Boutonnières: From Past to Present

September 12th, 2011 by Karen Pan | Comment

Boutonnières are common in weddings today but where did they come from? Well the term boutonnière is actually French for “buttonhole flower” when men use to place a single flower in the buttonhole of their suit jacket to ward off evil sprits. However, the tradition goes back to medieval time when a knight wore his lady’s colors (through flowers) as a statement of his love. These days, most boutonnieres are pinned directly to the man’s left lapel on special occasions. And boutonniere designs are not just limited to flowers but include many creative materials. Here are some of our favorites for each season:

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Lace It Up!

June 13th, 2011 by Karen Pan | Comment

I admit, I was one of the many enchanted by the Royal Wedding. Among the many highlights of that day, none was greater than Princess Kate’s magnificent wedding dress, with those lace sleeves. In fact, those sleeves are bringing back lace as the hottest trend this year! And it’s no surprise. Lace just brings about such timeless elegance, sophistication and romance. It’s so versatile that it can be used anywhere from stationary to cakes and even jewelry. And it doesn’t have to be all white either. You can introduce colors quite easily like a pretty blue and white combination. The possibilities are endless so go ahead and lace it up!

Invitation photo courtesy of Paper Chez

Wedding gown photo courtesy of Aire Barcelona

Dessert table photo courtesy of Aileen Tran Event Stylist

Cake photo courtesy of Clary Pfeiffer

Necklace photo courtesy of White Owls Etsy shop

Package photo courtesy of Oh Hello Friend

Bottle photo courtesy of Style Me Pretty

Purr-fect Shoot

June 2nd, 2011 by Karen Pan | Comment

I’m a huge cat lover and just had to share this adorable engagement shoot of my August couple taken by the amazing Elley Photography. Ariel and Dennis wanted to their photos taken in their natural element and they thought what better way than to include their magnificent cats and take a stroll in Ed Levin Park in Milpitas. Elley captured their down-to-earth, fun-loving spirit and I think it’s just purr-fection!

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Sakura and Gelston: September 11, 2010

December 17th, 2010 by Karen Pan | Comment

I’m so excited to finally share this wedding with you! This past year, I had the pleasure of helping Sakura and Gelston plan and design their entire wedding. After months and months of planning, every detail of their wedding became so personal to me. The lovely couple envisioned an elegant, traditional and intimate wedding with their closest family and friends. We chose the magnificent Kohl Mansion in Burlingame as their backdrop and incorporated a palette of blush pink, soft violet and cream to set the tone for a romantic evening. Sakura means cherry blossom in Japanese and we scattered this motif throughout their decor. The guests danced through the night to a live jazz band that resembled the Ella Fitzgerald era. The highlight was a surprise by Sakura’s mom who performed a Japanese dance for the couple in a stunning traditional attire. The day was absolutely perfect and I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful couple to celebrate it with! Congratulations or in Japanese, Omedetou, you love birds!

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Leaf Your Thumbprint

December 6th, 2010 by Karen Pan | Comment

Love, love, love this idea! This is a great variation of the standard guest book. Instead of having guests just write their names in a book, have them instead “leaf” their thumbprint on this beautiful tree. Hang up it up with a lovely frame and remember all your guests every time pass it by.  Visit LovliDay on Etsy to find the right tree size for your wedding.

Photos courtesy of Jonas Peterson Photography

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