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Wedding Spotlight – Carlie Statsky

I’m excited for this month’s wedding vendor spotlight because I just had the pleasure of hanging out with this beautiful lady.  Carlie Statsky was one of the first photographers we worked with.  Right when we started, our first styled shoot!  I reached out to her because I had admired her work for sometime and considered her one of the best.  Lucky for me, she was excited about our mood board and concept we had for our shoot.  At the time I was so new in the industry I was just so excited she said yes to us!

Now years later we are all lucky to call Carlie a friend.  We’ve done some really fun projects with her, big occasions for her family and amazing trips for us.  The best part is getting to know her incredible family along the way!  At our first shoot when she strolled in with her husband Gabe, all of us were in awe of this beautiful couple.  We have since dubbed her husband Gabe the Babe.  Her kids Myles and Kaia are beyond cute and sweet and just as talented as their Mom & Dad.Carlie’s work is nothing short of beautiful every single time, and I really think it’s because she takes so much pride in it.  Working with her I see her take time to get each and every detail, something I so appreciate as a stylist as so much time is put into each project or wedding.  She’s easy to work with, always patient and handles everything with a smile.  We truly can’t say enough good things about this talented lady, so we just had to share her with you today.  I know you will fall in love with her like we have, and her whole family.  Keep reading for our Q&A with this talented woman.

Tell us a little bit about you…

I’m a wife to Gabe, a mama to Myles, (who’s almost 13) and Kaia, ( who’s 10) and a photographer and workshop host living out in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I was born in San Francisco to an artist and an entrepreneur, both of whom have hippy hearts and aren’t afraid to take risks in life. Our family moved to Australia when I was in elementary school and I spent all of my high school years there, as well as some post-college years too, so I consider myself both American and Australian. Growing growing up in both of those countries, plus my time spent living in Barbados and New Zealand, have shaped who I am…  Someone obsessed with travel, family, good humor, good design, people’s stories, moments of joy, documenting meaningful moments, new experiences, and all things personal growth related.

You can usually find me editing photos in the rad little office that my husband Gabe built for me while listening to This American Life, The Good Life Project , Jess Lively or Ted talk podcasts, going for runs along Westcliff with Gabe while our kids bike beside us, traveling to some of Northern California’s most beautiful spots to photograph weddings with Gabe as my amazing second shooter, making beds and cleaning up after my kids because clutter and messes hurt my eyes, making time for girls’ night out, or dreaming up some new idea for a photoshoot, a workshop or a trip away. I feel incredibly grateful that I get to have a creative and fulfilling career, while raising our family close to our family and lots of nature. Life feels both grounded and expansive, which is what I crave on the daily.

How and when did you get into photography?

 I first fell in love with photography when I was a teenager growing up in Australia, because my babysitter, (who I thought was the absolute coolest) was into all things creative; especially photography. She taught me the basics and then took me on my first overnight backpacking trip to Wineglass Bay in Tasmania. It was such a beautiful and inspiring experience for me, and I loved how my photos from that trip kept all of those special memories and positive feelings so alive and tangible for me.
 
Then shortly after that trip my brother and I were home for Christmas holidays, (our summer vacation) and this huge hail storm hit, so the cold ice hitting the hot earth created a huge layer of steam all over the ground, so I grabbed my camera filled with sepia film and ran all over our country property taking photos of my brother silhouetted in the steam. I’ll never forget the feeling when I went to pick the film up, and the photos somehow completely captured the magical, eery and enchanted feeling of that day.
 

From that moment on I knew that I wanted to be a photographer, so when I left Australia for college in the US I applied to do an independent bachelor’s degree in photojournalism, combining all of the photography from the art department with all of the journalism, social documentation and anthropology courses that I could, with dreams of telling stories with my photos for a living.

What do you love most about shooting weddings?

