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  Modern, romantic and organic florals that incorporate the cooking theme by using some herbs and berries in the floral arrangements as well as used as decor on the tables. The large bridal bouquet uses blush and white roses and balanced with feminine mixed greens to give it an overgrown aesthetic feel and tied together with a elegant blue velvet ribbon.  The same flowers are carried through to the centerpieces for the tablescape including using herbs in milk glass vases.

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Today’s couples are about personalization and experiences. Crystal and Joey love cooking, so we created the kitchen herb garden being a sense of storytelling to this styled shoot. With various shades of green to reflect the colors found in home garden herbs, a pop of femininity with blush, mauves and a statement blue (which happens to be the Pantone of 2020) which balances it with a masculine tone. A modern, delicate and romantic aesthetic featuring multiple varieties of herbs and plant life with a soft balance of color and tactile textures help provide a feeling of life and love.


About the Venue: Located in the heart of La Jolla Village, just one block from the ocean, La Jolla Woman’s Club provides a serene and luxurious setting for weddings. The exquisite private grounds, historic Irving Gill building, two ceremony gardens, and ocean views are just a few of the magical features of the club. Couples frequently wander to the ocean for photos while guests are enjoying their cocktail hour. Enjoy the exclusive use of the entire clubhouse and grounds for your event.

Dream Team of Designers:

Photographer: Allison Davis Photography 

Florist: Heather Palenscar Designs

Coordinator: Southern House Events + Weddings  

Venue: La Jolla Woman’s Club 

Rentals:  More Rentals 

Favors:  Perfectly Salty 

Bakery/Cake:  Sugar and Scribe

Gown:  Here Comes the Brides  

Menswear:  Friar Tux 

Stationery: Love Notes Stationery 

Signage: Janet Morrin Designs   

Calligraphy:   The Lettered J 

Hair & Makeup:  Beauty by Tara Lynn    

 Sana Sayed Makeup   

Elwynn and Cass Concierge   

Models: Crystal and Joey

A beautiful blend of flowers make a stunning statement.

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A variety of flowers including hydrangea, pin cushion, ranunculus, peony, dahlia, roses and greenery blend together effortlessly.  In fabulous shades of peach, pinks, taupes and whites are ideal for this smaller more intimate wedding.  Smaller centerpieces were used for most of the table with the exception of one focal point that appears the centerpiece is growing out of a tree trunk.

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Bridal bouquet, flowers

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About the Venue:
Located in the House of Hospitality at Balboa Park, The Prado blends the grace and splendor of yesterday with the traditions of today to create the wedding of your dreams. The Casa Del Rey Moro Gardens are picturesque terraces for a wedding ceremony. There are multi-level terraces which feature historic fountains, reflecting pool, wishing well, and beautiful gardens have made this a premier wedding site for generations of San Diegans.

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Venue: The Prado in Balboa Park

Photographer: BE Studios

Florist & Coordinator: Artistic Florals

Stylist: Kelly Dalisa

Linens: Napa Valley Linens

Rentals: TBD San Diego

Cake: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co

Stationery: Paper Scissors Print

Vissero Felici e Contenti

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Featuring true romance and what’s more romantic than dreamy flowers?!? We wanted to show the grounds of north county’s hottest new venue, Tivoli Villa. With abundant charm, lush grounds, and a large area for dancing ready for a large family celebration. The renovations on these grounds are breathtaking. Sure to be a favorite for couples wanting a more private venue to celebrate with their guests.

Get more inspiration from this styled shoot

on our website.

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The charm and sophistication of Italy comes to life in North County’s newest wedding venue, Tivoli Villa. Nestled in the hills of Bonsall, this hidden gem is the embodiment of the Italian spirit; every detail of this century-old property has lovingly restored by the team behind San Diego’s most successful wedding venues. You and up to 175 guests can leave the city behind and escape to the Tuscan countryside among the bougainvillea-lined adobe walls and olive tree grove. Say a dreamy “I Do” in front of an ancient oak tree, and sip limoncello with your famiglia next to vintage wrought-iron gates as the hills turn shades of pink from a breathtaking sunset. Pass a platter of fresh pasta from Trademark’s extensive farm-to-table menu. Your romantic day comes to a crescendo as you dance in the moonlight under a blanket of market lights!

