wedding decor

LOOKING BACK ON 2018

Wow what a year! This year we took on less weddings because we wanted to focus on weddings that were truly our style and who we are and I think we nailed it. There isn’t one wedding this year I wouldn’t post or rave about.

If you are a wild, moody, alternative, modern, crazy, one of kind, daredevil, adventurous COUPLE, we are your florist. We don't copy the trends on Pinterest, we are create the new trends. Our brides this year have given us more power to do want we want and trust me it was worth it. Take a look for yourself.... 

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

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.

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. 

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