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Winter Wonderful at Park Winters | Park Winters, Winters, CA

Stacy and Calvin have a love for life, and each other, that is contagious. 
As soon as Stacy reached out to us for design, we knew this was going to be one beautiful event. Her sweet, calm nature and classically romantic taste makes her not only easy to love, but a dream to design for.

Stacy and Calvin along with the assistance of the powerhouse ladies at Alluring Events & Design, selected clean, classic, and romantic decor for the event. Long linen runners with charcoal ticking stripes drawn across rustic farm tables and simple gold votives with a sprig of rosemary tied together the design. The flowers a soft, muted palette of blush pink and silver foliage paired with tiny accents of marsala and plum that popped in the overcast dimmed lighting. Each design included soft blooms with billowy petals such as ranunculus, hydrangeas, anemones, sweet pea, roses, and stock. Lush silvery eucalyptus garland with blush garden roses alternated placement throughout the dining room. We were just so in love with the overall design and feel of Stacy and Calvin's beautiful celebration of love.

Take a peek for yourself...

Aww...They're just so good together! Thank you Stacy & Calvin for including us in your special day! Many wishes of happriness to you both on your forever journey.
And to all our vendor friends who works with us on this dream wedding, you guys are the best!

Venue: Park Winters | Photography: Shannon Rosan Photography | Planning & Coordiantion: Alluring Events & Design | Hair and Make Up: Christi Reynolds Beauty | Officiants: Tan Weddings & Events | Catering: Chef & Baker | Floral Deisgn: The Pollen Mill

Yountville Wedding with Moody Winters Hues & Texture | Yountville, CA

Brian & Jonathan are such a fun-loving, sweet, and stylish couple. When we first met, they said they had no clue what kind of flowers, table decor, and staging they were looking for. Just a few mood boards and blog reviews later, we settled on a palette of moody winter hues combined with mustard-colored candles, mixed metallic vessels, natural leather accents, and graphite grey linens. The overall feel was modern and unique with a touch of to mystic whimsy.

Their exchange of vows were held on a cool and rainy evening this past January at the Ad Hoc & Addendum culinary garden. Their sweet ceremony was followed by fine dinning (including Ad Hoc's famous fried chicken) inside the restaurant. Brian & Jonathan invited their closest friends & family to share in their celebration for an intimate event unlike any other.

We were also asked to design for their welcoming reception and rehearsal dinner on the night prior to the wedding. We filled the beautiful Groezinger Estate at Villagio Inn & Spa. White, crisp flowers in simple glass vessels adorned the bar, dinning room, hearth, and welcoming area.

Photography of their special weekend was captured by the groom's exceptionally talented friend & photographer Chantal of Pasagraphy (http://www.pasagraphy.com/)

Enjoy!

Welcoming Dinner & Rehearsal Reception at Groezinger Estate, Villagio Inn & Spa

Exchange of Vows & Reception Celebration at Ad Hoc & Addendum Garden & Restaurant

Brian & Jonathan~ Thank you for including us in your special day! We loved working with you both every step of the way. Watching our plans come to fruition from just a mixture of ideas was some true magic. I appreciate your trust in my vision and allowing me full creative license. I wish you both much laughter and joy on your journey together as married men! This was the BEST wedding to kick off 2016. XX

Venues: Rehearsal Dinner at Greozinger Estate at Villagio Inn & Spa | Wedding Ceremony & Reception at Ad Hoc & Addendum | Photography: Chantal of Passagraphy | Planning & Onsite Event Coordination Thomas Keller Restaurant Group Event Planning for Ad Hoc & Addendum | Calligraphy & Guest Tags: Laura Lambrix Designs

A Fine Wine & Dining Wedding to Remember | Bardonesso & Ad Hoc, Yountville, CA

Michael & Emily are such a sweet and talented couple. Both Ivy league alumni with with careers in investment and finance, they delight in spending their down time running marathons, enjoying delectable foods, and sampling fine wine. Planning their wedding from New York, Emily reached out to me with a few requests: bright, cheery, seasonal flowers, lots of texture with a touch of blush and jewel tones. They wanted their wedding celebration to feature the fine food from Chef Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc kitchen as well as the many wines their guests would taste from near and far.
Their August ceremony was located at Bardonesso Hotel & Spa followed by a garden dinner at nearby Ad Hoc & Addendum. The evening ended with dancing back at the Bardonesso ballroom. Their style exuded classic sophistication with noteworthy personal accents. Each floral centerpiece differing in color and texture from the next for a unique presentation. A personalized logo incorporating Ad Hoc's token pig dancing with a city mouse adorned their menus, signs, and stationary. Tables were named after marathons they've completed together. This was one of our favorite celebrations of the year. The gorgeous images of the event were captured by Matthais Photography of San Francisco. Here's a peek...

