• Style: Great Gatsby

    December 12th, 2014 admin

    We are loving the inspiration that has arisen from the revival of the Great Gatsby time.  We are seeing a lot of brides choose this style as inspiration for their weddings.  This time era is typically categorized with the following design elements:

    Art Deco Shapes // Glitz & Glamour // Metallic Elements

    Gatsby_WeddingCreating cake designs, escort cards, table menus and invitations with art deco designs brings this look to life.  Typically we see colors of black, gold, whites and reds, but you can certainly incorporate other colors in or combinations thereof.  Metallic elements are key, and you can even mix tones of gold, silver and rosegold altogether.

    With this trend being so prevalent, we’ve pulled and tagged some of our favorite pieces of our inventory that work well with this theme.  Check out the link below to see some inventory items that can work for you!

    Gatsby_Wedding_RentalsGatsby_table_designPhotography:  de la Barra Photography

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  • Seating Vignette Design

    October 20th, 2014 admin

    how_toWe obviously love the special touches and additions added to a wedding to make them unique and special, but we also having those items be functional!  Today, we’re talking about seating vignettes, how to use them, what’s the minimum you need to make a big impact, and suggestions to making it affordable.

    A seating vignette is a styled seating arrangement of upholstered sofas, benches, trunks, coffee tables, rugs, wingback chairs or some combination thereof to create a seating area for your guests to lounge in. They are functional in that they offer a place for guests to relax; especially if you have elderly folks at your wedding, but it also can be used for seating around a dance floor, during cocktail hour, or for a casual wedding ceremony where multiple seating vignettes are arranged around where the couple will marry.

    Camille SetteeThere are a few essential pieces we feel are necessary for a seating vignette.  This will help break down the rules we see fit for choosing a seating vignette:

    • Choosing the Right Pieces:  You’ll need some larger “grounding” pieces for the vignette, this can be a larger sofa, or a combination of two large sofas or settees.  From there, you can pair two arm chairs across from each other or next to each other.  Some sort of coffee table is essential for guests to place their drinks on.  We suggest a trunk, a traditional coffee table, or some mixed crates of various heights.  Additional tip!  A nice rug makes all the difference if you are on a flat surface.
    • Placement:  Will there be a focus for the seating vignette to face?  This will determine how to place the pieces within the seating vignette.  You may want to face an opening towards a dance floor, or where people will congregate. Or, you may want a closed off style where seating faces the center from all four sides.


    • How many people are you looking to seat?  Typically, most seating vignettes can seat 5-8 people. This will determine what pieces you choose.
    • Color/Look/Style:  What is the look you are going for?  Are you looking for something leather, or something velvet, or patterned?  This is where you can tie in your wedding colors and look!
    • Finish off with accents:  Choosing great upholstered pieces is fantastic, but you have to accessorize after you’ve got the basics.  …just like any good outfit!  We suggest pieces on any side tables, or coffee tables.  AND!  Be sure to throw some pillows into the mix as well!  On a solid sofa, a sequin or patterned look is awesome!  Or a nice throw blanket for when the evening gets cold!

    Hope these tips help you a bit in choosing a seating vignette!  We are always here to help assist you in designing the perfect seating arrangement for you!

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  • Top 3 Mistakes Brides Make…

    October 8th, 2014 admin

    Today we’re talking about the top 3 mistakes brides make when planning their wedding flowers.  We’ll address these issues, and I’ll offer some advice to making sure you don’t fall victim to the 3 deadly sins of planning your wedding flowers.  As a side note, this post follows our Unspoken Flowers Series which addresses, de-mystifies and sheds light into the world of a floral designer.  Be sure to check it out!!

    For us floral designers, we get 3 days to create and make everything perfect for our brides.  Working with a product that is essentially dying from the moment it enters the door of our studio, there isn’t much room for error.  Sounds kind of stressful, right?  But, it’s the months leading up to this that truly ensure everything goes to plan perfectly.  It’s the time, effort and care you take in planning all of details up to the wedding that will ensure everything will go to plan, and your dreams will be brought to reality.  So, here’s the top 3 mistakes brides make when planning their wedding flowers:

    1.  Lack of information provided:
    When I sit down with a client, I want them to aesthetically walk me through the start to finish of their wedding.  What linen colors are they using?  What rentals have they chosen?  Are they doing any lighting?  What are the men wearing?  What are the women wearing?  Do we have swatches of these items?  What decor items do you have?  All of these questions extract the correct information so that I as a professional can properly make suggestions based on the look you are going for.  When we don’t have these items, it makes your wishes and desires very hard to create, especially since I can’t read minds :)  After all, your idea of blush may be very different than what your designer’s idea of blush is.
    To Avoid This:  Provide all pieces of the puzzle when asked, & provide them at least 45 days out from the wedding to your designer.  At Botanica, we mark everything needed from our clients in red on their descriptions and details of their order.  We also schedule design meetings with our clients in which we use these times as opportunities to getting this information.  Pinterest is a useful tool in sharing ‘general’ ideas and overall feels.

    303f93eec6179773fc5c2aa6f7481384 Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 12.23.27 PM2.  Lack of organization:
    If you’ve chosen to plan your wedding by yourself, sans a wedding planner (which I fully endorse hiring one), you have GOT to be sure you are reading your contracts, documents and keeping on top of your homework that your vendors are giving you.  I always say, we can design the most beautiful flowers, but if you don’t let us know the details and timeline for the day of, what have we spent all of this time doing if you haven’t given us enough time to properly set them up and go above and beyond.  I’ve found that the majority of brides are late in getting their final payments, details and information needed for us to place their orders and schedule their deliveries.  So, what does that mean?  It could mean not getting the flowers you want, the colors desired, or the containers needed.  It could also mean additional fees added to your delivery and order.
    To Avoid This:  Read your contracts carefully.  If there are deadlines for items needed, mark this off on your calendar a week before they are due, and reach out to your designer if you are falling behind on tasks and payments you need to make.  Communication is better than avoidance.  Start talking about your timeline, and draft one, whether or NOT you have a planner.  It’s so, so important for all of your vendors to know what the game plan is on the day of.  And, if you don’t have a planner, we’ll see anything that could be an issue and let you know up front, rather than running into a dilemma on the day of.

    3.  Unrealistic Expectations:
    The world of flowers is mysterious.  There are so many tricks and things of knowledge that I would only know about because I have been working with flowers for over half of my life.  But, here’s the good news… I’m going to be completely honest about what I know based on my experience.  I know the pinterest ideas you pin are cute and adorable, but they are NOT always realistic.  I had a bride sent a photo of boutonnieres this past week made of anemones.  Sure, they photograph gorgeous, but to uphold throughout the day, hugging, and in the heat… think again!  They would be dead within an hour or two.  There are so many factors that go into flowers: availability, time of year, supply and demand.  Did you know that the majority of weddings we did this year had Juliet garden roses, blush tones and grey accents?  Think about the fact that EVERYONE had the same colors (thanks trends!)  With only so many flowers in these colors available every week, there becomes a supply and demand issue.  But, that may be getting onto a new topic…. Anyhow, to be more realistic about what you’re looking for, you need to trust that the person you’ve hired to be your designer is someone knowledgeable and able to carry out your look.  And, someone who is honest in what is or potentially isn’t available for your wedding.
    To Avoid This:  Share overall conceptual ideas you like & flower types liked.  Trust the person you hire.  We are selling artwork.  I realize when a bride hires me, she is hiring my look and brand, she’s not picking out a cookie cutter design out of a floral book.  We pin ideas of conceptual inspiration, but when we go to design and create the wedding, it is completely unique in itself.  Never a perfect recreation.

    Screen Shot 2014-10-08 at 12.11.56 PMI hope some of these points help you in planning your wedding!  Feel free to leave your comments, feedback and questions for our next post!


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  • Unspoken Flowers: A New Blog Series

    September 30th, 2014 admin

    Unspoken Flowers

    Ever wonder what it’s like being a floral designer?  Want some extra tips to ensure your wedding flowers turn out just as you’d like?  Be my friend, and follow me along some of the journeys I take day in and day out within this mysterious industry of flowers!

    Having graduated with a degree in horticulture, the knowledge I gained and learned by the books is great to have, but it’s the experiences and the things I’ve learned from working with many other great designers and having run and operated my business for the past 7 years that have given me the knowledge and understanding of this ever-changing industry.  I’ve been involved in the floral industry since before I had a driver’s license, and made my first floral arrangement in the 4th grade.  I guess you can say it’s in my blood.  But, enough about me, I’m sure you have some questions of your own on this perceptively glamorous industry of weddings and flowers.

    So, feel free to email me your questions, concerns and dilemmas!  You can contact me at : audrey@botanicaevents.com



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  • Laurel Garland

    August 26th, 2014 admin

    A laurel garland with citrus accents makes for the perfect accent to a bar display.  We love this look, and thought it was a fitting design for this bar for a Sonoma wedding.


    Laurel Garland

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  • A Wine and Roses Evening

    July 25th, 2014 admin

    There are some things in life that are just meant to be. Peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, chocolate and strawberries. If we are lucky enough, we find someone who we are meant to be with. Sometimes we meet them in a pub, a coffee house, or through friends. Usually people will date for a few years, get engaged, and get married.

    But there are other times, in very rare circumstances, when two people will meet as children and just know that they are meant to be together. George Straight’s song, ‘Check Yes or No’ comes to mind. We recently got an opportunity to do a wedding with just such a couple. Jessica and Doug met in elementary school and were immediately drawn to each other. The years and the military separated them, but as adults, fate placed them both in jobs in Central California. The rest, as they say, is history.

    This love filled day of personalized fun and uniqueness was set at the ever fabulous Wine and Roses Hotel, Restaurant, and Spa. The gorgeous pictures seen were taken by True Love Photo.

    The details in a ceremony and reception are what solidifies a moment in someone’s mind, and this wedding was full of them! Pfeiffer Event Planning did a phenomenal job at planning and designing this day.

    We love this intricate hanger, and the dazzling jewelry matches wonderfully with these bedazzled heals. The earrings can be found at Adore. bridal detailsThe time a bride spends getting ready is almost as important as what she puts on. When planning your big day make sure to allow plenty of time for sleep, breakfast, and relaxation. Hiring someone to do hair and makeup for you and your bridal party can lift a big part of the preparation stress off of your shoulders. Jessica’s hair was done beautifully by Tina Romo. Her flawless make-up was done by Shana Beals Makeup Artistry & Skin Studio. 
    getting readingOf course, Jessica is absolutely stunning on her own but this dress, oh this dress. We love this ruffled number, bought from La Soie Bridal. thedressA little personality can make a wedding unique. The amount of personality at this wedding made it unforgettable. Check out this garter! It’s obvious that there was thought put into every inch of this event.FandomThe lush gardens at Wine & Roses, Restaurant and Spa are a perfect backdrop to the elegantly draped curtains, luxurious chandelier, and breathtaking couple.
    ceremonyWe loved putting together these beautiful bouquets. The pops of hot pink from the bridesmaids bouquets pull colors from the floral pieces in the pictures above, as well as the surrounding gardens. Jessica’s magnificent bridal bouquet used lisianthus, spray roses, dusty miller & ranunculus. We also added sparkly pearl brooches to add a bit of glitter and shine.
    FlowersInvitations, place cards, and table numbers that match add a cohesive motif to a wedding day. Jessica and Doug’s invitations, place cards, and menu cards were done by Angela Dal Bon for Invitations Inkpaper funThough the entire purpose of a wedding is for two people to commit themselves to each other, a huge perk of getting married is the wonderful party that comes after the ceremony! This reception was beautifully designed by Pfeiffer Event Planning with silver and gold accents and shades of pinks. The gorgeous cakes were done by Above and Beyond Cakes. The floral arrangements and roses also draw from and accent the pink motif of the evening. reception tablesA unique part of Doug and Jessica’s reception was the amazing performance by the folks from Golden Turtle Lion Dancereception1Finding a home in a another person is a priceless miracle that not many people have the opportunity to experience. We are so happy for Doug and Jessica, and wish them many years of joy and happiness. We felt so blessed to be a part of their big day.
    the couple

    To read more about Doug and Jessica in the blog that Real Wedding published, please click the photo below.
    Real Weddings

    Venue and Caterer: Wine & Roses Hotel, Restaurant and Spa // Photographer: True Love Photo // Videographer: Real 2 Reel Video // Wedding Planner/Designer/Favors: Pfeiffer Event Planning // Bridal Hair: Tina Romo // Bridal Make-up: Shana Beals Makeup Artistry & Skin Studio // Florist: Botanica Floral & Event Design // Cake: Above & Beyond Cakes // DJ/Entertainment: Music & More Entertainment // Bridal Earring: Adorn // Bridal Gown: La Soie Bridal // B&G Rings: Sharif Jewelers // Lion Dance: Golden Turtle Lion Dance










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  • Bohemian Nights

    July 1st, 2014 admin

    It was our honor to have the opportunity to host a open house at our studio last month. We were so excited to see so many of the industries professionals attend. It was so much fun to dress up our studio for our very first open house! Thank you to everyone who came out for the event! A special thanks to all the wonderful vendors who made this event happen!

