Friday, February 26, 2010

Featured Vendor: b.mookie

I am pleased to announce that today's "Featured Vendor" is...
B.mookie's owner and designer, Molly Beard, is a good friend of mine and I am so happy to be featuring her beautiful designs today. Molly makes one of a kind, unique pieces that you can be sure no one else will ever have; who doesn't want that for their wedding day?  Molly is so sweet and creates each piece with her brides to ensure that the vision of your wedding jewelry is exquisitely created.  She hand forges her metal and and makes each piece to be completely custom to suit your style and needs.  A b.mookie design would be the perfect "something new"!  Check out all her wonderful creations below...

We love details! As a bride, we want you to appreciate the focus that we place on your day and individual style. We can customize the jewelry to match your dress and or your attendants’ attire. Each jewelry design is an original, so no one will ever have a piece of jewelry like yours!"

Here is a sample of earrings that can be completely customized for your bridal party and for you as well.

Thank you Molly for letting me feature your beautiful work!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A wedding vendor day to LA

So yesterday I spent yesterday in LA with Molly of b.mookie jewelry and had so much fun!  We visited the fashion district as I searched shop after shop for certain design items I need for a wedding later this year.  Then we headed over to the jewelry district so Molly could see all that they have to offer.  She found some amazing swarovski crystal beads and along the way we got to see all of these amazing old theatres on Broadway in downtown LA. 

Each one was full of character and amazing architectual elements that made me long for the past.  We talked all about how beautiful each one was and how we could just imagine LA socialites all dressed up in long white gloves and tuxedos going to see a show.

The Orpheum Theatre still holds shows and is amazing inside, I think I want to get all dressed up and go to a show there sometime soon.  Here are our photos of the old theatres...

Tomorrow I will be featuring b.mookie as this weeks featured vendor!!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Simone & Matt Pro Pics!!!

They're in and I just couldn't wait to share them!!!  John Partridge of John Partridge Photography sent these EXQUISITE photos over this morning of Simone and Matt's wedding this past January at the San Diego Mission and The Prado.
Simone's bouquet was made out of white China Mums accented with guinea feathers and wrapped with slate satin ribbon to match the beautiful flowers on her dress.
Simone decided on china mums because they are her favorite flower and because they were the slate design that was on her dress, the guinea feathers were a nice accent to both the dress as well as the flowers.
Matt's boutonierre wasmade from white button mums with an accent of guinea feathers.
The Prado is such an amazing space, and not a lot of decor is needed because the room is so beautiful. We lined the stage in glass vases filled with gold candles and the ostrich feathers were the pops of interest around the room.
It was such an honor to help Simone design her wedding and she is such a fun person to be around. Good luck to her and Matt as they start their new adventure as husband and wife!!! P.S. Simone & Matt, good luck on your move to Chicago at the end of the summer, BEST OF LUCK!!!!!!!!!!

Check out more on the website under "Featured".

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Sara & Mike got MARRIED!!!

On January 30th I was honored to be the florist for Mike and Sara's wedding at The Dana on Mission Bay.  The scenery was beautiful, the couple was amazing and flowers, well you can see for yourself...
Sara's bridal bouquet was a combination of blue and white hydrangea, green cymbidium orchids, white stock and 1 yellow rose in honor of her mother.
For the bridesmaids I used white hydrangea, green button mums, green spider mums, blue delphinium and ivory roses. The combination of the colors really popped and gave everything a fresh clean look.
All of these amazing shots are by yesterdays featured vendor, Melissa McClure and some by Mandi Whiting of Melissa McClure Photography and each one just gets better than the next.
The center pieces were a combination of the brides bouquet and the bridesmaids bouquets, they were 5x5 glass square vases lined in green ti leaves and filled with blue and white hydrangea, green cymbidium orchids, ivory roses, green spider mums and green button mums.
The entire event was coordinated by Courtney of After the Engagement who made sure that each detail was perfect for this special couples perfect day.

Congrats Sara and Mike and we wish you a wonderful and HAPPY life together!!!!!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Featured Vendor: Melissa McClure Photography

Yeah!  Today I get to feature one of my latest "wedding" friends Melissa McClure of Melissa McClure Photography.  We have worked together on 2 weddings now and can't wait to share in many more jobs with her.  Check out some of her awesome shots below...
All of these shots are amazing and you can feel the love that is captured so beautifully between each couple.

