Sunny Saturday with two amazing weddings headed out to @thehavenattomales + a private estate in Healdsburg. Little snippets in our story today. Go team 🌞💪🏽🌾
Wild side of the driveway stopped me in my tracks @straushomeranch 🌿
Shiny glass and shadows. Todd let us borrow his construction lamps on Thursday after we spent a morning out at Mack’s harvesting whatever we felt like: really felt like. No events this weekend meant catching up on sleep, emails, and inspiration. Feeling GOOD! Check out our stories for some of our fun this week...
Playing the field.
Foggy morning wander and harvest out at Mack’s. It’s always good for the soul. Now: Bruce Springsteen, champagne, and pulling for bridal bouquets. Later: work in our gardens + BBQ’s with friends. ✌🏽
These two + their magical wedding in the redwoods were featured on @theknot today and we’re happily reminiscing about how much fun we had working with them to make their deep green vision come to life with allllll the ferns, wispy white flowers and candlelight to set the perfect vibe. 📷 @nicholsphoto | tap for all the amazing vendors who made this celebration a winner ✨| link to full feature in profile
Is it day 1 or day 8? We’re not counting anymore...but we’ll tell you what’s up with day 6+7 since you didn’t hear from us yet. Sunday’s and Monday’s are supposed to be our days off, but that doesn’t mean nothing’s going on, or that we’re %100 off duty. These two days are all about the reset: of our studio, our van, our cars, ourselves. Camille and I try our best not to talk to each other on these days, and tune out of work-mode when we have our assistant on duty for the reset (that’s Devon right now 🙌🏼). A complete day or even moment off is surprisingly/not-surprisingly challenging for Camille and me and requires a strange type of discipline and commitment from each of us to *not* work. Our business constantly demands a lot of us, and we demand a lot of ourselves as hard working, dedicated people by nature. This time of year is especially challenging to take those much needed breaks to refuel when there is so much to do, and not even enough time in a 60 hour work week to get it all done: the list never ends, and we really want to do it all, and do it well. In order to continue doing high quality work that we are proud of, and feel good about, we need to place much more value our minds, bodies and time: professionally and personally. With that, here we go again! It’s market day.
Day 5. THE BIG ONE. This Saturday we have two weddings, but that’s not always the case. Today Camille and I will meet at the studio at 9:00, pull ALL the flowers out of the cooler, wrap the bridal bouquets, design the final pieces, and start loading out. Two cars + two teams today: Camille is headed to St. Helena with our assistant Devon for a black tie beauty in our big ol’ (it’s actually very new) van, and I’m headed to Treasure Island in my own car with all kinds of tropical leaves and poppy colors, picking up my gal @jkully for a guest assistant appearance (YAY!) There’s lots more to say, and no more time to write! Wish us luck today, and follow along in our stories to see the magic happen.
Day 4: Friday. The final day of in studio designing and getting ready for the big day(s) tomorrow. Friday’s we do our most intricate and fragile designs: the personals aka boutonnieres, corsages, crowns etc. We love making these tiny specimens (!) It’s our end of the week treat doing little, specialized designs with everything we need right on our work tables...maybe even slip in a glass of Rosé at some point in the day? Heyyyy. Once we have the personals all done we package them up to stay hydrated in the cooler overnight, and then move on to packing toolboxes, ladders, miscellaneous hard goods, brooms, ratchet straps, etc. and meticulously organizing our buckets of loose materials for onsite installations. (Our toolbox is why everyone is always looking for the florist to problem solve their issue on event day because we always come complete with a bag of tricks and solutions for pretty much anything, uh huh.) Then. THEN we do the final cooler shuffle to get all of our full racks of completed designs in the right order to roll out tomorrow morning, check for any last messages from our clients, coordinators, venues that we’re working at and print out the vendor copy of our order complete with layouts, instructions, and timeline. It might be time to go home at this point, might not! Story time y’all...