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We travelled to the edge of South America to say ‘I DO’ or rather ‘Si Mi Amor, Por Siempre’ and can’t even believe it has been year!!  Love seeing this feature in {Destination I Do} where you can read the full story and see more beautiful details.  The entire setting and experience was captured by the talented San Francisco-based photographer, {Myleen Hollero Photography}, swoooon!

MYHO1194Go ahead,PIN IT!MYHO2219Go ahead,PIN IT!We worked with {Aerialist Press} to design the invitations, wedding map and event signage. I knew I wanted to add a touch of something unique to the invitations, so I sourced tribal inspired fabric appliques at Britex and a bit of handiwork brought it all together. MH_20319Go ahead,PIN IT!Pops of color against the neutral landscape were the best way to bring a bit of personality and life to the celebration, while still allowing the local ambiance to come through fully. MH_20657Go ahead,PIN IT!MH_20665Go ahead,PIN IT!MH_20673Go ahead,PIN IT!We chose a humble setting on the beach, which was perfect, although its true that this was a location was chosen two days prior to the wedding as the other beach location had washed out due to beach erosion.  The small town’s mayor was luckily happy to let chose a new location of our choice. As they say with destination weddings, be flexible!MH_20820Go ahead,PIN IT!MH_20826Go ahead,PIN IT!MH_20995Go ahead,PIN IT!MYHO1519Go ahead,PIN IT!

One of the hardest parts for me was selecting my dress.  I had never really envisioned myself in white or ivory, I’ve always been a vibrant color person despite loving all the neutral weddings we do.  So on a whim I saw this dress from {BCBG Max Azira}, while out and about shopping one day and immediately felt a sign of relief, thinking: “Phew, there IS a coral dress that fits ME and flows effortlessly.”  To my surprise, it was a fun modern color block design with a coral front, blush side panels and a fuchsia back, LOVE!  The finishing touch was a rose gold sash from {BHLDN} and all was good in the world.
MH_20600Go ahead,PIN IT!MH_20567Go ahead,PIN IT!The wedding reception was held a renowned restaurant, {La Huella}, tucked in the sand dunes of Jose Ignacio, Uruguay.  The food was absolutely incredible with passed, small plate style service including many wood oven and fire grilled bites.   It is no surprise with local San Francisco connections, to Zuni Cafe and Luna Park Restaurant, that La Huella is much more than a beachside restaurant, but a culture and way of being in South America.  All things rustic chic!

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MYHO2493Go ahead,PIN IT!Creating the florals and decor in Uruguay were a bit of a challenge.  But was more than half the fun!  With our planning trip four months prior to the wedding, we brought specialty candle holders, linens and pillow cases and researched local florals and fauna.  As you can see, a blend of flowering bouganvillea with plant textures was the ultimate floral design and we accented the rustic wood furnishings with tribal textiles.MH_21103Go ahead,PIN IT!MH_21108Go ahead,PIN IT!

MYHO2497Go ahead,PIN IT!So much gratitude to all those that made this such an incredibly special wedding! xo

Photographer: Myleen Hollero Photography
Day Of Wedding Planner: BiG Punta del Este
Ceremony Site: Fisherman’s Port beach / Playa Mansa
Catering & Reception venue: La Huella
Floral & Event Designer: Soulflower Design Studio
Stationery: The Aerialist Press
Custom Linens and pillows: Soulflower Design Studio
Lighting/DJ: DJ Marcello
Custom Gobo: Got Light

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Every year the de Young Museum floods with floral genius and magic, where floral designers are assigned a piece of artwork from which to create a floral masterpiece.  Designers will interpret, mimic or reflect the essence of the art through their floral design, crafting and engineering skills to work create works of floral art.

This year’s assignment was the highly regarded painting, ‘The Niagra River at the Cataract’ by Gustav Grunewald.  The sheer size of the paintings is stunning, spanning over 7′ in height.  I chose to reflect the essence of the spilling drama and layers of the falls in my piece.

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Photo courtesy of Kevin Chin Photography +Cinema

The materials used to bring it life included:

  • Tillandsia
  • Dendrobium orchids
  • Banksia Integrifolia
  • Silver dollar eucalyptus
  • Pierus
  • Spanish Moss
  • Bush Ivy
  • Pieces of granite rocks

It’s my favorite time of the year as spring is emerging and creativity is blooming.  The Bouquets to Art exhibit is just one week, March 13-19, get more details & tickets here, come check it out!

Happy Spring,
Emily

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This past week our local favorite maker and manufacturer organization, SFMade, hosted a trailblazing event at Pier 70:  Bay Area Urban Manufacturing Summit.  The luncheon was a gathering of manufacturers, urban planning experts and local leaders including Mayor Ed Lee (San Francisco), Mayor Sam Liccardo (San Jose), Mayor Bill Harrion (Fremont) and our amazing friend, go girl!!, Annie Campbell Washington (Oakland).  Of the 400+ guests in attendance were some of the best of our local community like Heath Ceramics, Timbuk2 and Pinterest.

To enhance the event, we crafted colorful, textured centerpieces and accent plant displays that incorporated reclaimed pieces of the Golden Gate bridge by artist, Ricard Bulan, from Golden Gate Bride Furniture.

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img_5445Go ahead,PIN IT!To hear more, you can view the segment on CBS, enjoy!

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When the fog rolls into the Bay Area, it is memories of Nancy and Dustin’s bright, beautiful wedding that chases the fog away!  With gorgeous pops of coral, peach and green set against their black and white decor this chic wedding was both sophisticated and heartfelt.  Nancy and Dustin exuded joy, grace and deep appreciation throughout their wedding planning process and it is evident in the beautiful images captured by Jasmine Lee Photography.  Congratulations once again Nancy and Dustin! xo

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Wedding Planner: Morgan Events | Florals: Soulflower Design Studio | Wedding Venue: The Fairmont San Jose | Hair + Makeup: Bao Artistry and Fancy Nancy Artistry | Videographer: REB6 Studios | Catering and Cake: The Fairmont San Jose | Lighting: Got Lights | MC/DJ: Twilite Productions | Photography: Jasmine Lee Photography

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With a whirlwind of spring and summer events, we’re just getting a chance to share {our website redesign}  by {With Grace and Gold}.  We were lucky enough to connect with Kelly and Audra from With Grace and Gold via social media.  Their quick understanding of our need to create a modern, clean, and welcoming design to best showcase our portfolio made the process so simple and worthwhile. With our existing Logo Design in mind, they brought in deep corals and grays as inspiration and used a variety of patterns and textures to capture a high-end, modern feeling. We are so grateful to Kelly and Audra from {With Grace and Gold} for bringing our vision to life!

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