Sunflower wedding at the Hotel Shattuck and Berkeley Botanical Garden by Gorgeous and Green

Sunny wedding in Berkeley

A beautiful array of colorful photos from a wedding Gorgeous and Green created floral designs for last year. From a wedding at the UC Botanical Garden and Hotel Shattuck in Berkeley.
Simple boutonnieres with a french garden feel by Gorgeous and Green

Some Gorgeous and Green Boutonnieres

This past fall we had quite a few lovely weddings, and that means many boutonnieres! Here are a few pics of my favorite boutonnieres:

Various golden yellow boutonnieres by Gorgeous and Green for a wedding at Marin Headlands

from a fun fall wedding in Sausalito

french wildflower boutonnieres for a photoshoot with a and b creative

french garden bouts for a shoot with A&B Creative

various boutonnieres for a wedding by Gorgeous and green, 20 in all!

20 Boutonnieres and every boutonniere was different!

 

Mossy dianthus for a boutonniere by Gorgeous and Green, wedding in the Redwoods

mossy boutonnieres for a local wedding

A simple calla boutonniere with spanish moss by Gorgeous and Green, for a wedding in Santa Cruz

Spanish moss boutonnieres for a wedding in Moss Beach!

Boutonnieres are fun, and can be a creative way to add color and texture. In Locally Grown and Green, G&G PS: If you are in the market for Wedding floral decor this year and still haven't booked, please contact us ASAP!  We are doing a limited number of weddings this year, so don't delay.  We are having a booking special for remaining dates in 2013.  No delivery fee on local wedding decor budgets over $3,000. (within a 75 mile radius)
Pilar Zuniga of Gorgeous and Green designing tables at Diablo Ranch for a wedding

Mt Diablo for a Gorgeous and Green Wedding

This summer I provided the floral decor for a wedding at a ranch on Mt Diablo called Diablo Ranch, a rustic and very cow and cowboy location in the East Bay.

Diablo Ranch, wedding and event venue in the East Bay

The bride really was the design force behind the tablescapes and style.  Gorgeous and Green's take on bright, natural, eclectic and exuberant plant and flower life was a great match.  With collected items from both her and my collection of vintage silver pieces and china, all the containers were reused vintage pieces that gave her tables a bohemian and bright version of Miss Havisham.  (something named right away during our conversation about the wedding since I'm a fan of the book: Great Expectations) I used locally grown flowers, a lot of dahlias, celosia, passion flower, scabiosa flowers, lupine, sweet william and other flowers.  The colors were a stunning mix of reds, pinks, oranges and plenty of greens.

Pilar Zuniga, of Gorgeous and Green designing florals for an outdoor wedding at Diablo Ranch

The wedding couple with unique and fabulous taste with florals by Gorgeous and Green

Vintage Urn we used at the ceremony at Diablo Ranch, florals by Gorgeous and Green

a lovely vintage urn of the Bride's collection filled with colorful blooms and branches

Details of the Diablo Ranch wedding outside with florals by Gorgeous and Green

The couple at the Ceremony outside at Diablo Ranch, florals by Gorgeous and Green

Love the colors of this wedding at Diablo Ranch, Pilar Zuniga of Gorgeous and Green

Beautiful and unique bar arrangement for a wedding at Diablo Ranch, florals by Gorgeous and Green

all photos by JRotstenphotographer.com 

In Local Green Love,

G&G

Succulent orange and mustart bridal bouquet by Gorgeous and Green

A Succulent and Dahlia wedding at Flora Grubb

Here are a few sneak photos from a wedding Gorgeous and Green participated in at Flora Grubb in San Francisco on July 30th.  (A more recent blog post has photographer's photos, these are all old iphone photos)

We created the table centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres as well as a large 4 foot wide arrangement that hung above the wedding party table.  Lots of local succulents and dahlias!  It was a grand affair with the planning help of Vera Devera of  Va de Vie Events.  Beautiful.

