Friday, August 3, 2012

Come Meet Me and See My Demo, "Tablescape Design with Flea Market Finds" / Roseville Sacramento Folsom Wedding Flowers Florist

Tomorrow, Saturday August 4, I will be giving a demo on how to create tablescapes using flea market finds.  I went shopping at Denio's market in Roseville last Sunday - it's a HUGE flea market in Roseville - and spent $50 on some wonderful things that I'll show you tomorrow!  Learn some of my secrets on how to make your vintage finds integrate with each other and look beautiful.  If you like vintage, I'm also offering a Denio's special to style YOUR vintage finds for your wedding. So come out, we'll be in the shade, and my demo will start at 11:05.  There is a great salsa contest (ala "Chopped") that sounds very exciting, and there will be lots of tasting opportunities in the Farmers Market, too.  Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes, wear a hat (I hope you'll check out the flea market too!), stay hydrated, and bring your cart (or buy one at Denio's!) or wagon to bring home your wonderful finds!

Market Location:
1551 Vineyard Road
Roseville, California 95678
Market Hours
Open Every Saturday
7:00am to 3:30pm
Open Every Sunday:
7:00am to 5:00pm
Open Every Friday:
10:00am to 3:00pm

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What's Your Wedding Flower Style? DIY Wedding Flower Classes / Sacramento / Folsom / Placerville

DIY Wedding Flower Class, Wedding Bouquets, Sacramento Folsom Placerville Lake Tahoe

Are you wanting to DIY your wedding flowers?  Maybe thinking about a wedding flower business?  A Special Day Designs offers wedding flower classes for the beginner.  My student Joan created a lovely vintage style wedding bouquet of cream roses, pinky peach stock, white lisiathus, queen anne's lace, and pale peach carnations.  This was only her second class....but I think she's well on her way in learning floral design, and with her love of antiques, I see her vintage vibe here!  She even had a lovely cut crystal trumpet vase to display her bouquet in.

Learn how to make DIY Wedding Flowers.  Classes in Sacramento, Shingle Springs, Placerville, Lake Tahoe

Joan's friend Wave decided to be daring and try a crescent-shape bouquet for her second bouquet.  I think she did a great job!  Quite lovely, and she really liked having more fern showing, maybe she will find she is a naturalistic designer, or maybe modern high-style.  I see the crescent shape, do you??

Vintage wedding bouquet Folsom, Sacramento, Auburn, Foresthill, Garden Valley wedding flowers

One thing about learning floral design is that it is an art, and you are the artist.  You have to find your artistic "voice".  My artistic voice, above, and below, tends to be modern - grouping of flowers (in fashion, it's called color blocking) and not "polka dotty."  I emphasized the dusty miller, and I like a naturalistic look - not a perfect moundy-roundy. What about you?

Vintage wedding bouquet blush tones Shingle Springs, Coloma, Camino, Sacramento wedding flowers florist
Vintage bouquet of queen anne's lace, succulent, cream roses, dusty miller, lisianthus, peach carnations

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Vintage Tablescape / Candles, Old Frame, Lace, and Flowers / Sacramento Folsom Lake Tahoe Placerville Wedding Flowers Florist

Vintage tablescape by Monique Wilber, A Special Day Designs, for Sacramento, Placerville, Lake Tahoe, Coloma, Folsom, Georgetown, and nearby area weddings.




Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pretty in Pink Gerbera / Camino / Apple Hill / Placerville Wedding Flower Florist

Pink Gerbera and pink spray rose wedding bouquet for Apple Hill / Camino wedding near Placerville in El Dorado County

Meredith had a lovely pink and navy wedding at Silverthorne Meadows wedding venue in Apple Hill / Camino.  Her flower choices included shades of pink gerberas, spray roses, carnations, and roses. Carnations are cool!!!

A Special Day Designs designed her personal flowers and headtable flowers; she purchased DIY bulk wedding flowers from us to DIY her centerpieces.  She also DIYed her ceremony arch.  Lovely and fresh!

Shades of pink in gerberas, roses, and spray roses, with a navy stem wrap for an Apple Hill wedding.

Groom's bout with navy ribbon wrap, pale pink rose, bright pink spray rose, and green hypericum for a Camino wedding.

Bout of bright pink spray rose with lemon leaf for Apple Hill wedding.

Low headtable centerpiece of gerbera, roses, spray roses, hypericum, and cool carnations for an Apple Hill wedding near Placerville.

