Fragrant Engagement

Last weekend, we had the most incredible smelling flowers for a special engagement party. In typical Vietnamese tradition, the groom's family provides gifts for the bride's family, before she leaves her family to move in with the in-laws. Today, this is mostly symbolic and represented by a groom bringing a bouquet of flowers to the bride's family as an offering. Oh, and perhaps a roasted pig thrown in for good measure. 

This sweet smelling bouquet included creamy garden roses and mint leaves, dappled with thistle and ranunculus for color. Dusty miller provided bulk and some additional structure. And while round bouquets are slowly going out of fashion, I couldn't help falling in love with this one.  Hope you enjoy it too!

These cute little bouts were similarly made of thistle, ranunculus and roses. 

These cute little bouts were similarly made of thistle, ranunculus and roses. 

Here's a close-up of the groom's cute bout.

Here's a close-up of the groom's cute bout.

Golden Hour Wedding

I had the honor of designing the florals for my friends Kari and Zach. Kari and I were roommates in college when we were at Cal - and that involved an equal number of late night study sessions but also late night baking sessions. Kari is the one I attribute the birth of my food blog, my love for gastronomy, and my habit of reading the NY Times cover-to-cover. This was a really special wedding for me. Set in front of a gorgeous California sunset with stunning views of the Bay Area just below, the golden light radiated throughout this wedding. I am so happy that Kari found someone who loves her and shares her interests and is willing to put up with all her quirks! Cheers to the happy couple and may they share a lifetime of joy and laughs.

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Location: Lick Observatory

Catering: Oak & Rye

Desserts: Pietisserie

Florals + Images: Fleur & Co