Mary Jo Bowling
At this moment the best floral designers in the Bay Area are assembling dazzling arrangements behind closed doors at the de Young Museum, readying for the opening of a Spanish-themed Bouquets to Art 2011. To call the creations "bouquets" is a misnomer; many of them are themselves sculptural artwork.
To be fully transparent, I must tell you that I've volunteered for this event and worked for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. But, honestly, I can put all that history aside to say that this is one of the most fantastic design events of the year.
The premise is simple: floral designers create arrangements inspired by artwork in the de Young's collection. This year, since the highly anticipated exhibition Balenciaga and Spain opens March 26, the event celebrates Cristobal Balenciaga's home country.
“We’re gathered here today to celebrate the marriage of Amanda Margulies and Paul Charney…they’ve learned that falling in love with one another has been like the exploration of a place that is wild, surprising and liberating—like Yosemite National Park or the dollar rack at Target.”
That’s how Paul and Amanda’s irreverent and laughter-filled wedding ceremony began on a sunny day at Tabor Ranch in Esparto, California (about 40 miles from Davis). The officiant, Jon Wolanske, is a Killing My Lobster alum (Paul is a co-founder of the comedy sketch group), and he delivered an unforgettable service.
To some of you El Cerrito might seem like a long haul. Get over it, because El Cer is only 30 minutes from SF and it's the scene of a good estate sale this weekend. Nice tansus for $300, need I say more?
Now, let's be clear: these are not tansus that will end up in a museum; their owner cleaned them up, removing the patina and original finish. Anyone who has ever watched Antiques Roadshow knows that this is a big no-no value wise (and causes poor James Callahan, resident Asian art expert, to sadly shake his head).
It’s no wonder wedding planning has a reputation for being stressful—making that many decisions is bound to be a nail-biter.
If you are getting married in the Wine Country, you might want to start your search at The Collection Event Studio, a new business that makes one-stop-shopping easy and thus alleviates some decision drama.
The studio is the brainchild of Emarie Chervinskas and Emily Baker. The duo knew that—in order to find the perfect vendors—brides and grooms spent hours and several weekends visiting sites (both venues and websites), floral designers, caterers, etc. before assembling their dream wedding team.
When John Favors was a little boy in San Francisco, he started messing around with his grandmother's decorative items and playing in her jewelry box. Later, as a self-described hippie, he became fascinated with everything from rusty cans to antiques while under the influence of mind-altering drugs. I don't know what kind of substance gave him his aesthetic eye, but if it could help me put together a collection like his, I'll have what he's having. He's staging a warehouse sale in Oakland this weekend, and it's the kind of thing scavenging dreams are made of. Read more. . . .
The new bridal boutique at Nordstrom, dubbed the Wedding Suite, is all about style, value and meeting the needs of the entire wedding party. It’s officially launching with an event tomorrow night from 6-8 p.m., and you are—as traditional invitations say—cordially invited to check it out yourself.
Interior designers have wonderful estate sales. Not only do they have the goods from their households, they likely have more squirreled away in storage—pieces they created, items that didn't work for a client and furniture they were planning to restore. When the organizers of this massive Oakland warehouse estate sale (seven estates under one roof) told me it included fine goods from a long-time San Francisco interior designer, I took notice.
Here's the scoop on Stuff: It's an 8,200 square-foot collective with over 25 dealers peddling very cool items. These are professionals who comb estate sales, flea markets and who-knows-where for real finds. The dealers (the famed Ron Morgan and Christopher Albanese among them) know treasure from trash, and they are selling the good stuff here.
There’s a new wedding vendor in town and all she has is old stuff—but make no mistake, it’s not the same old stuff. Amanda Reapsummer has just launched One True Love Vintage Rentals, specializing in one-of-a-kind props that lend character to a ceremony or reception.
It all started with Reapsummer’s own nuptials, which are coming up this fall. She wanted to create a handcrafted, patinaed-feeling wedding and started scouring flea markets and antique shops for unique accessories. “Before I knew it, I had built a large collection of items,” she says. “I realized that it was costing a lot of money—and I thought, ‘wouldn’t it be great if you could rent this stuff?’”
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