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Fall inspiration: Cinderella pumpkins

November 24th, 2014

We are always very grateful to California for providing us such gorgeous fresh flowers all year long but let’s not forget about this season’s superstars, Cinderella pumpkins!

The Cinderella pumpkin owes its name to its striking resemblance to the pumpkin carriage in the classic fairytale of Cinderella.  Not only are these gems noted for their decorative properties, but also is regarded as a superior dessert pumpkin in the culinary world.


We recently featured the Cinderella pumpkins with sunflowers and fall foliage leaves, to create a fun, autumn tablescape.  As we change season, leaves fade from green to amazing shades of autumn colors pumpkins are definitely one of our best assets.


As Thanksgiving is upon us, consider adding white, green and orange Cinderella pumpkins to your table for a chic and clean finish!


Now we all look forward for Winter with its deep green pine trees, winterberries and sparkling lights!

Happy Thanksgiving,


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Cake + Flowers

April 24th, 2013

The official start of wedding season is near and we are focusing on all the final details of our upcoming weddings. If you don’t already know, wedding season is May through October with the peak being the month of June. One detail worth considering is to incorporate the flowers from your bouquet or centerpieces to accent your wedding cake. Here are a few inspiring (and mouth watering) images!

Lush, cascading cake flowers by {Sylvia Weinstock} New York, New York

Simple cake flowers by {One Sweet Girl} Melbourne, Australia

Sweet flowers on every tier with a too cute cake topper by {True Confections} Berkeley, CA

Artistic use of feminine flowers on an architectural cake by {Sweet On Cake} Napa, CA

And if you don’t care for the real thing there are marvelous cake makers who can sculpt gorgeous blooms from sugar, like this perfect sugar peony by {The Whole Cake} Oakland, CA


Let There Be Cake!

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Design Inspiration: The Painted Garden

April 16th, 2013

We are often asked “How do you come up with this stuff?” Like any worthwhile design, the foundation must be solid before we can begin to explore the boundaries. Since we were part of the {Macy’s Flower Show} this year we thought to take the opportunity to dissect our floral masterpiece in a post as a way to answer that old question.

Having an inspired theme can make a world of difference and Macy’s is not one to disappoint. And as luck would have it, the south Asia theme this year included Thailand, a country where Emily has spent a great deal of time in her travels! We started with some sketching and the creation of an inspiration board to narrow down the color scheme and determine what design elements have the most relevance to the theme. Macy’s had a digital display of every designer’s inspiration board so visitors could interact with each display. Here is our initial sketch and design board:

The intricate use of flowers and plants in daily culture in Thailand was something we wanted to capture with the design. The central mandala, woven and otherwise manipulated tropical leaves, floral garlands, and offering trays were all key to our piece and reminiscent of Emily’s travels.

The color palette of bright orange, fuchsia, magenta, and yellow-golds are emphasized by the abundance of all the glorious tropical greenery. We also painted exotic animals using a gold low VOC paint to accent our offering trays.

The addition of white as a main color updates the look from traditional or ceremonial to translate into the modern space of the Macy’s department store. The mandala itself we “framed” with white flowers for fluidity and an added modern feel.

We hope you enjoyed this look into our design building process and the detailed shots of the piece provided by the creative, talented {Gustavo Fernandez}. Follow us on {Facebook} to see more images from the event and installation!

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change ~ Buddha

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Featured: Bold Textile + Pattern

March 28th, 2013

We are so excited to share this Suite Retreat photo shoot with you featured in the latest issue of {Today’s Bride} magazine. Brilliant coral peonies, eye-catching linens and gorgeous details are just the prescription this season. Our initial inspirations were the setting, the beautiful wine country estate {Twin Palms Sonoma} and our {favorite hotel} in southern California, the Parker Palm Springs. Our gifted team of collaborators brought some amazing details to the shoot that you will want to remember! So please take a moment and enjoy these bold and bright images.

The lounge vignette is packing some serious patterns. And how amazing are these mustard yellow side tables? For more Suite Retreat, and trust us you want more, please visit the full album on {Facebook} or pick up the latest issue of {Today’s Bride}, Bay Area edition.

