California Wedding Day Magazine names Lotus And Lily as Best Floral Designer in Los Angeles for 2018 in their Best of Bride Awards.
For those that know me, it's no surprise that I consider myself a "rocker chic". I own a collection of rock band belt buckles. Yeah, I'm that obsessed. If I could go back in time, I would be best friends with Robert Plant. That's why when one of our favorite wedding planners Trina Schmidt of Trina Schmidt Weddings asked us to design the florals for a Glam Rock couple, we screamed YES! As if doing a wedding that allowed us freedom of creativity wasn't enough, it's been featured in Offbeat Bride.
Lauren and Bryan love heavy metal and wanted to incorporate that love into their wedding celebration. They chose black, purple and silver as the basis for their design. We applaud Lauren for being a rock star and choosing a black sequin wedding gown from WToo by Watters. Her bridesmaids all wore shades of lavender and purple. To keep it fresh and hip Bryan ad his groomsmen wore black and white Adidas and guitar picks for boutonnieres. Be still our rocker hearts.
Knowing all the little details that Trina had planned with the couple such as invitations that looked like concert tickets, and table designations of album covers from their favorite bands we knew the direction we had to go in. When designing for a wedding that's outside of the box, we always keep in mind that it should still feel elegant. We used metal stands brimming with flowers full of texture and color that aren't your standard wedding flowers. Our choice was roses, stock, sweet peas, scabiosa, tulips and cosmos, just to name a few. We love that the couple chose to become one under a canopy of black sheer fabric. We used only a touch and added a floral cascade to keep it soft and romantic. For reception we chose silver and gunmetal linens with lush floral in a high and low style for a dramatic effect. Overall the look was bold yet luxurious to the delight of our couple and their guests.
Venue: Verandas Beach House | Wedding Planner: Trina Schmidt Weddings | Photography: Eizabeth Burgi Photography | Beauty: Face It Sugar & Beauty by Gerine | Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals & Luxe Linen | Entertainment: Vox DJs & Knyght Ryder Band | Bridal Gown: WToo by Watters Bridal | Groomsmen Attire: Friar Tux | Bakery: Susie Cakes
We love working with venues and vendors who share our values. We believe in leaving a smaller carbon footprint on the world we love. Shade Hotel in Manhattan beach does as well, and asked us to be part of an event that shared tips and tricks for the industry to do just that. They held an Eco Chic Luncheon and we provided all the floral decor. It was an intimate luncheon with 30 event professionals enjoying the beautiful courtyard at this modern beach hotel.
Event Sponsors are Photography: Kristina Lee Photography Venue: Shade Hotel Manhattan Beach | Event Planner & PR: 3 Wishes PR | Alcohol Sponsor: Russian Standard Vodka | Linen and Charger Rental: Elegant Designs Specialty Linens | Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina Rentals | DJ: Vox DJs | Paper Flower Favors: The Bleu Dahlia | Onsite Beauty Services: Bobby Pin Salon
We used a combination of crisp white orchids, air plants, succulents and other living plants for our design. It was important that we stayed in keeping both with the theme of reusable decor and the amazing succulent wall that is a showpiece of the courtyard at this charming hotel. To keep things interesting, we used many different types of vessels. This is a great way to keep guests engaged with what is happening the table. Their eye wants to see the multiple colors and textures and embrace them.
Shade Hotel hosted this event to show us how they are making a difference and how we could too. There are two Shade Hotels, one in Manhattan Beach and another in Redondo Beach. They have started a new program allowing guests to opt out of housekeeping services in exchange for planing a tree in their name. All of the event sponsors rose to the occasion for this luncheon. Russian Standard Vodka provided a Bison Grass Vodka that is sourced from organic farms and contains no pesticides. Calligraphy Katrina introduced her new line of rentals that can be used again again for signage and table designations, decreasing the amount of paper that's used in weddings. While we enjoyed an amazing meal, we listened to speaker Kai Cohen of Green Concepts. His company works with caterers, venues, and wedding planners to pick up all waste from events and recycles them. They even take your wedding flowers and donate them to local nursing homes and hospitals. Now that's something we can get behind! We learned so much about how to be better stewards of the environment and we can't wait to share those resources with you.
