Looks like fun!


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Looks like fun!

I am always so amazed at all the creative decor ideas that I see everyday.  I’ve seen so many gorgeous ceremony decorations ideas. The Event industry is full of outstanding Event Designers that can turn out some astoundingly amazing Weddings.  Unfortunately, the price tag is out of reach for most of us.  Here I’d like to look at some ways to get the same “Lux Look” as some of the big budget Event Designers on a more manageable scale and of course,…as always, on a realistic budget!

Get your “Martha Stewart” ON!

Ok,…. I must admit,… I love this idea!  Not something you should be hearing from a professional Wedding florist but, these paper flowers are just so dreamy and surreal, most off all totally DIY on a budget!

paper flowers

~ via Colin Cowie Weddings~

I’m sure all of you Brides out there have seen these so, it’s super easy to get the “How to’s” for making these yourself.  I think this is best used in an indoor ceremony location.  Notice how the size of the flowers are balanced and taper off at the bottom.  I would love to see photos of your DIY paper flower arch!



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Who doesn’t adore soft, flowing drapes?   Using pre-made drapes or yardage fabric is a perfectly DIY way to add some serious drama to your ceremony.

Here, a simple arch is constructed out of what appears to be White Birth branches.

gorgeous altar!

~ via style me pretty ~

Joining these branches together would be very simple with some twine and maybe a nail or two.  Just make sure that your arch is secured to the ground on four points. This could be easily done with some metal stakes securely attached to bottom of each post with wire.  Please be sure to cover your “Mechanics” (nails and ugly stuff) like a good Florist would!

It’s amazing how such a simple thing like drapes can add such graceful drama!  Seriously, how easy is this?  throw up a curtain rod secured to the closest branches and instant DRAMA.

Love the curtain arch thing.

~ via iloveswmag.com ~

Fishing line in a heavier gauge would easily hold up a curtain rod.  Also, it would be best to use a lighter weight fabric like a chiffon or even a gauze for a more rustic feel. A fabric with movement and “Drape” would be better than a stiff bodied fabric.  Don’t forget to bring your level and a very tall ladder!

For this application you’ll certainly need a heavier curtain rod but, how stunning is the result?  I am in love with the simple garland applied to the leading edge of the drapery.  Attaching the garland could be done with narrow gauge wire, pins or even your trusty glue gun!

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~ via colin cowie weddings ~

Notice the small floral accents at the top and sides.  If you add the flowers yourself please make sure that they have a water source.  Small “cages” can be purchased at your local craft store that have floral foam to keep the flowers hydrated.  Bring along a spray bottle of water to keep the garland moist until the last minute.

Here is an adorable arch that I made for a little photo shoot at our local park.  I wanted to use some ribbons in a way that still looked elegant while feeling fun and casual.  I think it turned out super cute but,  anything would look good with a model as gorgeous as Karissa.  Believe it or not, I got everything to make the structure at Home Depot!

Looks like fun!

Just about anything could be used at the upper corners to get the same effect as my fresh arrangements.  I think large bunches of Baby’s Breath would really be sweet with lace ribbons or even some lace fabric gathered up and draped between the poles,…. The possibilities are endless!

I keep several buckets handy with a piece of pvc conduit (Ask a sales person) sunk into plaster of paris for stuff like this.  Those perfectly, rustic looking poles are for sale just the way you see them and they conveniently fit inside the pvc conduit that was already in the bucket,… lucky me since I didn’t measure first!  I covered the buckets with burlap sacks that I also bought at Home Depot, all in the garden dept.  Look for a video tutorial on this project coming soon!

I hope you’ve found some helpful ideas here.  Check back again for more ways to get the gorgeous Wedding you really want on a realistic budget.


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Sooo,… I must admit,…. I WAS a tad bit burnt on the whole Mason jar thing ok?  I know,. I know… They are sweet, rustic and totally represent the current movement towards reuse and recycle and what not,… Yes, that’s a good thing but,… That’s all I hear! Every Bride wants Mason jars these days!!!  Now please understand from a floral designers point of view, there isn’t much “Design talent” involved in gathering a bunch of flowers into a jar filled with water (The less “arranged” and more “natural” looking the better, right?).   Now that I got that off my chest,.. Dare I say I’m a total convert now??  How could it be?? I’m tellin ya that I really love, love, LOVE how these mason jars turned out for Amber’s Wedding last weekend at Twin Oaks Gardens in San Marcos (More on the venue later).  See for yourself how flippin cute these are!  (Pardon the “phone pics” but I just couldn’t wait to share :)





A closer look,…. LOVE!!