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Dream Team of Designers:

Florist: Simply Adina Floral

Venue/ Catering: Tivoli

Designer: Trademark Venues

Photography: The Saulniers

Rentals: TBD San Diego

Stationery / Calligraphy / Signage: Claudia Strenger


Real Wedding Floral Inspiration

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Anh and Dustin wanted an intimate, relaxed wedding at their home. Fresh white and green floral designs, candles, and black and gold accents were used to enhance the elegance of the home and give the reception the feel they were looking for.

Get more inspiration from this Real Wedding on our website.

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Florist:  Artistic Florals

Coordinator:  Bliss Events

Photographer:  Bailey Allison Photography

Linens:  Bright Event Rentals


Fun & Fabulous Flowers for a Bridesmaids’ Tea Party

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What could be more fun than a garden/tea party styled bridal shower?  You don’t always have to have traditional floral arrangements in proper vases.  Sometimes you need to think outside the box and have a talented and creative florist to bring that vision to life. Whimsical décor accents the table alongside magnificent huge paper flowers will give you the feeling you have joined the magical tea party just like Alice did.

Get more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website.

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Florist: Taylor Grace Custom Floral Design

Paper Flowers: Esmeralda Luxury Paper Flowers

Coordinator: Annemarie Donaker Weddings and Events

Venue: Carmel Mountain Ranch Estate

Photographer: Jamielyn Craft Photography

Rentals: Folklore Event Rentals, BBJ LinensEnticing Tables

5 Native Flowers Perfect for Your San Diego Wedding

By Kim Hess

 A California bride deserves a California bouquet. Flowers native to the Golden State will give your wedding day an authentic California flair. Southern California is home to thousands of native plants. They lend their beauty to the San Diego area, and we have to admit — we’re obsessed by the idea of showcasing native flowers during one of the biggest celebrations of a lifetime. Here are five native flowers perfect for your wedding.

California Poppy

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The most obvious choice for your San Diego wedding is the California state flower, the California poppy. This brilliantly colored flower grows all up and down California, from the Oregon border, all the way into Baja California. This poppy lights up a floral arrangement with its color — anywhere from blazing orange to a golden yellow. Yellow poppies are more common in SoCal than they are to the north, so you might consider highlighting a more buttery-colored California poppy in your San Diego bouquets and centerpieces. The grayish-green stems and leaves also lend a stylish aesthetic to the greens in your floral arrangements.


Showy Penstemon

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The showy penstemon is a gorgeous California plant. You’ve seen it blooming on its own in gardens and hillsides. These lavender-blue and lilac flowers grow on long stems that lend themselves to be massed into a hand-tied presentation. The showy penstemon blooms through much of the year and should be easy to find in California.


Pacific Coast Iris

Pacific Coast Iris, flowerCredit: Bri Weldon

The Pacific Coast iris will give you some different colors to choose — white, lavender, dark purple, even pinks, and burgundies. These gorgeous blooms with their large fluttering petals are a graceful addition to any flower arrangement. Whether you pick them by hand out of your garden, or your florist orders them for you, you won’t lose with the Pacific Coast iris. The long stems lend themselves to a presentation style bouquet. But since there’s only one big bloom to each tall stem, the stems can be trimmed and the flowers arranged in a nosegay or other design.


Matilija Poppy

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Some people say this California native looks a little bit like a fried egg. This gorgeous poppy has large, crinkly snow-white petals that surround a cluster of golden-yellow stamens. Once your guests see Matilija poppies at your wedding, they won’t be thinking about bacon (unless you’re serving bacon at the reception of course!). They’ll marvel over the flowers. The Matilija poppy is one of California’s favorite natives. It was in the running for state flower against the California poppy when the decision was made in 1903.


Splendid Mariposa Lily

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The splendid mariposa lily was also a runner-up in the state flower contest. Take one look and you can see this lily holds its own against the distinct and lovely Matilija and California poppies. This flower blooms in the spring in California. It has three large petals and can be pink, white, lavender blue or purple. This distinctive flower grows on thin stems, making it an easy addition to any bouquet or centerpiece. The only downfall to the splendid mariposa lily — it’s not the most reliable of blooms, Horticulturists say flowering takes up a lot of energy for this plant, so a yearly bloom isn’t a sure thing. Check with your florist on its availability.


