DIANA + BRAIN

Ash + Oak Flowers

It’s always a honor when another wedding vendor ask you to create the floral for their wedding. Diana and I have worked together for over a year and I just love her. When we first meant I swear it felt like we had been best friends for years.

When she asked me to do her flowers I was so excited. I knew I could do something different. She wanted a Mexican inspired wedding but not over the top. I found these amazing Mexican tile vessels and knew it was meant to be. Her mother grew over 100 succulents to pare with my flowers and potted them is terra cotta pots. She wanted moody but a pop of color. I knew I would use a mix of red tones. We used bright red pom poms to a red burgundy mum and everything in between.

Her second and third color was sage green and a dusty blue. I found these amazing dried (of course) palm that were the perfect sage green. The blue accent was in the macramé runners she bought and the blue ribbon on her bouquet. It may sounds crazy but it all came together, oh so well.


Ash + Oak Wedding Florist

Photography kandace Photography

Floral Ash + Oak

AUTUMN MOOD

Fall autumn is my favorite time of the year. I love watching the colors change from green to orange to red. If I ever decide to get married I would defiantly elope in the fall. Something about an Indian Summer and the dead leaves really wins me over. These mood board are inspiration for my dream elopement. 

RACHEL + ANDREW

We are super excited to post about Rachel and Andrew's wedding. The two got married on a beautiful foggy day in August at Cuffey's Cove Ranch. The fog was perfect for their boho 1970's vibes. Rachel wore a boho crocheted long sleeved dress with a suede and fur coat. Andrew wore the prefect blue suit. They got married up on the hill of Cuffey's Cove under a Teepee tied off with brown leather and adorned with our flowers in the shades of orange, tans, brown and a toch of burnt red. 

The best part was the tea and lounge tent. They had two Glamping tents outside the barn. One for hot heat and lounging over pillows and blankets. The other was a large open air lounge tent with beautiful furniture and a bar. 

It was a lovely affair. 

Flowers by Us!

Venue Cuffey's Cove Ranch

Coordinator Fern Foot Events

Photography Sara Byrne

Linens La Tavola

MY STYLE

I try really hard to be a minimalist but sometimes I just want things and more things. I swear my neighbors must think I am a crazy shopahaulic because we constantly have boxes at our front door, but this is not {entirely} the case. I rarely buy things for me. Most of our deliveries are for Ash + Oak, which helps with my shopping addiction ;)

Things I'm loving and dreaming of from clothes, to the house and travel.... 

LISTENING

When I started Ash + Oak I had no idea what I was doing. I briefly looked over the flower department at a co-op in my early 20's. So when I started Ash + Oak 5 years ago, I used my customer service skills to grow my business. For today's tip, I am writing about asking questions and listening. 

I take pride in any work I do and as a result, I take every job I have very seriously. When I was in the restaurant industry, I was always one of the best servers. I'm not tooting my own horn, but I was damn good.  One day I had a guest explain to me why they loved me. It was eye-opening. They felt I truly listened to their wants and needs. I read their body language, predicted most of their wants and listened to each individual at the table. If you have ever eaten out, you usually ask the server what the most popular item is. Most servers will list off a few of their favorites or the house special, well I asked questions about the guest. I would find out if the guest had food allergies, what they loved and hated to eat at home. Once I asked enough questions and listened to their answers, I would narrow down what they would love. 

I took this same concept and brought it to the floral world. I ask clients what they loved about other weddings they attended, what the couple or close relatives were allergic to and what means the most to them. I love to bring in elements that tell a story about the couple through flowers or accent decor.

Last year, our favorite wedding was for a groom that was in a band and the bride who owns a vintage clothing store. They live on a lemon farm in a beautiful mid-century modern home in Fresno. We used a combination of mid-century vases, stardust gold decor pieces, and records as table accents. We had a calligrapher design the welcome sign on a guitar. Every guest that walked into the venue mentioned they felt as if they walked into the couples house but better. Asking the right questions and listening (truly listening) to the answers will deliver the best results. 

Danger + Devon's wedding was featured in the New York Times. Visit to view their love story.

THANKSGIVING TIPS

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. To me, Thanksgiving is a day for celebrating with friends. My best friend and I have hosted Friendsgiving for the past 5 years. This will be my first year away from my bestie and I will be cooking all alone. Since my boyfriend and I just moved to Grass Valley we don't have a huge friend group. I am a little sad because I wont have a reason to decorate a big farm table and cook for 10 people. However, the best part of being floral designer is I can create as many fake tables as I want.  

