to the kids, with love

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Remember this photo from a few posts ago? The “east wing” was getting readied for my son Duncan’s engagement party.

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Add lights, paper lanterns, friends, family and cake, and voila! Duncan and Kristy’s engagement party last Sunday.

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A trip to the Downtown LA flower market a couple days before the party was probably more fun for me than helpful — a last-minute grab of grocery store flowers to fill a couple throwaway urns we found curbside probably came out looking the freshest, with just a few branches of Grevillea ‘Moonlight’ thrown in for good measure.

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Kristy cuts the cake (by long-time family fav Amaltifano Bakery in San Pedro. George’s Greek Cafe in downtown Long Beach catered the food.)

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All the party photos are by Mitch.

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There was so much to do, I never picked up the camera again. Although I intended to document prepping of some of the flowers in another pair of urns, these photos are as far as I got. We’ve been working on a project with surplus stairway spindles, and I grabbed a couple to support these urns because I wanted some height to swag and drape passion vine. The pointy ends of the spindles were hammered directly into the gravel. Rather than using cut leaves, I bought some 4-inch pots of chartreuse sweet potato plants and variegated plectranthus as a base for the flowers. I also grabbed some succulents and bromeliads from the garden.

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I had trialed the ‘Flying V’ passion vine in vases, and it lasts for days, so I knew it’d be tough enough to last at least the day of the event in the little floral water tubes, even during a heat wave.

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You’ll have to imagine these finished with white hydrangeas, lime green amaranthus, eryngium, with leucadendron and phormium from the garden. Empty pots, empty garden rooms, and every heart filled to overflowing. All our love, you two!

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9 Responses to to the kids, with love

  1. Peter/Outlaw says:

    It all looks marvelous! Love the aeoniums in clear glass with gravel. That second pair of urns seem to float. They were nice the way you pictured them but the end product sounds over the top gorgeous. Congrats to Duncan and Kristy and kuddos to you for making the event especially beautiful for them.

  2. Kris P says:

    From the succulent parfaits to the urns with their crafty supports and lovely contents, it looks wonderful, Denise! I’m sure a good time was had by all. Best wishes to the honorees and congratulations to you on pulling all the pieces together.

  3. Jeremy says:

    Congrats Denise!!

  4. Nell says:

    What a delight! Hope the couple’s life together goes on as beautifully as it’s begun.

  5. A beautiful location for what looks to be a very successful party, I think you’ve got a second career ahead putting together event spaces….

  6. Denise says:

    @Peter, Kris, Jeremy, Nell & Loree — thanks for being so thoughtful! You guys are the best.

  7. Lorinda says:

    What’s the reddish hanging plant in the first photo? I think I need one.

  8. Denise says:

    @Lorinda, I think you’re referring to the rhipsalis, which came unlabeled, but it might be R. paradoxa, the Chain Cactus. That fiery color is due to extreme sun stress — partial shade is the usual recommendation for rhipsalis.

  9. holly says:

    wow, look at the beautiful party! What a lovely gesture on your part…I’m getting married next yr & only wish I had such a lovely locale–thank you for sharing! -Holly

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