Coffee: It’s all the rage. Why not have it at your wedding. Our friend Paul (manager at Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz) just started Story Coffee Co and we are in love. Provide hand-crafted coffee drinks at your wedding with cake or cocktail hour (add some whiskey, anyone?) in custom cups with your wedding logo! Rebecca and Nich had Paul at their wedding and here are some of our favorite pics to show you how much fun the guests had!!
It helps that Rebecca, former Verve barista, could jump behind bar and do a little latte art throwdown.
This is Alana, Paul’s wife and barback, she doubles as an amazing hairstylist and makeup artist. Seriously, we’re thinking about starting a commune. Coffee, flowers, hair, makeup, coordination…what more do you need?
Check them out on the world wide webs: Storycoffee.co
Photos by our besties at Aim and Arrow
I CAN NOT WAIT to share more pics with you. It was such an honor to be a part of making their wedding beautiful. We got to do flowers and it was so much fun (minus the wind). Rebecca used to be my assistant for weddings and said I could do whatever I wanted. Are you kidding me? Free reign on floral design? That was way too much responsibility for me. I had a few panic attacks, but looking at these pictures makes it all worth it. Nich and Reb can make anything look stunning!
News Flash: Sometimes we get do do NON-WEDDINGS!!! And when I do, I jump up and down because it’s so different and so fun. This post is about one of those occasions. Our dear friend Adrea Cabrera is a one of a kind stylist and designer. She invited us to join a fantastic team of talented folks (see credit list below) to work on a floral fashion shoot. As one of the least fashionable people I know (I still wear my doc martins from 9th grade…but only when it’s raining and I heard it’s back in now), I was extremely flattered and a bit out of my element when it came to a fashion shoot. But I’ll just point out the flower techniques and types for the following STUNNING photos:
First, give me a break….these girls are beautiful and the outfits from Bell Jar are gorg. So they didn’t really need flowers. I really wanted to stay away from the trendy boho head wreath for all of these–and I also wanted to showcase the hair and use BIG flowers. Above photo is white hydrangeas and purple anemones.
I called this one my floral yarmulke to be worn as a beret (that makes complete sense right?). I created a wire base and added Helios garden roses and peach ranunculus to add some unique texture and color blend. Lots of individual wiring for all those flowers.
This shoulder piece was so fun. Using magnolia leaves as the base (that I got a friend to climb a tree and get the night before), I added lots of bright colors to the mix: yves piaget roses, helios roses, ranunculus, anemones and hydrangea.
Luckily it’s spring and the farms have the MOST BEAUTIFUL colored peach ranunculus. I wish it was always ranunculus season.
So I originally made this piece as a necklace made out of green ball (dianthus)…but this is so much better!!
I got to use lots of tricks that I learned in flower school. The best part is that you can do whatever you want because the flowers only have to look good in the picture. When doing weddings, i’m constantly trying to figure out how to keep the flowers perfectly open and fresh while not wilting. And they need to last longer than a simple snap of the camera!
The wonderful team:
Melinda and Thomas are such a fun couple who are both classical musicians (opera singer and classical guitarist) who hosted a wonderful Mexican themed wedding at the San Francisco Presidio Golden Gate Club. We had the honor of coming alongside them at the end to make sure everything came together perfectly! We always love working in a beautiful setting with talented vendors! Special thanks to Nirav Patel for capturing the beauty!
There is something so charming and classic about a good old fashioned church wedding. I hope to do LOTS more of these in the future!! Also…bridesmaids with single stem dahlias!!
Venue: Presidio Chapel and Golden Gate Club, San Francisco
Photography: Nirav Patel
Flowers: Verde SF
Catering: Catering for All Occasions
Coordination: Wylie Weddings
Music: (DJ) Anthony Barnes, (Mariachi) Mariachi Mexicanisimo, (Band), Gaucho
We love working with designers. Melanie and Thomas were especially special. They have been together for 13 years, have two amazing boys and somehow found an amazing balance of DIY/classy/romantic/casual wedding. Melanie writes more from her perspective on what she learned on her blog here. Here’s some pictures from their amazing wedding.
I’ll be honest with you—when I first heard that there would be no fresh flowers and all paper flowers, the florist in me cringed a little. However, I learned a valuable lesson that when DIY things are well done and well planned out, it can look amazing. It’s all about the vision and execution. I was so pleasantly surprised how cohesive, simple and classy Melanie’s vision ended up being. I honestly didn’t even notice that there weren’t fresh flowers!
My brother and sister-in-law came to be my assistants/DJ with me which was fun. My brother was more stressed about his role of pressing play and called me three times to ask what he should wear. Luckily, his wife Jenn was able to calm him down because I think he was more nervous than the bride and groom!
Yes, I know what you’re thinking—wait, they’re beautiful, fun, relaxed AND they both play music? Yes, yes it’s true. They also speak multiple languages.
Congrats Melanie and Thomas! So blessed to be a part of your special day!
- Hair & Make up: Blush Hair and Makeup Design
- Photography: Eleakis & Elder
- Caterer: Beth Sogaard Catering
- Coordination: Wylie Weddings
- Venue: Renwood Winery , California
- Officiant: Lori Levison from Loving Celebration
- Bride’s dress: Nordstrom, Isaac Mizrahi and crinoline on Etsy.
