Wedding on Naoshima Island, Japan

We had the pleasure of traveling to Japan’s ‘Art Island’ in Naoshima, Kagawa Prefecture this summer to make flowers for lovely Caroline + Nicolas and their family and friends. Alison Events’ team of producers and stylists delivered our bride + groom’s vision of an immersive arts and culture experience, with bicycle tours of the island dotted with sculptures, museums, and exhibits. An intimate piano concert welcomed guests to the celebration weekend, and exquisite meals celebrating the produce of the island nourished guests and florists alike.

Caroline + Nicolas wanted to create a once-in-a-lifetime experience for their guests, and challenged us as artists to create work we’d never done before. One of our favorite elements of their wedding day was an 8-foot hair installation, inspired by their ceremony site, the Oval at Benesse House which was an once sculptural and lush with wild vines taking over the concrete installation. We loved Caroline’s boldness and her intuitive sense of design. Her train of wild vines was at once lush, sculptural, and minimal against the Oval backdrop.

We have to thank our friends at Gather and Assemble in Seoul, Korea, who served as our liaison at the Setagaya flower market in Japan. They were indispensible in making sure we had the flowers and plants of our dreams, and coordinating the most efficient delivery to Naoshima Island for all materials.

Peep the gallery of images Norman + Blake captured of their wedding day:

Bonus: Max Cutrone’s insane video of their wedding weekend!

Norman + Blake Launch Party

We had the pleasure of making flowers for Norman + Blake's launch party in San Francisco at Central Kitchen's private dining room, just a few blocks away from our studio. Jesse Tombs and his incredible team at Alison Events headed up the design and planning for a seamless, relaxed evening of celebration. So lovely to see familiar faces in such a cozy setting -- see more at 100 Layer Cake.

"Norman & Blake" 
Instagram: @normanandblake


Planning + Design
"Jesse Tombs of Alison Events Planning + Design"
Instagram: @jessetombs of @alison_events


"Lisa Ashley of The Wedding Artists Collective"
Instagram: @theweddingartistscollective

"Shannen Norman & Emily Blake of Norman & Blake"
Instagram: @normanandblake


Floral Design
"Studio Mondine"
Instagram: @studiomondine


Specialty Table Rentals
"Theoni Collection"
Instagram: @theonicollection


Specialty Linens
"La Tavola Fine Linens"
Instagram: @latavolalinen


Paper Material Design
"Yonder Design"
Instagram: @yonderdesign

Venue + Catering
"Upstairs at Central Kitchen" 
Executive Chef: Ryan Pollnow @chefryanpollnow
Instagram: @centralkitchen

"Laura + Anton" 
Instagram: @foxtailsbrigade


Minimalistic Museum Wedding Editorial

Sharing a few photos from a wedding editorial we worked on with our girl crushes Emmily Jones of The Gatherist and Maria Lamb. We've been waiting for the right concept to shoot at the James Turrell "Three Gems" exhibit at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, so it was kismet when Emmily reached out to us with this concept and color story. See the full feature on Once Wed!

City Wedding Brunch || Trou Normand, SF

We had the pleasure of making flowers for the sweetest couple at Trou Normand in San Francisco this Spring, just as the spirea and peonies were coming online. So lovely to work with Harvesting Love, Vicki Grafton, and a host of other talents on this one. Sharing a few glimpses here -- their entire wedding gallery is featured on the front page of Style Me Pretty

From our bride:

"Having worked in the wedding industry for a number of years, I crossed paths with Studio Mondine in their early days. I loved their style and booked them first thing, before any of my other vendors! Even though our wedding ended up being delayed a year due to an unforeseen job opportunity and move to NYC, they rolled with it. Through them I found Lorraine Lee. She was one of the best decisions we made. Lorraine and her team insured everything went off without a hitch and made the long distance planning as smooth as possible."


