The Shack @ Windansea {Styled Shoot}

I wrapped up 2016 by decorating a lot of homes for Christmas and I threw a styled shoot in the midst of it because I like to really boost my stress level as much as possible around the holidays. They just aren’t stressful enough. I want to be on the precipice of a mental breakdown before I celebrate the birth of baby Jesus because apparently it makes for a kickass photoshoot! 😀

I got to The Shack (as it is referred to by locals) at Windansea the night before the shoot to do a little guerilla-style installation to get a head start on my early-morning shoot. I installed as much eucalyptus as I could, until it was so dark I couldn’t see what I was doing anymore. It was actually pretty magical & not just because I witnessed a sweet sunset proposal, but because there is something special about creating next to the ocean at sunset. Then I was back at 5am the next morning, in the dark when a gentleman, who was there to photograph the Supermoon, told us that we couldn’t do anything on or under The Shack because it is an historical landmark, so we quickly changed gears and created a new set-up on the fly. Good thing wedding vendors are experts at thinking on their feet! As it turns out, Supermoon guy saved our butts big time because the tide was coming in and would’ve swept away our entire tablescape set-up & chairs & all of us! It was even ripping down all of my eucalyptus installed the night before and carrying it out to sea, which was crazy because I used a 6ft ladder to put it all up, but the waves along with the cloudy, moody weather sure did make for some incredible shots and lots of excitement!

We had a beautiful color palette & I got to dye some textiles in an ombre azure gradient for the table and the ceremony structure. It really pops in the images & I’m thrilled that everyone loved how they turned out. I’m grateful to have met & worked with such pros! Special shout out to Natalie Pittman for bringing me out of my photoshoot hiatus. 😉  It was a blast!

The talented village that made it all happen:

Photography Great Woodland Photography

Hair & Makeup Natalie Pittman Studio Native

Vintage Furniture Dapper Vintage Rentals

Tableware Cherished Rentals

Cake Display & Macrame Sweet Emma Lou

Ceremony Tripod Structure & Table Styling theMintery

Calligraphy & Paper Goods Made By Meer

Wedding Gown Elle Bridal Boutique

Models–Arta (Bride) & Ramsey (Groom) Arta Facts




xo :*,

s

 

 

Happy 2017!

Well, dear ones, it’s time I get back to blogging, despite the fact that hardly anyone reads blogs anymore. My cynical side assumes most people only want to read about 2 sentences & then move on (so, bye everyone, thanks for checking in!), but I will continue to write for the people who genuinely care about what I have to say and will actually read every word of my post (hi, Diane! You’re the bee’s knees! :D)

My fall and winter were BA-NAY-NAYS & I had some great opportunities for growth, but I’m so happy to have some respite. So is my body & so is my family. This year, it’s time to venture down new paths & I’m so excited for the endless possibilities at my feet. Before I can take my first leap, I would like to share some 2016 photos that I hadn’t had a chance to blog about. Here’s a wedding from way back in April at one of my favorite venues, Martin Johnson House. Thanks to Zelo Photography for the lovely images.

Here’s to an abundant & beautiful 2017 for all!

Best everything,

S

Book of Love

This beauty of a union between Lindsey & Andy on 8/1/2015 will always be special to me. Lindsey & her mom, Donna, left no detail undone. They put so much thought, time & work into each piece of decor and every aspect of the wedding and I was sad when it was over. My crew, along with the BotanicAllure coordination team, decked out Brick at Liberty Station with loads of vintage books & we used old card catalogs as the escort card drawers. Lots of bright pops of sunshine yellow flowers & a well-stocked cookie bar made for one delightful evening, all flawlessly captured by Sierra Solis Photography! The most touching part of the wedding came the week following the wedding when I went to Donna’s house to pick up some of my rentals. Upon my arrival, I could see monochromatic, monocultivar bouquets hanging upside down on the patio. This amazing woman spent an entire day deconstructing all of the arrangements I created for the wedding so that she could dry out all of the flowers and make some wreaths for Lindsey & Andy’s home. She then thanked me for all of my hard work because she realized how long it took her to deconstruct everything & acknowledged that it must have taken me even longer to design them. This was such a moving moment for me. Never before has a wedding been so full-circle for me, nor has anyone taken the time to truly appreciate the amount of work that I put into my weddings. Every detail. I will cherish that moment as one of the most touching of my floral career.

Vibrant Summer Palette

We had lots of fun with the color palette on this one! Big thanks to Sierra Solis Photography for the pretty images from this lovely July wedding at the recently renovated Tom Ham’s Lighthouse on Harbor Island. And special thanks to Amanda at BotanicAllure for mad coordination skillz!

 

Another Happy Bride!

Just got Julio Fonyat’s beautiful images back from this sweet union on September 19. Ceremony took place on Central Beach in Coronado with Hotel Del & the glorious Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. Guests were then escorted downtown to The Ultimate SkyBox at Diamond View Tower with another amazing San Diego view & gorgeous high-rise reception.

Striking or taking down an event is a necessary evil for most florists & on this particular night, I was ok with not being at home in my bed at midnight, after some very long design days, because I had the pleasure of seeing my bride, Kristen, lugging a large centerpiece & huge ceremony arrangement in her arms, back to her hotel. She walked half a mile. Then she wrote me an email & told me she wished she could’ve carried more. That’s a serious compliment & one happy bride! YAY!

Sincere gratitude to Kelly Aull & Brooke Lazarski of Mint Weddings for orchestrating another flawless event. They are the best, folks. Big ol’ thanks to Diane Citrowske of Heliotrope for Hospice for designing & installing with me & more importantly, encouraging, nurturing & feeding me. Also, thanks to Karim for striking the event & eating midnight Michele Coulon treats with me.