2017 has started with a bang! If you got engaged over the holidays we want to congratulate you wholeheartedly. We're celebrating the new year with a feature in multiple blogs and publications, and we'd like to share this one with you. California Wedding Day Magazine printed one of our lovely weddings in their latest issue. Our couple Deva and Alexander chose Wedding Planner Kristeen LaBrot Events and myself to help with the design of their wedding. It was a beautiful labor of love that took place at the most exclusive mansion in Los Angeles called Paramour Mansion. Seeing this wedding in print, it give us great joy! PIck up a copy today and see it for yourself. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you to design a wedding that reflects your style!
This wedding has become one of our favorites from last year for so many reasons. First of all because of our dearest couple Ashley and Jonathan who were so much furn to work with. Second we love working at Calamigos Ranch in Malibu. Each time is a treat and this one was a bit more special because we got to transform the ceremony space. And last but not least working with planner Carol Grogan of Bright Blue Events makes our day! All of this together with the stunning imagery of Gloria Mesa Photography made this wedding a shoe in for a feature on The Knot! We're so proud that our work is showcased and happy for everyone involved. Check out the full feature and see more images here.
Tucked away in a beautiful valley in Agoura Hills you'll find a beautiful gem that is tailored to special events and weddings. It's Triunfo Creek Vineyards. We're happy to be on the preferred vendor list at this beautiful property. As you enter the driveway you see the charming white farmhouse that serves as the entrance to the venue. Once in the back yard, you find an expansive lawn that is a picturesque spot for a wedding ceremony. The surround hillside has grape vines that serves as a beautiful backdrop for any event. To showcase the venue, they hosted an event called Fall At The Farmhouse to show off the vintage venue and it's peferred vendors to the event industry. We were honored by being asked to be the event designer.
With the vintage farmhouse as our inspiration, we set about creating a rustic feel with a few modern touches to keep the design fresh and interesting. We used a mix of traditional blossoms and tropical flowers to create something fresh and exciting. It was so much fun to work with the creative team that made this event spectacular. Many are colleagues, but so many are also friends. The photos by Brian Leahy Photography show the beauty of the property and all of the possibilities it offers.
Venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards | Photography: Brian Leahy Photography | Coordinator: Ilana Ashley | Catering: Contemporary Catering | Rentals: Premiere Party Rentals | Lighting: Images By Lighting | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens | Bar & Beverage: Cocktail Concierge | Wine Sponsor: One Hope Wine | Desserts: Fantasy Frostings | Candy Buffet: Hollywood Candy Girls | Donut Bar: The Fry Girl | Coffee Station: Longshot Coffee | DJ: Vox DJs | Live Music: The Replicas Music | Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina | Photo Booth: Smile Lounge | Valet: So Cal Valet | PR Sponsor: Be Inspired PR
We loved how Calligraphy Katrina used the farmhouse doors to write all of the sponsors names and social media handles in calligraphy.
We used glass containers and urns, as well as a few metallic containers for the table decor and filled the with an abundance of lush flowers and greenery. We kept the colors light with blush tones, but added a touch of burgundy to give the arrangements a rich fall feel.
My team mate Malcolm and I got finished with set up in enough time to have a nice glass of red wine before the guests arrived. We were very proud of how the event turned out and we hope you enjoy the images of the event. We'd love to show you around this amazing property for your next event. Give us a call and let's meet!
Being a floral designer in Southern California offers us many opportunities to work at unique venues. Recently such an opportunity presented itself at The Bachelorette House in Malibu. This house is famous for it's presence on the wildly popular television show The Bachelorette. Our dear friend, colleague, and wedding planner, Tessa Lyn of Tessa Lyn Events asked us to design the florals for this beautiful wedding. The house itself is modern and contemporary, with the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. With the couple's color scheme of white and ivory in mind, we created a sleek and modern ceremony design to match the property. We're happy to share some of the photos of our designs. The focus for the ceremony was clean modern lines, allowing the ocean to be the star the show. We achieved it through the use of White Calla Lilies, Ivory Roses, and White Orchids, in a pave' style, place in interesting angles in glass vessels. The arrangements themselves sat atop mirrored columns in varying heights. For a romantic feel, petals defined the aisle in a clean and compact style. We hope you enjoy the images by Viera Photographics as much as we do. It was a magical day. As far as the eye could see, was blue sky and blue water. Our white palate was a stunning contrast.
