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Elegant Picnic Wedding with a Fresh Color Palette

A cocktail hour picnic, farm-fresh favors and seating areas that we could spend the rest of our days in are just a few of the details tucked inside this vibrant affair. The brains behind the operation include photography by Lisa Lefkowitz, design and styling by Gloria Wong Design with planning by Jubilee Lau Events and a killer display of blooms by Cherries. See even more jam-packed inside the full gallery.

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Upon our first meeting, Karen and Orson shared their vision for their wedding. They wanted to marry at a private estate, a secluded place that would feel special to them, and their guests. They stressed the importance of keeping the vibe and decor fun and casual while maintaining a beautifully put together event. They also exclaimed how they’re big-time foodies who love to eat and cook. So, the direction for the wedding was good eats and good company, at an outdoor venue that would feel exclusive to them! A fancy fun picnic with touches of French Country Farmhouse! The style that we established was casual luxe, refined rustic! The fresh color palette was comprised of bright red, salmon pink, apricot orange, and indigo blue.

After we narrowed down a few sites for them to see, Karen and Orson fell deeply in love with a private estate in Calistoga, nicknamed “Black Swan Lake.” The pristine, glittering lake on the property served as the breathtaking backdrop for Karen and Orson’s vow exchange. Guests arrived to this “secret location” by shuttle buses, and were greeted upon arrival with refreshing minted ice teas by bistro attired servers. French wooden slat chairs were adorned with brightly colored flowers wrapped in jute twine. The ringbearer held a floral embellished jute rope that symbolized the act of tying the knot. The flower girl carried a sculpted birch basket that was most suitable for the natural setting. Guests found muslin bags filled with rosemary (a nod to the food-loving couple) resting on their seats and were instructed to shower the newlyweds with this traditional wedding love charm as they walked down the aisle for the first time as husband and wife.

During the cocktail reception, guests were treated to vintage lounge seating under wooden canopies, a picnic area with rugs and grain sack pillows, and an oyster bar! Guests enjoyed a relaxing hour by the lake indulging in culinary treats by Paula Le Duc Fine Catering, which included items like “Fire and Ice”–ahi tuna, wasabi, and siricha paired with fennel sorbet. In lieu of the traditional escort card, guests grabbed canvas tote bags inscribed with their names and table assignments. They were encouraged to poke around the marketplace area where kitchen utensils like egg whisks and tea infusers were displayed. Guests were free to fill their “escort totes” with all the giveaways! In addition to kitchen utensils, we also custom printed tea towels and recipe cards which made the roundup of favors personal and all the more festive!

For dinner, guests dined al fresco by the gorgeous estate pool. Jute twine wrapped votives hung from nearby trees. Casual farmhouse tables were dressed with natural linen runners and coupled with distressed French vintage chairs. The tables were brightened up by cheerful centerpieces contained in rustic wood, tin, and antique jars. To promote a sense of community, a menu calligraphed onto a piece of slate chalkboard was passed around the dinner table. An olive branch topped off the simple yet lovely place setting. Paula Le Duc Fine Catering served a remarkable three course meal, each paired with its own wine, including a Chateau Haut Brisson, St. Emilion 2009 wine that came from the bride’s family vineyard in France.

Karen and Orson’s wedding cake sat atop a copper tin bucket. The cake itself was inspired by the hand-drawn graphics from the couple’s wedding invitation. It echoed the artistry from old Asian porcelain vases.

Following the sumptuous dinner, guests danced the night away under the clear evening stars to the music of their live 7-piece band, Big City Revue. A small dessert display on a vintage console table included delicacies such as chocolate obsession cookies, tropical panna cotta, and vanilla creme brûlée. Servers made their rounds as well, with mini waffle ice cream cones, and chai bubble milk tea shots. Still hungry? Not to worry….late night snacks included mini banh mi’s and mini ramen bowls.

Photographer: Lisa Lefkowitz | Event Design: Gloria Wong Design | Event Planning: Jubilee Lau Events | Floral Design: Cherries | Cake: Studio Cake | Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering | Calligraphy: Little Miss Press | Lighting: Got Light! | Band: Big City Revue | Cabanas: Wine Country Party Rentals | Ceremony Chairs: Hartmann Studio | Ceremony Musicians: Eloquence String Quartet | Dinner Chairs: Blueprint Studio | Linens: La Tavola | Luxury Restroom Trailer: Royal Restrooms | Makeup + Hair: JBeautique | Musicians Booked Through: Bay Music & Entertainment | Paper Goods: Good On Paper | Photobooth: Snap Yourself | Tabletop Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Transportation: Pure Luxury Transportation | Venue: Black Swan Lake | Vintage Furniture: One True Love Vintage Rentals

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Flowerwild Workshop With Jose Villa + 2014 Announcements!

