Ginny Au / Styling Workshops

Last month we had the pleasure of providing some blooms for our dear friend Ginny Au's styling workshop in San Fransisco. Watching Ginny teach and share her knowledge with those who are hungry to learn is really quite an experience. When Ginny shares her passion for design, styling and life, well let's just say I've seen minds blown. Literally.  Ginny is an amazing stylist and while we have learned so much by watching her, her gift for teaching is unmistakeable. I think these images speak volumes. 

A Florist's Valentine

Happy Valentine's Day Loves! 

Melissa is a busy bee in California with our pop-up shop at Ella J Boutique at 169 E Prospect Ave. Danville ( if you are still in need of some blooms for your sweetheart ). This is the first Valentine's Day in 5 years I'm not personally knee deep in stems and blooms. Such an odd feeling. But being as I'm brand new to the floral scene in Nashville, I decided to sit this one out. 

Instead of blooms I thought I'd create a Valentine's Day wish list. I mean a girl can dream right and lately I've been dreaming about these things! Check them out and we hope all your Valentine's Day dreams come true too! 

xo - Twigss

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Image 1 : Young Fig print from Minted.  //  Image 2 : Natural Canvas and Leather Apron from Andover Trask.  //  Image 3 : Siren Pinky Ring from J. Hannah //  Image 4 : Leather Pruner and Hori Hori Pouch from Terrain 

Big 2015 Changes

It's been a long time coming, friends, but I'm finally moving to Nashville. and taking Twigss with me, well not all of it.  Over the years we've grown to love that sweet city and can't wait to make it our home.  So this January, I (Addison) am packing my bags and my fiancee and pup into a Uhaul trailer and headed across the country with Nashville, Tennessee as my permanent destination.  It's a big change but one we welcome with open arms.  Our work in California will not stop by any means.  Twigss will be setting up a second location in the beautiful state of Tennessee.  

So for all you Nashville locals or any others out there that call the South home we will be booking weddings in Nashville and the surrounding areas (we love to travel) for the 2015 wedding season and we’d love to work with you!  And California friends we can't wait to start another great year with you all as well!

Please find a few more details at the end of this post.

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The details

 

Addison will not be available on a short notice to do a venue walk thru or consultation, she is now a 6 hour plane ride away. But Melissa is still located in the Bay Area and is happy to be on call for these sorts of occasions. If you would like both of us to be present just give us enough notice to plan accordingly. 

Our travel prices will change based on the wedding or event, please just inquiry with us about that.

Melissa will still be located in the Bay Area and be able to meet any of you local vendors or clients with just a short notice! 

We will still be booking weddings in the Bay Area and all over California. 

Addison and Melissa will still work on most if not all weddings together!

So we hope that covers any immediate questions you may have and we want to encourage you to shoot us and email or give us a call if you want to chat more about this change! For any of you Bay Area vendors let us know if you would like to grab a coffee or a drink before Addison heads out on January 1st. For all of you Nashville locals we would LOVE to meet you! Please reach out if we haven’t reached out to you already, let’s get together! 

Much love and cheers to you all, here’s to new beginnings! 

Addison + Melissa Searles 

Bohemian

Over the last few years of being in this business we've seen trends come and go, some stick around longer than others.  Like the fashion world the wedding world starts the design process small with a word, a mood, an image, a feeling, a taste a carefully curated and crafted idea. These ideas are not always excepted, they my take a while to catch on and people may scoff at them but it only takes a famous face or a daring photographer to cause the next phenomenon.

This year I ran into the word "Bohemian" often. Many brides used this word to describe their theme or mood on our inquiry forms. I sat down a few times to start my design process and this word kept stumping me, I realized I didn't really know what the word meant. Now it's a term so loosely used, it describes clothing, a way of living, jewelry and weddings. Our goal as business owners is to always try our hardest to stay authentic, to stay relevant and true. So in order to understand this term "Bohemian" and to educated myself I started a quest. Bare with me, I like history. 

