Wednesday, June 27

Children's Flower Workshop

Last week, one of floral designers, Nixon Tran, had the pleasure of visiting the Cumberland Presbyterian Chinese Church in San Francisco to teach a room full of children how to make floral arrangements. We provided each of the kids with a few flowers and a basket, then proceeded to teach them the basics of floral design! Even Michael contributed to the workshop by cutting a few maple leaves from his home so the kids could add a little flare into their personal arrangements. Nixon said it was so rewarding to be able to teach a younger generation the beauty and uniqueness of floral design.

Here are a few photos from the flower workshop:

Once the workshop was over, the kids wrote in their class journals about how 
their day went with "Mr. Nixon".  
So sweet!

To thank Mr. Nixon for coming to the class and teaching the students, they in turn made him an origami flower arrangement. Now, we just might have to do our very own origami workshop here at Michael Daigian Design!

Thank you again Cumberland Church for allowing us to teach your students!

Monday, June 25

The Keys Event

This past weekend we created floral arrangements for an event that was set to have a San Francisco theme. We created several unique buffet table arrangements that reflected the many well known areas of the San Francisco Bay, including the Spanish Mission District, Italian North Beach, Ghiradelli Square, Chinatown, Japan Town, and Wine Country.

We dressed each of the cocktail tables with a small arrangement which was finished with a little cable car for a fun San Francisco touch!

For the North Beach themed station on the left, we designed a lush arrangement of red flowers with touches of white and green. The container was a tall curvy shaped vase with a burgundy leaf wrap and twine at the bottom to resemble a Chianti bottle.

For the Wine Country themed buffet on the right, we designed a tall container wrapped in birch bark to look natural and rustic then filled it with a lush, dripping arrangement of red roses, burgundy tulips, red amaranthus, and red grapes with lush ivy woven throughout.

For the Japan Town arrangement on the left, we filled a lower black container with a few tall blossom branches arranged in an Ikebana style

For the Chinatown buffet station on the right,  we placed a tall clear vase with a green interior leaf wrap. The floral arrangement was contemporary and clean, yet full of horsetail reeds, red orchids and roses with accents of greenery

For the Mission District buffet station we placed a tall terracotta vase filled with a loose, but round shaped arrangement of yellow sunflowers, colorful traditional Mexican paper flowers and yellow mini roses with touches of greenery.

For the Ghiradelli-inspired dessert station on the left, we filled a tall glass vase with colorful candy and placed a lush arrangement of hydrangea, Gerber daisies, and tulips. 

Lastly, for the Wharf-inspired station on the right, we designed a tall clear vase with an interior leaf wrap which was then draped it with a small fishing net. The arrangement was full of orange wild flowers and grassy accents to give it a beachy look.

Friday, June 22

How To: Mexican Paper Flowers

One of our lead floral designers, Nixon Tran, got crafty this week by creating some Mexican paper flowers to use within a Mission District-themed floral arrangement. The designing process is simple and the ending look is festive and fun.

What you need: Pipe cleaner and Tissue Paper (we used two different colors for our flowers)

Step 1: Cut the tissue paper into large rectangles and stack them neatly.

Step 2: Make several tight folds back and forth until it begins to look almost like an accordion.

Step 3: Tie off the middle of the tissue paper by using the pipe cleaner.

Step 4: Begin to spread the folds and peel the tissue paper away from each other.

Step 5: Continue to fluff and adjust the tissue paper to create a round robust flower.

The finished product!

In addition to the paper flowers, we added vibrant dahlias and sunflowers to create a elaborate and full Spanish-inspired centerpiece!

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Wednesday, June 20

Real Wedding & Engagement Party

Real Wedding: Jenna & Scott

Jenna and Scott got married on June 10, 2012 at the unique Vintage Inn located in downtown Yountville, California. The wedding took place outside on the lush green lawn in the Grand Pavilion, which was surrounded by stone walls and rose gardens. The reception dinner that followed was inside the Historic Barrel Room that had deep red brick walls and stunning wrought iron chandeliers. The theme we had in mind for this wedding was elegant and romantic, along with many shades of purple and touches of green and grey.

We created a custom chuppah that was lined with phalaenopsis orchids, campanulas, lisianthus, and cool water roses.

We provided the candles that illuminated each of the tables creating a romantic dining experience.

The tall table centerpieces we designed had phalaenopsis orchids,purple hydrangeas, and tall branches that were strung with purple ribbon and elegant votives.

The wedding cake was provided by Perfect Endings of Napa Valley.

Engagement Party: Leslie & Josh

Leslie and Josh celebrated their engagement on June 9, 2012 at a private residence overlooking the vast San Francisco Bay. We wanted to keep the theme for the party casual and comfortable, yet very elegant. We decided on a color palette of white and green florals, accompanied by eggplant and kiwi colored linens. The combination of the spectacular view, vibrant linens, and abundance of flowers created a  picturesque, and one of a kind, engagement party for both Leslie and John.

The table centerpieces were composed of fluffy hydrangeas, delphiniums, avalanche roses, white peonies, and green parrot tulips.

The bar area was surrounded by a tall arrangement of vibrant white orchids and fluffy hydrangeas. The adjacent cocktail tables were dressed with white peonies in a square glass vase cornered by small glass votives filled with water.

The elegant tall centerpieces inside the home had white peonies, green viburnum, and white larkspur which added even more height to the piece.

We were so thankful to provide floral arrangements for each of these lovely events that turned out to be spectacular. If you are interested in our designs, please do not hesitate to get in contact with us!

Phone: 415-821-7710

Tuesday, June 19

Real Wedding: Ganya & Sam

On June 8th Gayna and Sam got married at the beautiful Cornerstone Gardens located in Sonoma, California. The venue was stunning, it was filled with pink daisy pinwheels blowing fast in the wind and pinot noir vineyards trailing as far back as you could see. We were lucky enough to work with Gayna and Sam in order to create elaborate and beautiful floral designs that set the scene of the wedding as a beautiful garden party with rustic accents. The colors we had chosen to use in the floral designs included kiwi, coral, sherbet orange, bubble gum pink, blush, white, and peach.

Here are some of the photos we took showcasing the floral designs from Ganya and Sam's wedding:

The bride's bouquet was made up of scabiosa pods, pink lisianthus, peach parrot tulips, green snowball viburnum, and white David Austin roses.
The bridesmaid's bouquet was full of orange protea, orange ball dahlias, peach garden roses, and scabiosa pods.

In order to add a rustic touch to the wedding, we wrapped the votives in burlap and used mason jars as vases for each the table centerpieces.

The two large alter arrangements were composed of pink lisianthus, peach garden roses, white dahlias, white snap dragons, peach parrot tulips, and yellow stock.
We did not design the escort card table, however, we absolutely loved the whimsical pinwheel idea which went perfectly with the pink daisy pinwheels in the garden.

The wedding cake by Perfect Endings was a huge hit! It was so good people came back asking for seconds!

The unique wooden cake toppers were awaiting their close up shot.

More Real Weddings coming soon! In the meantime, keep up with Michael Daigian Design on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Monday, June 18

Press: Ceremony Magazine & Thomas Hughes Films

This past week Michael Daigian Design was featured in both Ceremony Magazine and Thomas Hughes Films.

Ceremony Magazine:

The mention in Ceremony magazine features the beautiful wedding of Lauren & Jeff which took place at St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the The Bently Reserve here in San Francisco. We designed lush and romantic arrangements full of deep purples and vibrant whites.

Thomas Hughes Films:

We also want to give much thanks to Thomas Hughes Films for sending us this video link that captured some of the most amazing moments of Jennifer & Alex's weddings that took place at The St. Francis Solano Church in Sonoma.