Choosing native plants is not just a style choice. It’s also the choice of eco-conscious brides, who want their wedding celebrations to leave a smaller footprint behind. Since they’re easy to grow here, you won’t have to spend a fortune on them. Luckily, in California, you don’t have to choose between being stylish, cost conscious, or environmentally responsible. The Golden State is home to lots of beautiful options.


Kim Hess is a nature lover and wedding planner who enjoys incorporating a hometown feel in the ceremonies and receptions she designs. She also enjoys tasting food at

floral centerpiece, tablescape detailsWhat girl doesn’t like the sparkle of beautiful gemstones?!?  This styled shoot focused on “Geodes and Gems” and the floral pieces brought it all to life. The color palette of deep dark reds, aubergine, purples and add a pincushion in a golden orange to make it all pop and pull it together.

See more of this styled shoot on our website.

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Tablescape, table design, centerpieces

Florist: Artistic Florals 

Venue: The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows

Photographer: Eisenhower Photography

Coordinator: Stephanie Rose Events

Rentals: BBJ Linens; Folklore Event Rentals

Cake/Dessert: Sugar and Scribe

Invitations & Calligraphy: Take Note! Creations

Bridal Gowns: Here Comes the Bride

Menswear: Friar Tux Shop

Jewelry/ Accessories: Robbins Brothers; Chloe & Isabel, Inc; The Mrs. Box

Bridal Beauty: Bridal by Haydee

This elegant, classic and timeless bouquet is so vibrant and cheerful with the vibrant yellow, white and green combination. Perfect for a spring or summer wedding.

Click here to see more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website.

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Venue: El Cortez
Photographer: Spotlight Studios
Coordinator: JG Eventi
Florist: Taylor Grace Floral Design
Décor & Rentals: BBJ Linen Rental, Anar Party Rentals, Tavolo Chaise LLC
Cake/Dessert: Flour Power Cakery
Invitations: Paper Scissors Print
Bridal Gown & Accessories: Here Comes the Bride
Menswear: Friar Tux Shop
Bridal Beauty: Bre Peyton Designs
Models: Alyssa and Mike

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Music was the inspriation for this styled shoot.  Lot of black and white were used and to offset that with a soft pretty  pink. Keeping it more upscale than rock and roll by using brass ornaments and a lot of candles. Many aspects of music such as vinyl records, sheet music, concert tickets, etc. were incorporated. It is fun and whimsical, while still being elegant and classic.

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Photographer: Eisenhower Photography

Coordinator: Annemarie Donaker Weddings & Events

Venue: The Pannikin Building

Florist: Kendra’s Floral Design

Rentals: APR Boutique Event Rentals

Decor Rentals: Enticing Tables

Dessert/Cake: Elegance on Display

Favors: Stamped at the Sea

Hair & Make Up: Peretti Hill Glam Squad

Gown: Here Comes the Bride

Menswear: Friar Tux Shop

Models: Sarah & Matt


This bridal bouquet is blushing with just a touch of blues.

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We don’t want to forget the man in your life, here’s a perfect matching boutonniere.


Florist: Artistic Florals, Inc.

Venue: Horton Grand Hotel

Photographer: Blessed Wedding Photography

Coordinator: Blush Events


What do you do when you have champagne taste and a beer budget? Talk to one of our top florist and get the help you need.  Here’s a sample of how to get the bouquet of your dreams and still stay in your budget.  The bouquet on the left is the “Luxe” and the one on the right shows you how you can get the same feel with a “Luxe for Less” price tag.

Photographer: Jamielyn Craft Photography

Bouquets: Artistic Florals

Venue: Coasterra

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From our You Can Bet on Love styled shoot.

The venue itself, The Del Mar Race Track, provided the inspiration for a horse racing theme styled shoot. The color inspiration came from the 2017 Breeder’s Cup Logo at Del Mar, who hosted the prestigious race in 2017. The colors worked perfectly since it matched the colors of Del Mar and were ideal for a wedding shoot. Del Mar is known for “where the turf meets the surf” and the colors were a quintessential match for the surf and sun as well.

Get more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website.

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Venue: Del Mar Race Track

Photographer: WASIO Photography

Coordinator: Winner Circle Events

Florist: Kendra’s Floral Design

Bridal Gown: Here Comes the Bride

Hat: Carol Bader Designs

Bridal Beauty: Bre Payton Designs

Models: Lauren

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Get more inspiration from this styled shoot on our website.

