect spin to your renewal!
Surprise your bride to be with the most unique wild bouquet to get her heart going than drop the question. Don't forget to bring the photographer too. You will want to catch these moment!
Last weekend we had 11 lovely ladies in our tiny shop in the festive mood. We hosted a wreath workshop and it was a success. Despite my sprained ankle everything was all I hoped and more.
It was the perfect activity for any group of ladies or men celebrating a birthday, bridal party, shower or just a get together. Nine of the eleven ladies were celebrating one lucky birthday. It was one birthday to remember!
Our next workshop is December 3rd grab your ladies and gentlemen and come craft with us! Drink mimosa, coffee and eat pastries and celebrate!