Man & Wife’s Best Friend

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It’s no secret that we’re dog lovers here.  That’s why we’re so thrilled to see our four furry footed friends in so many of our weddings.  After all, dogs is family.  So when you get ready to tie the knot, sure your best buddy will want to be there with you.  And let’s face it, you may get some pretty gorgeous photos of your devoted friend that you’d otherwise never get.  I mean, Instagram is nice and all, but you’re probably hiring a professional photographer anyway. For instance, get dog to match bouquet: jharris_I_1192© Jessamyn Harris Photography

Bespoke, elegant topper: 2014-01-11 07.22.51 pm

In house comedian keeps carbon biped entertained: 2013_06_08_erinjoaquin_0111© KT Merry Photography

Whatever you do, don’t leave him behind. “Hey, guys!  Wait up!”:

2014-01-11 07.30.08 pm_1All flowers by Daisy Rose Floral Design.

Flower Studio Before and After

Fanfare. This poor blog has endured over a year of neglect (largely due to the hacking forces of ne’er do wells. And it’s not like we’re storing secret information that should be in the public arena). So, finally, one of our most anticipated posts to ring in the New Year:  The Flower Studio before and after!!  You may remember the before pictures. A run down stable/chicken shed, established, probably, to commemorate the Statute of Independence. Renovating the existing structure, and built using as many reclaimed and scavenged materials as humanly possible, horses and chickens are no longer welcome.


The studio remodel took a seemingly eternal 6 months(ish) to complete. A process exacerbated daily by the hunt for materials, time, money, and construction knowledge. Every inch of the studio is proof that with the help of informed friends and father-in-law, determination and imagination, anything is possible – even when you start out knowing nothing.  You can’t help but feel supported and inspired when you step inside (or stay outside, no pressure).


Left:  The cooler, lacking the right amount of insulation. Right: Somebody enjoys the cool cement floor.


The windows are US army barracks windows from WW1. A sliding barn door constructed from donated 100 year old redwood leads into the office, and another, hermetically sealed and insulated (using an unwanted hot tub lid), heads into the uber-efficient floral cooler.

before after

All the siding was salvaged, mostly from generous and bemused local farmers; And you can find tin lids covering the holes littering the walls, acknowledging the improvisations of the settlers.


Windows. Dogs. Daisy:

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The before pictures were snapped by us, while the gorgeous, refined and beautifully thoughtful after shots were taken by Jessamyn Harris Photography.  Jessamyn put Daisy so at ease that she forgot she doesn’t like having her picture taken!


Mini flower studio for birds.

Save Dough for Cake

Sometimes clients come to me with tight budgets for large events.  This is when a little creativity can go a long way.  Here are a few methods I recommend to keep your flowers within budget.

Suggestion 1 – Use seasonal, local flowers - Saving money and being environmentally responsible is a win win situation!!  Here’s an example of a wedding that used all local, organic and seasonal flowers from a single farm in Glen Ellen.  Choosing all your flowers from one farm may restrict your options, but if this doesn’t say, “Hello, informal, wine country chic!” what does?  Inexpensive Wedding flowersPhotos: Diana Rothery Photography

Suggestion 2 – Colorful minimalism – Focus on bold shapes, and color, rather than lushness.  This centerpiece required minimal dollars but still looked intentional and stylish.  Grouping a set of containers of varying heights together quickly adds interest while the bold colors in the flowers mean they don’t have to be expensive to get noticed.

Photo credit: Jessamyn Harris Photography

Suggestion 3 – Keep the good stuff for yourself! – Splash out on your bouquet and keep everything else simple.  You have to be careful with this option – the result can be underwhelming if your linens and attire are also plain Jane.  You’ve been warned.

Photo credit: The Marin Studio

Suggestion 4 – Tell your florist to do whatever she wants! - This one is my favorite.  Pick a florist who you like, give them a budget, suggest a couple of flower and color preferences and let them run with it.  You can’t go wrong.  Most of my best work has been done for the client who gave me free creative reign.   goddard_goddard_Cathy_Stancil_Photography_MG8048_lowPhoto credit:  Cathy Stancil Photography


Photo credit: Elle Jae Photography