Art of the Pin | Lilac and Champagne Dreams

You would think after 700 + + weddings that someone would ask for a wedding using "Lilac and Champagne " colors.  Nope - not a single request and so here I am dreaming about this color combination but unable to bring it to life. So if you wouldn't mind a little daydreaming on my part, I'm going for it since it's been years since I saw that Martha Stewart Wedding magazine article featuring that "to die for"  floral wedding cake in pale butter yellows with purple accents. 

This updated Lilac and Champagne inspiration board includes hints of mauve, poppy yellow, boysenberry, and amber hues.  I imagine that if I could do this wedding it would be at Beltane Ranch in Kenwood.  It's been a dream of mine to create a wedding that complements the signature butter yellow paint color that awashes the exterior of Beltane's guest house.  Given Beltane's incredible gardens, a floral botanical patterns(all the rage!) would be a fitting and whimsical detail but you have to a little classic Champagne coupes for guests to use as they toast the bride and groom.  Let's not forget to dress the bridesmaid in Jenny Yoo flowing gowns in hues of grapes.  Since it's about natural beauty, the bouquet should be poetic like this one from Martha Stewart's website.  

Real Wedding | Meadowood Modern Classic White and Black Soiree

When I met Katlin and her mom Karol, they were so warm, genuine, stylish, and trusting.  From the moment Kelly of A Savvy Event brought them to me, we just clicked on all cylinders.  We talked on and on about patterns, textures, movement, and the guest experience.  What resulted from hours of laughter and good conversation was a wedding that would different than most Napa weddings. Sure, it would be outside on a golf course at the uber relaxed Meadowood but it wasn't going to be some casual Napa affair. Oh no!

Katlin and her dapper groom Nawder wanted black tie formality with a modern edge.  And the result --- look for yourself - is all that and so much more.  This Meadowood wedding is featured on our website but take a look at more details designed so wonderfully by Kelly McLeskey-Dolata my Oh So Inspired partner and the inspiring designer from so many of my favorite weddings.  I'm just so honored that I was able to design the flowers because this was a wedding that one would not want to miss out on.  





Planning and Design by A Savvy Event

Venue Meadowood, Napa

Photo by Lindsay Madden

Tent by Bright Party Rentals

Furniture by Rion Designs

Linens by La Tavola

Accessories by Theoni Collection

Featured in Snippet and Ink


Art of the Pin | Wood You Marry Me?

It's summer time but I'm already dreaming about the end of summer and the arrival of Autumn when the leaves turn brown, the weather of cools down and the sunsets are the best ever --- all orange, peach, taupe and streaks of grey-blues.   During hot Napa summers where the weather becomes in the high 80's, low 90's, I can't wait for when the weather cools down and I can seek refuge under a cashmere throw.  Nothing like a good book(here's a side bar --- I'm reading Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asian trilogy right now)  on a cozy night and a hot cup of cocoa or hot apple cider.  

Perhaps it's all this talk of cozy fireplaces, cashmere throws that is inspiring me to think of medium oak wood tones mixed with taupes, grey roses, nudes, fall greens, taupes, trench coat beiges and leather tans.  I take inspiration from tweed jackets, Heath stone ceramics, Italian stone urns perfect for voluptuous and lush blush flowers, dark brown chocolate stones, bounded leather, relaxed wood chandeliers, beige-taupe hued wedding gowns and volumes of ruffles.  Who doesn't like a good ruffle, right?  

With the fall season coming up, what are you looking forward to? 

Press | Interview on Trish Lee Blog

When I first Patricia "Trish" Lee, I knew that one day she was going to be a force to be reckoned with.  Her timeless, classic, gowns with a modern twist for that hipster bride has taken the Bay Area by storm.  Her success is due to her knack for creating elegant gowns but also her sharp wit, warm personality, and her exuberant passion for all things bespoke.   Plus, she's a lot of fun.   No matter where she goes, in my heart, Trish will always be known as "P" girl to me.  

A few fun fact a bouts P girl --- that you might not know ---- Trish was once my event coordinator at Nancy Liu Chin Designs, fielding client inquiries and managing our busy office in Dogpatch.  During her short time with us, we often had heart to heart conversations always sharing about our dreams, our hopes, our love for weddings and of course, our mutual adoration for food.  It was wonderful this past year to sit down and have a little chat about flowers with Trish.    Thank you P girl for always being the best menthe one could have.