Vanessa + Tyler’s Modern Whimsical Wedding at BLDG 177

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In honor of their 1 year wedding anniversary, I wanted to share V + T’s beautiful modern wedding! Where do I even begin with these two? Vanessa and I have known each other since she moved down to San Diego to help plant a church that my family and I attended. I’m so drawn to her ambitious go-getter focus driven personality, all the while serving people around her wholeheartedly and with a big ol smile. These two both share a heart to serve God and His people while having so much fun! I’m just so proud of Vanessa for also chasing her dreams and working so hard to becoming a nurse. She was studying for her nursing exams while planning her wedding!

So here we go…a peak into their perfect day!


What an honor to be a fellow vendor along side my dear friend Alyssa who was the brilliant photographer for this day! Alyssa captured this day so perfectly and her photography is just breathtaking. Alyssa’s ability to make a couple feel so comfortable and at ease is evident as she captures them at their natural best.

When designing and planning for Vanessa and Tyler’s wedding, our mood board comprised of mostly neutral earth tones such as terra-cotta, rust, soft blushes and cream and touches of mauve and grey. We included textured images of velvet, silk and wet paint and concrete to show that we wanted the wedding vibe to feel modern and eclectic while transcending moments of whimsy and romance. I added some dried florals to add texture and spray painted some dried palms to give it that modern pop but pairing it all with romantic florals such as my all time favorite quicksand roses, brown mauve fancy carnations, caffe latte roses, dahlias, majolica spray roses and the ever show stopping and pricey toffee rose that was EVERYTHING to my floral vision board.

I can’t thank Vanessa enough for giving me so much creative freedom with this window installation at BLDG 177. It’s amazing what will happen when a bride trusts her floral designer. Magic happens. One of my favorite things about working at BLDG 177 is that its a blank slate. The opportunities to create fun installations are endless and my creativity can go wild here. We knew that the big window was going to be a backdrop and wanted to create something that we can also repurpose for the sweetheart area which was at a different location. My vision was to create something wild and organic in a very clean and tame space. Almost to create an oxymoron in a space so to speak.

Of course behind every amazing floral designer, is her team and at this wedding, I was 35 weeks pregnant with my third child and having the support of my dear friend Leah (and fellow flower mama) from Bespoke Occasions Floral Designs meant the world to me. Grateful for my community of floral friends.

I love how we repurposed the ceremony pieces for the sweetheart table. Thus, saving the couple a ton of money while still having such a lush sweetheart set up!

The reception was clean and simple but not lacking of anything. Everything was timeless yet trendy!

Thank you again Vanessa and Tyler for allowing me be a part of your epic day. You guys are amazing! I wish years and years of happiness friends!

Photography: Alyssa Brooke Photography

Coordination: Pink Bubbly Events

Cake: Peggy Liao Cakes

Venue: BLDG 177

Rings: Honey Jewelry Co

Gown: Dress Theory

Julie and Sang’s Soft Pastel Garden Wedding

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Weddings are slowly resuming after several months of this long pandemic lockdown. We are living in such different times now. I’ve been pulling up some of my favorite weddings this past year and it feels like just the other day that I was part of this amazing day but it also feels like a lifetime ago. I truly cannot wait for things to go back to normal as I see my 2021 calendar filling up so quickly. Until then, I’m going to soak in these slower days with my children while they are little. Although I don’t love this whole distance learning for my elementary school kid, I’m also enjoying his company as my desk partner as I write up this blog post.

Julie and Sang’s wedding was featured many times on varies wedding blogs but I never got to share it on my personal blog. It’s truly one of my favorites! When Julie came to me with her vision and style, I was immediately onboard. Then she told me who her photographer was, Natalie Bray, there was no way I could say no. I’ve been wanting to work with Natalie for years now because I absolutely love the way she captures every detail. Her natural lighting style along with her film photography is something that I’ve admired and noticed for a while.

Between Julie’s impeccable style, my vision for wedding, and Natalie’s attention to detail…we were bound to create the most dreamy day for Julie and Sang!

Her veil was handmade in honor of her mother. The detail and beauty is just stunning. Although I love details for the obvious reasons, every thought behind each piece in Julie’s wedding was thought out in honor of her parents who recently passed just prior to her special day. I remember first meeting her at a bakery/cafe in Del Mar and just hearing her story and sobbing with her. It’s not easy planning one of the most special days of your life without the people who made you (literally and figuratively) not there with you. But even though I have never met Julie’s parents, I know how proud of her they would be, because Julie is so beautiful inside and out and her kind and generous spirit is felt by everyone around her.

The color palette for her wedding was inspired by soft pastel tones. We wanted the florals to reflect a romantic and whimsical feeling while showcasing the season that she married in, Spring.

When I found out that Natalie was gonna be the photographer that captured Julie and Sang’s wedding, I may have gone a tad bit crazy on the flower buying. I literally grabbed everything that was expensive and exquisite at the markets in season. The color palette for this wedding were soft mauves and dusty rose hues with blush. Because Julie and Sang got married in the spring, we were able to use these beautiful brown Japanese sweet peas, local spirea, mauve anemones, and one of my favorite roses the Caffe Latte and much much more spring goodness!

The ceremony was out in the field of Ethereal Gardens in San Diego. I love how many options this venue offers and how beautiful their gardens are for the guests to walk around and enjoy!

You could just tell how close Julie and her siblings are. Her brother walked her down the aisle and her sister also helped her plan a few special details for her wedding like this amazing cake below!

Congrats again Julie and Sang! Thank you a million for trusting me to carry out your vision. It truly was such a beautiful and perfect day to celebrate your love!