 
I am still so obsessed with witnessing and documenting the total joy and love shared between people in such intimate moments, in such beautiful places on a wedding day. I think that positive and powerful energy is contagious and my husband and I always leave a wedding on a high that leaves a real impact on our daily lives. We always end up getting to see the most beautiful sides of people, their families and their relationships, and those characters and connections often leave us feeling inspired to be better partners, parents and friends ourselves. How do you stay creative outside of photography? We love to travel as a family, (everything from little stay-cations to big international trips) and that always provides a fresh perspective, but I also just love to document the small, beautiful and meaningful moments of raising our family in Santa Cruz just using my phone. I like to think of each photo as a little declaration of gratitude, and I think that most of my art is really inspired by the moment of love, beauty and connection in the world around us.

 
I also really love to collaborate with other creative professionals in the wedding and event industry to do inspirational shoots each and every year, so that we can dream up new ideas and try new things. I’ve also been shooting a lot of film again on my medium format Contax camera, because that feeling I get when fresh scans arrive in my inbox totally reminds me of those same feelings I got when I first started loving photography.

You are a busy mom of two, how do you balance having your own business and being a mom?

 Oh that ever-elusive work-family life balance! If that actually exists, I don’t think that I’ve found it yet, but I think that we can all find our own sweet spot somewhere close to it. :) Having an office that’s separate from my house has really helped me to be more focused and productive when I’m at work, and more present when I’m home with the kids. I also schedule one weekend off a month so that I don’t miss out on all of the weekend fun with the kids, and we never do back-to-back weddings anymore.
 
I have to say I couldn’t do it all without the amazing support and help from the 4 grandparents who are actively involved in our kids’ lives. Having them around means that I can be away for weddings and not be riddled with mom-guilt because I know that they’re in such good hands, and when we miss sport games etc we’re getting play-by-play texts, photos and videos sent to us so we feel like we’re almost there too. I’ve found that it’s so important to ask for help when needed, to delegate tasks that don’t inspire me and slow me down, to set boundaries for myself on when it’s time for me leave work behind, and to keep working on myself as both a business owner and a mom. Some days I’m in that sweet, almost-balanced spot, and some days I’m not and just have to try again the next day. 

What’s your favorite shoot or event you’ve shot with Beijos?

 Oooh that’s a tough one …. if I’m allowed to count one I didn’t shoot but one that we worked on together it would definitely have to be my 40th birthday party in Palm Springs! That was a weekend I’ll never forget and you ladies went above beyond to make it such a perfect evening for us all!
 
Then I have so many favorites that I’ve shot, but 2 are tied for the top spot: One was the Reach workshop that I hosted with Allison from Engaged and Inspired at Holman Ranch. It was so rad to have all of the attendees sitting down and enjoying a meal together at the beautiful, colorful fiesta-inspired table that you ladies helped design, and then head up the hill for a sunset styled shoot with the most inspiring couple, wedding-day details, and Carmel Valley views to capture.
 
The second was our recent Beijos Girls’ getaway trip to Guerneville. It was so much fun to explore all over that cute town with you 3 and then stay up late drinking wine and talking by the campfire outside our Autocamp airstreams. I love how you ladies continue to innovate and create such inspiring and beautiful content for your readers, and how you’re all hard-working and creative mamas. All 3 of you can effortlessly whip up the prettiest tablescape, outfit or cocktail recipe, all while holding a baby on your hip and looking like a babe! I’m already looking forward to our next photoshoot adventure together…  What 3 words describe you best? Sentimental, (aka sappy AF) excitable, and adaptable


What are 3 things that people may not know about you?

 1. I have very eclectic music taste, from folksy girl power type artists to full on gansta rap. My friends would make fun of me for knowing all of the lyrics to both the Indigo Girls and Eazy E. :)

2. After college I drove all the way around Australia by myself with my camera and my surf board in an old 4 wheel drive Land Cruiser that had a sofa that converted into a bed in the back. I’ve had close encounters with sharks, crocodiles, stonefish and crazy people. I’ve also have close encounters with some of the most beautiful people and places too, and I’m just happy to be alive to tell my kids the stories!

