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Karen Tran’s new book ‘Wedding Flowers’

Karen Tran’s new book ‘Wedding Flowers’  is now available online.  Please visit HERE to order.  Beautiful hard cover book with over 208 pages of wedding inspiration.  Just in time for Christmas!
Photo credit:  Inlighten Photography


Karen Tran Masquerade Ball in Venice, Italy

So proud to share this amazing film from Varna Studios .  This spectacular event would not be possible without the wonderful talent of the following professionals and the participants at KTVenice class.  Thank you everyone for their passion and love!

Karen Tran Masquerade Ball Venice, Italy from VARNA STUDIOS Photo & Cinema on Vimeo.

Venue: Ca Sagredo Hotel
Planner:  WED Couture
Supporting Florist:  Il Fiore All’occhiello
Gown:  Atelier Eme
Stationery:  Momental Designs
Linens:  Events by Nadia
Tableware:  Whitehouse Crockery
WineArt:  Bottle-Up
Photographer: Morlotti Studios
Music:  Michele De Dedda
Flowers:  G-fresh

Karen Tran ‘Floral Experience’ at Hotel Cafe Royal ~ LONDON

This past April, we had to pleasure of taking ‘The Floral Experience’ course to London, UK.  The 2 day event was taken place at the beautiful Hotel Cafe Royal  in the Pompadour ballroom.  The ornate floor to ceiling in this room is magnificent!  Breathtaking florals display created with the help of the participants graced this entire room.  Guests were greeted with a vibrant flower wall and feast style table lined with gorgeous large scale floral pieces including floral table running consisting of orchids, roses, tulips and hydrangeas.  Many thanks to the wonderful designers and wedding professionals to making this event truly spectacular.  Please enjoy this video clip created by John Nassari.

Planner:  By Bruce Russell
Supporting Florist:  Wild About
Linens:  Events by Nadia
Crockery:  White House
Pianist:  David Robertshaw

Extravagant pink wedding at The Hotel Del Coronado

Every little girl grows up dreaming of the day they will meet their Prince Charming.   We have visions of the perfect man sweeping us off our feet, but more importantly we envision the perfect wedding right down to the last flower petal. Yes, the wedding tends to trump the man when it comes to us girls and our fantasies – sorry guys!

We were very excited to decorate this fantasy wedding. The bride, Alexandra, had visions of the perfect pink wedding. When we say pink, we mean she wanted everything pink. Her girly, sparkly, glamour was right up our alley!

The wedding was to be held outside at the Hotel Del Coronado, with the reception to be held in the Grand Ballroom.We designed  a pink ombre walkway that led to the outdoor altar. A long runway covered in shades of pink rose petals. The aisle was lined by tall rose-colored columns that were topped with puffy, rose floral topiaries that were laced in orchids and pink roses.

At the end of the walkway, the bride would meet her soon-to-be husband under a gauzy, ombre-pink canopy where they would exchange their vows. The entire canopy was trimmed with pink and white hues like a crown with its jewels.

Inside the reception of the Grand ballroom, guests were transported into a Never land bathed under the glow of pink lighting, lounge furniture, table linens in pink hues and of course the beautiful custom pink dance floor with their custom monogram.   The chairs and tables were laced in a frilly and glittery pink organza fabric, while elegant crystal candle holders floated pink candles along the center of the table. Down the center aisle of each table sat shorter clusters of pink, lavender and white florals, and floating above each table were massive columns of many shades of pink, white and fuchsia florals – like puffy pink clouds! Falling elegantly down from these floral clouds were hundreds of glittery, pink pearl stands.
Guests danced the night away in this gorgeous round ballroom until the wee hours of the morning.  Congratulations to Alexandra and James
Planning:  Alison Howard Events
Photos: from Bobbi + Mike photography and Sarah Zimmerman photography
Linens: Luxe Linens  


Karen Tran in Bali ~ Bulgari Hotel and Spa

Karen Tran took her floral class to beautiful Bali, this time to the amazing Bulgari Hotel.  The grounds at the Bulgari is a perfect setting for Karen’s vision.  Perched on the cliff of Utuwatu, the Bulgari offers a panoramic breathtaking view.  Please enjoy a short clip of our event in Bali produced by Axioo.  More photos to come soon!


