Monday, February 7, 2011

Love Bunny Up!

Yes, indeedy, it's Valentine's Day once again...a wild and wacky time of year for us floral designers. No matter how much planning, designing and anticipating we all do, it never fails - so many gents wait until the last minute to get flowers ordered. Thankfully, I have a high level of tolerance for this Y-chromosone behavior and know it always comes down to the last minute. It's a bit of a gamble but by some sort of Jedi-knight-magic, I manage to get every last flowery bloom sold. Obi Wan has taught me well.

I have a sweet theme in the works this Valentine's Day weekend...check back Saturday to view our creative efforts. And, lucky me, I even have 2 very special guest elves coming to work in the studio, yessss! And...guys, if you are reading this...deadline for orders is Thursday evening. Got it?

Good, now get on it - your lovely lady is worth it.

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Blog on, I'm back...

Shoots! Been some time since I posted something of interest...being busy is a good thing, right? My good mother always said that idle hands are the work of the Devil. One great thing that kept me occupied at the end of 2010 was flowering up a New Year's Eve wedding for Laurie and Worth, a seriously good vibe, down-to-earth couple from Encinitas. They and their 250+ guests reved up the weekend in style!

Estancia La Jolla Hotel and Spa was the place to be...and it was rocking with live music until 1:30AM! The ballroom was lit beautifully with ambient violet up-lights and pin spot directional lighting on all of the centerpieces...which, duh, tickles me to bits! A little sparkle was added to give the wedding a touch of New Year's celebratory 'bling' - cracked glass in various forms caught the light perfectly - from the centerpiece bases and votive candles to the groovy escort table in the foyer. Oh, and don't forget the purple LED's...kaboom! Boyd Harris and his wife, Robin, got the shots that tell the story. Always a pleasure to work with great photographers... AND, of course, a fine event planner, Kiley and her team were awesome. Makes me want to ring in 2011 all over again.

Happy New Year, y'all-


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Hi, my name is Adrianne and I am a ribbonoholic

Word! San Diego wedding season is in its full summer swing once again, and although the bride is hands down the VIP du jour, her sassy sidekicks should never be overlooked. After all, they have probably seen her through just about everything! You know, the usual stuff -from braces and the ugly, pimply adolescent years to studying abroad and moving into her first apartment. Yikes, don't even forget bad boyfriend breakups #1-10! Better get these saintly sistahs clad in well-deserved, well-made, colorful attire. Some of my faves include: , and www.jcrew/AST/Browse/WeddingParties/Wedding_Bridesmaid/dresses.jsp

Thankfully, at this wonderful time of year, bridesmaid dresses come in a sprightly array of colors. Saturated sunflower yellows, aquamarine blues, grassy clover greens, rum punchy pinks - all perfect choices for glowy summertime skin. Their bouquets also must make a special statement. That is where I come in - complimenting their zesty attire/flowers with the perfect ribbon wrapped around the stems. I must confess, I have boatloads of the stuff. I am a ribbon junkie. There is no easy fix. French wired, velvet, double face satin, ombre, vintage, grosgrain and silk, don't get me going - the beast within emerges and credit cards go mad! Oh no, here come the voices again, make them stop! Where is that soup Nazi guy from Seinfeld when I need to be denied..."No ribbon for you!"


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

For reals?

For reals?? Yes, seriously - 500 stems of hydrangea!!! Our studio was packed with the prettiness of garden roses, peonies, China mummies, too....aaah! Voluptuous full blooms are what set the stage for Alissa and Zach's vintage Victorian wedding at the Hotel Del Coronado . Washed out pastels of champagne, blush, apricot, creamy whites, soft pink and subtle greens were the perfect match for the historic setting. The chuppah was quite an endeavor for my team and I. We designed and constructed an awning style canopy off the existing courtyard gazebo that complimented the hotel's garden surroundings. And, lucky me - snap happy Paul Barnett was on the job - GREAT images! He is one of San Diego's best wedding photographers and always a hoot and a half to work alongside. Miryam Seid, a recent addition to our fine city from New York, planned all the details perfectly, this gal's got style and then some. Get to know HER! And, the sweet and very talented Erika Firm of Delphine provided stunning letterpress invitations and escort cards with a quaint leafy motif...a great touch. Did I forget anyone else?? Yes - duh, and the gals at CAKE! created a dreamy cake with large "scales" of white was quite unique and a thrill to decorate with peonies, spray roses and, or course, our last stems of hydrangea. Here's to the bride and groom!

(BTW - If you made it this far in my gushy, rambling post...latest greatest news just in, my lovely friend Rachel called a moment ago, she and Peter are engaged!!! XO to you both!!!)


