Category archives: Bouquets

Modern Tropical Wedding InspirationPart One

So excited to see this modern tropical wedding inspiration shoot featured on 100 Layer Cake. This was the editorial I styled this past November at The Principles of Styling workshop.

Inspired by the colors of the late 60’s and early 70’s the dark eggplants, orange-y reds, and deep cranberries, I wanted to create a contemporary wedding editorial that was all about color. For hair and makeup, Jess Wilcox created a reverse smoky eye which really highlighted the model’s exotic features. For the first bridal look, I pulled a fitted, short, peplum dress from Stone Fox Bride and paired it with classic gold strappy shoes from Kate Whitcomb. Modernist jewelry from VLM Jewelry added a contemporary feel to the overall look. And for her bouquet, bright reds, oranges were accented with lavender, and the cafe tones of Distant Drums. All was paired with a plethora of mustard ribbon called Oro from Tono & Co .

For the table, I wanted it to feel like a dutch still life meets the colorful 60’s and 70’s. I wanted to play with the idea of tone on tone wood, and picked a simple trestle table and benches from Barn Relic as the jumping off point. I found these insane teak, spindly, taper holders from Porch which added even more wood texture. I paired them with them face vase (isn’t she pretty?!), and simple white vases to hold the stunning flowers. To add some more moody accents, I placed rustic black platters of tropical fruit with mini pies by Lele Patisserie in between the florals and tapers. Underneath, a silk runner in peach by Tono & Co softened the overall look. For plates, The Ark‘s terra cotta plates added more color with copper napkin rings featuring velum with guest’s names for a unique place card idea by Susan Silverberg.

Special thanks to my vendors and workshop partners:

Photographer: Megan Sorel | Styling & Production: Kelly Oshiro | Location: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | Flowers: Lavenders Flowers | Hair and Makeup: Jess Wilcox | Short Wedding Dress: Stone Fox Bride from Solstice Bride | Paper: Susan Silverberg | Table, Bench, Black Plates: Barn Relic | Pie: Lele Patisserie | Modern Jewelry: VLM Jewelry | Wedding Ring: 33 Jewels | Ribbon: Tono & Co | Placesettings: The Ark | Headpieces & Belts: Untamed Petals | Candles: Creative Candles | Shoes: Kate Whitcomb| Styling Boards: Heirloom Bindery | Additional Tabletop: Porch

 

The Principles of StylingHands-On Styling Workshop

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This past March I had the pleasure of teaching my first styling workshop. I lectured about how I put together an editorial shoot and create the prop list. I also talked about how I art direct shots so it feels real and authentic for both lifestyle and wedding editorials. Then students had the opportunity to style their own shots at our “styling stations” and apply what they learned. Caroline Tran was on hand to shoot student work and capture this editorial. Solstice Bride provided a classic ballgown by Delphine Manivet and then a elegant sleeved gown by Elizabeth Dye.

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Photography: Caroline Tran | Styling, Floral & Production: Kelly Oshiro | Location: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | Editorial Table: Joy Proctor | Tabletop Rentals: The Ark | Ribbon: Tono & Co | Hair & Makeup: Janet Villa | Dress: Delphine Manivet & Elizabeth Dye from Solstice Bride | Jewelry: 33 Jewels | Video: Lola Video | Chairs: The Tent Merchant | Candles: Creative Candles | Glasses: Pretty Vintage Rentals | Cake: Lele Patisserie | Paper: Written Word Calligraphy

Editorial: Grecian Goddess with Jose Villa

I love the simplicity of this shoot Jose Villa I did back in May…. The shoot was pretty last minute, and came about when I was having lunch with Jose & Joel on Friday in Los Alamos at Bell Street Farms. Jose mentioned these dresses had just come in and he wanted to shoot them again before he had to return them to the designer. So the following Wednesday we captured this…

I’ve been thinking about a Grecian inspired shoot for a while and the Samuelle Couture dresses lended themselves perfectly for this look.

Jose hooked up the location (a top secret ranch that is impossible to get into for the normal person, surfers know this spot well). I had actually done a wedding at this exact spot last year and I banked on if being windy (and it was, the poor model was so cold!).

I pulled a variety of props from my collection, including the brass urn up top that was from my sister’s wedding. The mirror I found at a consignment shop and has the most beautiful tooled metal handle.

I thought of this look as “Athena” the goddess of inspiration and wisdom…

For the second look we used a ball gown and shot on the exact location where I had tented for my wedding last year… Simple drop earrings from 33 Jewels completed the look.

Here, I styled the model, Eva, with loose flowers in a bundle and in her hair. I thought of this look as “Persephone,” very spring-inspired with a bouquet of lilacs, peonies and tulips all from Florabundance. Thank you Jose for capturing these insane images!!!

