Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Choose your Wedding Flowers...

"How to choose your Wedding Flowers" 

Among all the other details you have to plan, choosing your wedding flowers is one of the most important decisions you are going to make.  They carry your own personal theme through, from fragrance & colour, to mood and style, and finally to precious memories in your photographs.
Your wedding bouquet is the finishing touch to your gorgeous gown, and a well designed, beautiful bouquet will enhance your dress, and bring out your best features and compliment your bridesmaids.
It can seem overwhelming to begin with, so here are some tips from your local florist, to help make choosing your wedding flowers a little easier.
It will save you time, and make you feel a lot more confident talking to your professional florist, if you do a little bit of homework before your consultation.  Google Images, wedding blogs (Click here to go to our portfolio of photos of real wedding flowers), bridal magazines and photos from other weddings are a great source of ideas and inspiration.  Take along any pictures of bouquet styles, special flowers, accessories, or anything else that catches your eye.
Think about if your wedding has a theme, and how you feel flowers will carry that through.   I.e. including shells in the bouquet for a Wedding on the beach is perfect!   A popular look for Waitakere Weddings is to include Paua or ferns and palms to bring through the Waitakere bush and beach feeling.
Have a swatch of your bridesmaids' fabric for colour matching of flowers and ribbons.
Pick at least one or two types of special flowers that you would like to feature if they are in season.  Blooms may be included because of their special meaning or they could hold personal memories to the bride and groom.  For more information on the meanings of flowers click here for our meaning of flowers page.
Work within the seasons.  Although many popular flowers like roses, lilies, Singapore orchids etc are white hydrangea bouquets with mauve bridesmaids dresses available all-year round, many other flowers are seasonal, so prices fluctuate depending on which month you are getting married in.  Flowers can be imported, however this becomes very costly, so it is better to be in-tune with nature and plan your wedding bouquets around the season you are marrying in.
And, PLEASE remember that Valentines Day, although romantic, is a very expensive time of year for flowers!

Know your budget.  It can be extremely helpful to the florist if you are armed with a budget.  This allows you both to discuss the best way for you to get the best value for your money.  We have more information on prices for bridal bouquets and wedding flower budgets here.
Don't skimp on the bride's bouquet – it is your special day and you are worth it!
-But you can certainly be creative with the bridesmaids' flowers – a popular trend today is 3 or 4 showy large blooms like gorgeous lilies or gerberas, which gives you real bloom-for-your–buck!  We have lots of suggestions of ways to stretch your budget and to give you WOW wedding flowers.
You can also consider doing the reception table flowers yourself – armed with a team of willing helpers and some champagne of course!    A glass bowl with floating rose heads, or a single Singapore orchid in a bud vase is a lovely effect and certainly achievable for the novice floral artist, however do be aware, that doing their own flowers often takes a lot longer than many brides anticipate, and adds a huge amount of pressure and stress to the last days before the wedding - let alone the damage to your fresh manicure! Think about it - Is it really worth it?

Your professional florist is a real asset to you on your big day, and you should feel confident when booking with them, that they understand you, your needs, and can help turn your dreams into reality, to create that magic you are looking for.

Bookmark and Share

Monday, November 11, 2013

Hair & Make Up

Julie is a licensed cosmetologist specializing in print, fashion, television, special events and weddings. Likewise, Julie has an extensive portfolio, with clients such as Melissa Ethridge, Phil Jackson, as well as top models and actors as seen on her website.

In addition to offering on location hair and make-up, Julie teaches photography make-up to upper division photography students at Brooks Institute, a world renowned photography school in Santa Barbara California. Julie uses many make up lines ( Chanel, Too Faced, Christian Dior, Lancome, Laura Mercier etc ) including Julie's own exclusive line of cosmetics.

Known by her clients for her clean work, Julie strives for an soft, natural look or an elegant " Red Carpet look " perfect for a bride on her wedding day.

"I feel that most anyone can apply make-up. However, the challenge and true artistry of the professional hair and make up artist is in the ability to create a final look where all eyes are on the individual.....not merely focused on the make up or the hair. This is especially important on the wedding day when a bride wants to look her best! Make up needs to be applied properly to look great on camera, while also looking great for friends and family.
Therefore, my ultimate goal as a hair and make-up artist is to enhance my client's best features, but also not to distract from their natural beauty with too much make-up. The end result should be, the client feels that they are not wearing a mask, but they feel comfortable and like themselves, but better. "

Serving Northern California (San Francisco, Napa, Carmel) Southern California (Santa Barbrara, Los Angeles, Palm Springs) Hawaii and worldwide.

