Real Wedding: Greek Garden Elegance

November 29

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

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


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




Woodland Forest Table with Francoise Weeks +
KT Merry for Flutter Magazine Issue 6

June 25


Also in the current issue of Flutter is this woodland tabletop I styled with the work of the amazing floral designer Francoise Weeks as part of Florabundance‘s design days. Shot in the incredible fern garden at Lotusland, I knew the second I say this enormous stag fern that this would be the perfect for Francoise‘s woodland inspired arrangements. I styled the table with simple taupe linen from Porch, driftwood benches from Elan Event Rentals, and teak chargers also from Elan. Valerie Rice of Eat Drink Garden made a simple pea salad, crostini, and cumquat drink to compliment the table design. In lieu of a traditional printed menu, Rebekah Miles painted on oversized tropical leaves. I love how this table turned out. And you can check out the full spread in Flutter Mag issue 6.

Photographer: KT Merry for Flutter Magazine
Prop Styling & Art Direction: Kelly Oshiro
Floral Design: Francoise Weeks
Location: Lotusland
Food & Cocktail: Valerie Rice of Eat, Drink, Garden
Table, Glassware, Flatware: Classic Party Rentals Santa Barbara
Painted Menu: Rebekah Miles
Benches, chargers: Elan Event Rentals

In the Kitchen: Simple Tomato & Corn Salad

May 01

I love a good tomato salad and this simple recipe featuring summer corn by Valerie Rice is an easy summer favorite. To make it you’ll need:

- 1 lb garden tomatoes (diced heirloom & cherry tomatoes)

- Drizzle of olive oil

- sea salt

- pinch red pepper flakes

Toss and let marinade for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

- 1/2 cup of shallots, finely chopped

- 4 ears of corn

- 1 tsp kosher salt

-1/4 cup creme fraiche

- pinch caynenne pepper

- 1/2 tsp lime juice

-1/4 tsp lime zest

Cook the shallots at medium low heat in a sauté pan until translucent, about 8 minutes. Use the back of a knife to remove corn kernels from the cob and add to the shallots. Cook corn on medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in creme fraiche, cook for 3 more minutes. Add cayenne, lime juice and zest to taste. Plate in a large bowl and add tomatoes. Serve at room temp. Enjoy!

Photographer: Jess Wilcox for Flutter Magazine
Styling & Concept: Kelly Oshiro
Food & Cocktail: Valerie Rice of Eat, Drink, Garden
Paper goods: Design House of Moira

On the Rocks: Botanical Bar Ideas


I love a well thought out bar and this one, a “Botanical Bar” by Valerie Rice offered a variety of fresh herbs, lemon cucumber, sliced lime, gin, and tonic water, for guests to make their own cocktails. Design House of Moira made the prettiest bar menu with instructions for guests.

To mix up your Botanical Bar cocktail you’ll need:

- 2 oz gin

- limes or lemon cucmbers

- herbs of your choice, mint, lemon verbana, basil

- tonic water

Muddle your choice of citrus and herbs in the glass. Add ice, gin, and then top off with tonic water. Garnish with more herbs and a slice of citrus. Cheers!

Photographer: Jess Wilcox for Flutter Magazine
Styling & Concept: Kelly Oshiro
Food & Cocktail: Valerie Rice of Eat, Drink, Garden
Paper goods: Design House of Moira