Sunday, November 27, 2011

Healdsburg Gardens Wedding Flowers

Fountaingrove Golf Club Wedding Flowers

This beautiful wedding took place at the Fountaingrove Golf Club in Santa Rosa. A traditional Indian wedding ceremony was followed by a traditional American wedding ceremony. Floral garlands, boutonnieres and bouquets were made up of roses, spray roses, mini callas, and accents of solidaster.


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Paradise Ridge Winery May 2011 Peony wedding flowers

An incredible springtime destination wedding at Paradise Ridge Winery in Santa Rosa Ca. The stunning bride wore a Vera Wang flowing ivory wedding gown that was perfectly complimented by her peony wedding flower theme. Based upon tones of pink and ivory, bold accents of navy blue and apple green were added in to create this elegant wedding with a kick.
The brides bouquet was composed of ivory and blush pink peonies hand tied with an ivory satin ribbon and studded with pearl headed pins. For her bridesmaids a small gathering of pink peonies were hand tied with a navy ribbon to tie in with the dresses. The grooms boutonniere was a small peony bud. All of the groomsmen wore rose boutonnieres with a sprig of freesia bud to tie in with there navy suits and navy and pink striped ties.
The sunny outdoor ceremony was decorated with large pomander balls made up of pink carnations.Small button mum pomander balls were hung with navy blue ribbon on the chairs down the aisle to add a pop of color. At the alter 2 huge ceremony arrangements rested upon wine barrels. Pink hydrangea, peonies, blush roses and greenery and curly willow branch were arranged on top of clear glass vases to add a bit of color to the natural green setting.
Navy linens covered the reception tables along with candle light and pink and green centerpieces made of pink hydrangea, pink peonies, blush roses, greenery and curly willow branch. The centerpieces ranged in height throughout the reception to add dimension to the room. The head table was lined with bouquets and candles along with a scattering of green button mums. Lit paper lanterns were strung on the deck for a romantic evening glow and perfect setting to end the night.
Flowers by The Wild Orchid
Photos By Jane Arnold
Photos by Verite Photography
Planning By Amy Bridges Events
Location by Paradise Ridge Winery

Monday, August 23, 2010

Calistoga Ranch destination wedding

A romantic destination wedding at Calistoga Ranch located within the vineyards and hills of Calistoga California in early 2010. The wedding flower arrangements were composed of strong rich colors like deep burgundy, oranges, greens and yellow using; roses, , spray roses, mini callas, hypericum berries, , forsythia, carnations, key limes, rose petals and James Storie orchids.

The ceremony took place above the pond in the mid afternoon. A bamboo Chuppah decorated with traditional fabric and flowers set behind the bride and groom. Along the sides of the wedding Chuppah along the lawn were multiple shepherd hooks with hanging floral pomander balls and rose petals scattered down the aisle.
The bridal bouquet was a medium rounded hand tied gathering of rich burgundy roses with accents of rusty orange spray roses, green berries, burgundy James Storie orchids and deep red mini callas. The stems were hand tied with an ivory ribbon and studded with pearl headed pins.
The groom and groomsmen all wore a small boutonniere made of orange spray roses accented with a green hypericum berries and a James Storie orchids. The boutonnieres were hand tied with a thin ivory ribbon.

The reception took place in the Calistoga Ranch wine cave. The guests and the wedding party were seated at 2 kings tables. Tall glass vases filled with green key limes and  with burgundy James Storie orchids branching out of the top of the vase creating dramatic centerpieces to contrast the wine caves decor.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Updated website for The Wild Orchid

I have just updated my website The Wild Orchid (floral design) at  please take a moment to check it out. There are a ton of new photos from the past few weddings and events and a whole new layout. Let me know what you think Thanks for looking and feel free to contact me with any wedding flower questions you might have.
-Jane Arnold
Floral designer
Sebastopol Ca

Saturday, August 7, 2010

How to get the most out of your wedding flowers

Within this past year we have all felt the harsh setbacks of the struggling economy. No matter who you are and where you are from we are all trying to find ways to cut costs, reuse what we have and all around save money. The Wild Orchid takes pride in making its wedding services available to all types of clients (from weddings, weekly accounts, special events and so on) and all types of budgets.

 These days weddings can cost more than expected but there are many ways for you to have an incredible wedding on a fixed budget. When meeting with your wedding florist/floral designer don’t be shy on asking what could be done to make the cost more efficient.
 I would like to share with you ideas I share with my clients. Since flowers only last for so long I try and encourage brides to use/reuse the wedding flowers as much as possible during the event. Here are a few tips and ideas you should consider when making your wedding flower plans.
- Ask your designer if the have vases or containers they rent out.

- Try meeting with a few small/home based designers rather than flower shops downtown (they tend to be more expensive.

-Visit the dollar store or craft store and search for sales on vases or containers.

- Use large full flowers to create arrangements.

- If you like a more modern clean cut look check out some submerged or floating flowers in
glass vases for centerpieces.

- Place empty bouquet vases along the head table or other tables during the reception to put the bridal bouquet and bridesmaids bouquets in to double as centerpieces (plus you don’t want to carry your bouquet around all day so put it where it can be enjoyed.)

- Use the chair flowers from the ceremony on the buffet table, cocktail tables, cake table, bathrooms, and head table and so on.

- Bring the ceremony arrangements into the reception area.

- Rather than corsages or a hair wreath try doing hair flowers.

- I encourage you to have guests take flowers home with them (not the rented vases) or please donate the flowers to local rest homes. I always donate to local rest homes and it brings big smiles to people faces.

A few things that I do not recommend to clients or things you should think about:
- Don’t put flowers where they will not be seen or noticed, why spend the money on something people will not see.

- If you are getting married in the summer think about flowers that will hold up in the heat, the last thing you want is wilting drooping flowers.
- Silk or fake flowers tend to be more expensive than fresh flowers.
- I really do not recommend doing the flowers yourself or having family or friends do them. This is supposed to be your day and you all should enjoy it and not have to deal with the stress of extra work (speaking from plenty experience.)
- Not everything you see in magazines or online are practical, by this I mean a bouquet of poppies will last minutes before the flowers begin to wilt.
I hope this bit of advice helps you when planning your big day and good luck! If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me, I would love to hear from you.