Archive for October, 2011|Monthly archive page

Billy Ball Wedding Flowers

Billy Balls are so fun and perfect for a playful casual wedding!

I had the pleasure of working with a super cute couple for their wedding on 10/16/11. There colors were so fun; Grey, white, yellow and green. Maybe because the colors were similar to my wedding but they were one of my favorite color combos lately!

I will show more pictures when I get them from the photographer, but here are a few that I snapped before I delivered them.

The groom wore a boutonniere made from Billy balls and a white button mum accented with dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus.  The groomsmen wore boutonnieres made from Billy balls and seeded eucalyptus.

The fathers wore white lissianthus accented with Billy balls. The mothers had wrist corsages made to match the fathers.

The Bride’s bouquet as SO fun! It was made from white dahlias, white scabiosa, white star of Bethlehem, brunia, Billy balls, seeded eucalyptus and dusty miller. The bouquet was finished off with dusty miller and eucalyptus and grey ribbon.

The bridesmaids carried bouquets made from green button mums, white button mums, yellow dahlias, Billy balls, dusty miller and seeded eucalyptus.

Overall the wedding was SO beautiful and the couple looked EXTREMELY happy! It was a pleasure to work with them and I know they will happily-ever-after!

Upright Stripes

Here is another arrangement made from a striped branch. This time I placed the branch upright on a unique vase and designed the flowers in a more vertical feel. The muted tones make for a nice peaceful fall arrangement!

Stock, Dahlias and roses are grouped for a better presence.

Exotic Textures!

Texture texture texture! It is SO important in design and one of my favorite things to play with.

I recently went to a design show put on by California State Floral Association. There were many fun things to see and wonderful people to learn from. One booth was from a designer from Northern California who gathers and branches and awesome pieces. One thing he had was branches with carved stripes. They have a unique feel that I was automatically drawn to.

I purchased a few of these striped branches to use and play around with. I have to say I really like them! They add a certain something that is unique and different and just a fun accent!

This arrangement was the first I have done with these branches. I attached the branch on this low vase and used it as the support in this design. The single anthirium leaf adds a nice drama as well as creates the base needed for the roses. The white roses are a perfect soft texture to contrast the hard look of the braches while the spotted phalaenopsis orchids add the exotic feel and a light floating feeling. The Flax leaves are looped around to help bring the eye though and around the design… Over all I loved this arrangement BUT it did not photograph nearly as nice as it looked in person!

The contrast of the stripes on the branches and the spots on the orchids is my favorite contrast of the entire arrangement!

Our Wedding! Part 6: Reception and Photo Booth Fun!

Since the ceremony was private I really wanted to make the reception something to stand out! We wanted our close friends and family member to feel welcome and feel like they were transported into a different location. I did not want it to feel like a backyard wedding, I wanted the magic of the reveal!!

The tent was a HUGE part in the atmosphere! And a very good decision since the weather may have been an issue….. We got very lucky and it was not an issue but still better be safe than sorry. Inside the tent we hung white lights in a grid pattern to look like they were floating above the tables and to provide another light source.

There were 8 tables that sat a maximum of 8 people with three different style centerpieces. The tallest centerpieces were on the four corners framing the tent with the four additional centerpieces alternated on the remaining tables.

Our first dance was to Mike Ness’s version of “Wildwood Flower”. It may not be typical choice however it is our song and I always think of Chad when I hear it. He had the cd playing on our first day and I commented how I loved that song and he turned it up REALLY loud. Now it was always be our song.

Chad and his friends seem to LOVE shenanigans and I was encouraged to smash cake in his face BUT I knew better! I was told if I smashed cake in his face, my face would be in the cake! I knew he would do it so I decided to hold back and be nice!

And of course there was the photo booth! Some of the pictures were amazingly comical! There are way to many great ones but this is just a small sampling….

We truly had a great group of people share the day with us and we are thankful to each of them for making our day exactly want we wanted!

