Kara and Hank at Vine Hill House in Sebastopol

Kara and Hank were married this summer at Vine Hill House, a charming apple orchard and vineyard venue located in Sebastopol, California. The couple chose shades of lavender and white with a summery and organic feel to the flowers. We used lots of fresh lavender, garden roses, honeysuckle vine, and more. Kara is the sweetest bride and I'm sure you can agree, looked so beautiful on her big day. Congrats, you two!

Photos by Paul C. Miller Photography

Carrie and John in Sonoma

Carrie and John were married this fall at the lovely Garden Pavilion in Sonoma. Carrie is one of my  oldest childhood friends, and it was a true joy to celebrate with her and her family. Carrie opted for vibrant fall colors with a slight Spanish inspiration. The tables featured long garland inspired greenery with satsuma oranges. Each place setting had a lovely Spanish tile with guests names, and a Spanish meal was served, complete with Paella. It was such a beautiful and joy filled day, and I was so happy to provide flowers and to be a part of the celebration. Thank you to Nicole of Sweetness and Light Photography for the beautiful images!

Jessica and Tito's Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club Wedding

Jessica and Tito were married at the Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club in October. We incorporated lots of fall flowers in shades of burgundy, coral and ivory with vibrant greenery accents. The bouquet included coral amaryllis, dendrobium orchid, ranunculus, hellebores, burgundy dahlias, and more. We added eucalyptus and fern greenery that brought in the lush wooded feeling of the area as well. Jessica and Tito were such a happy, appreciative couple and I am so glad to have been a part of their day, and to have Studio 13 Designs there to capture it all. 

Sandi and Nathan at Ralston White Retreat in Mill Valley

Sandi and Nathan held their lovely winter wedding at the Ralston White Retreat in Mill Valley. The venue is a beautiful white house with a heart shaped lawn and sits atop a mountain nestled in the redwoods. For Sandi we designed an elegant, winter bouquet featuring anemone, ferns, ranunculus, roses, and more. We also designed a coordinating flower crown and boutonnieres. Photography by Natasha I Gillett Photography

Bright Bohemian Styled Shoot

This bright and cheery styled shoot was inspired by lots and lots of color! As a floral designer, I often see couples shying away from color, and I wanted to do something fun, bright and playful that pushes the boundaries of more traditional wedding design. As spring and summer arrive, I always am excited by flowers like the vibrant icelandic poppies featured here. They naturally come in a beautiful mixture of bright orange, yellow, and peach, and create a bold effect when combined with other beautiful blooms like king protea, acacia, and garden roses. 

The beautiful Olympia’s Valley Estate in Sonoma County was the backdrop for this shoot and also helped inspire the aesthetic. I was lucky to work with the extremely talented Jamie of Studio13 Designs, who captured the essence of our bright bohemian shoot so beautifully.

Other Vendor Credits: Rentals by Encore Events Rentals; Dresses by Starlet Bridal; Hair and Makeup by Vanessa Colombo of Beauty Marks Makeup; Videography by Cinema Butterfly Films; Models were Holly Scheld and Gwen Budinsky.

Alison and Orion in Sonoma County

Alison and Orion were married in their beautiful backyard in Sonoma County. They grew up not far from me, and their parents still live in Mendocino County and grew many of the flowers that were used in their wedding. Alison's mother harvested flowers the day before the wedding, and I was able to choose from all of the bounty to design the bouquets, boutonnieres and the dog collar for their sweet dog. I incorporated California Oak into the designs, and even put a small acorn in the groom's boutonniere, as they were being married under an oak tree. Take a look at a few of the photos captured by Luke Keegan Photography

KC and Ben in Philo

KC and Ben held their wedding festivities at River's Bend Retreat in Philo, California, nestled in the woods alongside the Navarro River. The couple wanted a laid back, fun filled wedding where guests camped out for the weekend and swam in the river before the day's events began. The bride hand made ceramic vases which we filled with colorful blooms. They decorated long farm tables where guests ate, drank and danced into the night. These beautiful images were shared with me thanks to Lucille Lawrence Photography. Coordination by Madeline of Fern Foot Events.

Karen and Jarrod at Olympia's Valley Estate in Petaluma

Karen and Jarrod's beautiful Olympia's Valley Estate wedding featured lush greenery, herbs and pops of pink and coral. I loved incorporating potted plants, rosemary, mini artichokes, and many more unique flowers and greenery into this wedding. Karen had a great eye for design and detail and it was such fun designing with her! Photo's by onelove photography with planning by Lisa of Bravo Weddings & Events

Claire and Patrick's Campovida Wedding Featured on The Knot!

So excited to see that Claire and Patrick's lovely wedding at Campovida was recently featured on The Knot. Take a look at all of the beautiful images here. Photography by the talented Melissa Fuller Photography, planning by Fern Foot Events, and flowers by yours truly! 

Other Vendor Credits: Grapevine Catering, AMS Entertainment, Moustache Baked Goods, Smitten on Paper, Jorge Manuel (bride's dress), Watters (bridesmaids)

Brandy and Steve Married at Toby's Feed Barn in Point Reyes

Brandy and Steve were married in beautiful Point Reyes Station, California and were a total joy to work with. Brandy chose vibrant flowers for the collection of turquoise and vintage bottles and jars that she collected. She is a stylist, so there were so many amazing personal touches from the gold animal escort display to the DIY photo booth, and so much more. Check out the full blog post shared by the talented Anne-Claire Brun

Kimberly and Alex in Mendocino

Kimberly and Alex were married at the beautiful Mendocino Botanical Gardens with a reception following at the nearby Holly's Ocean Meadow. The style was black tie garden party, and Kimberly chose colors of peach, blush, and periwinkle with accents of fresh green and white. She was ahead of trend seeing as this year's Pantone Colors of the Year are shades of blush and pale blue. Here are a few photos from the day from Tammie Gilchrist Photography. Coordination was by Zoe of Zoe Braga Events.

Bay Leaf Kitchen Harvest Dinner

I had the pleasure of working with the Bay Leaf Kitchen team to design centerpieces for their first annual Harvest Dinner, held at Red Dog Restaurant and Bar in San Francisco. Their programs teach children and families to grow, cook and eat sustainable food, which is very much in line with our beliefs and practices at Lily + Mint. The dinner raised over $15,000 for their programs, and I was happy to play a small role in helping make the dinner a success. 

I chose to use lots of Harvest inspired foliage and flowers, and also used some local fruits, vegetables and sunflowers that were donated for the event. The delicious harvest themed dinner was provided by Chef Lauren Kiino of Red Dog Bar, and tasty libations were served up by Trick Dog Bar. There was even Magruder Ranch lamb from Mendocino County. 

A big thank you to Elianna, Amy and Rachel of Bay Leaf Kitchen for putting on a wonderful event and for inviting us to be a part of it.