sf crushing: florists and floral designers

sf crushing- florists  

if there is one thing i've been appreciating like whoa since being out here - especially for the season and how drastically different it's being represented here versus chicago - it's the abundance of plant life. honeysuckle practically wraps a lasso of scent around you as you walk by, forcing you to stop and bathe in the sweetness surrounding you on the sidewalk. the flower buds on the tree outside my living room window have blossomed and burst and since given way to small bright green leaves. there's crazy jurassic fauna and spiky fluorescent flora. everything smells like heaven, especially after it rains.

to celebrate this bouquet of floral inspiration, my next sf: crushing focus is on the floral designers and florists that harness and arrange and display and showcase and set free the plethora of local flowers and ferns and branches and everything else at their disposal.

 

here are my top three for now:

 

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Studio Choo

the name, first of all, is adorable - as is it's inspiration (i also tend to have a particular penchant for other creative jills or jillians). the work that this duo - jill and alethea - puts together is just breathtaking. all of their arrangements and installations have a backyard cozy comfortable feeling, but with an elevated sensibility. their use of local grown flowers, and the care they take to showcase each bloom, is heartening. i just want to go live in their studio - what a thoughtful and artistic space to spend their days! take a look through their blog - i love how each post not only showcases the stunning visuals, but tells a personal story of each project's inception.

 

twigss homepage

 

Twigss Floral Design

as soon as i opened up the website for twigss, i fell in love. i'm obviously the target audience for a hand-drawn laurel wreath and hand lettered logo design. and then they're a mother-daughter team. and then their philosophy is so spot-on, i feel like i already know them. and then their photos and their flowers are just. well, they're just gorgeous. i love the seasonal influence that takes precedence in each of their displays, bouquets and headpieces. and i also love their appreciation of the entire lifecycle of a flower - from bud to bloom to decay and deadhead. i've been pouring over their blog, and i suggest you do the same.

 

chestnut & vine homepage

 

Chestnut & Vine Floral Design

succulents. succulents. succulents. i've been looking for a floral designer/florist in the bay area who uses succulents in an artful way, and svenja brotz of chestnut & vine has hands-down the most gorgeous, lush, well-thought out arrangements using these amazing plants. succulents of all different colors, sizes, and paired with the interesting and complimentary blooms - i could look at her website all day. and i love that she's based in the east bay, just a bit north of where i am, up in quaint and bustling berkeley. bringing a european sensibility to the abundant materials of northern california, she's got a real talent for combining skill, vision, and resources. i just want to fill my home with her creations.

 

next week in the sf crushing series: invitations and paper goods. this is a special one, so i'm excited to share with you my favorites in the world of paper and design. have a beautiful weekend!

 

a thankful holiday season

    thanksgiving table setting

thanksgiving name cards

 

tis the season for wonder and splendor and beautiful tables and warm meals and blues and greens and reds and silver and gold all around. here's wishing you and yours a beautiful start to a love-filled holiday season. cheers!

thank you message

 

wedding invitations like whoa

hello everyone! i've been bombarded with yoga lately, both at the lovely lululemon and in the community, where i've been both teaching and practicing as much as i can!  i can say, however, that in the midst of all these downward facing dogs, i have been inking my pen up quite a bit as well.  i'm happy to post some photos of two sets of wedding invitations that i recently addressed for my cousin's and a friend's upcoming marriage celebrations.  the actual invitations that went along with these envelopes were breathtaking, and i wouldn't be surprised if they showed up on the blogosphere or in some local wedding magazines.

the first was for my friend rochelle's wedding.  she and her fiance pat are working with the 'rustic/elegant library' theme (everything included in their wedding, from the invitations to the escort cards to the centerpieces, revolves around books!), and so i decided to utilize a hybrid style for their invites.  soft, fluid script for the invitees atop a more calculated upper-case print for the addresses themselves.

the second, which i just completed last week and which i've already received in the mail myself, was for my cousin jessica's wedding.  she and brendan, her fiance, are to have an elegant, evening wedding.  white and tradition being the main components of the wedding, i went with a slightly flourished scroll for these invitations, completing the inner envelopes with the same effortless fluidity.

i am so looking forward to attending both of these weddings, and seeing what the two creative pairs have in store for their special days.  let me know what you think, and as always, if you or anyone you know has any interest in personalized hand-lettering, please feel free to contact me!

a new york city bachelorette

so now that the champagne has been drunk, the dancing blisters healed, the photos posted on facebook, i can finally share with you the designs i created for both my cousin's bridal shower and my dear friend's bachelorette party.  both of these events were simply gorgeous and came together beautifully.

to start, the bridal shower was the epitome of summer colors.  bright pinks, fuschias , purples and oranges lined the tables by way of eye-popping table runners, fruit-studded salads, red sangria and multicolored big-petaled gerbera daisies.  the invitation was the kick-off to the theme, and when all was said and done, everything matched perfectly!

this past weekend's new york city bachelorette party was unlike the traditional veil and sash festivities that adorn many a bride-to-be before her nuptials.  we decided instead to give our bride something a bit different: a pop-up dinner party in the middle of the carl shurtz park on manhattan's upper east side.  complete with table and chairs, big balloons, tablecloth, flank steak salad with asparagus and blue cheese, grilled veggie sandwiches and sparkling lemonade (cocktails were had by all afterwards), it ended up exceeding our expectations in looks and substance.  the bride was totally surprised and exceedingly happy with the outcome of her blindfolded cab ride across the island.  it was truly a night like no other.

bright pink envelopes

they've been designed, stuffed, addressed, sealed and stamped, and now the invitations to my cousin's bridal shower are out and off to their, mainly, northeast destinations.  i had so much fun with every step, and while i can't show you the finished invitation design (in case the bride-to-be is peaking on here), here are some lovely photographs of the addressed envelopes.  let me know what you think!

i'm thinking of using some of these photographs as samples for my hand lettering business - which are your favorites?

sunday ceremonies (on a monday)

good evening everyone!  i hope you've all enjoyed this gorgeous mlk day as much as i have.  warm weather and sunny skies in mid-january is a bit of a tease, yes, but one i'll gladly take right now.  i'm a bit late on my sunday ceremonies series, but i just came across these gorgeous photos of a wedding featured on green wedding shoes.  the day was photographed by erik clausen, and took place in beautiful chandor gardens in weatherford, texas.  my favorites are these taken with a light blue chevrolet: garden_wedding_p_11.jpg

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the colors in these pop, and i love the simple yet classic details.

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stunning, right?  the bride's dress is from pronovias (where, coincidentally, my very good friend rochelle also found her dress for her wedding this july), and her lovely bouquet is a mix of billy buttons and daisies.  to see more photos from this sun-kissed day, check out green wedding shoes!

back to work tomorrow - have a great week everyone!

gardens

here's a peak at one of the sketches i'm working on for the sketchbook project.  my theme is 'thinking of you', so i've decided to dedicate each page in the book to a different person or place that's means a lot to me, focusing on images and phrases that to me, are undeniably them.  not going into it too much, my mum's page will be filled with flowers, so to start:

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