Photography: Natalie Bray

Venue: Ethereal Gardens, Trademark Venue

Videography: Side by Side Cinema

Gown: BHLDN

Cake: Fab Cakes

Veil: Veiled Beauty

HMU: Catherine Nguyen

Invitations: Paperie Parlour

DJ: Vox DJs

Carley and Joe’s Lush Wedding at Flora

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My last wedding before all of the world shut down was in Feb 2020, which was just weeks before California was in lockdown. I was lucky to also be a guest at this beautiful wedding and thinking back, it feels like a lifetime ago…

Carley and Joe got married on such a fun day of 2-22-20! Even I won’t forget their anniversary so Joe better not haha (also he got the date embroidered inside his jacket pocket so I don’t think he will). They chose an intimate and lush venue that is new in San Diego called Flora. I love how that inspired our color palette and style for the wedding. We chose to keep things simple and minimalistic with lots of whites and creams and greenery.

Often times I will suggest to my clients who have a big bridal party to go for posy size bouquets for their bridesmaids. It saves the bride money as well as making her own bridal bouquet look more grand.

Jenica + Kevin’s Secluded Garden Estate Wedding

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My favorite part of working with florals are the varies color palettes that I get to explore.  Jenica + Kevin’s wedding was in the Fall and we used a lot of warm and moody tones to reflect the season. We kept with the gold and marsala burgundy hues, while mixing in with textural sage greens.  When I first met with Jenica, I was immediately drawn to her attention to detail. She has such a great artistic eye and I knew that we would be able to work so well together!

 

Half way into her wedding planning, she moved half way across the globe to Asia and so we were communicating and chatting remotely, but mostly through emails. But her vision for her wedding stayed consistent and clear.

 

Kaitlin + Ryan’s Old World Timeless Wedding

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I’m pretty excited to share this wedding with you.  This sweet young couple is full of joy and love. Kaitlin might be one of the sweetest people out there and Ryan is a lucky man!

 

 

I love how classic Kaitlin went with her dress.  From the fit to the sleeves to the buttons and the timeless lace that embodies the gown.

Aria’s Safari First Birthday!

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Guys! You all are gonna freak out over this first birthday party. It is so cute and chic and fun that I wish it was my party! This little girl for sure is so loved and surrounded by the sweetest and most supportive family!

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Sweet little Aria turned ONE and she had the most epic first birthday party ever! She had a fun little safari jungle theme. The florals that I picked were touches of tropical with the sword ferns and proteas but I also wanted to keep it soft and feminine with garden roses.

It’s a short and sweet post but the details are all impeccable. Happy Birthday sweet little Aria!

 

XO

Esther

Photographer: Evelyn Molina
Website: http://www.evelynmolina.com/
Instagram: @evelynmolinaphoto

HMU (not pictured) for the mama: Cindy Tran
Instagram: @_noirbeaute

Cake/Desserts: Peggy Liao
Website: http://www.peggyskitchensd.com/
Instagram: @peggyliaocake

Name Sign: Happily Ever Etched
Wesbite: https://happilyeveretched.com/
Instagram: @happilyeveretched

Coordination: Eugenia Bhang
Instagram: @euggg

Venue: The Point
Website: https://www.gettothepoint.io/
Instagram: @get_to_thepoint

Sadie + Ty’s Garden wedding at the Thursday Club

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I’m so happy to be sharing this sweet young couple’s love and special day! Seriously, going through their photos gives me the butterflies because you can just see the pure joy and love on their faces!

 

I absolutely love Sadie’s dress and that subtle train with the double open lace back is just so sweet.

 

Gahhh, look at Sadie’s face. She makes me want to get married again to my husband. That first time seeing your best friend at the alter and ready to pledge your life to him is moment that needs to be captured for forever.

 

Friendsgiving in Ojai

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Friends + Thanksgiving.

Friendsgiving.

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Last November, my family and I spent a week with our close friends in a magical house in Ojai before the big Ventura fires took it away. But I’m grateful for the memories and these incredible pictures that Todd Pinckney took.

I look back on our trip to Ojai with friends and I feel so much gratitude towards them for their friendship and their faith and support in me and my family. For most of them, we’ve been doing life together for over 12 years and now growing families together is just so special to witness. God has created us to desire relationships and crave community and to have one like mine is just gold.

Jane and Justin’s Franciscan Garden Wedding

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As this holiday season is quickly approaching us and wedding season is slowing down, I love using this time to reflect on all the amazing clients I got to work with and weddings I got to be a part of through florals. It’s truly amazing how faithful God has been in this little flower journey of mine. Through this, I am blown away by all the incredible people that has been put in my path. I’m just grateful. So very grateful. And this wedding is one of them.

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Jane and Justin’s wedding was back in March at the Franciscan Gardens in San Juan Capistrano. The color palette we went with was an earthy spring tone. Lots of muted and soft citrus and blush. We wanted to give it a very romantic spring vibe.

Holly and Matt’s Emerald-White Temecula Wedding

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I had the privilege to work with Holly on her stunning wedding vision to make a white and green wedding shine like a jewel! She wanted an elegant affair of deep emerald jewel tones paired with crisp white and cream along with subtle pops of copper tones to have a modern lush feel amongst the vineyard meadows in Temecula.

I am detailed oriented so when I see the vision and style carried out in little details, it makes my heart so happy! Jordan, the photographer, is just a magician with that camera of hers. She too, has a detailed eye and she didn’t miss anything! As a florist, to have someone capture every detail and flower that I’ve intentionally put and placed, makes my work feel so loved and seen.