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The local Catholic School here in Merced did an annual fundraiser where they host wine and food booths from 10 different countries. I was asked to be a part in designing 10 different arrangements to represent each of the countries. This was a blast! I just looked up the country flags and tried to utilize flowers that represent each of these countries.

Germany - Black, Red and Gold
Nicaragua - Royal Blue and White
Portugal - Deep Red, Green and Gold
Ireland - Green, Orange and White.
I used Bells of Ireland

Mexico - Green, White and Red
Italy - Green, White and Red.
I decided to go more Tuscan and throw in some Rosemary
Scotland - Royal Blue and White
I used the Thistle which represents the country.
Philippines - Red, White, Blue and Gold
Thailand - Red, White and Blue
They grow many of my orchids I design with!

Stephanie and Mitch

Last summer I decided to close my retail store front and get back to the importance of my inspiration which is always weddings. So the first couple that contacted me and wanted to have a consultation was with Stephanie, Mitch and her parents.
We did a full overview of the day because Stephanie already knew exactly what she wants...down to her awesome shoes. Over the course of the following year, everything just fell into place on details. They did all their own linens, centerpieces and set up and the place looked AMAMZING! Loved the style of the over all wedding and when you have a killer photographer like Ryan Jones, it ends up being a magical day!

Photographer - Ryan Jones
Ceremony - First Baptist, Merced
Reception - St. Patricks, Merced

Lisa and Steve Yosemite Wedding Featured on Style Me Pretty

Smell that? It’s the smell of crisp, fresh mountain air. And it’s seeping from these photos along with an immense amount of wedding inspiration. Yosemite National Park is the grandiose setting for today’s forest wedding by Kate Miller Events. The majestic mountain backdrop for Steven and Lisa’s ceremony is complete paradise, isn’t it? And did you see him? The unexpected guest at the wedding? Yes, Mr. Deer! Just adorable. More details I adore from this wedding include the elegant black bridesmaid dresses, the tall luscious centerpieces and…oh my, that ring! More rustic wedding inspiration from this forest wedding can be found here. xoxo Chantale from La Belle Bride

The story of today’s wedding: When Steven proposed to Lisa at the top of a waterfall in while hiking in Yosemite National Park, they knew they must return to get married amidst some of the most amazing surroundings Northern California has to offer. The regal and historic Ahwahnee Hotel, where even Queen Elizabeth II herself came to visit, became the backdrop to this rustic chic celebration. In fact, the very same waterfall would become the backdrop to their actual wedding ceremony.

Lisa worked closely with Kate Miller Events to design the wedding of her dreams – we anchored the jewel-toned color palette to the rustic aesthetic of the Ahwahnee by utilizing an Ikat pattern throughout many of the details; a testament to Lisa’s love of interior design and it’s current trends. Lisa created DIY hand sewn satin rosettes for each place setting, and Kate custom-designed menus and programs with an Ikat print that mimicked the fabric wrapped vases and escort card table runner.

Lisa also commissioned bespoke walnut stationery Luxecut™ escort cards and table numbers (to later be used for future birthday cake toppers in an eco-friendly way). A calligrapher hand wrote each guests’ name on the cards in white ink, while the table numbers were embedded into the centerpieces. For the tall centerpieces, moss vines were intertwined with moss balls, and fuchsia and purple blooms accented the curle willow branches. The short centerpieces were a cluster of square vases covered in Ikat fabric and filled with fuchsia peonies and purple anemone, surrounded by creamy pillar candles and textural moss balls.

Photography: Sarah Maren Photography / Flowers: Natalie Galasso Designs / Event Planning and Design: Kate Miller Events™ / Ceremony and Reception Location: The Ahwahnee at Yosemite National Park / Invitations: Designed by a friend of the Bride / Escort Cards & Table Numbers: Luxecuts™ / Menus & Programs: KME Paperie by Kate Miller Events™ / Calligraphy: The Calligraphy Girl / Shoes: Cole Haan / Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Hair and Makeup: Article Salon & Spa / Groom’s Suit: Ferragamo / DJ: Exquisite Entertainment / Linens: La Tavola Linen / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Videographer: Red Plate Productions

VOW Award

I just received a congratulations email from a friend and vendor of the industry on my nomination for a VOW award. I called her to say thank you but what is that? So she emailed me the link and when I clicked on the voting and looked under florist, I didn't see anything and she told me to keep scanning down to the wedding consultant/coordinator of the year award. Super honored and excited! All your support is greatly appreciated.

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