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Emily & Michael~ Congratulations again! Thank you for including us in your special day. We loved designing your flowers and the photos bring us so much joy to see you both enveloped in love. You were a true pleasure to work with right from the start. Many wishes to a wonderful life together filled with laughter, love, and plenty of fantastic wine. Cheers!

Ceremony Venue: Bardonesso Hotel & Spa | Reception Dinner Venue: Ad Hoc & Addendum | Photography: Matthais Photography | Hair & Make-Up: Carrie Aldous | Floral Design: The Pollen Mill

Rustic Celebration of Love at Chateau Montelena, Calistoga, CA

When Kelsey reached out to me and said their wedding was to be a held at the infamous Chateau Montelena, I screamed. This venue is one of my favorite wineries in the Napa Valley. My husband and I are members and frequent the location for its beauty as well as its delectable wine. Maybe you've seen the movie Bottle Shock, the story of Chateau Montelena putting Napa Valley on the wine map for its award winning Chardonnay? The location is nothing short of stunning. Even more, the venue is only open to family for weddings. My mind went...sweet bride, great style, down-home country couple, perfect private venue...um, yes, Major Score!

Kelsey and Kevin are avid nature lovers. Don't be put off by Kelsey's tiny frame and sweet smile, she can hunt and fish with the best of the boys. They wanted their wedding to be a reflection of the things they love; their close family, friends, & the great outdoors. Simple, classic, elegant, but not snooty, rustic, wispy, fresh from the land...just beautiful with a touch of nature's whimsy. Kelsey collected feathers from their hunting adventures for each floral design. The designs featured subtle earth-tones paired with soft ivory, white, and blush. Against the lush green backdrop of the Chateau, the flowers really popped. Just take a look for yourself at the images captured by the ever talented Mindy Aagard of Sweet + Marie Photography...

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Gasp right?! These two are just so gorgeous! The camera loved them.

Kelsey and Kevin~ Thank you for including us in your special day. You two are so kind, easy-going, and fun to work with. The love you have for one another is contagious and was written all over your faces on your wedding day. Everyone present was so fun-loving and sweet to us, welcoming us with open arms. Kelsey, I will never forget your adorable reaction when I delivered your bouquet. You stole my heart! Thank you again for being awesome people, period.

Mindy Aagard of Sweet + Marie Photography~ Lady, you sure know how to make it hard for me to pick out photos to share. The photots are not only gorgeous, but capture their personalities so well. Thank you for always taking the time to shoot our designs in the most beautiful light and staging. I adore you (and Laurie) and cannot wait for more weddings together in 2016. XO

Venue: Chateau Montelena, Calistoga, Ca | Photography: Sweet + Marie Photography | Floral Design: The Pollen Mill

A Redwood Romance | Redwood Grove, Berkeley, CA

When Jessica contacted me to design her wedding flowers, I knew this wedding was going to be a blast! Jessica and Aaron were married at serene Redwood Grove followed by celebratory reception at The Bancroft Hotel in Berkeley, CA. Jessica and Aaron are epitome of fun, outgoing, and full of life. Celebrating the merge of their families turned out to be one festive event with many personal touches and bouts of laughter. Their wedding was such a perfect reflection of their personalities.

For the flowers, Jessica requested variations of pink, coral, white, and green to contrast the groom's men in navy suits. She wanted the flowers to feel romantic, fairytale-esque, and unique. Her exact request for her bouquet was "something fun and wild like me." The flower crowns that adorned the bridesmaids and flower girls were some of our favorite to date. Take a step into the redwoods through their stunning photos...

Jessica & Aaron~ Thank you including me as part of your wedding celebration! Jess, you were one of the easiest brides ever. Thank you for giving me creative freedom to design something beautiful and special just for you. I've loved watching your kids grow through photos. Best of wishes on your many adventures to come!

Ceremony Venue: Redwood Grove, Berkeley, CA | Reception Venue: Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley, CA |  Photography: Jared Teska Photography & Mick Sweeney | Floral Design: The Pollen Mill

An Americana Celebration of Love | Vine Hill House, Sebastapol

Words can hardly describe how much I LOVED Kate & Taylor's 4th of July wedding! Everything from the flowers, attire, decor, lawn games, and smiling excited faces. Everything was simply beautiful and just perfect.