Lush Wedding Bouquet & Ceremony Inspiration by Amy OsabaPhotos by Megan Sorel

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I loved collaborating with the amazing Amy Osaba on this bridal editorial shot in the olive grove at Lotusland. I pulled a wrought iron structure from Elan Event Rentals for Amy to build her wild and lush floral ceremony arbor. Ingredients included blown out pink garden roses, delphinium, poppies, ranunculus, and hellebore. For the bride, I pulled a stunning Rue de Seine gown with beaded sleeves. For hair and makeup, I was inspired by Veronica Lake, with soft pin curls and berry stained lips, I think Noelle at Chateau Belle captured it perfectly! You can see more of this editorial in the pages of Flutter Magazine and on Wedding Sparrow.

Photographer: Megan Sorel | Stylist: Kelly Oshiro | Florist: Amy Osaba | Arbor: Elan Event Rentals | Chairs: Classic Party Rentals | Wedding Dress: Rue de Seine from Lovely Bride LA | Hair and Makeup: Chateau Belle | Location: Lotusland

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Real Wedding: Greek Garden Elegance

Evie & Nate were seriously a dream couple to work with; super nice, easy going, with amazing taste to boot, and the booked my girl Kirsten for the photos. The inspiration for the wedding design, was Evie’s Greek heritage. When we first spoke, she said she wanted it to feel like her grandmother’s garden in Greece. So we talked about using fresh herbs like bay and lavender, of course olive branches, and then mixing in fluffy garden roses.

In Evie’s bouquet I used a mix of Patience garden roses, bay leaves, lavender, olive branch, and queen anne’s lace and wrapped it up, with a strip of torn linen.

In keeping with the herb theme, I made petite boutonnières of lavender and rosemary and wrapped them with copper velvet ribbon. The bridesmaids carried simple dried lavender poseys finished with a tidy bow.

The ceremony was held at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church and decor was kept simple with olive garlands attached to the church pews.

After the ceremony, guests made there way to the rooftop of the Canary. I designed a “potting bench” seating card table using Town & Country’s potting bench bar. At the center of the table, guests’ names and seating assignments were spelled out on wood plant markers and tucked into moss. To finish the vignette, I used a collection of vintage watering cans, potted lavender, and stacks of rustic garden containers.

On the tables I used a mix of stone, and iron, garden containers and filled them with annabelle hydranga, Patience and Caramel Antique garden roses, bay and olive leaves, sweet peas, and dahlias. A soft green linen was draped over the tables and La Tavola’s cut lace linen layered over. A mix of gold and silver mercury glass candle holders added a hint of metallic glow.

A big congratulaions to Evie & Nate and a big thank you to all the vendors who made this day happen! To see more of this wedding hop over to Once Wed and Santa Barbara Magazine.

One Bouquet Recipe Three Ways by Holly Chapple

Also in this current issue of Flutter is a bouquet story I styled with Holly Chapple‘s beautiful bouquets that she taught as part of Florabundance Design Days. She created one floral recipe and arranged the flowers in 3 different styles, a loose cascade, a traditional dome shape, and a loose organic shape. I styled the model with a taupe dress from Lovely Bridal LA and jewelry from Sophia Kaman. This was shot on location at Lotusland by my girl Lacie Hansen. Enjoy!

Photography: Lacie Hansen

Floral Design: Holly Chapple

Styling: Kelly Oshiro for Flutter Mag

Dress: Lovely Bride LA

Jewelry: Sophia Kaman

Location: Lotusland

Model: Hello Gorgeous

Hair and makeup: Chateau Belle

 

 

 

Real Wedding: Vintage England (aka my sister’s wedding!)

I can’t believe its been almost a year since my sister Tracy got married… I traveled to England two weeks prior to the big day to help her with all the last minute details and to gather all the decor for the wedding. My sister wanted something that felt appropriate to the reception space and we talked about a color palette of soft blues, bits of lavender, and cream. I threw out the ideal of Toile which is that perfect shade of blue/grey and definitely had that old world elegance. Once we had that piece decided on, I ordered fabric and had my linen vendor make a runner for the head table and napkins for all the guests.

I brought the menus, linens & napkins, and a suitcase full of floral supplies with me (TSA was a big fan I’m sure). Tracy and I bought containers ranging from old tea sets, to old trophies, to vintage biscuit tins from flea markets and antique stores. I sourced flowers from the London Flower Market (I used Alagar, who were easy to work with and delivered the flowers directly to my sister’s house) and I ordered  garden roses from David Austin.