    Photography: Carmen Salazar-Burke with Carmen Salazar Photography
    Dessert Display: Shelley Larkin with Give Me Smoochies
    Invites:Ntina Argyropoulos with Throne Invitations
    Hand-Letting and Henna: Rosaura Unangst with Pigment & Parchment
    DJ & Lighting: Joe Kalamaras with SJ’s Disc Jockey
    Bohemian Treats and Tea: Beth Sogaard Catering & Amador Vintage Market

    Entering through the lobby of our studio guests were welcomed warmly into the main warehouse, where a feeling of eclectic creativity surrounded them. They were invited to travel over to a wonderful display of stones on a mossy bed. On each stone there was a a name and each guest got to chose their new bohemian name for the evening. Everyone then wrote their dreams on a card to be hung on a display. After that, guests could choose from different colored goblets in different styles and fill it with their beverage of choice.

    On the other side of the room, if they could be dragged away from the sweet treats on the dessert buffet,  different vignette’s of couches, chairs, tables, and decor were arranged so that everyone could peruse through our inventory. A fabulous table of delicious bohemian treats were offered to everyone, as well as henna designs that were drawn onto anyone who wanted to partake in the unique and fun activity. The entire evening was tied together with up-lighting and music that set the mood for this enjoyable open house.

    Placed around the room were signs and thank you placards that were penned beautifully by Rosaura Unangst with Pigment & Parchment.

    Handlettered Signs

    The Bohemian Treats and Tea were delicious, and beautifuly presented by  Beth Sogaard Catering & Amador Vintage Market


     All of the rentals here can be found at http://botanicaevents.com/rentals/inventory/ .


    Everyone loved this delectable dessert buffet by  Shelley Larkin with Give Me Smoochies.


    Henna drawings were available by Rosaura Unangst with Pigment & Parchment.

    The entire warehouse was transformed by the music and lights provided Joe Kalamaras with SJ’s Disc Jockey.


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  • Beaulieu Gardens Wedding

    June 13th, 2014 admin

     “Romantic: the feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.”
    This wedding epitomized a dreamlike romantic evening and it was hard not to be inspired by the lovely couple and this incredibly dreamy venue. If you haven’t seen the breathtaking Beaulieu Garden, put it on your bucket list. The beautiful pictures below were captured by the talented Brian Ganyo Photography.

    We wanted to bring the elegance and whimsy of the location into our floral arrangements. The class of the beautiful white spray roses, ranunculus, and hydrangeas compliment the whimsical and green succulents and scabiosa pods in each bouquet.Snider-0046E

    Snider-0049E The luxurious wrap on this bouquet and sparkling
    broach make this a perfect piece for the beautiful bride. Snider-0805E Snider-0819E

    The floral accents down the aisle used a dark purple artichoke and deep burgundy dahlias to bring depth, contrast, and interest to the bouquets. The burlap wrap tied these florals into the gorgeous wooden boxes in the centerpieces at the venue. Snider-1113EThe soft dusty miller leaves and dark agonis foliage bring texture to the pieces as well.Snider-1401EIncorporating the purple succulents and white garden roses
    into the different parts of the venue assist in tying together the space.Snider-1604E We are in love with these rustic wooden boxes, that tie in well with the burlap from the ceremony.
    The height of these centerpieces ensure that guests will be able to see each other across the table.
    The purple, greens, and whites play wonderfully off of the burlap runners, intricate green chargers, and garden setting. Snider-1608ESnider-1612E Snider-1615ESnider-1619E

    Photography: Brian Ganyo Photography // Planner:  Alison Ulshoffer Events // Venue: Beaulieu Garden // Caterer: Paula DeLuc Fine Catering // Florist: Botanica Floral and Event Design

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  • Central Coast Wedding

    June 5th, 2014 admin

    Erin & Matt were so much fun to work with on their San Luis Obispo, Central Coast wedding!
    Erin and Matt chose the Flying Caballos Ranch in San Luis.
    Their love for each other was tangible and that warmth overflowed into their entire day.

    Thank you to Sarah Kathleen Photography for these gorgeous pictures!


    We are obsessed with the soft pink garden roses and creams in her bouquet.
    A great way to add a bit of vintage glam to a bouquet is to wrap it in lace. Garvey_Kramer_Sarah_Kathleen_kramer1067_low

    The bridesmaid’s bouquets marry the simple look of baby’s breath and the glamour of a  jeweled brooch. Garvey_Kramer_Sarah_Kathleen_kramer1080_low

    Simplicity is beautiful with these creative gold vases that the bride painted herself!
    Dahlias, roses, and baby’s breath bring the soft pink of the decor into the centerpieces, and were a fun pop with some teal glass!Garvey_Kramer_Sarah_Kathleen_kramer1288_low Garvey_Kramer_Sarah_Kathleen_kramer1289_low

    The bride and groom went to a beer and cheese pairing the day they got engaged,
    so it was a nice personal touch to add this as part of their wedding day love story as well!Garvey_Kramer_Sarah_Kathleen_kramer1291_low


    Each table was labeled with the name of a place the couple had traveled together!
    We love the look of the long farm dining tables with chevron runners to add a bit of pattern. Garvey_Kramer_Sarah_Kathleen_kramer1314_low


    Check out Glamour and Grace’s blog of this wedding by clicking the screenshot below.

    Photography: Sarah Kathleen // Venue: Flying Caballos Guest Ranch // Planner: Sealed With A Kiss Events // Florist: Botanica Floral & Event Design // Caterer: In Good Taste Catering, Inc. // Rentals: Taylor Rentals // Gown: Enzoani // Hair: The Bladerunner Salon // DJ: Kramer Events








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  • A fabulous photographer doesn’t simply click a button and capture faces, they capture moments, memories, and emotions. We had the honor recently to work with such a photographer and we’ve been itching to introduce her to all of you! Lisa Mezzanotte with
    Elisabeth Arin Photography creates photographs that make you smile, sigh, and makes your breathe catch in your throat.
    She’s also fun, quirky, and incredibly kind. We’re sure you’ll all love her as much as we do.

    Here’s an example of some of her work!


     Kim specializes in wedding and lifestyle portraits.



    “Photography is the art of freezing time, memories and emotions to tell a story. It is a breathtaking way to document and preserve memories that you never want to forget. Having a professional document your wedding day is important. You want someone that will capture those small moments and expressions that no one else saw. Photography has the power to take you back in time, enabling you to relive your giddy feeling, the smell in the air, the most memorable kiss of your life and the overwhelming love of your family and friends. Photographs will help you remember and take you back to the day you both started your lives as one. I love to tell stories through my photographs and I would love to tell yours.” – Lisa Mezzanotte, Elisabeth Arin Photography


    6IMAGE5eapThis is Lisa! A little about her:

    “I LOVE chocolate. CHOCOLATE!!
    I can’t jump. I can only jump 2 inches off the ground…. Ok… maybe 3 inches. It’s sad.
    I have been to 16 different countries and plan to visit many more.
    I love cows. They are adorable and I wish I had five.
    I can’t snap. It actually hurts my fingers.”

    3Me-bio-eapCheck out our Blue Valentine Inspired shoot we worked on together.


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  • Moroccan Wedding Inspiration

    May 20th, 2014 admin

    Creativity and personality are integral in shaping a wedding day to match a couples vibe and style.
    A strong motif will entwine guests into an evening that feels more like a celebration than an event.
    The key is to focus on eye-catching details that mesmerize your guests.

    Alluring Events and Design coordinated this shoot that brought a collection of pieces that, when put together, make an exotic scene.
    This picturesque feel of Moroccan luxury is completed with pops of red and purple floral arrangements.


    This same feeling is carried over into other areas of the shoot. The breathtaking cakes by Pretty Sweet below compliment the gold goblets and vases, as well as the stunning floral arrangements.


    The striking centerpieces create a photographer’s dream with their differing heights and contrasting colors. All of these captivating photographs were taken by the talented Beth Baugher, owner of True Love Photo.


    Another way to add detail is to have different textures in a display. These soft carnations and spiky veronica & blue eryngium play off each other as if they were created to be placed together. The complimenting colors of greens, reds, maroons, and purples produces a depth that guests will remember long after the last song.




    Even this bouquet has a collection of fun florals such as eucalyptus pods and tillandsia that enhance the beauty and uniqueness of the stunning bride below.


    This handsome groom’s boutonniere is a perfect partner to his brides bouquet.


    Coordination and Design // Alluring Events and Design // Photography // True Love Photo // Cakes // Pretty Sweet // Florist // Botanica Floral and Event Design

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  • Creating An Enchanted Forest

    May 14th, 2014 admin

    “To inspire: to fill (someone) with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.” The perks of being in an industry of talented individuals is that we often get the opportunity to inspire others to create beautiful and memorable things. Last March we got to do just that with an amazing group of industry professionals. The person that captured the stunning scene was the ever exceptional Mischa Purcell with Mischa Photography. Another in the group was the fabulous Darcie, with A Dazzling Day by Darcie, who organized and styled this gorgeous shoot.

    The romantic forest tablescape that everyone created speaks to the woodland faerie in all of us. From the beautiful setting to the feathered tablecloth, one can just picture a fairytale evening being held among these graceful pines.

    Now, this type whimsical atmosphere doesn’t simply create itself. To fully give your guests the feeling of a fanciful romance one must look at the details.


    The strong wooden table, wooden chairs, and timber vases compliment
    the surrounding forest scenery and pull nature onto the tables themselves.


    The beautiful multi-colored goblets and flutes, gold chargers, gold frames,
    intricate metal bird cage, delicate cakes, and the gracefully knotted chair
    wraps add luxury and elegance to the arrangement.


    The fantastical flowing floral arrangements of ferns, dried lotus pods,
    and various succulents in different shades of green and white
    tie everything together into this brilliantly rustic scene.
    Each element lends to a feeling of a sumptuous
    woodland kingdom of old, dressed up for a noble wedding.


    And finally, the beautiful bride with a breathtaking
    gown compete this fantastical photo shoot.

    The entire setting looks primed and ready for an enchanting evening filled with love.

    To see this shoot in Glamour and Grace where it is published ,
    click on the screenshot below.

    Photography // Mischa Photography // Planner // A Dazzling Day by Darcie wedding planner // Florist // Botanica Floral & Event Design // Cake // Pretty Sweet // Gown // Enchanted Bridal Shoppe // Makeup // Henna Moods // Hair // Janae Smith Studio









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  • Vintage Rentals : Table Settings

    March 24th, 2014 admin

    Whether you are planning a bridal shower or looking to add a unique look to your wedding tables through your place settings, we are here to share some planning ideas and basics when it comes to place settings and vintage rentals.  We’ll help guide you through the process to figure out exactly what your needs and design options are when it comes to tabletop.