Kate requested flowers that were bright & cheery with a "fresh from the garden feel." She also wanted the flowers to reflect their celebration on America's birthday, but not just your typical red, white, and blue. So, we went with bright pinks, subtle red hues, ivory, and then separated the green and light blues to accentuate their true American love. We scattered fresh cherries, grapes, and dahlias about the dining tables and alter to tie-in with the gorgeous vineyard view. And we can't forget the cake we adorned with deep burgundy cherries and hints of robin's blue nigella...it was one of my favorites.
Take a peek at the magic...

Kate & Taylor~ I loved working with you and was honored to play a role in your special celebration! Your sweet first look on your wedding day will be forever embedded in my heart (and of course make me all misty eyed). The two of you have a true comfort with one another and a sweet understanding love that was very present throughout your planning and into the day of your wedding. I wish you many, many love-filled years and exciting adventures to come. Cheers!

Thank you Kelly Boitano for the stunning images. You're work is amazing lady!

Venue: Vine Hill House, Sebastapol, CA |  Catering: Grapevine Catering | Photography: Kelly Boitano Photography | Cinematogography: Hoo Films | Cake: Sweet by Jill Habansky | Dress: Amy Kuschel | Hair/Make-up: Angela Womack

 

 

Bright & Classic Park Winters Wedding | Winters, California

Stephanie & Scott were married on a warm spring evening at the gorgeous Park Winters. This fun couple reached out to us looking for floral designs that were clean, bright, classic, with a "fresh from the garden" ease to them. Each arrangement contained touches of soft silvery green, lime green, and white fluffy blooms, & whimsical movement pieces. Stephanie & Scott's celebration included their closest friends and family for a genuine, intimate celebration. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your special Day Scott & Stephanie! Everything was just perfect.

Venue: The Inn at Park Winters, Winters, CA | Event Planning & Coordination: Alluring Events & Design | Photography: Sweet + Marie Photography | Floral Design: The Pollen Mill


English Garden Inspired Late Spring Wedding in Blue and Yellow | Vacaville, CA

Tony and Kristin have a love that beams bright. These two are fun-loving adventurers who wanted their wedding day to feel classic, comforting, and natural. They requested an English garden aesthetic for their floral designs with soft blooms, vines, and variation of blues, yellows, and accents of white. As you can see in their photos, these two are just madly in love! They headed from their wedding celebration to our favorite place in the whole world, Bali, to start off their new journey as husband and wife. Enjoy a few images of their perfect late spring celebration. Thank you for including us in your special day! XO

Venue: Ulatis Cultural Center & Vacaville Opera House | Photography: Brett Hickman Photography

Sacramento Winter Wedding | McKinley Park & Club House | Sacramento, CA

Aggie and TK are the kind of clients a floral designer dreams of working with. They are so fun-loving, sincere, easy to talk to, and obviously head-over-heels in love. They had a clean/modern vision for their wedding day that was reflective of their interests and style. Chalked full of personal touches and well... simply stunning, they requested jewel toned floral designs with a wild, gathered, and edgy feel.

For the reception, single bottles gathered placed randomly along farm-style tables for a clean and unique aesthetic. Eucalyptus garlands accented welcome tables and buffet displays. While Aggie's bridal bouquet and Maid-Of-Honor Claire carried vibrant eye-catching bouquets. TK's distinctive boutonniere combined masculinity with playfulness in a hue of brilliant marsala (the 2015 Pantone color of the year).
Thank you Aggie & TK for including us in your celebration of forever. May each day be filled with bliss!                                                                                                                                                   Here are just a few images from their special wedding day.

Photography courtesy of Kris Holland Photography // krishollandphotography.com

Venue: McKinley Park Rose Garden and Club House Sacramento, California

Claire (Maid Of Honor) and Aggie (Bride) carried jewel tone bouquets featuring winter blooms of amaryllis, ranunculus, anemone, narcissus, chocolate cosmos, jasmine, chocolate, Queen Anne's lace, geranium, and scilla white Havana lily.

Claire (Maid Of Honor) and Aggie (Bride) carried jewel tone bouquets featuring winter blooms of amaryllis, ranunculus, anemone, narcissus, chocolate cosmos, jasmine, chocolate, Queen Anne's lace, geranium, and scilla white Havana lily.