Creativity is our life blood. We live and breath design. Every event that we do, whether a wedding, a corporate event, a social event, they all allow us to create something new and different. There are no cookie cutter events in our arsenal.
When colleagues in our industry stand up and take notice of our design work, it's so fulfilling. Remember when Sally Field won the Academy Award, and she said "you like me, you really like me"? Well that what industry recognition feels like. Allow us to share that moment with you through these stunning images from Krista Mason Photography.
Our friends at Luxe Linen asked us to design a tabletop using a linen from their new collection. They hosted a party at the spectacular Bel-Air Bay Club, presenting their new collection to the event industry. Teams were chosen to create design themes based on a specific linen. We were partnered with Nam Lam of Modern LA Weddings, who we work with often. Together we designed a luxurious atmosphere that would be fit for designers who inspire us, such as Coco Chanel and Oscar De La Renta. Only the finest would be suitable if these two icons were sitting down to dinner together.
The basis for the entire design was the linen. It's a mint green sequin linen that has characteristics of metal and fluidity. The statement screams high fashion, glamour and drama! Softness was required to tame that strength. Our centerpieces were in elongated, gold, footed vessels, to span the width of the table. We wanted them to feel lush and romantic, so we filled them with flowers in shades of blush and pink for a soft contrast against the sequin linen. We chose roses, rununculus, tea roses, dripping onto the table itself.
When Nam and I design together, we like to do "the unexpected". For instance we used several styles and colors of vessels on the table and surrounding pieces. Gold, sliver, grey, white, all come together to compliment the overall look. These items don't compete with each other, instead they compliment each other. For height and drama we filled vessels with dogwood and cherry blossom branches. To frame the tables, white columns were filled with gold sprayed willow, eucalyptus, and magnolia branches. Final touches included pearls and chains. And what about those chairs? They were silver engraved chairs, from none other than Cristofle....adding that final touch of ultimate luxury to the table.
We enjoyed seeing all of the tabletop designs, but we can't deny that magic happened that night. Our table stole the show. The design was featured in the Xaaza Blog, and we hear that a publication or two may feature it as well. When we look at the table in it's entirety, it evokes a table for French nobility in Versailles, but with a modern, fashion forward flair where Coco Chanel would feel right at home.
A special thank you to Luxe Linen for choosing us to be part of your beautiful event. It was a pleasure to be inspired by your amazing linen. Also my love to Nam Lam. We love making magic with you!
Creative Partners: Host/Linens: Luxe Linen | Concept + Design: Modern LA Weddings & Lotus and Lily Floral | Flatware & Rentals: Christofle | Photography: Krista Mason Photography | Venue: Bel-Air Bay Club
Earlier this summer, we had the joy of creating an enchanted garden for Ashley and Jonathan. The couple's wedding planner Carol Grogan of Bright Blue Events brought us together with this wonderful couple. We were excited from the first meeting. Although we work at Calamigos Ranch often, it was the design that we couldn't wait to sink our teeth into. The property is a lush oasis that feels like a private enclave. However the ceremony area is a complete blank space that needed to match the rest of the property. We can't thank Gloria Mesa Photography enough for capturing the beauty of the design we gave our hearts and souls to.
We constructed a wooden arbor and attached thousands of stems of fern and hanging amaranthus, to create a walkway that felt like an overgrown forest pathway. An added touch of flair came from hanging glass bulbs filled with white blossoms. For the altar backdrop, we used an antique patina cabinet and created an archway bathed in million star babies breath. Yes that's right, babies breath is making quite a comeback. We've used it several times this year. On this arch, it's quite possible we bought out the entire flower mart!
The reception decor included lace linens, glass cloches with vibrant blossoms underneath, that were reminiscent of a whimsical botanic garden. The dining tables were draped in gorgeous textured linens, and the chairs were a mix match of antique wood styles. Our centerpieces complimented the unique feeling of elegance meets sass! We used metal candelabras dripping in roses and wildflowers in colors of white, ivory, blush, and lavender. The florals felt like they were picked from lush garden.