Engage14! Grand Cayman Gala

Engage14 Luxury Wedding Summit in Grand Cayman

The team at Karen Tran was extremely excited to be chosen to design the gala for Engage!14 in Grand Cayman this year! This luxurious event allows those involved in the wedding industry to share insight, new trends, tips and much more while visiting a beautiful destination. The tropical location in Grand Cayman was inspirational and beautiful. We had the help of Joanne Brown of Celebrations and was able to design and create a luxurious wonderland. We are pleased to hear the guests at the gala were surprised, impressed and captivated by my floral designs that filled the event space. Massive thanks to the two fabulous ladies: Rebecca Grinnals and Katheryn Arce who started it all!

This Gala for the Wedding Summit in Grand Cayman is very close to your hearts since we had a wonderful experience at Engage!13. We wanted to create a luxurious atmosphere that suited the occasion. We arranged for flowers to be flown in from Holland through G-fresh, a distributor we work with frequently and is highly respected throughout the industry. Thousands of white Phaleanopsis orchids, beautiful roses from Meijers, tulips and hydrangeas at my finger tips and ready to dazzle and fill the gala with exquisite beauty. The fabulous Celebration Grand Cayman headed by Ms. Joanne Brown was a dream to work with. A well established full-service event company located in Grand cayman who provided all the production word behind the scene. Not an easy task! We are so grateful for their professionalism and support!
Leading to the Gala reception was a grand and fabulous entrance consisting of thousands of white phaleanopsis orchids reaching 17 feet high greeted the guests as they enter the ballroom.   A 35ft long flower wall inspired by the theme of ‘Engage’ that resembled the emblem of the Wave. Inside the gala we used 10, 000 thousand white avalanche roses from Miejers and hydrangeas to create a beautiful flower backdrop for the stage. Oversized florals decked out the two large bars which added a touch of elegance as guests ordered drinks and shared interesting conversations. Lovely vases and containers graced the tables throughout the entire gala from FP Flourishes, which held our floral designs perfectly and allowed us to create the elegant vision we had planned for the event.
The floral designs we created were accented with crystal curtains around chandeliers that provided a magical effect for this special evening. The luxurious linens were couture linens from Nuage linens in sparkling silver and white hues. The collaboration of work that went into this event surely shined through and made this event fabulous.

We truly enjoyed my experience creating exquisite floral designs for this meaningful event. We are pleased to have a variety of conversations with others in the industry. The gala at Engage 14 Grand Cayman was truly memorable not only for this special evening but the friendship and the lovely attendants. This luxury wedding summit is a must for those who has a true passion for the wedding industry. Thank you Rebecca and Kathryn for allowing us this pleasure.
All photos: From Rebecca Davidson, Carla Ten Eyck, Rebecca Davidson, Melissa Wolfe, Janet Jarchow



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Karen Tran visit to Sydney Australia ~ hosted by Wedded Wonderland

Wedded Wonderland Hosts Karen Tran at Sydney Harbour

On Australia Day, I found myself at the beautiful Dockside Group in L’Aqua room overlooking beautiful Darling Harbour in Sydney. Wedded Wonderland  hosted an exquisite “intimate dinner with Karen Tran” event where I had the honour of collaborating with the best in the Australian wedding industry. I worked with local florist John Emmanuel to create the sophisticated custom-made floral centerpieces that featured beautiful and colorful Tulips, Ecuadorian Roses, Orchids and Phalaenopsis.