We worked with a truly gifted team of collaborators and can not say enough about their creative genius and talents! Our admiration goes to {The Whole Cake} for her stunning and delicious creations, {Olive Route} who created the perfectly pressed printed materials, {Napa Valley Linens} with their topnotch textiles and {Angie Silvy Photography} for capturing all the lovely little details. Thank you!


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Blush + Coral + Poppy

March 8th, 2013

Today we are drawing inspiration from some of our favorite flowers. Café Au Lait dahlias in all their blushing beauty, are arguably one of the best summer blooms. When paired with vibrant coral peonies you get the best of both worlds! And we wouldn’t be true to ourselves without including native California poppies. When all of these blooms come together something effortlessly beautiful occurs and we couldn’t be happier to share the results with a real wedding!

This color palette, perfect for any Spring or Summer wedding is just the right mix of soft and bright. The ceremony was set on a hillside with sweeping views of Santa Rosa. Instead of compromising the view, the bride chose to suspend the delicate blooms in jars hung with corresponding ribbons from a tree over the ceremony site.

After the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktails near the butterfly garden before dining amidst the grapevines. Recycled glass bottles held more dahlias, poppies and peonies which continued to open to their full size as the evening progressed.

Special thanks to Michael Clemens of {Sees the Day Photography} for these bright, fun photos! For more details from this wedding please visit us on {Facebook}. Be sure to share your favorites and tell us which spring and summer flowers you love!

Happy Friday!

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Our favorite November activities in SF

November 16th, 2012

November has arrived with a few local traditions and fun events in store! We thought we would share these upcoming events with you as they are great opportunities to give back to the local community as well as celebrate the rich history of San Francisco.

SPCA Holiday Windows Unveiling ~ November 16, 2012
Location: Macy’s Union Square, Corner of Stockton and O’Farrell Streets
When: 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Join {Macy’s} and the {San Francisco SPCA} as former Mayor Willie Brown unveils holiday windows featuring adoptable kittens and puppies. A 26-year old tradition expressing the magic and spirit of the holiday season, the animals featured in the window will be available for adoption at the SF SPCA Adoption Center on Macy’s Level 1 through January 1st.

Market Street Holiday Lighting Ceremony ~ November 20, 2012
Location: Cable Car Turnaround
When: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
The San Francisco Ballet’s “snowflake” dancers from The Nutcracker will be at the Market Street Holiday Lighting ceremony. The “Path of Gold” lights along Market Street were originally installed in 1916. Bring the family or just your sweetheart to bundle up, sip cocoa and watch the streets begin to twinkle.

Boomtown Exhibit ~ November 16, 2012 – January 13, 2013
Location: Conservatory of Flowers
When: Tue-Sun 10AM – 4:30PM
Price: $7; $5 youth 12-17, seniors and students with ID; $2 children 5-11; Children 4 and under FREE; free the first Tue of every month
Get ready to explore the {Conservatory of Flowers} as you’ve never seen it before with an all new garden railway display celebrating San Francisco’s gold rush Boomtown days and its infamous Barbary Coast neighborhood.

The Guardsmen Holiday Tree Lot ~ November 24 – December 16,
Location: Festival Pavilion/Fort Mason Center
When: Daily from 9AM – 9PM
Don’t miss the {Guardsmen’s Annual Christmas Tree Lot} a hallmark of San Francisco’s holiday season for more than 60 years. The Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center is transformed into a winter wonderland with trees, ornaments, wreaths and jumpies for the children. Tree delivery also available. All proceeds benefit SF Bay Area programs for at-risk youth.

Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Show ~ December 1 – 2, 2012
Location: Herbst Pavilion/Fort Mason
When: 11AM – 6PM
Price: Free
Find the perfect, unique gift for everyone on your list at the {Bazaar Bizarre} featuring over 100 carefully selected artists and designers from across the country. Shoppers can expect to find the crème de la crème of indie goods at this highly anticipated annual event.

We hope to see you at one or many of these fabulous happenings in our beautiful city!

Wishing You the Best,

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Real Wedding: Angela + Geo

August 18th, 2012

Sometimes the simplest design can be the most beautiful. This breathtaking couple was inspired by their ceremony and reception locations, fusing the two for a gorgeous nautical-wildflower theme. We just can’t get enough of the amazing photos from {Adeline and Grace} that captured their bright and sunny wedding day!

