Posted on May 27, 2011

1. Ambiance Designs

2. Marianne Guedin Rose de Jardin Candle

3. Missoni Margherita Charger

4. Daisy Hill Passementerie Placemat

5. Nason Moretti Burlesque Goblet

6. Valentino Silk Dress

7. Rene Caovilla Silk Clutch

8. Urban Outfitters Velvet Chaise

9. Adam and Victoria Papillion Pillow

10. Christian Louboutin Pumps

11. Hugo Boss Tie

12. Burberry Watch

13. Paul Smith Cuff Links

14. Calligraphy by Jennifer

Posted on May 24, 2011

Connection is Key
It’s important that you feel a connection with your florist. He or she should be a great listener and also able to make you feel confident that your vision will be executed beautifully. If you don’t have a clear vision for the design; that’s OK too. A good florist will be able to ask the right questions to get a good idea of what you like. To help this process along though, try to bring pictures of things you love. Putting together a vision board including your favorite colors, decor ideas and fashion is a great way to instantly let your florist get a feel for your style.

Floral for Less
If you love roses, but they’re not in your budget, ask your florist to replace them with lisianthus. Daisies can be inexpensive, and designed well, can look fresh and beautiful. Also, be sure to choose flowers that are in season. This will help keep your budget on track.

Which came first? The flower or the design?
Choose your color scheme before you decide on flowers. Your florist is a designer who can come up with the perfect flowers for your style and color scheme. A couple of hints for choosing the perfect color scheme:
1. Pick 3-4 colors maximum.
2. Try not to choose 4 bright colors that will fight with each other. For a more harmonious combination, choose 3 muted and one bright pop of color.
3. For the best in color trends, check out kuler.

Filled with Foliage
A great florist is always thinking about new and interesting ways to incorporate greenery into floral designs. Foliage can add texture and uniqueness and is also a great way to save money, since greenery is less expensive than most blooms. If green is one of your favorite colors, incorporate it into your wedding color scheme. Green is such a fresh and calming color. Emerald is very elegant and in style right now and can easily be incorporated into almost any design.

Ace the Vase
One way to make your arrangements more unique is to use an interesting vase. You can personalize your florals by using family heirlooms too. Don’t be afraid to mix and match! Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

Vintage Vases

Wooden Boxes

Monogrammed Birch Vase

Posted on May 12, 2011

In my years of experience as a floral designer, I’ve accumulated a list of common mistakes brides make when it comes to flowers. I’d like to share this list to make your planning process easier and less stressful.

Floral Faux Pas #1: Ordering Flowers Too Late

The most important thing to remember when ordering your flowers is that your favorite bloom might have to be flown in from South America or anywhere in the world. You need to order flowers at least six weeks before your wedding week to be sure they’ll arrive on time. Rush orders cost you money!

Floral Faux Pas #2: Booking Your Florist Last
The florist should be one of the first vendors you book. Why? Florists are designers and the look and feel of your wedding should be one of the first things decided on.

Floral Faux Pas #3: Not Reusing Ceremony Arrangements

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Incorporate your flowers from the ceremony into the reception. Aisle flowers can be turned into centerpieces and altar pieces can be placed on a buffet table. Of course, you’ll need a professional florist to pull this off for you.

Floral Faux Pas #4: Matchy-Matchy Malady
Most people have a favorite color; and I would advise every bride to integrate that color into a beautiful color scheme. Why go with just one color when you can have a gorgeous, complimentary color scheme.

Floral Faux Pas #5: Inferior Linens
Don’t take away from the joy of your centerpiece by putting it on a sad-looking table linen. Everything in the room should compliment your floral design, but especially the linens. If you’re on a strict budget, I highly recommend Cost Plus World Market. They have a lot of beautiful linens for a reasonable price. But if you want the best, go with Ambiance Designs of course.

Photos by Cean One Photography.

Posted on May 5, 2011

1. Ambiance Designs

2. Sarah Seven Dress

3. Polka Dot Cufflinks

4. Moschino Clutch

5. Miu Miu Sandals

6. Marc Jacobs Dress

7. L’Objet Perlee Gold Dinner Set

8. Paul Smith Tie

9. Glorious Memory Save-the-Date Cards

10. Valentino Lace Pumps

Posted on May 1, 2011

Presenting the Water for Elephants Finish Trick! (That’s circus terminology for the last “trick” of a specific presentation.) Our beautiful wedding ends, but the love story continues…

Once again, I’d like to extend a big thank you to all of our amazing vendors!

PHOTOGRAPHER:  Marilyn Nakazato

VENUE: Orange Empire Railway Museum



JEWELRY: Jenny Dayco

HAT: Sweet Evie

FLORALS: Ambiance Designs

COORDINATOR: A Classic Touch Events

HAIR/MAKEUP: Nicole Valentine


RENTALS: Premier Party & Tent Rentals

PAPERGOODS: Copper Willow Paper Studio

CALLIGRAPHY: Jill Velez Calligraphy

CAKE TRUFFLE FAVORS: Velvet Rope Bake Shop

DESSERT BAR: Summit Events Catering

COTTON CANDY: Tasty Clouds Cotton Candy Company

CAKE: Tasteful Cakes

VIDEOGRAPHY: Rustic Red Studio

MODELS: Harrison Muncaster and Kaylie Renee Wilson

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