Real Wedding: Greek Garden Elegance

November 30

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.

Color Palette: All the Colors of the Rainbow

January 17

While soft muted palettes are always a safe bet for a wedding or a party, I personally like to go bold and I think using all the colors of the rainbow would be super fun for a bridal shower, engagement party, or yes, even a wedding. The key to making this color combo not to cray cray, is to balance it with a lot of white and clean, modern edges.

In the past, I’ve used washi tape on simple white butcher block paper to make a rainbow runner. I also used it to cover simple glass pillars with candles. Washi tape is translucent, so the glow of the candle will be filtered through the colorful tape.

The runner is pretty cheap too make, but it does of course tape a fair amount of time, but I think it’s worth it!

Of course, what’s the fun of a rainbow themed party if you can’t “taste the rainbow”? Enter Enjoy Cupcakes and their adorable rainbow bright cupcakes!

On the table, the cupcakes pop against the graphic rainbow napkins.

Enjoy also made a mini-rainbow cake (see them in the frosting?) and topped it with a handful of colorful fruit.

And, of couse, a flower girl with a rainbow of hula hoops, is always a winner!

You can see more of this editorial on The City Sage and

Collage photos from left to right, top to bottom: 1. Unknown 2. Thinkspace Gallery 3. Paper Sculpture by Jen Stark 4. Paul Malon. All images via my Pinterest (Kelly Oshiro // SB Chic)

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