For seating cards, we found a vintage letterpress drawer to tuck the cards into. My mom was kind enough to write them all out, since I elected her as having the prettiest hand writing. The menus are from Wedding Paper Divas. I accented them with Italian paper from Paper Source and a “R” seal for Ryan (the groom’s last name). I got the seal and the wax from Letter Seals. My sister made the majority of the seals which we dubbed “Ryan money” since they looked like copper pennies.

Of course, what would an English wedding be without many proper pints? My dad, up top making friends with the groom’s family, and myself, after finishing setup.

There was much laughter and love that night, the two families with extremely different backgrounds came together and crushed many a pint. Above, my sister with my dad, below Tracy and I with the two bridesmaids, Lisa, my sister’s BF, and our cousin Jocelyn sharing a moment right after toasts.

My sister’s first dance was adorable… She chose “At Last” by Etta James which was fitting. They met in Australia while both were back packing and working… Mark is from England (though ethnically Irish) and she was an American… After much world trotting back and forth and going through the immigration process to get into the UK, it was nice to simply celebrate their new lives together.

I was absolutely in love with the adorable cake my sister designed with Georgina’s Cakes. The bride and groom figurines are sitting on a rucksack with a map and book saying Australia in reference to how they met. It was so much fun to get to spend time hanging out with my sister and her husband and seeing how happy they are. Congrats you too!!!

*And where is ceremony you might ask? It’s up on Snippet & Ink right here. Go look, the bride & groom photos are adorable! And I’m a big, big fan of the UK tradition’s of a confetti toss.

**And a very special thank you to the amazing Kirsten at Beaux Arts Photographie for coming all the way to London to shoot my sister’s wedding!

*** You can see more about my adventures in London right hereherehere and here.

Flower Chic: Make a Flower Necklace

A while back I showed you how to make daisies into earrings, a necklace, and sprinkled throughout your locks. Jess Wilcox and I shot this second look, with moody, fall, jewel toned flowers, and  a ruby red lip.

For the earrings I used a funny little flower called gomphrena (the name needs some work). And  for the ring, I found the most amazing purple passion vine flower. This flower looks like its from another planet, no? You can find the instructions for making the ring and earrings here.

This time round, I made a dramatic flower collar or necklace. I used pink and red ranunculus, blue muscari, lavender clematis,  and light pink gomphrena from Florabundance.

To make the necklace:

– Chicken wire (at your local hardware store)

– pliers or wire cutter 

floral wire

floral tape

– 1 yard of lace ribbon

Use the chicken wire as the base to hook your flowers into. I bunched 3 or 4 flowers together, and then wrapped the stems together with floral tape. I made several bunches like this and then I attached them to the chicken wire. Using floral wire, I attached the chicken wire to the lace ribbon. And tada! A flower necklace.

Photography + Hair & Makeup +Wardrobe: Jess Wilcox // Styling + Concept: Kelly Oshiro // Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance // Model: Alison of Sirena Models // Dress: Free People

 

Press: Cover of C Weddings

So I know I said I wouldn’t post any more wedding stuff, but hey that’s my flowers on the COVER of C Weddings!!! Super stoked to have worked with long time photographer contributor here at SB Chic, Nancy Neil. Since this was suppose to be fall, even though we shot this in May, I tried to keep it seasonal with anemones, ranunculus, explosion grass, and umbrella fern for the bouquet, all generously provided by Florabundance.

This dress was my favorite, its Valentino and has the most insane beading on it. Also, it has pockets (all wedding dresses should have pockets for pete’s sake!). I want this dress so bad. Be sure to check out the 10 page editorial in the mag. Thanks to Nancy & the C Weddings team for having me! 

Flower Chic: Purple, Red, & Pink, Spring Bouquet

I love unexpected color combos and this spring bouquet, with its mix of purple, red, and pink, definitely fits the bill. I wanted the colors of this bouquet to almost be a transition between the holiday colors of Valentine’s Day & Easter…

I layered two ribbons, a gauzy purple/red ribbon over soft lavender.

Deep red ranunculus were contrasted against dark purple sweet pea.

To create this bouquet you need:

-1 bunch purple clematis

-1 bunch purple hellebore

-1 bunch red ranunculus

-I bunch pink anenomes

-1 bunch dark purple sweet pea

Begin by placing 3 flowers in your hand and then adding more flowers, going around the bouqet to maintain a round shape. Finish by winding stretchy floral tape around your stems to keep them together. Then wrap lavender ribbon to cover the tape, and pin with a pearl headed pin to hold the ribbon in place. Then cut two lengths of ribbon, lavender and purple/red, and wrap around the bouquet and tie into a bow. And now you have a perfect spring bouquet!

To see more bouquet arrangement tips & ideas click here. To purchase flowers go to Fabulous Florals.

Photography: Jess Wilcox