    BlueValentineInnatParkWinters_019   Let’s first talk about different types of meal service:

    • A plated meal is the most formal.  Guests are served at the table by a server.  Chances are you have given them a meal option.  Traditionally a service plate or charger is used for a formal dining experience.
    • A buffet or stationed service is where guests get up and are served from a food line or various stations throughout the reception area.  If you are doing a buffet meal, but are using beautiful vintage china, we suggest setting the tables with plates and asking guests to bring their plates to the buffet area.  A charger can also be used for this type of setting, but is not necessary.
    • Family style dining is where platters of food are placed on the tabletop for guests to pass and share food.  Vintage place settings would be placed on the tables.  A charger can also be used for this type of setting, but is not necessary.

    View More: http://kimjmartin.pass.us/villaprivatashootThere are different elements and options available for each place setting for your guests:

    • Bread & Butter Plates:  If you will have a formal meal, or will be serving bread, a bread and butter plate which is the smallest of plates is used for this portion of the meal.  These can also be used for appetizers.
    • Salad Plate:  For a salad course, appetizers or dessert.  Smaller in size than a dinner plate.
    • Dinner Plate:  For main entree.
    • Dessert Plates:  Same size as salad plates, can be stacked near cake or dessert table or simply just served on these plates.
    • Flatware:  Depending on the courses you will serve, you may consider the following:  Salad Fork, Dinner Fork, Butter Knife, Dessert Fork.  You may also need a steak knife, spoon or teaspoon for coffee services.
    • Chargers:  A base or service style plate that is not actually eaten on, but used as a decorative accent.
    • Wine Goblets:  Most can get away with one wine glass unless you will have red and white wine served with different courses.  You can actually use a colored goblet or crystal goblet for this.
    • Water Goblets:  Available in colored glass or clear glass.
    • Coffee Mugs:  For after dinner tea or coffee these are clear cut glass that work nicely for those of your guests looking for a warm beverage after dinner.  Teaspoons are nice to provide with this service.


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  • ViV: Kim J Martin Photography

    March 18th, 2014 admin

    We love our many talented photographer friends and we have a huge shout out and some Vendor loving going out today to Kim J Martin Photography!  Kim is amazingly talented and has such a fresh look to her work.  We feel she captures her clients and their weddings in a clean and true-to-life feel.  Her photos have gorgeous lighting, emotions and the sweetness of her subjects!

    We think you’ll enjoy some of her work as well…

    granite-bay-wedding Kim specializes in weddings and engagement sessions.   photographer-weddingssacramento-photographer“The biggest honor I have is thinking about the kids and grandkids of my couples looking at their images, and being able to see a raw, honest depiction of them and how happy they were. I know how much I love looking back at my grandparents wedding pictures, and seeing the moments that were captured in between the posed, professional shots. This is why I capture people the way that I do, because I feel you can’t truly tell a story with stiff, posed images. So for couples who feel the same way about photography and want their story told in this way, it usually makes for the perfect fit! I think professional photography is important to capture all the bits and pieces of your wedding day that you might miss or that fade from your memory over time, and finding the right photographer with a style you connect with is so important.” – Kim J Martin

    sacramento-wedding-photographer wedding-reception-photokim-j-martinAnd, this is Kim!  Ryan Greenleaf, took this photograph of Kim chilling on the beach.

    Some things you might not know about Kim:
    She auditioned for American Idol when she was 16, sleeping on the street for 2 nights waiting in line!

    She started out as a band photographer, but then began interning with a photographer who shot weddings and was immediately hooked!

    She loves bruschetta and salsa, but hates tomatoes.

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  • Inn at Park Winters Wedding

    March 18th, 2014 admin

    This shoot is far too delayed in hitting our blog, but if you follow us on Social Media, you’ve already seen these dreamy images and of course, my adorable dog.  Yes, she is adorable, single and a princess.. but hey, she does make the perfect Valentine!  Inn-at-Park-Winters

    Taking inspiration from the movie Blue Valentine, Hailey Erin Yeager with The Pretty Planner, our coordinator and designer came up with a moody feeling inspiration board that we completely ran with when we opened up our prop inventory and florals for this sweet little shoot.  Lisa with Elisabeth Arin Photography captured everything so beautifully… I refer to her images as dreamy.. they are just scrumptious!  Yes, photography can be scrumptious!

    BlueValentineInnatParkWinters_030We adore the Inn at Park Winters, so when it came to deciding upon a beautiful backdrop for this Valentine’s themed Styled Shoot, we loved the idea of utilizing the quaint cottage for the perfect setting!

    BlueValentineInnatParkWinters_072With a color palette of blues and reds with gold accents this whole look is color-fun and elegant.    Mussarat with Pretty Sweet made the most delicious and beautiful treats for a dessert display.  From chocolate covered hearts to a blue velvet cake and marizpan cherries… everything was so decadent!BlueValentineInnatParkWinters_079

    We utilized two of our Sparrow chairs to add a stately look to this wooden table we draped with gold mirrored trays, crystal accents, proteas, gold painted tillandsia and blue winter berries.BlueValentineInnatParkWinters_083

    Here is Miss Ebi looking stylish with her red little bow.  I do have to admit it is quite a challenge doing a shoot with a dog, let alone an excited little one.  I think she was promised far too many treats and walks, which she is still cashing in on!  She was a great sport and we all had a lot of laughs!BlueValentineInnatParkWinters_124

    Ava and Reeve, our blue velvet upholstered chairs were the perfect additions for a seating vignette.  BlueValentineInnatParkWinters_211Dena with Throne Invitations created a beautiful suite of invitations and escort tags.  We loved the addition of vintage stamps she incorporated!  So pretty!  Place settings of teal and blue plates and goblets were paired with gold flatware.  What do you think?  Do you love these colors together?

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  • ViV : Throne Invitations

    February 18th, 2014 admin

    One of the coolest things about the wedding industry is the fact that each event we work on is completely unique, and so are the vendors that we collaborate with!  We’d like to introduce you to some of our favorite vendors and share some of their amazing work.  These are our ViV’s, Very Important Vendors.
    Today we are featuring the amazing designs of Throne Invitations.  We’ve had the opportunity of working with Dena, (Paper Goddess) on many projects.  Her amazing sense of style & ability to take a vision and make it into reality always wows us!  Here are a few of our favorite designs of hers…
    Oh-Deer-Wedding-InvitationThe value in hiring a local paper designer is that you can customize your font, colors and graphics and get a very unique invitation suite that matches your needs.  Also, the quality and ability to get in touch with someone local makes for an easy process in getting all of your etiquette questions answered.
    Wonka-Inspired-InviteWhen it comes to wedding design, we love how paper products tie the entire look together of an event.  I always say it takes everything to another level!  Your invitation sets the tone for the wedding well before your guests arrive, but the paper products also finely tie everything together on the wedding day as well.Great-Gatsy-Invite Consider having custom signs, escort cards, place cards, programs, menus, favor tags and stickers professionally made to make every last detail completed to perfection! Perfect-Pair-Wedding-InvitationWhen it comes to bright colors, patterns and other details, I always suggest tying in certain elements with the paper products.  Dena can help do this, and we can also help assist in suggestions based on your table decor, linens and colors you are using. Eggplant-Wedding-InvitationDena“In today’s tech savvy world, there is something special about receiving a lavishly colored invitation in the mail that stands out from all the white envelopes and bills (-we barely even get those anymore!) The process of opening the envelope gets your guests excited about your wedding/event and the design of it sets the overall tone you want to convey. I think it’s important to keep sending mail and have something we can hold and feel, it’s all so digital now that these little touches will make all the difference for your guests-even subconsciously-for an unforgettable event!”

    -Dena, Throne Invitations

    Some fun and interesting facts about Dena:

    She would save her entire book collection in a fire.
    She feels most “normal” when her hair is fuchsia colored.
    She loves all the superhero movies; particularly Iron Man and the X-Men.

    To reach Dena with Throne Invitations, please visit her website at: www.http://www.throneinvitations.com/

    Call – Text her at:
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  • Coral & Peach Wedding Flowers

    January 16th, 2014 admin

    We were so excited to have the opportunity of working with Lisa, aka Elisabeth Arin Photography on this styled sweetheart table we designed for The Westin’s Open House this past weekend.  Lisa’s fresh style and beautifully lit images are swoon-worthy!  We think you’ll love these beautiful pops of coral to brighten your day!


    Brass elements, coral spray roses and a mod patterned linen from Mimi & Co. made for the perfect pairing.coral_wedding_centerpiece

    Gold peony holders add to the height variations on the tables.  coral_wedding 2014-01-15_0047

    Beautifully designed menus from none other than Dena with Throne Invitations finishes off the gold charger place settings.  We love the arrow touches to the graphics and place cards!coral-wedding-flowers gold-containers sweet-heart-table coral-and-peach-flowers

    Photography:  Elisabeth Arin Photography  // Venue:  The Westin, Sacramento, CA  // Paperie:  Throne Invitations // Floral Design: Botanica Floral & Event Design // Linens:  Mimi & Company

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  • Design Workshop

    January 4th, 2014 admin

    Attend our Design Workshop Series!  For more information click here!


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  • Design Workshop

    January 4th, 2014 admin

    Attend our Design Workshop Series! For more information click here!


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  • Vintage China Rentals

    December 19th, 2013 admin

    Vintage China Rentalsvintage_china_rentals

    Our vintage china rentals are the perfect addition to finish off your wedding reception tables.  We offer the most beautiful vintage china rentals, each design being hand-selected.  To view more, visit: http://botanicaevents.com/rentals/inventory/tabletop/mismatched-vintage-china-rentals/

    We love the look of mismatched vintage china rentals as it adds a unique look to your tabletop.  Each of your guests will have a different look to their place setting, but in complimenting patterns.


    With multiple patterns and styles, this brings many layers to the overall feel of the table.  We love these blush pink and rose patterned plates.


    With gold leafing accents and the finest craftsmanship, each plate we collect is beautiful in itself.  vintage-china-rentals

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  • Vintage Milk Glass Rentals

    December 13th, 2013 admin

    Vintage Milk Glass Rentals

    Vintage milk glass rentals are great for centerpieces and tabletop decor. We love our vintage milk glass collection that we have hand-picked because each item is unique and special. We have bud vases, hobnail, Fenton milkglass and all different sizes to make your milk glass centerpieces unique.

    Check out more of our lovely pieces in our inventory:



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  • Rustic Fall Wedding

    December 12th, 2013 admin

    Amy and Avery’s rustic, Fall wedding was gorgeous, and perfectly set in Forest Hill, at the Forest House Lodge.  We love all of the wonderful touches to this wedding, and think you will as well!

    The Fall bridal bouquet was designed with plucked sunflowers, orange gerbera daisies, yellow craspedia, scabiosa pods and green dianthus.  We love this look for a Fall wedding!

    Accents of miniature pine cones, burgundy mums and moss makes for a great rustic boutonniere.

    Amy and her Mother-in-law decorated each of the mason jars we used for centerpieces.  Burlap, lace and orange accents made these very special and unique!  Flowers used were green dianthus, bupleurum, burgundy chrysanthemums and safflower.

    The ceremony was accented with arrangements on large stumps.  Pine cones and moss finished off the look.

    The styled centerpieces consisted of a wood round with various heights of containers and flowers.  When styling centerpieces it is so important to keep height in mind.  Having various heights of interest, and not obstructing the view across the table is essential.

    Congratulations Amy and Avery!  Wishing you many happy years ahead!!


    Venue:  Forest House Lodge // Photography:  Jaqueline Photography // DJ:  Swerve Entertainment // Hair & Make-Up: Traci Lynn Make-Up Design

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  • Vintage Rentals

    December 9th, 2013 admin

    Vintage Rentals

    Krista and Drew’s wedding was held on a family estate property in Napa, California.  The soft-toned florals and romantic setting was breathtakingly beautiful.

    The bridal bouquet featured white hydrangea, white anemones with black centers, astrantia, roses and dusty miller.

    A floral garland swagged the wrought iron balcony to soften the look.

    Even the family dog wore flowers!  We love to add some fun florals, even for the animals!

