branch out (v.)
- - to enlarge the scope of one's imagination.
The following publications have offered features about Branch Out:
Andrea and Femi were a wonderful couple to work with. She loved pink! They wanted to incorporate a South Beach, Miami feel with the Caribbean color scheme of blues and pinks. To thread the design concept they asked us to design the ceremony structure after the art deco style of the city. Classic Cuban food was served. The setting for the day was Cornerstone in the Napa Valley, a wonderful place with interesting and eclectic art installations throughout.
It was so exciting to be featured for my interpretation of art through flowers! — Leighsa
In 2006 we collaborated with designer/planner Joyce Scardina Becker of Events of Distinction. Together we created a custom designed table setting at the Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay. We blended gorgeous silk linens of geometric forms in tones of pewter, purple, lavender, and aubergine. We created the pave floral towers in tones of the same and complemented with fuschia peonies in tall, silver leafed porcelain floor standing vessels. The table was set with purple stemware, black lacquered chopstick with a mother of pear inlay, black sparkle charges, purple plates and steel bowls.
In 2004 Branch Out designed a custom king’s table setting at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco. Here we incorporated vibrant and saturated orange to rust toned “Mambo” roses, New Zealand calla lilies, cockscomb, rich red “Rococo” tulips, and Ecuadorian roses. The florals complemented the fused layers of glass in the vases and chopsticks.
At the end of 2006 I designed florals for Anya and Tim. They had a Winter Wonderland theme set at the James Leary Flood Mansion in San Francisco. Anya and I had one 30-minute conversation on the phone as our “consultation.” She was a very busy fashion stylist for Entertainment Tonight and the Insider. I knew that was the last we would talk before the wedding day. The rest of the collaboration was with Tosca Clark of Tosca Productions and a meeting with her mother. The flowers were beautiful in all white with the exception of her bouquet created completely of “Schwartzwalder” black New Zealand calla lilies. — Leighsa
What a treat to open up the magazine and find we were listed as one of the premiere choices in San Francisco for wedding and event flowers!
What a day, what a bride...shhh...top secret. This wedding was for Karis, Mick Jagger's first child. She was easy to work with and a very busy woman. She came in for maybe a thirty minute consultation and the next thing I knew we were designing flowers for her wedding day. The florals and linens were all in deep burgundies. Gorgeous! — Leighsa
SFB Magazine called and asked us to design our favorite bouquet. I have so many “favorites.” One I always wanted to design was an all-vegetable bouquet and felt this the perfect opportunity to do so. This was pure joy! — Leighsa
We are honored to be featured with two weddings in this spring / summer issue. These weddings are of two beautiful couples Jen and Drew, and Kala and Dan. I met Jen via the event industry. Jen is the senior account director at www.Splendora.com. She came to me with her vision, which to me was sheer fun! When she arrived for her consultation she brought me a bouquet of silk flowers. She said, "these are my colors!" This made the job easy...no guessing here. Then I met her groom, Drew. Kind and soft spoken and definitely in love. I wish them the very best!
Kala and Dan were brought to me by the amazing designer / planner Gloria Transavit of Sash and Sugar. Kala and Dan are a couple with an elegant sense of style! They incorporated gorgeous, deep saturated tones of antique gold, chocolate-bronze brown, burnt orange, kiwi green, and oranges. Kala brought Thai silk to me, from one of her trips abroad. She asked that some of the vases be wrapped with this beautiful fabric. Months before the wedding we were preparing props for Kala and Dan's memorable wedding day.
Branch Out Floral and Event Design was honored to be named “best of florists” in 2007. They featured our beautiful bouquet of blush pink, burgundy, lavender and magenta orchids and dahlias.
In the Today's Bride feature section of flowers was the 100 foot long dinner table from a wedding we did at a private estate in Rutherford, CA. The table was styled in purple linens and orchids with tangerine napkins, miniature green apples, green spider mums, orange calla lilies and roses with striped green leaves and finished with pillar candles. The middle-bottom image is a close up image of that table.
Bottom-right: Jean’s wedding bouquet of soft peach calla lilies, green brunia, chocolate fiddlehead frond, Echinacea and scabiosa pods, roses and white peris. This is an elegant and natural bouquet.
I have been interpreting art through flowers and design at the annual Bouquets to Art exhibition since 1989. This is from my 2004 piece. Here I interpreted a Maya Stela. This one in particular depicts a standing female ruler. — Leighsa
Branch Out created the three designs shown from right clockwise. These are all from weddings and events we have been honored to be a part of.
The reception shown in the bottom-left corner was styled with a ballroom full of tabletop trees woven with long, white Hawaiian dendrobium orchid blooms and hanging votives in the branches. The base design was of seeded eucalyptus and slate blue thistles. The table linen “Chocolate Truffle” was of chocolate brown with pewter and soft blue. The arcing trees enveloping each tabletop made the room so intimate.
Anjali and Girish's glorious Indian wedding, which was presented in this photo-article from the WedCandy website, was full of excitement and sweet emotion. It was a dream to work in the beautiful setting of the San Francisco City Hall. The amazing images from Joymariephoto.com capture more than words could ever say. Thank you David and Joy Marie!
We designed this blue and yellow table for a man’s surprise 40th birthday. He was a graduate of Cal Berkeley. The table-scape is modern and clean with “blocked” floral designs, yellow and green candles, and limes. Here we incorporated green and blue hydrangea, yellow sunflowers, blue thistle, variegated flax leaves, yellow mokara orchids and green hypericum berries.
The long table-scape design is from a masquerade themed party. Here we styled the table with mossed and floral spheres, some wound with copper wire, and variegated pink flax leaves. The table was further embellished with florals in apothecary jars of varied heights and shapes and illuminated by frosted amber votive candles. This composition was to complement Hartmann’s gorgeous copper napkin, bronze wired votive candles and napkin ring, copper chargers, and beautiful linen.
Hartmann asked us to create an all green floral design and think Versace. Done. We styled the clean contemporary composition in a low rectangular vase with wound variegated green flax leaves, kiwi green Hawaiian anthiriums, and cymbidium orchids.
This table setting is featured on the Nappa Valley Web site. Tatiana and Chris¹ dinner reception was created in soft lavender tones with white. The florals of lavender Bluebird roses, white with lavender hydrangea and long white Hawaiian dendrobiums were the perfect complement to Napa Valley Linens gorgeous linens and napkins.