Cabo bound ... this Mexico wedding surely took our breath away

With all the details and glitz and glam and views and stellar photographer and coordinator (and floral designer, if we do say so ourselves) this wedding is one of our favorites! Catherine and Ethan brought us on board to help execute this grand and romantic vision.

Walking towards her forever, Catherine and her father.  Photo by Jana Williams

Walking towards her forever, Catherine and her father. Photo by Jana Williams

The most amazing thing was watching the rental company build a reception venue on nothing but a grassy knoll overlooking the ocean. The day before the wedding we did the walkthough and I was like “okay, sure. I can see how this will come together (????)”. I didn’t quite grasp all the details that Vari from Allure Events had in mind. I just knew it would be gorgeous and we were there for it.

Well, the day of the wedding with the wind gusts and the possible rain we were definitely there!! The oceanside meadow at Cabo del Sol had been transformed. Long structures over the elegant long guest tables, the hanging chandeliers and mirrored head table, the sparkling dance floor … on and on. It was all a dream and we got to accent it all with lush white garden style centerpieces. Trios of arrangements for all the guest tables and one long garden runner for the dramatic head table. The wind died down and the rain stayed away to allow the most romantic wedding ceremony to commence. Watching Catherine walk down the aisle with her proud papa made us all a little teary-eyed.

Then it was back to work! Transferring the ceremony decor over to the reception in a quick dash and then we were off while the wedding party danced the night away under twinkling lights and stars.

Herb Inspired Garden Photo Shoot with Whiskers and Willow



This San Diego herb garden inspired shoot was certainly quite the hit! We love the neutral tones and pops of berries and real herbs. It’s always so important to create as many memories as possible in the floral design and memories attached to scent are at the top of our list. This was our first time working with Whiskers and Willow and - WOW - were we so amazed! Immediately found one of our favorite photographers after getting these back. Although this shoot was small (but mighty) it was jam packed with some of our most favorite details.


Can you imagine wearing a yellow wedding dress for your wildflower wedding???

We can! And it’s amazing…

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We are just so in love with this summery and extra fun wedding in La Jolla. Such a laid back vibe and amazing couple! This wildflower wedding left us starry-eyed after seeing Hannah in her amazing mustard yellow gown. Not only did she LOOK AMAZING she created the entire paper suite! From invites, to menus, to customized newspaper style programs - she worked her magic on it all.

Amazing invite suite by Hannah Rhodes and a sweet little craspedia boutonniere.

Amazing invite suite by Hannah Rhodes and a sweet little craspedia boutonniere.

The private La Jolla Estate offered the most breathtaking oceanfront backdrop and wild hillside for a very personal ceremony.

The arch florals featured local grown tuberose, godetia, iris, spray roses, matricaria, and more seasonal goodness.

The arch florals featured local grown tuberose, godetia, iris, spray roses, matricaria, and more seasonal goodness.

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The guests sat at long dinner tables with draping custom dyed linen runners and gatherings of colorful bud vases. After dinner, guests got to satisfy their sweet tooth(s) with the sweetest treats from Frost Me Gourmet - look at the wildflower accents on this abundant dessert table!

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Caricaturist : JK Expressions
Catering: The Kebab Shop
Coordination: Kaylie Rolin
Dessert: Frost Me Cafe and Bakery
Dress: Sarah Seven, The Dress Theory
Entertainment: Sam Bybee, David R. Norgren, Solstice Events, The Gold Standard
Florals: Blooms by Breesa Lee
Hair and Makeup: XO Beauty
Jewelry: Ben Bridge
Linens and Rentals: Platinum Event Rentals
Menswear: Friar Tux
Paper: Hannah Rhodes
Photography: Becca Batista, Jenny Siegwart
Venue: Private residence

Featured in Exquisite Weddings Magazine

San Diego wedding inspiration. Tropical flowers and garden design in La Jolla.

Nicole George always brings the sweetest couples! Colette and Brian were so excited about each element of the wedding day and let the creatives have a lot of freedom - which is the best! The background of the ceremony didn’t really do it for Colette so we draped larkspur and delphinium from the four post chuppah to create a screen and more intimate setting for them to say “I do”.

For Colette’s bouquet we included some modern tropical elements by incorporating a white king protea, bleached and dried umbrella fern, coral Romantik Antik garden roses, and trailing greenery.