Let's start with definition from The American College Dictionary "a person with artistic or intellectual tendencies, who lives and acts with no regard for conventional rules of behavior."

In the 5th & 6th centuries there was a country called Bohemia. Bohemia was a country in central Europe bounded by Austria, Bavaria, Saxony and Lusatia, Silesia and Moravia or now known as The Czech Republic. These people thrived and traded during a period called the Iron Age. These people had a localized set of beliefs and an artistic culture, in modern words they were free spirits, they ran their country the way they best saw fit

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Image Cited From Pinterest. 

Fast forward a bit to Paris during the Industrial Revolution, think Moulin Rouge. The Romani people group or more commonly known as "gypsies" started to immigrate to Paris. These people were believed to be from Bohemia, thus the word Bohemian comes into play. In the 19th century the word Bohemianism became coined and was used to describe the non-traditional lifestyle of artists, writers, musicians, actors and journalist. These people willingly chose to live in poverty to pursue their art and desired way of life, they exercised free love and had un-established political and social views. This idea became popularized with this artist crowd in France, they moved into the lower income gypsy quarters of Paris to focus on art and live a true Bohemian lifestyle. 

As the Bohemian way of thinking and life spread to America it became modernized and on it's way to acceptance. It became an expected way of life for the artist community. During The Civil War newspaper reporters who traveled to small communities and cities to report on how the war was affecting the lives of the people in them picked up the name Bohemians. Mark Twain called himself a Bohemian as well. He and a few other writers and poets who gathered together to discuss cultural pursuits called themselves The Bohemian Club. The poet George Sterling was also a member and he wrote, "Any good mixer of convivial habits considers he has a right to be called a Bohemian. But that is not a valid claim. There are two elements, at least, that are essential to Bohemianism. The first is devotion or addiction to one or more of the Seven Arts; the other is poverty. Other factors suggest themselves: for instance, I like to think of my Bohemians as young, as radical in their outlook on art and life; as unconventional, and, though this is debatable, as dwellers in a city large enough to have the somewhat cruel atmosphere of all great cities" 

As the years stretch on, as trends and people come and go the word Bohemian is continually used to describe the artist community and culture. For those who truly are Bohemians it's a way of life, just like being religious might be. It's a free way of thinking, expressing and loving by all means. It's the backbone of the artistic world in a way. 

To me it is so interesting that we as a people can take what was originally just a country in the 6th century and turn it into a people group, an art and culture movement, a club name, a way of life, a statement and now a fashion and wedding trend. 

Personally I'm so inspired by the knowledge and authentic history of the word. I'm planning on doing some more research and hoping to discover more about the Romani people and their wedding culture. If you haven't watched my Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, do yourself a favor and sit down for an hour and do so. You won't believe the weddings that this community of modern Gypsies put on. It's like woah. 

For a long time I had a board on our Pinterest called Bohemian Wedding. After I did this research I took the time to re-do it. Here's the link and here are a few images that we are currently loving. 

Cheers, 

A

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France Part 1.

For years all my mother and I have dreamt of was Paris, Versailles and the French country side. Finally our dreams came true and we were able to do it all. It's an amazing thing when something you've wanted to do for so long comes to life and your business paved the way for you to do it. In the Spring the oh-so talented Ginny Au posted on instagram about hosting her very first European Workshop and that was it. I knew that was so us. The year went by so fast and before we knew it our bags were packed and we where on a plane for 11 hours with all the movies in the world to watch.

We landed in a whirlwind of crazy like most starts to trip end up but a few hours later we ended up in the quaintest flat with a view and a extensive collection of classical music CDs. Yes CDs. Tired we put on our walking shoes and hiked many blocks to the Sacre-Coeur where we stood in all it's glory and looked out over Paris. On our way home we stopped at the grocery store and stocked up on wine and cheese then sat and watch the sun set over Paris. There is nothing like the light in France, if you've been you'll know what I mean. 