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Perfect rustic elegant touch for the bellys

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More to come on Amber’s Wedding at Twin Oaks Gardens….. just gotta wait for the photographer!  Regardless, Amber is an absolute beauty so, gorgeous photos they’re sure to be.  Can’t wait!!




Sports Roses in Corsages and Bout’s for Prom

This is really cool!

I can incorporate a “Sports Rose” into a Corsage or Boutonniere for Prom.  These Sports Roses are really well made out of the same materials that are traditionally used in the construction of the original sports ball that they represent.  This one even smelled like a softball!  The Sports Roses come in Softball, Baseball, Football and a few other sports.  What a great personalized keepsake.   The possibilities are endless!

Contact me if you’re interested.

I made these for our local Softball “Phenom” that will be playing for the Florida Gators soon! Go Ms “D”!!


How cute is that Football Rose in the boutonniere?


Take a look at the Website to see the other sports that are represented then let me know and I can order it to incorporate


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It’s feeling like Fall,…… Especially on Pinterest the past few weeks.  I’m having a hard time letting go of Summer this year, I guess it’s because this is definately a “transitional Summer” for me.  No more taking the boy’s to the beach or Football practice…Boo Hoo!  Too much time in front of the computer for sure!

Well,…. Pinterest IS certainly making it easier to look forward to the Holiday Seasons with all the amazing Pin’s I’ve seen this year from all the wonderful and creative people out there! Here’s a sampling of some of standouts to help you “Transition” into Fall,….. Are you ready?


This is Rustic Fall Perfection!  Love the Bittersweet branches and twigs.  So easy to come up with variations for Fall Wedding decor.  Don’t forget the bright green moss to make the Autumnal tones really stand out.  Chunky candles in oversized hurricane’s are so effective and simple to do.  Different sizes are fine.


Source: sweetsomethingdesign.blogspot.com via Kim on Pinterest




I repinned this last week and I’m glad I came across it again.  Lovely color combo and such an artful interpretation on contemporary style that
Martha Stewart has perfected.  via Tre Bella Events.



YES!!!  Thank you, Blue Plate Chicago for this awesome  Moderne Yellow Event Design!  Very sophisticated use of some rustic elements and artful lighting,.. How do the centerpieces look like they’re floating?  I must find out what lighting was used.  It’s hard to match the impact of “Pave” style (mono flower, single color) floral designs especially, for a large event and the Forsythia branches are a dream!  Those chairs are absolutely the perfect touch…. Stunning!

Source: blueplatechicago.com via Latisha w/ on Pinterest

From sophisticated to ultra Rustic,….. Leave it to the Lovely, Uber creative Ladies at Style Me Pretty, to come up with a way to make utility pallets,… Wedding worthy.  Oh yes,….. What else can we do with these pallets?  I can think of ton’s of ways to use them for a Rustin Fall theme.  I’m sure you will come up with something amazing!

Source: stylemepretty.com via Kimm on Pinterest

Ok,… I just couldn’t resist.  I can’t help but wonder,… Is this what I look like in the morning?…. Or just how I FEEL?…. Hilarious!!!

Source: agitare-kurzartikel.blogspot.com via Michael on Pinterest

Lovely,… LOVE! this bouquet from Elisabeth Ann Designs.  The deep burgundy Dahlia’s are a gorgeous contrast with the gray fuzzy Lambs Ear.  I am absolutely enamored with the Cameo and Lace edge that is used in the wrap.  So Victorian in a contemporary way,… inspiring!  You must visit her site to see more!

Source: iloveswmag.com via Elisete on Pinterest

Isn’t this a great idea for a casual Fall, outdoor Wedding?  So COZY and inviting looking.  Where else but, Style Me Pretty,…Of Course!  Even an outdoor “Lounge” area for a more formal indoor Wedding.  Add a Coffee bar or,… a Hot Cider Bar! This will be the Hit of the Party for sure!  Please make sure the “Bale’s” are covered WELL.  Even an extra layer of padding would be a good idea.  If you’ve ever sat on these then,… You’ll know what I mean… OUCH!

Source: stylemepretty.com via Eliza on Pinterest

Now THIS is how I want to spend the Autumn Months, Making out in the leaves….. Ahhh.  What a lovely idea for a Wedding Pic!

