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Inside Weddings magazine!!

Fall 2010 cover

ECO FRIENDLY Weddings ?

YOU BET!!!!

we are so pleased to be featured in the Fall 2010 seasons beautiful Inside Weddings magazine

Our wonderful Organic Bride and Groom , Amy & Nick asked us to create an Eco friendly wedding using sustainably grown veggies and flowers, materials and elements for a simply stunning vineyard wedding. Our 8 page feature shows just a hint of the wonderful touches that we created for them.

We hope that you will be inspired by this fun couple and allow us the Joy of bringing YOUR

arbor details

Wedding day vision to life.

Brides Organic Bouquet
Ceremony Dove release

Grooms Picasso calla

The use of rich colors and textures added to the organic elegance of the setting

Organic vegie decor and Lime seating cards By Suzanne
Organic table designs with a theme
The Guys
Ladies in Waiting

The Ladies

Amazing cake with a touch of our organic flowers and votives
Apple Table
In the orchard
Amy the Beautiful Organic Bride
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A Blooming Magical Day

So what do flower folks do on a day off?

We go to DISNEYLAND!!

I had the pleasure of organizing the first Blooming Magical Day @Disneyland for Ubloom.com On 8/29/10

I had the extreme pleasure of hanging out with one of the Rock Stars of the floral world- J Schwanke.

J is the founder of Ubloom and the fabulous host  of JTV. His Monday fun with flowers webisodes are seen by fans around the world!

J and his film crew were visiting California on their California Grown Experience tour. Filming some of the most awe inspiring flower feilds and meeting the growers who make our state so colorful. 

J and his Partner Graphic artist Kelly Blank joined UBloom Friends and family on a day of fun at the Mouse House.

Arriving at Disneyland as the gates opened we knew it would be a fun day.

A meet & greet at the castle was Blooming magical with a surprise visit from Aurora

and Tinkerbell.

The day was filled with rides, and laughs, good food and fun.

& we topped the day off with the Celebration Parade and a ride on the CA. Adventure Roller coaster “California Screamin'”( hilarious video viewing available on Facebook at Ubloom )

and the beautiful World Of Color Water show.

I invite you to tune in to JTV at http://www.Ubloom.com for the Ca.flower segments and our silly out takes and flower fun with some very talented flower folks!

After all, when we can  get together and have fun Our creative work can only be more inspired!

have a wonderful Fall season and contact me ASAP for your fabulous fall and Winter creations!

California Color!!!!! 2011 Trends are Popping!

The West Coast Is always fashion forward and a bit above the curve when it comes to colors and trends. This is a plus when planning weddings and events a year or more in advance.

What will be a WOW color combo after a year of waiting for the big day?  Here are some of the latest fashion forcast for 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

Royal Purple will still be on the forfront with shimmering shades from Vibrant plums through muted smokey lavenders. Flowers to compliment this regal color pallete – Amnesia Roses, Iris, Matsumoto asters Vanda Orchids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Industrial Greys– Although sometimes looked on as a somber color range this can be a sophisticated look with the addition of interesting textures and hints of color such as Pirite, Pewter , tuxedo , gesso. Flowers to compliment- Amnesia Rose, Gardenia, Crystal Blush Calla Lily, Dendrobium blush orchids, phalo orchids, sherbet green cymbidium, petite pink mini roses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Afterglow is a hot trend that combines the lustre of fine burnished metals , gold leaf, Golden Bronze, Champagne, sable, Venetian red for a warm and elegant atmosphere. Flowers to compliment- Coffee break rose, Estelle Rose, Black Baccara, Gloriosa Lily, Gingers and Antheriums, Protea Pin Cushion, Oxblood Peonies.

 

 

  Exotic hues will continue with pure emerald, Leaf Green, Deep Pink, Klein Blue, Cerulean, Saffron and the Plum Purples. Flowers to compliment, Vanda and Mokara orchids, Voodoo roses, Bombay Orchids, vibrant Gebera daisies.

 

 

 Midnight sky seemes to be the request from many 2011 brides, and this can be complimented with the addition of cremes and white with Silver or afterglow gold for a classic feel. Or for a fun Midnight mix, add in the complimentary color wheel shades of Saffron or Canorina yellow. Flowers to compliment- Vendula roses,  Island yellow roses , stock Blossom, calla, tulip, Mums, true blue iris, delphiniums.

Sexy Reds and subtle blush tints will be found all through the seasons. Natural true red, Cinnamon, Venetian rich reds, Ripe Blush, pink pearl, gesso nude, Lotus, tea rose. Flowers to compliment- Hearts a ruffle , cherry love, Konfetti roses, Ferrari red Gebera,Gloriosa lily,Red Ginger, Red Flame tulips, Hypericum berries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sepia with its antique Tea Stained feel will continue to make itself known. The funky fun of Steampunk Victorian and old newsprint will appear in fun hatbox designs, and subtle tintype photo imagery.  Accents of stripes, birdcage veiling and Large Millinery inspired Floral looks. Very romantic with yet a hint of mystery

Above all when thinking ahead to your special event. Work with your floral designer to create a personal statement. Pick colors that compliment your season and location.  Blending and weaving colors like a tapestry through the decor and space will be exciting and pleasing to the senses and a truly memorable event for everyone.

Ahinahina the rare Silversword of Maui

Have you ever had one of those moments when you saw something so awe-inspiring that it made you truly stop and ponder the universe?

I know you will say ” Oh You old Hippie!!”, LOL! But I have to say that my trip to Maui this summer had me  reflecting on nature and the lessons we can learn from a simple flower.

I have been to the top of Maui’s dormant Volcano Haleakala on a few occasions and I always make it a point to find and admire the  Silver Sword plants.  These luminous silver plants are endangered and protected.