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Our second day we hoped in an Uber and buzzed through the busy city with the Louvre as our destination. Unfortunately the Lourvre is closed on Tuesday. So a stroll through the Jardin du Tulleries and off to the Musee du Orsey we went. 

A few hours later we stumbled back on to the streets and walked along the Seine to le Tour Eiffel. That thing is huge. Like really really freakin huge. After that we hopped a ride to Merci the coolest store housing anything you could ever want from men's & women's clothing, home goods, a used book shop and a cafe. 

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That night we went out to Buvette. We had the pleasure of eating at the NYC location when we were there in the Spring so it was really fun to try out the Paris spot. We sat outside and sipped cocktails while we waited for the TINIEST table ever which we all crammed into and proceeded to order one of everything. It was the kind of evening you wished would never end. 

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The next day we were all up bright and early and on our way to Versailles. It so so lovely and overwhelming at the same time. The palace is stunning but of course it was the gardens that took these girl's breaths away. You could spend days in them and I think you would still miss so many things. 

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From there Bradley and I went on to Iceland for a few days and my mama spent the rest of the week in Paris. Sadly her last day there she left her phone in the cab and lost so many of her photos. So for now that's it but stay tuned for our European Workshop post! 

 

Bouquet Babes

This summer has been a whirlwind of blooms, hot weather and eating at midnight. But we wouldn't have it any other way.  Soon I'll have the time to sit down and recount all the lovely things we did and share them with you all but for now, here are a few of our lovely brides with their bouquets. Also for day to day updates on Twigss, follow us on Instagram at @twigssfloral!

xo 

Lindsey + Clay

Where do I begin. Lindsey and I have been the closest of friends since we were about 10 years old. My family moved a lot when I was younger so I never really had the chance to develop a deep connection with other kids my age. I remember at the end of fourth grade I finally found a group of friends I loved. I loved my school, I was so happy we were settled in San Luis Obispo. Or so I thought, right before the last few weeks of school my parents told me we had to move again. They said we would apply for a district transfer so I could stay at my school. Two weeks before school started I found out I wouldn't be returning to Bishop Peak's Elementary and my friends. I cried, hard. I still remember how sad I was. I was a painfully shy kid, I remember my parents walking me into my new class room and telling me, "it was going to be okay I'd make new friends". A few days later I met Lindsay Beall. I knew instantly I'd never be wanting of a friend again. 

Flash forward 14 years later, through the raise and fall of boy bands, sneaking in her sister's room to try on her clothes, fights over things we will never ever remember and laughter, so much laughter. One afternoon I looked down at my phone and there it was a picture of my beautiful friend with a ring on her finger and a smile that looked like it would never go away. Shortly after the planning started. To say Lindsey was a dream bride would be an understatement.

Honestly I don't want to get into what all we put together to make her day beautiful. I want to talk about what makes our job worth it. As I sat here this morning putting these photos together and typing this, I cried. I cried tears of love and joy for these two amazing people. For the wonderful life they have ahead of them. I was so so busy that day making sure everything got done, Lindsey was taken care of and that the stinkin guests didn't walk down the aisle runner that I didn't get to experience it. I didn't hear the vows they made to one another, I didn't laugh at the toasts or dance till my feet were sore. But I would do it all over again just to make sure these two got the day of their dreams. I'm so blessed to call them my friends and that they entrusted us with their wedding day. I've never had another friend like Lindsey. As I looked through these photos every little memory came flooding back all the way up to the ones with Clay in them. Sarah Kathleen, you don't even know how perfectly you captured these two people and their families. Looking through them was like reliving the day all over again. Weddings like this make all the hard work worth it. To connect with your clients whether you have been friends for 14 years or just instantly click is just such a wonderful feeling. It allows you as an artist to pour everything you have into your work. The love is evident. 