- Shoes: DSW
- Bridesmaids dresses: Ann Klein
- Flowers and decor: Bride. “The most easiest and fastest paper flower tutorials here, pompoms and garlands were graphics printed on fabric (I have a heatpress). My big flower inspired by this one and I created the boutonnieres.”–Melanie, the bride
A year late? No problem. Janelle is a dear friend of mine from college and she got married to a wonderful man, Adam. I was so blessed to be a part of their amazing day and to journey with them after (which usually looks like a NKOTB concert or random travels on a whim to see eachother). Although surrounded by creative people, they let me help design parts of their wedding and it was such a blast. Their venue, Los Angeles Design Center, was an undiscovered diamond in the rough (mostly used for photo shoots and Quinceañeras).
Their theme was HOME. I love a theme when it is actually a theme. Each area that guests went was a different room in the house (dining room, backyard, living room…etc). They collected newspapers from EACH GUEST’S HOMETOWN to be the place mat. And to top it off–breakfast for dinner and mimosas. Did I love it? DUH.
I got to make custom table number signs out of old wood, salvaged house numbers and knobs/knockers. The flowers were placed on books and we brought in some living room furniture and chairs to make the space warmer. I also made chandeliers to flank the stage and bring some height/charm.
And now a few photos from my personal instagram…Brian Jensen used his graphic skills to design their look and graphic design:
Congrats Janelle and Adam. Manhattens, boy bands and talk of theology next time we’re in the same town.
Photography: He and She Photography
Coordination: Jennifer Wallace
Floral & Design: Katie Hund for Wylie Weddings
Graphic Design: Brian Jensen for Wylie Weddings
Jeff and Lia are a trip. They love eachother. Are super kind and generous and have amazing family and friends. We signed up to do Day of Coordination for their wedding at Stones and Flowers. A week before the wedding Lia called and realized she wanted more decor and design so we quickly signed up for that as well. She said she trusted my style and let me do whatever we wanted to create a vintage style wedding! I quickly rallied the troops to make custom signs, pack up all our decor and move my entire living room up to a rustic barn in Ben Lomond!
Remember these chandeliers from Janelle and Adam’s wedding? Probably not since I just realized I never posted a blog about it. I’ll get on that soon. Well, I got to re-purpose these chandeliers but instead of flowers I put candles in them. Hanging in the barn at Stones and Flowers was the PERFECT home for them!
A stunning cake from Gayles Bakery in Santa Cruz stood on a custom wood stand made by the bride’s brother.
Chelsea Fenwick is the master at font work. She is my go-to gal in a pinch for beautiful signage. I loved this extra special touch!
Here’s a few more design details…
Venue: Stones and Flowers Retreat, Ben Lomond, CA
Photos by Jen Anderson | theejanderson.com
Floral Design: Ismael from Bloomsters
Catering: Chef AJ
Custom signs by Chelsea Fenwick for Wylie Weddings
Design Instillation by Jessie Engelhardt for Wylie Weddings
Vintage Rentals: Wylie Weddings
Cake: Gayles Bakery, Capitola, CA
Coordination and Design by Katie Hund with coordination assistance from Mel Hendren and muscle assistance from Jay and David!
I can’t explain to you how much fun it is to work with friends! Jeff and Janelle’s wedding in Morgan Hill was no exception. We love Jon and Rachel of The Sunday Saloon and are so excited to share with you their amazing work capturing this day. Hope you love it as much as we do!
Videography: The Sunday Saloon
Day of Coordination: Katie Hund of Wylie Weddings
Floral Design: Katie Hund of Wylie Weddings
(more pictures to follow….)
This wedding is brought to you by….LAST YEAR!! Yeah, that’s right, I am so bad at blogging that I’m giving you fresh content from last year. Either way, here she is–Emily and Adam’s wedding in San Francisco. Wylie Weddings got to do Day of Coordination, Event Design, Floral Design and Graphic Design. It’s so much fun to be able to work on the whole project, to see the couple and the event as a whole.
Emily and Adam got married at the University Club in SF. It was seriously the best old man club i’ve ever seen. Old men drinking white wine on the patio on a Wednesday morning as they play chess and smoke cigars. Floor to ceiling books, deep wood walls with funky wallpaper that you would never put in your house but you LOVE it when it’s paired with all the other decor (READ: taxidermy, heavy curtains and crazy old knick knacks). Enough of the talk, here’s the pictures:
Emily and Adam were SO down to earth and it was so amazing work with them. They love San Francisco and we got to design table numbers so that every table was a different area of the city…it took a little extra time but it was SO worth it! It’s always the little things that really wow a crowd and make the day so unique and special!
Emily and Adam had a very traditional Jewish ceremony. Everything had so much meaning and depth to it. We got to make a custom Chuppah (which represents the presence of God above you–making reference to when God used to reveal himself in a cloud) There was also a part in the ceremony when Adam circled Emily 7 times (representing the walls falling down between them, alluding to the walls of Jericho).
Photography: Stacey Pentland Photography
Coordination: Jamie Samples for Wylie Weddings
Flowers and Event Design: Katie Hund for Wylie Weddings
Graphic Design: Brian Jensen for Wylie Weddings
Venue: University Club in San Francisco
You might have thought we’ve gone out of business or the computer died or my fingers got chopped off and I can’t update the blog. If you thought that you’d be wrong. We’ve just been swamped with WEDDINGS!!! Which means we’ll have new content and photos and stories up on this blog soon!!
In the meantime, check out Debbie and Anthony’s travel themed wedding that we designed. We worked with the wonderful Laughing Gal Floral and Julie Cahill Photography for this wedding at Chaminade that’s featured on Saavy Deets Bridal!
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