TK's boutonniere included blushing bride protea, chocolate cosmos, and safari sunset for a masculine yet romantic appeal.

TK's boutonniere included blushing bride protea, chocolate cosmos, and safari sunset for a masculine yet romantic appeal.

Aggie's asymmetrical bridal bouquet with blush roses and jeweled blooms on a bed of jasmine and gardenia.

Aggie's asymmetrical bridal bouquet with blush roses and jeweled blooms on a bed of jasmine and gardenia.

Long farm-style tables draped in white linen with craft paper runners were decorated with various bottles containing flowers, candles, and geometric shapes made of paper for a clean, simple, and unique feel.

Long farm-style tables draped in white linen with craft paper runners were decorated with various bottles containing flowers, candles, and geometric shapes made of paper for a clean, simple, and unique feel.

The head table with framed with paper spheres was just so sweet.

The head table with framed with paper spheres was just so sweet.

Aggie looked timeless in her fur coverlet with side swept hair. Gasp.

Aggie looked timeless in her fur coverlet with side swept hair. Gasp.

They are just perfect.

They are just perfect.

The (Floral) Red Zone

There is this NFL channel the husband watches called The Red Zone. Basically the channel bounces back and forth showing all the important highlights from each game. It actually drives me crazy! As soon as I get into one game, it switches to another and I can never keep up (and here I've digressed once again). Anyway, here is a little (Floral) Red Zone highlight action for what the Pollen Mill has been up to.

We provided the floral designs for this beautiful photo shoot at Vizcaya Sacramento. Photo courtesy of Liz Zimbleman Photography. Aren't these two dreamy?

And one more close-up. Gah! Photo courtesy of Liz Zimbleman Photography.

These centerpieces were created for the wonderful ladies at Backdoor Bistro to celebrate their monthly Winemaker's Dinner. We LOVE Backdoor Bistro and are so excited to watch their delicious restaurant grow into a hometown staple.

And then there was this bright backyard arch...

And this one for a wedding at The French Laundry Culinary Garden.

And this bouquet with the beautiful Brooke for a fall photo shoot with Crystal Lynn Photography, Danielle Lucas Hair, and Brooke Anderson modeling. Photo courtesy of Crystal Lynn Photography.

And Brooke with another fall bouquet. Photo courtesy of Crystal Lynn Photography.

And these dahlias for someone special.

And then these designs for a 60th Wedding Anniversary celebration at the Westin Verasa Napa. Photo courtesy of Crystal Lynn Photography.

And these dining table centerpieces for a wedding reception at Ad Hoc in Yountville that the bees couldn't even stay away from.

Oh, Jen's blue and lavender bridal bouquet was not to be forgotten.

We celebrated the grand opening of Sweet Pea's with a pop-up floral shop.

And our designs made the cover of California Meetings & Events Magazine at Soul Food Farm with styling and Photography by Amber Johnston at My Sweetness Stylized Photography.

And plenty of pretty fall flowers went out for delivery.

And that time when Crystal Lynn Photography & The Pollen Mill joined forces to start their new design adventure Foraging Light. Follow us on Instagram @foraginglight to see what we have coming up. Hint Hint: enjoy our flowers every month through all of 2015. :)

And then there was this welcoming design for the Flourish Health Summit.

This custom terrarium in a vintage glass cage.

And we designed this entryway piece for Bouchon Bistro out of the back of the Prius. #moblieflorist

The Keane's Baby Shower buffet design. Photo Courtesy of Alison Pfaff

Then we took our hand in event planning & coordination, decor & staging, and full floral design for this one-of-a-kind event which included Olympic Games! Delicious catering by The Organic Countertop and furniture/tabletop rentals from Wine Country Rentals. Photo Courtesy of Alison Pfaff

And the temperature decided to drop below 80 degrees for the first time in months. So we made some more moody blooms.

And then it FINALLY rained the day we made this fluffy bridal bouquet.

Last but definitely not least, our boys nailed down a dynasty with one more World Series Win!

Is your head spinning yet? Information overload!

We are so blessed to work with so many great vendors, venues, and restaurants especially our local buddies right here in the 707.

We have much more coming up through the holidays. Keep your eyes peeled for our Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop and Winter Wreaths. We are booking up quickly for weddings & events in 2015. Please contact us ASAP to schedule your consult. As always, thank you for your continued support. Love Locally!