GIFT WRAPPING BY A FLORAL DESIGNER

I could careless about getting gifts but I love buying and wrapping presents. Even as a child, I love gift wrapping.  I would wrap all the gifts for the family besides my own. I was always a little disappointed when I would receive my gifts because they weren't wrapped to my standards.

Every year I pick a different theme. One year in high school, I wrapped everything white kraft paper and collaged over the top. Each person had a different theme. Another year I used vintage maps I found at the thrift store. A few years ago I drew funny cartoons and wrote stories. I am always thinking of something new and fun.

This year I am toying with a few ideas and I thought I would share what I am inspired by.


 

 

WORKSHOP SEASON

Ash + Oak Workshops

I can't believe the holidays are already here but that means it's time for WORKSHOP!!! I truly enjoy teaching and sharing my craft. I love having students in the studio drinking coffee and champagne.

This year we are doing wreath workshops as well as tablescapes with centerpieces. The holiday wreath was one of the first things I learned after flower crowns, which makes sense because it the same technique as flower crowns.

Visit our shop to see the dates and locations of workshops.

Ash + Oak Workshops
Ash + Oak Workshops
Ash + Oak Workshops

RIBBONS WE LOVE

Ash + Oak Ribbon Inspo

At Ash + Oak we use hand dyed silk and chiffon ribbons from a handful of companies. A few of our favorites are Silk and Willow , FrouFrou and Tornado & co. These beautiful ribbons add the prefect touch to our bridal bouquets and boutonnières. We use hand dyed ribbons because they are made with natural dyes and are environmentally friendly. Fabric dyes are horrible on the Earth and for the workers.

Extra long flowing ribbons have been on trend for the past few years. For 2019 we will be leaning towards shorter lengths but with more texture and pops of color that compliment your color palette. 

We are super excited to bring in olive green, tan, terra cotta and more mustard yellow. These earthy tones are a fun play on modern white and blush weddings. 

We are also excited to bring in a few textures next year. We are looking into a few new companies that carry vintage lace, velvets, crinkle silks, gauze and leather. We love trying new ideas and seeking out new trends. 

LISHA + RAYMOND

Ash + Oak Yosemite Wedding

This year I had the honor to design floral for one of my dear friends, who I met on a styled shoot over two years ago. Lisha Wong, who is an amazing wedding photographer hired us to do her wedding in Yosemite. When another vendor ask you to create the florals for their wedding you know your getting good.

Lisha and Raymond, are cutest and got married at the Rush Lodge in Yosemite. This was the perfect venue, I mean perfect venue for these to tie the knot. They are into hiking and rock climbing, for their honeymoon they are hiking Kilimanjaro.

Lisha wanted lush greenery but something wild and different. I knew I could nail that but I wanted to make sure I only used foliage local to their favorite place to hike, Yosemite. We used an abundant amount of manzanita and foraged dried goods along the way from SF to the wedding. Her color palette was on point. She wanted gray, blues, whites, sage green and brown. No one ever wants brown but with dried elements you can achieve the most elegant brown tones.

For their sweetheart table we hung a suspended lush installations made of manzanita and branches. The best part of the installation, is it is now hanging above their bed.

To top it off Katch Silva was their photographer. I have admired this artist since I have been in the business. She is wonderful and capture every moment perfectly!

Ash + Oak
Ash + Oak

Photo: @katchsilva

Video: Josh from @the_arroyos

Floral: @ashandoakfloral 

Hair: @heather_rose_hair_design

Makeup: @mua.samanthak

Cake: @delish.simply

DJ: @djdanniboisf 

Dress: @willowbywatters

Suit: @knotstandard 

Heels: @toms

Boots: @redwingshoes 

TIPS FOR CREATIVES IN BUSINESS

TIPS FOR CREATIVE BY ASH + OAK
  1. Find your brand and stay true to your brand. This wont happen right away but once you know, you will know. It’s like saying “yes to the dress”.

  2. Community over competition. Working together will help you learn more and be inspired. Don’t copy others but talk with other creatives in your field. It feels great to share your experiences, and hear others. Find someone to mentor, this will help you develop your skills and make you feel great about yourself. I wish someone would have taking me in when I was starting.

  3. Try new ideas and don’t hold back. Push yourself, it will only help you find your niche. If you don’t try it you wont know. But don’t try too many things you get are sinking.

  4. Hire professional to do the things you don’t know how to do. At the begin you may not have money, so do it yourself. Once you have a little money outsource as much as you can. This will leave so much extra mental space in your life to focus on what makes you happy, creating.

  5. Take breaks when you feel burned out. If you don’t you will run yourself into the ground. Pick a day, a few hours or a month to do something just for you. I take at least one vacation or a month off in January each year. At the end of the wedding season I live for my time off and turning my email on vacation mode.

  6. Network. Duh, but it’s true. I am not a social person unless I am with my friends but once I went to a few events and pushed myself it slowly became easier and easier. Now I can walk into an event and socialize, maybe meet one client or at least be inspired by the others in the room.

  7. Do not devalue your work. We need to make sure we are getting paid for all of our time. We often are quick to give a discount just to get a client but in reality we aren’t doing ourselves or our business justice. If another client comes your way and you know they can’t afford you (as I can’t afford myself) but you love them and really want to work with them, maybe give them a discount in exchange for total creative freedom or social media content. I suggest creating a budget for the year. Only offer so many discounts or a number of discounts. Once you hit your quota you are done for the year.

  8. Timing. Do not get down on yourself if your plan is not going accord your timeline. Sometimes things happen over night but not always and not for everyone. We get lost and want everything to happen right away because Instagram lives seem so easy. Your business may not be going the way you want it but maybe your personal life is or vice versa. We can’t have it all.

  9. Be good to your body. Most of us creatives we use our hands, our feet, and we stand or sit for long periods of time. We need to take breaks and stretch, replenish our bodies with food and water. Don’t wake up in 20 years, where you can’t lift a paint brush because of carpool tunnel. Stop and focus on what your body needs at all times.

  10. Find something that always gets you in the grove. I listen to Bon Iver every time I am having a block, hungover or another rough day. As soon as I play Bon Iver the juices start flowing. It’s my starter song. Once I am in the mood I switch to electric dance for a wild colorful wedding or 70’s rock for a boho themed wedding, find your thing. If you don’t like music maybe it’s a cup of tea or 10 minutes of meditation. Find a go to, to keep you inspired.

Thanks for letting me share my tips for creatives. I hope this helps a few of you wild and out of the box thinkers.

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

Established 2014 in Oakland, California