DIY: Confetti Flower Petals

Kelly
November 06

As a child my grandmother taught me how to dry flowers and I had forgotten about it until Kim, the editor of Flutter Magazine, asked me if I wanted to style a DIY involving dried flower petals. Three days later, we shot this pretty little DIY with the sweet Arna Bee. I picked up wildflower blooms at Santa Barbara’s Farmers Market for $5. You can check out the full story and directions right here in Flutter (and a classic behind the scenes shot is here on my Instagram).


Photography: Arna Bee

Prop Styling: Kelly Oshiro

Concept: Kim Wiseley for Flutter Magazine

Location: Dos Pueblos Ranch


Real Wedding: Greek Garden Elegance

Kelly
May 13

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.

Flowers & Decor: Kelly Oshiro
Bride’s Shoes: Louboutin
Reception Venue: The Canary Hotel
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Amber Weir
Lighting: Bella Vista
Garden Prop Rental: Vintage Vignettes
Dessert Table: Enjoy Cupcakes
Calligraphy: A Charming Occasion
Linens: La Tavola

Flower Chic: Fall Wedding Ceremony Ideas

Kelly
November 21

I love a good fall wedding, and for this week’s Flower Chic I thought it be fun to dress up a traditional lattice structure for a fall wedding. I used a palette of orange with touch of black, via some insane black dahlias, chocolate cosmos, and black scabiosa all from Florabundance.

To make the arrangement, I started by wiring maple branches to the trellis to create a nice base shape. Then I wired a piece of caged floral foam to the left side of the arbor. Then I layered in bittersweet and orange berry branches. I placed my 3 types of dahlias, poppies, tulips, and then onto to the smaller flowers, the scabiosa and cosmo into the floral foam.

Finally, I tucked in pieces of pumpkin branches for texture.

To recreate this arrangement you will need:

Supplies:

- caged floral foam, soak in water

- green floral wire

Flowers:

- 3 bunches of orange dahlia

- 2 bunches of red dahlias

- 1 bunch of black dahlias

- 1 bunch of black cosmos

- 1 bunch of black scabiosa

- 3 bunches of maple leaf

- 3 bunches of bittersweet

- 2 bunches of orange berries

Happy arranging!

Photographer: Nancy Neil
Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance

Real Wedding: Pink Garden Romance

Kelly
October 08

Back in June I had the honor of designing this sweet wedding for Selena & Erik. Selena wanted a wedding with a soft pink and feminine feel with a vintage touch.

She wore a stunning Vera Wang wedding gown with a etheral long pearl necklace. For her bouquet I mixed cafe au lait dahlias, peonies, sweet pea, astilbe, garden roses and a few bits of maidenhair fern. She wanted her bouquet to be slightly “jagged=y” but with soft, big, blooms mixed in.

I love how the bridesmaids wore different muted dresses in mint-y soft greens. The color worked perfectly with their pink astilbe bouquets. And how handsome are the groomsmen in their suspenders?!

The ceremony was held under a large willow tree at a private home. I made the willow tree “bloom” by attaching white dendrodium orchads to the strands of the tree.

I love how the tree moved in the wind during their ceremony.

For the reception we used Town & Country’s vineyard tables and the bride made the adorable eyelet runners. For flowers, I continues with the soft pink and white palette and placed blooms in footed old silver pieces. Congratulations Erik & Selena!

Flowers & Decor: Kelly Oshiro Design
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Soigne Productions
Reception Venue: Private Estate
Bride’s Dress: Vera Wang, Gemma
Catering: Duo Events

Flower Chic: Pink Peonies & Mercury Glass

Kelly
August 29

Who doesn’t love peonies, and these beauties from Fabulous Florals are nothing short of amazing, especially since its almost September (peonies are generally not available after mid-July at the latest). To show off these blooms, I mixed in some delicate pink hydrangea and the always unique flower, blushing bride, for texture.

Such a lovely and delicate shade of pink in the peonies and blushing bride…

For this arrangement, I’m using this mercury container (6″ x 8.5″) from Jamali Gardens. All containers like this need a liner, here I used a glass cylinder filled with water and a mesh of chicken wire (this creates a frog to hold the flowers). For this arrangement you will need:

-2 bunch of peonies

-3 bunches of blushing bride

-1 bunch pink hydranga

-mercury glass container with liner

-chicken wire

- floral shears

A special thanks to Fabulous Florals for sponsoring and providing these blooms (and if you’re wholesale they do ship flowers to anywhere in the US.) And to see all Flower Chic posts click right here.

Photographer: Nancy Neil
Flowers for purchase: Fabulous Florals

Flower Chic: White Muscari

Kelly
May 15

I love, love muscari, and this variety in white is so feminine and delicate. Here, I styled them in my old pointe shoes…

Of course, they also look pretty good in an old golf trophy I picked up an antique store. I like the idea of a table design of different trophies filled with simple blooms, what do you think? And to see all Flower Chic posts click right here.

Photographer: Nancy Neil
Produced by : Santa Barbara Chic
Flowers can be purchased: Fabulous Florals

Real Wedding: Bohemian Splendor at Dos Pueblos Ranch

Kelly
April 16

This wedding has a special place in my heart… The bride, Elizabeth was an absolute pleasure to work with and this wedding was among the last weddings I planned… Tricia Fountaine created the amazing designs in collobration with Elizabeth who created many special touches herself. The groom, Jaime was a total sweetheart– the two had a pretty amazing choreographed first dance which was so very romantic…

Elizabeth wore a beautiful Claire Pettibone dress and Tricia created a beautiful bouquet of peonies, roses, blue thistle, millet, and jasmine.

The ceremoy was held under Rancho Dos Pueblos’ three hundred year old sycamore tree. Old barn doors were staked to create an entrance (found on the ranch) and decorated with flowers. Old church pews were used for guest seating and chandeliers were hung assymetrically at the front of the ceremony area.

The bridesmaids were dressed in different dresses in shades of blue and the groomsmen wore classy gray suits. Photos were taken all over the ranch, including under the huge alley of morton bay fig trees at the Casa and at the greenhouse.

Another found piece from the ranch, served at the table for seating cards. And old bread tin filled with acorns (a nod to the couple’s southern roots) was filled with scrolls featuring quotes from the couple’s favorite poems and songs.

For the tabletop design we used Tricia’s extensive collection of fine china. The bride made lace runners for some of the long tables and napkins were Tricia’s vintage hankies.

Vintage piano shawls graced some of the tables, and a large cotton wreath grounded the back wall of the reception.

Instead of a traditional coffee table, a large tea time table was designed. Linens from La Tavola were hitched up and tulle layered beneath.

Food was very important for this couple, cheese plates were set on each table for guests to snack on. Honey from the ranch served as favors and featured tea stained tags made by Elizabeth. Shots of Jameson were passed out right after toasts to get the dance party started. Congratulations again to Elizabeth & Jaime!

Photographer: Caroline Tran
Flowers & Decor: Tricia Fountaine Design
Reception Venue: Rancho Dos Pueblos
Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Kelly Oshiro Design
Catering: Bread & Wine
Cake Baker: Christine Dahl