My floral designs were part of a collaboration that included beautiful linens and hardware by Events by Nadia and gorgeous chandeliers from Chandeliers to Die For, that lit up the event and casted a spectacular glow over the entire room. The event was dazzling with sparkling lights, elegant linens, center pieces and floral arrangements.

An extravagant focal point stood in the center of the festivities. This incredible, larger than life size floral gown was designed by Pallas Couture for their 2016 collection and constructed by fresh flowers. This extraordinary dress had beaded lace, white French tulle and a train that consisted of a variety of Lilies, Hydrangeas, Ecuadorian Roses and Phalaenopsis Orchids. It was truly an honour to be part of a team that created this vision.

I was delighted to wear an amazing gown that was designed by Pallas Couture to this special event. I am also excited to announce that Roman & French provided my luxurious jewelry and Rupunzels Room made me feel like royalty as they did my makeup and hair. I truly was experiencing the Wedded Wonderland treatment along with the rest of the team.

I was humbled to share my talents with extraordinary professionals that made this event truly touching and amazing. Those who know me understand that my heart and soul goes into every floral design that my hands touch. I truly think of my clients and what will make their experience magical and will make them create memories that they will cherish forever.

As the evening continued, guests and I savored every sip of delectable white, red and sparkling wine as well as a unique menu that offered delicious beef, salmon and duck dishes. The festivities became even more amazing when the DJ had everyone dancing, having fun and the night was topped with the sky lighting up with a spectacular fireworks show. This extraordinary evening truly touched my heart and I am grateful for Wedded Wonderland hosting me at this incredible event.

Official FIREWORKS sponsors: Venue Dockside Group Flowers and Floral Styling John Emmanuel Hire and Styling Events by Nadia Chandeliers, Candelabras and Themed Backdrop Chandeliers To Die For Fashion and Floral Gown Design Pallas Couture Stationery Natalie by Design Take Home Desserts Chefs About Catering Jewellery and Gifts Roman & French Candles Oleria Emporium Hair and Makeup Rupunzelsroom Photography Inlighten Photography Videography Iconic Films Entertainment Funkified Entertainment Audio/Visual Impact AV Gold Outdoor Furniture and Chaise Decor-a-Shaan Transportation HF Wedding & Hire Cars and GM Cabs




























The Langham Hotel Sydney ~ a luxurious stay

Indulge in a Romantic Getaway at Langham-Sydney

The Langham Hotel in Sydney is an exquisite hotel that has been recently renovated to perfection and filled with luxurious furnishing and décor. You will feel like royalty when sneaking off for a romantic getaway with your soul mate. My extraordinary visit was hosted by Wedded Wonderland, which is an online wedding blog. Every detail is planned out to perfection and allows you to relax and enjoy every moment of your experience.

Delightful Accommodations

I was impressed when I walked into my suite to find a unique view that overlooked the beautiful harbor. The breathtaking view is captivating during the day and night. Every suite in the hotel is tranquil, lavish and has high ceilings. The hotel offers complimentary toiletries and stationary which is adorned with The Langham Hotel’s signature pink branding. Even the key to the suite and the hotel taxi is pink. The hotel is situated perfectly and is within walking distance to fantastic eateries.

Elegant Dining Experience

This upscale hotel is prepared to make all of your wishes come true! The dining experience is exquisite and romantic. The service is superb and the food is delectable. You must try the seafood platter and their unbeatable Taipei drink! They even have a unique way of pouring and serving this delectable drink. The menu is extensive and allows you to choose from a variety of dishes. Depending on how long you stay, you may be able to try every diverse dish on the menu! The cuisine is meant to be savored and you are encouraged to indulge in every dish from appetizers to dessert.

