More green in a Summer WeddingOver the summer I worked with Meredith and Ben on their outside wedding at a local community center. I just recently posted some great details of how they infused green and sustainable into their event on The Knot's Green Wedding Website. Take a look:
Event and Floral design by Gorgeous and Green Events
Photography by Sean Donnelly Photography
In Green and Health, G&G
Some bouquet and centerpiece illustrationsI wasn't able to post earlier today and I have a feeling I'll be pretty busy tomorrow with the start of the SF Green Festival, so I'm doing an "in-between" post. I promise I'll have some great green food for your soul next week. Here are some samples of illustrations I use with clients so they can see what flowers and ideas I want to use for their bouquets and boutonnieres, centerpieces, etc. I like it because I can draw and email them my vision without having to waste flowers doing mock arrangements. Another way I try to stay green with my business.
Floral decor for an Asian-inspired Wedding I did over the summer, if you follow my posts you might recognize the real thing.
Sketches from the centerpiece and bouquets for the Kensington Wedding over the summer.
These are from the orange and brown wedding I did in September at the University Club. I ended up not using callas, but a lot of dahlias and chocolate cosmos.
In Green and Health,
Green Weddings and Green People in San Franciscowww.greenfestivals.org And no, we're not all eating granola. I like granola like everyone else, but I definitely don't see myself as "granola" just because I live green or sustainable. Besides, granola isn't a bad word these days. It actually is pretty tasty, especially homemade. Put it into a jar and you've got a great gift or "wedding favor" for your guests. Ok, so what will we be doing at this green festival? Well lots of talking, sharing and looking at new ideas and guest speakers. Check out the Schedule. Online you can download a guide to the festival that gives you all the cool info. It's huge and includes so many inspiring words, visuals and people. Here are just a few of the highlights:
- 450+ exhibitors and organizations in the Green Marketplace
- 45 minutes presentations and speakers on the sustainable economy, ecological balance and social justice
- how-to workshops in the Green Buiding Pavilion
- Hemp fashion shows in the Hemp Pavilion
- Music acts
- Food Demonstrations in the Soul Kitchen
- Green Social Media Demonstrations
- Organic food and drink
- Concerts and dance parties after dark: greenbash.com
So if your in or around the Bay, definitely come check out the SF Green Festival this coming weekend.
In Green and Health,
The work that goes into those lovely flowers...Over the summer, things got so busy with green weddings for Gorgeous and Green Events, that I asked my good friend and fellow florist Danica from Heavenly Gift and Florist, to come and help. Here are some shots from that weekend, lots of beautiful and locally grown flowers and artistic talent crammed into my home studio.
Reusing Vintage Vases in Weddings and EventsI've started collecting vases for Gorgeous and Green customers interested in renting vintage collections of vases for their wedding or event. It takes some time and dedication, but so far I have almost two collections ready to go and a couple in progress. Here is my current collection of white milk glass vases:
There are some really cool designs. So far my favorite is the bubbled vase that actually doubles as a candle holder.And my vintage green glass collection:
This collection is actually two-toned, a slightly brighter kelly green and a darker grass green.In green and reusability, G&G
Weddings, Green Weddings!Like most florists and wedding coordinators out there, I've been busy. So busy, I haven't been keeping up on my blogs. So sorry. But, I hope to have some wonderful pics from wedding photographers in the coming weeks to show you all that I've been up to. First though, a sneak peak at a few of my concoctions. A few weeks ago I had a wonderfully organic wedding in Lafayette, Ca. The bride trusted me to develop a plan for her day and we came up with a plan for collecting recycled cobalt blue vases for her centerpieces. She wanted pink and since there was so much blue, I added a few touches of yellow, namely from some beautiful sunflowers that were in season. All her flowers came from local growers, and about 75% of them were organic. Thankfully, a local grower had an abundance of rose colored mini callas. So I used them wherever I could. I must have had at least 2 dozen just in the bride's bouquet. Take a look:
And I added plenty of those callas in the bridemaid's bouquets as well. I also added some orchids that yours truly had grown. For some reason I have good luck with orchid plants. Nock on a tree.
I just had a lovely wedding in Kensington at the community center, and the bride was not a big fan of flowers. She wanted fruits and vegetables instead. So I worked some magic with some locally grown fruits and veggies and created some beautiful centerpieces. Here are some mock centerpieces to give you an idea of what I did:
I just love getting creative with what the local earth has to offer in it's abundance. As you can see, it's dahlia season and I couldn't help but add some locally grown organic dahlias into the mix.
All the centerpieces I've been doing, whether flowers, veggies or branches have included some key elements of sustainability. All the vases we used in these two wedding ended up getting reused, either in to my collection or into someone's home. That feels so good!
In Green Weddings and Health,
a Garden Party at the UC Berkeley Botanical GardensSunday, June 28th 2009 from 2-5pm If you live in the Bay Area, and especially if you live in the East Bay, you should definitely come and check out the Green Gala at the UC Botanical Gardens in Berkeley for their garden party fundraiser on Sunday June 28th, 2009. First off, the gardens are a lovely place and are beautifully located in the Berkeley hills. There are hiking trails nearby and a lovely view of the Bay. But most importantly, this event is a fundraiser that will be directly benefitting the gardens themselves. Here is some information in the words of the Organizers themselves about the event:
The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley is pleased to announce our Garden Party Fundraiser green gala to be held on Sunday, June 28, 2009 from 2pm-5pm. This year’s fundraiser will highlight the critical work we do to educate the public on the truly amazing relationship between plants and people. We will present a fashion show of sustainable, local designs that will be held in our stunning Redwood Grove Amphitheater followed by festivities in the Garden. A bamboo garden structure and displays of wood and other fiber and dye plants included in the Garden’s acclaimed collection will be in the entrance. Guests will taste seasonal, organic and delicious creations from Devoted Catering by Amiee Alan. Enjoy live music and biodynamic wine from Quivira Vineyards. A silent auction of green and gorgeous items will help raise much needed funds to support the Garden’s living collections.And, guess who's providing some donated floral and design displays! Yes, Gorgeous and Green is in charge of floral decor and design for the Redwood Grove, where the fashion show will take place. I'm going to play on the natural elements of the gardens and on the lovely organic and sustainable designs of the clothing showcased in the show. I may even include some recycled fabrics of my own... from my own sewing collection. It should be a fun and festive event. I hope to see you there! I will of course, provide some pics of the designs I create, in case you can't make it. G&G