Real Wedding: Greek Garden Elegance

December 01

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

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

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

DIY: A Hot Pink Gal-entine’s Day Arrangement

February 10

I asked Camille of Camilla Floral Design to create a chic arrangements that anyone could re-create for their Gal-entine’s festivities for Flutter’s blog. You can see the full post right here. From Camille:

“I wanted a bold, bright color palette that felt fun and appropriate for a bunch of girls hanging out. I envisioned a group of creative women, all in fields of design, having dinner before going out dancing. The paint swatch wall added a bold swath of color that was easy to DIY, and the geometry of the squares and rectangles reflected other geometric shapes I used throughout: a gold and copper hex pattern I painted on the wood vases, the square ceramic dishes with floating blooms, the votive holders, even a gold hex print on the tumblers. I painted the bottom half of the white ceramic bud vases copper to match the copper print on the wood vases. It’s so easy to customize inexpensive vases like these. Kelly had the idea to use extra paint swatches as a runner under the flowers. The finished table feels modern and fun, and the scale of the floral design is something anyone can achieve with flowers from the farmer’s market.”

Here’s how to create your own arrangement:

1. Allow fresh flowers at least two days to open up fully, especially the amaryllis.

2. I spray painted some of the camellia leaves copper and let them dry.

3. I begin with the larger, heavier flowers. In this case, a couple stems of amaryllis. I like to let their heavy heads rest just over the rim of the vase. I did the same with a few of the peonies; these big flowers will provide a backdrop for the more delicate sweet peas and ranunculus to float over.

4. Then, I add some of the camellia leaves for longer, leggy lines and to create a framework for the other flowers.

5. I added garden roses next, using clusters of two or three, followed by the rest of the peonies.

6. The ranunculus and sweet peas are last, adding some ‘bounce’ and looseness. If you try to implement the ranunculus too early, they get smooshed and lost among the bigger flowers. Their shape is just too epic for that!

7. Last, I adjust some of the camellia leaves for contrast among all the shades of pink.

Photography: Lacie Hansen

Floral Design & Concept: Camellia Floral Design

Prop Styling & Art Direction: Kelly Oshiro for Flutter Magazine

Flowers: Florabundance





Gal-entine Day Ideas with Flutter Magazine

February 09

I’m not super to into V-day, but I am down for any excuse to drink champagne and sit at a pretty table. Camille from Camellia Floral Design wanted to create a modern hot pink table mixed with gold and brass accents for a faux Gal-entine’s day brunch for Flutter’s blog.

I pulled organic white ceramic plates from Porch, along with wood, gold, and brass elements to go with the floral containers. While at Porch we found the perfect salt and pepper holder for the table and hexagon mercury glass candle holders that echoed the hex pattern Camille painted on the containers. Camille adhered paint chips to wall behind the table to create a little backdrop and I used the left over paint chips on the table as an runner. Pink juice plus champagne with pomegranate seeds added even more color in the most insane gold dipped glasses. At each setting I floated a gold leaf tray with one sweet pea for a further pop of color.

You can pop over to Flutter for their feature on this table right here and tomorrow, I’ll show you how Camille put together this floral arrangement so you can create it for your best gal-pal Valentine’s day brunch!

Photography: Lacie Hansen

Floral Design & Concept: Camellia Floral Design

Prop Styling & Art Direction: Kelly Oshiro for Flutter Magazine

Tabletop Props: Porch

Napkins: Hudson Grace

Linens: La Tavola

Flowers: Florabundance

Entertaining: A Charcuterie Table

October 23

I am so happy to finally share my favorite table that I’ve contributed to this year. It was very much a team styling effort with the photographer Nancy Neil pulling amazing platters and glassware from Botanik and then I added in a mix of props from my collection and Vintage Vignettes.

Shot at a private estate with its own citrus grove, I had fun running around and harvesting citrus straight from the property. I wired citrus branches to chunky wood candle holders and made “citrus trees” to add height to the table. And the amazing foodie charcuterie spread by Ayda Robana of Om Sweet Mama was out of this world. Post shoot, this table became lunch for the crew (roughing it I know).

Here are some tips from Ayda Robana for the perfect spread…

Charcuterie Menu Ideas:

  • Nuts: pistachios, and marcona almonds
  • Toppings: French butter, flur de sel, homemade jalipaino jelly, local wildflower honey, French radishes, cornichons, and caselvtrano green olives
  • Cheeses: hombolt fog, pecorino, petite basque, gouta, chèvre, double cream bri, stout cheddar
  • Charcuterie: prochutto di Parma, bresaola, sopressata, and chicken liver pâté
  • Dried fruits: dried white peaches, dried apple slices
  • Fresh fruits: grapes, figs if in season
  • Fresh baguette sliced thinly on the diagonal, flatbread crackers, bread sticks, rainforest crisps

Styling + Photography: Nancy Neil // Food: Ayda Robana // Aprons: Finery // Dishes + Glassware: Botanik // Florals + Styling: Kelly Oshiro of SB Chic // Linens: Heather Taylor Home // Beer: Santa Barbara’s Telegraphy Brewery // Wine: Cambria Wines // Props: Vintage Vignettes

You can see more of this table on Style Me Pretty Living.