Bubble cognac vase with gathered local blooms and succulents

Repurposed wood drawer with local dahlias, scabiosa pods and succulents.  No floral foam was used, I have a secret trick that included more reusing....

Planted terrariums (one borrowed from Vera) are so interesting to look at and classy.

A large arrangement of blooms and succulents in a footed glass vase.

And the amazing hanging box...........

Cheers to the newlyweds, G&G

Revival's flowers July 20th 2011

This week at Revival bar and kitchen, the flower arrangements Gorgeous and Green created included some bright protea and local berries.  Here are a few pictures of the week's arrangements.

 

The host table has one yellow pincusion in a vintage candlewick drinking glass.

 

The Large French bucket in the back is stacked with bushy branches and some bright organic and local sunflowers.

 

The vintage vase (my favorite vase) has some pink protea and lovely local amaranth, organic bells of ireland and local branches and berries.  

  In green and health, G&G

An Earth Friendly and Vegan Earth Day, and Everyday

As you know, every day is Earth Day.  Especially here at Gorgeous and Green! A local and green certified Event Planner, Karine Brighten, also treats each day as earth day.  Apart from being green certified and having connections with local green vendors, she is also committed to education as we are.  This past April 22nd, the traditional Earth Day, she put on an event in Berkeley that highlighted her commitment to the environment and her belief in eating and living as a vegan.

 

gorgeous and green's earth day arrangement

I asked her to share more about her event: 1. What was your vision in creating a vegan earth day in Berkeley? My vision for the event was to start a new tradition, and that new tradition was to celebrate the link between veganism and a healthy environment in honor of Earth Day. There are many events in the San Francisco Bay Area that take place on this day, but none that focus specifically on the positive effects of veganism on the environment. My goal was to have people leave the event feeling inspired, and with tools that they can use to help the planet.

2. Please describe the event and who you chose to include in the day? The event consisted of the screening of an award-winning feature documentary, “Call of Life, Facing the Mass Extinction” by Species Alliances. The film investigates the growing threat to Earth’s life support systems as a result of dwindling biodiversity.  Following the film there was a panel discussion of 4 experts in vegan lifestyle, nutrition, and sustainability. After the panel discussion there was a catered vegan reception that everyone loved!

3. Do you feel like your vision was achieved?  What else would you like to include in up and coming vegan earth days? I couldn’t be happier with the ways things turned out! The event sold out and people walked away feeling motivated to make changes in their lifestyle. The tradition will indeed continue next year, and I hope to make it a full day event.

 

Gorgeous and Green was hired to provide the cute edible baskets for the event:

Gorgeous and Green's edible baskets for Vegan Earth Day

in Green and Health, G&G

Flowers at Revival Bar and Kitchen June 29th 2011

Another week of Gorgeous and Green arrangements for a local restaurant.  This last week at Revival, I brought in some lovely japanese maple branches and some wispy asparagus branches.  The asparagus added a lovely texture and soft lines.

I added a few hydgrangea inside the branches, so they could peak out as people see it from different angles.

Here you can see wisps of asparagus leaves  and kale trailing from a simple bouquet of roses and gerbera that were left over from a past event.

We are getting some great local birds of paradise (summertime is a good time to get my hands on more "tropical" flowers that are locally grown) so I added in a couple to this vintage vase arrangement of local organic bells of ireland and celosia that will open in the next few days. Here's a little arrangement I made for the front host table, some lovely maple leaves, local and organic scabiosa pods and organic scabiosa flowers and local crespedia.  I love their shapes. In Green and Health, G&G

Fun at the sale

Last Saturday we had a great Airplant sale!  So many folks came out to buy airplants, make airplant terrariums and branch designs and chat it up with us at Gorgeous and Green.  It was a fun time all around and I hope to offer more opportunities to get the community creating! Many people brought their own glass jars and containers to make airplant homes.  What a great way to give new life to old things:

And of course some of the best creative expertise came from the young people who participated:

 

Thanks to all that came, and don't hesitate to get on our email list if you want to hear more about our quarterly events. In Green and Fun, G&G