Friday, October 30, 2009

An Enchanting Evening at San Ysidro Ranch

Our most favoritist wedding of the season is up on photographer Jessica Claire's website. View her sneak peek of this intimate affair here. I will post a few more of my favorites on Monday! Can't share too much as this wedding is submitted for publication...but as Jessica would be a shame not to show you just a teensy weensy bit.

The bouquet of my dreams....

Husband and Wife...sigh

Planner Alexandra Kolendrianos made sure the day was flawless. And it was, like a dream.

Thursday, October 29, 2009


I loooooooove Halloween! And I don't even have to spend hours sewing a costume, like my mother did back in the day. What a miracle. Pumpkins are definitely a fave of mine and now they come in so many fancy styles/shapes. We did this little piece for Sunset Magazine - and I ran across the white pumpkin image on Grey Likes Weddings and had an "oh yeah" moment. Like - those were really pretty images we did. SO I dug them up and here they are. Makes me wan to go look for the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. You can see the whole story on Sunset Magazine's site here.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Flowerwild Real Wedding - Kelly and Sean

Sundays are good when you don't have a big mess to clean up! One of first weekends without a wedding, and I'm enjoying the mellowness. A while back I posted the studio shots of this wedding. Just got the images back from Amy and Stuart! This wedding was coordinated by the lovely Rebecca of Duet Weddings. She is both a delight to work with and a super talented lady with an incredible vision. Can't recommend her highly enough. I am looking forward to working with her more in 2010. Fingers crossed!!!!
Kelly and Sean were a great couple to work with and completely trusted Rebecca and I to compose the look of the day. Fabric wrapped vases, berries, dahlias, super lush colors. I only wish we had been outdoors for the reception. Laguna was sooooo beautiful that weekend. Plus, there's the BEST mexican restaurant on PCH. Awesome Margis. We had fun from start to finish on this one.

Venue - Laguna Cliffs
Coordinated by - Rebecca Stone of Duet Weddings
Flower Design - Flowerwild
Photography - Amy & Stuart

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


This is my favorite all time bouquet!!! And you should have seen the bride in her Elizabeth Fillmore gown. Breathtaking. This wedding is being submitted for publication so can't reveal any more! I just received all the stunning photos from Jessica Claire yesterday.(the images below are my silly shots from the studio) Dream wedding for sure.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Bold Raspberry and Blueberry Palette

I've got things coming at you a little out of order, but no matter...These are images from Jennie's sweet wedding at the Smog Shoppe a few weeks ago. In a few more weeks I should have images from Laura at Docuvitae. That girl knows what she's doing with a camera, so I can't wait to see the results. I just know they will be fabulous.
This bold and fun pallette was the invention of the bride and I am LOVING it!!! Above is the inspiration board I did for her as we got close to the wedding date, along with the actual arrangements as they are boxed up and ready to leave the studio. (the first boards I did for her were a totally different sort of juicy palette-citrus and raspberry/cherry, very warm)
I could not stop staring at these flowers they were just so juicy and fresh looking. And the clematis vine was to-die-for gorgeous, almost iridescent, like a butterfly! Wait till you see what Jennie looked like in her gown with the bouquet. So glamorous, in a very simple silk dress with just a gentle splash of beading at the neckline and across the back. Radiant!

Thursday, October 15, 2009


I have been working on a guest blogging piece for MSW this week, so I'm not feeling too wordy right now. I'm all worded out. So how 'bout some purty pics instead.

These are random shots from the studio of arrangements we sent out weeks ago. I like them. That's all.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Napa Nuptials III

I have a few of these images of the tabletops that I snapped from our Napa wedding in early September. I'm sure the images I will soon get from Jose Villa will dramatically eclipse these mediocre snapshots...but the tabletops are too pretty. I just couldn't wait any longer. And this location is so dramatically beautiful. My husband and I were able to get one night out drinking great wine in Calistoga after this one! So so so fun and much needed!!!!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Venue Spotlight -San Ysidro Ranch

Two weeks ago I did THE SICKEST WEDDING EVER in Montecito at San Ysidro Ranch! By sick I mean drop-dead-friggin' -gorgeous...Soon I'll have images from the very talented Jessica Claire to show you. (She just got married this week and so it might take a bit for me to get those!!! Weddings weddings everywhere!) I'll post some of my own shots of the super-delicious bridal bouquet later.
But I couldn't wait for those to just shout to my small world of people about how amazing this place is. It is like stepping into a virtual garden of Eden!!! Lavender plantings flowering up to your shoulders, old growth oaks, roses upon roses, bougainvillea vines, jasmine, hummingbird colonies!!! It is magical. If you are looking for a venue that is unforgettably beautiful- this is it. It has history, romance, charm, and the sweetest personnel on the planet. I kid you not. They must drink some "sweetness" tonic or something. I noticed this about the staff at the Four Season Biltmore in SB too. No surprise these properties are both owned by Ty Warner - inventor of the Beanie Babies. Hence the sweetness factor. After seeing this place there is no one who can doubt the natural beauty of California.

Top 3 sets of images by Susan Dean
4th and 5th sets of images by Elizabeth Messina
Last set of images by Jose Villa

See what I mean?