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.
August 19th, 2011 § § permalink
Earlier this year Gorgeous and Green helped a bride and her savvy friends decorate a sustainable wedding at the Brazil Room in Tilden Park. They had a small budget, so many of the sustainable elements were also budget friendly as well.
She chose a floral print dress for the bridesmaids that they thought they could wear again. An important thing to think about when you are choosing dresses.
Photography by Claire Mulkey and Daniela Fedorowicz
The colors were dark jewel tones in the purples, pinks and blues. I used a lot of local scabiosa and amaranth, as well as local anemones, dahlias and celosia.
She provided a collection of found vases for us to use as her centerpieces, and each arrangement consisted of a trio of vases artistically filled with blooms, ferns and branches. Most of the vases were salvaged or reused and then reused again when she invited guests to take them home. The arranged centerpieces were all different, and I loved how they turned out. I only have a few pics to share, but you get the idea:
A good friend of the bride made some paper flowers to use in the decor and I attached those to a fern garland I lined the aisle with.
Even the boutonnieres were delicate jewels with both local scabiosa flowers and pods.
In Green and Health, G&G
August 14th, 2011 § § permalink
This Spring Gorgeous and Green had the pleasure of working with a bride and groom who walked into my boutique the weekend before their big day. They decided to have an impromptu wedding at a local winery called Testarossa Winery, and I have to admit that their quick decision making and planning was phenomenal. It also turned out to be quite green and sustainable because they were choosing from great local vendors and had sustainability in mind.
Besides myself, another sustainably-minded green vendor that they chose for their wedding was Cara of Cara Mia Photography. Not only is she a lovely person, but her work is beautiful, and I thought I would share some pics from the event as well as some interview questions I asked her.
GG bride’s bouquet with local anemones, peonies, pincushion berry
How are you personally invested in sustainability and being green?
For me being green expands beyond my business which is just an extension of how I live life and the choices I make every day that effect the environment. I like to work with companies and vendors who are conscious of their carbon footprint and who offer real sustainable alternatives like recycled paper products, vegan leather and less plastic packaging. My work is all digital so there’s less paper and chemical waste and I buy used equipment to try to get the most life possible out of electronics. At home, where my office is, we try to eat mostly locally grown organic food and compost our waste. My biggest passion is focused on raising awareness about plastic pollution in the ocean. I have a blog “A Mermaid’s Tear”http://www.amermaidstear.blogspot.com/ where I share information about the devastating affects of single use plastic waste in the environment and ways we can change our habits. As I’ve learned more about this issue my awareness about both our spiritual and physical interconnection with nature has deepened tremendously and permeates my personal and business life.
GG local ivy garland with hanging amaranth, roses and local anemones
What are some of your favorite green ideas you’ve seen at weddings?
I always enjoy seeing handmade or eco-friendly favors like homemade jam or candy, plantable seed cards or beeswax candles. Any couple who chooses to work with a green caterer or florist that specialize in locally harvested and organic produce and flowers is my most favorite idea. That’s the single most environmentally friendly thing a couple can do.
GG boutonnieres with local and non sprayed callas
Thanks Cara for your beautiful pictures and lovely thoughts.
August 1st, 2011 § § permalink
Here are a few sneak photos from a wedding Gorgeous and Green participated in at Flora Grubb in San Francisco on July 30th. We created the table centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres as well as a large 4 foot wide arrangement that hung above the wedding party table. Lots of local succulents and dahlias! It was a grand affair with the planning help of Vera Devera of Va de Vie Events. Beautiful.
Bubble cognac vase with gathered local blooms and succulents
Repurposed wood drawer with local dahlias, scabiosa pods and succulents. No floral foam was used, I have a secret trick that included more reusing….
Planted terrariums (one borrowed from Vera) are so interesting to look at and classy.
A large arrangement of blooms and succulents in a footed glass vase.
And the amazing hanging box………..
Cheers to the newlyweds,