    Vintage furniture and floral accents were added to the spaces to add to the romantic look.

    The escort card display was designed with one of our vintage frames.  We love this look!

    Table numbers were displayed on our wooden stands.  Amersand Ink made these adorable table numbers, and on the back sides, the menu for dinner was featured!  So cute!!  Centerpieces were created in mason jars, mercury glass and milk glass.

    A vintage suitcase was used for guest cards.  We love this look, and it’s a great way to add some color.

    Bridesmaids all wore different shades of pastel dresses.  Their bouquets all designed in the same color scheme tied everything together.

    Congratulations Krista & Drew!!!


    Venue:  Family Estate Napa, CA // Photography:  Chris and Kristen Photography // Planner:  Your Event by Erin // Catering:  Mangia Nosh // Vintage & Unique Rentals, Florals:  Botanica Floral & Event Design // Cake:  Buttercream Bakery // Officiant: Courri Brady // DJ: Pacific Entertainment // Hair & Make-Up: Grenhaus Salon // Stationary:  &ink Designs

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  • Napa Estate Wedding

    December 9th, 2013 admin

    Krista and Drew’s wedding was held on a family estate property in Napa, California.  The soft-toned florals and romantic setting was breathtakingly beautiful.

    The bridal bouquet featured white hydrangea, white anemones with black centers, astrantia, roses and dusty miller.

    A floral garland swagged the wrought iron balcony to soften the look.

    Even the family dog wore flowers!  We love to add some fun florals, even for the animals!

    Vintage furniture and floral accents were added to the spaces to add to the romantic look.

    The escort card display was designed with one of our vintage frames.  We love this look!Table numbers were displayed on our wooden stands.  Amersand Ink made these adorable table numbers, and on the back sides, the menu for dinner was featured!  So cute!!  Centerpieces were created in mason jars, mercury glass and milk glass.  A vintage suitcase was used for guest cards.  We love this look, and it’s a great way to add some color. 

    Bridesmaids all wore different shades of pastel dresses.  Their bouquets all designed in the same color scheme tied everything together.

    Congratulations Krista & Drew!!!


    Venue:  Family Estate Napa, CA // Photography:  Chris and Kristen Photography // Planner:  Your Event by Erin // Catering:  Mangia Nosh // Vintage & Unique Rentals, Florals:  Botanica Floral & Event Design // Cake:  Buttercream Bakery // Officiant: Courri Brady // DJ: Pacific Entertainment // Hair & Make-Up: Grenhaus Salon // Stationary:  &ink Designs

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  • San Francisco Vintage Rentals

    December 9th, 2013 admin

    We are so excited to be offering San Francisco vintage rentals.  We have a wide range of our inventory available to rent.  We travel all over Northern California.

    You are a free-spirit, your eclectic and personal style emanates your essence. Embracing this, Botanica has hand-selected our distinctive collection that brings to life your vision and true nature with our unique inventory. Offering florals, rentals and design, our creative team looks forward to collaborating with you to beautify your event.

    Items Offered: Vintage furniture, vintage rentals, votives, wedding decor, wedding centerpieces, lanterns, rustic wedding, vintage centerpieces, vintage scale, vintage doors, burlap, burlap runners, lace runners, vases, vase, mason jars, vintage china, vintage china rentals, flatware, decanters, candelabras, mercury glass, vintage globe, picture frames, vintage suitcase, vintage camera, antlers, cloche, bell jars, apothecary jars, vintage books, silver teapots, silver platters, cake stand, vintage bottles, candelabras, vintage chairs, vintage trunks, settee, vintage sofa, vintage radio player, coffee tables, wood stumps, wood blocks, wood signs, chalkboard signs, pendant banners, vintage goblets, vintage crystal, vintage linens, gold chargers, black chargers, brass containers, brass candlesticks, mercury glass candlesticks, milkglass, milk glass, vintage windows, window panes, window pane, barnwood tables, farm table, farm tables.

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  • Napa Vintage Rentals

    December 9th, 2013 admin

    We are so excited to be offering Napa vintage rentals.  We have a wide range of our inventory available to rent.  We travel all over Northern California.

    You are a free-spirit, your eclectic and personal style emanates your essence. Embracing this, Botanica has hand-selected our distinctive collection that brings to life your vision and true nature with our unique inventory. Offering florals, rentals and design, our creative team looks forward to collaborating with you to beautify your event.

    Items Offered: Vintage furniture, vintage rentals, votives, wedding decor, wedding centerpieces, lanterns, rustic wedding, vintage centerpieces, vintage scale, vintage doors, burlap, burlap runners, lace runners, vases, vase, mason jars, vintage china, vintage china rentals, flatware, decanters, candelabras, mercury glass, vintage globe, picture frames, vintage suitcase, vintage camera, antlers, cloche, bell jars, apothecary jars, vintage books, silver teapots, silver platters, cake stand, vintage bottles, candelabras, vintage chairs, vintage trunks, settee, vintage sofa, vintage radio player, coffee tables, wood stumps, wood blocks, wood signs, chalkboard signs, pendant banners, vintage goblets, vintage crystal, vintage linens, gold chargers, black chargers, brass containers, brass candlesticks, mercury glass candlesticks, milkglass, milk glass, vintage windows, window panes, window pane, barnwood tables, farm table, farm tables.

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  • Vintage Rentals Sacramento

    December 8th, 2013 admin

    Vintage Rentals Sacramento

    We are so excited to be offering Sacramento vintage rentals.  We have a wide range of our inventory available to rent.  We travel all over Northern California.


    You are a free-spirit, your eclectic and personal style emanates your essence. Embracing this, Botanica has hand-selected our distinctive collection that brings to life your vision and true nature with our unique inventory. Offering florals, rentals and design, our creative team looks forward to collaborating with you to beautify your event.

    Items Offered: Vintage furniture, vintage rentals, votives, wedding decor, wedding centerpieces, lanterns, rustic wedding, vintage centerpieces, vintage scale, vintage doors, burlap, burlap runners, lace runners, vases, vase, mason jars, vintage china, vintage china rentals, flatware, decanters, candelabras, mercury glass, vintage globe, picture frames, vintage suitcase, vintage camera, antlers, cloche, bell jars, apothecary jars, vintage books, silver teapots, silver platters, cake stand, vintage bottles, candelabras, vintage chairs, vintage trunks, settee, vintage sofa, vintage radio player, coffee tables, wood stumps, wood blocks, wood signs, chalkboard signs, pendant banners, vintage goblets, vintage crystal, vintage linens, gold chargers, black chargers, brass containers, brass candlesticks, mercury glass candlesticks, milkglass, milk glass, vintage windows, window panes, window pane, barnwood tables, farm table, farm tables.

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  • Half Moon Bay Wedding

    December 5th, 2013 admin

    We absolutely love the beach, and we were absolutely in love with Crystal and Bobby’s Half Moon Bay wedding.  Crystal’s bubbly personality fit right along with her fun and bright color scheme.

     The bridal bouquet was designed with green cymbidium orchids, green berzelia, white hydrangea and blue delphinium.  For a little sparkle, we added rhinestone starfish.. just love this!

    For the bridesmaid bouquets, we kept to the green and white, but added turquoise ribbon wrap, a color we don’t have access to in the floral world, but a great way to tie it in is with ribbon.

    Bobby’s boutonniere was designed with a green miniature cymbidium orchid.  We even added in miniature, preserved starfish!

    The ceremony was held right on the beach.  We utilized our natural wooden stands to give height to the “altar” area, framing the couple for the ceremony.  Curly willow and turquoise crystals swayed in the breeze.  Sandblasted grapewood was also incorporated which added to the underwater feel.

    We always like to design something a little more unique and interesting for cocktail tables, and this was the perfect place to have some of the brighter colors shine through!  Blue crushed glass, green reindeer moss, orchids and preserved starfish all brought this beach wedding together.

    The escort card display was styled from props out of our inventory.  Since the wedding invitations and theme was based on travel, we used vintage maps, grapewood, and glass buoy orbs as well as seafans to bring more focal interest to this table.  Travel ticket escort cards were placed both on the map backdrop, as well as in the wooden slots of the planks.

    Centerpieces were styled with moss, green dianthus and our turquoise votives which complimented Crystal & Bobby’s color palette.  Candlelight, sand and shells all tied together the outdoor setting indoors.

    We thought their cake was pretty cool!  The stand it is displayed on even fits in!

     Wishing Crystal & Bobby many travels around the world together!!

    Get the look, vendor love…

    Venue:  Oceano Hotel //   Photography:  Darya Dyatlova Photography // Video: Bonetti Videography // Bridal Gown, Bridesmaid Dresses:  Enchanted Bridal Shoppe // Alterations:  Bridal Perfections // Invitations, Paper Products:  Throne Invitations DJ:  A Big Ticket Sound Experience, Mark Hardin // Cake: Elegant Cheesecakes, Susan Morgan

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  • Union Hill Inn Wedding

    December 3rd, 2013 admin

    We are absolutely in love with Union Hill Inn, which is located in Sonora, California!  Their lovely barn is the perfect, romantic setting for a gorgeous wedding!  And, Nora and Justin’s wedding was just that!  With super lovely photos from Andrea with Cloverfield Photography, we think you’ll just love this look as well!


    Nora’s peach and white bridal bouquet featured white hydrangea, peach garden roses, scabiosa pods for a rustic touch, blushing bride and silver brunia.  We finished off the stems with natural jute.


    The beautiful backdrop for the ceremony!


    The aisle was lined with mason jars Nora wrapped with burlap.  Baby’s breath, en mass, were added to give a soft touch.


    Sonora Wedding Film | Nora & Justin from Phillip Alan Films on Vimeo.

    Congratulations Nora and Justin! Wishing you many happy years ahead… this is just the start!


    Get this look, we are loving this team!


    Venue:  Union Hill Inn Photography:  Cloverfield Photography Video: Phillip Alan Films // Catering: Dickey’s BBQ in Jackson // Cake: Maya: Butter & Cream in Murphy’s //Bar Service: A Perfect Pour // Officiant: Rev. Dave Conley // Hair: Dexe Thao of Beela & Dexe // Makeup: Julie Cruz // DJ: Rick Jenkins-Vision Entertainment

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  • Vintage Baseball Wedding

    August 27th, 2013 admin

    Take us out to the ballgame! This was a wonderful shoot with our friends from Real Weddings Magazine. We took all the recent hype over America’s beloved past time of baseball and turned it into a wedding as classic as the sport itself. Whether you are an A’s fan or a Giant’s or just a fan in general here are some ideas to bring the sport you love into your special day!

    With neutral colors like white, green, and some infusions of purple compliments the versatile wooden boxes that can be used to create a focal point of your ceremony or to help create eye-catching centerpieces.


    For our centerpieces we used Eryngium, Sweet William, snapdragons and Stellata pods. They add beauty and whimsical air to your centerpieces that all your guests will be talking about. Personal touches can be added anywhere whether it be the repurposed goblets and jars for vases or the banner expressing your love.

    Babe Ruth once said “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.” So do not let the fear of having a wedding that is a little different keep you from having the wedding of a  lifetime. Let’s play ball!

    Cake and Desserts: Sweet Cakes by Rebecca 

    Decor and Vintage Rentals: Simple Country Weddings 

    Banner: Lisa T. Creations

    Design, Setting and Decor: Stephanie Teague Events

    Location: UC Davis

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  • Westin St. Francis Wedding

    June 12th, 2013 admin

    Pamela and Zack exchanged wedding vows in San Francisco this past November.  With a fun and bright color palette to transform the top floor of the Westin St. Francis, it was a lovely & fun evening for friends and family.  With her designer, Michelle Barrioneuvo-Mazzini an elegant event was centered around deep blues, purples and magenta pinks.  With a bit of bling, metallic accents & some gorgeous lighting, this wedding was a stunner!

    Pamela’s bridal bouquet was created with white ranunculus, white hydrangea, white spray roses and accents of jewels.  Since this was a city wedding, and a bit modern, we went with a compact feeling bouquet to carry out that feel.

