Amethyst, Rasberry and a Green Wedding

Earlier this year Gorgeous and Green helped a bride and her savvy friends decorate a sustainable wedding at the Brazil Room in Tilden Park.  They had a small budget, so many of the sustainable elements were also budget friendly as well. She chose a floral print dress for the bridesmaids that they thought they could wear again.  An important thing to think about when you are choosing dresses.

Photography by Claire Mulkey and Daniela Fedorowicz

The colors were dark jewel tones in the purples, pinks and blues.  I used a lot of local scabiosa and amaranth, as well as local anemones, dahlias and celosia.

She provided a collection of found vases for us to use as her centerpieces, and each arrangement consisted of a trio of vases artistically filled with blooms, ferns and branches.  Most of the vases were salvaged or reused and then reused again when she invited guests to take them home.  The arranged centerpieces were all different, and I loved how they turned out.  I only have a few pics to share, but you get the idea:

A good friend of the bride made some paper flowers to use in the decor and I attached those to a fern garland I lined the aisle with.

Even the boutonnieres were delicate jewels with both local scabiosa flowers and pods.

In Green and Health, G&G

 

Our Restaurant clients last week

Gorgeous and Green does the weekly arrangements for the restaurant Paisan, in Berkeley.  We usually do just a few pieces, they have a small space and just a few touches of color brighten it up.  These were created by my assistant Ryan.

 

some small arrangements for a few tables

Last week at Revival I used a lot of green for the arrangements.  I love all the different textures and strange looking living things that show up in these arrangements.

Thanksgiving Centerpieces and green thanks

Photos courtesy of Corduroy Media I recently shared some pics and some thoughts with the Allison Beck, an editor of a website in NYC called The Daily Meal.  They showcased some Thanksgiving themed centerpieces that my assistant Celia and I worked on for Gorgeous and Green.    I also answered some questions about sustainable arrangements and Thanksgiving.  Take a look at some thoughts I shared in the article: When creating centerpieces for Thanksgiving, what inspires you? Pilar: With any of my arrangements, I always look to what is locally in season. Follow the seasons around you to find colors and themes; in the fall to use browns and yellows and reds, because as plants and leaves die, we get to see some magnificent colors. Squash is also prevalent, so we see the use of pumpkins and gourds and squash in a lot of displays and arrangements. Pilar, what about creating stunning centerpieces, without breaking the bank? In a lot of my arrangements, I use vintage and reused containers and items that a lot of people may have around their house but never thought to combine with flowers or plants—I love unique containers. Sometimes an old gravy boat, candy dish or an old bird cage make for a stunning display. Plus, it's all about reusing and reinventing and that means it's also eco-friendly. Pilar, what are some "green" floral decorating tips that people should remember when purchasing materials? In addition to reusing and buying local/in season, it's also important that people pay attention to pesticides, organics and fair trade as well. As with food, flowers can be sprayed with a lot of toxic chemicals that affect everyone involved, from the cultivators of the flower to those who cut, sell, arrange and end up enjoying its beauty. I try to use as many growers as possible who don't use sprays, so that we can have fewer toxins that affect our people and the earth. Fair trade is also important to think about, and is directly linked to the health of communities and the environment. Hopefully, when you buy local or fair trade, you are supporting businesses who can then support and pay their employees fairly. Hopefully if you are going to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, you can remember to show your thanks in the many actions it takes to put something like a dinner or gathering together, and all the people and the planet that is touched by our actions, every day. In Green and Health, G&G

sweet buttercups: local, organic and fair trade wedding

A Yellow Buttercup Wedding

Spring is on it's way, and here in CA we've been showered with lovely rain to quench our dry aqueducts.  What is more reminiscent of rain showers and sweetness than daffodils and yellow blooms?  So here's a quick post of some lovely bouquets and other floral adornments that I created for Gorgeous and Green Events www.gorgeousandgreenevents.com with locally grown hydrangea, daffodils, narcissus and organic/fair trade yellow roses.   

 

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up close and you might want to drink from these butter cups

  two-buttercups

two bridesmaids bouquets, smelling sweet

    bright-daffodil

yellow and orange star, a natural show stopper

      hydrangea-pom

hydrangea looks so great as a pomander

   

buttercup-wrista nice full corsage, hydrangea and daffodils light up the wrist

 

Recycling Program: These bouquets made it to a second life when they were donated to City Hall, where couples getting married could use them for their lovely pictures of their civil ceremonies.  I know they brightened a few couples' day!  

For each event I do, I am more than happy (in fact I strongly suggest) that we reuse the lovely flower designs after the ceremony or reception.  If guests can take them home to enjoy or if we end up donating them to a local hospital or older folk's home, it always feels good to spread the love and joy that flowers create in people's lives.

In Green and Health,

G&G