Real Wedding: Rustic Elegance at Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse

October 28

Today I’m showing one of the last weddings I did as an event designer. The couple chose the stunning (though logistically difficult) Figueroa Mountain Farmhouse. The bride was very feminine, and the groom a contractor and was a “guy’s guy” so our goal with the wedding design was to play off and combine the two, all the while keeping the design in a rustic elegant sphere.

For the bride’s bouquet I used a mix of cafe au lait dahlias, garden roses, scabiosa and dusty miller. The groomsmen wore succulents wrapped with torn linen and leather cord.

For the ceremony, the groom built the arbor and Town & Country installed a custom walkway that I stained to match the wood columns. We offset the strong wood with feminine flowers, blue hydranga being the bride’s favorite.

The invitations by Copper Willow featured letterpress and fine twine.

For dinner we did 5 different tabletop looks. For table numbers my assistant Molly and I made upolsetry tack numbers. For the napkin treatment, leather cord was tied in a feminine bow. Rustic wood tables were set with a custom runner of soft blue silk. Wood stumps added to the country vibe and made the silver mercury glass containers seem all the more elegant.

For the lounge I used so many awesome pieces from Found Vintage Rentals and I paired it with Town & Country’s candle wall to make it feel more intimate while not losing the beautiful view. A literal cheese cake served as dessert. To see more of this wedding hop on over to Style Me Pretty.

Photographer: Delesie
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Laura Gresham
Rental Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals
Videographer: Living Cinema
Invitations & Stationery: Copper Willow
Catering: Duo

Real Wedding: Vintage England (aka my sister’s wedding!)

October 27

I can’t believe its been almost a year since my sister Tracy got married… I traveled to England two weeks prior to the big day to help her with all the last minute details and to gather all the decor for the wedding. My sister wanted something that felt appropriate to the reception space and we talked about a color palette of soft blues, bits of lavender, and cream. I threw out the ideal of Toile which is that perfect shade of blue/grey and definitely had that old world elegance. Once we had that piece decided on, I ordered fabric and had my linen vendor make a runner for the head table and napkins for all the guests.

I brought the menus, linens & napkins, and a suitcase full of floral supplies with me (TSA was a big fan I’m sure). Tracy and I bought containers ranging from old tea sets, to old trophies, to vintage biscuit tins from flea markets and antique stores. I sourced flowers from the London Flower Market (I used Alagar, who were easy to work with and delivered the flowers directly to my sister’s house) and I ordered  garden roses from David Austin.

For seating cards, we found a vintage letterpress drawer to tuck the cards into. My mom was kind enough to write them all out, since I elected her as having the prettiest hand writing. The menus are from Wedding Paper Divas. I accented them with Italian paper from Paper Source and a “R” seal for Ryan (the groom’s last name). I got the seal and the wax from Letter Seals. My sister made the majority of the seals which we dubbed “Ryan money” since they looked like copper pennies.

Of course, what would an English wedding be without many proper pints? My dad, up top making friends with the groom’s family, and myself, after finishing setup.

There was much laughter and love that night, the two families with extremely different backgrounds came together and crushed many a pint. Above, my sister with my dad, below Tracy and I with the two bridesmaids, Lisa, my sister’s BF, and our cousin Jocelyn sharing a moment right after toasts.

My sister’s first dance was adorable… She chose “At Last” by Etta James which was fitting. They met in Australia while both were back packing and working… Mark is from England (though ethnically Irish) and she was an American… After much world trotting back and forth and going through the immigration process to get into the UK, it was nice to simply celebrate their new lives together.

I was absolutely in love with the adorable cake my sister designed with Georgina’s Cakes. The bride and groom figurines are sitting on a rucksack with a map and book saying Australia in reference to how they met. It was so much fun to get to spend time hanging out with my sister and her husband and seeing how happy they are. Congrats you too!!!

*And where is ceremony you might ask? It’s up on Snippet & Ink right here. Go look, the bride & groom photos are adorable! And I’m a big, big fan of the UK tradition’s of a confetti toss.

**And a very special thank you to the amazing Kirsten at Beaux Arts Photographie for coming all the way to London to shoot my sister’s wedding!