    The bridesmaids wore purple dresses, and to get some contrast with the florals, we used blue, magenta and deep purple florals of stock, hydrangea and lisianthus.

    Centerpiece styles alternated with silver manzanita and magenta phalenopsis orchids, hanging crystals and modern containers.  The base of each arrangement also tied in the bright color tones of blues, greens and purples.

    Amazing linens complimented the floral arrangements and added a bit of sparkle to go with the lighting the couple chose.

    Michelle came up with this awesome tiered floral pillar look for the cake.  Since two-bite treats of cake pops and macaroons were on display, a smaller cutting cake was dressed up for show on this silver cake stand and floral riser!

    Congratulations Pamela & Zack!

    Venue: Westin St. Francis (Imperial Floor) | Wedding Planner & Event Designer: MB Wedding Design and EventsPhotographer: Gustavo FernandezVideographer: Kevin Chin | Rentals: Hartmann Studios | Linens: Napa Valley LinensDesserts: Cake Coquette & Sweet Lauren Cakes | Wedding Dress: Lazaro purchased at Marina Morrison | Hair and Makeup: Joey Cheung of JBeautiqueDJ: BFL Productions (DJ Ruben and DJ I-CUE) | Band: Keith Johnson All Stars | Stationery: Creative Designs by Mimi

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  • Yellow & Grey Wedding

    May 20th, 2013 admin

    Amy & Ken’s Crocker Art Museum wedding was yellow and grey and all things eclectic!  Both Amy and Ken have an eye for design, and the look and feel of their wedding was very important to them.  They loved a sort of Mad Men look paired with clean glass and succulents.  A lot of the found objects we paired with our own inventory came from Amy & Ken’s house.

    With a grey, white and yellow color palette, we utilized some of our favorite blossoms such as yellow David Austin garden roses, yellow craspedia or billy balls, grey dusty miller, yellow ranunculus, and of course, succulents!

    For the ceremony, we flanked either side of the couple with tall yellow and white floral arrangements which were moved into the reception area following vows.

    White chivari chairs were paired with yellow and white striped linens.  A white charger for each place setting was finished off with craft paper boxes for favors.

    Brass, gold and glass objects were grouped for each centerpiece.  There were no two centerpieces that were matching… we love that!! This not only makes for a more interesting look, but adds variety throughout the room.

    Linens used were yellow and white ticking from La Tavola Linens.  This was the perfect subtle use of color and pattern to be brought throughout the room, and upon sitting and looking closely at the tabletops. 

    Congratulations Amy & Ken!

    Vendors:  Photography: Milou + Olin Photography | Venue: The Crocker Art Museum | Florals: Botanica Floral & Event Design | Linens: La Tavola Linens 

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  • Party Plants

    May 1st, 2013 admin

    There’s nothing like a plant with some style!  WE love our new party plant line, launching just in time for Mother’s Day!  Be sure you send one to Mom and let her know how hip and stylish she really is!

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  • Vintage Bike Florals

    April 19th, 2013 admin

    We loved adding florals to one of our clients’ vintage bikes for their wedding!  For a couple who loves cycling, it’s the perfect way to incorporate a personal touch into your wedding day decor!

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  • Flower Girl Florals

    April 9th, 2013 admin

    We think flower girls are a sweet and special touch to the wedding day!  Usually, it is a family member or close friend who takes on this role, and every little girl wants to feel like a princess, so why not give her florals!  Here are a few ideas to make these special additions to your bridal party feel special!

    A floral head wreath is a sweet touch to any outfit chosen.  A dog is a sweet touch too!

    A flower wand is perfect for any little girl.  With streamers and fresh florals, she will love this  accessory to play with and stream down the aisle!

    Sometimes a simple and elegant golden box or floral pomander is perfect to carry down the aisle.  Especially if you don’t happen to have a ring bearer, this is the perfect solution!

    More and more flower girls aren’t carrying the traditional basket and petals, but something like a starfish would be the perfect accent for a beach wedding!

    And, I love the idea of a church wedding where the flower girl passes out long stemmed roses to guests as she walks down the aisle!

    Make sure you make your flower girls feel special on the wedding day too, and shower them with flowers!

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  • Hot Pink & Teal Flowers

    April 3rd, 2013 admin

    We loved working with Tammy and Casey on their hot pink and teal country wedding!  We met Tammy at one of our November weddings, and it was so nice when she called to have us help out with her own Winter wedding.  Gorgeous photographs provided by Heather Smith Photography!

    Tammy’s bouquet was designed with standard hot pink roses and hot pink spray roses.

    The hot pink bridal bouquet just “pops” in this photo!  Love it!

    Cowboy boots were worn by the bridal party.

    Hot pink centerpieces in large mason jars with hot pink flowers were designed for the centerpieces.

    Tammy and her Mom made cute touches with horseshoe favors.   The horseshoes were tied off with ribbon and paper to add a special touch to each of the place settings.

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  • Sixty Inch Rounds – Six Ways

    March 27th, 2013 admin

    We recently participated in Lake Natoma Inn‘s Open House event and tasting and took the opportunity of sharing various styles and designs to inspire the styles and tastes of the season!  With gorgeous linens from Mimi & Co. and images captured from Kim J Martin Photography, take a look at Sixty Inch Rounds – Six Ways!

    Lace and burlap are such a hot trend this season, and we think it pairs perfectly with a vintage, classic touch.  Here we’ve used a silver tray with crystal compotes and glassware.  White florals and foliage accents are the perfect compliment to the look.

    For a more modern look, a grey linen with a chevron teal runner brings out the teal glassware that we’ve paired with bright yellow button mums.  Runners are all the talk this season to add a graphic print to your tables or to add in multiple colors to your palette without going overboard!

    Vintage amber colored glassware is paired with foliages and accents of orange gerbera daisies.  A very mid-century wedding feel!

    I love the combination of kelly green and shades of yellow!  Yellow stock, button mums and gerberas pop off of the green runner and hobnail glass.

    Blue bottles with burnt orange gerbera daisies are the perfect contrast against the navy chevron print runners!

    What do you think about six ways to style a 60″ round?

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  • I Want Her Job Feature

    March 25th, 2013 admin

    If you love reading and begin inspired, you will absolutely love this website!  I was honored to have been featured this past week, and able to share a bit about my career, my passion with the readers of this wonderful blog names as One of the Top 75 Websites for Your Career by Forbes.  Check it out and follow I Want Her Job on Facebook and Twitter!  Here’s the article they featured on my line of work!

    Audrey Chaney has been designing florals and events for more than a decade, but her passion was already blooming back in the fourth grade, when she came up with her first arrangement. So, it was only natural that in high school, one of her first jobs was at a flower shop where she immersed herself in the bouquets and blooms of the industry. It was around her time at the flower shop when Audrey realized she wanted to start her own business, helping clients create their own dream events — from paper to party.

    Working with many of California’s best floral designers, Audrey began her own company, Botanica Floral and Event Design, about five years ago. As noted on her website, Audrey’s ultimate goal is to offer “expertise and experience to clients with a design pairing that makes our services unparalleled.” Everything Audrey’s studio creates is an extension of her personal style or brand. “When it comes to creation, design and art, your name is on everything that goes out of your studio.”

    What drew you to your job?

    Even as a young child, I was very interested in plants and flowers. My parents actually have a photograph of me in the fourth grade with my first floral arrangement. At 15, I was working at the local flower shop. I also took courses in high school on floral design and competed in FFA (Future Farmers of America) competitions to learn and study floral design. I immersed myself in the wedding and floral industry throughout high school and college and knew that, at some point, I’d start my own business.

    The idea of working for myself — doing what I love, setting my own hours and being my own boss — is a huge plus to my career. But I will say working for yourself also can be much more demanding, with expectations set very high and hours that exceed a regular 9 to 5 job. But when you love what you do, it hardly feels like work!

    What does your job involve on a daily basis, and what types of responsibilities do you have in your position?

    As other small business owners can attest, we wear many hats. And because my work is a form of art, I believe everything I create and design at my studio is an extension of my personal style and brand.

    On the creative side, I spend time coming up with floral recipes for bouquets, centerpieces and all of the wedding designs for an event. Creating inspiration boards with photos, containers, linens and other design elements inspires our clients and helps bring the ideas together in one place.

    When we’re in production mode, it’s very hands on: think stems on the ground, music in the background and the creative juices really flowing.

    On the office end of things, I spend time sharing our art through social media, our blog and networking mixers and events. Building business and client relationships is essential; we’re all working together as a team. General office work, like creating proposals, providing a high level of customer service and setting and tracking goals and growth, can’t be overlooked either.

    What is your favorite part of your job?

    Seeing an event come to life from ideas on paper to the final product — with guests interacting in the space created and designed — is quite rewarding. I also enjoy helping clients turn their initial concepts into so much more than anything they’ve imagined.

    What challenges keep you awake at night?

    Because each project is different every week, it’s essential to be organized and on our toes. I often wake up in the middle of the night thinking about what I have coming up and what needs to be done for current projects. It’s never the same routine in a week — or day — so keeping a pad of paper bedside and a thorough planner where I can track tasks is key.

    Is work/life balance ever a problem with you? If so, what is one no-fail tactic you use to create balance?

    Audrey Chaney Working_Feature“You have to listen to your clients’ needs in order to be able to carry out what they envision and to elaborate on their ideas from the get-go,” Audrey says.

    Staying balanced in work and life is essential to being successful. Because my line of work often demands working on the weekends, in addition to the day-to-day work throughout the week, it can be difficult to balance a social life when I’m working and most of my friends are off. However, thanks to the flexibility of owning my own business, I’m able to spend time with friends and family during the week at luncheons or evening get-togethers.

    I like to try and set aside a few hours each day for myself, whether that involves reading, working out or taking a walk with my dog. I think people forget that a lot of small business owners aren’t surrounded by an office full of people, so it can be isolating at times. It’s essential to have that social networking and personal time.

    On that topic, as a business owner you sometimes work alone, so how do you stay motivated?

    Ultimately, what motivates me are the possibilities of where I want to be and go. My goals, where I’d like to see my business, the work/life balance I’d like to have. I’m very happy with my career; my passion, but I have to keep pushing myself to grow. Otherwise, there isn’t a reason to be doing this if it becomes mundane. Giving back is also key, teaching younger students, supporting new designers coming into the industry … that motivates me, as I was once in their shoes.

    On a personal level, I watch many TED Talks, read books on business ownership, entrepreneurial reads and personal growth books. I find this gives me balance and an always-learning attitude that keeps me going.

    Was there ever a moment in your career where you’ve thought, “I can’t believe I have this job?” What was it?

    Every year, I attend the American Institute of Floral Design Symposium, an international event with floral designers from around the world. Last year, I was inducted into this prestigious organization and it was a touching moment for me because it’s been a goal of mine for many years. Being surrounded by so many inspiring designs, designers, flowers and ideas always gives me goosebumps and makes me think of how I got started in this industry and where I’ve grown to today. I’m grateful for every day I’m able to wake up and pursue my passion.

    What are some of the rules you live by?

    Make whatever your passion is your career. I believe everyone should follow their dreams.

    Speak your truth. Don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in, how you should be treated or making a choice that might be.

    Treat others with love, kindness and respect. Give and put out the energy you want in return.

    Don’t be upset by the results you didn’t get with the work you didn’t do. As a business owner, we have to be the driving force behind getting things done. Procrastination and stagnant tendencies don’t get you anywhere.

    What qualities does one need to possess to be successful in your line of work?

    Being a good listener is really important. You have to listen to your clients’ needs in order to be able to carry out what they envision and to elaborate on their ideas from the get-go.

    Having integrity when it comes to business, relationships and your own style is essential. This is where your personal values and beliefs play a big part in your business and how you operate. And this is why I feel like I’m personally so tied to my brand. I’ve had times where we’ve had to turn away work because I didn’t feel what the client was asking for was something that would align with our brand and look. When it comes to creation, design and art, your name is on everything that goes out of your studio, and you want to be sure that aligns with the business you want to attract.

