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Friends meet Jeremy+Ana Cristina. Jeremy does awesome graphic design via the 805 collective and Ana Cristina is just the sweetest little thing you’ve ever seen. Jeremy has been helping me as I stumble along the re-branding process for my business. I have been past deadline, indecisive and just completely putting my best type-A face on. Jeremy on the other hand has been patient, kind, helpful and encouraging. I was happy to give back and get decisive about the blooms for their happy day. Enjoy!
Love to Cameron Ingalls for sharing some of his AH-mazing photos!
Hello friends! Well, I’m back from vacation (try not to be too jealous) and ready to get back to monday cuties, consultations, e-mails and lots of pretty flowery things. Since I took the week off last week to fully enjoy my vacation, I have something very special for you this week. My dear friends Nicole+Jeff were married this past summer and I’m so glad to finally get the long awaited photos. Nicole and I have been friends for quite sometime and I love her fun spirited, hard working, always laughing and comforting personality. Nicole has a heart of gold and when I think about some of the most important people in my life she is one of them. As a thank you for creating all her blooms Nicole gifted me my first pair of authentic western earrings. She even wore a pair of my earrings for her something borrowed. Now, Nicole’s a cowgirl…a real legitimate cowgirl…so where else would she marry her man than in a pasture? Yes, a pasture on the family ranch with a few upgraded additions of course. There were sunflowers (naturally), lots of purple (her favorite color), wildflowers (c’mon the wedding was in a pasture), boots, hay and lots of dancing. The evening was filled with so much love and good friends — I think so often of how much fun the day was and I’m honored to have been a part of it. Thank you Nicole+Jeff for allowing me to be a part of this truly special day. Also, thanks to some super awesome vendors who brought the day together: DJ Bob with Phase 1 Entertainment, Jonnell+Niki over at Events Redefined for running things so smooth, Rib Line for making some delish dishes, and Jessica from Paper Sky for crafting some awesome invitations.
|Photos by Bella Castle Photography|
It was a perfect day yesterday. Waking up, creating some seriously beautiful flowers for a photo shoot and then meeting up with two of the sweetest people I know (see their pretty faces below) for a glass of wine. Let’s just say I seriously enjoyed the 80 degree January day in SLO. I thought it would be difficult for all of the other days of the week to trump Sunday but as it turns out Monday, only 3 hours young and after a superb french press brew, is making sure to keep the good stuff coming!
Cameron Ingalls is a ridiculously talented photographer and also happens to be a SUPER nice guy. I have admired his work for a while, even from the early days of photographs hanging in local coffee shops. Cameron’s work is romantic, meaningful and every picture seems to tell a very sweet story. He also has a project called The Wedding Standard, a place for brides, vendors and interested people in the like to look for folks in the industry who are raising the bar. From The Wedding Standard Cameron says, “I want my brides to have the best of the best, the people that don’t just work for a paycheck, but who work with a love for their craft and a passion for people. Artists interviewed here are those that don’t settle for mediocrity in what they do, they see their business as a service and an art form”. I hope you can understand the excitement I felt when Cameron asked if he could interview ME for The Wedding Standard! It’s so awesome to be recognized by such a leader in the wedding industry but to also be grouped together with so many talented folks. I feel so humbled. So….without further ado check out the interview HERE!
*Cameron Ingalls, Inc.
I’m so over the moon excited to share this wedding with you all…but…we’ll have to wait! It’s been a busy couple of weeks with new client meetings, proposals, inspiration boards and booking! Feeling so blessed already for 2011! For now, here’s a sneak peak of Kim+Matt’s awesome fete. Can’t wait to share loads of images! Thanks to Elisa from Ahlin Photography for helping our blooms look their very best!
Super excited for what the 2011 wedding season holds but for now here’s a few of our favorites from 2010. Many thanks to all the wonderful people we got to work for and with this past year – YOU ARE AWESOME! 2010 has truly been a tremendous year for April Flowers and we are stoked to be so busy already for next year. As we are rounding the corner and headed into 2011, I’m feeling so blessed for all that has happened and also so excited for what is to come. Cheers to all we have to look forward to in this coming year!
# 1. An orchid robber you ask? Yes, it’s true. Someone stole an orchid from the shop this past week. Here’s the story in case you didn’t read it in the newspaper. Just kidding it wasn’t in the paper…just making sure you were paying attention. So….I had prepared a beautiful cymbidium orchid to send out on delivery and set it in the back of the shop which we sometimes do because space is so limited. When our “Director of Deliveries”, Jason, went to find it it had up and walked away from it’s happy home. I was, to say the least, distraught at the notion of someone up and making off with a huge plant that wasn’t meant for them to take. I called up my…ahem…connection in law enforcement and he quickly came to my aide and tried to track down the thief (they couldn’t be that hard to find carrying a huge orchid plant right?). Well as he was driving the perimeter of the shopping center, alas, there it was cut up and left for dead. He continued to make some inquiries and discovered that an employee of a neighboring business had lifted the plant right out from under us. She wanted the blooms so she cut them off and left the plant for it was too large to carry onto the bus. The long story short is: she stole the plant, he found it, we got it back and she got fired. Thanks to that dashing man I know in a uniform for coming to my rescue and bringing the cymbidium back to it’s rightful owner. I owe you one. Here’s a photo he snapped with his phone when he first made the discovery.
#2. On a happier note a little treat arrived in my mailbox recently from Mirelle Carmichael. It was a sweetly wrapped disk of images from Miranda+Jake’s wedding at the Flying Caballos Ranch back in October. You may remember reading a bit about their feature on the wedding chicks…if you don’t go ahead and click here. I was happy to have the images all to myself to share so without further a-due please check them out below!
Jen, Simon and I had our flower consultation in my living room, on my couch, in our pj’s with a cup of coffee in hand. So cozy and comfortable as Josh was making us breakfast in the kitchen. How did this come to be I know you are thinking to yourself? At the time Josh and I had a housemate, Brian, who rented out one of our rooms. His pals Jen+Simon happened to be getting married in Santa Barbara at the beautiful Bacara Resort and he introduced us. We hit it off (it was hard not to over such an awesome breakfast and coffee) and here are a few of the results of our collaboration. Thanks to Austin & Dara Photography for the fabulous shots and to CanaVP for creating such a moving video.
Hello friends. It has been a very long, but productive, evening of putting together proposal and inspirations for future clients. I’m excited to be happily working, meeting so many awesome new folks and getting inspired daily. For today I thought I’d treat you to a few images from Lauren+Matt’s wedding and a little inspiration for a future wedding. Thanks to Sam Potter for sharing the images of Lauren+Matt’s wedding…..see his work here!
I was contacted recently by a potential client, Chelsea, who’s friends flowers we did a while back! Chelsea wanted to schedule a consultation but wanted to wait until she and her love had decided on colors for the wedding. I wrote her back and said of course, that would be fine BUT why not schedule a consultation to go over colors with me?! I suggested that she use me as a great resource for what colors are coming into trend, will work well and be available in your season and look great with your venue! After all what better person to chat with than the person who will probably inject the most color at your wedding? I’ve been helping clients like Chelsea by creating inspiration boards – and not just for flowers. Inspiration boards that do just what their title describes….inspire. I’ve been so creatively inspired lately (thanks Mom for my new Lonny mag obsession!) by so many people and their talents! Happy Monday friends!
P.S. Leave a comment. How are you inspired?