September 20th, 2012 § § permalink
This summer I provided the floral decor for a wedding at a ranch on Mt Diablo called Diablo Ranch, a rustic and very cow and cowboy location in the East Bay.
The bride really was the design force behind the tablescapes and style. Gorgeous and Green’s take on bright, natural, eclectic and exuberant plant and flower life was a great match. With collected items from both her and my collection of vintage silver pieces and china, all the containers were reused vintage pieces that gave her tables a bohemian and bright version of Miss Havisham. (something named right away during our conversation about the wedding since I’m a fan of the book: Great Expectations)
I used locally grown flowers, a lot of dahlias, celosia, passion flower, scabiosa flowers, lupine, sweet william and other flowers. The colors were a stunning mix of reds, pinks, oranges and plenty of greens.
a lovely vintage urn of the Bride’s collection filled with colorful blooms and branches
I will be posting some more lovely pics from that wedding on the Gorgeous and Green website soon!
In Local Green Love,
August 28th, 2012 § § permalink
We’ve been busy at Gorgeous and Green with weddings, so I apologize up front for being behind on my posts! But, it does mean I have tons and tons of pics to share from events and designs we’ve been working on!
Here’s a few pictures from a wedding Gorgeous and Green provided floral decor for at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma in May (we worked with the coordinator Vera of Va de Vie Events) It was a wonderfully hot day. Luckily the flowers made it through the warm weather as we still had lots of late spring flowers and early summer flowers blooming in May.
The colors were yellows and oranges with some pewter/grey accents, and lots of greens. We used a lot of locally grown icelandic poppies, crespedia, ranunculus, dusty miller and succulents. Here’s a pic of the tent and some of the tablescapes. We used a lot of my vintage silver and etched glass from the rental collection for the containers. Very sweet.
I love these vintage glass and silver containers, they add a vintage and classy feel to the garden weddings we have here in the Bay Area.
In Gorgeous and Green Wedding Designs,
June 8th, 2012 § § permalink
A few weeks ago Gorgeous and Green provided the bright and lovely floral decor for a wedding at the Brazil Room at Tilden Park in Berkeley. The building there is beautifully set amongst rolling green hills, and the building is made with a lot of dark wood, so I wanted to keep the floral decor bright and colorful.
The flowers were locally grown in half moon bay and Petaluma, and many were organically grown in Oakland too! We used a lot of spring flowers including anemones, ranunculus, leptopermum, vibernum, icelandic poppies, scabiosa, callas and sweet peas.
Below are a few pictures of the table designs, all taken from my phone, so I apologize ahead of time. Although they aren’t the best pics, they show the lovely colors! I hope to post some of the photographer’s pics on my blog as some point in the future, there was a lovely decorate Chuppah too, and many other details.
And the Bridal Bouquet (via phone camera):
The bathroom arrangement:
A large arrangement for the cake table:
you’ll have to excuse my phone photo
While we were there setting up the decor, we ran into a few turkeys:
Gobbles and Green,
February 27th, 2012 § § permalink
Here’s a lovely set of pics from a Matt and Michaela’s wedding that Gorgeous and Green provided sustainable floral decor for back in December, that featured a very vintage color scheme and a touch of snow. We used muted greys, creams, pinks, lavender and blues for the flowers and greens and included lichen branches for a bit of added rustic vintage flair. The couple were married up at the Brazil Room in Berkeley’s Tilden Park.
We also did some lovely arrangements for the tables and ceremony space in mason jars and plenty of bouquets for the bridesmaids. Lots of locally grown slightly pink and green kale, local grey lambsear, local lichen branches, sustainable blue thistle and sustainable freesia. Here’s some close up shots of those flowers:
Beautiful, vintage charm and frosty!
In Green, Vintage Beauty and Health,
February 21st, 2012 § § permalink
Here’s a couple of pics from a Chicago couple who tied the knot here in the East Bay. They came all the way to California for a vintage style impromptu wedding with Gorgeous and Green decor that included local succulents, kale and craspedia. The photographer was Rebecca Wilkowski Photography, a green photographer here in the Bay Area. (We’re both green certified businesses and happen to be friends too!)
Succulents in wedding decor have been a big deal the past few years, and airplants are also becoming popular. Luckily we carry many airplants here at the boutique, and we often have succulents too!
In Green, Beauty and Health,
December 23rd, 2011 § § permalink
This fall Gorgeous and Green provided the wedding party and reception flowers for a quaint wedding at Costanoa lodge in Pescadero, CA. The bride gave us a fairly loose idea of using local and seasonal flowers and branches, and we went with our own ideas.
Take a look at some beautiful shots of the Costanoa grounds and the event designs.
a bridesmaid bouquet with local crespedia, amaranth, celosia
the Ranch House where the reception took place
a beautiful arrangement of local japanese maple, sustainably grown thistle, etc
Ceremony decor at the altar space
the dining table designs
and lastly, a simple family boutonniere
In green and health,
November 17th, 2011 § § permalink
Just wanted to mention that a wedding Gorgeous and Green worked on at Flora Grubb Gardens this past summer is on the wedding blog Ruffled. Check it out: http://ruffledblog.com/diy-british-columbia-wedding/
photo courtesy of Stephen Hughes Photography
In Green, Glamour and Health,
October 6th, 2011 § § permalink
Here’s more lovely pictures from the beautiful and green wedding at Flora Grubb Gardens that Gorgeous and Green participated in late July. There was a great crew at the event including the wedding planner Vera Devera, the cake baker Alison Okabayashi and the photographer Stephen Hughes.
Here are some of pictures by Stephen Hughes Photograhy that show some of the vivid color, life and romance of that day.
The fun and colorful wedding party
Wedding table amongst the beautiful plants at Flora Grubb
A Gorgeous and Green Centerpiece. Au Natural, No floral foam ever needed.
Gorgeous cake by Two for Two Cakes
The hanging flower box over the wedding party table. Again, no floral foam featuring local flowers and cuttings.
The wedding turned out beautifully thanks to some great partners in crime.
Thanks Stephen for the beautiful pics!
In Green, Beauty and Health,
Blog by Pilar Zuniga, owner of Gorgeous and Green, a sustainable gift and floral boutique in Berkeley. Pilar specializes in using locally grown and sustainably grown flowers and greens in floral displays for weddings, events, restaurants, offices, gift and home use. The Gorgeous and Green boutique offers an array of local and sustainable gifts, jewelry, cards and local and sustainable or organic flowers.