*** You can see more about my adventures in London right hereherehere and here.

Reception Venue: The Windmill, Clapham
Event Design & Production: Kelly Oshiro Design
Bride’s Dress: Marisa Baratelli
Bridesmaid Dresses: BHLDN
Cake Baker: Georgina's Cakes
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Flutter Workshop: The Art of Arrangements

October 26

I was super honored to teach Flutter magazine’s first ever workshop, The Art of Arrangements with some of the most stunning seasonal fall flowers from Fabulous Florals (which PS sells to everyday floral enthusiasts not just florists). Joel Serrato came out and shot the fun on FILM and, of course, a little champs was involved. Le Petite Chef made a spread of bite-sized lady like treats including pumpkin whoopie pies (yum). I demostrated a basic taping technique, explained how to use foliage to create the initial shape of an arrangement, how to build and place flowers for maximum effect.  Then everyone got to work playing with flowers. I pulled a variety of china, flatware and glassware from Town & Country Event Rentals and then each student got to design their own little tabletop setup. For my setup, I went with a more modern vibe and used velvet midori ribbon as an accent. It was so much fun to meet so many awesome ladies and play with flowers! And stay tuned, I’ll be teaching another intimate workshop soon…

Photography: Joel Serrato

Flowers: Kelly Oshiro

Food: Le Petite Chef

Flowers provided by: Fabulous Florals

Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals

Prop Rental: Vintage Vignettes

Ribbon: Midori


Flower Chic: Vibrant Fall Centerpiece Idea

October 25

I love fall and winter flowers and for this centerpiece I was inspired by bold red anenomes with their black centers.

Coupled with fall maple leaves, bittersweet, black dahlias and chocolate cosmos, I love the rich saturated colors paired with the darker, moodier flowers.

To make this arrangement you will need:


-floral shears

-floral foam

-container, I used this one from Jamali Garden


1 bunch maple leaves

1 bunch black dahlias

3 strands of bittersweet

1 bunch chocolate cosmos

2 bunches orange dahlia

2 bunches red anenomes

1 bunch frizzy orange/red tulips

1 bunch black scabiosa

Begin by placing the bittersweet and maple leaves first to establish shape. Then add in your larger blooms at different heights. Remember to turn your centerpiece periodically so you end up with a good shape from every angle. Layer your smaller flowers into the arrangement and ta da! You have a beautiful fall centerpiece!

Photographer: Nancy Neil
Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance

One Bouquet Recipe Three Ways by Holly Chapple

July 08

Also in this current issue of Flutter is a bouquet story I styled with Holly Chapple‘s beautiful bouquets that she taught as part of Florabundance Design Days. She created one floral recipe and arranged the flowers in 3 different styles, a loose cascade, a traditional dome shape, and a loose organic shape. I styled the model with a taupe dress from Lovely Bridal LA and jewelry from Sophia Kaman. This was shot on location at Lotusland by my girl Lacie Hansen. Enjoy!

Photography: Lacie Hansen

Floral Design: Holly Chapple

Styling: Kelly Oshiro for Flutter Mag

Dress: Lovely Bride LA

Jewelry: Sophia Kaman

Location: Lotusland

Model: Hello Gorgeous

Hair and makeup: Chateau Belle





June 25

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Do you want to make sure all those details you’ve spent months creating are actually captured wedding day? I can style all the details shots of day from the invitations, to jewelry, shoes and attire, food & drink, flowers, heirlooms and any other unique wedding details. I will manage the shot list and make sure everything is styled and captured to the level of a magazine editorial. $275 / 2 hours

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Photos: 1. KT Merry 2. Beaux Arts Photographie 3. Jess Wilcox 4. Jose Villa

Brunch at San Ysidro Ranch

May 19

For our on-going fashion to table series we tapped Santa Barbara native, Samantha of Could I have that? for a shoot themed around classic denim. I found these perfect napkins from Terrain as a jumping off point and then found a vintage indigo linen from Mate Gallery for an authentic denim texture. Add in the sickessssst chargers also from Terrain and copper accents in the silverware and placecard (a nod to the copper rivets in a classic denim) and this table came together quickly.

Kim from Toast did beautiful, feminine, white flowers and brought the most perfect bar cart which I styled with lemon and a huge rose vine Kim foraged. Anelise Salvo did some simple hand lettering for the menu on lucite and I hung it above the table. Special thanks to San Ysidro Ranch for hosting us and for Arna Bee for the beautiful photos. To see more of this story, grab your copy of Flutter Magazine at Barnes & Nobles or right here. See more as well on Flutter’s blog, right here and on Could I have that? right here.

Fashion to Table for Flutter Magazine

Photographer: Arna Bee

Host: Could I have that?

Stylist: Kelly Oshiro for Flutter Magazine

Location, Food & Beverage: San Ysidro Ranch

Table & Bench: The Tent Merchant

Charger, Copper flatware, Napkin, Copper Plant Marker/Seating Tag: Terrain

Containers & platters: Hudson Grace

Cocktail Glasses & platters: Porch

Indigo Linen: Mate Gallery

Glassware: Diani Living

Florals: Toast Santa Barbara

Hand lettering: Anelise Salvo