3. I was actually living in Sydney, Australia when I met Gabe. We met through mutual friends at a graduation party and we were inseparable for the next 5 days. After only 5 days of knowing him, I decided to move country for him. I’ve done some crazy things in my life, but that was probably the craziest – I’m so glad that my intuition proved me right and that things worked out, as we’ recently celebrated 13 years of marriage!

On an ideal weekend off where would we find you and what would you be doing?

 Any weekend off is an ideal weekend in my book, but I love going on little trips with my family and close friends to all of the amazing places where we usually work, like Big Sur, Carmel Valley, Napa or Tahoe, and just enjoying all of the good food, wine, views and pools/hot tubs that they have to offer. I’m not one to sleep in, as I’m always too excited to see all of the pretty places and do all of the fun things. I usually need a weekend off after my ideal weekend, because they’re kinda exhausting, but you won’t find me complaining one bit. I’m always down for some quality family time and an adventure…

We feel so honored to have worked with Carlie and to call her our friend.  Thank you for sharing a little bit more about you and all of these gorgeous photos!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on June 26, 2017 in PHOTOGRAPHY, Uncategorized, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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Wedding Spotlight – Poppy Jack Shop

It’s time for this month’s wedding vendor spotlight where we highlight a wedding vendor we love!  This time we are focusing on calligraphy, one of my favorite aspects of events.  Every time we do an event or styled shoot the paper goods are my favorite part.  I love seeing the overall concept of what we designed encompassed in an invitation, or seeing the pretty hand lettered place cards.  I even love seeing the menu written out in gorgeous hand writing.  So today, we talk about Courtney Herman, owner of Poppy Jack Shop!

We met Courtney a few years ago and always love when we get the chance to work with her.  Recently we’ve been doing tons of fun projects with her that we can’t wait to share with you soon!!  Courtney is sweet and easy to work with and up for any challenge.  Her work is consistently beautiful and she brings a sense of calmness to each project we do.  I also love how inventive she is with new ideas and feel confident with her creativity.

In addition to her work on weddings and events, Courtney does amazing workshops where she teaches her calligraphy skills.  If you’ve followed our blog for a while you may remember that Leah took her class a few years ago and wrote about it here.  So keep reading to hear more about Courtney, how she got her start and what she wants to do next.  You’ll fall in love with her as much as we have!!

Photos by Megan Welker

 
When did you launch Poppy Jack Shop and how did it all begin?
 
I started POPPYjack Shop back in 2014 with no idea as to what I was doing (like any good small business owner).  My boyfriend at the time (now my husband) bought me some calligraphy supplies for my birthday and I started playing around with them.  I had always had decent penmanship and was always messing around with different variations of my handwriting so I picked it up pretty quickly.  I took a workshop shortly after where I learned more about the tools and from there, took off running!  Luckily, I had lots of friends getting married at the time so I used their weddings as practice.

Tell us a little bit about you…

What were you doing before Poppy Jack Shop?
 
Many people aren’t aware that I’ve always held a full time job in addition to POPPYjack!  My background is in digital marketing and I’ve held different positions with companies in the lifestyle industry.  Right now I am in between jobs but have been loving having the extra time to devote to PJS!

  What is your favorite part about being in the wedding industry…

 The beauty, creativity and inspiration everywhere you look. There is always someone new that I am discovering that inspires me. Not just for calligraphy and stationery (although there are MANY talents out there), but I love florals and event design and even the food!  Plus it’s amazing to meet other people who love what you do. I’ve met some of my closest friends by working in the wedding industry!

What is the best part about owning your own business?

 For me, it’s knowing that I get to be a piece of someone’s special event. Whether it’s a sign or envelopes or a cake topper, it’s fun knowing that someone saw my work and wanted it to be a part of something so precious to them.

 What training went into doing what you do, or do you just naturally have this amazing writing?

