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For those of you that don’t know, I fell into the wedding industry by way of flowers. It was a complete accident really, as I suppose some of the best turns in life are.  After college I was in a crap job that had me in tears every Sunday night and one day, I said, “screw this.”  I marched down to Cosentino’s Florist in Malibu and the beginning of my new life started right there when I shook the hand of the incredible Joie Cosentino.  There I learned the basics of floral design, horticulture and savvy business operating.

It was when I moved to Santa Fe when the wedding planning took me by full force.  Little flower gigs led to little wedding planning gigs, which led to bigger wedding planning gigs and then, after a while, it was time to get a business card! Now I am fully in love with all aspects of event design.  Floral design, which is still my first love, is something that I do on occasion, and still treasure every moment of finding the perfect, God-created blossom to shine in the perfect bouquet.

Why am I telling you all of this?  Well, my brother was married last summer and my gift to him was to design all of his wedding flowers.  I wasn’t allowed to wedding-plan; bless their hearts, they actually wanted me to be able to sit down and eat and be a part of the day! So, I had the pleasure of scouring the San Diego flower market and designing my little heart out!

Enjoy these lovely shots from their photographer, Irish Grzanich

As is tradition in our family, my grandmother and jeweler extraordinaire, Alice Abrams, designed the wedding rings.  It is so special to all of us that have been gifted with such lovely treasures to wear her fine art everyday!

The ceremony space was my favorite part to design.  The couple opted for a circular ceremony to give a true feeling of community and to be surrounded by their loved ones. To tie in with the common thread running through the words of the ceremony, “His banner over me is LOVE,” we created a chuppah/ canopy to draw focus to the center of the space that was viewed from all angles.  To match with the playfulness and contemporary look of the stationery design, I strung Billy Balls on thread to accent the sides of the canopy. It was such a fun touch!

There were so many wonderful vintage items that the bride sourced.  I just love these plates!

My mom and harvested about a thousand succulents from San Diego and Santa Fe. They were everywhere!

And finally a sparkler send-off! (…no scars from that one!)  This was a beautiful night, filled with so much love; I get goose-bumps when I think about it.  I am so honored to be part of such a loving (and growing) family!