California Al-Fresco Styled Shoot - LGBT Inspired Wedding

Our love story begins with two people.  Two women…in love.  Regardless of gender, love exists and it is powerful.  In our industry, the driving force behind any wedding is love.  It will always be love.  Therefore, we felt it was important to include a real couple in our styled shoot.  We wanted to capture expressions that were true and genuine.  The smiles you see in the photos are real.  The tender caresses are real.  The loving gazes are real.  Even the rings are their own.  All of these emotions and mementos are theirs. 
 The colors and vibrancy of the styled shoot were inspired by details only experienced during long spring and summertime days.  Al-fresco, in a lush rose garden, enveloped by the day’s glory – sunshine gazing down, the laughter shared amongst friends, a cool breeze and trees rustling in the wind. 
The wooden furniture provided the perfect canvas for the tablescape, which included bright cobalt blue vases filled with bright pink garden roses, tulips, ranunculus, sweet peas, azalea and of course, bougainvillea.  This beauty grows rampant in California and having it tucked in and around every nook was essential for evoking the fresh feelings of an outdoor setting.  Additional accents among the table included a colorful woven runner, contrasting napkins and gold chargers.  A lounge area was created with the same design concept and included a fun rug and bright turquoise cushions to carry on the al-fresco style.  In lieu of a full dessert bar, we opted for a Sweet and Salty Bar which surrounded the beautiful cake.  And of course, a signature drink, the “LGBTini”, a lemonade ginger berry tea.  Custom orchid place cards completed the table décor. 
The ladies each have their own style – one sweet, one edgy.  For the ceremony, the gown is delicate, ethereal, and pink.  Her bouquet included a vibrant pink pallet, full of garden roses, tulips, sweet peas, peonies, ranunculus and azalea.  Perfect for a blushing bride.  The gown for the reception is form fitting, ultra feminine and a little sultry.  To compliment the look, her bouquet is the opposite of the first.  It has a strong dose of cobalt blue delphinium, surrounded with spiked blue thistle and purple statice.   Just the right amount of edge for an unforgettable party!
Finally, what would a day in the outdoors be without a few adorable pups?  The cuties joined the festivities and were even pampered with their own beverage and snack station, which included chicken and bacon flavored water, and doggie treats. 


 I am so excited for all the love this shoot has received.  To date, we have been featured on the following blogs:

Urban Style The Bridal Network, Wedding Wire Network, Engaged Now What?, Bride Chic, and Evetichwill

Look for us next on The Frosted Petticoat.

Floral and Event Design – Enchanted Garden Floral Design

Bridal Gowns – La Soie Bridal

Sweet and Salty Bar – The Events Boutique

Wedding Cake – Fantasy Frostings

Invitations and Stationary – Details by Oksana

Calligraphy – Calligraphy Katrina

Event Rentals – A-1 Event Rentals

Signature Drink and Puppy Bar – Night Owl Productions

Make-Up – Jackie Lopez

Hair – Ryan Gentry

Wedding Flowers -Top 5 Must Haves

Planning for a wedding can be an overwhelming experience.  In most cases, your wedding is the first major event you have planned, which means surprises and unexpected circumstances way beyond comprehension.  Let me assure you, that you are not alone.   One of my jobs as a floral designer is to guide you, and provide expert advice regarding your floral options.  As my clients can attest, our floral design concept meetings can be lengthy.  Some longer than others, of course, but usually not less than 1 ½ hours.  Why?  Because each wedding is as unique as each client.  I don’t do cookie cutter weddings and I don’t say, “Here’s a list.  Tell me what you want.”  I go through each item individually with each client and the entire floral order is customized for them.  I believe the time I take with my brides and grooms to-be extends a level of trust that is invaluable. 

Today, I’m going to share with you my Top 5 list of "Floral Must Haves” for your wedding.  As simple as it may be, it will give you a great idea of what items will make your wedding a memorable one.  Of course, the list of floral decor is endless, but these are the ones I always classify as the MOST important.

Bridal bouquet – Need I say more?  Besides the Bride and Groom, this will be one of the most photographed items of the entire day.  It should be beautiful.  It should be stunning.  It should be you.  Don’t underestimate the importance of this fine accessory.  Besides you and your beautiful gown, it will be the first item seen by your guests.  The first item photographed with you as you walk down the aisle, and it will likely even be a part of your wedding portrait. 