The cake was a classed tiered white cake by Sweet Cheeks and it was accented with a delicate draping floral effect.

We loved the mix of round and long guest tables for the reception. It’s a great way to highlight long tablescape designs with lush garden arrangement centerpieces for the round tables. The long tables held a mix of delicate glassware and more modern geometric terrariums holding floral accents. We repurposed the ceremony decor to really deck out the sweetheart table and create a stunning focal point against the breathtaking ocean view.

Thank you to Shelly Anderson Photography for the beautiful photos!

Intimate and over the top at Rancho Valencia

An intimate wedding doesn’t have to be simple, with a lower guest count it opens up some budget to go over the top with your design elements. This sweet couple let Francine Ribeau Events lead the way on design and let us have our way with the flowers. We created a gorgeous 24 foot continuous floral runner to wow the special guests that took part in this sweet day.

Gorgeous Tented Wedding on Harbor Island in San Diego

What a spectacular day this couple planned! With the help of Molly at Tres Chic Affairs to bring the details together and make sure the day ran smoothly, and some amazing weather, Mike and Nicole's day went off without a hitch.  A customized bar from TBDesigned San Diego, an elegant tented with chiffon draping from Classic Party Rentals, and Coast Catering's delicious recipes - this day was seriously spectacular.  We loved adding the soft and classic floral design to this go-all-out affair.  Thank you Mike and Nicole!

Check out these gorgeous photos from Aga Jones!

Floral Workshop with Tulipina and Jose Villa in Los Angeles

Kiana from Tulipina Design is one of my favorite florists and huge inspiration of mine ...

Once in a while I get the opportunity to meet various people I'm a fan of and quite honestly, through these experiences, I've learned to avoid meeting people I admire because more times than not I end up disappointed.  This era of getting to know people over social media leads to the realization that a lot of people are just not authentic, they are genius at self promotion and marketing but in person they can be a little lack-luster.  Well - 

The Tulipina workshop definitely did not disappoint, Kiana is sweet, authentic, and very real.  Her talent and eye for tone and texture are the real deal. 

bouquet by BLOOMS by breesa lee for the Tulipina Workshop  photo by Jose Villa

bouquet by BLOOMS by breesa lee for the Tulipina Workshop

photo by Jose Villa


I had initially contacted Tulipina Design to assist with the workshop that was held at Hedley & Bennett's production warehouse/office in Los Angeles.  My intention with offering to assist was really that I just wanted to hang out with Kiana, I wanted to get to know her as a person, and understand how she works.  She welcomed the help for day one of set up and encouraged me to still partake in the workshop the following day.  

Photo by Kiana Underwood at the Hedley & Bennett studio in Los Angeles

Photo by Kiana Underwood at the Hedley & Bennett studio in Los Angeles

The first day of helping with set up was like Christmas, box after box of amazing flowers and foliage.  We unwrapped, fresh cut, and processed each bunch of product that was delivered and with each bunch we ooh-ed and ahh-ed.  Zinnias, poppies, peonies, parrot tulips, garden roses, on and on - just so much beauty! All in tones of pink, peach, white, and coral.  Seeing the display of flowers come together was stunning!  Another assistant, Kiana, and I all went out to a gorgeous lunch and had a lovely conversation about flowers, running businesses, travel, and future plans.

The next day was the workshop and we got to work.  Kiana started with basic logistics of how she starts her centerpieces.  I learned how to use a floral frog which, somehow in almost 15 years of designing, I had never used before.  It seriously changed how I make my arrangements now.  I've always used oasis or tape to secure florals in low vessels.  I hate using tape so avoid that at all costs.  Oasis foam is wonderful but you always have to use vases that are not clear to avoid seeing the foam inside and there's more waste when using Oasis.  Now, with floral frogs, I can use my favorite clear crystal urns and the frogs slowly disappear from sight as flowers are added.  The frogs are reusable so that takes care of the extra waste!

Workshop set up at Hedley & Bennett  Photo by Jose Villa

Workshop set up at Hedley & Bennett

Photo by Jose Villa

Additional workshop topics covered bouquet making and wreath installations - another new favorite of mine.  Once each student was finished with our various projects we walked our finished products over to the photo area where the amazing Jose Villa photographed our work.