Today's journal is about DIY Thanksgiving tablescapes. It's super easy to make your table look like you hired a professional or spent a million dollars. 

Cheap Trick #1

One of my favorite ways to get great accent pieces is to hit the local goodwill or thrift store. Not only are you helping a cause but your saving the environment. The idea of fast fashion is spreading to home/holiday decor and it breaks my heart. We are so quick to buy new cheap items and dispose of them as fast as we bought them.

But before I go into the Goodwill I have a color palette in mind. It may change if I find something REALLY good but if I can't find what I am looking for in the right color it may be somewhere else. I often try Etsy or good old google.  Sometimes it takes two or three trips to the thrift store. 

I love buying plates at the Goodwill. I swear they never have full sets so I buy two in each tone that matches my color palette. I'm always on the look out for matte ceramic plates. 

Ash + OAk Thanksgiving DIY Tablescapes

Cheap Trick #2

The good old grocery store. Yes, I do love hitting Trader Joe's and adding food/fruit/veggie elements to my tablescapes. Especially for the holidays because apples, pears, pomegranates, and citrus are in full affect. Don't forget pumpkins and gorges! 

Below you can see we used beautiful gorges as name cards. It's super easy and it's a great party favor. 

Ash + OAk Thanksgiving DIY Tablescapes

Cheap Trick #3

Yes, I hate to say it but the Dollar Store is great source sometimes. As I mentioned before I hate spending money on cheap items but every now and then it's a better deal than Target. I go there for tapered candles, votives and wine glasses. Yeah, wine glasses. A lot of the time they have stemless wine glasses. I buy them there because my friends get a little wild and something breaks every year. These glasses are heavy duty and usually last a few falls and they look nice. 

Another great find at the Dollar store was this plan white plate. All you need is a sharpie and great handwriting and you've got yourself a rad table menu!

Ash + OAk Thanksgiving DIY Tablescapes

 

Cheap Trick #4

Kraft Paper! I have used kraft paper for a tablecloth, a menu sign and a welcome sign.  It's super cheap and you can find at almost any craft store. I buy mine on Amazon. It's the cheapest for the amount I usually need and it comes right to my door. 

The first year I used kraft paper as a tablecloth. I wrote everyones name directly on the paper where I wanted them to sit. I left makers on everyones plate and we all wrote what we were thankful for together. 

The second year I used kraft paper I cut a large piece off and hand wrote the menu on the paper and hung it up by the table. The third year I basically did the same idea but create a welcome. As you walked in the door everyone wrote what they were thankful on the welcome sign. 

Ash + Oak Thanksgiving DIY Tablescapes

Cheap Trick #5

Forge!!!!! The cheapest thing you can do! Take your cute pup out for a dog walk and bring your clippers. Snip a few pieces from here and there for the perfect centerpiece. Fill up a few bud vases you have around the house or goodwill scores you found and call it good. Just be careful for poison oak, nosy neighbors and dogs. 

Styling and Flower by Us

Calligraphy by Arrowartstudios

Photography by Cheerbabe

Check out our workshops! We are offering thanksgiving and Christmas workshops to learn all the trick and trades to create the perfect holiday decor. 

EARTHY FEELS

Being an Earth sign I always gravitate to earthy tones and textures. I wonder how many Earth signs are florists? If I am not surrounded by natural elements I tend to freak out. I tried living in the desert which lasted for about a year before I realized I needed to be around water and greenery. Below are a few things I am inspired by. 

CORSAGE TIPS

Thanks to Passion Sue Flowers we have revamped the world of corsages. They are more comfortable and stylish than your high school corsage. Trust me the moms and grandmothers are so impressed. They rave on and on about them. 

Tip number one: Use Oasis Floral Glue. I have tried every type but the Oasis brand is the best!!!

Tip number two: Adorn the flowers the night before but attach them right before your done for the evening. Use flat flowers such as ranunculus, cosmos, hellebore, and silver brunia.  

Tip number three: Double check them first thing in the morning and glue the loose pieces.

Tip number four: Keep them from falling over during delivery. We keep them together and use tissue paper to support them. 

Tip number five: Attach a cute name tag!

Photography by: Jess Rankin, Holly Shankland

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