 
Like I mentioned earlier, I did take one class to learn the tools but honestly the best training for me has been practice. The more work I have, the better my lettering looks! Which seems like a weird thing but it’s honestly just knowing the letters and styles more intimately.For me, comfort creates the space to make something beautiful.  I’m always tweaking and trying new things while still trying to maintain my overall style. It’s definitely been an evolution (oh boy, do not look at my old stuff ha!), but I love when someone can look at a piece of calligraphy and know that I am the one who did it.

We love that you offer workshops!  Tell us about them…

 I do! Workshops are actually one of my favorite parts of my business. I get to connect with brides, vendors, creatives and everyone in between on a more personal level just by sharing what I love!  It’s so fun to simply hang out for a couple of hours and watch students try something new.  

I offer them seasonally so I just finished up my Spring ones and will be releasing my Summer schedule soon. You can keep an eye out for new ones here to sign up!

What is your favorite project you’ve worked on with Beijos?

 How do I choose?! There have been so many that have pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to create something unique and fun, which I love. I think my favorite probably has to be the Mother’s Day brunch we created on Style Me Pretty Living a couple of years ago. That was one that I remember creating the pieces and being really proud of them!

Although, the wedding we’re working on together right now has SO many pieces and different elements that after next weekend, that might be my favorite ;)

What’s next for Poppy Jack Shop?

 A lot, hopefully!  I am a classic dreamer with way more ideas up my sleeve than time in the day. I will be releasing some template style invitations for those who are looking for calligraphy but have a smaller budget.  More workshops this summer. More products in my Etsy store (including lots of laser cut coming soon!). More more more!  And of course, more weddings and events with my favorite ladies at Beijos ;)
 
Yes please!!!  Thank you Courtney for sharing and for always inspiring us!!
 
xx
 
Jacquelyn

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By on May 19, 2017 in SPOTLIGHT, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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Spotlight- Siesta For Fiestas

Today, we are doing a special spotlight on one of our favorite blanket companies. Our spotlights are a chance for us to gush about vendors that we have had the pleasure to work with and who have rad products. All of them have the biggest hearts, and they are just down right awesome people. With it being Cinco de Mayo tomorrow, we wanted you to fall in love with Chris and Jesenia. They are the power couple behind Siestas For Fiestas. You should remember their vibrant colored blankets complete with fun pom pom fringe from last year’s Cinco de Mayo tablescape and our awesome giveaway that we had this week! 

Meet Chris and Jesenia.

They are husband and wife team from Los Angeles who took an unexpected and serendipitous journey when they relocated to Cancun, Mexico. Upon their arrival, they were blessed to meet Pastor Arturo and his congregation at Fe, Amor y Esperanza.  He shared with them a uniquely personal and heartfelt mission; the church’s ongoing Christmas project to feed families living in poverty. They were inspired by his heart for this project and began brainstorming ideas on how they could help.

Siesta For Fiesta was born.

Keep scrolling for a Q&A with owner Jesenia

Photos by Yasmin Sarai and Chellise Michael Photography

How did you guys meet?

Chris and I are high school sweethearts. We were born and raised in Los Angeles but always had this desire to live in another country.

How did Siesta For Fiesta start?

In 2015, I was offered a job opportunity in Cancun, Mexico so we quit our 9-5’s and headed out. While living in Cancun, we were part of a church that had a yearly mission of providing Christmas meals to families living in poverty.

We were so inspired by Pastor Arturo’s heart to serve these people, and we wanted to help. During that time we were at a local market where I found this beautiful material called Cambaya. I fell in love with the prints and the bright colors and knew I wanted to make something out of it. Going to the beach every day inspired me to create beach blankets from the material. We decided for each blanket sold we would donate a meal for a family, to help our church. We bought enough to make 16 blankets and quickly sold out. 

Chris and I moved back to Los Angeles and officially started Siestas For Fiestas. The past two years have been lots of work but well worth it. Neither of us sew or know anything about manufacturing, so it’s been quite the learning process. We are so thankful that we can build Siestas For Fiestas together.

How is it working with your hubby every day?

The pros of working with your significant other are that you can easily schedule a business meeting with them since you are together all the time, being able to share successes as a family and that it brings you closer since you are constantly working towards the same goal.