Source: fc03.deviantart.net via Jana on Pinterest

I’m wild about these place settings for a Fall Wedding.  The bright green and deep chocolate brown are such great colors to work with to get a simply elegant look and feel. It’s all about the texture and contrast.  A more budget friendly version could be done with a little less product and maybe more use of chunky candles to fill in.  I’d keep the colors simple in order to emphasize the beautiful china pattern.  Just think of the possibilities in using Pheasant feathers,…. LOVE!!

Source: weddingstylemagazine.com via Kelli on Pinterest

Here’s a lovely Tranditional style Fall Wedding with just the right amount of “Pumpkin-ness”.  Love the wheat and I’m totally using it in my next Wedding in October!  I wonder who carved the numbers in the sweet little baby pumpkins?  So digging the Grooms suit,… is that corduroy?


Source: brides.com via Kelli on Pinterest

This a very unique and creatively styled Fall Wedding.  Notice the striped table covers and the subtle colors.  I’m not so sure I would extend the “Pokey” dried elements as far into the guests personal space for the centerpieces but,… doing so does add some drama,…. and a little DANGER,… which could be fun,…. with the right crowd,…. Just Sayin….!  A very nice take on the Fall Season theme.

Source: brides.com via Kelli on Pinterest

Spectacular Fall Ceremony Decor!  Huge constructed trees down the aisle. This is a monumental undertaking one, which li’l ole me could never manage.  It takes a very large staff to install a production of this large scale but,….    something on a smaller scale could be done with a little creativity and craftyness, get out the glue gun girls and then go out and collect some leaves and branches,…. Start gluing!!!

From “Over-the-top”,.. to simple and elegant. Here’s a great way to achieve a fabulous Fall look on a budget.  I probably wouldn’t use the Pinecones as a vase filler, as they won’t really show up enough to be worth the effort.  A water filled tall clear glass cylindar with some clear glass gems would give more depth and sparkle.  Submerge some curly willow or suspend some Autumnal hued single blooms in the water for extra drama.  Everything wonderful about Fall in a budget friendly design!

Okay my Lovelies,… If this doesn’t get you into the mood for Fall then,…. I don’t know what will?  Can’t you just smell the apples?  Are those Apple fritters on that plate?….. Yummy!  The simple sheath of wheat in the urn is just sublimly lovely and the apples tumbling about on the table can be swiped up and nibbled as you like.  LOVE!

Source: corenmooreblog.blogspot.com via Jen on Pinterest



This is my all time favorite Fall bouquet.  I’m obsessed with the striped ribbon so much that I actually bought some in black & white at the supply store just in case I find a Bride willing to have a Halloween themed Wedding! So fun.  This is done so well, notice the balance of texture with the gray ball thingy’s,.. with the soft Lamb’s Ear against the rough textured Orange Zinnia’s and Spikey thistle’s?…. Just FABULOUS!  A similiar afftect could be had using a soft green Hydrangea in place of the blue and some seed pods in place of the spikey thistle.  The Mokara Orchids are the perfect foible to the pale blush garden roses.  Artful floral Design at its best!





Great rustic setting for Fall.  Such great detail,… in the use of the subtle stripes in the runner to the daring, deep green 70’s glassware.  I had to share this Pin since, I bought my own Mother an Ice Tea set in this same green glassware when I was about 9rs old,.. from the T.G.& Y on Second St…. Check out that flatware too,… LOVE!




I’ll finish off this Fall themed Pinterest Thursday Post with a riot of Fall leaves and a Pumkin lined path that any Autumnal minded Bride would love to walk through on ther way to meet her Betrothed.  Happy Fall Y’all!


Source: bhg.com via Hope on Pinterest


See you next Pinteres Thursday! <3




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Kelsey & Ryan…

It was a typical San Diego Spring day in April. That is to say, it was absolutely gorgeous weather! Stunningly clear, sparkling blue sky and just the right kind of “warm” for an outdoor ceremony.

Kelsey chose the Sycuan Resort in Harbison Canyon as her venue for it’s convenience to her Families home in Lakeside Just a few miles away. Harbison Canyon is also known for its lovely weather, a safe bet for a weekend in April!

Kelsey’s Wedding was unique in two respects; the first (and most important being, her Mother is a long time friend whom I’ve known from many years of School volunteer work. Secondly, Kelsey had many decor items that she had “picked up” over the year of Wedding planning.

