Exquisite Weddings Spring Launch Party

In the beginning of May, Exquisite Weddings Magazine held their annual Launch Party for brides and vendors to come together, show their work and connect in a fun atmosphere. This lavish event is filled with yummy appetizers, treats and beverages alongside great vendors showcasing some of their unique work. It was such an honor to be part of such a great production. {Stay tune for the next post, the fashion show!} Our great friends Chris and Jordan of NEXT TO ME STUDIOS took some amazing shots of our display, we hope you find inspiration for your next event!

Brides who visited our booth received a keepsake, hand crafted boutonniere with a coupon for 15% off your next event. I hope you got one!

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Carrie,of Phoebe Street Creative  provided us with her amazing paper goods, designed especially for this event. We highly recommend her for any occasion!

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The sweet and lovely gal at Lauren Sharon Vintage Shop Rentals provided some of her awesome finds to help amp up our display. She has a wide variety of furniture, props, vintage bottles (you name it!) to help expand your theme throughout your next event! Check our Lauren’s awesome collection on her website!

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Our floral arch was displayed on a pallet wall Marisa built and stained herself (that little carpenter!) and can be used at either a ceremony site, sweetheart table or cake display backdrop.

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Our theme flowers used consisted of: white hydrangea, roses, kale, air plants, phalaenopsis orchids, pin cushions, rosemary, hyacinth, and silver dollar eucalyptus. Scattered throughout our display were bud vases filled with these simple blooms.

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We had a great time at the Spring Launch party and I hope you enjoyed looking through all our hard work!

Thank you so much to everyone who helped make our display the beautiful creation it was!

We couldn’t have done it without you!!

A Coastal Wedding

Earlier this year, we got the pleasure of working with a wonderful bride who envisioned a beach themed wedding. Her colors were ivory, tan, accents of teal and we incorporated sand and shells.  This wedding turned out gorgeous!


Her bridal bouquet was made up of garden roses, white lilies, calla lilies, spray roses, dahlias, mini cymbidium orchids and was wrapped in teal ribbon. Her bridesmaid bouquets were all simple and elegant fluffy dahlias.


I just loved her choice of dresses for her bridal party! They all looked stunning! The weather that day was incredible and their beach side pictures in Laguna Beach show it!


Nothing says “beach” more than sand and shells! Which were incorporated throughout the wedding. Check out the cocktail tables, simple and very budget friendly!


Another great display of the sand and shell centerpieces with a great DIY chalk board made by the bride created an inviting welcome table.

I love rectangle tables for weddings, and thought the layout turned out great!

Using a combination of vases filled with the brides favorite flowers and sand and shells, it definitely created the ultimate coastal wedding!


Look at these fluffy dahlias, I cant get enough of them!! Stunning!!


With teal accent throughout, in the ribbon on the vases and submerged crystals, the cake also had pops of the bright color. A unique starfish topper finished off the cake and completed this coastal wedding!


Short Stems, Tall Order!!

Centerpieces: if they aren’t tall, their considered short.  I’ve already posted about the Big Guys (https://sevenstemsblog.com/2012/03/27/the-big-guys/) so now I’m going to mention the short guys. They are definitely easier to make and  economically friendly. If you are on a budget, or want to add a variety to your reception with a combo of half tall, half short I’d definitely recommend doing some of short arrangement. Another bonus to them is they are out of  eye sight, which is nice for your guests so they don’t have to talk over flowers to someone on the other side of their table. Because small arrangements are easier to transport they can also be a great  souvenir for your guest to take home (unless you rented the containers/vases and need to return them to your florist, in that case please remind your guest not to take them!).  Over the 9 years of doing weddings, I’ve definitively seen some unique and different centerpieces, below are just a few of the ones I’d like to share with you!

This head table was one of my favorites because it incorporated long wooden boxes with some manzanita trees in between.

Silver Urns in my opinion are very romantic! There was no variation in size for this particular wedding, but these urns made a big impact with their simplicity and beauty.

This may not seem like your typical short arrangement, but compared to the other centerpieces (which you can see in my blog about the big guys) they were. I love how each vase is filled with one type of flower, complimenting each other and definitely making a huge impact.

A very tropical wedding used short arrangements not only for their centerpieces, but also for the bar decor adding a little bit of beauty to an already gorgeous setting.

I love wood boxes! They add so much natural beauty, especially if your vibe is very earthy. Succulents are also one of my favorites and I just drooled over this entire wedding!

Adding props is also very easy to do when you have short centerpieces! These lanterns were very cool and looked great with their candles lit at night! (Tip: Short arrangement’s don’t even necessarily have to be in a container, these were made on bamboo plates!)

For smaller wedding parties, short centerpieces just make more sense. To spice up these arrangements, a river rock runner and clusters of floating candles were added. Such a great idea!!

More wood boxes, but this time much shorter to allow better flower coverage. They also have space for candles to add more of a romantic feel.

I absolutely LOVE this color combo!! It is just so happy and really made a big impact with the different sizes and adding the floating candles.

Orchid Heaven!

Before moving to Maui a couple years ago for work, I truly believed that roses should go in everything. My love for them was so strong and I thought that would never change. How could it? Roses come in so many different shapes and sizes, their smell alone captivate me! They can add such a soft and elegant touch to anything!! (OK now I’m getting carried away)… But now. After having spent a good amount of time on Island, I have changed my ways. I believe, ORCHIDS should go in everything. They are truly sensational! They can add so much to a bouquet by simply complementing other spring flowers or really popping and make everything stand out so much more! I just LOVE working with them!! Here are some of my favorites from over the years. Some traditional, cascading, or what I like to call combo’s 😉 (a hand-held bouquet that cascades, not a cascading bouquet in a holder).

This is one of may favorite combo’s!!

Here is a good example of mixing all types of flowers together; spring and tropicals with pearl accents.

This is a VERY traditional and simple Phalaenopsis Orchid bouquet in a holder..(Which means there are no stems to wrap with ribbon, its in a plastic holder/piece the bride holds)

This is a very bright and tropical bouquet, round in shape with calla lilies, roses and green cymbidium orchids! Definitely demanding attention!

Another traditional style bouquet, but with a not so traditional flower!

Another great mix of spring and tropical flowers!

Here is another traditional cascade bouquet, but with a very TROPICAL and WILD feel to it. I L-O-V-E IT!!!

And last but not least, a bright tropical bouquet with a simple touch to it. I love these two colors together, they really pop against each other!

I thank God for all these brides! For the opportunity to get really creative and design unique, breathtaking bouquets!!