Celebrate: Megan & Lee

Malibu and Music: could there be a better combination?

When we first met Megan and Lee back in January, those were the 2 major focal points for their upcoming wedding in March. The venue was to be Malibu West Beach Club (a CLD fave!), where they wanted to incorporate the beautiful scenery and beach elements. For music, both Megan and Lee are amazing musicians, so every musical element was selected with care. The result? Fantastic!

This amazing couple pulled off quite a feat with planning the whole wedding in under 3 months, but with clear communication and hard work, everything came together! There were even a few magical music surprises: singer Kenny Lattimore sang the processional and the mother of the groom sang opera!

Megan and Lee were such a blast to work with, from their creative ideas to their DIY attitude, not to mention their beautiful baby girl stealing the spotlight!  We also had the pleasure of working with an amazing team of vendors that made this stunning Sunday wedding spectacular.

Thank you so much to Megan and Lee and congrats to the beautiful couple!

Venue: Malibu West Beach Club
Wedding Coordinator: Christina Logan Design
Photographer: Haoyuan Ren
Flowers: Diane Carvotta
Lighting & Decor: CFS Design
Make-up & Hair: Elite Makeup Designs
DJ: DJ Malski and Music-To-Go Entertainment
Catering & Rentals: Pierre’s Catering
Desserts: Frosted Cupcakery

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Know: Peonies, ranunculus, roses ….

Now a days, most people see something gorgeous on pinterest (not hard to do), put it on their wedding board, show it to their florist, and then are surprised at how expensive it is.  If you’re like us, you don’t know everything about flowers (hence how you got into this expensive conundrum).   Well, we have a secret to share with you: neither do your guests!
They cannot tell the difference between flowers!  And no one except yourself and your wedding party is getting up close and personal with them.

pretty pink peonies

pretty pink peonies

Many a bride finds herself infatuated with the gorgeous peony – I would put a wager on it winning “most popular” in the high school called Bouquet.  So since peonies are one of our favorites (and let’s be honest, most people want them), we thought we’d introduce you to some of their spiritual sisters, since peonies can’t fit everyone’s budget or season. These are just a couple of the peony look-a-likes to get you started.

cabbage rose

cabbage rose

chrysanthemum

chrysanthemum

dahlia

dahlia

garden roses

garden roses

ranunculus

ranunculus

spray roses

spray roses

There are TONS of options out there that make gorgeous bouquets, so be sure to have a chat with your florist and be open to her ideas.  The key here is trust: so make sure you hire someone you are completely comfortable with to make creative decisions for you.  And as always, PLEASE, do not try this on your own.  Consult a professional, your mom and aunts and bridesmaids and everyone will thank you (they were just being polite when they said they’d help you with them if you wanted to DIY). This is your wedding, enjoy the day!  Let someone else do the dirty work 😉

Inspire: Pink Ombré & Love Quotes

Valentine’s Day is only a week away, folks! CLD absolutely adores this holiday, not just because it celebrates the main thing that powers weddings (LOVE), but also because it comes with so many colors, flowers, and themes to get inspired by!

Our Los Angeles CLD office decided to host a Valentine’s Day party a little early and we actually were inspired by some of our own previous events and projects. We opted for décor that was a little rustic (mason jars), but peppy (pink ombré shades with metallic accents) and with a twist of thoughtful (by using some favorite love quotes).

Rustic: Mason jars, we could not live without you. Not only are they a key staple for storage in the kitchen (or for shaking up drinks in a pinch), but they are fabulous as flower vases. They come in so many sizes, almost any type of flower arrangement can work with them. When placing flowers around food or candles, you want flowers to be a little on the lower side so you don’t end up knocking things over! Half pint (or one cup) mason jars fit the bill beautifully, and they can be spruced up with little bits of lace, twine, burlap, or gold metallic paint (see our tutorial on painting glassware).

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White hydrangeas are great flowers for mason jars as one stem takes up a lot of room and they can be cut low.

White hydrangeas are great flowers for mason jars as one stem takes up a lot of room and they can be cut low.

Pink Ombré: One of our favorite floral pieces of 2013 was this amazing floral display on the escort card table at Brittany & Chris’ wedding at Casa del Mar. While we wish had the time and talent to put something like that together, we went the more simple and straight-forward route. We picked 3 varying shades of pink roses, cut them low for smaller mason jars, and made them the main display on the dining table.

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Thoughtful: After scrolling through our quotes Pinterest board, we decided to spread the whimsy feeling by incorporating some of our favorite love quotes throughout the party. We can’t lie, we actually have a healthy selection of chalkboards in storage to use at our weddings, so we got a little creative with some sidewalk chalk! We also printed a few of our favorites on colored heavy stock paper!

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DSC_0186DSC_0201DSC_0196 We hope this gives you a few fun ideas for your Valentines Day!

