It's a Family Affair!

It's one thing to attend a family member's wedding, but it's another to be her bridesmaid, her floral designer, and her boss...whoa!!  Charlene is my first cousin, my design assistant, and according to many, my identical twin. 

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After 8 years,  they decided to make it official.  Greg, our token "white boy" originally from Virginia, had already been dubbed Filipino and made a family member way before he thought of ways to impress us.  Nothing says Filipino like "family."  Well, a lechon (whole roasted pig- luau style) too, but not at this wedding.  This wedding was a reason for families to reunite, meet each other for the first time, and for Grandma to see everyone.

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Seven arduous months of planning led to a beautiful ceremony at Charlene's neighborhood church, St. Rose of Lima.  The flowers for the ceremony were a mix of blush, ivory, and champagne shades.  Charlene desired a softer approach here.  We actually lucked out with peonies, considering it was the tail end of the season.  Of course we had to compliment the Vera Wang bridesmaid dresses... hello!  Charlene accented her mermaid gown with her mom's veil, and her something blue- well let's just say you can't see it (**wink**). 

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This July wedding was a hot one!  We then made our way to the reception at Mystic Ridge Estate on Wiscasset Drive.  You seriously wouldn't be able to find it.  This venue is nestled in the hills of Canoga Park.  The couple rented it for the weekend.  It felt like our family's own vacation home.  Truly a hidden gem...best feature is the breathtaking view! 

As guests sipped on specialty drinks during cocktail hour, like Whiskey Sour and Watermelon Mojito and munching on Lumpia (Filipino Pork Eggrolls.), the photographer was getting to know the bridal party a 'lil better.  The July heat was killing us, but it didn't stop us from twerking and taking selfies...surprised those didn't end up on #chregwedding!  Dariane wasn't feeling it.

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You could call it Country Chic.  The reception flowers were more casual, fun, and colorful...exactly how the rest of the evening went.  Charlene really wanted to capture all the colors of summer while keeping it feminine.  The photos speak for themselves!

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We're obsessed with DIY projects.  This was our chance!  Tita (Aunt) Gemma had spent months making and prepping the props and other decor that fit the country/vintage/chic theme.  She used burlap, twine, canning  jars, old doors, reclaimed wood and even hand made all the photo booth props.  Our vases were tin pails that I distressed with some Ajax cleaner.  I made a stencil and used black chalkboard paint to use for the table numbers.  Instead of regular votive candles, I painted mini canning jar a shade of turquoise blue.  Just bake for 40 minutes and voila!  These lit up our tables along with the bistro lights that hovered above us.  My sister and bridesmaid, Leah, was our official make up artist of the day- along with her team of beauty experts.  Air brush make up...Oh Ma Gawd!

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In all honesty it was a whirlwind of an event, filled with tears and a lot of tequila.  That day and night had come and gone so quickly.  Oh how we should have taken more photos!!

We continued the festivities the next day.  Eating leftover barbeque ribs, au gratin potatoes and garlic rolls.  We drank mimosas and swam in the infinity pool. That was the best way to end it and the best way to continue  their lives together...with food and family surrounding them!  Thank you for having me play a huge role in your celebration.  I love you both.

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It's a Grand Ave. wedding!

I love Downtown weddings!  Monica and Peter's wedding started at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, followed by photos at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and ended with a reception in the Crystal Ballroom (my favorite room) at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel.

The cathedral's interior was simple and spacious.  We used a couple of the centerpieces along the aisle and altar...nothing more, nothing less.

Monica wanted to keep her Grandmother close to her so we used her crystal rosary to drape alongside her bouquet, and her something blue matched the blue on their invites.

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Bouquets: "Patience" Garden Rose, "Gardenia" Peony, Spray Rose, Sweetheart Rose, & Dusty Miller.

Bouquets: "Patience" Garden Rose, "Gardenia" Peony, Spray Rose, Sweetheart Rose, & Dusty Miller.

Head wreaths: Baby's Breath & Pink Spray Roses

Head wreaths: Baby's Breath & Pink Spray Roses

The summer heat was rising that afternoon and timing was everything.  The peonies and roses bloomed to peak and added the perfect fluff to each arrangement.

So as we used these gold stands for the aisle, we later transferred them to the Biltmore to use as centerpieces.  This was just half of the tables!  The other half had lower versions of these.  To add to the fun...I distressed all the candle holders.  Some glass, vinegar, and elbow grease.  I love DIY projects!!  Take a look.

It all merged beautifully together.  Too many photos to post, but you get the gist.  Thank you Hazelnut Photography for capturing it all!  Monica, it was a pleasure planning every detail with you.  Happy life to you and Peter!

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Mike & Michelle's Wedding

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This May wedding was so fun to design!  Not only am I obsessed with fuschia or any tone close to it, but I was able to showcase some of my favorite modern designs.  There's nothing like modern flowers to go with a modern venue.  7 Degrees is nestled among the art galleries in Laguna Canyon.  So far this is our second wedding here, and there isn't anything I could complain about.  The weather is always gorgeous, staff is chill, and the layout is unique.  This venue offers their art gallery as the reception room, and their rooftop as the ceremony area. 

It was hot that day, but there was a cool breeze sweeping through the canyons.  Mike and Michelle went with a hot pink/fushcia theme, with green and variegated grasses to compliment their flowers.  I seriously love designing modern arrangements, especially my favorite "J" Grass design.  We used these to frame the couple during the ceremony, using Stock, Mokara Orchids, and Steel Grass.  

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For the reception, we lined rectangle vases with Bear Grass and pressed Phaleonopsis Orchids against the glass.  Pops of hot pink were everywhere.  Although it's in an art gallery, I can't help but feel like I'm in the lounge area of a Hollywood nightclub (prob the lighting)...nothing bad about that.  It felt sexy! 

It was a great wedding to plan.  Mike and Michelle were a delight, and a big shout out to the groom for being so involved in all the decisions.  That's definitely a sure sign of a great partnership!  All my best to them both. 

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Jen & Sol tie the knot!

It was a beautiful beginning to Spring as Jennifer and Sol tied the knot at the historic Millenium Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA.  If you've never visited this 20th century landmark, you're missing out on a bygone age when classical architecture and elaborate craftsmanship defined most public spaces.

Jen and I met via email in December of last year.  We did all our communicating, negotiating, designing, and finessing over the phone and internet.  We finally met for the first time, 6 days before her wedding...I met Sol the evening of their wedding.  

This venue was soooo ornate, basically we couldn't compete with the design! So, subtle tones is what we used.  Lace, pearl and gold were Jen's inspiration.   It was a decent size of 130 guests...nothing Charlene (my assistant) and I couldn't handle.  We used White Hydrangeas, Vendella & Sahara Roses, Blush Rice Flower, and Dusty Miller. 

 

Congratulations Jen & Sol, you're such a sweet couple!

Photography: Ryon Lockhart

Holiday Terrarium Ornaments

We've been making these cute living ornaments and selling them like hotcakes!  Varying sizes with varying plants.  The most popular one is the Air Plant...it's the easiest to maintain.  We sold our these ornaments at a local Pop Up Shop in Highland Park, through the art collaborative Art & Crafts.  This photo was shot for an online article in the Eastsider LA this season.  Hang it on your tree for the holidays, then set it on your desk the rest of the year. 

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