A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of doing the flowers for a very special wedding in Santa Barbara. One of my oldest and dearest friends was marrying the love of her life, and I was thrilled to be both their floral designer and a bridesmaid.
The big event took place at the beautiful Riviera Mansion on Santa Barbara St., a stately, old-world university club that was perfect for Audrey and Bharat’s elegant, classic, Old-Hollywood-glamorous day. Neutrals with a pop of rich burgundy were the presiding colors, and the bridesmaids sparkled in rose gold sequin gowns.
The flowers were a joy to create. Audrey and I came up with a vision of classic, elegant, and organic pieces that accented the grandeur of the Riviera Mansion. A large garland of eucalyptus, bay, and pepperberry strung over the grand living room fireplace was the highlight of the indoor area, and similar eucalyptus garlands ran down the long family-style dinner tables. The groomsmen and adorable ringbearer looked dapper in their burgundy boutonnieres, and the bridesmaids’ gowns were accented with lush bouquets of dahlias, garden roses, lisianthus, and blushing bride protea.
Many thanks to Florabundance Inc. who provided me with gorgeous product and a convenient workspace where I could put it all together. Working away from my home suppliers and studio could have been very stressful, but thanks to them the week was as easy as possible. Also, many thanks to Kelly Raba, the awesome day-of coordinator who ensured that the day went off smoothly and without a hitch, and the amazingly talented photographers James & Jess for their warmth and community spirit.
All wedding days are events to be remembered, but this one was extra-special as Audrey had just found out the night before that she had passed the bar exam to become a California lawyer. What a weekend!
Before they headed off on their two-week honeymoon to Italy (!), the bride and groom hosted a morning-after brunch in the gorgeous rose garden of the Santa Barbara Mission for their family and friends. I spent most of the morning wandering the sunny flower beds with coffee in hand, marvelling over the dozens of lovely rose varieties still in bloom. The beauty of the garden, and a wedding made special by beloved friends and family, stuck with me the whole drive home to Nevada.