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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 Style Me Pretty

Press | Expertise Top 21 Best Floral Designers in San Francisco

What does it take to be one of the top experts in the field? What does it take to be one of the top floral designers in the Bay Area - San Francisco?  And what does it mean to be on the list?

Today,  a conversation with Nancy Liu Chin, founder of NLC Designs as she answers these important questions.

What does it take, Nancy, to be one of the top experts in the field?

NLC:  I would say(while laughing) that it takes a lot of hard work.  You can't be on top with just luck.  It's gotta take more than that.  I would say hard work for sure plus a great love for flowers and weddings, an eye for editing, consistency, and certainly a dedication to be relevant.  Part of that is always changing and learning.  You can't stop ever learning to be a better designer.  

Of course, giving your clients wonderful service that is genuine with heartfelt honesty is equally key to staying for the long haul.   I've believed in that for so long.  

To be a top expert means to pay your dues and also when you get there to share good advice as it's important to help others including your clients, your followers, your team, and your industry. 

Putting it out there is important though some still don't feel comfortable being transparent. I think leaders aren't afraid to be all that. 

What does it take to be one of the top floral designers in the Bay Area - San Francisco? 

NLC: The Bay Area is an AMAZING place where talent is overwhelming.  To stay or even be considered a top floral designer, that's an honor.  Reallly!

San Francisco is such a creative area, there is so much energy.  And that translates to all the floral artists in this area.  We are enter such a golden age for floral designs and floral styling. It's rather daunting and to be at the top means that you are one of the trendsetters, one of the best in the entire nation as SF is a creative hub. 

We also have this incredible floral market in our backyard, one of the best in the nation if not the world.  So in this town, where everyone buys flowers from the same source, you have got to know your stuff to stay relevant. You have to be one step ahead to be considered good because when everyone has assess to wonderful products, how do you stand out if not for your creative eye and attention to the details.  

This might sound funny (as this is our 16 or 17th year) but I still always think of myself as the newbie as I'm still learning names of exotic flowers and rare foliage(this week I found out what Lace Tree is), and still working on designs. You could say practice makes perfect.  Yes, I practice my design skills because there are always new shapes, new combinations that I've never tried.  Though I tease that I should be slowing down, I am crazy excited about how people are embracing floral design.  Yippee!

And what does it mean to be on the list?

This list from Expertise is totally humbling. I didn't realize there were 200+ designers that were looked at and 100 were vetted. Wow. That's quite a list and to weed it down to just 10%.  Well, what can I say.  I'm so delighted to be in the company of Natalie Bowen who I adore, Natasha of Waterlily Pond who I went to floral school with, Svenja of Chestnut and Vine who I think is amazing at what she does, Alicia K of Alicia K who is extraordinary and does planner(whatever? c'mon Alicia, throw us a bone! You are too talented), and of course Sharla of Sharla Flock. I freakin' love that girl, Sharla with her infectious smile.  These people are true artists, thanks for just throwing me in with the best.  This is a wonderful list. Of course, I would add even more names to the list because there are so many designers that I admire.  

To find out what are the criteria for a top expert, here you have it based on! Now --- If you are shopping (a term that we hate around here) these are things to look for. We couldn't agree more.




Real Wedding | San Francisco City Hall Magic

Sometimes ballroom or indoor weddings don't get the attention that they deserve.   With blogs and wedding websites often focused on the "outdoor" wedding as well as the unique heritage or vintage sites, it does seems like the indoor ballroom or landmark buildings have taken a backseat.  But I totally think a well light indoor venue with architectural history and grand details can never seem old or second rate.  I'm so lucky that our San Francisco City Hall is a grand space. They make our neutral color palette and classic flowers look even more stunning. Don't you agree? 

Photography by Amanda Wei

Planning by Simone Lennon

Venue City Hall San  Francisco

Lighting by Got Light