This past February I had the honor of designing a party for my niece Carly. In the Jewish tradition when a boy or a girl turns 13, they celebrate a right of passage called a Bat Mitzvah (for a girl) or a Bar Mitzvah (for a boy).
The night began with a religious ceremony where Carly read from the Torah along with her Cantor. It was so beautiful to see her up there singing in Hebrew. She worked tirelessly for over a year to get ready for this special evening.
Here is a picture of the whole family- we were all looking pretty good that day.
Now lets get down to the decor! It all started with an inspirational perfume by Gwen Stefani called “Love” that Carly just adores. The little figure is a harajuku girl from Japan. A harajuku is a young person in Japan that is into the social and fashion scene.
So we took the hot pink, black, and the black and white check and we ran with it. We added some yellow and turquoise for pizzaz and here’s a look at the big party.
This is a wide angle of the reception. We covered the high lofted ceiling with giant hot pink Chinese lanterns.
Here is a close up of the table scape. The base of the centerpiece was this turquoise hair-like fabric that looked like it belonged on Cookie Monster. Then we had three different sizes of yellow Chinese lanterns. Next were two black and white checked Chinese take-out boxes that were spilling Japanese candy. I was so proud to have found this fantastic candy that matched so perfectly! (from the local Chinese Cultural Center).
The top of the cupcake tower was the focal point of the whole party. I asked Barbara (cake designer extraordinaire) of Let Them Eat Cake to make an exact replica of our bottle of perfume. She did a phenomenal job!
Oh beautiful Carly, I am so proud to be your Aunt. Here is one of my favorite pictures of the night.
Thank you to Khristina Skalla for these fantastic photos. Her number is 602 330-2526
Look at these cuties! This was a super fun retro wedding I did at the Valley Ho here in Phoenix.
I have been so busy with wedding season lately that I haven’t had much time to do anything but work. I thought I would post some great pictures of weddings White Poppy has been up to this season. I’ll be doing a Real Weddings post on them when things slow down and I get pictures from each photographer (they do a much better job than I do).
More from the Valley Ho, she loved spheres- can you tell?
This gorgeous bride got married at the Arizona Historical Society. Her bouquet was made of roses, cymbidium orchids and miniature calla lilies.
Off to go get ready for a “green” baby shower this weekend with lots of herbs and unusual flowers.
One of the fun things about being in the wedding flower biz is being recognized in publications.
White Poppy has been featured in the latest issue of Arizona Bride magazine. This wedding was an absolute blast to do! It was at one of my favorite locations- The Royal Palms Resort here in Phoenix. I collaborated with the ever-so-fun and fabulous wedding coordinator Cicely of Life Design Event Planning. The brides color scheme was hot pink and bright green, her flowers were a mixture of orchids, miniature calla lilies, hydrangea and roses.
We chose to put cut limes inside her glass centerpieces.
The fabulous photographer that worked on this wedding was Rebecca of Rebecca Bouck Photography. She was so professional and the pictures turned out amazing.
Hello everybody and thanks for your patience, it’s great to be back in the swing of blogging. This past June I was faced with some serious health problems with my son. It has been a trying summer but we are all doing much better now. I thought that my blog should take second fiddle for a while as my family is just too precious to me and needed all of my attention. Life has a way of mellowing out and I am glad to be back into the swing of life again with some healing time behind me.
Now onto some good stuff, like bragging…….he he.
I am pleased to announce that White Poppy has been featured in a national magazine, the summer issue of The Bride and Bloom.
I got a very exciting phone call this past spring from Liene Stevens of the ever-so-popular blog Blue Orchid Designs and owner of Splendid Communications. She asked me if I would like to collaborate with her on a photo shoot that involved the color yellow and featured lemons as a focal point. We decorated a rustic wood table with gorgeous trifle bowls filled with fresh flowers and lemons.
I was also asked to create an adorable bridal bouquet. Since our colors were predominately yellow, I chose daffodils to be my main flower, I also chose to wrap it with the cutest green gingham ribbon. This bad boy got a full page.
Well, once again glad to be back. So visit me this week for Floral Friday when I will be talking about an unusual flower called Chinese Lantern.
I just got back from doing 3 weddings with my ever so talented sister and florist extrodinare Candy of Petals Mission Viejo. I flew in on Wednesday, drove to her studio and hit the ground running. I was surrounded by over 2,000 roses in cream, peach, red and hot pink. We also used hydrangea, lilies, a flower called meet me at the garden gate and lots and lots of geranium foliage. The weddings were at The Ritz Carlton Laguna, Tivoli Terrace (where the famous Pageant of the Masters is held) and at a private residence on the beach. Please excuse my home-grown photos, I don’t claim to be a good photographer.