 

Photos: Duncan Stewart, www.StewartWeddings.com

Make-up: http://makeupbydebra.com/

Dress: Ebay (Vintage)

Dress Alterations: Designer Touch Group http://www.designertouchgroup.com/

Hair: Friend who works at http://www.supernovahairandtattoo.com/

Shoes: Nine West (sorry they have been discontinued!)

Flowers: Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne www.jacquelineahne.com

Rentals: Baker Party Rental http://www.bakerpartyrentals.com/

Favors: M&Ms (http://www.mymms.com/default.aspx ) Boxes (www.beau-coup.com)

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/

Cake Topper: Custom Bobble Heads http://www.HeadBobble.com

Cake: Gigi Bobb (310)375-2211 No Website

Plates / silverware: Collected from many stores including Ross and Ikea

Photo booth: Provided with Photographer

Our Wedding! Part 5: The Details

There are SO many details that go into a wedding. Of course you never realized this until you have to plan each and every little item! I had the flowers down, but when trying to remember table numbers, escort cards (which didn’t end up getting made… you have to know to cut items!), cake toppers, candles, lights, props for the photo booth and all the little items you normally get when you rent a venue (plate, tables, chairs OH MY!) it can be overwhelming.

One thing I have been saving for years we this bottle of champagne. It was given to me on my 21st birthday by my coworkers / friends and I have always wanted it to be for a special occasion. Our wedding day was the perfect time! Chad hates champagne so I enjoyed it with my girls while getting ready! And the box was perfect for the ring pictures… Be Fabulous! What we all should strive for in marriage, a fabulous pair!

We did have a toast; champagne for most people, mountain dew for Chad. The glasses we used at the reception are VERY special to me. My mom gave it me for our wedding. She used them when she married my father and they were given to her by my grandma great. They are very delicate and have been moved around for years packed in a box. Many of the dishes in the same box have broken over the years but these two glasses have survived!

My dress was a steal! I knew I wanted a knee length vintage dress and I knew the best place to so would be ebay! When I saw this dress I automatically knew it was my wedding dress. I had to have it! The size looked like it would be slightly small and I decided it did not matter, I would figure something out! When it arrived it was better than I imagined AND it fit me PERFECTLY! There were a few alterations I wanted to have fixed (hem line, lowering the neck and opening the arm holes slightly, buttons added to the back) but nothing major.

Throughout the wedding we wanted to have personal details that we loved. The guestbook was our engagement picture, the table numbers matched the invites and of course the Dodger were at the wedding… in multiple places! We placed a box of personalized m&ms on each plate. Chad was a big part of this choice. He wanted the custom printed pieces to say “Go Dodgers” which fit in perfectly with the others that said “Chad and Jacki” and of course our wedding date “March 18th 2011”.

Besides the flowers, each table was filled with various height pillar candles for even more light. Since I had purchased the linens instead of renting them we placed the candles directly on the table. This did create a bit of mess! Was dripped on a few of the overlays however I did not mind… they work great as delivery stuffing now! The plates were collected during our engagement and now we are enjoying them every day! We did need them since we had NO matching plates before. The plates were mismatched but were all in our wedding colors (black, white, gray) in various patterns and shapes.

The cake was also a calibration between Chad and I. When we met with Duncan and were going through his books we found a cake with the black swirls. Chad loved the look but I wanted a very simple plain cake. I felt the swirls would be too busy if they were all over the cake.  It really was not that big of a deal to me so of course I was on board with the swirls. When I met with Gigi, whose cake was AMAZING, we settled on the swirls being about half way up each layer. I love how it ended up coming out!

The main thing Chad was adamant about was the cake topper! He had seen the custom bobble heads from and other wedding and thought they were the coolest things ever. I started to look into them and agreed they were a fun element that would be perfect for us. We even had a dodger hat added to the groom!  Such a fun element! I am very glad we had them done!!

 

I know there were even more details but don’t want to bore you any more!