    What one piece of advice do you wish you could tell a 21-year-old version of yourself?

    I started journaling a few years ago and it’s changed my life! So I’d suggest that the 21-year-old Audrey do so. Also, writing down goals and revisiting them frequently. I now write my goals down and track them to stay more focused on where I’m going and where I want to be.


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  • Once Upon A Forest

    March 18th, 2013 admin

    If you’ve ever gotten lost in a forest, it can be quite a magical place!  From little woodland creatures, to ferns and mushrooms… the flora and fauna are captivating!  When we were asked to do the “Once Upon A Forest” shoot for Real Weddings Magazine, it was exciting because there are so many great and wonderful ideas this amazing team brought together to share some forest wedding inspiration!

    A birch arbor is the perfect place for a wedding!  Doubling as a structure for the sweetheart table after the ceremony makes it doubly as useful for decor!

    An all green bridal bouquet created with ferns, millet, scabiosa pods, succulents, monkey tail and green dianthus make this green bouquet unique.  We’ve finished off the stems with a burlap treatment which is very popular this season!

    A suspended green hanging chandelier created with a wreath of foliages is the sweetest spot for the couple to enjoy their first meal together as husband and wife.  Moss orbs mixed with fresh mushroom toadstools, birch candles and unique groupings of leaves and foliages makes this table interesting!

    A ring bearer box filled with mosses and a mushroom to house the rings puts a new spin on the traditionally seen ring bearer pillows.

    You know how much we love floral headpieces, so we just couldn’t resist making this moss and fern floral accent for our bride.

    Featuring real bride Amber Williams

    Photographed on location:

    The Firehouse Restaurant  916-442-4772  | firehouseoldsac.com

    Photographer: True Love Photo

    916-223-2384  |  truelovephoto.com

    Special thanks to P.J. James

     Design, styling, décor, coordination, and paperie:

    Pfeiffer Event Planning

    916-607-6024  |  sacramentoweddingplanner.com

     Design, styling, décor and floral design:

    Botanica Floral & Event Design

    916-673-8650  |  botanicaevents.com

     Bridal gowns and accessories:

    Sparkle Bridal Couture

    916-538-6615  |  sparklebridalcouture.com

     Hair and make-up:

    Makeup by Jennifer Haupt/I Make Beautiful

    916-532-9800  |  imakebeautiful.com

     Cake and desserts:

    Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts

    916-952-5253  |  sugarandspice.me

     Lighting :

    Music & More Entertainment

    916-601-4107  |  musicandmoredj.com


    Mimi & Co.

    916-525-1235  |  mimiandcompany.com

     Additional Décor and rentals:

    Archive Vintage Rentals

    888-459-6598  |  archivevintagerentals.com

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  • Floral Headpieces… Oh My!

    March 6th, 2013 admin

    We were so lucky to work on this fabulous shoot with Allison Stahl who beautifully photographed La Soie Bridal gowns paired with some fancy and fun hair pieces we created!  Take a look and let us know what you think of these high fashion floral accessories!

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  • Educational Speaking

    March 4th, 2013 admin

    This past week, I was lucky enough to travel back to my Alma Mater, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and present to college students an Artist in Residence program.  My presentation was centered around personal flowers and the use of decorative wiring.

    It was such a great pleasure to be able to interact with the future generation that will be coming into the floral industry!  They even created boutonnieres that I was able to critique and marvel over!  So much talent!

    The event was hosted by the Student Chapter of the American Institute of Floral Designers.  Melinda Lynch, AIFD, who was my floral instructor at Cal Poly leads her team of designers and teaches classes on floral design to students interested in getting into the floral and event management world, as well as agriculture teachers.

    I was able to share with students some fun techniques to use decorative wiring for.

    We covered floral necklaces, corsages, head wreaths, & adding decorative elements to boutonnieres and bouquets.

    Here is a fun hanging bouquet I designed with thick gauged wire I twisted with a power drill!

    It was so much fun to see all of the students, share some design techniques and ideas and visit my college!  Thank you Melinda and your students for sharing the opportunity!

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  • Blush Wedding Flowers

    March 1st, 2013 admin

    Stephanie & Todd’s Sacramento wedding was held in the agricultural area of Clarksburg.  Stephanie’s father actually built a barn for her and Todd’s wedding, yes!  Built a barn for the wedding!  Surrounded by vineyards and a lake in the backdrop, it was a gorgeous evening!  Kamee June Photography was gracious enough to share these photos with us, and she was a pleasure to work with!

    Stephanie liked pastel and blush toned florals.  We used ‘Cafe au Lait’ dahlias, roses, stock, hydrangeas and silver brunia for the bouquets.  The stems we chose to finish off with lace to compliment the bridal gown.  The overall look was soft and dreamy.

    Tall and short centerpieces decorated the tables in the barn where the reception was held.  Hanging amaranths and sage were the perfect foliage accents to these centerpieces.

    A gorgeous cake designed by Sweet Cakes by Rebecca tied in the lace and sweet details.

    Congratulations Stephanie and Todd!

    Photography: Kamee June Photography  Kamee is based out of Orange County, but travels all over the US capturing weddings.  She is uber talented and such a sweetheart!

    Cake Design:  Sweet Cakes by Rebecca  We love Sweet Cakes and all of their gorgeous works of art! This wedding was just one example of how creative and talented they are when it comes to flour and sugar creations!

    Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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  • Rustic Country Wedding

    January 24th, 2013 admin

    Kayla + Clint’s rustic country wedding was held at Forest House Lodge this past Winter.  Kayla and Clint were the sweetest couple and were so wonderful to work with.  They were looking to tie together some of their DIY projects with there florals, and we think you’ll love how it all came together!

    Kayla’s bouquet featured succulent accents, white lisianthus, ornithogalum, baby’s breath and a rustic touch of brown vines.  We finished off the stems with jute to tie in with the rustic feel of their day.

    The caging of the branches was a perfect compliment to The Forest House Lodge.

    Boutonnieres presented in a wooden handled crate.

    The stems were finished off with the same jute treatment as the bridesmaid bouquets.  These succulent boutonnieres were created with seeded eucalyptus & succulents.  Since both Kayla and Clint work in the rice industry, we incorporated dried rice that they brought to us.

    Succulent boutonniere details with rice accents.

    Both Kayla and Clint wore their cowboy boots, along with their bridal party…. it was quite cute!!

    I had to share this clever idea they used to display their escort cards… shotgun shells!!

    Chalkboard table numbers were placed into the centerpiece design.  Mason jars which Kayla wrapped in burlap and jute were filled with rice and finished off with succulents.  The centerpieces were displayed atop of wooden log slabs Clint cut himself.  Stylized accents of succulents and foliages surrounded the base of the three mason jars to finish off the look of the centerpieces.

    Burlap and lace accents Kayla finished off the jars with.

    Monica with Forest House Lodge did a fantastic job of creating a rustic cake to tie back in with the entire look!

    Photographer:  The Goodness Venue:  Forest House Lodge  Cake:  Monica from Forest House Lodge DJ & Officiant: Matt Brys from Extreme Productions Floral Design: Botanica Floral & Event Design

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  • Geyserville Wedding

    January 22nd, 2013 admin

    Ali and John’s winery wedding took place at deLorimier winery in Geyserville, California. Ali came to us with a color palette of mustard yellow, grey and orange.  For the bridal bouquet we used bi-color dahlias, yellow kangaroo paw, ranunculus, dusty miller and billy balls.

    Don’t you love the bridesmaid dresses?  I love the two styles Ali selected!  And, the grey beaded belts were the perfect touch!

    The hint of orange in the bouquets made the florals stand out from the dresses.

    Here is a cute detail that they incorporated.  I’ve seen escort table seating displayed on vintage windows, but here they used the window for a program.

    To frame the ceremony, we placed a garland of smilax and dahlias on the large oak tree where the ceremony took place.

    Centerpieces consisted of potted herbs in wooden boxes, surrounded by small vases with yellow ranunculus to tie in with their favors.

    The centerpieces tied in nicely with the winery setting and outdoor space.

    Congratulations Ali + John!

    Venue:  deLorimier Winery  Photography: Jesse Leake  Wedding Planner:  Coquette Events  Hair & Make-Up: Luxe Image  DJ: Impact Sounds  Floral Designer: Botanica Floral Designs

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  • Carla + Evan’s Country Wedding

    December 11th, 2012 admin

    I love it when our clients make their wedding unique, true to them, and down-home.  Carla + Evan’s wedding was just that!  They were married in Sutter Creek, and hosted the reception at Carla’s families home in Elk Grove.  With their closest family and friends, this wedding was so very special in all of the details!  Captured beautifully by Teale Photography, and designed and pulled together by Stephanie Curtan Events (who were phenomenal to work with!), we think you will just love this one!

    The bridal bouquet was designed with all white flowers.  Hydrangea, and opened spray roses with a lace treatment to the stem made for the perfect accent to the bridal dress.


    Bridesmaids carried rustic bouquets made of hydrangea, scabiosa pods and Queen Anne’s lace.  Going with the rustic feel, we finished off the stems with burlap and a wrap treatment of lace.

    The bridal party in downtown Sutter Creek.

    Following the ceremony, the bridesmaids put on their cowboy boots for dinner and dancing.

    We absolutely LOVED what Stephanie Curtan designs did with the reception tent!  From hanging chandeliers to wooden tables and a reclaimed wood wall… oh my!!  Different style tables and linens were used on each of the tables.  The overall feel was to be eclectic, but cohesive.


    Centerpieces in worn ceramic containers, mercury glass and hobnail glass were all mixed together to give an eclectic feel.

    Blue nigella and eryngium were the perfect rustic accent for the color palette and feel desired.

    Long wooden tables with ivory runners, bread, and water made for a comfortable atmosphere for guests.

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  • Arden Hills Wedding

    November 26th, 2012 admin

    Edgar and Joy had their intimate Arden Hills Wedding in the Villa Courtyard where they shared the day with their children.  Here are a few gorgeous images captured by my good friend, and talented photographer, Kim J Martin Photography.

    Joy’s bouquet was designed in the purple, green and ivory tones.  Lavender stock, dark purple stock, green hydrangeas, ivory spray roses and purple scabiosa created this hand-tied style bouquet.  The stems were finished off with purple complimenting ribbon and a brooch to tie in with Joy’s jewelry.

    Congratulations Joy and Edgar!  Wishing you many happy years ahead!

    Photography:  Kim J Martin Photography

    Personal Flowers: Botanica Floral & Event Design

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  • Sacramento Winery Wedding

    November 20th, 2012 admin

    Alicia + Nick’s Wilson Vineyard’s Sacramento winery wedding was featured on Every Last Detail this week!  With gorgeous photographs, the day was captured by Elaine Palladino Photography.  The look of the day was filled with soft-toned florals, eclectic centerpieces of bottles, books and crocheted doilies.  I love how the simplicity of everything came together so beautifully!

    Alicia’s bridal bouquet was created from ‘Cafe au Lait’ dahlias, hydrangeas, spray roses, stock, roses and Queen Anne’s Lace.  We finished off the stems in a lace treatment to match her dress and added a brooch for a finishing touch.  I love how the soft-muted florals come together so elegantly!

    For the bridesmaid’s bouquets, we added a bit brighter pops with some orange tones.  Again, we’ve used the ‘Cafe au Lait’ dahlias, spray roses, Queen Anne’s Lace and ranunculus.

    Wilson Vineyards makes for the perfect setting for Alicia’s look.  It’s always important to remember that your design choices should fit into the context of your venue.  For example, here, we went for a more garden feeling palette for the florals, which goes nicely with the outdoor feel of the venue.

    The men’s boutonnieres were created from spray roses, a nice hardy choice if it is a warm day.  We finished off the stems with grey ribbon to go with the men’s suits.  I love the pop of orange with the tie!

    Centerpieces were created in bud vases purchased by the bride.  With an eclectic mix, it added a lot of interest to the tables.  Paired with crocheted doilies, vintage books in varying colors and the soft-toned florals, it all tied together nicely!

