My friends Rita and Stefan were married in Calcutta, India earlier in 2011. Rita is finishing her thesis with Harvard and Stefan is a professor at Berkley and between the friendships they have established in the US, they chose Yosemite for another celebration of their union. This was something we planned in just a couple of months as they were packing up to move to Europe for the summer and thanks to Skype, we were able to still have a face to face consultation and view specific flower combinations to help her decide. She loved the bright fresh tones of bold blues, spring greens and peach and we threw in some touches of Yosemite with scabiosa pods and coffee berries. They decided on a morning ceremony at Sentinel Beach following with brunch for their guests so they can enjoy their days throughout the park. Her choice for centerpieces was to create an overall larger scale look but it was made of various small vases so each guest was able to take one as their favor. Guests signed wooden puzzle pieces for the guest book, everyone made well wishes out of handmade butterflies and danced before continuing outside for a fun group shot with the falls as a backdrop. This was such an honor to be a witness into such an amazing couple with an incredible group of friends who traveled from very far distances to experience this amazing day as well.
When it comes to think of how to title my various blog entries, its a pretty basic process....name the couple along with the style or theme of their decor. In the wedding inspiration world there are no such words to give this entire wedding, from venue down to the placemat, a proper description without jumping into the broad category of "rustic," so I choose to leave it as I have been left....speechless! Sharon and Daniel are both so amazingly talented and creative, they put the term DIY to new levels begining with their website that they designed and created. That entire style was the heart to each detail that went into this event. They were introduced to me through a previous creative and awesome client Courtney from Lucky Plum . I loved her style and artistic eye so much that she helped brand my company and created my logo! When Sharon first contacted me, I was a few weeks away from giving birth to my 3rd baby and when I looked at the link to the venue, Union Hill , Columbia, that they were to have their wedding....I melted!!! Where has this hidden jewel been all my life? A few months and a newborn later, the team of us vendors met onsite to get a first hand look into what their day will be like. With it being an October date it was hard to plan for an outdoor reception and after walking the grounds, it would be amazing no matter what the weather. The photos from the wedding day I had a chance to grab is just a small snippet of the variety of spots around the entire grounds. The little cottage where the groom and groomsmen get ready is a restored chicken coop, the bridal house is decorated in a shabby chic Victorian style and you go through a little trellis tunnel lined with distressed white old windows, small vineyard, an old cabin/barn house that has a large wooden table in the center with tall vaulted ceilings and tons of various paintings up and down all the walls. This is where there was a kitchen of amazing desserts being made by the grooms sister for the couples old fashion dessert table. Sharon tea dyed and stamped each napkin to blend with the pattern of the wedding. Incorporated hand painted signage and sewn flags for "Here Comes The Bride," utilized bare wood rectangle tables for a family style dinner and at the center of each table was a large flat picnic basket. In the basket was a collection of vintage china in various shades of pink and the silverware for each guest to grab and then dish up. The placemats were found through BHLDN. They carried their personalized logo throughout as well all the way down to their custom made stamp for their guest favors of homemade biscuit kits. The isle was lined with large mason jar arrangmenets which were then turned over to use in the sea of mason jars that were filled with flowers and candles that created the runner effect for the centerpieces. Her color choices were unique and blended together amazingly. The touch of the plum foliage, a soft pink accent some bold spurts of goldenrod and some over all rich fall hues and textures fit perfectly like all other details. The ribbon was supplied from The Ribboniere in San Francisco for the bouquets and boutonnieres and to highlight some of the mason jar florals. Sharon and Daniel also chose their bad ass boutonnieres which was my favorite part to design for the wedding. So excited to see the actual wedding photos from the incredible One Love Photo but in the meantime....enjoy.
Born and raised in Orange County, California, Natalie has always been in the wedding and event industry. Her career began in 1996 after graduating high school and going straight to work for her father's Southern California Italian wholesale bread bakery. Attached to that was also a deli/bakery that had been initially established in the family in 1968. She was trained to be a pastry baker, making family recipes of Italian pastries and cookies and designing wedding cakes. This is when she was introduced to getting familiar with the variety of fresh flowers that she used to design on her cakes. Shifting through various aspects of the business, she was able to branch off into deli/bakery manager and sales to begin working with many chefs and catering companies. With dabbling in other career areas, she also became a trained makeup artist and began doing hair and makeup for brides. In 2003, she decided to take an opportunity to move to Yosemite Valley where her mom, Ginny, was currently establishing her wedding floral business. She teamed up with her mom to take care of immediate needs for bridal party hair and makeup and in the meantime, helping her mom with learning more about flowers and designing. In May 2004 she did her first complete wedding which was featured on The Knot! After which, she decided to focus strictly towards the flowers for weddings. After getting familiar with the venues and listening to clients needs, the consulting and coordinating process began. Planning destination weddings can be a difficult process and Natalie's passion for weddings is to take any of those concerns as well as their vision of the day and make it happen. Over the course of the next couple years, teamed up with her mom with "Simply That...Flowers", they took on hundreds of weddings... making happy couples expectations come true! Over the course of the years, websites were becoming a must and in order to build a solid portfolio, Natalie decided to tap into her lifetime passion of photography. Being a mother of three, she certainly has plenty of little cuties to practice on. She loves to focus on showcasing all of her artistic designs and also has begun shooting pregnant sessions, families, newborns and children. In November of 2009, Natalie Galasso Designs was born. The company offers a variety of services ranging from creative and unique floral designs for events and weddings, cooridinating and consulting services for any bride in the planning process or needing support for the day of the event, as well as photography for her eye on capturing emotion and moments in our lives.
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