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Elegant vintage in the countryside


Whether you take your tea with one lump or two, this English countryside inspired photo shoot is as sweet as it gets. Within the sprawling acres of the Santaluz Country Club, we set an intimate and charming table underneath a glittering vintage chandelier. Antique tea tins and silver vases were filled with Spring time blooms in a white, ivory, and muted apricot color palette, with soft touches of dusty miller and succulents. A hand embroidered lace overlay and pink champagne add the perfect touch of feminine elegance. To match the ruffles on our fair lady’s dress, we added whimsical chiffon ruffles to the bouquet. Lets not forget the floral collar on our precious Bassett Hound (who came to model after a full day of hunting, of course). Thank you Jennifer with J Grace for the stupendous stationary and Joseph Matthew for the brilliant photos!

White Escort card table display

Dramatic escort table decor truly set the tone for this wedding at the Grand Del Mar. This beautiful table display includes gorgeous phalaenopsis orchids set on sequin box surrounded with white tulips. Each cylinder vase embellished with crystal trims to add glamour and sparkles. More photos of this beautiful wedding to come very soon!  Image courtesy of Joseph Matthew.

Video clip of our glamorous wedding at the Grand Del Mar

Such a joy to design this glamorous wedding at the Grand Del Mar.  Here a  video clip of the bridal head table we designed in the Elizabeth Capella Chapel.  More photos to come soon!  Enjoy…

Bold and Modern wedding at Viceroy Palm Springs: featured on Momental Designs

One of our favorite wedding setting at the Viceroy palm springs is now featured on Momental Designs blog.  Please  Check it out!  Thank you Kristy for letting us Guest blog for your gorgeous site.  We had a lot of fun designing this and look forward to heading back to the desert soon!

Rancho Valencia Resort ‘vintage’ style decor

Ah, the charm of Rancho Valencia Resort gets us every time.  We jumped with glee at the opportunity to create their table at the recent Hitched! bridal showcase in Del Mar.  This is our way of interpreting the magic of the Rancho Valencia Resort.  Imagine entering into perfectly serene grounds filled with orange groves, lush landscaping, and inviting spanish haciendas with old world charm.  This alluring resort tickles your every senses.  Our display for this table included gorgeous spring blooms in butter yellow, sherbet, and creamy white hues.  We lined the rustic table with a vintage lace runner and scattered bushels of lemons and orange lossoms.  Elegant blooms of cattleya orchids, hyacinths, and ranunculus were gather together and placed in charming vintage tea tins, and an old world candelabra festooned with cherry blossoms and springtime florals.  We truly look forward to the grand reopening of the luxurious resort!
We look forward to many more events with the fabulous Tracy Schwatz, romance and catering director  at the Rancho Valencia Resort.  Big thanks to Joseph Matthew Photography for these gorgeous images.

The Lodge Torrey Pines wedding: Kelly and Regan

Please stop over to the Ceremony Blog to revisit our fabulous couple’s wedding at the Lodge Torrey pines.  This wedding was a dream to design.  It was great fun to marry the two contrasting  themes , Organic and modern.  The spring colors of orange and green were insanely gorgeous together.  Congratulations once again Kelly and Regan!

Exquisite dessert table decor

Within the pages of this season’s fabulous Exquisite Weddings magazine, you’ll find our delicious dessert display captured by the talented Terri Rippee. Aileen Tran, our event stylist, harmonized gold and silver in this metallic themed candy station by adding blush pink touches and a nod to Roaring 20’s vintage glamour. We teamed up with Jennifer Daillard of J Grace Designs, who provided the luxurious stationary and her signature paper. Ostrich feathers, tassels, and beaded fringe adorned the platters, cakes stands, and apothecary jars. Gilded chocolate rosette and art nouveau inspired shells were propped on trays lined with J Grace’s elegant embossed paper. A nostalgic treat like kettle corn turned into something posh when we put them in glamorized retro striped paper cones. Gold sugar flower topped cupcakes, gold leafed french macarons, and silver jordan almonds individually packaged in custom monogrammed bags were our version of ultimate indulgence. A gold rosette backdrop and luxe sequin linen sent this flapper fantasy over the top…Enjoy!

Rancho Valencia Resort at ‘Hitched’ Wedding event

We are anxiously awaiting the reopening of the beautiful Rancho Valencia Resort this late summer.  Rancho Valencia Resort is a luxurious resort perfectly tucked away on a lush 40 acres offering upscale location for a wedding.  We are honored to be asked to decorate their table yesterday at the ‘Hitched!’ wedding event in Del Mar.  Our table decor embraced the rustic yet elegant aesthetic of Rancho Valencia.  We welcomed the spring season with the luscious  blooms of hyacinths, tulips, anemones and apricot blossoms perfectly displayed on an exquisite lace runner.  Sweet tea tins and orange blossoms makes this tablescape ‘oh so charming!’