Lingering and Relaxing

Although you will spend plenty of time exploring and discovering beautiful Sydney, there will times when you seek time to relax. This is the perfect time to linger in the hotel and enjoy all it has to offer. Palm Court is one of the unique areas of the hotel. During the day you can enjoy tea time with your love at the elegant tearoom. You will enjoy sipping your tea and indulging in sweet treats and other delicacies. During the night, the same area turns into an incredible jazz lounge that offers fantastic views of the Western Harbour. Enjoy your evening socializing or cuddling up with your love as you enjoy light refreshments and incredible music.

Wellness and Day Spa

You have the opportunity to make your stay extra relaxing when you visit the day spa at the Langham Hotel. The spa is an underground sanctuary that is superb and offers a variety of treatments that will help you feel pampered, relaxed and renewed. The spa is lavishly decorated and created to surround you with peace, healing and harmony.

When you are planning a romantic getaway you have to visit the Langham in Sydney. It is an experience that you will never forget and will leaving you yearning to come back again and again. The hotel is even so thoughtful to offer a pampered pet package. If you enjoy traveling with your dog, you can be assured they will receive 5-star service too! Whisk your love away from the stresses of everyday life to the extraordinary and luxurious Langham Hotel in Sydney today!


Wedded Wonderland host Karen Tran Intimate dinner at Dockside Group

We are so incredibly honored and touched by the warm welcome from our friends ‘down-under’.  Thank you Wedded Wonderland for the most amazing event at Dockside Group’s L’Aqua Gold room in Sydney.  Here is the clip of the event from Iconic Films.  More on this fabulous event in later post.

Karen Tran Event from Iconic Films on Vimeo.

Maui Wedding ~ Hyatt Regency Maui

We are thrilled to share with you a teaser photo from Channing and Trevor’s wedding in Maui.   The Hyatt Regency Maui lawn provided a fabulous setting including this large plumeria tree to hang the gorgeous floral pieces.  The crystal chandeliers and hanging florals provided the perfect backdrop for the bridal table.  More photos from the fab Monique Feil Photography to come really soon!  Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Olch!

We are tickled to share with you a teaser from Channing and Trevor’s wedding at Hyatt Regency Maui.  The large plumeria tree was perfect for the crystal chandeliers and fabulous hanging florals.  These floral beauties creates a dynamic backdrop for the bridal table.  More photos to come soon from the fab Monique Feil

Pink Ombre wedding at The Hotel Del Coronado

We adore beach wedding and beach wedding is more beautiful with sparkles mixed with shades of pink.  The Ocean front Windsor lawn was adorned with an abundance of white pink and magenta pink flowers.  The custom wedding canopy draped with pink ombre chiffon and festooned with roses, orchids, peonies and hydrangeas.  We look forward to sharing more images of this pink and crystal  wedding fit for a princess with you soon!

Engage!13 at The Biltmore Estate Gatsby Gala

Have you ever read the novel “The Great Gatsby”, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald? It is an epic novel that takes you back in time to a decadent Long Island summer in 1922; A time where a grand millionaire lived a life of complete excess, glam, glitz, opulence, jazzy details, and of course, passionate love.
This is what I wanted to recreate when I was so kindly invited to showcase my floral designs at the Grand Gala for the luxury wedding summit, Engage!13. This spectacular event takes place at the elegant Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
The thrill of recreating a Gatsby Chic era at such a prestigious event had me mutually humbled, excited and nervous!  But I did what I always do – got my creative juices flowing and got to work. I dove into everything Gatsby!
I took myself back in time; I mentally got dressed in my best pearls and donned my glitzy flapper dress. I envisioned myself walking up to the grand Biltmore Estate, I entered a large 30 foot-long pathway on the exquisite tent.  The white canopy-covered path was lined with white rose filled candelabras that were drenched in pearls, crystals and feathers.  Glamorous crystal chandeliers sparkled from the canopied ceiling.
At the end of the long walkway, I spied a grand archway that was covered in over 5000 white roses. Can you smell the floral scent in the air? Past this, I entered into Gatsby décor galore. Guests billowed in their chic attire, women coyly laughed as they fingered their pearls with one hand, holding their drink in the other. White tables and damask slip-covered love seats adorned the setting. Sheer, gauzy white curtains covered every inch of the room, crystal chandeliers draped in white roses, orchids and pearls hung from every ceiling nook.  Tall topiaries that were filled with white feathers, roses, and drenched in orchids and crystals stood like proud Gatsby ladies in every corner.

