I'm so lucky that my friends at CCCW invited me to do the florals for their grand opening party. I love everyone that works there. Maybe it's because we've got that east-coast no b.s. vibe going on, or just because they are just so nice- whatever it is, I like it.
My original concept was something off kilter, and Lauren at CCCW said, tone it down. So I toned it down, and our next design was what you see below, but the purple and yellow stems were sticking out like polka dots. So we toned it down again, and voila!
Finally, another good photo by my friend Maya Myers! Her work is so good, and she really is able to capture the moments. Her specialty is weddings, which is where we actually met - at the vineyard wedding last September. The woman can do it all though, and just finished a gorgeous family portrait session this past week.
Here I am between Maya and another photographer, Cat of Next Exit. Her hubby is super sweet too. This shooting duo are veterans in the industry, and have the work to prove it. There's definitely no shortage of photographers (and planners) at these functions, but everyone show camaraderie, which is unexpectedly nice! Each also has their own distinct style.
In the pink to the right is another photog friend of mine, Laura Grier of Beautiful Day. This woman is a renaissance photographer- shooting weddings and travel. We met during the photoshoot she produced for Modele Magazine, at the Hicksville trailer park, which will be out this November. We shot it in April 2012. To the left is the top wedding and event planner Mindy Weiss. I remember her coming into Mark's Garden frequently when I worked there back in 2006. This woman knows what she's doing! She is sooooooo nice too. Like genuinely nice. I noticed she introduces herself as Mindy Weiss. How often do we say our full name? She says it with unassuming authority, and deservingly so, as she is a top expert. So, from now on, it's not, Hi I'm Carly- it's Hi there, I'm Carly Cylinder, nice to meet you.
Since they are so darn good at sculptural cakes, I decided I would make one of their logo. Welp, lets just say that the three buildings looked more like a tombstone in a grave. When I showed Lauren a picture of the disaster on my phone, she let out the biggest belly laugh.
Maya Myers, David Pressman of David Pressman Events (and my favorite person to attend an event with, besides my dad), and myself. I hope to be working with him on a huge and extravagant week long birthday party in Santa Barbara for his east coast clients this Fall.
Myself with the amazing and dazzling Kristin Banta and her associates. I worked with her on the Hicksville photoshoot, and wow- I mean, this woman knows event design. She calls herself an event producer, which she is- she can pump out a million dollar wedding with hundreds of guests, with ease and perfection. She even had a special on Bravo for her out-of-the-box weddings, and I absolutely love talking to her about the whole reality world.
Charm City Cakes West's home on Melrose in Weho. How beautiful is it?! And next door is Cake Mix. Duff has made his mark on this town for sure! He told me they were in three different kitchens working before this space was ready.
An intentionally silly photo with me, and his "Sweet!" straw, Duff, and the new Flour LA Events Manager, Sine. Duff is so down-to-earth, and definitely deserving of all of his success!
Our toned-down arrangements of white hydrangea, white china mums, yellow crespedia, black chili peppers, purple clover, and green dianthus. So looking forwarding to working with the CCCW crew again!
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