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Woodland Forest Table
with Francoise WeeksPhotos by KT Merry for Flutter Mag


Also in the current issue of Flutter is this woodland tabletop I styled with the work of the amazing floral designer Francoise Weeks as part of Florabundance‘s design days. Shot in the incredible fern garden at Lotusland, I knew the second I say this enormous stag fern that this would be the perfect for Francoise‘s woodland inspired arrangements. I styled the table with simple taupe linen from Porch, driftwood benches from Elan Event Rentals, and teak chargers also from Elan. Valerie Rice of Eat Drink Garden made a simple pea salad, crostini, and cumquat drink to compliment the table design. In lieu of a traditional printed menu, Rebekah Miles painted on oversized tropical leaves. I love how this table turned out. And you can check out the full spread in Flutter Mag issue 6.

Photographer: KT Merry for Flutter Magazine
Prop Styling & Art Direction: Kelly Oshiro
Floral Design: Francoise Weeks
Location: Lotusland
Food & Cocktail: Valerie Rice of Eat, Drink, Garden
Table, Glassware, Flatware: Classic Party Rentals Santa Barbara
Painted Menu: Rebekah Miles
Benches, chargers: Elan Event Rentals

Flower Chic: Fall Wedding Ceremony Ideas

I love a good fall wedding, and for this week’s Flower Chic I thought it be fun to dress up a traditional lattice structure for a fall wedding. I used a palette of orange with touch of black, via some insane black dahlias, chocolate cosmos, and black scabiosa all from Florabundance.

To make the arrangement, I started by wiring maple branches to the trellis to create a nice base shape. Then I wired a piece of caged floral foam to the left side of the arbor. Then I layered in bittersweet and orange berry branches. I placed my 3 types of dahlias, poppies, tulips, and then onto to the smaller flowers, the scabiosa and cosmo into the floral foam.

Finally, I tucked in pieces of pumpkin branches for texture.

To recreate this arrangement you will need:


– caged floral foam, soak in water

– green floral wire


– 3 bunches of orange dahlia

– 2 bunches of red dahlias

– 1 bunch of black dahlias

– 1 bunch of black cosmos

– 1 bunch of black scabiosa

– 3 bunches of maple leaf

– 3 bunches of bittersweet

– 2 bunches of orange berries

Happy arranging!

Flower Chic: Delicate Hellebore

Hellebore is such a lovely and delicate flower, its definitely one of my favorite winter flowers (flowers can be purchased at Fabulous Florals). The delicate purple freckles and its loose, slightly droopy stance makes it perfect for loose garden-y arrangements.

Hellebore can, now doubt, be a little finicky. When prepping these flowers for arrangements, cut the stems to your desired length and then put in hot water (just short of a boil) and hold for 5 secs. This will help ensure water uptake and make sure you don’t end up with some sad flowers. For this simple, but gorgeous arrangement you will need:

-2 bunches Hellebore (generally a winter flower but avaliable now as well)

-pretty glass container (I’m using this one that’s 3.5″ x 6.5″ from Jamali Gardens)

-Floral shearers

-Hot (close to boiling water)

Since this particular vase is relatively tall and narrow, you don’t need any clear floral tape, the flowers itself will create a natural frog when you arrange them. Place a handful of blooms in the container and then weave in more blooms to create the shape that you want. Enjoy!

And to see all Flower Chic posts click right here. And a special thanks to Florabundance for sponsoring this post!

Anthropologie Wedding- The Drinks


I love designing the food and beverage as much as the tablescape (it must be those 5 years working for catering companies and creating menus!).


SBB Catering was kind enough to create a geranium lemonade and lavender iced tea which would be awesome for welcome drinks.


I found these paper straws online and I fell in love with them. They’re so cool and vintage!


I found this wood Coca Cola crate at a vintage salvage store. I absolutely love the texture of the wood and the old metal brackets.


Who wouldn’t want a cold coke on a hot day?


I love this adorable photo with the flower girls! How cute are they!?!

Photos: Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie

Catering: SBB Catering

Design: Kelly Oshiro Events

Anthropologie Wedding- Paper Goods


There was this great rusted fence at Stow House and I thought it was the perfect place for the seating cards. Betsy Dunlap did the calligraphy and I clipped the little cards to the fence with mini clothespins.


