Recap: AR et al. #1

Photography by Melissa Habegger

We teamed up with our friends and fellow creatives Christine Trac of Abacus Row and Danielle Colen of Waltz for a pop-up show that ran from August 2-3. For our part, we created a site-specific 13’ floral installation of dune grass, amaranth, and asters.

Our jumping-off point for this piece was a late night text Christine sent of a piece of Jun ware she’d seen at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. We were drawn to the celestial palette of milky jade, iridescent purples, and soft sage greens swirled together. Our installation echoes the Jun ware piece’s stark symmetry.

It was so lovely to meet all those who came by the show! We had so much fun sipping cocktails by Troop and nibbling on canalés by Miki at the show’s reception party. See more here, via IG Story Highlights. We’re eagerly anticipating our next collaboration with the team at AR et al. in October!

2020 Team Flower Conference

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Excited to announce that Amanda will be speaking at the 2020 Team Flower Conference in Pasadena, California!

Sign up with code MONDINE to get $20 off your registration fee.
For those that sign up with MONDINE, we’ll be sending along a special little thank you…

Hope you can join us!

Joie x Studio Mondine

In support of their Summer capsule collection, we’ve teamed up with Joie to design their flagship store windows! Makes a bit more sense if you’ve walked by one of their storefront recently and noticed tumbleweed, yarrow, and palm structures.

Here, a look behind the scenes:

It may look chaotic, but at least our tool basket is cute?

It may look chaotic, but at least our tool basket is cute?

We also made a few hundred (!!!) dried bouquets, available at Joie stores nationwide, for Mother’s Day. Needless to say, we and our team got very good at wrapping bouquets in paper (a skill you’d otherwise not know if you stick to making wedding flowers).

Troll hair, bunny tail, everlasting, and dried ruscus!

Troll hair, bunny tail, everlasting, and dried ruscus!

Tomorrow, we’ll be taking over the Joie feed as part of their Sunday Girl feature. The Sunday Girl feature details our origins, how we work together, and touches on our personal style (read: how to look sorta put together despite being up since 5AM and recently half way inside a compost bin). I hope you’ll check it out!

xo,

A

Recap: April In-Studio Workshop

Reporting to you from the land between workshops.

We received a stunning gallery from Stella Yang today, photographer extraordinaire, and I have to say: WOW. I’m always blown away by the student work that comes out of our workshops. For us, as instructors, it’s a dance of giving enough support and enough freedom. We like to show you from start to finish what our thought process and techniques are, and what sorts of moments we’re hoping to capture within a single composition. But the rest? It’s all up to you. As I often say, we teach you the rules so that you can break them lol.

Without further ado, enjoy this gallery from our April workshops — i think you’ll be blown away by how unique to the artist these compositions all are. And if you’d like to spend the day flowering with us, space is available on June 8th at our centerpiece + bouquet classes!

Additional thanks to our vendors —

Grace Rose Farm — for generously donating the luscious garden roses seen throughout!
April Foster Bridal — for your beautiful work on hair and make-up
Maggie Wu Studio — for outfitting us and our model
Katie Kwan — for giving good face and being our favorite chef model

xo,

A

Mother's Day at Joie

We’re VERY excited to be announcing our collaboration with Joie stores nationwide. We’ve partnered with Joie to provide custom dried bouquets as a gift with purchase. Head to your nearest Joie boutique to try on the new summer collection (we got a sneak peek and are in love! more on this, soon…), enjoy some delicious bites and sips, and pick up a bouquet just in time to celebrate Mom!

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Studio Mondine x Oliver Peoples

For San Francisco locals, we’ll be hosting a flower bar with our friends at Oliver Peoples on May 11th from 1-5PM. Come by, try on some glasses, and pick up a bouquet to gift Mom this Mother’s Day! We’ll also be hosting a #flowersidechat at Oliver Peoples that afternoon. Looking forward to spending Saturday afternoon with you all! #OPMOM

xo,

A

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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.

Photography
"Norman & Blake" 
Website: www.normanandblake.com/
Instagram: @normanandblake

 

Planning + Design
"Jesse Tombs of Alison Events Planning + Design"
Website: www.alisonevents.com
Instagram: @jessetombs of @alison_events

 

Hosts
"Lisa Ashley of The Wedding Artists Collective"
Website: www.theweddingac.com
Instagram: @theweddingartistscollective

"Shannen Norman & Emily Blake of Norman & Blake"
Website: www.normanandblake.com
Instagram: @normanandblake

 

Floral Design
"Studio Mondine"
Website: www.studiomondine.com
Instagram: @studiomondine

 

Specialty Table Rentals
"Theoni Collection"
Website: www.theonicollection.com
Instagram: @theonicollection

 

Specialty Linens
"La Tavola Fine Linens"
Website: www.latavolalinen.com
Instagram: @latavolalinen

 

Paper Material Design
"Yonder Design"
Website: www.yonderdesign.com
Instagram: @yonderdesign


Venue + Catering
"Upstairs at Central Kitchen" 
Executive Chef: Ryan Pollnow @chefryanpollnow
Website: www.centralkitchensf.com
Instagram: @centralkitchen

Entertainment
"Laura + Anton" 
Website: www.lauraandanton.com
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

PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel Poff

WEDDING PLANNER: Going Lovely

VENUE: Barn Diva

Esther + Cris Wedding

PHOTOGRAPHY: Daniel Kim

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.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Erich McVey