They wed at {Old St. Hilary’s} which is also a landmark and wildflower preserve overlooking the picturesque town of Tiburon. The reception to follow took place at the historic {Corinthian Yacht Club} with a stunning waterfront view of San Francisco.

Happy Sailing,

Photography: {Adeline and Grace}
Wedding Planner: Brandy Cabral of {Bliss Productions}
Ceremony Venue: {Old St. Hilary’s Church}
Reception Venue: {Corinthian Yacht Club}

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Signature Bouquet

July 20th, 2012

Oscar Wilde once wrote, “One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art”. Well we would like to add ‘or carry a work of art’ to that. When choosing your bridal bouquet consider your personal style, flowers that have meaning for you, colors and textures that please you and make you happy. As for the art? Leave that to our talented designers.

Here is one example of what happens when owner and creative director Emily Dreblow was given free range to design a fantasy bouquet for a photoshoot with {Ceremony Magazine}. The stunning publication keeps California brides abreast of the latest designs in contemporary, luxury weddings. Not to mention the Ceremony team is comprised of fabulous, sweet and stylish people who are a pleasure to work with!

Another fantastic bouquet dreamt up by Emily for {The Lab Event} , a unique wedding expo that was anything but an expo featuring a handpicked selection of the best Bay Area wedding vendors.

And what signature bouquet would be complete without an accompanying boutonniere? Choosing just a few stand-out elements so that the boutonniere becomes a miniature of your bouquet not only distinguishes grooms but will add a sweetness to your wedding photos.

For more inspiration please view the {Gallery} on our website or stay current by visiting us on {Facebook}.


{Ceremony Magazine} photos by {Orange Photography}
{The Lab Event} photo by {Edyta Szyszlo}

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Spring + Citrus

May 1st, 2012

This Spring we are finding inspiration in vibrant citrus hues like tangerine, lemon and lime. We love the combination of zesty colors with soft, blooming branches as a way to bring cheer and romance together. Thank you to the fabulous {Silvana DiFranco} for the always stunning photographs.

How refreshing and romantic! For more real wedding inspiration please visit us on {Facebook}.

Cheers to Spring,

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Featured: Lexy + Yates

April 10th, 2012

We are so pleased that {Ceremony Magazine} took note of this stunning wedding we were a part of last year at the {James Leary Flood Mansion}. New on their blog this week is the San Francisco love story of Lexy and Yates from the beginning. Read all about it on {Ceremony Magazine’s Blog}.

Lexy and Yates chose a refined black and white palette with dramatic modern floral decor for color. Black manzanita with hanging globes containing silvery accents and soft rose blooms heightened the mood, lifting the ambiance to unimaginable heights. Special thanks to {Ben Chrisman Photographers} for capturing these exquisite details.

Visit us on {Facebook} for more black and white wedding inspiration.


Photography: {Ben Chrisman Photographers}
Venue: {The James Leary Flood Mansion}
Coordinator: {Dream a Little Dream Events}
Linens: {La Tavola}
Rentals: {Hartmann Studios}
Caterer: {Betty Zlatchin Catering}
Cake: {The Cakemaker}
Lighting: {Got Light?}
Hair and Makeup: {Professional Makeup Artistry}

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As Seen In

  • California Wedding Day: Fall 2012

    California Wedding Day: Fall 2012

  • Ceremony Magazine Summer 2012

    Ceremony Magazine Summer 2012

  • Cermony Magazine Spring 2012

    Cermony Magazine Spring 2012

  • Flower Magazine

    Flower Magazine
    Fall 2009 Light Green Issue

  • Get Married

    Get Married Magazine
    Fall 2009

  • Rue Magazine - March/April 2011

    Rue Magazine - March/April 2011

  • San Francisco Brides Spring 2012

    San Francisco Brides Spring 2012

  • The Knot Real Wedding

    The Knot Real Wedding: Elisa and Michelle

  • Today's Bride

    Today's Bride
    Fall 2009
    'Midnight at the Medina' editorial shoot

  • Today's Bride

    Today's Bride
    Summer 2009
    **Cover bouquet: Soulflower Floral Design

  • Today's Bride: 2012

    Today's Bride: 2012

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