Northern California's Finest Wedding Venues:
V. Sattui Winery St. Helena, The Meritage Resort Napa, Kenwood Inn and Spa, Charles Krug, Viansa Winery Sonoma, Barndiva Healdsburg, Hans Fahden Winery Calistoga, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn Golf Course, Domaine Chandon Yountville, Estate in Sonoma, Atwood Ranch Glen Ellen, Harvest Inn St. Helena, Westerbeke Ranch Sonoma, Madrona Manor Healdsburg, Beaulieu Vineyard Rutherford, The Carneros Inn Napa, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn and Spa, Bear Flag Farm, Murrieta's Well Winery Livermore, Cornerstone Gardens Sonoma, The Clift Hotel San Francisco, The Fairmont Hotel San Francisco, Chalk Hill Estate, Jacuzzi Family Winery, Little House in Alexander Valley Sonoma, Healdsburg Country Gardens, El Dorado Kitchen Sonoma, Paradise Ridge Winery, Ambiance Antiques in San Francisco, The Sonoma Mission, Flying Cloud Farm Petaluma, Tawantan Napa Valley, Bellisimo Vineyards Calistoga, Ramekins Sonoma, Carmel Mission, Milliken Creek Inn, B.R. Cohn Winery Glen Ellen, Sonoma Coast Villa and Spa, Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, Sunol Valley Golf Club, The Hill House Inn Mendocino, Beltane Ranch Glen Ellen, Tra Vigne St. Helena, Calistoga Ranch, Bernardus Resort and Winery Carmel, Beltane Ranch Glen Ellen, The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, Chateau Julien Wine Estate Carmel, Cline Cellars, The White House Inn, Churchill Manor Napa, Vinters Inn Santa Rosa, Clos LaChance Winery San Martin, TestaRossa Winery Los Gatos, Stanford University Weddings, CordeValle San Martin, Westin St. Francis, Savannah Chanelle Vineyards in Saratoga, The James Leary Flood Mansion San Francisco, Union Hill Inn Sonora, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, Silverado Country Club and Resort Napa, Merryvale Vineyards, MacArthur Place Inn and Spa, The Kohl Mansion Burlingame, The Pavillion at the Vintage Estate Napa Valley, Arista Winery Healdsburg, Avia Hotel Napa, Kunde Estate Winery and Vineyards, Greystone, Solage Calistoga, Gaia Napa Valley Hotel and Spa, Aaron's Vineyards Napa, Nicholson Ranch Winery, Russion River Vineyards Forestville, The Asian Art Museum San Francisco, Nestldown Los Gatos, Wildwood Acres, Ruby Hill Golf Club, Elliston Vineyards, Annadel Estate Winery Santa Rosa, Hyatt Vineyard Creek Santa Rosa, Ledson Winery in Kenwood, Hakone Gardens Saratoga, Harvest Moon Estate and Winery, The Old Whaling Sation Monterey, Ventana Inn and Spa, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, The Lodge at Sonoma, Westerbeke Ranch Sonoma, Chardonnay Golf Club Napa Valley, Tournesol Vineyards Napa Valley, Bardessono Vineyards, Napa Valley Country Club, The Bently Reserve San Francisco, Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club, The Bridges Golf Club, de Young Museum San Francisco, Green Valley Country Club, The City Club of San Francisco, Old Saint Hilarys Church (Tiburon), Mayacamas Ranch (Calistoga), Bernardus Lodge Winery in Carmel, Villagio Inn and Spa, Asian Art Museum San Francisco, Vintners Inn Santa Rosa, Saratoga Estate Winery, The Mountain Winery, Meadowood Napa Valley, First Presbyterian Church of Napa, Landmark Winery Kenwood, Paradise Ridge Winery Santa Rosa, Harvest Moon Winery, The Metropolitan Building New York, Plaza Hotel New York, Waldorf Hotel New York, Palace Hotel New York, El Cortez San Diego, Darlington House, Hotel Del Coronado,Ivy Hotel San Diego, La Valencia in La Jolla, Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa, The Abby on Fifth Avenue San Diego, Seven-Degrees Laguna Beach, and Marvimon House. Santorini Wedding Hair and Makeup, Las Vegas Wedding Hair and Makeup, Wedding Hair and Makeup Napa, San Francisco Urban Weddings, Rustic Napa Weddings, Intimate Napa Weddings, Barn Weddings in Sonoma, Fashion Inspired Weddings, Napa Fashion Hair and Makeup, Napa Elopement Hair and Makeup, Artistic Wedding Hair and Makeup, High End Weddings, Couture Weddings, Four Seasons Resort Maui, Grand Wailea Resort Maui, NAPA VALLEY WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP | SAN FRANCISCO WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP | SONOMA WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP | NAPA WEDDINGS | SAN FRANCISCO WEDDINGS | VINEYARD WEDDINGS | SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL WEDDINGS l LOS ANGELES WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l BEVERLY HILLS WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l WESTWOOD WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l MALIBU WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l SAN DIEGO WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l LAHOYA WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l IRVINE WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l NEW ORLEANS WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l LOUISIANA WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l LAGUNA BEACH WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l ORANGE COUNTY WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l CABO SAN LUCAS WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l PLAYA DEL CARMEN WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l GEORGIA WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l NORTH CAROLINA WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l NEW YORK WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l MANHATTAN WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l LONG ISLAND WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l VERMONT WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l NEW HAMPSHIRE WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l CONNECTICUT WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l MASSACHUSETTS WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l MAINE WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l HAWAII WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l OAHU WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l WAIKIKI WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l HONOLULU WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l KAUAI WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l MAUI WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l FLORIDA WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP l INTERNATIONAL WEDDING HAIR AND MAKEUP

Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Melbourne Cup Carnival 2013: Race Day Fashion Explained

OCTOBER 31, 2013, 3:59 PM

With Melbourne Cup Carnival just around the corner, it's time to start planning our best race day outfits. We give you some racewear dos and don'ts to help you get by this season fashion faux pas free.
The Melbourne Cup Carnival is made up of four key race days at Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne.
Each day has its own style with specific days designed to appeal to ladies, racing enthusiasts, socialites, families and more, providing a wide range of hospitality options, exciting entertainment and activities both on and off the track.
Here's a breakdown of each race day. Plus, Melbournian Fashion Blogger Lauren Brain (mastermind behind the fabulous style blog, The Cut & Paste shares her top tips on what to wear, and where to shop for your ultimate racing look.
AAMI Victoria Derby Day – Saturday 2 November
The first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival is considered one of the most prestigious days of racing in Australia. It is the oldest classic race on the Victorian calendar – it was first contested in 1855, six years before the Melbourne Cup.

Style: Derby Day fashion calls for classical elegance with a traditional black and white colour scheme.
Flower: Blue cornflower 

"On Derby Day you really want to stick as close to the traditional black and white dress code as you can. This year there’s sure to be plenty of white-on-white looks at Flemington, as it’s one of the biggest overall trends for spring. Hopefully you can keep it looking clean and crisp all day!"

Emirates Melbourne Cup – Tuesday 5 November

Australia’s most famous race is always run on the first Tuesday in November over a distance of 3200m (2 miles) at Flemington Racecourse. It is the Southern Hemisphere’s richest race ($6.2 million) drawing international competition and more than 100,000 people to the track. Australia’s master trainer Bart Cummings holds the record for the number of Melbourne Cup winners currently sitting at 12.

Style: With its celebratory air, Melbourne Cup is the day for a strong fashion statement, from bold colours to striking design and detail. Hats are customary.

Flower: Yellow rose.

Melbourne Cup is one big party. It’s a public holiday in Melbourne, and the celebration mood really carries into the outfits you see at the track. If there’s one day you want to have fun with colour and print, Cup is the day to do it.

Crown Oaks Day – Thursday 7 November

Crown Oaks is Victoria’s premier event for three-year-old fillies. It’s also regarded as ladies day, when women dress in their most feminine ensemble. The winner of Fashions on the Field, the national fashion competition of Australian department store Myer, is also announced on this day.

Style: Romantic, feminine looks and delicate fabrics.

Flower: Pink rose.

Take the chance to dress like a real lady on Oaks Day, in feminine colours and styles. Pastels and florals are always great on ladies day, just keep it chic and simple.

Emirates Stakes Day – Saturday 9 November

The Melbourne Cup Carnival finishes with Emirates Stakes, the premier mile race in Victoria. Stakes Day is known for its relaxed, garden party atmosphere and is recognised as the Carnival’s Family Day, a highlight being the children’s Fashions on the Field where the young ones have the chance to to parade their race day fashions.

Style: Something more relaxed but still festive.

Flower: Red rose.

It’s the end of the carnival, and ‘family day’ at Flemington, so the kids are dressed up adorably and things are generally a bit more relaxed. Feel free to go with something a bit more contemporary or edgy on Stakes Day, and if you’ve been every day so far – the ladies will want to wear their most comfortable shoes!!

Bookmark and Share