Carol put together a great team that gave their all to this wonderful couple. If you're planning a wedding, you should consider these fine professionals:
Venue: Calamigos Ranch | Wedding Planner: Bright Blue Events | Catering: Calamigos Gerson | Lighting: Pacific Event Lighting | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens | Rentals: Archive Rentals | S'mores: The Hollywood Candy Girls | Officiant: Elizabeth Oaks | Transportation: Jocoby Limo | Hotel: Four Seasons Westlake Village | Cake: Joanie and Leigh Cakes
We've all heard the saying, there's no place like home. It's especially true for a wedding. Celebrating your union in the same place where you grew up, can make the experience more meaningful than securing an event venue. Your home is filled with memories that shaped the person you are now. Why wouldn't you want to make an new memory that will be so meaningful to you and your family?
Lena and Bassam wanted that experience, and turned to event planner Jen Bergmark of First PIck Planning. She is an expert in the complexities that a home wedding requires. Not only was this a home wedding, but it was a Persian wedding, in which culture needed to be honored. The Persian wedding altar is called The Sofreh Aghd. Many items are placed on the altar that bring luck and longevity to the marriage. We had the distinct honor of embellishing the Sofreh with flowers. Not many floral designers are allowed this honor, and it made working on this wedding event more special for our team. A design of petals down the aisle leading to the Sorfeh made for a dramatic entrance for the bride.
A highlight of the reception was Lena and Bassam's stunning sweetheart table. Elegance was a must for this couple. This was achieved through the use of candelabras, mixed metal and glass containers, and an abundance of candles to accent the beauty of the home. The color scheme was pink and cream, with gold and silver metals for a romantic touch. Just look at the look on the couple's faces. It proves there's not place like home.....for a wedding. Congratulations Lena and Bassam. We wish you all the best in your life together.
Planner: Jen Bergmark of First Pick Planning | Photography: Jillian Rose Photography | Caterer: Anoush Catering | Rentals: A Rental Connection | Specialty Linens: La Tavola Linen | Wedding Gown: Ines Di Santo from Lovella Bridal | Wedding Cake and Desserts: La Fleur Pastry | Videography: Isabel Cinematique | Paper Suite & Cake Topper: | Hair: Leyla Hair Design | Make-Up: Waffa Kassamany
Vibiana in Downtown Los Angeles is one of our favorite venues in Southern California. When we have the opportunity to design here, we are always thrilled. Our lovely clients Stephanie and Ken had a WINTER WONDERLAND themed wedding at this impressive location. To achieve the contemporary winter theme we used an abundance of white florals including baby's breath, hydrangeas and orchids. For a warm glow we used glass containers and tons of candles. Stephanie's bridal bouquet was a feminine cascade style that matched the history of the venue.
We were pleased to work with wedding planner Annette Hoegner of A Classic Touch Events. Everything that went into this wedding, attracted the attention of The Knot, and they have featured it on their blog. We're so happy to be featured again. Here is the LINK to the full feature. We've shared the images from Georgia Yeh Photography for your enjoyment.
High on a bluff in Palos Verdes with the beautiful Pacific Ocean in the distance, sits the stunning ceremony site at Terranea Resort. Wedding planner Carol Grogan of Bright Blue Events and our couple Layla and Robert wanted a luxurious design, that would reflect a contemporary sophisticated aesthetic. The ceremony space has it's own natural beauty, so we kept the ceremony design simple and classic. In addition to adorning the existing lattice structure with and abundance of flowers, and the grooms Talit , we draped it with billowy white fabric that blew gracefully in the breeze. After all the couple are the star of the show.
In the ballroom we utilized tables in a mix of round and long. The long tables had mirrored glass tops, and we used a combination of tall and low arrangements. Some were in glass containers and others in mirrored containers. The arrangements were fresh and lush with hydrangeas, roses and orchids in white, cream and champagne. A pop of hot pink livened up the entire design.It's always a pleasure to work with Bright Blue Events and the staff at Terranea. Every time we look at these images, we're reminded of what a perfect day this was.