Florals are my weakness. There’s just no getting around it. Beautiful bloomage can take any wedding to the next level, so when Flowerwild shared the snaps from their latest floral design workshop, we jumped at the chance to share. Along with a few of our industry faves - Jose VillaTEAM Hair & MakeupFeast Calligraphy, just to name a few – they managed to school a group of budding designers and capture some serious pretty in the process. Pssst: 2014 workshop announcements are waiting down below!

From Flowerwild… Set against the backdrop of the Mayacamas mountains, tucked in the hills, at a serene retreat away from it all. I always try to pick a place for our workshops where people can fully relax and be apart from the everyday buzzing of our industry. So important for the creative self to unplugg and be given a clean slate on which to grow and build creativity. The amazing scenery, organic and freshly prepared foods facilitates the perfect space within which we can all unwind, refresh, and focus on taking our skills further.

This time with students is so enjoyable and it is something I look forward to each year.. These students become my friends. Watching them build friendships amongst themselves, friendships that will exists and thrive long after the workshop has ended…that is something I never really anticipated…and a part of the workshops that I truly love.

People have come from Ireland, the Midwest, Charleston, New York, the Bahamas, Australia…so many places. All with unique experiences and perspectives that help us all build and grow our businesses and possibly change our expressions and craft – simply by SHARING.

My talented friend Jose Villa came to capture all the attendee’s work and the results were truly inspiring and beautiful. With Mar of Team Hair and Makeup making the model pretty as usual…

photographer: Jose Villa | Flowers: Rachel Bowes of Finch and Thistle Events | flowers: Amy Reed | flowers: Angie Tomey of Little Boy Flowers | flowers: Pearl & Godiva | flowers: Karin Woodward of Haute Horticulture | flowers: Shilhi Seibel of Passion Roots | flowers: madalyn covey | flowers: Ashlyn Gibben Hobbs of Stratford Events | flowers: Mandy Grace | flowers: Anne Bowen Dabney of Charleston Stems | flowers: Jahana Bilal of White Squid | flowers: Sarah Neal of L&S Design co. | flowers: McKenzie Powell Designs | flowers: katie wachowiak of Reinhardt Blooms | flowers: Shannon Mahoney of Thistle and Honey Floral | hair and makeup: TEAM Hair & Makeup | calligraphy: feast calligraphy | creative direction and design: kate holt - flowerwild | model: scout model and talent | prop rentals: Found Vintage Rentals | venue: mayacamas ranch | wardrobe: bhldn

2014 Workshop Announcements

Pippin Hill Farms- Floral and Event Design 
April 15th & 16th
2 day Workshop – Investment: $2500
Special help from Lynn Easton of Easton Events and Corbin Gurkin

Exploring the gorgeous Virgina countryside at one of the most celebrated venues and sustainable vineyards on the East Coast. We will be hosting our discussions in their amazing space, eating from their farm to table menu, and pulling together gorgeous arrangements for a shoot. All against the backdrop of this lush setting. Probably a little fun foraging in there for good measure! All materials provided. Lunch both days provided, as well as the final dinner together. Accommodations on your own. We will give you recommendations upon request and booking your space. Maximum enrollment 16 people.

The following 2014 workshop dates TBD…

Los Angeles: January – Flower Intensives
Santa Barbara: February – Photographer’s Styling Intensive 
Kauai: March – Creative Artists’ Retreat
Please contact the Flowerwild team for more information on any of these events:
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Rustic Chic Wedding at The Solage Calistoga from onelove photography

onelove photography has the most beautiful way of capturing not only those heart palpitating, feel the love right through the lens moments of a wedding, but the crazy gorgeous details as well. This Solage Calistoga affair is the epitome of that combo with black and white images we literally want to print out and hang on our office walls right next to a soft, romantic reception crafted by LVL Weddings & Events  and Fleurs de France. It’s just the kind of wedding we love to get cozy with. Do so for yourself right here in the full gallery as well as in the film below captured by A Bryan Photo.


From the Bride… I adored the linen that we finally picked. I had something very specific in mind, but when I saw the fabric that I had originally loved it fell flat against the rest of our design scheme. The French tapestry like design and place settings were my favorite part about our decor and I couldn’t have done it without the help of our wonderful vendors.

Photography: onelove photography | Videography: A Bryan Photo | Flowers: Fleurs de France | Cake: Sweet on Cake | Reception Venue: Solage Calistoga | Caterer: Solage Calistoga | Lighting: Twilight Design | DJ: Boutique DJs | Band: KJ Allstars | Event Design and Coordination: LVL Weddings & Events | Makeup: The Makeup Dolls | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Wine Country Party Rentals | Rentals: La Tavola Linens | Transportation: Pure Luxury

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