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.

Exquisite Weddings Cover 2014 & Some Sweet Sweet Blog Lovin’

So happy to finally see this vivid & flawless Half Full Photography Exquisite Weddings cover shot!!! On newsstands now! Go! Get it! Wait! Read this first, then GO! My incredibly hardworking friends, Joey & April Bertocchini, are responsible for this jaw-dropper. I’m so happy that their image got the February 2014 cover of Exquisite Weddings, so that I could ride their coattails to the top and get my 2nd Exquisite Weddings cover! This shot & collaboration will always hold a special place in my heart because it was the first time I worked with them & it was the start of a wonderful friendship. I’m so grateful for their talent & skill and I’m truly fortunate to know them outside the crazy world of weddings. I <3 them, if you couldn’t tell. Extra special THANK YOU to Regina Osgood @ Meant 2 Be Events & Lana Bogan @ Arc de Belle for assembling such a fan-freaking-tastic team! :*And as if that wasn’t enough of a love fest, another Half Full Photography & Black Lotus Design collaboration, a wedding this past October, was featured on the Exquisite Weddings Blog this week!!! Our beautiful couple, Shawn & Sarah, had such an amazing perspective on their wedding planning process. Do It Together (DIT)! They had friends and family willing to help, so they put them all to work and created an intimate, personalized, fun backyard wedding. Click the blog link above or image below to see more Half Full images of this sweet wedding. Thank you, Sarah & Shawn, for choosing us to add to to the beauty of your wedding day. And thanks again to Exquisite Weddings for all of the LOVE during this month of LOVE! You guys, 2014 is seriously starting off with a bang!!!