    Congratulations Alicia + Nick!  May you enjoy many happy years ahead!

    Photographer: Elaine Palladino / Flowers & Decor: Botanica Floral Design / Reception Venue: Wilson Vineyards /Bride’s Dress: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: BCBG Max Azaria


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  • Rustic Peach-Toned Wedding

    October 19th, 2012 admin

    Brooke and Ben’s Taber Ranch Rustic Wedding was a great celebration to be a part of!  Taber Ranch sits in the Capay Valley, a rustic barn, surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards… it is amazing, and it always reminds me of home (The Central Coast) when I get the opportunity of working there! From the beautiful and eclectic garden to the view from atop the hill, it is an amazing venue (and a true gem) in Northern California.

    Colors:  Orange, blush pink, soft coral

    Style:  Rustic, Sweet, Soft-toned

    Brooke and Ben were such wonderful clients; they took every detail into consideration, really making their event personalized and true to their style.


    Personalized signs custom created for the wedding day.  I love this rustic touch!


    The bridesmaids wore soft, blush pink-toned dresses with nude shoes.  Their bouquets brought in the rustic elements of the surroundings.  Flowers used included ‘Cafe Au Lait’ dahlias, scabiosa pods, fragrant stock, garden roses and dusty miller.

    The barn was perfectly decorated with round tables, mahogany chivari chairs, succulent favors at each place setting and floral centerpieces of mismatched eclectic pieces from Botanica’s Inventory.

    The brighter pops of orange were the perfect accent to the color palette.  Brooke and Ben were looking for a subtle color palette, with that little “pop” of color.  

    The mix of wood elements with linen brings the soft and rustic sides together beautifully!  Each table had a photo of the couple and a place or trip they went on with a story behind each of them.  It’s these fun little touches that make your event unique!


    We used wooden elements such as wooden boxes, log slices and succulents to stylize each of the tables.  I love these two signs the bride and groom had made.  So cute!  haven’t seen this before!

    The beautiful cake was displayed on a large log slice.  Floral accents and a large bloom were added to this look.

    A closer look at the rustic centerpieces.  With a mix of wood, metal, moss and vintage glass votives, all displayed on a burlap runner, it was gorgeous!

    A sweets table we helped stylize.  Candy and mini pies were displayed at varying heights and on silver trays to add interest.

    Sweet strawberry topped cupcakes displayed on wooden slabs.  It’s so important to tie your look together in every aspect!

    I love this photo booth wall with the open frames!  Thought I’d share to inspire!  Congratulations to Brooke and Ben!  I know they have many, many happy years ahead!!


    Photography: Melissa Fuller Photography If you’d like to see Brooke & Ben’s engagement (which is amazing, check out the link here: Brooke + Ben)

    Venue:  Taber Ranch

    DJ: Denon & Doyle

    Baker – Desserts: Sassy Sweets by Monique

    Caterer:  Private Events By Eight 

    Florals: Botanica Floral & Event Design

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  • Elegant Catta Verdera Wedding

    August 27th, 2012 admin


    Nicolle and Matthew were married in June at Catta Verdera. There country club wedding was romantic, elegant and simply stunning! We hope you enjoy these photos from Christopher Kight Photography.

    Nicolle’s compact bouquet was created with white hydrangeas, and peonies. The stems were finished off with white satin ribbon and adorned with a rhinestone appliqué.

    The ballroom-style centerpieces were created with roses, hydrangeas, and hanging amaranthus. A tall glass cylinder base added a dramatic touch to the reception. The hanging crystals added just a hint of bling!

    The lush centerpieces on the sweetheart table were created with low vases consisting of peonies, hydrangeas, and roses.

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  • 2012 AIFD Convention

    July 30th, 2012 admin

    This years American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD) Convention was held in Miami, FL and was a particularly important event for Botanica. Our own Audrey Chaney not only was inducted into the elite group of designers but was also asked to design and present to the whole symposium!! We are so proud of Audrey and all of her accomplishments!

    AIFD is a non-profit education association that is committed to the advancement of professionals in floral design through education and leadership. AIFD accreditation is a high honor in the floral industry. Candidates become accredited by successfully completing designs that demonstrate their advanced abilities before a international panel of evaluators. Congratulations Audrey!!

    Audrey receiving her pin on stage at AIFD symposium.

    Audrey with AIFD president, Tom Bowling.

    Audrey presenting her designs that showcased new and upcoming products in the floral industry.

    Some of the designs Audrey created! These are some new vases from Syndicate Sales.

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  • Cotton and Flowers

    April 25th, 2012 admin

    This bouquet kind of sums up a lot of the trends at the moment:

    1.  Soft, muted colors of peaches and pinks are very hot right now.  The pale and silver foliages of the dusty miller are a great addition to floral palettes of this style.

    2.  Burlap accents.  We are seeing burlap on tabletops, draping for ceremonies AND in wedding flowers.

    3.  Cotton love.  Cotton is a great dried addition to bouquets to bring that rustic touch, and add a bit of ivory.  I absolutely love the texture and unexpected element of this in a bouquet or centerpiece.

    The varying textures makes this bouquet quite interesting and unique.  What is your favorite part?

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  • Vintage Love Shoot

    April 23rd, 2012 admin

    I’m so excited to share these gorgeous images with you all from John and Lydia’s one year anniversary shoot we styled!  With a team of Tinywater Photography and Archive Rentals, we created this Napa Vintage shoot for John and Lydia, and we think you’re going to just love the details!

    Wired cloches, brown vintage bottles and a vintage scale really gave a Restoration Hardware feel to this shoot.  The dark succulents, moss accents and soft pale pink dahlias  make for a floral palette that I just love!  The addition of the pheasant feathers is a bit masculine, and I just love this combination!

    A vintage trunk from Archive Rentals makes for a perfect coffee table.  A top we placed a brass platter with more brown vintage bottles, ‘Cafe Au Lait’ dahlias and fresh grapes and decorative artichokes.

    I love the use of vintage ladders in wedding decor, and this ladder added the perfect amount of height to balance out this vignette.  With the wine barrel stool, a few vintage books and floral-succulent accents, we think this would be great to flank a dessert bar or guest book table.

    What do you think, do you like the darker tones?  A bit more on the masculine side… I love this look, it brings a feeling of an old, worn in look!

    Photography:  Tinywater Photography Rentals:  Archive Vintage Rentals Design-Styling-Florals:  Botanica Floral & Event Design

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  • Jonathan Adler Inspired Table

    April 18th, 2012 admin

    If you don’t already know Jonathan Adler, interior designer, and color lover, well, let me introduce you!  Jonathan Adler started as a potter and has since become a well-known personality, interior decorator, and cultural authority.  I am a huge fan of his fun and flirty use of color and quirky additions to rooms.

    So, when we teamed up with this amazing group of wedding professionals to put together this themed shoot, I was more than excited to be designing florals for this look!  Personally, my own house has a lot of color touches and patterns Jonathan uses.. and a moose head, so this was more than exciting to join forces on this shoot!

    Featured in Today’s Bride, you can view the magazine feature by clicking on their link.

    With geometric patterns, and the Greek key we incorporated on the floral containers, this modern look is all about shapes.  I love the finial additions to the table for a bit more of height, and I love the combination of white, grey and black!

    These acrylic place cards are super fun!  Guests can take these home with them after the wedding too!

    To make the Greek key pattern on these vases, we taped off with floral tape and spray painted the containers!  Got to love a little pattern!

    Jonathan Adler is known to incorporate animal touches into his rooms, so when we found this buck statue in BluePrint Studios warehouse, we thought, how perfect!  It’s one of my favorite parts of this whole look!!

    The bar was set-up with plexiglass containers, silver accents and pops of oranges and greens.

    And, a brightly colored bouquet!  I love it against this blue wall!  Totally fun!!

    design, styling + planning mb wedding design + events ● photographer tinywater photography ● cinematographer studio msv ● desserts sweet lauren cakes ● floral design botanica floral designs ●  lighting enhanced lighting & sound ● location, props + furniture blueprint studios ● stationery creative designs by mimi ● tableware ikea, pier1, world market ● gown, headpiece + accessories nouvelle vogue ● hair + makeup get your do up

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  • Modern Wedding Inspiration

    April 11th, 2012 admin

    This modern green wedding inspirational shoot was all about green elements, a hip feel and unique elements.

    Featured on one of our favorite wedding blogs, Green Wedding Shoes, we think you’ll walk away with some inspiring ideas!  Designed by Platinum Planning and photographed by Tinywater Photography, along with many of our wedding industry friends, let’s check out the details!

    With an art gallery reception setting, this is the perfect space for a hip wedding site!


    We used air plants and succulents to create this unique bouquet.  Tillandsia or air plants are really great because they can outlive your actual wedding day!

    A boutonniere finished off with jute and designed with succulents, rice flower and foliage accents makes for an interesting look.

    From vintage trunks to a record-lined aisle, we love this setting!  The brick backdrop and paintings also make for a great altar.

    A neutral color palette of taupe, whites and greens is subtle and organic feeling.

    We love, love, love these recycled paper invitations created by Herdah Warner!  The finishing touch of the stitched envelope just puts the detailing over the top!

    And what awesome party isn’t complete without a food cart?  Dave’s Pops are all organic and so fitting for this wedding reception!

    photography: Tinywater Photography // venue: Green Living Center, 919 20th Street, Sacramento, CA // coordinator +design: Platinum Planning // catering: Tapa the World // cinematography: LoveSpun Films // paper goods: Herdah Warner // florist: Botanica Events // hair + nakeup: Luxe Image // popsicles: Dave Pop’s // desserts: Sugar and Spice Specialty Desserts // hookah: Kasbah Lounge // attire:  Felicia Constantine


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  • Internationally Featured

    April 4th, 2012 admin

    This will be our very first international feature, and we are so very excited about it!  Festival Brides, a UK based wedding blog recently published our Music Festival wedding inspirational shoot!

    Collaborating with Carmen Salazar and the gals from Invitations Ink, this shoot was the perfect outdoor music inspired shoot!  From the detailed paper products to the casual florals and rustic elements, it’s just as if you are camping at a music festival!

    Records, quilts and rustic touches of wooden logs and cute signage makes for a perfect outdoor wedding area.

    Sweet Cakes By Rebecca created quite a spread of themed foods from candied apples to funnel cake fries and smore’s.

    A variety of mismatched containers were used for an eclectic look.  Home-brewed beer was the perfect adult beverage for guests to enjoy!

    One of my favorite elements of this shoot was the “table” created from a runner of various sized logs cut at different heights and sizes.  Don’t let this cool effect trick you though, it was a lot of moving around of heavy objects, thanks to Travis, Jessica’s husband of Invitations Ink!  Such a cool idea though!

    If the girls from Invitations Ink aren’t creative enough, they pulled out all of the stops to create and design some extremely unique pieces that tied this whole shoot together!  From Love Notes to track seating charts, they went above and beyond on the creativity here!

    Outdoor flowers of brightly colored gerber a daisies, sunflowers, safflower, rosemary and ranunculus!

    Photographer: Carmen Salazar Photography  Floral Designer: Botanica Floral Designs  Stationary and T-shirt Designer: Invitations Ink  Cake Designer: Sweet Cakes by Rebecca  Bride’s vintage gown: Fringe Boutique  Groom’s clothing: Banana Republic  Groom’s tie:  Nordstrom’s  Makeup and Hair: Desiree Fitzgerald of Ricochet Salon  Custom T-shirt  Printer: Fibers  Homemade Bottled Beer: Robert’s Home Brew

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  • The Citizen Hotel Wedding Featured

    March 21st, 2012 admin

    Elizabeth and Justin’s wedding was featured on Smitten Magazine’s Blog this past week, and we are so excited to share it with you all!  Their wedding was beautiful, sweet and so romantic.  Elizabeth walked down the aisle to “Marry Me” by Train.  It was a beautiful ceremony!  And, here are the awesome images captured by Jen Stewart Photography!