The cons are when my husband doesn’t see my vision, for example, he didn’t believe we’d sell any of the 16 blankets we originally bought. Not because he doesn’t want to support me but because he’s not our market so he didn’t understand that people would buy them. I have some pretty crazy ideas for products and he never understands. As much as it is a pro, having meetings anytime can be a con too. Sometimes we are trying to fall asleep and we are still going over work. We’ve been working on separating work time and family time, especially as we bring a little one into our family this fall.

Growing this little business together has been such a great experience for us. The most rewarding part is being a part of the Christmas meals. This past December we took part in making the food, packaging it and delivering it to the families on Christmas Eve. 

 

 Please tell us all about this wonderful cause…

Siestas For Fiestas was born out of a desire to support our church in Cancun as they provide Christmas meals for families living in poverty. We work closely with Pastor Arturo from Fe, Amor y Esperanza to make this possible. With your help, Siestas For Fiestas was able to be a part of feeding 1,000 families in 2016. We are so thankful for your support of this ministry. For every blanket that’s purchased, a Christmas meal is provided to a family living in poverty.

Pastor Arturo arranges the deliveries months before with a local church located in the selected towns. In 2016, 10 towns received meals. Each church receives 100 tickets to distribute to the community. It’s not required that the families attend the church. On Christmas Eve each container is packed with food by volunteers from the church and loaded onto the trucks. The trucks then make their way to feed the awaiting families.

Each blanket purchased provides a family with a Christmas dinner. The dinners were designed to be packaged in a way that families could easily pick it up at the local church and take it back home to enjoy as a family on Christmas Eve. The meal includes a rotisserie chicken, 2 pounds of soup, 2 pounds of salad, a 2-liter soda, 4 dinner rolls, and paper goods (Utensils, plates, napkins). All is packed inside a reusable container with a sticker that, when translated says, “Jesus goes with me”.

 Who receives the meals?

Families living in poverty in Cancun, Mexico. Most live in homes that don’t have electricity or access to water making it hard for them to have a hot, homemade meal. Christmas is usually spent like any other day.

Could you tell us a little about the process behind the Christmas meal?

Buckets are cleaned – A few weeks before the volunteers start prepping by cleaning out the buckets, so they are ready to go the day of. Our day starts at 6 am when the volunteers arrive. Pasta and vegetables are cooked by the volunteers, and buckets are filled with the fresh pasta, vegetables, rotisserie chicken, bread, and utensils. The buckets are loaded onto the trucks and on their way to the families. The trucks arrive at the towns and families are lined up and ready for food. Our amazing volunteers give hugs and pass out the buckets, and the families take the warm meals home to their families to enjoy together. 

You can check out some of the videos here.

That is truly a Christmas miracle Jesenia!

What is Cambaya?

Our blankets are made from Cambaya, a traditional fabric made in Mexico. It’s crafted acrylic material with woven designs. We source the material in Mexico and the poms are added on in California.

 We can’t get enough of these two generous souls! 

The world needs more Chris’ and Jesenia’s. We are so thankful that we have had the pleasure of working with these two, and inspired and delighted to be a part of helping them spread the word on this wonderful mission to help families in need.

Do yourself a favor and get one of these fun blankets! They will not only brighten up your life but lives in need as well. Along with their full sized blankets, they also they have apparel. When you purchase any apparel item, portions of each sale will go towards providing a child in Cancun, Mexico an education. I don’t know about you, but I have my eye on the Afternoon Siestas Woman’s TankAlong with the full-sized blankets and apparel, they also make the CUTEST mini blankets for babies! See them here

Thank you Jesenia for sharing your journey with us, and creating such an incredible mission. 

