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Moody Romance of a Wedding at UC Berkeley Botanical Garden

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This past season we had the pleasure of working with Alexa and Aran for a wedding at the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. Originally, she was just going to order some floral designs for the wedding parts, bouquets and boutonnieres and such. And she actually submitted an order via our online store for small event orders.  But as time went on, she ordered a little more and a little more, and we ended up doing all the florals for the event. We were so lucky to work with an amazing team including the Photographer, From the Daisies , the Caterer, Trumpetvine Catering and the Wedding Planner, One Fine Day SF.  We also were lucky to have the whole event shared up on the June Bug Weddings Blog earlier this season. Here...

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A Bathtub to remember: styling flowers in my clawfoot

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  Earlier this year a photographer approached Gorgeous and Green and asked if she could photograph my work. Initially we were thinking something fairly simple, maybe an afternoon in my studio.  But I fired up an old idea I had had many years ago, and decided to do a little photoshoot in my own home.  Specifically, in my clawfoot tub that sits up against a bright window in the bathroom. I found a model who was willing to come sit in my creation and I hunted through my wardrobe to find some elements we could include in this photoshoot.  I brought buckets and buckets of flowers and plenty of foliage and branches to create something that would stand out. Here's...

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Beautiful things come out of Flower Friendships

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 Earlier this year, I was afforded the opportunity to attend the alumni Ponderosa and Thyme retreat in Manzanita Oregon.  It was such an occasion for nurturing and centering my flower self, I couldn't pass it up. Photo of us at the Dining table by Anne Blodgett  My friend Megan (from Isle de Flores in Nantucket) and I drove up to Manzanita together from my house in Oakland (I met her at last year's workshop in England and we hit it off immediately) She and I had a wonderful time together. We are flower souls, and maybe even just soul sisters.   Megan and I at a giant drive thru redwood as we headed up the coast. Some of us who attended...

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Collaborations and Community

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I was recently asked to collaborate with a marketing and branding guru, Anastasia from The Identite Collective.  She was in need of beautiful florals for a two day workshop at the famed Oh Happy Day Studios in SF, and I was in need of some great pointers to help me with my brand and social media marketing.  It was friendship and collaboration magic, and I believe we both got a lot out of helping each other. It was also a great opportunity to create supportive community, and with some amazing business gals to boot. Here are a few photos from the fantastic weekend workshop and the florals. If you are in need of a marketing guru who specializes in women...

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Wedding bliss at Nature Friends in Oakland

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Beautiful Bouquets, Summer blooms, Redwoods and views. This summer I created one of my favorite bridal bouquets for Brian and Emily who got hitched at the Oakland Nature Friends in the Oakland hills. It was a spectacular day.

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The Gorgeous and Green Studio Tour up on Design Sponge!

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I'm excited to announce that the new Gorgeous and Green studio in Oakland, CA is up on Design Sponge! Featuring beautiful images by Nicole of Sorella Muse and curated beautifully by Rebekah of A and B Creative.  It's a sample of the goings on in this little corner of the Bay, where we create fresh, bountiful, local grown and artfully designed floral and botanical designs for events, corporate offices as well as floral designs and gift boxes for local gift delivery by bike (by Pedal Express). If you haven't had a chance to see my little creative heaven in Oakland, please visit the tour here.    The corrugated metal of the front of the studio Making beautiful designs in the...

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Dreams in the English Countryside at the Ponderosa Workshop, part 1

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This past April I had the amazing opportunity to attend a Ponderosa Workshop in the English Countryside. What? you say. Yes, I say. A floral design workshop for floral designers (and a few new-to-flowers) in England, in the country, on a famous Manor, in a house that holds famous philosophical texts, amidst beautiful gardens and water. There are even a few horses there. Now, the English Countryside is beautiful.  But this location was totally breathtaking.  I mean, it's a magazine cover kind of situation (cue Wedding Sparrow).  The bulk of our days and evenings were spent at the St Giles House.  A beautiful estate with a rich history. the house, photo by marialamb.co If you studied American history, British history, philosophy,...

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Dreams in the English Countryside at the Ponderosa Workshop, Part 2

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More details and inspiration from the Spring 2016 Ponderosa workshop in the English Countryside at St Giles.

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Citrus and Sunset inspired wedding at the Presidio

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This Summer we created some beautiful designs for a wedding at the Presidio.  From large floral pieces in copper buckets, to sprawling table designs featuring citrus, it was a lot of beautiful color and texture in the Log Cabin. Take a look at some of the beauty from the day: [caption id="attachment_1987" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The large Arrangements getting their finishing touches at the studio.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1986" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Flower and leaf installation on each table, check out the blood oranges and grapefruits.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1985" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Cheese cake decorated with citrus and leaves[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1984" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Decorating the large Fireplace[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1983" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] details of the couple's seating arrangement.[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1982" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The...

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Rustic and Romantic Yosemite Wedding

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It's prime wedding season, and we get asked to create designs in all manner of colors, textures and styles.  Our favorite are natural and lush arrangements.  This wedding order for a ceremony in Yosemite included a wild and textural feel, with bright and natural colors.  We wanted to use flowers that would last in the heat as well. Take a look at some of the rustic, wild elegance we created for this couple. [caption id="attachment_1990" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] A beautiful view and wedding couple in Yosemite. Photo by Juan Pablo Barrientos viojf.com[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1970" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] Rustic and Natural Bridal Bouquet[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1973" align="aligncenter" width="819"] Rustic and Natural wrist corsage[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1993" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] The Bride among the trees...

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