Monday, November 16, 2009

NACE - Sacramento

NACE is the National Association of Catering Executives and our Sacramento Chapter is a strong force in the Sacramento catering and event community.  Our October meeting was held at the Flower Farm Inn in Loomis, California.  The proprietors, John & Annie Bowler, were fabulous hosts.  The property is absolutely gorgeous and the event space is fantastic.  If would would like to know more about this very special place, visit their website at  The wonderful appetizers and meal were catered by the incomparable All Seasons All Reasons Fine Catering.  Our Chapter president Monty Montgomery and his business partner Chef Josh Garcia outdid themselves.  The food was a feast for the eyes and for the appetitie.  You can find the dynamic duo and their team at  Here are a few photos from our amazing evening.  Thank you to Diana Miller Photography for the photos;  Flowers were created by yours truly;  Enjoy.

Fantastic food by All Seasons All Reasons Fine Catering

Our fabulous MC/DJ for the evening was Mike Regan of Mr. DJ Service.  It was so much fun having Mike take the theme and run with it!  Everyone enjoyed the Oktoberfest themed music and the Oktoberfest themed MC!

The decor was inspired by the colors in a traditional German beer stein.  The caramel and blue infuence was seen in the linens and flowers.  The pewter was reflected in the chargers and china.  Flowers by Ambience Floral Design

This a the moment Mike welcomed back our fearless leader, Monty Montgomery, after an extended absence.  The whole group was so delighted to have his smiling face at our meeting!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Courtney & Chris in Squaw Valley

Courtney and Chris created so many wonderful memories in the Squaw Valley and Lake Tahoe area so there was no question where they would tie the knot. The weather was gorgeous, the scenery was gorgeous and so were the bride and groom! Thanks to Jeff Sharpe of Sharpe Photographers, Inc for the beautiful images.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sunshine Yellow, Hot Pink and Coral

Ashley and Aaron exchanged vows at the beautiful David Girard Vineyards in September.  When Ashley first came to see me, she told me she loved orchids, tulips, roses and gerbera daisies.  She didn't really want to see any other flowers or foliage.  She just wanted those gorgeous flowers.  French tulips were a favorite and they were prominent at the reception.  Her colors were gorgeous!  Wonderful vivid colors in shades of yellow, bright pink and coral.  Thanks to Lisa Richmond Photography for these beautiful images of this very happy couple....and their flowers, of course!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Ashley & Sean - One of my favorites!!

Sean and Ahley exchanged vows at Granite Bay Golf Club.  This is one of my favorite weddings of the year!  The couple was lovely and happy!  The team was a blast - Lora Ward with A Day to Remember, Jordan Photography, Carissa Jones with Sugar and Spice, Reverend Geri Murphy, Heidi Robinson of Granite Bay Golf Club, and Jordan Photography.  Sean is a Firefighter and the colors of this celebration were hot, hot, hot!  The love was hot, hot, hot too!   They had a great reception and then road off into the night on an antique fire truck.  Wonderful!!   This was a truly happy and joyous couple.

The Harvest Inn - St. Helena

Becki and Craig had a gorgeous wedding at the Harvest Inn in St. Helena. We always enjoy working at this beautiful venue. The ceremony was under the trees in front of the vineyards. Cocktails were around the corner in a beautiful secluded grassy area. Dinner was back by the vineyard and dancing was inside a gorgeous candelit room.  The delicious meal was catered by All Seasons All Reasons Fine Catering.  What a beautiful destination just a short drive down the road.  ~Photos courtesy of Janae Sheilds.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Two of my favorite bouquets

I love many different kinds of bouquets, but sometimes the simple bouquets are my favorites! Here are a couple of bouquets I designed for the lovely people at Real Weddings Magazine. Thank you to Sarah Maren Photography for sharing these beautiful images.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Jen & Ross

We personalize bridal bouquets all the time (grandma's rosary, photo of a loved one, etc) but let's not forget the groom!! Ross loves to fly fish, so Jen surprised him with a fly in his boutonniere. Very cool! The bride's bouquet is a combination of white mini calla lilies with lily grass loops and white veronica. A lovely mix of classic and contemporary. Congrats to Jen & Ross! Thanks to Jeff Sharpe, Sharpe Photographers, Inc. for the photos!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Stephanie and Adam at Arden Hills

We loved the decor that Adam & Stephanie chose for their beautiful wedding at Arden Hills Resort Club & Spa. I absolutely love the bridal bouquet and groom's boutonniere. The colors, wonderful orchids and calla lilies are really something special. The rich darkened jewel tones look amazing. Thanks very much to Jeff Sharpe of Sharpe Photography for these beautiful images!

The beautiful lighting really set the mood in the room. The walls were washed in color and this beautiful graphic made for a unique look in the space. 3E Exquisite Entertainment & Events does a gorgeous job with lighting and DJ services.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

We're not just for weddings anymore.....

We have the world's best customers!! For some time now you've been asking us to expand our services and now we have. We are still specialists in wedding and event floral design, but we've also added daily deliveries, funeral flowers, and special occasion flowers. Birthdays, anniversary, prom, and much more.

You can see our wedding and event work at

Our daily deliveries can be customized for you or you can order from the selection guide at

We look forward to serving you soon!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Sympathy Flowers

The subject of funeral flowers or sympathy flowers is very delicate. Flowers are still one of the primary expressions of love and sympathy when someone passes away. It's really OK to look beyond the stereotypical styles and seek out something more modern. Here is an example. The photo on the left is a standard style arrangement. The photo on the right shows a piece in similar materials, same size and price point, with an updated look. When ordering funeral flowers, don't be afraid to ask your florist for something a bit more contemporary.