Stay tuned tomorrow to see the latest wedding that Melissa, Courtney and I worked on...Sara & Mike.

Friday, February 5, 2010

Featured Vendor: boutique

Todays featured vendor is a boutique in Little Italy...
They have the cutest clothing, accesories and home decor. Cecilia is the owner and so much fun to be around and for all of you brides, she makes custom hair pieces for your special day. Later this month I hope to feature a beautiful bridal headband that she is custom making for one of my brides.

Tonight she is hosting a CHAMPAGNE HAPPY HOUR with a discount of 20% off 1 item, starting at 5PM.  I will be there with a few girlfriends and would love to see all of you there.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

DIY Day-Centerpiece

Finally, the 1st DIY project. "Project Hydrangea Centerpiece"

This is a simple piece which is perfect for you DIY brides because it is largely dependent on the hydrangea which fills the piece in. Everything you add to the hydrangea is really just accenting rather than structure. Lets start with materials...
  • To get started you will need to make the base of the arrangement, for this project we used a 5x5 square glass vase lined with ti leaves.  You will need:
    • 5x5 glass vase
    • 1 ti leaf
    • 1/2 block of oasis floral foam (start with half and sliver off pieces till it fits on the vase when wrapped
Before you place the block and leaf in the vase you will need to cut the stem from the leaf. Do this by slicing into the leaf about 4-5 inches to get the stiffest part of the stem cut off.
Next, wrap the leaf around the block of floral foam.
Then, slide the block into the vase and trim off the top of the leaf (my picture is before I trimmed the top). Now submerge the vase in water for 5 minutes so that the foam is completely saturated and you are ready to add flowers.
Okay, lets gather the flowers. For this project you will need the following:
  • 3 heads/stems of hydrangea
  • 3 stemed orchids
  • 3 stems of button mums
  • 5 roses
  • 2 spider mums
For this project the "stemed" orchids are wired to floral picks. Simply cut the orchid from the large stem and wrap it tightly to the pre-wired floral pick.
The 1st flowers that we are going to add to the foam are the hydrangea. Cut the hydrangea stems to about 6 inches and insert in the foam in a triangular form so that they fill the top of the vase.
Then start adding in your other flowers, 1 type at a time to fill in gaps and add color.
When you are done you have a beautiful centerpiece fit for any wedding or occasion!
I hope that this wsa helpful and remember you can always ask me questions by leaving comments, emailing me ( or right in the forum on the right side column.

Till the next DIY day, LATER!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Press Release

San Diego, CA – February 2, 2010 - WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced Exquisite Blooms has been selected to receive the WeddingWire 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™ for Wedding Florist!

The annual Bride’s Choice Awards recognizes and celebrates excellence in quality and service within the wedding industry, as determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds.

Exquisite Blooms is among the top five percent of all vendors in the WeddingWire community, which includes over 100,000 wedding professionals across the US and Canada. Awards were given to winners across 19 different service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers.

“We are excited to recognize and honor the success of the top wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “The annual Bride’s Choice Awards program has given us the unique opportunity to highlight the best wedding professionals in each region as reviewed by brides and grooms who have utilized their services in the past year.”

We are happy to announce that Exquisite Blooms is among the very best Wedding Florists within the WeddingWire Network, which includes WeddingWire and Martha Stewart Weddings. We would like to thank our past newlyweds for nominating us for the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Ostrich Feather Centerpiece

Remember Simone y Matt? I haven't received the pro pics yet but here are some shots I took of the decor...
The "tall" centerpieces for the room were ostrich feather pieces. They were 30 ostrich feathers atop a 36" gold Eiffel tower vase surrounded by 3 groupings of 3 votive candles, china mum heads and gold eucalyptus leaves.
The 42' long stage was lined with over 60 glass vases of varying heights filled with gold candles.
The lounge area tables had small groupings of 3 vases with gold candles, gold leaves and china mum heads.

Each ostrich feather centerpiece was pin spotted, courtesy of The Prado which made each feather glow.

The reception was located at The Prado in Balboa Park in the main ballroom. The reception was a "lounge/movement" reception which means that they did not have assigned seating or a lot of round tables. Instead they had 6 rounds for the mature guests and lots of belly bars and lounge furniture areas for guest to mingle and chat as they tried each food station. It was a gorgeous event and all of the candle light made the room glow!