Tablescape, table design, tall centerpieces

bridal bouquet

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Venue, Catering & Signature Cocktails: Coasterra

Photographer: Honey Photographs

Coordinator: Winner Circle Events

Florist: Pep Creative

Décor: TBD San Diego

Linens: Nuage Designs

Rentals: Enticing TablesAPR Boutique Event Rentals; Rustic Events; Pier One Imports

Cake/Dessert: Sweet Cheeks Baking Co.

Wine & Chocolate Station: Sweet Petite Confections

Invitations: Take Note! Creations

Bridal Gowns: Here Comes the Bride

Menswear: A Better Deal Tuxedo & Suits

Bridal Beauty: Bre Payton Designs

Jewelry/ Accessories:A Bit of Splendor/Chloe & Isabel by Stephanie Holmes

Ring Box: Esselle

Models: Drew and Olivia

What do you do when you have champagne taste and a beer budget? Talk to one of our top florist and get the help you need.  Here’s a sample of how to get the bouquet of your dreams and still stay in your budget.  The bouquet on the top is the “Luxe” and the one on the bottom shows you how you can get the same feel with a “Luxe for Less” price tag.



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Bouquets: Studio Fleurish

Photo: Honey Photographs

What do you do when you have picked out the bridal bouquet of your dreams, but it’s not in your budget??  Talk to one of our top florist and get the help you need.  Here’s a sample of how to get the bouquet look you want and still stay in your budget.  The bouquet on the left is the “Luxe” and the one on the right shows you how you can get the same feel with a “Luxe for Less” price tag.

Photographer: Jamielyn Craft Photography

Bouquets: Flowers Forever

Venue: Coasterra

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Orchids are one of our favorites.  They can add so much color and class to your flower arrangements.

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Photographer: Paul Barnett Photography

Florist: Cherry Blossom Floral Designs

Coordinator: Annemarie Donaker Weddings & Events

Venue: Fairmont Grand Del Mar

We are simply smitten with the mix of pastel pink dahlias and roses in this romantic bouquet that is perfect for your summer wedding.

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bridal bouquet, dahlias, roses

Bouquet: Flowers Forever

Photo: Eisenhower Photography

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What’s more bold than using the color red? This boho inspired wedding design uses a deep red, as well as burgundy, to create a rustic yet trendy design. The use of gold and brown mixes well with the bright pops of color. The white couch adds a touch of softness to the tablescape while helping to bring in the cream colored flowers. This table design is the perfect way to bring out your boldness.

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Location: Lilac Canyon Estate

Photography: Blessed Wedding Photography

Stylist: Lift Consulting

Coordinator: Events Plus Style

Florist: Flowers Forever

Cake: Frost Me Gourmet

Stationery: Take Note! Creations

Rentals: Rickety Swank Vintage Rentals

For almost as long as there have been weddings, flowers have played an important role in the celebration. In selecting the flowers for your bridal bouquet, you’ll want to consider blooms that best express your personality, complement your wedding gown, and tie in with the general look and theme you’ve selected for the day. Here is a guide to the different styles of bouquets available, and how to get the perfect bridal flowers for your perfect day.
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When you see a bouquet that appeals to you, ask yourself what you like about it; is it the shape, size, color, style, or the way the stems are gathered with a beautiful satin ribbon? To help you select the bouquet that will blend seamlessly with the other elements of your wedding, here is a breakdown of traditional bouquet shapes and styles.

A cascade bouquet, also called a “shower” bouquet, is very formal and the most traditional bridal bouquet. Like a waterfall, this bouquet flows and is designed to gently cascade downward. This bouquet is often designed with larger flowers at the top, using smaller blooms as it begins to taper down and land gracefully over the bride’s hands. Lisianthus, lilies of the valley, stephanotis, dendrobium orchids, and other smaller flowers are commonly used in this shape of bouquet, along with accents of trailing ivy, vinca, or other delicate greenery. If you are wearing a full-skirted or ball gown-style wedding dress, this shape of bouquet may work for you. However, if you are a very petite woman, another shape of bouquet may be a better choice.