Florist Consideration

Now I realize I’ve done a few floral posts this past month.  But let’s discuss not just making your own flowers, but talking to the person who IS making your flowers!

We are so lucky today to have pinterest and our fingers on the tips of all things visual these days…no tearing out of magazine or looking through a million photos at the florists to try and find what you’re looking for.  No second guessing, just straight up, “this is what I want”.

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Well, unfortunately, there is SO much more to flowers than finding one photo.  When you bring your pin board into the shop and you have everything all thought out, there are still a few key things to keep in mind.

1. What is the florist’s style? Is she conservative and classy and does a lot of in home arrangements? Is she creative and bohemian and more of an artist? Make sure you check out their work before you ask them to conform to your style, because even if they “can” do it, it doesn’t mean it’s their passion style, and therefore their best work. Feel free to ask them before a meeting if its something they’re interested in. They can hopefully guide you to someone else if not.

2. Where are you getting married and when? You may have found your perfect bouquet and table arrangements, but if its August and you only want ranunculus, you’re either going to pay up the wazoo for them or are going to get tiny flowers that look nothing like that spring Californian wedding from your board. Trust the florist when you talk to them. They should be Having a conversation with you and telling you realistically what they can provide, what are some alternatives, and if what colors are likely to be around. If they say yes to everything you want, you either got lucky, have a glorious budget to ship ’em in, or they’re not being upfront with what is going to show up on your big day. It is just not likely that everything is going to be available, so ask what she would do as alternatives “in case” or as fillers. We rarely love surprises.

3. Be realistic when it comes to budget. Who doesn’t fall in love with the best weddings featured on blogs? Honestly, no one is really “pinning” a $50 bouquet or centerpiece. So when you bring in your fav pics, don’t be surprised if when they say they can do that and their proposal comes back to you with a $200 bouquet and a $250 centerpieces. Talk with your planner beforehand to figure out what you should be spending on flowers and know that going in. If the florist asks, tell her! She is not going to mark things up just because you play your cards. It’s difficult to ask what a certain arrangement costs on the spot because they have to determine season, quantity, etc, so be patient as they get their quote back to you.

That said, happy floral shopping! I mean, who doesn’t love a gorgeous arrangement of flowers! With expectations managed, it should all be fun and stress free!

How to make an easy Boutonniere

I have definitely made a few boutonniere’s in my day (and pricked a few fingers), but it’s always good to learn some new tricks from a professional!  Thanks again to Lotus & Lily for our fab workshop.  Here is a little trick I learned that I’d never seen before.

You actually don’t put the wire into the flower!  You’re going to fold it in half and bend the edge to make a little cradle.
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Then you put the flower next to it for support, and use floral tape to fasten the two together so it sort of leans on the wire.

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And next you choose some other fun little flowers to spruce the main flower up.  These accents give it a real ‘pop’!  Now I may have gotten a little carried away and put a lot on there, but you can make it as big or small as you need!  This picture shows the back/side.  You will want to pin it with the little guys in the front and the long pink against his jacket.  Clip at the appropriate length and you’re all set!
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Making a Simple Centerpiece

Thanks for Lotus and Lily florals, I got to attend an awesome floral workshop this past weekend! Along with other local vendors, I was invited to their studio for some delish food by Savour the Moment, some delectable sweets from Superfine Bakery, and some creativity.  I had so much fun and it was so easy, that I thought I’d pack on a few tricks so you can get a hand in on some of the fun.

Now I have to say, the hardest part was done for us in advance, and that was choosing the flowers! Jackie from L&L had already pre-selected some flowers for us.
IMG_2078We then got a bundle, and started de-leafing them and cutting them to the right length.  She let us in on the truth about a common myth – you don’t need to cut your flowers under water!  She does recommend cutting at an angle, however.  Remember, you can always cut shorter but you can’t glue the stem back on, so be conservative.  And be sure to clear all the leaves off the submerged stem, otherwise there will be bacteria in the water and they will die more quickly.

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When you have a flower that tends to droop easily like a gerber daisy, we learned a great wiring trick.  Insert the wire into the stem of the flower.  When you see it poke out of the flower on the top, gently pull it back in so it’s flush on top (no wiring should be seen sticking out the center of the flower).  With the other end, wrap it around the stem of the flower!
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One of my favorite tricks when it comes to flower arrangements in clear tape.  Yup.  Told you it was simple.  It was fun to use this technique in the workshop. Take your vase and create a tic-tac-toe grid, then along the rim of the base wrap the tape around once so it stays in place.

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Then from here, you start to randomly place your flowers into the vase!  It make it easier if you start with the bigger ones and use the smaller ones as filler, but you can really let your creative freedom take over and make it your own!

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And then, we got to take them home 🙂

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