Throughout the day Kiana answered any and all questions open and honestly.  She never hesitated to share information the students were seeking and encouraged conversation and partnerships between attendees.  

After the workshop concluded, we cleaned up and got the studio back in order.  Kiana let me take home some of the extra product that I used for the art class I volunteer at the following day.  We ended our day with a delicious dinner and lively conversation over tacos and margaritas with another Los Angeles based floral designer she knows.  

I left the whole experience with new friends, connections, inspiration, and new excitement for my own work and the direction I want to take BLOOMS.  Thank you Kiana and all involved for such an amazing experience.


Arrangement by BLOOMS by breesa lee for the Tulipina Workshop  Photo by Jose Villa

Arrangement by BLOOMS by breesa lee for the Tulipina Workshop

Photo by Jose Villa

Westgate Hotel San Diego Photo Shoot

Inspired by the Netflix series, "The Crown", this wedding inspiration features royal details and luxury design.  Lush and full without being overdone, timeless, tasteful, and romantic.  The Westgate Hotel in Downtown San Diego offers the perfect backdrop creating an environment of a grand European Chateau perfect for those San Diego couples that don't want the typical beachy wedding.  It would be a glorious venue for an elegant black tie affair to whisk guests away to a very different time and place.  

What's additionally exciting about this wedding inspiration shoot is that Southern California Bride loved it as much as we did and featured it on their blog, you can see the full feature here.

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Creative Team:

Photography Cavin Elizabeth

Venue The Westgate Hotel San Diego

Florals BLOOMS by breesa lee

Hair and Makeup Unveiled Bridal Beauty

Coordination Luxe Events

Stationary Four Things Paper

Cake Sweet Cheeks 

Ring Trumpet and Horn

Dress Ysa Makino

Vista Valley Country Club Wedding

OOH - one of my favorite San Diego venues.  This place is a serious dream especially if you like garden ceremonies and grand European buildings.  From the bridal suite to the cocktail bar to the ballroom with the grand wooden hearth - it's seriously stunning and each detail is spectacular.  Here I have my favorite photos for my fall wedding with Leif Brandt and Kelsey Rae Designs.  If you're considering Vista Valley Country Club as your wedding venue - book it! And seriously give me a call because I'm obsessed with flowering this place up.  

Intimate Beach Wedding.

Who would have expected a rainy wedding day to be so perfect?  This beautiful couple said their vows with toes in the sand and their family and closest friends standing by.  The photographer, Scott Chebegia, caught each sweet glimpse between the bride and groom while the clouds parted just at the right moment for their first kiss as husband and wife.  The rest of this New Year's Eve beach wedding was spent at the couple's home with an intimate dinner decorated by Folklore Rentals and catered by Root Cellar Catering

Wedding Inspiration in the Meadow

After being asked to participate in a bridal inspiration shoot styled by Blush and Adore and photographed by Acres of Hope Photography I knew the final product was going to be exactly what they are - STUNNING.  

Check out our Trendy Bride blog feature here!

Delicate acacia framing this vibrant bouquet

Delicate acacia framing this vibrant bouquet

Kumquats, protea, and fuchsia ranunculus - love this surprising combo!

Kumquats, protea, and fuchsia ranunculus - love this surprising combo!

Delicate silk trailing ribbon.

Delicate silk trailing ribbon.

Bridal bouquet using Pantone color inspiration.  Full of peach Juliet roses, Mauve Quicksand roses, blue thistle, pink tulips, lavender scabiosa, eucalyptus, ruscus, fern and more. 

Bridal bouquet using Pantone color inspiration.  Full of peach Juliet roses, Mauve Quicksand roses, blue thistle, pink tulips, lavender scabiosa, eucalyptus, ruscus, fern and more. 

Classic soft gray Mrs. Box

Classic soft gray Mrs. Box

This is a shoot I keep coming back to.  It's simple, classic, and elegant. The perfect inspiration for a spring wedding. 

 

Beauty  blush and adore

Photography  acres of hope photography

Florals  blooms by breesa lee

Wardrobe Styling  mish mucho styles

Calligraphy  yours truly calligraphy

Cake  sweet cheeks baking co

Gowns  here comes the bride

Models  @bri.dietz @ashleeeymorgan