Today is very personal post and an update on the changes I had mentioned earlier. There is no easy way to say this, but I’m getting divorced (married for 5, together for 12) and I have temporarily moved out of Santa Barbara to Pasadena. The circumstances of the end of the marriage are not something I feel is appropriate to discuss here, though I will say I am very, very, happy with this change.
For about 2 years now I’ve been trying to untangled myself from the wedding business, first by quitting wedding planning, and than this last year I have been taking steps to close my wedding design business by not booking any clients for 2013 and luckily, I finished my last wedding in April. I have been bored by wedding stuff for a long time, its one of the main reasons I quit planning 2 years ago. I simply didn’t care about about creating a pretty wedding when clients so frequently abuse planners. But, that’s a whole other discussion.
Professionally, I am interested in prop styling or art direction for lifestyle editorial content. I’ve been producing more lifestyle content over than last year or so and I love it so much. Creating beautiful images is what I love to do most. The farm to table series is a good example of that. I have no idea how to break into this professionally, (any tips would be much appreciated) but that’s why I am in LA this year. To hopefully build enough contacts that I can hopefully move back to Santa Barbara and freelance from there.
As of today, I will be posting only lifestyle related content. Flowers and cocktails will continue (at some point), but expect more emphasis on art, architecture, and the things I love. Images may not be as “beautiful” or shot entirely on film as they once were here. Instead, I will be posting personal projects shot simply with my iPhone. Simple DIYs, and ways to make everyday life as beautiful as possible.
Because that’s what I’m about. Living life beautifully, centered, and in gratitude. So hopefully, dear readers, you will stick around.
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.
Today I’m sharing a great gift site that specializes in wedding and hostess gifts, Uncommon Goods. A few of my fave items? Well, there is a bit of a bar theme for me, from a pretty Agate winestoppers avaliable here to a decanter with matching glasses (mine indeed and avaliable here). I like the wooden beer pack as a groomsmen gift (here) and for a tequila fiend, the shot glasses made out of pink himalayan salt would be a great gift. For a small bridal shower gift these adorable hex coasters are nuetral and pretty enough to work with any decor scheme (found here). To see more gift ideas click here.
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In honor of punchy spring colors I thought this post deserved a second play. Yellow peonies, dahlias and striped tulips? Yes, please.
For the container, I used a white and gold haviland bowl (the same one I used for Wedding Chicks) layered on a gold scalloped tray I picked up at a consignment store. The gold glassware is vintage and is from an antique store in Los Alamos. I’m seriously loving gold right now.
To make this arrangement I used clear floral tape and created a grid at the top of the container (this acts as floral frog, and holds your flowers in place). To make the arrangement you will need:
2 bunches yellow/red striped tulips
1 bunch yellow peonies
1 bunch red/yellow dahlias
2 bunches yellow/red calla lillies
1 bunch geranium
Clear floral tape
And luckily this shoe style comes in loads of colors, check it: