Dahlia Farm

Being a florist in Sonoma County, I have access to some incredible flower farms. Last weekend, I did an event at Gloria Fererr Winery. If you have never been to Gloria Ferrer for bubbles, you must go! Beautiful views over looking the vineyards and some great Champagne.

So, for the arrangements, I needed some deep red and white Dahlias. I headed over to Petaluma to the Aztec Dahlia farm.  This place is beautiful and open to the public. I met with the grower there and she let me hand pick the Dahlias I wanted. It doesn't get much fresher than that! For fall arrangements, (although, it doesn't feel like fall out here in CA) consider mixing soft textures like Dahlias, with more rustic textured flowers like these purple sea hollies. 

Occidental, CA

One of the best parts of my job is having the opportunity to visit some incredible event spaces and exploring parts of the Bay Area I have never been to. This past wedding I designed flowers for was in the quaint town of Occidental, which runs down the Bohemian Highway.  Located just 13 miles inland from Bodega Bay, Occidental has a population of only about 1,200. However, for such a small town, we were surprised at all this area has to offer. The wedding reception was located at the historic, family run Union Hotel and Restaurant. It was a pleasure working with the staff here and we heard the food is great! Next time we are here, we will for sure grab a bite to eat. http://www.unionhoteloccidental.com

                                                                            Union Hotel, Occidental CA. Reception site. 

                                                                            Union Hotel, Occidental CA. Reception site. 

After setting up the flowers, we set out to explore the town. We stumbled upon the Boho Bungalow, owned by Faith Parker. This little shop has everything you could want, from jewelry to household goods. I picked up a a vintage inspired VW bus painting for my home. Faith was so welcoming and friendly and has great taste. http://www.thebohobungalow.com. Also a must visit when you come to Occidental. 

                                                                                                       Boho Bungalow, Occidental CA

                                                                                                       Boho Bungalow, Occidental CA

If you are in the mood for some wine tasting, head over to Boheme Wines located right on Main street. https://bohemewines.com/visit  There are tons of wineries located within 30 minutes of Occidental. 

                                                                            Vineyards in Occidental Valley. 

                                                                            Vineyards in Occidental Valley. 

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Fall Wedding at the Union Hotel and Ballroom. Photography by Melissa Babasin Photography and Floral design by yours truly, Petals. Flowers by Katie 

Mexican Themed Rehearsal Dinner

The bride and groom decided to hire a taco truck to cater their rehearsal dinner at the bride's parent's house in Sonoma, CA before the big night of their wedding. I thought it would be cute to incorporate their Mexican themed party into the flower arrangements. I decided to line the vases with lime circles. Not only did this add a fresh lime fragrance to the flowers, but it gave it that beautiful bright green pop of color. 

Petals begins

It all began 10 years ago while working in a little flower shop in San Diego, CA. I remember thinking, "what a great way to make a living, being surrounded by smiling people and beautiful flowers, what could be better?" Fast forward to the Spring of 2013 when my husband and I decided to take a trip of a life time. We set out to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, which begins at the Mexico/California border and ends at the Canadian/Washington border.  We quit our jobs, sold our cars, and started walking. Naturally, we had a lot of time to think while on the trail. I also had the great opportunity to observe the most beautiful and diverse flora and fauna. The trail inspired me to go after what I really enjoy doing in life. Many ideas were fostered between the two of us, but for me, what it came down to was finding a way to combine my passion of working with people, event planning and  flowers. I knew I had to get back to floral design . After our trip, I enrolled in a refresher course  at the American School of Flower Design in San Francisco and studied under the great Michael Gaffney. Choosing to create my own floral design business has been the best decision I could have made. I get to make people happy, be creative (Although Mr. Gaffney always says that floral design has little to do with creativity and much to do with patterns and formulas) and work at my own pace. The picture below was taken on the Pacific Crest Trail by my husband. We would often walk separately on the trail, so if we got to a junction, we would write out secret sign in the dirt, "XO" with an arrow pointing in the correct direction. This sign could not be more symbolic as to how we live our lives today. If you follow your heart, you will never be steered in the wrong direction.