Silverthorne Meadows wedding venue, El Dorado County, in Apple Hill / Camino, near Placerville.  Beautiful!  The client decorated her arch herself.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sola / Tapioca / Balsa Wood Wedding Flowers / Truckee Lake Tahoe Sacramento Wedding Flowers Florist

Sola wood (aka balsa wood or tapioca wood) and cotton boll alternative wedding bouquet with metallic and icy details, and a custom etched copper bouquet charm
I had the pleasure of working with Elizabeth for a year on wedding flowers for her March 3, 2012 Truckee winter wedding.  She came to me with the vision of sola wood flowers (also known as tapioca wood or balsa wood flowers) and cotton bolls (because they reminded her of snow), with some metallic bling to reflect her winter wedding.  I took that idea farther, including pine cones embellished with crushed glass (like snow!) and as a nod to her Sierra wedding.  I hung a faceted glass (not acrylic!) crystal ball dangle that gives the idea of an icicle. Metallic touches included silver ting ting, gold skeleton leaves, a copperish rose element, and silver cord handle wrap (over rustic burlap). I finished off the bouquet with hand-shaped couture muslin leaves that were veined with silver and that I formed with antique french tools.  To finish off the metallic accents, I hand-etched and metalsmithed a copper bouquet charm with her initial.  This charm can be removed and worn as a necklace pendant, if she likes. I also included gorgeous, beautifully preserved cream sweetheart roses, as she wanted texture in her bouquet.

For her bridesmaid, I made a bouquet with sola wood flowers and simple muslin leaves and a burlap handle that complemented Elizabeth's bouquet. The bouts complemented both bouquets.

Elizabeth had two flower girls, and I made each a halo head wreath of sola wood flowers.  I included some bling, copper wire and copper ribbon, to match the theme.

The ceremony included a chuppah of birch poles and cloth.  I designed four pole dangles of sola wood flowers that included a faceted glass crystal ball dangle on each to catch the light as the chuppah was carried, and that matched Elizabeth's bouquet.

All of this was done  in advance of the wedding; Elizabeth and her fiancee picked up everything a few weeks before the wedding on their way home from a Lake Tahoe trip.  These are all items that can be done in advance, and in fact, can be mailed anywhere in the world!

Many thanks to Jessa Wilber for the photography.

Hand metalsmithed copper bouquet charm by A Special Day Designs, Shingle Springs, California

Sola wood and cotton boll wedding bouquet, Placerville, California

Balsa wood and cotton boll wedding bouquet with winter elements for a Truckee wedding.

Tapioca wood simple petite bouquet

Balsa wood bouquet with burlap and bling

Simple and elegant sola wood bouquet
Sola wood and cotton boll boutonniere
Balsa wood bout with couture french millinery leaf
Sola wood flower girl halo head wreath
Balsa wood flower flowergirl halo head wreath
Sola wood flower chuppah pole wedding decor

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Woodland Wedding At Nestldown Los Gatos / Placerville Lake Tahoe Wedding Flowers Florist

Woodland bouquet details - cymbidium orchid, raspberries, dahlia, spray roses, hypericum berry, and maidenhair fern

 We are well into autumn now, and my season has wrapped up, which means I now have time to post lovely weddings on the blog.  Ashley and Brandon were married in September, and she definitely had a woodland / bird style going on.  What I loved about their wedding style was the great details, yet things were understated, elegant, and very authentic.

Blue thistle, dahlias, spray roses, raspberries, and callas were details in her woodland wedding bouquet for her ceremony at Nestldown in Los Gatos

I worked with Ashley for a year on her started out as peach roses and safari sunset with hypericum berries, to emerge into a wonderful woodland bouquet.  Ashley gave me the freedom to create something beautiful....sometimes I can't be sure of what is at market, and I don't know until I actually order and then pick up the flowers.  She even decided to have me add some peach tulle, which you can see under the dahlia above, as a nod to her many years of ballet lessons.

Woodland wedding bouquet for Nestldown ceremony.

 My bouquets are very authentic....I do not try to create a perfect roundy-moundy Martha-style bouquet that has been quite in fashion for the past decade.  My bouquets are like the topography of the foothills I live in....there is always something interesting around every corner.  Here is Ashley's bouquet.

Woodland bridesmaid bouquet with pompon mums, naked petals, safari sunset, hypericum berries, and peach spray roses
Ashley had a small intimate wedding. She and Brandon both had just one attendant, who wore clothing of their choice to match the blue and green color theme.  Above is the Best Lady's bouquet - I just love that Ashley chose to call her a more modern name....

Brandon had a cymbidium orchid and blue thistle bout.