As any Event Designer knows, incorporating decor items provided by a client is really becoming “de rigeur” these days with the trend towards a more personalized statement in Wedding decor and popular “Themed” Weddings. No matter what type of “treasure” the Bride has found be it, the lovely, antique scrolled birdcage from Great Grandma or,….. let’s just say,.. possibly something not quite as appropriate,…. Incorporating these items is ALWAYS a challenge! Of course, we all love a challenge,…. right?

Thankfully,… (oh yes, I MEAN it), the lovely Kelsey, (I MEAN that too)! happens to have great taste and had purchased a FAB collection of “garden’y” treasure’s that I, myself, would have bought,…. on clearance,…. of course! I had several large black outdoor lanterns to work with and a handful of GORGEOUS, crackle glass gazing balls,…LOVE!! The first vision I had was of soft candle lit lanterns reflecting off of the gazing balls,…hmmmm,…a lovely vision for sure, but,. where to use them?,…… down the aisle of course!!

Check the pic of the “mock-up aisle” in my garage/studio,…. excuse the mess please!

My Studio/garage :)

Hey,… sometimes ya just hafta see it in person ,.. right? lol.

I can say that I truly loved everything that Kelsey had chosen. From her garden’y theme, to her colors of apple green, gray, and black. She also had accents of black & white Damask in the table runners and some ribbon,…. just the right touch! Wait,…… did I say,.. everything? Well, I might take that back. I did NOT love the Manzanita tree’s that she, herself had painted black. Now, don’t get me wrong here,… I really DO like Manzanita tree’s,… honest! I just don’t like to TRANSPORT them!… Let’s just say that they MAY have lost a brittle branch or two in the process…. Shhhhh!!

Kelsey is a sweet and frugal DIY Bride (A girl after my own heart) who hadn’t originally planned to have me make her centerpiece’s but, she realized (with my help and affordable quote, of course), that she, in fact could afford to have professional, fresh flower centerpieces along with her DIY Manzanita tree’s. note; So many Brides have the misconception that they can’t afford to hire a florist,.. It vex’s me to no end! Please give suggestions in ways to “get the word out” that there ARE affordable Floral Designers out there! Fortunately, I had engaged extra help for event set-up since we had quite a lot of “turn around” (re-use) to do! I designed centerpieces that had an open space in the oasis foam for the smaller lanterns to be placed,…. very sweet! Another cost-saving strategy is to use greens as the primary accent in the designs. This lends a fresh “garden’y” feel to the whole wedding, making perfect use of Kelsey’s color’s, while, certainly keeping costs down for the Bride!

Something that can indeed, pose a challenge to any wedding floral budget is,…. the number of Bridesmaids. My lovely Bride Kelsey had chosen no less than, nine,.. yikes!, NINE Bridesmaids! Note; Within my local demographic made up of many large, middle/working class, Catholic families, large Wedding parties are common and less about “showing off” and much more reflective of tradition & necessity. That being said,… Nine Bridesmaids?…. that’s still a LOT! 

The girls In a suite at the Sycuan Resort.

Love the red Solo cup girl! but, sorry I cut her off with my phone camera!

Whew,…. that was a lot of flowers! Nine hand-tied bouquet’s of  green Hydrangea, Anemone, Vendela Rose’s and green “fuzzy ball” Dianthus, for nine gorgeous, radiant girls in tasteful, full length, black dresses with the perfect touch of gray trim.