Chairs covered in gauzy gold fabric were arranged around tables that had tall, gold-sequined topiaries that teemed with white roses, feathers and crystals. Smaller mirror-covered vases were scattered across the tables in the room, filled with elegant white orchids, roses, pearls, and feathers.
Can you picture it? This is what I dreamt of and tried to recreate. Take a look through the pictures of the actual event and let me know if you think I managed to transport guests to this Gatsby Chic era. I would love to hear from you!  I would also like to send out a special thank you to the elegant Biltmore Estate staff, and to Rebecca Grinnals and Katheryn Arce of international wedding strategy consulting firm, Engaging Concepts, for inviting me to showcase my floral company.

Special thanks also to the following vendors involved who helps made this amazing event possible:

The Biltmore Estates
Classic Event Rentals ~ Tent and rentals
Nuage Designs ~ Linens and Furniture
Signature Chandeliers ~ Crystal chandeliers
PDA Stage ~ Lighting
Blossoms at Biltmore park~ Local florist support
Meijer Roses ~ Gorgeous white Avalanche roses
Elan Artists ~ Entertainment
Allan Zepeda
Carla Ten Eyck
Jeremie Barlow

Karen Tran Master Class in Maui September 23-25 2013

We are excited to announce our upcoming floral class/retreat in Maui.  We look forward to sharing our love for this spectacular island with you. This extensive 3 full days class will be hands on experience for the intermediate and advance designers.  A MUST for those wanting to take their business and design skills to a new level.  Your stay will be at the Lumeria Maui, the perfect location for a tranquil and scenic retreat.  Transportation will be provided each day to the gorgeous Haiku Mill, known as the most beautiful spot to get married in Maui.  We will transformed this Old World, French inspired venue to floral paradise using exquisite chandeliers and other beautiful floral enhancements.  Our last day will conclude on the oceanfront property of The White Orchid House where attendees will dine on the fully decorated dinner table they helped designed.  We hope you can join us for this delightful ‘Floral Experience in Paradise’.   This will truly be an amazing experience.  Please contact us at karen@karentran.com to register for this retreat. See you in Maui!

Engage!13 The Biltmore Estate: The Gatsby Chic Gala

We are still on a high from our trip last week to the gorgeous Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC.  We are so happy to participate in the Gala for the final evening of Engage!13 Luxury wedding summit.  My heart burst when the lovely ladies of Engage! Rebecca and Katheryn asked us to design the Grand Gala!  What an honor!  The Gatsby Chic Theme could not have been more perfect.  We look forward to sharing loads of images with you all soon!

Pacific Weddings Magazine feature with This Modern Romance: Korakia Pensione

Such a delight to collaborate with the talented Stephanie Williams of  This Modern Romance.  This styled shoot took place at the beautiful Korakia Pensione.  A lovely Moroccan inspired Resort in Palm Springs.  This shoot was designed around the rustic and exotic setting of this resort.  The heavy moroccan door served as a beautiful backdrop for our table setting.  Old farm table and wooden chairs accented with lace runner set the tone for this design.  We  took full advantage of the peonies season and used it abundantly along with tulips, anemones and large garden roses to produce a large scale lush floral piece.  We also introduce natural citrus fruits with its foliages to add dimension and interesting texture.  Our head designer Aileen did a remarkable job marrying the romantic and lush design with a rustic and exotic setting.  The tabletop was complete with the wonderful talent of Kristy Rice of Momental Designs.  Thank you Pacific Weddings for the beautiful spread.  So grateful and honored to be featured in your magazine!