Hi, my name is Adrianne and I am a ribbonoholic

Posted by adrianne on Jun 15, 2010 in Fleuriste Events | No Comments |

Word! San Diego wedding season is in its full summer swing once again, and although the bride is hands down the VIP du jour, her sassy sidekicks should never be overlooked. After all, they have probably seen her through just about everything! You know, the usual stuff -from braces and the ugly, pimply adolescent years to studying abroad and moving into her first apartment. Yikes, don’t even forget bad boyfriend breakups #1-10! Better get these saintly sistahs clad in well-deserved, well-made, colorful attire. Some of my faves include: , and

Thankfully, at this wonderful time of year, bridesmaid dresses come in a sprightly array of colors. Saturated sunflower yellows, aquamarine blues, grassy clover greens, rum punchy pinks – all perfect choices for glowy summertime skin. Their bouquets also must make a special statement. That is where I come in – complimenting their zesty attire/flowers with the perfect ribbon wrapped around the stems. I must confess, I have boatloads of the stuff. I am a ribbon junkie. There is no easy fix. French wired, velvet, double face satin, ombre, vintage, grosgrain and silk, don’t get me going – the beast within emerges and credit cards go mad! Oh no, here come the voices again, make them stop! Where is that soup Nazi guy from Seinfeld when I need to be denied…”No ribbon for you!”


For reals?

Posted by adrianne on Jun 9, 2010 in Fleuriste Events | One Comment |

For reals?? Yes, seriously – 500 stems of hydrangea!!! Our studio was packed with the prettiness of garden roses, peonies, China mummies, too….aaah! Voluptuous full blooms are what set the stage for Alissa and Zach’s vintage Victorian wedding at the Hotel Del Coronado. Washed out pastels of champagne, blush, apricot, creamy whites, soft pink and subtle greens were the perfect match for the historic setting. The chuppah was quite an endeavor for my team and I. We designed and constructed an awning style canopy off the existing courtyard gazebo that complimented the hotel’s garden surroundings. And, lucky me – snap happy Paul Barnett was on the job – GREAT images! He is one of San Diego’s best wedding photographers and always a hoot and a half to work alongside. Miryam Seid, a recent addition to our fine city from New York, planned all the details perfectly, this gal’s got style and then some. Get to know HER! And, the sweet and very talented Erika Firm of Delphine provided stunning letterpress invitations and escort cards with a quaint leafy motif…a great touch. Did I forget anyone else?? Yes – duh, and the gals at CAKE! created a dreamy cake with large “scales” of white chocolate…it was quite unique and a thrill to decorate with peonies, spray roses and, or course, our last stems of hydrangea. Here’s to the bride and groom!

(BTW – If you made it this far in my gushy, rambling post…latest greatest news just in, my lovely friend Rachel called a moment ago, she and Peter are engaged!!! XO to you both!!!)


Springing forward

Posted by adrianne on Mar 9, 2010 in Fleuriste Events | No Comments |

With daylight savings being just a few days away, something fantastic has also re-set its seasonal clock around here. The abundant winter rain that dumped this year made our funky succulent-ed entry really bust out with big time juiciness! Once shriveled jade plants, aeoniums, echevarias and aloes are now thick, thriving and fat with moisture. And, along with their new found lust for life, these plants are also hosting a variety of critters. My darling cat “Bones” (aka “Itty Bitty”- not so bitty any more) has made many new chewy friends and has thoughtfully introduced them to the rest of the household; usually when and where we least expect it. Examples – like right after dinner, or at 2:30am via the bedroom window (over my side of the bed, of course) or placed orderly next to my gym bag where her victim lays maimed, wiggly or dead as a door nail.

Her favorite new friends include: earthworms, some up to 6″ long; alligator lizards, usually missing a limb and/or tail and the real fun novelty of late is a 3″ long potato bug, ewww! This link should do the trick for those unfamiliar with this elusive, mysterious bug-thing…. Darwin, my friend, I guarantee our crazy coastal niche would have impressed you!

But seriously now – cats, critters and natural selection aside, the important thing to share with my blog followers is that I often harvest succulents from our rain-soaked front yard. I find they make a fine ingredient in many a floral recipe. From boutonnieres to centerpieces – their effect is stunning, surprising and always invites both touch and comment. Heck, talk about shopping “local’, eh? Lucky me! Oh, and my cat too. Photo courtesy:


Going the Distance

Posted by adrianne on Nov 5, 2009 in Fleuriste Events | No Comments |

The event industry is filled with many talented vendors who provide a great array of services. Some of these people are quite accomplished at their chosen trade. And, then there are others that go the extra mile….going the distance to bring us something absolutely amazing. Of these I am so TOTALLY impressed with cake & pastry wizard extraordinaire, Michele Coulon.

I met Michele nine years ago at Rancho Valencia Resort while setting up a wedding. Not sure who said it to who first, but it was along the lines of, “Hey, I love your clogs!” Sensible shoes happen for sensible people BTW. Shoes aside, what this dear woman can create with butter, flour and sugar is seriously some kind of voodoo or black magic – she creates addiction! Tip – try her dense Meyer lemon cake – it’ll really send you!

In addition to wedding cakes, specialty desserts and pastries, Michele Coulon Dessertier is also a super charming cafe in La Jolla offering French bistro-style fare that focuses on incorporating local and organic ingredients into her cuisine. Go the distance and make a reservation, you won’t regret it.


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