Tuesday, August 3, 2010


I take a fantastic Pilates class in Russian Hill with a one of a kind instructor, Lisa Chow. Last year Lisa had an open house for which I designed a couple of debut centerpieces. One of my fellow classmates, “M”, had seen these arrangements and had kept Nafis Designs in mind for her California backyard wedding reception.

“M” and her man got married on the Garden Island of Kauai, Hawaii and were looking to keep the same vibrant floral vibe going for their reception in California.

The flowers: Bright Orange Roses, Orange Asiatic Lilies, Orange Dahlias, White and Pink Calla Lilies, Heleconia, Ginger, New Zealand Flax, Curly Willow, and Ti Leaves.

The Setting: A lovely home in San Anselmo,CA; four dining tables on the front lawn with turquoise and deep eggplant colored linens, a few cocktail tables by the swimming pool in the back, a bar table, and a buffet for the yummy food.

Since the reception was outdoors, and there was high possibility for wind in the evening, the Bride wanted to make sure that the arrangements were relatively low in height or that they were heavily weighted at their base to ensure that the vases wouldn’t tip over. We filled the base of the taller vases with black river rock, while the shorter vases were wrapped in Ti leaves and filled with floral oasis.

With the variety of flowers, the garden setting, and the smell of delicious food wafting through the air, M’s poolside reception was like a little piece of paradise! Aloha!

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