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Springing forward

With daylight savings being just a few days away, something fantastic has also re-set its seasonal clock around here. The abundant winter rain that dumped this year made our funky succulent-ed entry really bust out with big time juiciness! Once shriveled jade plants, aeoniums, echevarias and aloes are now thick, thriving and fat with moisture. And, along with their new found lust for life, these plants are also hosting a variety of critters. My darling cat "Bones" (aka "Itty Bitty"- not so bitty any more) has made many new chewy friends and has thoughtfully introduced them to the rest of the household; usually when and where we least expect it. Examples - like right after dinner, or at 2:30am via the bedroom window (over my side of the bed, of course) or placed orderly next to my gym bag where her victim lays maimed, wiggly or dead as a door nail.

Her favorite new friends include: earthworms, some up to 6" long; alligator lizards, usually missing a limb and/or tail and the real fun novelty of late is a 3" long potato bug, ewww! This link should do the trick for those unfamiliar with this elusive, mysterious bug-thing... . Darwin, my friend, I guarantee our crazy coastal niche would have impressed you!

But seriously now - cats, critters and natural selection aside, the important thing to share with my blog followers is that I often harvest succulents from our rain-soaked front yard. I find they make a fine ingredient in many a floral recipe. From boutonnieres to centerpieces - their effect is stunning, surprising and always invites both touch and comment. Heck, talk about shopping "local', eh? Lucky me! Oh, and my cat too. Photo courtesy:


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Window shop

Whenever I need new ideas for floral creations, I look to window displays. In college, my favorite art classes were Color Theory and Exhibition no surprise that I find new color trends in their retail settings down right fascinating. Some people watch gobs of TV (my husband refers to this gizmo as the box with the little people inside), I watch out for color relationships -everyday! Yes, I totally agree, nerd alert.

One of my favorite places in Southern California to go "window shopping" is Anthropologie . For those not familiar, this is a women's apparel/home furnishings store specializing in the modern-bohemian-chic aesthetic...amazing textiles, fashion designs, unique jewelry/accessories and inspired store displays. Beyond the impressive use of color, their merchandising gurus often focus attention on repetitive textures and shapes. Last week when I saw their recent display utilizing two other of my favorite things - recycled products and bicycle wheels - I blew a micro chip getting super snap happy with my little green camera (ask my pretty gal pal, Dawn - think I may have embarrassed her!). The tops of plastic water bottles were cut into flower blossom shapes, then airbrushed and splattered with mixed pastel colors , then layered and mounted on to chrome rims and spokes of old bicycle wheels. And then lastly, layered upon damn clever!!! Check this YouTube video to get the gist of it.

I have always wanted to teach art. Perhaps someday my crazy class will be called 'Color Theory - Recycle Scratch and Sniff 101' - a course combining light industrial design, recycled goods, methods & materials and lots of glorious colorama! Are you in or are you out?

Auf Wiedersehn,

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Channeling my inner Bollywood

Every time I eat Indian food something funny happens. Well, besides my brow perspiring from the punjab heat, I swear my type 'O' negative blood turns Hindi positive! That joyful song from "Slumdog Millionaire" goes off loudly in my head, my pasty pigment changes to a lush caramel-ish toffee color, I am clad in a fine silk sari (green, of course) and my wrists are jangling with copious silver bangles. Alas, I am awakened upon leaving the restaurant to the bland reality check: Adrianne, you are merely an American mutt, a mixed up specimen of German, English, Irish, French and Cherokee. Kind of hard to extract any inspired sensual experience from that bag, boo...courtesy of Mom and Dad's collective gene pools I suppose. Hmmm.

Thankfully, on occasion, I do luck into creating flowers for an Indian bride and/or groom. The jewel tones, spicy hues and unexpected textures of the culture really flip my global lid.
Event coordinator, Kelly Aull of Mint Weddings brought 2 fine clients my way, Pamela and Craig...she being Indian and he, French Canadian and THEY = foodies! All the tables were named after exotic spices, so cool. Custom chocolates made with cardamom, chili and curry were abundant, while clove-spiked orange pomanders were placed on everything that stood still and don't get me going on about the cake - doi!! Artero Photography captured the event at the San Diego Natural Natural History Museum where the most beautifully dressed Indian women of every age swirled about the dance floor - a rainbow blur of brilliant turquoise, saffron yellow, marigold orange and watermelon pink. Aaaaaaahhh, such magic!

May my next dinner at "Monsoon" transport me straight to a steamy Bollywood movie set via a creaky bamboo rickshaw with sassy mango lassi in hand. I could get used to that.