The grounds at Filoli served as the main inspiration for Sam and Walen’s botanically inspired, floral filled fete. Laurie Arons brings the beautifully reimagined classic elements to any event, and worked with Hensley to build this custom atrium structure to hold the dinner, and it felt like it belonged on the grounds, like an existing greenhouse. 

Sam and Walen wanted to make sure that the event in a very traditional space, felt fun and young, and like a reflection of them. We were able to play with color and shapes to make flowers that were trailing and wild. Bright yellow clouds of floral caught the light in the ceremony, but were grounded by large cast iron urns that looked like they belong on the property. 

Manzanita branches climbed up the dinner structure, mimicking the growth of the old trees that formed a canopy above head.  Bittersweet and love in a puff vine served as a base for the color palette in the dinner tables, where the delicate florals became a part of the layered tablescape. An elaborate display of the season’s best citrine and yellow colored blooms filled the tabletops. Accents of blue blooms in naturally weathered antique vases felt like an extension of Filoli’s display.

Photography: Corbin Gurkin | Planning and design: Laurie Arons | Custom structures: Hensley event Resources | Floral: Sarah WinwardRentals: Theoni, The Ark, Found Rental co | Venue: Filoli | Paper goods: Yonder Design