So to Lindsey and Clay, for all the years to come I can't wait to live, laugh and watch you two experience them together. I look forward to the changing of seasons that take us far from each other only to bring us back together. I can't wait to see what the lord provides for you both and how he makes your love for each other grow even stronger with age. Thank you for letting me be apart of your lives. I love you both. 

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Styling + Florals: Twigss Floral Studio / Photography: Sarah Kathleen / Event Planning: Eventful Wedding Planning / Catering: Chef's Table / Linens: La Tavola / Rentals: Embellishment Vintage Rentals  /  Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes / DJ: Phase 1 Mobile DJ / Calligraphy: Rebekah Underwood / Venue: Tres Hermanas Winery 

May

To say May was a whirlwind of crazy would really be an understatement. We did a lot of driving, a lot of hotel sleeping, packed lunch eating and sweating. Honestly though, we wouldn't have it any other way. We loved each moment we shared with our brides, vendors and each other. People always say, " Dang, how do you and your mom work so well together?" I always laugh and say, "I don't know, we just do. She's my best friend."

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Snap Class SF

A few months ago we were asked to come and do a live demonstration of floral building for Jessie Webster & Kimberly Genevieve's Snap Class workshop in SF. It's always a little nerve racking for both of us to be in front of people but we had a lovely time creating what we love in a space full of other creatives also creating what they love! If you're a photographer just starting out and haven't heard of Jessie & Kimberly's workshops, you should definitely check them out! They are both so so talented and felt very honored to have them snap some photos of our work! 

xo A + M

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Ferndale Elopement

The rain threatened as we drove up the coast. It was the furtherest north in California I'd ever been. The mountains were so green, and there were trees as far as I could see. It felt like the start of movie as we winded in and out of the mountains. Eventually the road dropped us off into a flat valley with thick trees all around, a long stretch of open plain lay to our left. We crossed a narrow bridge over a wide river, the bridge was built back in the 1800's just like the tiny town of Ferndale we were headed to. 

The rain stayed at bay much to our surprise. A sunny Northern Carolinian with the sweetest smile bursted into the room, hugs and cookies for all. A man with blonde hair and a girl with eyes as bright blue as the sea wondered in after her. I didn't know Brittany & Jared's story before that day. A love story for the history books, Nicholas Sparks worthy. They left their home and all they knew in Virginia for a cross country adventure. With no more than $2,000 in their pockets the set for the West Coast and made their love eternal in the memories they made. 

We had the pleasure to putting together a special day for these two, since they said their "I Do's" in a courthouse in Arizona with some random person videoing on Jared's phone...

Brittany was all dolled up by the lovely Nikol Elaine in a Sarah Seven gown. Their day was styled and planned by the brilliant Rebekah from A & B Creative. Their words of love for each forever in ink by Jenna Rainy. Last but not least the sweetest moments captured by Perry Vaile. It would be an understatement to say we simply "enjoyed" being apart of this day. These are the love stories that capture our hearts, that remind us why we do what we do. As Jay-Z says, "Love, I can't get enough of it." 

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Studio Series | No. 1

A month or so ago we got to do what florist or any creatives for that matter, love to do best, create just for the heck of it. Of course having someone to document your most creative moments is a plus. So the beyond fabulous Jessica Burke kindly agreed to let us set up shop aka destroy her studio in 5 seconds flat. 

The thought behind these series were to showcase some interesting vessels and thoughtful ways to use them in a table-scape. We really enjoy collecting, well maybe some would call it hoarding…let's be real. At least we can put this so called "collecting" to good use right? Of course a large centerpiece is magical, full, lush and totally romantic. But what about the bride that would love some alternative options? So that's what we tried to create in this three part series. Aside from showcasing different ways to use vessels we wanted to use some really fun color combinations. For this table-scape we went with some cooler tone options. We were totally in love with the contrast of bright fuchsia and the moody gray. Then for the surprise color we thought we'd use robin's egg blue plates to pull in the blue in Muscar and Eucalyptus. 