Ceremony Backdrop – Whether you are having your ceremony in a church or outdoors in a garden, the backdrop IS important.  With most ceremonies lasting an average of 20-30 minutes, you are done almost as fast as it took you to get down the aisle.  Some may suggest not to worry too much about the décor, but I object!  This is the moment that you say “I DO!”  The moment you share your first kiss as husband and wife.  It is the MOST precious moment of your entire day and it should be amazing!  Of all the décor you can have at your ceremony, the backdrop is the most important.  Trust me, when you look back at your photos, you will prefer stunning over empty and dull.  Trust Me.
Escort Card Table – This is the table that says “Hello there fine guests!  Get ready for an unforgettable evening!”  It’s the one spot ALL your guests must stop at before they reach their designated seat or table.  Don’t let this be a “Have To” spot, but a “Want To” spot for your guests.  As far as flowers are concerned, I like to suggest a grand set-up, but it doesn’t always have to be the case.  If your wedding is a bit more casual, then perhaps a small vignette of nick-nacks displaying the cards is more suitable.  I’ve seen many options even exclude (gasp!) florals, but the presentation was so creative and adorable, it definitely left a memorable impression with guests.  Whatever it is, make it personal and impressive.  Not having assigned seating?  Consider this tip for the welcome/guestbook table. 
Sweetheart Table – The bride and groom will be the center of attention all day long.  All eyes will be on you from start to finish, which means, so will the lens.  I like to dress up this table with an arrangement or set-up that matches the style of the wedding.  This could be a lush arrangement, or even an assortment of candles.  It doesn’t have to be an extremely elaborate design, just don’t leave it out.  Sorry, ladies.  Your bouquet is not enough.  Pretty, but not enough. 

Centerpieces – Of course.  Make sure they are so pretty, your guest will be fighting over them!  Just kidding.  Well, not really.  They should at least be thinking it.  ;)  This is going to be the bulk of your floral budget by the sheer existence of quantity.  Therefore, please make sure it’s something you LOVE.  It doesn’t have to be an over the top 4’ tall arrangement decked out in peonies and orchids.  It can be as simple as an assortment of mason jars with gorgeous flowers.  Remember, simplicity is timeless. 

At the end of the day, I hope you choose accents and decor that make your day extra special.  At the end of the day, I hope your event is a memorable one.


Let's Get Personal

This year has started out with such a bang for us.  We’ve made it through the first wave of weddings and even a major holiday.  We’re so grateful for all the wonderful experiences we’ve had with our clients and are so appreciative of being part of their very special day.  I’ve said this before and I hope I never feel differently…I really love my job. 

I love milestones.  I love memories.  I love that warm tingling feeling in your heart and the relief of a long sigh.   I love a long affectionate gaze shared between sweethearts.  I love…love.  I love weddings, and I love being a part of them. 
I truly hope that my couples will always know how much their special day means to me & my team.  We are so thankful to be part of your milestone.
Our blog has been a great way to share some of our favorite weddings and experiences with our fans, and now, it’s time to get a little personal.  I want my readers – clients, industry friends, and wedding enthusiasts- to know who I am, what I love, and what I know.  As we continue to grow, I plan on sharing so many more adventures with you.  Thus, I am excited to announce the beginning of our new blog feature, “Wedding Wisdom”, where I will be sharing some expert information and tips for our brides-to-be.  Stay tuned for wedding ideas, must have’s (and must not’s), design inspiration and lots of insight into the busy world of floral design and event production.
In conclusion, I also want to thank all of the wonderful wedding pros we have had the fortune of working with.  Your support and friendship means the world to us!!! 


Blush & Teal Styled Shoot - TPC Valencia

There is something so romantic about a classic palette of white and blush.  Match that with a collection of vintage and modern details and you somehow end up with a design that's just...Timeless! 

Maybe I'm biased, but my favorite detail was the vintage milk glass compote bowls we used as the floral vessels.  A newly added collection in the Enchanted Garden inventory.  I am so excited that we get to use these in some upcoming weddings.  Yay!

We also wanted this shoot to just be pretty with lots of lovely little accents that exude femininity, simplicity and romance.  We focused on darling little elements such as bows, calligraphy and sparkly details - which we didn't think called for rhinestones and bling.  Sometimes, you just need a sequined table linen or subtle items like glass candlesticks and silver accents. 

The highlight of our flower palette were the phalaenopsis orchids and cafe au lait dahlias (my favorite!), accompanied by blush Ana roses, (the most amazing scented) Garden Roses and a little surprise...carnations!  Ok, so we're not all huge fans of carnations, but hear me out! When used well, they can be the perfect match to any floral design.  The carnations featured in this shoot are a very pale peach - almost nude in color.  They had the ruffle I needed and were the perfect color.  So I used them!  And guess what?  I LOVED the result.  I bet you can't even tell where the carnations are unless you look very closely. 

The venue is one of my favorites in Santa Clarita, TPC Valencia.  Imagine rolling hills, stone walls, wood beams, oak trees....I just love it!  The views are breathtaking.  The staff is amazing.  The catering, superb!

Without further adieu, here is the result of our styled shoot at TPC Valencia.  Enjoy!



You know we love us a good styled shoot over here and we couldn't be happier with the team of pros we worked with on this one!  We were also featured on Le Magnifique, a wedding inspiration blog! 
Photography - Becca Rillo Photography
Bridal Gown - La Soie Bridal
Venue - TPC Valencia
Jewelry - Prim & Pixie
Vintage Rentals - Tasteful Tatters
Invitations & Calligraphy - Calligraphy Katrina
Make-Up Artist - Elegance by Alex
Hair Stylist - Lauren Jones
Event Rentals - A1 Event Rentals
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