Also, my Farm to Table editorial is up on Snippet & Ink. Shot over 3 days in Santa Barbara County I tried to capture the bounty of the land. With photos by Karen Wise, food by Duo, and locally grown dahlias from a dahlia farm, it was a pretty & delicious shoot to say the least. Anyway, go check it out here.
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.
You can pick up this pair and similar shoes right here:
Its superbowl weekend, and while I may not know who’s playing, that’s not gonna stop me from (kind of) watching the game and enjoying some champagne waaay before happy hour.
A few possibilities, I’m thinking from the archives:
And some links for your weekend, plus a bit about some projects I’m working on:
I visited Sunstone Villa this week to refresh my memory (I worked there before on this wedding with Elizabeth Messina) for an upcoming shoot with Flutter Mag & Michael Costa. Can you say Italy in Santa Ynez? Also, our “Escape to” editor, Cynthia is their new social media manager and is LIVING in the villa. Can you imagine? Also, we discovered a secret tower.
I joined Vine, twitter’s new video app. I’m not sure if I like it, but you can follow me (@kellyoshiro) if you’re into cute puppies and some behind the scenes sneak peeks. A great explanation of what Vine is, and how to use it, is here and here.
If you’re into watching bad movies and making fun of them, check out Birdemic. Truly the biggest train wreck of a movie I’ve ever seen.
Have a good weekend!
Today I’m so excited to share our very own “On the Rocks” editor, Melissa, engagement pictures! Shot in LA by my girl Kirsten of Beaux Arts Photographie, Kirsten picked this adorable cafe to capture their love over coffee & tarts…
Melissa and Jeff are getting married this April and we’re designing a decidedly glamorous and sparkly affair.
Congrats you two!
This week I’m yearning for a quiet escape to the serene countryside of the Cotswalds… an infamously romantic destination located among the rolling hills of England’s southwestern border. Captured in everything from art to poetry to song, I’d be lying if I said there were a more idealic landscape anywhere else in Great Britain.
Plus…there’s nothing better than picking fresh berries and wildflowers on a long walk in the country…don’t you think?!
I especially love touring the historic churches and cemeteries, imagining how things may have looked 100, 200, or 300 years ago and dreaming of what the people might have said had we passed by each other on my way into town.
The region is notorious for their antique shops…a choice of vintage floral china sets from the 1800′s? I say…yes, please! But not before I’ve had a chance to stop by the local pub for a beer.
Here are my picks for the best in where and what you should sleep/eat/see:
Sleep: Byfield House…For the true Cotswalds experience, the Byfield House B&B is the way to go. With origins dating back to the 1500′s, this cozy little B&B in Painswick captures the essence of a historic country manor while providing the comfort and convenience of a modern boutique hotel (yes…they even have wifi service). The Byfield House’s greatest assets? Owners Brett and Jill! You’ll not meet a pair of more gracious hosts anywhere else in the region. If you’re looking to go more of the hotel route, though, I suggest the Cotswalds88.
Eat: The Horse and Groom & Cutlers Restaurant at Number Four…Marked by locally sourced meat and produce, the Horse and Groom offers everything you’d expect for a restaurant and pub in the Cotswalds. The food is excellent, but equally so are the service and atmosphere. For a more fine dining experience, I suggest Cutlers at Number Four. Don’t leave without ordering the local venison, and the side of buttered cabbage with bacon.
See: Landscapes aside, a trip to region would not be complete without a tour of the historic architecture from the 1300′s at Arlington Row or the majestic birds of prey at Cotswold Falconry Center. That said, you’ll likely get as much enjoyment from a long drive or walk among the rolling hills.
Until next week…
I’m a big fan of a hosting a large rehearsal dinner. And this one, is well, awesome. Held at the Santa Barbara Historical Museum the understated fiesta vibe, is elegant, and oh so fun.
A muted palatte of taupes and creams is given a distinctive fiesta flair with shots of turquoise and bolsa wood flowers that are a twist on the colorful paper flowers usually used for this kind of look.
Of course, if you’re going to throw a proper fiesta, you need a really good mariachi band to set the mood. Add in a menu of delicious tacos and churros and you’ve got the makings of one successful party.
Did I mention, the churro situation? I’ll take one!