Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Architect + Landscape Architect = Love!

Oh, it also probably means that they’ll have a killer house and gorgeous back yard, of course!

This wedding was a true pleasure to work on. The bride, an Architect by training, and the groom, a Landscape Architect, had a great eye for design and knew exactly what they were looking for, but were totally open to suggestions and changes to help their dream wedding come to fruition. 
At our first consultation meeting, the bride said to me: “I’m so torn, because I want a really streamlined, modern, and architectural wedding, but then again, I’ve been dreaming about the big white poofy wedding since I was a little girl!”  I assured her that there were plenty of ways to bridge the gap and make it look absolutely stunning.

The colors were Yellow and Grey; a fantastic combination for this young couple’s modern wedding at the San Francisco Art Institute. The greys worked in concert the modern concrete architecture of the building, while the yellows added the right touch of color to help soften everything while being super cheerful and pretty.

Every bride has a favorite flower, or at least a flower that really speaks to her personality. This bride’s was “Billy Balls”, otherwise known as Crespedia. It has a Canary yellow color, spherical head, and tall slender stem that gives it a lot of character.  

With the main flower in mind, we started to chat about all the other flowers that would complement the Billy Balls while keeping everything modern, fresh, yet classic. Our list quickly became: Billy Balls, Brunia, White Freesia, White Star of Jerusalem, Fiddle Sticks, yellow Mini Calla Lilies, and Curly Willow. 

The Bouquet: Modern, streamlined, yet full of texture and spunk. 
The Boutonnières: A couple of Billy Balls, a sprig of Brunia, and a Fiddle Stick made the boutonnières fun and also made them pop for all the men in the bridal party. 
The Corsages: Classic 
The Bridesmaids Bouquets: Calla Lilies, and Billy Balls completed the bridesmaid look. Simple and sophisticated.

The Altar Piece: At our first consultation, the bride mentioned that she wanted tall branches with Billy Balls attached to them for her altar piece. Two large vases, 100 lbs of tumbled mirror from Builders Resources, a bundle of Curly Willow and a couple bunches of Crespedia later, we placed the altar pieces on two stressed wood pillars that the groom had hand made himself and it was ready to receive the lovely couple and their entourage! 

After the ceremony, the altar arrangements were moved downstairs and flanked either side of the wedding party's table.
Another wedding, one happy Architect and Landscape Architect later, and I am even more energized and dedicated to making more brides' and grooms' floranista visions come true! Congratulations TuAnh and Dave!!! (oh, I may have to hire you both in the future to help me build my dream home! ;) )


  1. out of the box fabulous! nice job phantom floranista!

  2. just saw this. such a turn from the traditional wedding flowers, but at the same time so classic. absolutely stunning. LOVE this.

  3. Astonishingly original. Beautiful design.