Stay tuned for the two other table-scapes! Hope you enjoy. 

 

Cheers

A + M

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Ladies That Lunch: Wedding Paper Divas

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of providing some florals for a beyond lovely event hosted on by the Wedding Paper Divas ladies and styled the oh-so talented Rebekah McNall of A & B Creative. On a chilly drizzly day we loaded up the car with over 30ft of garland and blooms and made our way to The Box SF. We got to work staging different vingettes to match the different suites Wedding Paper Divas have to offer. We wanted to take every invite home, they are all so lovely! After we were finished, well almost finished we rushed to put on our "fancy clothes" and do our best to not look like flower shleppers. We grabbed a drink and sat down to a super yummy lunch prepared listened to Jillian Clark from 100 Layer Cake give us a few pointers on blog submissions and then DEVOURED treats from Batter Bakery. There may have been a few sips of champagne mixed in there somewhere. All in all it was such a wonderful day and as always we met some more super talented wedding vendors. One of them being Delbarr Moradi who I had been told over and over again that I needed to meet. Finally it happen and I'm so happy it did. 

Cheers! 

A+ M

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Better Homes and Gardens Feature

Hi all! We are excited to share that we have a small feature in current March issue of Better Homes and Gardens. We had such a lovely time hosting the BHG team in my mother's house back in November for the shoot. So head to your nearest grocery store or Barnes and Noble and pick yourself up a copy! 

Cheers! 

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Erin + Garry

I'm so excited to finally share these images with you. When I got the email this morning that the post was finally going up on Once Wed I wad giddy. It was so wonderful to work with such talented people on this event. Having the lovely Rylee Hitchner capture our work was truly special. Like always Amanda O'Shannessy and her team did such a fantastic job executing this breathtaking wedding.

You couldn't of asked for a more perfect day, not too hot and the sun setting over the vineyard was like a painting. Aside from the amazing team we worked with on this event, we were so blessed to work with such an amazing couple. 

Erin and I never got the chance to meet before her big day but when I walked into the room holding her bouquet it was like we had known each other for a long time. Her smile is contagious. When Erin and Garry saw the reception for the first time Erin came over to me and gave me a huge hug. She said, "Is it terrible that I am crying more than I did during our ceremony?!" Of course I started to cry too. We watched the sun set, we sat and chatted with the talented ladies we worked so hard with all day and we even had some gelato before it was time to pack up and say goodbye. 

All in all it was a perfect day. Hope you enjoy these as much as we do! 

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Venue: BR Cohn Winery | Photography: Rylee Hitchner Photography | Creative Direction +  Design + Styling: Amanda O’Shannessy Creative | Catering: Grapevine Catering | Month-Of Coordination: Events by Satra | Vintage Rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals | Floral Design: Twigss Floral Studio | Hair + Make-up: Mimi + Taylor | Paper Goods: Little Miss Press | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Chalkboard Art: Sarah Lynn Jones | Officiant: Michael Ireland | Ceremony Guitarist: Montara Music | DJ: DJ Cams | Dress: Sarah Seven | Gelato Cart: Cafe Scooteria | Getaway Car: Classic Convertible Wine Tours | Shuttles: Pure Luxury Transportation

Today's Bride

If you haven't had the pleasure to meet PJ Rude of Milkglass Vintage Rentals, well then you are severely missing out. She is superwomen as my mother and I like to call her. Literally days away from giving birth to her beautiful baby girl Sienna, PJ text me and was like " Hey! I'm putting together a shoot for Today's Bride Mag, can you make some flowers for it?!" I told her of course and then thought how the hell is that going to work out?? Sure enough Sienna came early and PJ 10 days later was standing on chairs { there are photos to prove it } and dragging furniture around to style the shoot. See what I mean about her being superwomen? This girl has skills. So anyways check out these lovely photos by Jennifer Skog Photography. It's always a please to work with both these lovely ladies! 

