After being together for 16 years, Michelle and Paul were married in the backyard of Michelle’s childhood home on the most beautiful October day. They were thoughtful in choosing all of the traditions and pieces of life that were important to them, and integrating them into their wedding thoughtfully. Michelle spent much of her childhood in the backyard admiring the gardens, and this provided the inspiration for the botanically inspired wedding décor.
Deep green magnolia branches covered their chuppah and were a beautiful base to fill with seasonal oakleaf hydrangea and dahlias. Michelle loved vines and more delicate flowers, so I filled her bouquet with these small blooms, and continued this delicate botanical feel into the dinner florals at the beautiful San Francisco City Hall. Each guest had a glass frame holding a small botanical element with their name and table number calligraphed on it. We brought 15 foot tall trees and lots of big potted plants into the space to warm it up and make it feel more like an outdoor space that the guests were dining in. It was such a beautiful day, and we had a wonderful group of people working together to make it all happen. Congrats Michelle and Paul!
Planner: Laurie Arons | Floral Design: Sarah Winward | Photographer: Jose Villa | Ceremony Venue: Bride’s family home | Reception Venue: San Francisco City Hall | Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta | Paper suite: Amber Moon | Save the Date: Seaview Studio | Hair and Makeup: Mimi and Taylor
As seen in Brides magazine in Summer 2016, and online here.
Amanda and Bryan were married inside the beautiful stone wall ruins at Annadel Eastate Winery in Napa California in the fall of 2015. These centerpieces were all about ROSES. We had thousands of stems of full, fragrant garden roses for this event, all of them coming from local farms. We kept the design here classic and feminine, inspired by the venue and the delicate lace of the bride’s gown and veil. The groom is a chef, so food was an important piece of this wedding. To incorporate some of this into the décor, Little herb, berry, and acorn bundles were tied to cards with each guests name and seating assignment. It was such a beautiful golden October day for them, congrats Amanda and Bryan!
Planner: Laurie Arons | Florist: Sarah Winward | Photographer: Aaron Delesie | Videographer: Lola Video | Venue: Annadel Estate Winery | Hair & Makeup: TEAM hair & makeup | Catering: the girl and the fig CATERS | Cake: Crisp Bake Shop | Bride’s gown: Lihi Hod from Marina Morrison | Bridesmaids dresses: Zimmermann | Ceremony music: Synchronicity Strings | Dinner band: Ground Control, from Elan Artists | Tenting: Zephyr Tents | Lighting: Illusions Lighting | Table Top Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens
Published on Oncewed here.
Jenny and Taylor wanted COLOR for their wedding flowers. Jenny loves bright colors and contrast. It was fun to play with different color combinations for her, and take on the challenge of making these colors compliment the soft golden hues of the grassy hillside surrounding their venue. We made them a floral aisle runner, and a giant, beautiful arch to stand beneath for their ceremony. The day was windy, and all of the flowers fluttered in the breeze making them really feel alive.
One of my favorite elements of this wedding were the gold stands that we put on the head table and filled with silvery greens that danced above their heads. Thanks to Leo for capturing all of the colors in this wedding perfectly, and happy one year Jenny and Taylor! You can see more of this wedding is in the current issue of Geraldine Magazine.
I usually work in outdoor or fairly rustic spaces, so working in New York City and an ultra modern, minimal space was such a fun change.
For Jaclyn and Jordan’s wedding we covered the ceiling of a glass room with vines. When the light came through the room it was incredible! Guests dined beneath the vines and chandeliers as the sun set over the city and I imagine it was a pretty magical dinner for Jacyln and Jordan’s guests.
Planning and Design: Alison Events // Floral Design: Sarah Winward // Photography: Chudleigh Weddings // Papergoods: Amber Moon Design // Venue: The Glass Houses, Chelsea, New York // Cake: Maggie Austin Cake // Catering: Abigail Kirsch
I love working with a bride who loves flowers, better yet-a bride who has worked in flowers. Ginny knew what she wanted, but was so trusting and allowed me to follow my intuition for her flowers. She wanted her May wedding to feel rich and cozy, and she brought in so many wonderful details that created that look. I loved following her lead on the design and man, she has good taste!
We used an abundance of spring flowers, Ranunculus, Peonies, Spirea, Dogwood, Heuchera, vining clematis, roses, Foxglove, and lots of baby fruits. Baby pomegranates and dates, figs on the branch, and we even found some ripe ones in May!
Ginny wanted all of her bridesmaids to have bride-sized bouquets dripping in ribbon. We put over 150 yards of hand dyed silk and velvet ribbon on the bridesmaid’s bouquets alone!
It was a beautiful day, congrats Ginny and Andrew!
Planning: Coastside Couture | Photography: Erich McVey | Venue: Monterey Pacific Peninsula Country Club | Cakes: Edith Meyer | Linens: La Tavola
Traveling far to obscure locations to make flowers for weddings comes with its challenged, but these are challenges that I love. Michelle and Ryan were married on a tiny isolated peninsula in southern Thailand called Railay Beach. It takes a day and a half to fly there, a few hours by car, and then a boat shuttle to get to what feels like an island. Me and all the flowers for their wedding made this journey, and then arrived in Paradise. Railay Beach has no cars, just footpaths through the jungle and the public areas. We foraged jungle foliage to make their flowers feel like they belonged in the environment, we had a thousand feet of jasmine blooms strung to use so that it smelled incredible, and as always when working with Ginny, we had an abundance of beautiful Frou Frou Chic ribbon.
The day before the wedding they took all of their guests (and us!) on an excursion to neighboring islands and to an area where you can swim and a rare kind of plankton glow when the water is agitated. It was incredible! I made a tropical greenery garland for the excursion boat.
For Michelle and Ryan’s ceremony in a beautiful limestone cave, we strung jasmine buds and frou frou chic ribbon from the cave to hang above them and drape to the sides. Ginny made some flags that blew in the wind (and rain!). We draped Michelle’s waist and bouquet with some jasmine blooms that smelled so sweet. Minutes before Michelle walked down the aisle I was tying the blooms to her waist and as I was doing so she was towel drying my face and shoulders from the rain that had soaked me on my way to her room to dress her up. This moment will stick with me forever, because she was so selfless and caring in a moment when all attention should have been given to her.
Michelle and Ryan are the giggliest, sweetest couple I have ever worked with. They just radiate happiness, and it spreads to everyone around them. It felt like such an honor to be trusted with the flowers for their wedding. Thank you Michelle and Ryan!
Planning and Design: Ginny Au // Photography: Erich McVey // Venue: Rayavadee Resort, Krabi Thailand // Hair and Makeup: Amy Clarke // Paper goods and calligraphed rocks: Script Merchantile // As seen in Martha Stewart Weddings winter 2015 Style issue