 I caught up with Ashley and Brandon at the top of the gravel road before they made their entrance.  Both look quite serious in these photos...they are listening to directions from someone...they're about to get married!  Brandon looks quite handsome, and the orchid perfectly matched his handsome blue shirt and patterned tie.

Ashley rocking her vintage woodland look!  Quite a gorgeous bride!
As a florist, I don't always get the best photos of my wedding couples....Ashley was just so gorgeous, this photo doesn't do her justice!  So we continued down the path to set up the ceremony decor, which were two of Ashley's metal candleholders of two different heights.  I loved that they weren't matchy-matchy.  She had me set them up at the back of the aisle.  Here's a tip...if you don't need ceremony markers (I call them markers, because really, there's no "altar") at the front - and she didn't because the arbor is so fantastic - consider putting flowers behind the last row of chairs, at the aisle.  All your guests will see them when they come in...
Woodland ceremony marker flowers

 I love this sweet photo of Ashley's dad helping put her train out...and I don't understand how Ashley walked down those many, steep stairs in heels!

Lovely bride at lovely Nestldown!

 Here's the lovely arbor and our lovely wedding couple...there's a pond with a fountain behind them, in full sunlight.  Guests sat in a lovely shaded woodland clearing.

Exchanging vows at Nestldown.

On to the reception!  Ashley developed her ideas for the reception with me over the year....she pretty much knew what she wanted, and I made suggestions on flowers and based on her thoughts and inspiration photos, I was able to recommend and carry out what she wanted for her tables and cake pedestal.

Rosemary and menu in napkin at each place.
Submerged wedding centerpieces of blue delphinium with floating candle; callas, and a ball candle with table number, all on a stained stump.  Not only were rose petals strewn about, but also hypericum berries, to add to the woodland feel.
I just love this ball candle in a short cylinder, with a wood table number...perfect!
There were lovely vegetarian appetizers at each table, for after the cocktail hour.
Wedding cake on unique cake pedestal of glass square vases with rose petals
The wedding reception was held at the lovely Hotel Los Gatos.  The hotel service and food was superb; my only complaint was that they booked the room right before her wedding, a couple of weeks before her wedding.  It was quite a challenge to set everything up.  When you book your wedding reception, make sure there is enough time for your florist, dj, and baker to set up (you really don't want your venue staff moving your me!).  One hour is usually NOT enough time between events.  Don't forget that the venue has to clear the last event, set up for yours, and put fresh linens on before your florist and baker can set up.

I love to tuck flower heads in wherever I can!

The ceremony bouquet repurposed at the wedding reception buffet.
Details from the buffet table....
I love flower heads in votives or small containers.

A sweet bird-themed remembrance for guests to take home.
 Thank you Ashley & Brandon for letting me share your special day!  Best wishes on your journey through life together!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Metals Still Trending in Wedding Design / Alternative Wedding

This copper bracelet works well as a wrist corsage - the gift that keeps on giving!  I cut and patinaed the base; hand forged the wrist band; and added lots of luscious fire-polished crystals in what I call "Lake Tahoe blues" - that is, several shades of blue, green, yellow, and clear, as well as copper-colored crystals.
Metals have been trending in wedding design, and they are still holding strong.  Especially important this season are the metals which have taken the place of out-of-price-range gold: brass, copper, steel, nobium, and silver and German silver (both fine metals).  They might be finished by a bright polish to show their natural beauty, or may have a natural or other patina added; they might be painted, inked, or etched, to match your wedding colors.

Here are some copper lovelies that I have metalsmithed - I have cut from copper sheet, sanded, hammered, torched, soldered, and smithed especially for weddings.  I'm also showing some examples from other artists of what you might use in your wedding.

This copper and crystal beauty is for the offbeat, individual, and alternative wedding.  It can be used as a copper boutonniere or a copper corsage.  This one has fire polished crystals to match the natural patina on my hammered copper, but you can choose any color crystal you would like.  It has a pin back for easy wearing.
I hand cut the metal for this copper boutonniere, then took careful time to shape it into this slender bloom holder, soldered it and applied a natural patina, and added a pin back.  The silver solder does show, but that just adds to its authenticness and naturalness. 
Etching is another great technique that metalsmiths use to bring out your theme or personality.  The following two photos are by different artists, but both beautifully show the etching technique. I can etch whatever you might like.

Beautiful etching, which could be the basis for a bout or corsage, via Rebecca Ward

Your initial or monogram can be etched as shown, for a bouquet charm.  Or, imagine your initials or monogram on a square or rectangular piece of metal as a bout or corsage base. Via Intheloftdesigns on etsy.