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Valentine's Day

Hi all! 

Just wanted to remind you that Valentine's Day is only one week away!

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Okay so for all you Danville/Bay Area locals, we will of course not be downtown in our studio because we moved { see Big Changes post }. But we are still taking larger special orders and they need to be placed by Monday. They will be delivered a few days early because we are taking the Twigss show on the road this Vday. Twigss will be set up in front of Sally Loo's Cafe in San Luis Obispo this year. We had such a wonderful time last year we decided to do it again!

So for you SLO locals here are the details:

We will be set up from 8:00 am till 5:30 pm with $40.00 Hand Wrapped Bouquets & $10.00 Posies. So come visit us, grab a cup of coffee and blooms for your loved one. We'd be so happy to see you! 

Sally Loo's Cafe:

1804 Osos St. San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 // 8:00 am-5:30 pm

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Madeleine & CP // A Savvy Event Wedding

When Kelly from A Savvy Event said, " So it gets windy at Gloria Ferrer. Like really windy, so make sure whatever you make it's for sure not going to go anywhere." Well we thought, okay…I'm sure it will be fine.

Let's just say really windy is an understatement. Bouquets were flyin out of my hands, our hair was totally "wippin back and forth", like Willow Smith's song. It was crazy. Honestly, with weather like that we could of not asked for a more relaxed and amazing couple. When all things were said and done, we were tired from fighting the wind but were pretty in love with the way this intimate wedding turned out. Plus Madeleine's bouquet had hanging hyacinth blooms strung together, who doesn't want that? Photos by the amazing Emily Merrill for Kate Webber Photography.

Cheers! 

-A

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New Beginnings

With each new year brings the hope that it will be better than the last. We set goals for ourselves, realistic or not they soon get forgotten and that delightful piece of cake gets devoured or instead of heading straight to the gym after work you curl up on the couch. We are only human. 

2013 brought so many wonderful opportunities for Twigss. I think it had to have been my favorite wedding season thus far. Every bride was lovely inside and out, we worked with beyond amazing vendors, got to see and explore new places and really figured out where we wanted to go in 2014.

In the down time, if you're lucky to have any, you reflect, you dream and sometimes you brood. When I sit quietly and dream, I think of how lucky I am, truly. I get to do what I love and am surrounded by people that are doing the same thing. I love this job, I love these wedding vendors, these clients. I am constantly blessed and inspired by what others are creating around me. So thank you fellow friends, you make this job rock. 

Our biggest change for 2014 was embarking on a new redesign journey for Twigss. A dear friend Kyle Naylor, { check out his art on his site Deer Print Co. } patiently worked day and night on bringing my unrealistic ideas to life. I couldn't be more happy to share with you all our new and improved look. 

For those of you that don't know our story, I'll keep it brief. In 2011 my mom sat me down and said, "Hey. Do you want to run a floral shop with me? I'm only going to buy this business if you want to be my partner in crime." I looked at her with a wide-eyed grin and nodded yes. I was 20, just graduated from a Fashion Institute and had NO idea what I wanted to do with my life. I had never built a floral arrangement, let alone taken a business class. Gardening was as far as my floral knowledge went, luckily my mom had some experience when it came to designing.

I remember the first arrangements I made, they were stiff and structured. I was scared, scared to let the flowers breath and be. But I knew what I wanted the arrangement to look like. I spent hours just staring at Sarah Ryhanen from Saipua's work, drinking up each delicate petal, each curve in the stem, each dramatic color combination. A masterpiece, each and every one of her designs. Then, I did it. I created my own masterpiece. It flowed from my brain to my fingertips, it wasn't thinking, it was magic. Since that day, I eat, sleep, and breath flowers. I miss them when I've been away from them too long. 

Of course I'm still learning and discovering but isn't that the best part? So, 2014. May it hold many wonderful days for you, memories that are better than those of 2013 and maybe take a moment to hold a flower in your hand and dream. 

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