Sunday, November 30, 2008

Rustic charm

I was contacted by a cute and soft spoken bride that was having a rustic, fall Napa wedding. It was going to be at a farm house on a private estate. She wanted a very natural feel to the flowers with a lot of texture. She also had dozens of ideas filling her head and wedding binder. We changed from urns, glass bowls, to watering cans, to french buckets, to galvanized buckets and finally decided on mixed ceramic containers. The color was to be the same, but the shape would vary on each. This added to the natural look of everything. It was as though someone had made them on a pottery wheel out in the barn and had collected flowers from the field to fill them. She found a great vendor on Etsy to make various containers and ship them over for me to fill. With the flowers being all orange and burgundy, I decided to use green oak leaves to accent those two colors. The oak leaves were great subtle accents for the boutonnieres and corsages. There was even a grapevine wreath decorated with fresh flowers that hung on a rustic fence that led the guests to the ceremony site. I look forward to receiving some of the professional images as I am sure they are beautiful. The bride and groom were very happy and wrote a nice yelp review. Enjoy!

Fall colored bridal bouquet

rustic centerpieces

Grapevine wreath that hung from the farm house fence.

Alstromeria boutonniere with oak leaf and berries

Boutonniere and corsages with alstromeria.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

De ja vue...

2 couples, same hotel, same church, same winery, 2 different, yet equally beautiful weddings. I was here a few months ago at Holy Family Mission Church in Rutherford and Andretti Winery in Napa and returned again on a beautiful summer day in August for the wedding of Jill and Scott. They had a classic and romantic Napa Valley celebration down to the grapes in the centerpieces. The color scheme of eggplant, mustard, olive and burgundy were echoed in the rich colors of the landscape and architecture. The beautiful photography is from J.P. Langlands and the wedding coordinator was Yong Suk Willendrup. Enjoy!

The bride carried a bouquet of all eggplant calla lilies with golden crystal jewel accents.

The bouquet was wrapped in gorgeous fabric from her dress with a stunning crystal applique.

The boutonniere had actual olive branches and olives hanging from it!

Real edible grapes hung from the centerpieces.

Doesn't that look good!