 The Silver Sword also known as the Ahinahina grow only on the slopes of this otherworldly location. Although they look like a mercury dipped cactus to some, they are more closely related to the Sunflower.

The fine silver hairs that cover the plant are extremely sensitive, as are the roots. Stepping too close to the plant or touching the plant can kill it, so admire from a distance or use a good zoom lens. These fine hairs work as a shield from the sun’s radiation and as protection from dehydration as well as insulation from the winter storms and snows at that elevation.

The Silversword lives approximately 50 years. It blooms in a spectacular manner and then gives up its seeds and life.   I had never witnessed a full bloom until this year.

The plant produces a tall center stalk with rows of purple seeded flowers. The specimen I was drawn to was at least 5 foot tall.

The area smelled of warm sweet honey.  At over 10,000 feet the cool clean air allowed the senses to absorb the essence of this lovely sight.

Sad to think the plant would fade and soon die after this gorgeous display. But it reminded me that creative people are like these flowers.

You struggle through all sorts of storms, heat and adversity at times. You also bask in the warmth of the sun, the glow of the moon and the admiration of those around you. Finally you produce beauty, and hope that all who have been touched by it will remember it and  scatter the seeds of your efforts for others to grow and admire.

 This is an example of truly stopping to smell the flowers.

Star Quality

The Oscars !

All The Gorgeous gowns, the well fitting Tuxedos, the jewels and Bling

 What was this designer spotting in the star studded throng?

FLOWERS!

The Flower of the evening was the Gardenia.

Fashion designer and producer of the Single Man ,Tom Ford posed on the red carpet sporting a beautiful spiral gardenia on his Black Tuxedo. A return to the elegance of early Hollywood.

As the stars arrived there were floral touches in fabrics and ribbons and gorgeous evening bags. But the class floral act of the evening was Monique whose hair was styled with a handfull of fragrant White Gardenia with waxed leaves.Reminiscent of Billy Holiday and just as elegant today.

Shades of Blue danced across the carpet from festive Bow ties to flowing ballgowns. Colors found in nature in flowers like Delphinium, Iris and Tweedia.

Translating this look for weddings, Proms and special events will be a trend that we welcome. The Artistry of a well placed flower the “tiny touch that says so much”  Can kick any event up an elegant notch.

Another trend we are seeing is the mixing of  ribbon flowers with Live Roses for Brides. The detailing is a surprise element that can bring coordinated and unusual Gown fabrics into play. Not your Moms matchy matchy flowers, But creative fashion inspired textures and subtle elegance that demands a second look.

Just as the sculpted Gowns of the Red Carpet with petaled fabrics , spiraled layers and details invoke the opening of a lavish garden rose. Its a perfect chance to mirror the glamour in bouquets and room decor for home and special events. Inspirations such as the elegant Peony, the Delicate Garden rose or the exotic flare of the Orchid.

I hope that you will be inspired to add a touch of Nature to your world

Photos Florists Review and UPI

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Trend Watch 2010

As unique as each of us are. We look to fashion and color forcasts for what will be Hot & Hip in the coming year.

The Trends that will be available for the coming season for special event items and themes. A Pop of color or a splash of exotic textures used in unexpected ways will set your decor apart.

Eco & Green is still at the forefront, with fabulous  decor fabrics of Bamboo and even recycled Soda Bottles with the feel of fine silk!

Colors are being drawn from earthy elements. The refreshing tones of true rich Turquoise and muted pewter and sterling will be big.

 Dusty tones in amethyst, Plum and vintage pinks will be strong.

Complimentary color wheel tones of Coral and Lilac.

Red in vintage shades and romantic Tea stained Ivories are returning to the forefront.

Steampunk with its Jules Verne edge will surface. Tim Burtonesque “Alice” Inspired colors and textures for reception themes.

Garden roses, Calla and Dahlias will be hot summer favorites.Organic garden veggies and herbal touches will be surprise additions to wedding bouquets and decor.

More textures and layers of design will be seen.

A return to Edwardian Elegance with lace and pleated edges.Lower multi piece centerpieces with a tablescape approach of found items and mini antique ribbons and lace. fruit & floral bowls.

Of course you can always start your own tasteful trends.Inspirations are all around you. from a scene in a great Novel to your favorite bistro.

If it moves you and intrigues the senses, you are on the right track.

Here is to a very creative 2010!

The Essence of Autumn

I love the fall season with its lush color and textures.

Some of the most amazing weddings and events I have designed  have been in Autumn. Many have won awards and have been featured in Magazines.

Brides who love color will love the many combinations of seasonal details. From  firey oranges and reds, to rich tawny gold and antique rose shades. There are early harvest shades with the beauty of green leaves  turning to soft yellow to vibrant burgundy. Fruit and seeds, wheat and fall berries and of course pumpkins and branches.

Although the feel of fall in So. California is not the same as our east coast friends. I love to recreate the experience for my west coast clients.

This can be achieved by “setting” the area with eye catching  details and scents that bring memories of home, family and season. Bowls of cinnamon infused leaves and pods set amid amber glass candle holders that emit an inviting  warmth.  A large rustic urn filled with Fall football mums, pepper berries and chines lantern plant.

Then the Gothic touches that come with the Month of October. Deep purples and reds with calla, Black sweet Potato vine  and amaranthus add drama.

Whimsy can be had in the colors of candy corn and lime with black & white.

Anything goes for the Halloween bride, from a masquerade formal  reception right out of Phantom to an all out Vampire and Monster mash .

As with any fall event, send out your save the dates early, as this is the start of party season and who doesnt love a good party!!