Stefanie & Dustin

This lovely lady here is my dear friend Stefanie. Her and I go way back, like so far back we were babies when we met, neither of us remember a thing. We grew up spending lots of time together as kids, teenagers, and later as adults. We talked about planning our weddings often, and spent many afternoons browsing wedding magazines at Barnes & Noble. When Stefanie got engaged to Dustin we soon began potting and planning her wedding flowers. The first thing I did was make this lovely bouquet for her engagement photos. Shot by Deanna Rose Photographer who happens to be Stefanie’s sister. Lucky her!

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If you couldn’t tell by her photos, she has excellent tastes. I’ve tried to borrow that green dress multiple times. Check out her fashion blog Pretty Is This

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 Her wedding colors were blush pink, mint green, and gold. The theme or ‘feel’ of her wedding was Vintage Garden.

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Her venue was The Rengstorff House in Mountain View, a historic house built in 1867. When discussing something for the ceremony space, we wanted to do something that wouldn’t take away from the beauty of the house. We decided on this gold arch, covered in vines with touches of blush pink dahlia, peony, and gold painted manzanita branches. The drippy hanging green amaranthus gave it a southern romantic feel. With the house being 2 stories tall, and the porch such a dramatic tall entrance, having something on the same level as where the ceremony was taking place really filled in and framed the space.


From day 1, all Stefanie talked about for her bouquet were peonies. As fate would have it I found this gorgeous bunch of peonies at the market, mostly white with blush pink outer petals. I’m convinced that they were grown just for her, they were so perfect. In addition to her peonies I added some blush garden roses, blush astilbe, dusty miller, Boston fern, silver dollar eucalyptus, and my favorite thing ever green hanging amaranthus. The texture of her bouquet was soft and lush, with the hanging greens giving it a lovely free flowing shape.


These teapots were ones Stefanie picked up antique shopping, each table had a different style of teapots, all setting on a stack of books surrounded by bud vases of spray roses, babies breath, and larkspur.


Repurposing is my purpose. It breaks my heart seeing flowers from a ceremony space used for just a few minutes then forgotten. Below is the ceremony arch piece repurposed as a sweetheart table topper, with a gorgeous green lemon leaf garland added. Score for recycling flowers! S+D_Reception(35of174)

I loved these boutonnieres, they turned out so sweet. A little garden mix with a vintage button, wrapped in blush colored thread. Fun fact, the buttons used I actually inherited from my great grandmother. She grew up in the depression era, and saved everything. So thank you Grandma Pat for passing on your buttons, as well as your pack rat tendencies to me.

IMG_7293Screen Shot 2015-07-08 at 1.26.25 PMThe bridesmaids bouquets had a big beautiful cafe au lait dahlia, some blush stock, blush astilbe, blush hypericum, how many times can I say blush, and silver dollar eucalyptus.
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Thank you Stefanie & Dustin for letting me be a tiny part of your gorgeous day I’m the bridesmaid in green. It was years in the making, and it makes me so happy to see how everything came together. Congratulations, and happy 1st year anniversary!

     {This blog post was a year in the making, I’m a slow blogger!}



Venue: The Rengstorff House
Photography: Caitlin Turner Photography
Floral Design: Orange Blossoms Floral Design- thats me!
Invitation and program design: deanna-rose.com
Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini at David’s Bridal
Groom’s Suit: Bar III at Macy’s




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