Peony Love

Hi friends! Long time no see! I just wanted to share with you some shots I took of the beautiful peonies I picked up at Trader Joe’s this past weekend. Peonies are hard to come by here in Orange County, CA; they are usually only available for the month of May into the beginning of June.



I think I need to make one more trip into Trader Joe’s and pick up some of these pretties before they’re gone for the year.

Have a fabulous day!




Floral Reception Decor

Hi guys, it’s me!  It’s been awhile since I’ve seen you all, sorry for the quietness here lately.  As usual, things have been busy! 

One of my favorite details of our wedding would have to be our reception decor.  Flowers were a super important detail to me in our wedding and our floral designer Natalie blew me away with the set up.  We decided to go with two different table centerpiece looks – 8 tables with red roses, peonies, and dahlias in a black square vase and 8 tables of white hydrangea in black vases as well as tall pillars with floating candles.  The end result was so elegant and romantic!  We also added groupings of red and white votives to each table to include more candlelight.

Here’s a look at one of our centerpieces:



Our second centerpiece:


kailey_wedding558Photography: Sargeant Creative | Floral Design: Natalie Galasso Designs | Venue: Celebrations at Turnip Rose

And there you have it, how gorgeous was the set up?  Ryan and I were so impressed, it was beautiful!  As far as table centerpieces go, don’t be afraid to mix it up a little bit!

Have a fabulous day!



A New Look for Live What You Love

Good morning friends!  I hope you all had a great weekend and a good day Sunday celebrating with dad!

I thought it was about time for an updated header picture from the wedding as well as a new background.  Natalie did an amazing job putting together the sweetheart table with beautiful deep red freedom roses, white hydrangeas, and red peonies.  Along with the regular votives, I had a few Z Gallerie votives that went perfectly with the overall look.  I love everything about this table.

kailey_wedding560Sargeant Creative

So, what do you think of the new layout?

Have a great week, see you back here soon!



Ceremony Floral Arrangements

Hello friends!  Hope you all had a great week and are ready for the weekend!  I wanted to share with you our gorgeous ceremony altar flowers from Natalie Galasso Designs.  I started out with an inspiration picture like this one:

2011_10_22_betsytim_0292$!400xKT Merry Photography via Style Me Pretty

I knew I wanted some kind of black urn to hold the flowers, all red with possibly some touches of white florals.

We couldn’t have been happier with how they came out!  These beauties were taken into the reception once the ceremony was over.


kailey_wedding384Photography: Sargeant Creative

Isn’t my husband cute?  Oops, back to the flowers.  Black footed urns were composed of deep red roses, peonies, dahlias, mokara orchids, amaranthus, and white hydrangeas.  I love how the colors just popped! 

Have a fabulous weekend!



Custom Bouquet Paintings by Sarah Park Designs

Who wants a painting of one of your favorite wedding details, the bouquet? You guys, I love this idea! I first saw this concept over on Wedding Chicks and wanted to share it with you! Sarah Park creates custom watercolor paintings of your wedding bouquet, forever preserving your flowers in a special way. I’m definitely bookmarking her Etsy site, Sarah Park Designs, for future reference! What a great gift this would be for a recently married friend or from a husband to wife.

HGE1Floral Design: Hey Gorgeous Events | Photography: Leah Mullet Photography

Bouquet1 copyvia Sarah Park Events

il_570xN.410915144_d2ydvia Sarah Park Designs

I want one… hopefully it will be sooner than later! Make sure you check out Sarah’s Etsy Shop here; she has a lot of pretty items up for sale.



My Favorite Kind of Bouquets

Hi friends!  Did you miss me?  Today I want to share with you some of my own wedding bouquet inspiration.  For my bouqet, I’ll be going for the deep, dark red roses with black accents and maybe some black cala lilies mixed in.  To be honest with you, this 1st bouquet basically made the decision for me on my choice of wedding colors – black, white, with pops of dark reds.  I just love the romantic and classy feel of it.

Louis Palos Photographer

Erwin Photography

Jeffrey Neal Photography | Florals: Inviting Occasions

Gorgeous right?  Can’t wait to share my own wedding bouquet … 2 more months to go!

Have a fabulous day!



Beautiful Flower Accessories by Love ‘n Fresh Flowers

Good afternoon!  Something caught my eye yesterday and I just had to share with all of you … real flower rings and necklaces from Love ‘n Fresh Flowers!  They are soooooooo beautiful.  Fresh blooms + jewelry together, there’s no way you can go wrong!  I want these, I need these!

And check out this flower barrett … LOVE!Photography: Maria Mack Photography | Styling, Floral Jewelry, and Flowers: Love n’ Fresh Flowers via Ruffled

You can see more of this fabulous shoot over at the Ruffled blog.  But really guys, go and check it out, it’ll brighten up your day!



Oh So Cute Paper Ranunculus

Hello and happy Monday!  I wanted to share a cute find I came across on Etsy the other day.  The shop Sunny & Stumpy make beautiful and realistic looking ranunculus bouquets, cake flowers, and paper goods such as programs and cards.  Nothing beats the real thing, but these little paper flowers sure are cute! 

The magnets are cute too!All images from Sunny & Stumpy Shop

Check out their shop here!

Have a great day everyone, hope to see you back soon!



Succulents Please!!!

Succulents are some of the easiest plants to grow.  They require little attention and make for the cutest arrangements in your home or garden.  I’ve become obsessed with these little plants lately and they’re becoming a huge trend in the wedding industry.  There are so many darling uses for this fun desert-like plant in weddings, from invitation decor to place card settings, and my favorite – succulent bouquets.  I recently picked up a pot of succulents from Trader Joe’s and they’re the perfect center piece for my kitchen table.  Here are some of my favorite succulent details … enjoy!

Jerry Yoon Photographers | See the full wedding here

If I was a guest at this wedding I would be delighted to take this little memento home!

Via Emmaline Bride – wedding favors in a teacup :]

Meg Perotti

Maile Lani Photography | AveryHouse

Love these boutonnieres!


Photo: Meg Perotti | Florals: JL Designs

I’m in love with all succulent bouquets :]

Stephanie Williams

Jasmine Star (one of my favorite bouquets of all time!) | Christina Carroll Photography

Gorgeous succulent cakes!

Christina Carroll Photography

Sweet & Saucy Shop

I just think these little succulents are just the cutest things!Vallentyne Photography | Erin Hearts Court Photography

I could go on and on and on with this post (I’m a bit obsessed), but I’ll finish up with this adorable DIY project book planter from Green Wedding Shoes.  I have got to try this one out … too cute!

Find out how to make your own here | Photos by ee photography

Now go out and get some succulents!  U’ll be happy you did!

Thanks for stopping by,


Stunning Orchid Bouquet by Square Root Design

Hallelujah the weekend is almost here!  Looking forward to my 3 day weekend.  I came across this beautiful Laguna Beach Montage wedding and couldn’t keep my eyes off this gorgeous bouquet!  Not only do I have a thing for orchids, but I’m obsessed with that color!  And how can you go wrong with the amazing photography of Jasmine Star … the pictures just pop!

Photography: Jasmine Star

Florals: Square Root Designs