Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Boudoir Shoot w/ Desi Baytan Photography & Twine Events

Desi and Connie of Desi Baytan Photography, Erica Espana of Twine Events, and I got together and came up with this “behind the scenes” boudoir shoot taken the morning a bride gets ready for her wedding day. I’ve been wanting to do a boudoir shoot for a while and I was so happy when we all collectively came up with basically the same idea. Having a bride take some time alone with her photographer the morning of her wedding. Have the room set up beautifully with breakfast to give her energy to get through the ceremony, and then take sweet and beautiful boudoir photos to give to her husband on their one year anniversary – or some other special occasion.

We had an amazing team on board for all the different parts of this shoot. Sweet and Saucy Shop provided the oh so beautiful cake and mini desserts. 10.11 Hair and Make Up did such an incredible job getting our insanely beautiful model Kacy Hill camera ready. Copper Willow Paper Studio created a super pretty menu and hand written scroll for the bride to open from her groom. The lovely and subtly sexy lingerie came from Faire Frou Frou. And somehow we were lucky enough to get the beautiful Viola gown and several head pieces from Twigs & Honey, and from JLM Couture, wedding gowns that fairy tale dreams are made of. And what’s one of the best parts of this shoot? It’s in the newest Magnolia Rouge magazine! I’m so excited and honored to have this shoot in a publication featuring such amazing talent.

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Vendor Credits

Photography: Desi Baytan Photography

Coordination & Styling: Twine Events

Florals & Styling: Oak & the Owl

Hair & Make-Up: 10.11

Model: Kacy Hill

Lingerie: Faire Frou Frou

Dress & Headpieces: Twigs & Honey

Dresses: JLM Couture

Desserts: Sweet and Saucy Shop

Paper Goods: Copper Willow Paper Studio

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Splendid LA #TEESNPOMS Party

A couple months ago I made some spring floral arrangements for the store Splendid on Robertson in Los Angeles. They were celebrating a collaboration with Ban.do by throwing a series of “Tee” Parties and wanted florals that were bright, cheerful and in line with both companies aesthetics. It was so much fun to work with such a vibrant palette, and even better, I got to work with one of my wedding industry faves, Urban Palate, who supplied the incredible, and gorgeous, food for the evening. You can check out this blog post by Racked, for more information regarding the collaboration and parties. A big thank you to Melissa Ryan of Marble Rye Photography for taking all the beautiful photos.

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3 Oak and the Owl_Splendid Tee Party

4 Oak and the Owl_Bright Spring Flowers

5 Oak and the Owl_Splendid Robertson Party

6 Oak and the Owl_Bright Pink and Purple Flowers

7 Oak and the Owl_Garden Roses and Spring Flowers

8 Oak and the Owl_ Urban Palate LA

9 Oak and the Owl_Urban Palate Catering

10 Oak and the Owl_Bearded Irises and Peonies

11 Oak and the Owl_Coral Charm Peonis and Garden Roses

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

San Ysidro Ranch Wedding Part II

San Ysidro Ranch has to be one of the most beautiful places on the planet. I LOVE doing weddings at this Montecito haven. I had worked on several events there as a freelancer for another florist, but this wedding was my first under Oak & the Owl. Needless to say I was beyond excited, and poured all my time and energy into it. Being a winter wedding helped with that too. Same with the flowers. I think December is one of the best times for flowers. Peonies are available along with ranunculus, and all of my favorite special varietal tulips, to name a few.

The reception took place in the Wine Cellar which was the perfect cozy spot for this drizzling December day. The bride wanted her colors to be blues, golds, silver, and cream. We went with a paler blue La Tavola Linen for the outdoor cocktail tables along with their cream matelass√© for the banquet tables. The flowers for the cocktail hour mimicked the ceremony and personal flowers – yellows paired with whites and creams. I decorated the outdoor fireplace using all the existing pots and had candles everywhere, including hanging glass lanterns from the trees. Inside the cellar we went with cream linens for the tables with La Tavola’s Wedgewood blue napkins. The flowers inside were all yellow with black accents coming from the privet berries. For vessels and candles I used my antiqued and etched mercury glass collection. I think the pairing of colors and textures really worked for this rainy day wedding. It brightened it up, but still felt soft and bridal.

The bride did a wonderful job designing her Sofreh Aghd, and I love what Twine Events did with the lovely favor table. Desi Baytan captured everything so beautifully. They really do such an amazing job. I know every time Erica and I work with them, we’re going to come up with something incredible. This wedding sums up everything I want my business to represent. Beautiful design with an awesome team of vendors at the most stunning venues in the world, while have a blast working with such fun and kind people. So here’s to more and more of these events!

1 Oak and the Owl _ San Ysidro Ranch Reception

2 Oak and the Owl _ Blue and Yellow Wedding

3 Oak and the Owl _ SYR Wine Cellar Wedding

4 Oak and the Owl _ Winter Wedding

5 Oak and the Owl _La Tavola Linens

6 Oak and the Owl _ Outdoor Wedding

7 Oak and the Owl _ Hanging Lanterns

8 Oak and the Owl _ Etched Mercury Glass Vase

9 Oak and the Owl _ Yellow Ginko Branches

10 Oak and the Owl _ Decorated Mantle

11 Oak and the Owl _ Outdoor Fireplace

12 Oak and the Owl _ Romantic Outdoor Wedding

13 Oak and the Owl _ Passed Apps

14 Oak and the Owl _ Bride and Groom Chairs

15 Oak and the Owl _ Yellow Wedding Flowers

16 Oak and the Owl _ La Tavola Wedgewood Blue

17 Oak and the Owl _ Pitbulls and Posies

18 Oak and the Owl _ Wine Cellar Reception

19 Oak and the Owl _ Sofreh Aghd

20 Oak and the Owl _ Wedding Sofreh

21 Oak and the Owl _ Lacey White Wedding Cake

22 Oak and the Owl _ SYR Wine Cellar

23 Oak and the Owl _ Tree Lanterns

24 Oak and the Owl _ Reception Fireplace

25 Oak and the Owl _ Nighttime Reception

26 Oak and the Owl _ Dessert Table

27 Oak and the Owl _ Decorated Fireplace

28 Oak and the Owl _ Favor Table

29 Oak and the Owl _ Wedding Favors

30 Oak and the Owl _ Chocolate Strawberries

Vendor Credits

Photography: Desi Baytan Photography

Coordination: Twine Events

Event Styling and Floral Design: Oak & the Owl

Invitations: Pitbulls & Posies

Hair & Make-Up: TEAM Hair & Make Up

Ceremony Venue: Santa Barbara Courthouse

Reception Venue: San Ysidro Ranch

Linens: La Tavola

Brides Dress: Custom Alvina Valenta www.jlmcouture.com/Alvina-Valenta

Bridesmaids Dresses: J Crew

Getting Ready Venue: Canary Hotel http://www.canarysantabarbara.com/

Calligraphy: Katrina Centeno of Maison du Papier http://www.calligraphykatrina.com/

Sofreh Aghd: designed by the Bride