Onto the most important flowers of all,… the Brides bouquet!……

Now,… I don’t know about other floral designers but,… for me,….I get a bit nervous when I start to make the Bride’s bouquet. So many girls have anticipated walking down the aisle holding the most beautiful flowers that have ever graced the planet,…. am I right? Of  ALL the other components of a Wedding, with the possible exception of the Bride’s dress,… and maybe the cake,…. The Bridal bouquet is photographed in close-up the most sooo,… it must be absolutely PERFECT!… see why I get a little “Bajigiddy”? This is also why I gather as much information as possible during the consultation. Getting to know the couples individual style and especially, what each Bride REALLY wants is absolutely crucial in Wedding design. I always encourage my Brides to email pictures of flowers that they are attracted to. Most girls have an idea of what they want, if not a clear vision of exactly what they dream of carrying down the aisle. I employ a few other strategies to avoid any bridal disappointment, one being; I always make sure I have extra flowers that the Bride requested,…just in case there are any mishaps along the way. As with all of my wedding/event work, I always go above and beyond expectations to provide “That something extra”. So far, I have yet to have a single disappointed Bride. Something I’ll never get used to (or take for granted) is,… I’m always taken a-back by how much Brides express their appreciation for my work! (They like it,… they really like it)! In fact, what’s really funny is this;.. it’s usually the bouquet’s that I’m least happy with (my work), that I get the most praise for,…. go figure!! (I know what you’re thinking,….. it’s hard NOT to love ANY bouquet of fresh flowers,…right)? No matter how prepared I am,…. I still get nervous!
In the end, with every exuberantly pleased Bride, gasping in wide eyed pleasure as I present them with their long anticipated Bridal bouquet (My absolute favorite part & yes, I like to make a bit of a “show” of it) I’m reminded of why,…. “I do, what I do”… (My therapist may have something to say here about my “need for validation” but,….. that’s an entirely different Blog all together)!

As for the actual construction, in addition to previously mentioned flowers, Kelsey had requested white Hydrangea (green Hydrangea for the Bridesmaids) in her hand tied bouquet of primarily white mixed flowers with apple green accents. OK,… here’s the thing,…. I live in East County, San Diego, yes, we are known for our gorgeous weather but, gorgeous weather and cut Hydrangea’s do NOT go together!! (Why are the most temperamental/expensive flowers always the most popular)? Of course, as usual my worries were all for naught and the white Hydrangea’s stayed hydrated and fresh looking throughout the ceremony…. Whew! As far as what happens to the flowers after that, I usually have no idea since I’m long gone by that time.

In case you haven’t met, let me introduce you to my new l’il friend, Mr. “Fuzzy ball” Green Dianthus.

green “Fuzzy ball” Dianthus

Dianthus?…What the hey?…..C’mon,….. it looks like an alien ball of moss on a stem to me,..from Mars.. right? This flower was also specifically requested by the Bride during our consultation.  At the time,.. I had absolutely nooo idea what she was talking about! (Very uncharacteristic of me, BTW). I won’t share the thought that went through my head as she showed me a picture of the oddity but, I will tell you that I did not let it show on my face!  Well, after I got used to the idea, I’ve since come to love this little green guy. It’s actually a funky lookin Cousin of the Carnation so,… like a Carnation, Mr. fuzzy ball is also a pleasure to work with! Not only is it consistent in its lovely apple green color but, it also “holds” beautifully in boutonnieres’.  Also, the “petals” grow as little “branches” (brachts) that can be separated and used in all kinds of creative ways! (as you’ll see, as soon as we get pics back from the photographer)

I’m going to leave off right here for now. I had fully expected to have pictures back from the photographer by now and it’s just killing me to talk about the “beautiful flowers” and “The lovely Kelsey” without having pictures to back it up. That’s just how I roll……

Bye for now but PLEASE check back soon. I promise it’ll be worth it!!


FINALLY,…. Here are Kelsey’s gorgeous pics!


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I’m so loving her bouquet!  The Vendela roses were extra beautiful and full.  I can’t remember what those gray balls are called but they are some type of pine…. sticky but cute!


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Yes,… Lots of Bridesmaids!


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Pleased with the gardeny look :)


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Kelsey already knew what she wanted.  She had collected some sweet lanterns and gorgeous garden gazing balls that I loved!  We used them all down the aisle for an original look.


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Thank you Kelsey for being such a joy to work with and such an incredibly gorgeous Bride!

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Classic Hand Tied Bouquet’s for Bridesmaids, using “Baccara” & “Black Magic” roses.  Brides “Cascade” bouquet (In holder) is a classic mix of “Black Magic”& “Eskimo” roses, “Starfighter” lily”s and “Bear Grass” curls.  Can’t beat the color combo!





Isn’t she absolutely the cutest… I just love this pic!

I did this Wedding a few years ago but, I came across the pics and I couldn’t resist posting them…. Classic!

Notice the “Bear Grass” accents in Erica’s bouquet, you know?… Super popular a few years ago.  Well, I’m so… NOT sorry I don’t have to do many of those anymore!  Another one of those labor intensive accents that people are so attracted to.  Just like most trends,.. when they’re over,  they are NOT missed by anyone, especially the Floral Designer…. Of course, …If a Bride wants “Bear Grass”,…. She’ll get it for sure and I’ll fall in love with “Bear Grass” all over again!



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