Now, everyone go order a blanket and be a part of this journey! 

xx

Abby 

 

 

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By on May 4, 2017 in CINCO DE MAYO, SPOTLIGHT, VENDORS WE LOVE

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Wedding Spotlight – Witty Rentals

It’s time for this month’s Wedding Vendor Spotlight and this month’s duo of Witty Rentals are dear to our hearts.  Maybe it’s because we’ve worked together on some of my favorite projects, but I also think it’s because we both started our businesses around the same time and have sort of grown together.  One of our first big shoots, that we still get lots of love for, was our Aloha Bridal Shower shoot, and lucky us got to work with the Witty girls on it!  Since then we’ve both grown and it’s been amazing to see their well deserved success unfold.

Witty Rentals is a combination of Tiffany Garcia and Chelsea Bradford, two beautiful girls inside and out.  They are based in San Diego, CA but travel all over to make beautiful weddings even more fab.  I’m excited to share their story with you today and their amazing work and beautiful collection.  They are always one of our go to vendors for one of a kind rentals and you will learn why today!

Keep scrolling for a Q&A with co-owner Chelsea Bradford

Tell us a little bit about you and how you two became friends…

We met in a growth group about 12ish years ago… we were 15 and 16 I think. Tiff left shortly after to live in Sweden for the year and then we reconnected a few years later and hit it off right away. Some of my earliest memories together involve blasting Queen and Tiff’s 80’s Volvo, Sven. 

What were each of you doing before you started Witty?

Before Witty, Tiff was a nanny and made jewelry on the side. I was living in Long Beach, nannying as well and in school full time majoring in Ceramics. 

 How and when did Witty come to life?

Tiff was working for Amorology doing coordination and found that her favorite part of the job was pulling furniture for clients. She noticed that there was a gap in the market for boutique rentals in the San Diego area, especially more modern rentals, so she decided to leave Amorology and start her own company. Tiff and I have always had very similar tastes in design so she asked me if I wanted to partner with her. Without hesitation, I said yes (not really understanding what I was getting myself into). We started with pieces from our houses and a few bucks from each of our pockets and bought things here and there until we burst out of her parents garage! 

Your collection is so unique and well curated, how do you find your pieces?

Thank you! That’s definitely our goal! We try to find things that other rental companies don’t have to set us apart and the best way to find unique pieces is to thrift! I can confidently say that at least half of our inventory came from a thrift or flea market of some kind. 

 What are your favorite pieces in your collection?

Oh man, it’s so hard to choose! I think right now we are both obsessed with our new Maven dining tables! They’re what dreams are made of! But honestly, this answer changes from week to week based on what’s new! 

 What’s the best part about owning a business with your friend?

The level of honesty and open communication between us, we make a point that our friendship comes first and the business comes second which keeps us both happy! 

  What is your favorite project you’ve ever worked on with Beijos?

I’d have to say our favorite shoot was the Thanksgiving one we did at the Woodshed with Megan Welker and Bloom Babes! It was so simple but that color pallet and the furniture selection was so dreamy! And our favorite wedding was hands down Cayucos! The view from the beach, the small town charm… can’t beat that! 

What is next for Witty Rentals?!

What’s next for Witty is finding a larger warehouse, first and foremost! But on top of that, our main goal is to start a Venue. We want to be able to offer the space and the rentals and have them all work together seamlessly! It’s been our dream since the beginning of Witty and we know this is the year it’s going to come to fruition! 

We seriously love these girls and their amazing inventory… Can you see why?!  There is just so much good stuff and we love using it to style our events!!  Check them out for your next event, we know you’ll love them too!

xx

Jacquelyn 

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By on April 18, 2017 in SPOTLIGHT, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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Wedding Spotlight – Christine Cater

Another spotlight on one of our favorite wedding vendors!  Today I’m thrilled to talk about Christine Cater, an event and floral designer based in Carmel, California.  Christine is as sweet and endearing as she is talented!  

If you haven’t seen the amazing pampas grass ceremony install pictured below that she created then you’re missing out.  We see tons of other vendors trying to emulate it, but not coming quite as close…  Christine is always ahead of the curve with fun and new ideas, she keeps us inspired and on our toes!