Instead of making up faux guest names, I used some of my favorite authors as “guests” for at my Anthropologie wedding. I love George Eliot and Betsy’s calligraphy makes her name so pretty (and its an awesome keepsake for my office!).


For the invitation design I gave Megan of Nutmeg Press, three sources of inspiration: I wanted an aqua  fade with the couples names in white and to use the pattern and color of the napkin fabric for the design inspiration. And this what this what she created:


The blue fade is so pretty and subtle and the copper dashes tie in perfectly with the napkin pattern.


The menu cards were little booklets the size of a business card with all the courses on each page. It was bound with copper thread. I was so in love with the invitations and Betsy calligraphy they are definitely getting framed and hung somewhere in my office!

Photos: Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photography

Invitations: Nutmeg Press

Calligraphy: Betsy Dunlap

Design: Kelly Oshiro Events

Location: Stow House

Anthropologie Wedding- Ceremony


The inspiration for the ceremony was those paper chains we all made in kindergarten. Instead of paper, I used grosgrain ribbon which has a beautiful subtle sheen to it that I just love.


Cynthia and I made about 540 loops to achieve the effect I was going for.


I thought the effect was so pretty and magical!

Photos by: Kirsten Ellis of Beaux Arts Photographie

Design, Styling, Production by: Kelly Oshiro Events (me!)

Assistant: Cynthia Beard

February: Pretty Posey


For this month’s Pretty Posey, I wanted to create a very Edwardian/Victorian look. I used white Scabiosa and Ranunculus as the main flowers, and mixed in Dusty Miller, Misty Linolium, and Baby’s Breath.


After the center of the bouquet was completed, I circled the outer edge with sprigs of– baby’s breath. I know baby’s breath gets a bad wrap, but I think that’s just because it looks hideous paired with red roses. In a huge bunch, it looks very pretty and delicate. Then I layered the dusty miller (the silver leaves) around the ring of baby breath to ground the softness of little blooms and provide a contrast in texture.


I wanted the texture of the bouquet to feel like antique lace. I envision the bride who would carry this bouquet would wear an heirloom lace gown, the groom would wear a morning suit, and they would get married in a quaint stone chapel like you’d see in a small village in England.

A special thanks to Tim Halberg for photographing the bouquet!

Floral Design & Styling by me.


The lovely Christine of .cevd. {custom invitation studio} just got married and wore these lovelies down the aisle. Shoes by JCrew and the photo is by the super talented Parker J Pfister. Pop over to Christine’s blog for a few more images from her wedding.

Tea Time

It’s raining here in Santa Barbara and days like this just make me want to curl up with a good cup of tea.

A tea party can be the perfect theme for a bridal shower or even a morning wedding affair.

Here a white tea service is filled with lilies of the valley, so pretty and feminine.

One pink peony would be beautiful as well.

Images: 1. & 4. Sandra Lane 2. Polly Wreford 3. The Velvet Garden


To me, there is nothing more romantic than a candlelit wedding reception. Today I’ve found some images that I hope will inspire you to put your own twist on candlelight.

I love the use of colored egg shells in lieu of traditional glass votive holders. How pretty would these be for a spa-inspired wedding?

I found these cute blackboard candles on Design*Sponge. They would work for table numbers, spelling out “welcome” on the guest book table, on the cake table with your initials, I could go on, but you get the idea.

Trees and candlelight  are two of my favorite things. These always look pretty in the ceremony area or in key areas in the reception like above the cake table.

I love this stunningly simple table-scape. It’s perfect for the bride who’s not big on flowers but still wants something pretty on the table.

I like how these candles are mismatched and imperfectly arranged.

I love using candles to define walkways in a wedding. It sets the right mood and leads your guests gracefully to the cocktail area, dinner, or even, the after party.

Images are from: 1. Gemma Comas 2. Design Sponge via Delight 3. Jo Tyler via Sarah Kaye 4. Absolutley Beautiful Things 5. Sandra Lane via Sarah Kaye 6. Portland Mitchell via Sarah Kaye