 

Photos: Duncan Stewart, www.StewartWeddings.com

Make-up: http://makeupbydebra.com/

Dress: Ebay (Vintage)

Dress Alterations: Designer Touch Group http://www.designertouchgroup.com/

Hair: Friend who works at http://www.supernovahairandtattoo.com/

Shoes: Nine West (sorry they have been discontinued!)

Flowers: Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne www.jacquelineahne.com

Rentals: Baker Party Rental http://www.bakerpartyrentals.com/

Favors: M&Ms (http://www.mymms.com/default.aspx ) Boxes (www.beau-coup.com)

Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com/

Cake Topper: Custom Bobble Heads http://www.HeadBobble.com

Cake: Gigi Bobb (310)375-2211 No Website

Plates / silverware: Collected from many stores including Ross and Ikea

Photo booth: Provided with Photographer

Our Wedding! Part 4: Old New Barrowed Blue and the Penny in the Shoe!

We have all heard the phrase “something old something new something borrowed and something blue” and I am always interested how brides use these elements in there wedding.

My something old was my wedding ring. It was given to me over two years before our wedding by my grandmother. It had been the family since the 40s or 50s and had such a history! I always wanted to be part of a rings history and have a story to pass down. My grandmothers second cousin (I think that would make her my fourth cousin) had awesome taste in jewelry. I currently own most of it which is costume jewelry and so fun to wear! But my wedding ring was worn every day Edna owned it. She was also a world traveler and the ring has seen many places I highly do not think I will get to see; China, Cuba almost all of the USA.

Something new, my shoes! I am obsessed with gray right now and I have always been obsessed with shoes!

Something barrowed, I had two: The dragon fly clip placed under my bouquet and the Navy ring placed under my bouquet. I will explain in a minute…

Something blue, my right hand ring which happens to also be from Edna’s collection. Edna and I were both born in march (I am the 28th and she was the 30th) and this is our birthstone. Then of course there was the penny in the shoe! Not the most comfortable thing but I love the story about it. I asked if my friends had a lucky penny and none did but Lindsey gave me a penny to use. I can now say I have a luck penny…

I also have had a lot of important family members pass away. I wanted to have something that would signify that they were with me on my wedding day. I did not anything to large or to obvious so I decided that the pieces would be added to my bouquet. The pieces were wired to the underside of the bouquet which rested on my hand and allowed me to keep it private if I wanted. The most unique item was my father’s wrench. He was a mechanic and ALWAYS had the wrench with him. When I told my aunt I was incorporating it into the bouquet I think she was slightly confused on how it would look. There was also my Grandma J’s pinky ring. She wore it everyday and when she passed I got it. I always think of her when I see it. There was a dragon fly clip that I barrowed from my Aunt. It belonged to my 18 year old cousin who passed away about a year prior to my wedding. She lived in Idaho however we had developed a great relationship from writing letter back and forth and I was able to spend time with her when she came and visited just a week prior to her sudden death. The dragon fly was her thing, she had them everywhere! The other item I barrowed was my Papa’s navy ring. He was a wonderful influence on my life and showed me the kind of man I wanted to marry. He was a terrific man, husband and father. And finally there was the necklace from Grandma H. She had treasured this necklace, even kept it in the original box since the 50s! I wore a vintage dress to prom my sophomore year and she gave this necklace to me to wear. I wear it a lot and truly treasure it! I have received more compliments on this necklace then I have on most of my other pieces of jewelry!

It meant more to me then I can ever say!

 

 

Photos: Duncan Stewart, www.StewartWeddings.com

Make-up: http://makeupbydebra.com/

Dress: Ebay (Vintage)

Dress Alterations: Designer Touch Group http://www.designertouchgroup.com/

Hair: Friend who works at http://www.supernovahairandtattoo.com/

Shoes: Nine West (sorry they have been discontinued!)

Flowers: Floral Design By Jacqueline Ahne www.jacquelineahne.com