In Full Flower

We are tremendously honored to be part of the upcoming title In Full Flower, by Gemma and Andrew Ingalls, published by Rizzoli and available later this month. It's an absolute career highlight for us not only to be included in the volume, but for our arrangement to be on the cover! 

About the book:

This gorgeously photographed volume celebrates the most influential floral designers today.
In Full Flower is a compilation of a new wave in contemporary floral design, featuring artists who combine traditional techniques with an organic, free-form, “back-to-nature” style. The opposite of buttoned-up and manicured arrangements, this survey includes over twenty of the most celebrated and influential artists across the United States who are rewriting the rules of floral design.
In Full Flower is the first overview of artists working in this aesthetic. Gorgeous photographs depict the artists’ process as well as final designs, captured both as still lifes and environments. In addition, the wanderlust-inducing gardens and inspired interiors exhibit both rustic and urban eco-chic—simple luxury living embodied by these artists that all homeowners will appreciate.
With over 300 original color images and short writing on each artists’ inspirations and philosophies, this spectacularly inspiring floral survey will be treasured by lovers of beautiful flowers and interiors alike.

We are sharing a few behind the scenes photos from our shoot with Gemma + Andrew Ingalls.  We'll be sharing what actually made the cut for the book in the upcoming weeks. Until then, enjoy!


Kathryn + Campbell Wedding

Dried blooms and grasses are mixed with seasonal offerings for a relaxed canyon celebration. Sand, honeyed browns, pale mauves to plum are arranged in ceramics from a local artisan and in shallow Japanese acacia bowls. These open arrangements celebrate the sculptural minimalism of Winter's bare branches.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Meghan K. Sadler

Jenn + Dan Wedding



VENUE: Barn Diva

Esther + Cris Wedding


WEDDING PLANNER: Harvesting Love Events

VENUE: Radonich Ranch

Asti Winery Photo Shoot

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jessica Burke

WEDDING PLANNER: Cassy Rose Events

H&MU: Prettyologie

VENUE: Asti Winery

Angelina + Howard Enagement

We wanted to showcase locally grown warm caramel and vintage pink garden roses in Angelina’s bouquet — she grew up in Carmel, and chose to fly back from Hong Kong to shoot her engagement session on the California coast. Pure white lotus is a nod to the couple’s new home, while wild clematis and maidenhair fern echoes the spray of the ocean.


Honeymoon Photo Shoot | Geraldine Magazine no. 1

In this honeymoon spread, the floral story accented the beautiful surroundings. We mirrored the couple’s relaxed vibe
with farmers’ market florals — a bunch of abelia tucked into a tote, a simple arrangement in a locally made Heath bud vase,
a few wild branches to frame the bedroom. When you’re honeymooning, less is more.


Botanical Wedding Cakes

We teamed up with Nine Cakes and Jen Huang Photography to bring you 10 different botanical wedding cake ideas, inspired by the naturalistic bride. Just a few clippings from our garden was enough to create a range of wedding cake flower designs! Many thanks to Nine Cakes for baking such artful cakes, and Jen Huang for spending the afternoon with us to capture the details! 

Fruited – Blueberries on the branch, Hellebores and Heuchera

Alpine – Blueberries on the branch, Hellebores and Grape Muscari

Vine – Jasmine Vine, Hellebore and Deutzia

Tropical – Golden Fiddlehead Fern and Dogwood

Delicate – Green Hellebores

Exotic – Smokebush

Romantic – Koko Loko Garden Rose, Hellebores, Vibernum and Heuchera

Classic – Koko Loko Garden Roses, Cinnamon Spice Hellebores, Chocolate Cosmos and Heuchera

Monotone – Dried Hydrangea Florets

Forest – Dogwood

Q + A || Sea Ranch, California

Crystals, skulls, and butterflies -- oh my! Enjoy these details the lovely Taralynn Lawton took of Q+A's wedding at Sea Ranch. We had the best time dreaming and scheming for these two!