Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Beverly Hills Hotel Wedding

Sneak peak at some of the pictures from the wedding we did at The Beverly Hills Hotel last weekend. The chuppah in the Crystal Garden was so full and lush, and the yellow flowers were breathtaking! The Crystal Ballroom was so dramatic and elegant with all the gold and crystal details. These are just the pictures we took with our camera, wait until you see the pictures from the photographer!!! Beautiful!


Montage Beverly Hills

This past Saturday we had the pleasure of designing Megan & Bryan's wedding at The Montage Beverly Hills. Megan & Bryan's wedding was the first "garden" ceremony that the hotel has had since their opening. The Hidden Garden was honored to design such a romantic chuppa and aisle for the Landman Family. Megan choose a beautiful hue of magenta, soft blush pink, ivory and celadon green to set the tone for this elegant evening.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

A Chance To Win Free Wedding Photography!

I am always game for a great contest, especially when the prize is something as priceless as free wedding photography by the oh, so talented Katee Grace! So, all brides-to-be take a break from planning to share your love story and a little about your special day with Katee and you could end up with the pictures of a lifetime. More details are below and good luck from all of us at the Hidden Garden.

Dear Bride to be....

All couples have unique, beautiful, and special love stories, yours included.

So with that said, I would love to hear yours! How did the two of you meet? What makes your heart race about your soul mate? What are you most looking forward to about marrying the love of your life and living happily ever after?

I would also love to hear how you will translate your personal flavor into the details of your special day. Are you keeping it small and intimate using Grandmas fine china and heirloom linen in the family backyard? Or are you declaring your love in a poppy filled field with tall grass at sunset.Whether formal, hippie-chic, DIY or sky's the limit wedding plans? your story + my camera = a day filled with special memories to last a lifetime.

Katee Grace is giving away one free wedding photography package to the winner!!

Congratulations and Good Luck, Can't wait to read your Love Story!

love katee grace

little details...

With your story include your wedding date as well as a digital photograph of you and your love.
Engagement Session (Date Night) with Katee Grace.
7-8 hours Wedding Day Coverage with Katee Grace.
Online Proofing of your photographs for your family and friends.
Online personalized website with your slideshows and story.
Add-On options of albums or profession prints or canvas' optional.
Deadline for me to receive your story: July 25th, 2009.
Announcement of the winner: August 5th, 2009
Travel expenses apply for travel outside of the Santa Barbara Area.
email stories to:katee@kateegrace.com


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Jewel Tone Wedding

Going through our pictures, we came across these pictures from a wedding we did in the past that had such beautiful and vibrant jewel tones. The deep red, magenta, raspberry, and lime green tones made a most dramatic wedding day. The wedding took place at The Four Seasons Los Angeles.


Hummingbird Ranch

Check out these pictures of the wedding we did last weekend at the amazing property, Hummingbird Nest Ranch. Poko Events organized the production, with the help of the bride's mom who is a fantastic designer with great vision. The flowers had a very natural and textured feel incorporating succulents and natural greens. The flowers were in shades of tangerine, rust, golden yellow, and ivory.


My Guest Post On Pretty Bride

It was so much fun being a guest blogger for Christina's beautiful Pretty Bride blog. My post "Making Your Wedding A Hollywood Affair" is all about my take on celebrity floral trends. We got you covered on everything from colors to ambiance to adding the Hollywood touch to your bridesmaid's bouquets.


Saturday, June 20, 2009

South Pacific Affair

Last weekend The Hidden Garden had the pleasure of collaborating with Linda Pitelli from Eventful on a South Pacific wedding reception. The ceremony and dinner were held at a private estate that helped inspire the design decor for the evening. An array of coral peonies, celadon gladiolas, vibrant orange roses, white phaleonopsis and a mix of various tropical foliage were used to create the floral designs at the event. Linda's design sense is impeccable so it was fun creating floral designs to compliment the fantastic elements used for decor.
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Friday, June 19, 2009

The Four Seasons Westlake Wedding Beauty

Heather & Steven had a most beautiful wedding at The Four Seasons Westlake Village. Heather chose all classic white and ivory tones for her flowers. She especially likes the look of full and open white & ivory roses with hydrangea. She didn't particularily like greenery, so we kept all the flowers tight and compact to not show any of the natural greens. The chuppah was adorned with a clean line of roses and hydrangea, with the aisle criss crossed with white rose petals. The bouquets were a mix of white and ivory roses to create a timeless look. The centerpieces were tall wrought iron candelabras holding glowing candles with full displays of white and ivory roses & white hydrangea. Thank you Jules Bianchi for the amazing picutres (take a look at a sneak peak of the wedding pictures)! Beautiful!

