Friday, December 30

Real Weddings: Burlingame Country Club

This wedding might be familiar to a few of you, we did a post about having a Plan B with an outdoor wedding in May after we worked on this wedding. We now have elegant shots from the wonderful Anna Kuperberg to show off the Modern Classic designs we created for Eloise and Ryans wedding and the nice weather that held up through the ceremony. Thank you to Stacy from Stacy McCain Events for making everything run smoothly and working out a Plan B just in case of rain. Thank goodness we got to go with Plan A but it's best to always be prepared for the worst.

The bride kept her bouquet classic with all white peonies but we added modern twists to the reception with wheat grass, Kermit mums and moss balls. One of our favorite pieces of the wedding was an iron birdcage that we adorned with flowers, moss and greenery to look as if the flowers had grown there naturally, it was enchanting.

Eloise and Ryan's story of how they met re-instills the belief in fate. It all started when Ryan left a note on Eloise's father's car to see if he would be interested to sell it...he didn't get the car but he got the girl. Every couple has a funny or cute story about how they met, incorporate it in the wedding somehow to share the story with your guests and use it to add personal touches throughout the wedding.

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Wednesday, December 28

What do you do with all those extra cords from electronics and outdated electronic devices?

We had the opportunity to really step out of the box for a clients event this past October with a tech theme. When we got the call for this event we immediately went through a few boxes labeled "Random Parts" ,that were stashed in the back of our supply closet, to see what we had in the way of electronics that could give us some inspiration. We found old floppy disks, CD's, Ethernet cables, phone lines, old cell phones, key boards and for some reason circuit boards and old computer replacement parts. The design process started off great thanks to our plethora of random electronic parts and forgotten dated technology, good thing we pretty much keep everything over here at MDD.

In light of the Holidays we call these our "Where past Christmas presents end up" centerpieces. We have you intrigued, right? Click here to see the full album on our Facebook page.

 Let us know what you think!

Tuesday, December 20

Real Weddings: Viansa Winery, Sonoma

Jessica and Mike were such a laid-back and cool couple to work with from the first time we met to the wedding day. Their vintage inspired wedding took place at the beautiful Viansa Winery in Sonoma, CA. The views were breathtaking, the sun was out and everyone was relaxed, it was perfect!

We also got the chance to work with the wonderful vendors that the couple chose to be apart of their wedding.Jessica from LoveSpun Films created a beautiful film for the couple that highlights their touching personal vows and the unique details of their wedding.
Provided by LoveSpun Films

Photographers Jason & Anna captured the essence of this Wine Country Vintage Inspired wedding with softened images of the blissful couple and their DIY creations. 

 Check out more images of the wedding on the Jason & Anna Photography blog.

Jessica & Mike’s Exceptional Vendors

Monday, December 19

Real Weddings: Treasure Island

We had the pleasure of working with Joyce from Events of Distinction this past October who created this "Fashionably Ever After" wedding design concept and with the beautiful images from Meg Perotti Photography we are able to share it with you. We had a really great time designing fashion inspired arrangements for this fun couple, especially in the cocktail area with the food station, cocktail table arrangements and escort card display. We hope these images will inspire you to personalize your wedding with a theme and really go for it!
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Friday, December 16

Holiday wreath making tips from MDD

  1. When buying your wreath ring make sure you buy a double wire ring. This will prevent the wreath from becoming an oval.
  2. Pick greenery that does not drop needles when it dries. Avoid Douglas fir. The best evergreens to use are pine, cedar and juniper.
  3. To make your wreath unique and contemporary add interesting accents such as eucalyptus pods, tallow berries, succulents, bromeliads, birch bark strips and mossy branches.
  4. Cut all your materials first into shorter pieces, length depends on the size of the wreath.
  5. Make little bundles of your materials before you start and wrap them with rubber bands, wire or twine. You will need about 30-40 small bundles of material for an 18”-24” ring.
  6. Use spool wire to wrap the materials to the ring and pull tight so when you let go of the spool it does not unravel. 20 gauge wire works the best.
  7. To begin your wreath start with one of the bundles of material that has some longer pieces in it. This will cover the empty space that the end piece will leave.
  8. If you end up with a blank space where your wreath ends place your bow there and you will not have to worry about filling it with greenery.
  9. If you want to your wreath to be lit I would recommend using a 35 light strand for a standard 18”-24” wreath. Start wrapping the lights from one side of the top or bow and continue all the way around. Make sure you tuck the strand into the wreath as you go this way you will just see the glow of the lights when you are finished not the wiring.
  10. You can add in the larger accents like ornaments, pine cones or acorns after the wreath is complete with a hot glue gun.

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Tuesday, December 13

Inspiration: Holiday Centerpiece

Textural Holiday arrangement with succulents, tallow berries, cedar, eucalyptus, dusty miller, pine and pumpkins from Halloween sprayed gold to give them a festive Holiday look.

Monday, December 5

Back in the posting spirit!

Phew!.....It has been such a busy wedding season that we have not kept up with our posts and now we are into full on Holiday mode!! To get back into the posting spirit we are going to start off with something fun and crafty.....

The Holidays can be pretty hectic so we have put together 10 quick tips to easily add some spirit and cheer into your home this Holiday season.

Michael Daigian's
Top 10 Holiday Decorating Tips

  1. Do you still have pumpkins from Halloween? Instead of throwing them away, spray paint them gold and they become a perfect holiday decoration.
  2. Antique Pomegranates by sprinkling them with water and spraying them with gold spray paint. Arrange them in a decorative bowl-instant centerpiece!
  3. If you couldn’t tell already gold spray paint is a must on hand item for decorating for the holidays.
  4. When decorating your home with holiday greenery use Juniper or Cedar branches, they don’t drop needles.
  5. Lighting your Christmas tree can be hard work. To make sure you have an even pattern stand back and squint at the tree, I know it sounds odd. It will blur everything else out but the lights and you will see if your glowing lights are evenly spaced out.
  6. To stretch your holiday decorating budget mix artificial and real floral elements to adorn your home.
  7. Want a custom wreath that represents your design aesthetic? Purchase a cedar wreath already made and wire on your own personal touches. It could be berries, special ornaments, fruit, ribbon or cording.
  8. When decorating your home or tree with bows always make your own. A homemade bow has more personality than a store bought machine made bow, because they look machine made.
  9. Take twigs or branches from around your property, spray paint them red or gold and you have a modern holiday element to add to your home. Arrange in a vase alone or add to your wreath or holiday garland.
  10. If you are re-using holiday candles from last year, take an old iron and renew the tops of the candles. Hold the iron flat on the top for a few moments and it will make the candle look like new.