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YWD Out Of The Box Bouquets photograph by Steven Lam

Yeah, YWD Fall/Winter 2011 issue is finally hitting the news stand this month. We had a great time shooting this beautiful story for Your Wedding Day magazine back in June with creative director Cathryn Vanbreene and Stylist Krista Jon at Seven-Degrees in Laguna Beach. We want to share these stunning non-floral fresh idea bouquet designs with brides to be. This is an amazing collection of unique bouquets showcasing so many wonderful concepts from vintage items to feathers and gemstones to seashells. We also have added additional out take detail photos featuring each bouquet to show the intricacies of these labors of true love. There were too many great photographs and we wanted to share it all with you. Lastly, we want to give a special thank you to Thea Hargrove, publisher of YWD for inviting us to be a part of the contributing team for this issue. We hope you will find these alternative modern bridal bouquet inspiring.

For more info, visit YWD Blog about this story and pick up a copy of YWD fall/winter 2011 for complete details.



Our photograph featured on the table of content page.

Opening spread.


Vintage Flea Market Bouquet / $500 / Design by R. Jack Balthazar (previously featured on our blog Parker Palm Springs Bling.) Made with book pages, Scrabble pieces, crocheted details, fabric and button roses, vintage postcards, black and cream ticking ribbon, skeleton key.

What a Gem bouquet / $300 - $600 / Designed by Noaki Jewelry. Made with fabric hydrangea petals, rich pearl heirloom brooch, one-of-a-kind pearl and rhinestone estate pieces.

Handheld Harvest bouquet / $250 / Designed by Belle of the Ball Designs. Made with walnuts, peanuts, hazelnuts, cinnamon, curly willow, pheasant feathers, bird's net, chocolate ribbon.

La Boheme bouquet / $ (price upon request) / Designed by Dolce Designs Studio. Made with natural and white goose feathers, colorful brooches, delicate ostrich feathers.

Wild at Heart bouquet / $425 / Designed by Dandelion Ranch. Made with dried plants, feathers, kried king protea, pheasant feathers, dried loofah, rams head, kiwi branches, faded peacock feathers, lotus pods, dried rubrum luecadendron, dried mini safari sunset luecadendron, okra shells, pussy willow, grass bundles, dried pecans, eucalyptus pods, trumpet pods, palm cups, reindeer moss.

Succulent bouquet / $295 / Designed by Krista Jon, also the stylist for this fabulous story for YWD. No succulent description available.

This one is a bonus bouquet detail shot. Too bad this bouquet did not make it in the story but we also love this bouquet. Sorry we don't have the designer's info or materials. Still, a gorgeous creation with seashells, sand dollars, ribbons and gold buttons.

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Embroidery Props!

Our studio just received a sweet and heartfelt compliment from Danielle + Derek and we wanted to share this with everyone:

"Steven & Carmen

Derek and I are loving the pictures from our July wedding - you guys did an exquisite job. I was actually inspired by one of the photos you took to embroider a cover for our album. I belong to the Southern California chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America (long name, I know) and we're putting some of our work in a display at the Pasadena library for the month of February."

How awesome is this? We always knew we have the best clients in the world but this totally proves how creative and talented our clients are. This embroidery master piece took Danielle twelve hours to create, no small feat folks. We have also included the original image captured by Carmen Lam. Mahalo!

Album info:
Album made by Kolo available at Papersource and
Album style: Newport
Album color: Ocean (Blue)
Photo corner made by Kolo available at Papersource and

Wedding info:
Private resident, Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii

Exhibition info:
Souther California Chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America (SCCEGA)
Exhibition dates: February 1st - 28th, 2011
Location: Pasadena Central Library
Address: 285 East Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101