Wedding Coordination: Tobey Dodge
Photographer: Jules Bianchi
Flowers: The Hidden Garden
Hair & Make-up: Tara Dowburd-Luftman
Candy Station: The Sweet Spot
Wedding Coordination: Envision Productions

Venue: The Four Seasons


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Coral Peonies

One of the most commonly requested flower in floral design is a peony. It's just a favorite amongst the brides and our daily clients. In southern California, we don't have the luxury of growing or purchasing peonies year round. It's very seasonal which in turn makes it a hot commodity. The past few weeks have been "peony season" in Los Angeles. From the flower market, flower shops to local grocery stores they are readily available to the consumer. The peony is not inexpensive in the realm of flower purchases but it definitely worth every penny spent (i should say dollar...cause they aren't cheap!).
One of my favorites is the coral charm peonies. They are open, vibrant.....essentially "eye candy!" The flower head opens approximately 6 inches across when in it's peak display. It's color is so beautiful! As the flower "ages" it starts to turn a pale pink color then shades to a butter yellow....and then the petals start to shed. Grab a few stems for your house - it's worth it!


Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Flower Market This Week

The LA Flower Market was beautiful again this morning. Wednesdays are always the best days to go....everything is so fresh and abundant. It's virtually impossible to not fall in love with all the color! Today some of my favorites and new on the market for the month were Eremerus & Giant Aliums. Both strange names..and interesting looking flowers actually.
The Eremerus come in 4 -5 foot lengths in shades of white, yellow, peach/orange & pink. They last quite a long time.
The Giant Alium balls come in this great purple tone (sometimes in white but we don't see them much). Super fun and funky!

Of course, i can never get enough of the hydrangea. The available colors right now are so yummy!! Sherbert peachy/pink, vibrant fushcia, petal pink, purple, blue, lavender....i can go on and on! Hydrangea is a staple flower in our shop so when the variety of color hits the market i'm just so excited!


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Baby Birthday Celebration

Here's a another great Baby Birthday celebration that we created at The Hidden Garden.

The base of our oversized birthday cupcake was created from a pave mass of pink carnations (yes carnations!) tightly packed together. How cute is that!

Our centerpieces for the tables where created from an abundant amount of pink rose petals. Each petal was glued one to one another ultimately created a single oversize rose bloom.


Sunday, June 14, 2009

Birthday Celebration

Today we celebrated my daughter's 2nd birthday party (time has flown!). She had a blast being a princess for the day (everyday really) and i had a blast decorating the party.  I didn't want to go too over the top, she is only 2 years old but i had to make sure the flowers and table top looked adorable!  I created a very simple design for the kids table and i think it is something anyone could do at home.  

A basic pink table cloth was our base linen (plastic cause you know the kids just get cake and ice cream all over it!).  A hot pink sequins runner down the center.  I picked up the fabric downtown for $1.99 a yard!  A steal!  The centerpieces were 3 terra cotta pots sprayed hot pink with a splash of sparkle glitter.  Every princess needs a little glitter on her table.  The Hidden Garden then arranged paves of roses & hydrangea to finish it off!  Simple....and adorable! 

My dining table piece was a cute mix of gerber daisies, pink hydrangea and pink roses in an antiqued wood box that i had at the house.  
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Saturday, June 13, 2009

New Blog Design

How cute is our new blog template!! i just love it - thanks so much for Elie at Rainy Day Designs! if you are ever in the market for a new blog overhaul....check her out! www.rainydaydesigns.com

Friday, June 12, 2009

Biz Bash Los Angeles

Yesterday we had the honor of participating the Biz Bash Convention at the LA Gift Mart.  It was the first time that we had participated in the convention and i have to admit....i was pleasantly surprised at the warm welcome we received from the attendees!  Not that i thought we wouldn't feel the "love" but i just didn't know what we were getting into! We saw a lot of our current planners that we work with and met a lot of new companies as well.    

We had a great booth that Tabella  drape with a charcoal grey silk with green trim border.   Vibrant floral frame landscapes hung from each side of the space and a massive arrangement created with celadon green gladiolas, green cymbidiums and coral peonies (which everyone loved!)  finished off the space.  

Through the convention we had table top displays with unique floral designs for all to enjoy. 
I'm looking forward to participating next year! 

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Los Angeles Flower Market

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday The Hidden Garden ventures down to the Los Angeles Flower Market (at a God awful hour...won't even mention it to you!) to select the gorgeous flowers we sell in our store. Even though the time the market opens (2 am) is unimaginable to most, it is still (9 years later) one of the prettiest places to be. I am like a kid in a candy store when I go down the escalator to the market and see the array of flowers and colors before my eyes. Every week, a new flower pops onto the market as our seasons change. You never know what you might find down there. It's one of my greatest inspirations as a designer.

This week the amazing Peonies were in full bloom! Hydrangea in shades of purple, pink, green and blue. Tulips galore!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Posted by Tiffany - our intern:

As I was sifting through all our past event photos from the corporate account events, I came across this picture. Amy's Son Zach was sitting on my lap while we were looking at the photos and he thought it looked really cool! Take a peak.
and even cooler is this Simpson's Themed Party...we did with Poko Event Productions.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Candy Bar

Take a look at the complimenting candy buffets that KCee Candy Buffets put together for the Bridal Luncheon {see above}.  The colors of the candies complimented the colors of the event, which always looks best.

Bridal Luncheon at The Beverly Hills Hotel

We had the opportunity, on Sunday, to be a part of a Bridal Luncheon put together by Linda Howard's Sensational Events.  The color inspirations were yellow, white, and Tiffany blue.  The flowers were all vibrant yellow and crisp white.  Take a peak {more pictures to follow}.