Real Wedding: Greek Garden Elegance

November 30

Evie & Nate were seriously a dream couple to work with; super nice, easy going, with amazing taste to boot, and the booked my girl Kirsten for the photos. The inspiration for the wedding design, was Evie’s Greek heritage. When we first spoke, she said she wanted it to feel like her grandmother’s garden in Greece. So we talked about using fresh herbs like bay and lavender, of course olive branches, and then mixing in fluffy garden roses.

In Evie’s bouquet I used a mix of Patience garden roses, bay leaves, lavender, olive branch, and queen anne’s lace and wrapped it up, with a strip of torn linen.

In keeping with the herb theme, I made petite boutonnières of lavender and rosemary and wrapped them with copper velvet ribbon. The bridesmaids carried simple dried lavender poseys finished with a tidy bow.

The ceremony was held at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church and decor was kept simple with olive garlands attached to the church pews.

After the ceremony, guests made there way to the rooftop of the Canary. I designed a “potting bench” seating card table using Town & Country’s potting bench bar. At the center of the table, guests’ names and seating assignments were spelled out on wood plant markers and tucked into moss. To finish the vignette, I used a collection of vintage watering cans, potted lavender, and stacks of rustic garden containers.

On the tables I used a mix of stone, and iron, garden containers and filled them with annabelle hydranga, Patience and Caramel Antique garden roses, bay and olive leaves, sweet peas, and dahlias. A soft green linen was draped over the tables and La Tavola’s cut lace linen layered over. A mix of gold and silver mercury glass candle holders added a hint of metallic glow.

A big congratulaions to Evie & Nate and a big thank you to all the vendors who made this day happen! To see more of this wedding hop over to Once Wed and Santa Barbara Magazine.

Flower Chic: Purple & Red Boutonniere

March 15

I love this simple and sweet boutonniere that matches the bouquet and doggy ring bearer ideas. To make a boutonniere, simply hold a ranunuclus, sweet pea, and clematis leaf between your fingers. Use stretchy green floral tape and wind it around the flowers. Cover with a length of ribbon and pin or hot glue to hold it in place.

Flowers can be purchased here at Fabulous Florals.

Photo: Jess Wilcox


Flower Chic: Black Boutonnieres

December 05

I’m smitten with these black (well or pretty close to it) flowers! Black scabiosa is frilly and delicate, black dahlias are geometric, and chocolate cosmos are such a sweet, tiny flower. I love the idea of using these flowers for boutinerres for a moody winter wedding…

Seriously how stunning would a black dahlia against a white dinner jacket?

To make boutinerres is really, really, easy to do:

1. Begin with a flower and one piece of foliage (here, I’m using dusty miller).

2. Place the foliage behind the flower and hold between your two fingers.

3. Then grab a piece of stretchy green floral tape.

4. Stretch the tape as you wrap around the flower and the foliage, creating a little bouquet basically.

5. Then wrap the boutinerres with whatever ribbon you like. You can either glue the end of the ribbon to the back of the bout or you can pin it (depends on the size of the flower).

6. Stick in two pearl headed pins so you have those ready to go once your ready to pin it to your groom.

If you’re making this the night ahead, leave the flower stems long and place in water. Then when your ready to use, simply trim the stems and you’re good to go. Happy flower arranging!