Modern, whimsical purple wedding featured on Ceremony magazine

Ah looking at these gorgeous images from the talented Pamela Scott takes me back to the beautiful wedding of Denise and Tim.  The wedding graced the latest Ceremony Magazine 2012.  Three page spread showcasing the whimsical and romantic ceremony at the Japanese Friendship Garden.  We were in Peony and Orchid heaven.  Hundreds of the lovely peonies and Phaleanopsis orchids were used to line the pathway and hung from the above.  Soft amethyst fabric were added to the entrance and the wedding canopy.  Crystal strands added much ‘Glam’ to this ceremony.  The wedding reception in La Jolla embraced a more modern and vivid tone.  Here we were encouraged to unleash our creativity.  And we did!  We adorned each and every vessel with fun and exciting elements such as crocodile embossed fabrics, brooches, textured ribbons, rhinestones and sequins. J Grace Stationery provided the luxurious silk board menus that completely the wedding beautifully.   Congratulations Denise and Tim!  Thank you for inviting the Karen Tran team to design your wedding!

Estancia La Jolla wedding featured on Inside Weddings Magazine

The latest Winter 2012 Inside Weddings Magazine featured our beautiful couple Chleo and Ben.  Their wedding took place at the Estancia La Jolla Hotel.  Being the grandson of the Music Guru Wayne Foster Entertainment gives you many perks.  It’s no surprise that this wedding would be flawless, gorgeous and action packed with the most amazing entertainment in the industry. The lovely bride Chloe carried a classic white and ivory bouquet with a large crystal brooch while her beautiful attendant’s  bouquets of purple, magenta and plum hues were striking with their deep amethyst dresses.  Crystals, bling and sparkles were indeed the theme for this lavish wedding.  There were delicious details at every turn.  Upon entering the grand ballroom, the magnificent custom hi gloss dance floor set the tone for an all night festivities.  And how about the crystal encrusted grand piano custom made for the fabulous Wayne Foster?  We even made floral boxes adorned with large crystal brooches to complement this glamorous theme.  J Grace luxurious stationery provided the gorgeous silk board menus and our very own collection of crystal brooch napkin rings complemented the table scape beautifully.  The stunning large floral arrangement glistening with crystal prisms graced each guest table and the entire room lit up with violet and purple hues.  This truly was a glamorous wedding and the working with the Wayne Foster family has been complete pleasure.  Congratulations Chleo and Ben!

Weddings in Hawaii

Please hop on over to our FACEBOOK page, this week it’a all about Hawaii.  I will be in Hawaii all week to assist our beautiful bride with her Venue select and overall design of her wedding.  Please stay tune for more details.  In the meantime, here is one of our favorite wedding at the Four Seasons Maui at Wailea.  This is paradise!

We’re on Facebook!

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Purple Wedding at Estancia La Jolla ~ Inside Wedding Magazine

We are so thrilled that the beautiful wedding of Chloe and Ben made it to the latest  Inside Wedding Magazine Winter 2012.  As many of you know, Ben is the grandson of the Music Guru Wayne Foster!  Please check back with us for addition images of their spectacular wedding!  Congratulations Chloe and Ben!

Hotel Del Coronado Wedding featured in Ceremony Magazine

This wedding had all the elements to be the over the top gorgeous wedding of the year.  The setting, the beautiful bride and of course the over abundance of flowers.  We were ecstatic that Ceremony Magazine has chosen to feature this on their latest publication.   We were so fortunate peonies were still available for this June wedding.  It played a major role along with the luscious white phalaenopsis orchids for this wedding.  The wedding ceremony was set on the infamous Windsor lawn overlooking the pacific ocean followed by the dinner reception in the gorgeous Grand ballroom.  I love the classic and elegant ceremony decor using the neutral soft palettes.  The bride walked through the  fresh thick petal path leading to the large  wedding canopy adorned with hundred of soft fluffy white peonies.  The cocktail hour was also held on the oceanfront lawn.  The escort table displaying the guests cards featured the deep bold orange color with navy blue accent, a perfect compliment to the bridesmaids’ Jcrew dresses.  Guests were then led to the beautiful Grand ballroom at the hotel Del Coronado for the dinner reception where large exquisite floral centerpieces consisting of primarily white blooms with hints of orange (The Bride’s favorite color!) We used white peonies, roses, hydrangeas, tulips and gorgeous phalaenopis orchids.  Elegant candle holders were bedazzled with feathers and brooches surrounding each stunning floral piece.  Our signature floral pieces graced each table beautifully in this Grand ballroom.  If you have ever been in this room, you would know what I mean.  The 40 feet ceiling with it’s vintage chandeliers demands a stunning floral display on each table and this wedding had that and more.  The beautiful custom dance floor designed  by Platinum pro made a striking statement in center of this grand ballroom, what a great addition!
Congratulations Laura and Patrick on your gorgeous wedding and magazine feature!  This wedding was beautifully planned by Crown Weddings. I am grateful for the beautiful images from Pam Scott and their main Photographer  Luna Photo.


LOVE is Sweet ~ elegant dessert and candy table

Happy Valentine’s day everyone!  Here is a delicious eye candy dessert table to feast your eyes on designed by the talented Aileen Tran.  The gorgeous vintage themed display includes customized lace signs (so sweet!) a  miniature cake and french macaron (made personally by Aileen!) Each tastefully displayed on this gorgeous credenza.  Enjoy!