Bridal Tour Swag Bag Giveaway

We're giving away two prizes!
4 • 14 • 2011  |  Tours
While the dust is settling on our new space, and we are finalizing the little details before we share some images with you, we wanted to run a little giveaway for the swag bags that were given away on the bridal tours last month! These bags are full of goodies, discounts and information that anyone could use, and we're giving away two of them, one from the Wine Country tour and one from the San Francisco Tour! 
 
To enter, just place a comment below with either "Wine Country" or "San Francisco" for which bag you would like to win. Deadline is 5pm PST on Wednesday April 20th, and we'll be announcing the winners on Thursday April 21st. 
 
(image below by Lori Paladino
Good luck!

  Kathryn

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We're Getting a New Space!

sorry for the radio silence
4 • 8 • 2011  |  Misc.
We are going to be moving into our new studio right next door this coming weekend, so we will be a little silent until we are finished, so we apologize in advance for the lack of posts. The best part is we will be posting images of our new space soon, and some fabulous before and afters so you can see how it all came together. We have other exciting things to share about our new space, and can't wait to share them with you all! 
 
Have a wonderful weekend!

  Kathryn

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Rehearsal Dinner Planning Workshop

Thomas Fogarty Winery | April 10
4 • 7 • 2011  |  Misc.
Our good friend, Kathy Goodman of Well Rehearsed, is doing a Rehearsal Dinner Planning Workshop this Sunday April 10th at Thomas Fogarty Winery. It sounds like a lot of fun, enjoying lunch and learning about what goes into planning your rehearsal dinner, which should never be overlooked. The best part is you will get to see three of Kathy's tablescapes that she custom designs! 
 
Here is a link to the invitation and to RSVP
 
Cheers,

  Kathryn

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Jen + Andrew

Featured on Anna Kuperberg's Blog
4 • 6 • 2011  |  Real Weddings
I am happy to share a few images from Jen + Andrew's wedding at the Claremont Resort and Spa in Berkeley with you, taken by the wonderful Anna Kuperberg. Their images are featured on Anna's blog, and you can see the post here. I will be sure to do a full real wedding post once we receive all the images.
Cheers,

  Kathryn

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Getting More From Your Flowers

Tips to be able to give back after your wedding
4 • 5 • 2011  |  Tips & Inspiration
Flowers play an important role in creating the wedding design of your dreams. They transform a space into your own and create a beautiful atmosphere for you and your guests to enjoy. The one question that remains is what do you do with these gorgeous pieces of art the day after? There is always the option to give the centerpieces as gifts to your guests, but what about repurposing these beauties to help an organization trying to make a difference in the world? 
 
In San Francisco alone there are over 1,000 non-profit organizations raising awareness, providing services, education, housing, protection, etc..., and one thing they all have in common is a limited budget, as a result your donations are greatly appreciated.  
 
Emily from Soulflower Floral Design has firsthand knowledge regarding the donation of flowers and plants from weddings and events to organizations such as Huckleberry Youth Programs, Root Division, Urban Sprouts, Creative Arts Charter School and The Mission Kids co-op. In some cases, the flowers have been used to decorate fundraising events and in others, delivered to a youth shelter or family center to enhance the setting and provide comfort to those facing a personal crisis.
Emily has graciously offered this advice to couples interested in donating their arrangements: 
 
1) Find a floral designer willing to explore how to make it possible, be sure to mention your intentions during the initial consultation so you are on the same page. 
 
2) Contact the organization in advance to ensure the donation is something they can accept as certain fragrant flowers are discouraged. Examples include lilies, hyacinth and varieties of blooming branches. 
 
3) If your vases are rented make sure the arrangements are transferred to inexpensive vases or mason jars prior to delivery. 
 
4) Determine who will be responsible for the delivery the next day. Most floral companies will accommodate you for a small delivery fee, but it is well worth it. Otherwise you will need to appoint someone to handle the process. 
 
5) Be realistic about the amount of flowers you are donating. Smaller organizations may only be able to accommodate 5 to 8 arrangements. 
 
6) Select an organization that has meaning to you and get creative. Ex. If you are inclined towards the arts, your floral designer might include paint brushes and small canvases into your centerpiece design which translates seamlessly into a donation to a local arts education program. 
 
In addition, you might consider adding small signage next to the arrangements to educate your guests of the donation. Adding a note at the end of a menu card is also a wonderful idea. The most important thing to remember is to have fun with it! 
 
Cheers,

  Michelle

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