    To view more of Jen Stewart Photography’s images, check out our earlier post right here on our blog!

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  • Purple and White Wedding

    March 18th, 2012 admin

    Desiree and Donavon were married this past September, and they were such a sweet and fun couple to work with!  Their Auburn wedding was held at Vina Castellano Winery which is a gorgeous property with a lake, cave tasting room and gorgeous vineyard!  We hope you enjoy these lovely photos captured by the lovely Kristy Huston Photography!!

    Desiree’s bouquet was created with purple and white stock, scabiosa, sweet peas and tulips.

    We finished off the stems with a textured stem treatment and a brooch.

    The ceremony arch was created of birch poles, smilax vine and floral accents.

    Purple centerpieces brought out the “pop” of the purple glasses on each of the tables.  Florals of dahlias, stock and tulips made these a stunner!

    Photography:  Kristy Huston Photography  Venue:  Vina Castellano Winery  DJ:  Exquisite Events & Entertainment  Florals:  Botanica Floral & Event Design

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  • Mimi & Co. Web Launch

    March 15th, 2012 admin

    Be sure to RSVP and make it on out for Mimi & Co.’s Website Launch Party coming up, Wednesday, March 28th from 6-9pm.  It is going to be a wonderful evening with lots of new and inspiring linens and looks to see!

    Wednesday, March 28, 2012

    Sacramento Grand Ballroom

    RSVP by 3-20-12 to mimibridal@yahoo.com

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  • Trend Alert: Terrariums

    February 22nd, 2012 admin

    Oh.. my.. goodness… do I love terrariums.  They feature whatever you place inside them.  They are super cute!  They’re kinda’ quirky… some with little gnomes.

    And they are all displayed in a beautiful glass shell, making them super special!

    From hanging ones… with tillandsia {air plants} and succulents.

    Image Credit:  West Elm

    To tabletop decor….

    Image Credit: Thrift Candy

    And details galore… love these place markers – favors for your guests!

    Image via The Moody Fashionista.  Image by: Dream Box Photography

    What do you think?  Don’t you love these?!



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  • Wine & Roses Wedding

    February 10th, 2012 admin

    Megan and Justin were married at Wine & Roses in Lodi, California this past Fall.  We were lucky to work with Megan I believe for over a year, taking part in not only her engagement party, but her bridal shower as well!  It was such a treat to work with her and her family!  We hope you enjoy some of these gorgeous images captured by Jen Stewart Photography, one of our favorite teams to work with!

    Megan and Justin’s ballroom themed wedding was romantic, elegant and centered around the color purple!  Check out the details!!

    Megan and Justin were married in the garden area at Wine and Roses.  We decorated their arch with florals to soften the look of the structure.

    Megan’s dreamy dress was layered in soft organza and was complimented by her bridesmaids, wearing a deep aubergine cocktail length dresses.  For the bouquets, we chose to go with shades of purples and hints of whites for the bridesmaids.

    The shades of purple were gorgeous, from purple hydrangea, purple lisianthus, stock, tulips and orchids.

    Not only was Megan’s purple bridal bouquet finished off with a locket, but she also had lockets for each of her bridesmaids bouquets.  I think this stunning purple bouquet was beautiful against Megan’s dress.

    The groomsmen wore boutonnieres of purple Mokara orchids.  Simply finished off with grey ribbon, these were the perfect “pop” of color Megan was looking for… and it tied back into the bridesmaid’s bouquets as well.

    Justin’s favorite flower is a tulip, so we created this boutonniere accented with a few succulents for his ensemble.  Since tulips can be fragile for personal flowers, we made a second boutonniere to replace this one following the ceremony.  Tips like this is what keeps your flowers looking fresh in all of your photos & throughout the evening!

    A first kiss as husband and wife!!

    A tree finger print guest book.  So cute!

    Centerpieces were alternated from tall and short throughout the dining area.  Megan was looking for the “pop” of color in the room to be in the florals, so we chose a silver linen, white chair covers and the “pop” of purple for her flowers.  We mixed in white to soften the look and flow with the rest of the decor.

    Taller centerpieces in glass vases featured the same florals as their shorter counterparts.  Hydrangea, hanging amaranths, Moonvista carnations, stock, agonis and orchids were part of the floral palette.

    For taller centerpieces, I always suggest having shorter florals placed around the base of the centerpiece to bring some florals to the tabletop for these tables.  I think it finishes off the look and makes the composition a better flow.

    Hanging Swaovski crystals and French pendants were the perfect final touches to this look.

    We finished off each napping with a purple orchid to finish off the place setting.

    Congratulations Megan and Justin!  What a great celebration, it was so much fun working with you all!

    Get the look:

    Photography: Jen Stewart Photography | Ceremony/Reception Venue/Caterer/Coordinator/Cake Artist: Wine & Roses | DJ: DJ Party Service | Gown Boutique: Alfred Angelo | Videographer: Barbara Hintz | Hair Stylist: Amber Brewer | Make-up Artist: Katie Nash | PhotoBooth: California Photobooth Company | Stationary: The Calligraphy Girl | Floral Designer: Botanica Floral Designs

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  • Trend Alert: Lace Love

    February 8th, 2012 admin

    What is more feminine than lace?  It’s opulent, textural and well, very, very in when it comes to decor at the moment!  Here are a few of our favorite uses of lace:

    I love a lace wrapped bouquet.  If your dress has lace detailing, make sure to save any remnants from your alterations so that the stems of your bouquet can be finished off with the same look.  I think it is these little touches that make your flowers extra special.

    These paper lace placemats for a Napa Valley wedding were printed with the menu for the evening.  Displayed under clear chargers, what a special and beautiful touch to the tabletops?!

    Image courtesy:  Tinywater Photography | Desserts:  Swanky & Sweet | Florals: Botanica Floral & Event Design

    A lace linen can be the perfect ‘print’ to add to your table.  I love the look of this, it adds much more than just a plain white linen would.

    Image courtesy:  Tinywater Photography | Desserts:  Swanky & Sweet | Florals: Botanica Floral & Event Design

    Don’t you LOVE these lace votives from Annaboo’s House, so simple to create!  & I love how they are mixed up in pattern and style!  There’s a do-able DIY project!

    Are you using lace in your wedding?  We’d love to hear how!  Share right here on our blog!



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  • WedFest Inspired Shoot

    February 6th, 2012 admin

    If you love outdoor concerts, beer and delicious treats, you’re going to love this inspiration shoot!  Carmen Salazar thought up this idea, as her husband is a musician, and they love to attend concerts and music festivals.  This inspiration shoot was featured on Hi-Fi Weddings, a blog focused on music at your wedding.  It’s a super cool site to explore some tunes you might want to play, so make sure you check it out!

    Outdoor bunting flags, laid back quilts and wooden elements fit this outdoor setting perfectly!  Patterned scarves tied to wooden branches held up this cute Wed Fest sign displayed over the welcome table.
    Tracks used for a place card display are fun and certainly a different means of guiding guests to their seats!
    Invitations Ink has outdone themselves again, what a cool wedding invitation!  I absolutely love their choice of colors and fonts!  Super fun!
    From custom beer bottles, record table numbers and funnel cakes, who wouldn’t want to attend this party?  The thought behind the design elements was… what would you find at a music festival, what types of food and what things would you see?
    An installation of varying heights and diameters of wooden logs were used to create an organic table where flowers, beer, food and guests mingled around.
    Wooden logs, fresh fruit and flowers.  I love the simplicity of this.  A little more formal than a picnic, but casual and laid back!
    Gorgeous tent fort and some beautiful lighting!
    Thanks to all who put this wonderful inspiration together!
    Photography:  Carmen Salazar Photography | Paper Products:  Invitations Ink | Sweet Treats & Desserts:  Sweet Cakes by Rebecca | Custom Shirts:  Fibers.com | Beer Brewing:  Robert’s Homebrew Academy | Floral Design:  Botanica Floral & Event Design

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  • Trend Alert: Burlap Love

    January 27th, 2012 admin

    An emerging trend in the past few years, and something we will continue to see more and more this coming year is the textile use of burlap.  With rustic-chic and the popularity of a vintage feel, expect to see burlap everywhere for weddings this season.

    From burlap table runners to bunting flags and aisle runners, burlap will be seen in every aspect of wedding design.

    Image Via:  Style Me Pretty, Photographed by: Carrie Patterson

    Burlap can be used atop of a crisp linen or on top of a natural wooden table.  It brings the focus onto your centerpieces, and is an inexpensive way of adding another layer to your tables.

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    I love this place card display with the burlap backed table assignments.

    Image Via Archive Vintage Rentals, Photographed By: Kaysha Weiner

    A burlap runner is so fitting for an outdoor or rustic venue.

    Image Via Oh So Beautiful Paper, Designed By: The Blue Envelope

    Details, such as your invitations can even have a touch of burlap.  We just love these!

    Boutonnieres can be finished off with a natural jute to compliment the burlap look.

    Photographed By:  Brian Ganyo Photography  Floral Design: Botanica Floral & Event Design

    The stems of this bouquet were simply bound with a lighter jute twine for a more fitting and rustic touch.

    Photographed By: Tinywater Photography Floral Design: Botanica Floral & Event Design

    An open pole tent structure is softened with burlap pull-backs.

    Photographed By:  Ashley Forrette Photography

    Will you be using burlap in your wedding?  We’d love to hear how you are incorporating in this element!

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  • Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

    January 25th, 2012 admin

    If this isn’t a great bridesmaid gift idea, I don’t know what is… Gift your bridesmaids a Birch Box year subscription, and they’ll receive a gift from you once a month for an entire year!  Each month five new deluxe beauty samples arrive packaged beautifully for them to try out!  What girl wouldn’t love that?  Check out Birch Box’s website for more information!

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  • Arden Hills Fall Wedding

    January 23rd, 2012 admin

    Rochelle & Michael were married at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa here in Sacramento this past Fall.  What a more sweet and kind couple!  I enjoyed getting to know them and being a part of their special day!  With a Fall-themed floral palette, and maple syrup favors (a nod to Michael’s Northeast hometown roots), the look came together beautifully!

    Rochelle’s bridal bouquet was designed with ‘Milva’ orange roses, ‘Flame’ calla lilies, ‘Black Magic’ roses, cymbidium orchids and deep red spray roses.

    Accents on the back of the bride and groom’s chairs are always a nice addition.

    Submerged orchids with floating candles and open roses make for a romantic centerpiece.

    And, a lovely note of gratitude from our clients…

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  • Spanish Inspiration

    January 20th, 2012 admin

    This past May we were a part of the Love & Lust Event, which we were so thrilled to participate in here Sacramento.  We teamed up with Catrina of Catrina Maria Events, the ladies with Invitations Ink & Carmen Salazar Photography to bring together this Spanish Inspiration table decor.  With lace accents, pops of turquoise and ceramic printed stoneware, the look came together beautifully!

    Black vessels with pink florals are displayed atop a layered linen of turquoise with a sheer lace overlay.  Linens were all provided by Mimi & Company Couture Linens.

    I loved the flatware Catrina chose, what a perfect selection to go with the stoneware plates!

    A floral chandelier was hung over the table to tie in the decor and bring the look above the guests.

    Paper products tied in perfectly with the look.  Lace touches, turquoise elements and black finishes.  What do you think?

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  • Winchester Country Club

    January 17th, 2012 admin

    You don’t want to miss this event!  If you are still looking for the perfect venue or wedding vendors, be sure you RSVP to this Open House event at Winchester Country Club!  With the most spectacular views, you’ve got to come check out this gem of a wedding venue!

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  • Dreaming of Summer

    January 16th, 2012 admin

    One of the things on my To-Do List this weekend was to sift through Nikki & Stuart’s wedding photos to submit to blogs.  The fun and bright colors are so Summery, and while I can’t wait for wedding season to start up and the warm weather to kick in, I figured I’d share Nikki’s bouquet with you all to inspire!

    Fragrant garden roses, freesia, hypericum, craspedia and dahlias made this design color-fun!

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