Venue: Terranea Resort | Planner: Bright Blue Events | Photography: Lulu Photo | Videography: Susan Metcalf Videography | Linens: La Tavola Linens | Rentals: Town and Country and LM Event Productions | Entertainment and Lighting: 90210 Entertainment | Bakery: Vanilla Bake Shop
The Wedding Industry Professionals Association of SoCal is a group of the elite of the wedding industry. Annually they put together a luncheon and design challenge showcasing the latest trends in design for their guests to experience in a live setting. When asked to be a designer The event was titled "Somewhere In Time", and the challenge themes included Old Hollywood, Roaring 20's, and Garden of Eden to name a few. I was hoping to challenge myself to think outside of the box and do something complete unexpected. For that reason we chose Egypt. Our inspiration was the Nile River with it's lush vegetation and regional plants and flowers. It was important to bring the land of the Pharaohs and all of it's riches to life.
Another reason I loved this theme is because the Nile River was home to native plants that included The Lotus Blossom and Lilies. Hence our name and the reason why this challenge was so appropriate for us.
Thanks to the amazing sponsors who shared in my vision and worked so hard to bring my dieas to life:
Los Angeles has unique contemporary spaces for weddings, and event designer and planner Nam Lam of Modern LA Weddings has a talent for find them and the clients who love them. We worked together to provide Lauren and Mitch with the modern, minimal and colorful style they desired. Having the palette of loftSeven Penthouse matched our style to perfection. Our couple wanted a lighthearted approach to their wedding. It was important for them to make it urban, casual, yet beautiful.
The photography of Justin Element Photography showcased the architecture of this unique venue. We enjoyed creating with a vibrant mix of orchids and other tropical flowers that gave the entire design an interesting edge.
We love working with creative partners. For this Santa Barbara wedding we were thrilled to collaborate with event planner Percy Sales of Percy Sales Events. The wedding was held at a private estate. Our design aesthetic was to create a rustic natural look using wood elements, greenery, herbs and minimal florals. This was achieved using eucalyptus, driftwood, thistle and various succulents. Keeping with the elements found in nature, table markers were named from elements of the earth.
The vendor team that made this event a success included:
Planner: Percy Sales Events | Found Vintage Rentals | Catering: Pure Joy Catering | Photography: Jason Skinner Photography | Band: Scott Cummings Music | Lighting: LPBS Events Rentals: The Tent Merchant | Linen Rentals: Designer Specialty Linens | Photo Booth: Lumee Shuttle: Santa Barbara Air Bus | Valet: Signature Parking | Calligraphy: Joya Rose
The wedding or Rob and Malcolm was special to The Lotus and Lily Team because Malcolm is part of the Lotus and Lily family. We were so proud to be part of this beautiful celebration of love. The Montage Laguna Beach was the backdrop for this wedding by the sea. The ceremony decor was a pristine white theme that was a was a strong statement and focus on the ceremony itself. The reception was a glittering party of white and blue. There was no shortage of drama, as we used plenty of bling and glamour to make it spectacular.
The Ebell of Los Angeles was the perfect setting for this fairytale wedding!
Words cannot describe the feeling of giddy I get when wedding coordinator extraordinaire, Deanna Tat of Chic Ambiance Events, asks me to collaborate on the design for an event. I’m not going to ramble on about all the countless hours and attention to detail that we happily gave for Naomi and Andre’s magical day. I will let the photos speak for themselves, but I will say that I had to move heaven and earth to get my hands on the hundreds and hundreds of stems of phaleonopsis orchids that Naomi had her heart set on. Kim Fox Photography captured every detail with precision and perfection! An added bonus was their beautiful baby daughter, who was pulled down the aisle in an adorable wagon overflowing with flowers and ribbons!
A classic and romantic wedding that took place in a hidden spot in the hills of Burbank. Stephanie and Nick wanted a simple, classic, and elegant event, overflowing with romance and intimacy. We chose a palate of pale yellow and white, with rustic accents utilizing manzanita branches and curly willow. The room was aglow with candlelight, as guests danced the night away with the spectacular view that the Castaway is famous for.