Some materials to have: clippers, wire snips, scissors, tape, wires
lineup your foliage stems in a bouquet shape
Tie with wire, and add in layers of textures and blooms
Add in blooms that are dried or will dry well
Tie with wire along the way, to make sure each layer is nice and solid
Wrap with ribbons
cut stems to the same length for a clean look
Hang in the middle of your door.
Blog by Pilar Zuniga, owner of Gorgeous and Green, a sustainable florist and online boutique featuring gifts and florals for local bike delivery to Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville. Pilar specializes in using locally grown and sustainably grown flowers, foliage and greens in floral designs for small and large weddings, corporate and other events, restaurants, offices as well as gift and home use. The Gorgeous and Green online store includes an array of local and sustainable gifts, recycled jewelry, paper free cards and local grown and or organic flowers when available.
Originally, she was just going to order some floral designs for the wedding parts, bouquets and boutonnieres and such. And she actually submitted an order via our online store for small event orders. But as time went on, she ordered a little more and a little more, and we ended up doing all the florals for the event.
We were so lucky to work with an amazing team including the Photographer, From the Daisies , the Caterer, Trumpetvine Catering and the Wedding Planner, One Fine Day SF. We also were lucky to have the whole event shared up on the June Bug Weddings Blog earlier this season.
Here are a few snapshots from the gorgeous moody and oh so romantic florals, decor and feel of that day.
The Bridesmaids looking adorable in the Berkeley Rose Garden. Photo by From the Daisies.
The Gorgeous Redwoods in the grove. Photo by From the Daisies.
A lovely moment during the ceremony at the Grove. Photo by From the Daisies.
Wedding Party goals: Beautiful people and flowers in blush and burgundy hues. Photo by From the Daisies.
An intimate moment in the Rose garden. Photo by From the Daisies.
Roses all around the love. Photo by From the Daisies.
Earlier this year a photographer approached Gorgeous and Green and asked if she could photograph my work. Initially we were thinking something fairly simple, maybe an afternoon in my studio. But I fired up an old idea I had had many years ago, and decided to do a little photoshoot in my own home. Specifically, in my clawfoot tub that sits up against a bright window in the bathroom.
I found a model who was willing to come sit in my creation and I hunted through my wardrobe to find some elements we could include in this photoshoot. I brought buckets and buckets of flowers and plenty of foliage and branches to create something that would stand out. Here's what I came up with:
It turned out to be a color infused garden of foliage and florals. With beautiful natural light shining through the window, and the model dressed in a simple bathing suit by Zoe Bikini and a James Coviello dressing gown from Anthropologie, all with touches of gold, we were in awe. The feeling it conveys is slightly romantic and ethereal, with a touch of fierceness.
Even women warriors have to rest. Photo by Nautilus Lens
A snippet of the floral beauty in and around the bathtub. Photo by Nautilus Lens
It was very important to me to include an image of a person of color, feeling beautiful and strong in this creation. It isn't often that we get to see brown women pictured in this way. In a way, the warrior woman here represents the fight for change that so many of us have taken on, in small and big ways. This warrior represents the warrior I strive to be in my own life and in this specific arena of representation. She also represents the woman warrior in so many of us and on so many levels as we fight to make change for women everywhere. My initial idea was to go for something that suggested a strong and beautiful woman taking a dip in a bountiful haven or floral beauty. I think it came out pretty much on target. G&G
I was recently asked to collaborate with a marketing and branding guru, Anastasia from The Identite Collective. She was in need of beautiful florals for a two day workshop at the famed Oh Happy Day Studios in SF, and I was in need of some great pointers to help me with my brand and social media marketing. It was friendship and collaboration magic, and I believe we both got a lot out of helping each other. It was also a great opportunity to create supportive community, and with some amazing business gals to boot. Here are a few photos from the fantastic weekend workshop and the florals. If you are in need of a marketing guru who specializes in women entrepreneurs, check her out!
All photos by JennaLynnPhotography
I'm excited to announce that the new Gorgeous and Green studio in Oakland, CA is up on Design Sponge! Featuring beautiful images by Nicole of Sorella Muse and curated beautifully by Rebekah of A and B Creative. It's a sample of the goings on in this little corner of the Bay, where we create fresh, bountiful, local grown and artfully designed floral and botanical designs for events, corporate offices as well as floral designs and gift boxes for local gift delivery by bike (by Pedal Express). If you haven't had a chance to see my little creative heaven in Oakland, please visit the tour here.
The corrugated metal of the front of the studio
Making beautiful designs in the studio with local grown goodness.
Hands hard at work.
The ever popular reclaimed chandeliers painted chartreuse.
You'll see a lot of reuse, reclaimed items, beautiful florals, lots of natural light, and of course the chartreuse chandeliers. Enjoy.