 We can’t get enough of Christine’s amazing floral designs and her silly personality.  Whenever we do a photo shoot with her or an event she always blows our mind, this woman is pure talent!!  She always goes above and beyond with her work and we always have complete trust in her when we work together.  Keep reading to see how this lovely lady takes on the wedding world and makes it fun!  I’m sure she will inspire you just like she does with us…

All photos by Carlie Statsky

Tell us a little bit about you…. ( I mean this about your personal life – but you could tie it into your business as well)

Hmmm…Let’s see, where do I begin? I am a local girl, born and raised in Carmel Valley-graduated from Carmel High School. Went on to study ballet and danced in Los Angeles during the John Travolta-Staying Alive and Michael Jackson’s Thriller era. I passed John in the hallways of my Beverly Hills dance studio. My jazz teacher is in the Thriller video..haha-you can say I’ve been around the block a few times:) I consider these my college years.
 

My husband of 31 years is Kimble. He and I love to exercise, hike and road trip. He’s a golf fanatic, which frees me to be creative. I am a total romantic and every anniversary I wanted to marry him again. You know reinvent a romantic event, just for us. Well that never happened, after about my 10th wedding I realized that designing for others quenched my thirst to renew my vows with him-he’s glad I moved on.

How and when did you decide to become a florist?

 I have always loved nature….and I think that is primarily where I find inspiration. Nature and dance have really formed me. My design approach comes from the graceful lines of ballet and nature. I like to think the 3-D art form of dance and nature is translated into my floral design style. Pretty simple-haha:) 

What is your favorite part about working in the wedding industry?

 What part of the wedding industry keeps me coming back for more? Honestly, it’s the process of dreaming up designs and then seeing, hearing, and experiencing others appreciation for my efforts. We laugh about how when our clients are happy it’s almost part of the payment-feels so good to be loved-you know. 
 
What are some of your favorite Spring blooms to play with?
 
From time to time I get asked what is your favorite flower..that’s a hard one!! I have favorite flowers for different reasons, for example: gardenias-love the fragrance, king protea-exotic, peonies-color + fluffiness, lily of the valley-dainty, tulip tree-bloom size and color …I seriously could go on and on, but you get the idea. Guess you could say I’m wild about flowers!!
 
You are always coming up with new inventive ideas, how do you stay creative?
 
How do I stay creative…it’s just in me, like a spiritual gift:) When weddings are slow….I paint, being creative is part of me. I embrace it now and like to collaborate with others to see what we can come up with next. For example, I do a lot of photoshoots, which is my passion. This is where being creative with a team of like minded people transcends designs to another dimension. I like to stay in front of the design trend, actually creating trends instead of following, but good design is everywhere…I make sure to study hard.
 
What are your favorite things to do on an off weekend? – If that ever exists!
 
Weekend fun…well fashion is always fun. You can find me shopping in my free time (which is less + less). I like boutiques, antiquing, and high fashion. If we went to NYC I would drag you to SOHO, Madison Avenue, Zara and The Rack. I want all the designer stuff, but can’t afford it. High fashion inspires me, it’s where so much creativity exists…gotta love it:)
 
Can you name a few of your favorite Northern California wedding venues?
 
Big Sur has been good to me. Can’t beat the cliffs and the ocean views…and the redwoods are dynamic too:) I guess that is my favorite. Vineyards are good too…Holman Ranch is one of those places. Oh and Pebble Beach-truly spectacular!! I am blessed to be in a beautiful place…that’s for sure.
 
Do you have a dream destination or venue you’d love to style?
 
My dream destination is Italy. I am designing a photo shoot there this April-so excited!!! It’s just the beginning, I have my sights set on DTLA, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, Avila Beach, Sicily, Venice, Florida, Charleston..to name a few. That’s whats next for me. I see myself working with others on photoshoots and weddings all over. I’m ready, after raising my son Caleb (now in college) I feel like its time to take this show on the road. Excited about what the future holds. 
 

Thanks Christine!  Can’t wait to see what you blow our mind away with next!!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on March 22, 2017 in FLORALS, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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