Gorgeous and Green had a wedding this summer that featured bright mossy greens and dark reds, burgundy and crimson. The brightness of that lichen green against the crimson and burgundy was so wonderful. The bride requested a mossy feel for the boutonnieres, and so I used some sustainably grown mossy green dianthus. Photos by Nima Salimi
The bridal bouquet
Very fun. In sustainable beauty, G&G
This summer I provided some floral pieces for a local wedding using local and organically grown flowers and blooms. Here is a picture of the beautiful bridal bouquet featuring local/organic grevillia from Oakland, local dahlias and local garden roses in peaches, coral, gold and brown tones. Romantic, interesting textures and beautiful!
A few months ago I ventured to Boise, Idaho for a memorial service for a special member of my husband's family. I offered to help provide floral decor for the service and reception. Since my husband, my mother in law and myself are local and organic enthusiasts.... and in keeping with my business ethic from Gorgeous and Green, I collected flowers from a few local friends' gardens in Boise.
My mother in law has a friend who has a beautiful garden in her back yard featuring low-water plants and edibles.
She also has a giant dog, who is also fond of the beautiful garden.
It was super hot there, so the local roses in her neighbor's yard were few, but I managed to sneek a few in along with some day lilies. Here are the finished arrangements: (no floral foam in any of these of course)
Memorial services are bittersweet, and although there is a lot of sadness, it was a beautiful time to get together with family and friends and offer support.
In Green and Local Beauty, G&G
This summer I provided the floral decor for a wedding at a ranch on Mt Diablo called Diablo Ranch, a rustic and very cow and cowboy location in the East Bay.
The bride really was the design force behind the tablescapes and style. Gorgeous and Green's take on bright, natural, eclectic and exuberant plant and flower life was a great match. With collected items from both her and my collection of vintage silver pieces and china, all the containers were reused vintage pieces that gave her tables a bohemian and bright version of Miss Havisham. (something named right away during our conversation about the wedding since I'm a fan of the book: Great Expectations) I used locally grown flowers, a lot of dahlias, celosia, passion flower, scabiosa flowers, lupine, sweet william and other flowers. The colors were a stunning mix of reds, pinks, oranges and plenty of greens.
all photos by JRotstenphotographer.com
In Local Green Love,
Here's more lovely pictures from the beautiful and green wedding at Flora Grubb Gardens that Gorgeous and Green participated in late July. There was a great crew at the event including the wedding planner Vera Devera, the cake baker Alison Okabayashi and the photographer Stephen Hughes. Here are some of pictures by Stephen Hughes Photograhy that show some of the vivid color, life and romance of that day.
Wedding table amongst the beautiful plants at Flora Grubb
Gorgeous cake by Two for Two Cakes
The wedding turned out beautifully thanks to some great partners in crime.
Thanks Stephen for the beautiful pics!
In Green, Beauty and Health,
Blog by Pilar Zuniga, owner of Gorgeous and Green, a sustainable gift and floral boutique in Berkeley. Pilar specializes in using locally grown and sustainably grown flowers and greens in floral displays for weddings, events, restaurants, offices, gift and home use. The Gorgeous and Green boutique offers an array of local and sustainable gifts, jewelry, cards and local and sustainable or organic flowers.
Photography by Claire Mulkey and Daniela Fedorowicz
She provided a collection of found vases for us to use as her centerpieces, and each arrangement consisted of a trio of vases artistically filled with blooms, ferns and branches. Most of the vases were salvaged or reused and then reused again when she invited guests to take them home. The arranged centerpieces were all different, and I loved how they turned out. I only have a few pics to share, but you get the idea:
A good friend of the bride made some paper flowers to use in the decor and I attached those to a fern garland I lined the aisle with.
Even the boutonnieres were delicate jewels with both local scabiosa flowers and pods.
In Green and Health, G&G
This Spring Gorgeous and Green had the pleasure of working with a bride and groom who walked into my boutique the weekend before their big day. They decided to have an impromptu wedding at a local winery called Testarossa Winery, and I have to admit that their quick decision making and planning was phenomenal. It also turned out to be quite green and sustainable because they were choosing from great local vendors and had sustainability in mind.
Here are a few sneak photos from a wedding Gorgeous and Green participated in at Flora Grubb in San Francisco on July 30th. (A more recent blog post has photographer's photos, these are all old iphone photos)
We created the table centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres as well as a large 4 foot wide arrangement that hung above the wedding party table. Lots of local succulents and dahlias! It was a grand affair with the planning help of Vera Devera of Va de Vie Events. Beautiful.
Bubble cognac vase with gathered local blooms and succulents
Repurposed wood drawer with local dahlias, scabiosa pods and succulents. No floral foam was used, I have a secret trick that included more reusing....
Planted terrariums (one borrowed from Vera) are so interesting to look at and classy.
A large arrangement of blooms and succulents in a footed glass vase.
And the amazing hanging box...........
Cheers to the newlyweds, G&G