A few years ago I had a nervous break down. I suffer from anxiety and depression. From day to day I can keep it under control but ever now and then I have a full breakdown. After many years of suffering, I turned it into a great thing. I usually step away from work (if it's not full wedding season) and take off by myself. I discover so much more about who I am and usually what causes the break downs. One break down I decided to take a U.S. Southwest trip. I started in New Mexico to visit a childhood friend. We went to Taos (my favorite place), stayed in Santa Fe and drove to the White Sands National Park. OMG a must do in your life. After New Mexico, I flew to Austin and happen to stumble upon a music festival. That trip changed my life. I was so inspired by the Santa Fe artist and the chill lifestyle, I knew I wanted something more.
A side a note.... I got my cards read at a vegan lunch spot and she predicted I would start a business with flowers. At this point in my life I was toying with the idea but not sold. A few days after I reached out to my favorite floral designers in the Bay and asked if they needed an intern. I became one of their first interns. I lasted for a few months then started Ash + Oak.
This week I am daydreaming about New Mexico.
This maybe my favorite couple of the year or maybe forever. I know we say this a lot but this couple is extra special to me. The bride Sarah Reddish (aka arrowartstudio) is one of my best friends. I have known Sarah for 10 years. We lived together, we moved to Mexico together and we started our businesses at the same time. I have to say Sam her now husband, is the perfect guy for her. The best part is how they met because of me of course! I dragged Sarah out to a Red Sox and A's baseball game 4 years ago. Sam was this young sweet fellow and a friend of a friend who was with our group that night. I got some intel and slowly pushed them together and now they are one happy family. I was honored to design the flowers for Sarah and Sam's wedding. Something Sarah and I talked about for many days while on the beach in Mexico. I didn't even let her tell me what she wanted because I already knew.
Picking colors for you wedding can be hard. You love mauve and purple but your other half doesn't want a girlie wedding. Your favorite color is blue and he/she loves red but you don't want your wedding to read fourth of July. Our suggestion is stay far away from team sports and holiday colors by using muted tones or a scale of one or two colors.
Just because you want to use blue as a focal color you don't need to use blue flowers. Use the color blue in the bridesmaids dresses, napkins or plates. Keep your flowers neutral so they add texture and flow with the room.
Don't use white flowers because you can't decide. Pick all of you details first linens, plates, tables, tuxes, and invites than decide. Don't limit yourself to white because you think it's easy. Sometimes it's to stark against the beautiful off white table linen.
See our example color schemes that look expensive and amazing but could end up all wrong if you pick plain primary colors.
YELLOW AND GREEN (hint-green doesn't look great on anyone)
BLUE AND RED (hint-don't use white for anything, not even the bridal dress)
In the studio we get very bored and constantly talk about our dream clients. For this mood board we created a our current dream client. Artsy, of course with a bit of modern edge. We hope you like it.......maybe even let us design it for you!
CHILL BRIDE AND CHIC GROOM
RADEST BADEST BABE BRIDAL PARTY
Last year we started experimenting with Art Directing and discovered we love it. It's nice to step away from flowers once and awhile and challenge our creative talent. When Floral and Fauna beauty products found us at the beginning of the year we were thrilled they wanted us, Ash + Oak to create content for their Instagram and website. A beautiful, charming, funny and driving group of twenties somethings girls are setting the bar high by creating all natural, cruelty free beauty products. We received a few samples as thank you gifts and trust us, they know what they are doing.
As for styling, we wanted to take their affordable line and create a luxury feel. We combined muted tones, crystal elements and minimal textures.
During my first phone call with Tana back in October of 2017, I knew I was going to love her. Everything she mentioned were words I had been hoping to hear for years, moody, dark, a little witchy yet subtle. She has this amazing aura and you will be completely drawn to her as soon as you see her. Tana is one of the most beautiful women I know but funny and down to earth. When we met in person for the first time it felt as if we had been friends forever. I love when a couple is someone I continue to know well after the wedding.
Amy and Seth got hitched in Amy's parents backyard however this was no backyard wedding. They had amusement park games, an old timey photo booth and a shot gun wedding cake. They went all out! When we first met Amy and Seth I fell in love with them. They were funny, silly and were not stressed at all about getting married. You could fell the love. They also tried to steal Wiley. They had so much love to share. Wiley sat on Seth's lap during the entire mock up meeting. If I remember correctly Seth tried to smuggle Wiley out of the studio in his jacket.
Dreaming of a mod couple looking for something modern and fresh. Envisioning a wild black and white print dress with a sleek black bob. The ceremony would be located by the pool in the backyard of a mid century home with a mix of colorful chairs. The reception would be located on the other side of the pool. One long row of tables with a yellow table linen with a black flower print. The chairs would be as colorful as the ceremony. The DJ would be playing old records all night long. There would have be chaise lounge chairs and couches sectioned off for cigar bars and martini refills. A prefect mix of simple modern with a play of color.
Our biggest secret is forging. We love to forge through the woods, neighborhood and abandon parking lots. You find the best stuff and unusual things you can't find at the market. Smokebush is one of our favorite foliage to use and it's bloomin all over the East Bay. You may notice we use a lot of dried foliage as well, 90% of the dried foliage is from forging while we are taking long road trips. My boyfriend hates when I stop and forge in the middle of the highway. Not only is he worried about my safety, which is sweet but our car is constantly filled with dead leaves and dirt. That's the price my loved one has to pay. #floristlife