If you’re looking for a truly unique look in your wedding flowers, and you can’t find a particular variety of flower that appeals to you, a composite bouquet might be the perfect choice. This intricate creation is composed by taking individual petals from flowers (such as amaryllis, roses, or lilies), wiring them together on a single stem and creating the look of one giant bloom. This style of bouquet would be the ideal complement to a simple gown with little ornamentation, or one with a very sleek silhouette.
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For this more relaxed style of bouquet, a variety of blooms that tie in with the wedding theme are wired or loosely gathered together and tied with a satin ribbon or a combination of ribbon and lace. Some popular flower varieties for this style of bouquet are French tulips, day lilies, coneflowers, purple statice, lisianthus, stem roses, and other hardy garden flowers. With its natural, just-picked from the garden look, this bouquet is a nice choice for an informal wedding.

A combination of simple style and elegance, the nosegay is a densely packed mound of flowers and greenery. When choosing flowers for a nosegay, compact blooms such as roses, tulips, peonies, hydrangeas, calla lilies, and ranunculus work best. These blooms may be mixed, or for a simple look, you can stick to just one variety. An ideal choice for any style of wedding, a nosegay bouquet can be dressed up or down depending on the flowers you choose and how it’s tied together with a wire, ribbon or other stem treatment.

The pageant bouquet, also known as a “presentation” bouquet (think of the flowers presented to Miss America when she is crowned), is a bunch of long-stemmed flowers that the bride carries cradled in her arms. A pageant bouquet can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like, depending on the style and formality of your wedding. Some of the best floral choices for this type of bouquet are those with long stems or branches such as, calla lilies, roses, delphinium, tuberose, lisianthus, or French tulips. The blooms are then secured together with a beautiful satin or fabric ribbon. However, when selecting the flowers for your pageant bouquet, make sure the blooms are not longer than what can fit comfortably along the length of your lower arm.

A less-traditional bouquet, the pomander is a small, compact bloom-covered ball that is usually four to six inches in diameter, and then suspended from a ribbon that is worn around the wrist. This is a good choice for the bride who wants her hands to be free. A classic floral choice for a pomander is roses, but it may also be made with hydrangeas, delphinium, dendrobium orchids, or any other flowers suggested by your floral designer. While a pomander may not be the look for you, it’s an adorable alternative for junior bridesmaids or flower girls. Just remember to have it sized accordingly so its shape is appropriate for their age and size.
Similar to the nosegay but smaller in size, the posy bouquet is perfect for a petite bride with delicate hands, or for a bridesmaid’s bouquet. When selecting flowers for a posy, those with smaller blooms are ideal, such as spray roses, grape hyacinths, ranunculus, and pansies. However, some large-headed flowers such as gardenias or peonies can also make quite an impact.

The classic round bridal bouquet is usually compiled of large flowers that are loosely arranged. This shape and style of bouquet is a good choice for a formal wedding, or for the bride who wants a look less conspicuous than a cascade bouquet, yet bolder than a simple nosegay. Many varieties of flowers will work in the round bouquet, but some popular choices are roses, tulips, lilacs, stephanotis, hydrangeas, day lilies, peonies, and seeded eucalyptus.
When selecting your bridal bouquet, you should think of it as another accessory in the complete wedding package. You want it to complement your personality, proportions, and attire while remaining in the general aesthetic theme of the day. So, after you consider the different shapes of bouquets, here are some other basic considerations to factor in before making your final choice.

In choosing the right color combination for a bouquet, consider your own personal taste, but also the season, the time of day of the ceremony, and the atmosphere of your ceremony location. While all-white bouquets are the most traditional choice for brides, accents of color or an all-color bouquet are also accepted and beautiful options.
Body type: In general, a voluptuous or taller bride should select a bigger style of bouquet, because a small nosegay might seem out of proportion. Petite brides should pass on the grandiose bouquets and opt for something smaller so they are not lost behind a sea of flowers. And the average size bride should select a medium-sized bouquet.

When determining the style and shape of your bouquet, you also want to consider the scale of your gown. A common rule to follow is; the bigger the gown, the bigger the bouquet. A ball gown should be able to hold its own against an overflowing cascade bouquet, however, a simple sheath gown would not. When you meet with your floral designer, show them a photo of your dress and they will be able to offer some suggestions for the style and shape of bouquet that’s right for you.

In the end, as you strive for your picture-perfect look and consider your options, keep in mind that while your wedding flowers are an important part of your bridal look, your guests will want to actually see you walking down the aisle, not just your bouquet.