Wedding at Green Acre at Campus Pointe

There is nothing more perfect than a Springtime wedding, but this gorgeous wedding at Green Acre at Campus Pointe takes the cake! Continue reading

Forever Les Fleurs Custom Floral Crowns & Creations

If you have not had a chance to check out our Floral Crowns and Creations at ForeverLesFleurs, then you are in for a treat! Not only do we offer Ready-To-Ship Floral Crowns, we love to create Custom Floral Crowns fit for your special occasion. Continue reading

ForeverLesFleurs Now Open: Floral Crowns & Designs

Our Etsy Shop: ForeverLesFleurs is stocked with new Floral Crowns for any occassion. Whether you are looking for that accessory to tie your bridal look together, or looking for a whimsical touch for your maternity photos, we have just the floral crown for you! Continue reading

Sunset Cliffs, San Diego, CA. : Wedding Video

On 04.02.16, our friends married on the beautiful cliffs overlooking the ocean in San Diego, CA. Sunset Cliffs has sweeping, breath-taking views of the Pacific Ocean.  As a major attraction, Sunset Cliffs is also home to amazing spots such as Osprey Point where you can host your wedding ceremony.  I highly recommend this spot for your next wedding ceremony, because on a clear and sunny day (which is most likely in San Diego) you get goosebumps just relishing in the natural beauty.

I did not plan on recording their wedding video, but I brought my GoPro camera just in case.  I’m pleased with how the wedding video turned out, and how could you not be happy after watching two lovely people marry at such a beautiful place?  Take a look to see why you should plan your next wedding in San Diego!  I can help you arrange, coordinate, decorate, and help you obtain permits for such a location.  Creating a memorable and timeless occasion is what I can help you achieve for your big day!

Fall & Holiday Gift Baskets

I love that Fall is in the air, and the pumpkin spice goodies that go along with it! I created this Fall Gift Basket for my client, and they are giving this champagne and treats basket as a gift to a newly married couple. They loved the way it all came together, and we loved creating it! We are wanting to let you know that now is the perfect time of year to start planning for your holiday events and gifts!

We are here to help with Corporate Events, Holiday Parties, Weddings, and Custom Gift Basket Services. From party planning services to custom gift options, we can help with the shopping, floral arrangements, and design. Not only can we deck your halls, we will bring the holiday spirit with us. Check out some of our Holiday Decor & Parties. We will soon be offering professional Photography Services, Molly Dillon Photography, along with our event planning services, making your event flawless and beautiful. Contact Us today, and we can help ease you into the holidays!
Custom Gift Basket-Darcy Oliver Design
Owl Gift Basket-Darcy Oliver Design
Fall Owl Gift-Darcy Oliver Design

DIY Floral Crown Headpiece

Perfect for Weddings, Baby Showers, Parties, or Photo Shoots, a floral crown adds a simple yet beautiful statement to any ensemble. Made with real flowers and foliage, this natural and whimsy DIY Floral Crown is so easy to accomplish, just follow these Three Easy Steps!

I made this Floral Crown for my Baby Shower, and then switched out the dahlias for new ones for our Maternity Shoot the next day! (Photos from our maternity shoot to be revealed soon!)
diy floral crown, foliage, flowers-Darcy Oliver Design

DIY Floral Crown Steps: 

Pick up Green Floral Wire Stems, Green Floral Tape, Green Foliage & a small Bouquet of your favorite flower ( I chose Pink Dahlias) plus a secondary, complimentary flower (I chose Baby’s Breath).

You will need floral shears or scissors to cut your flowers. Cut the flowers down to a 2″ Stem, and cut the long green foliage near the bottom (discarding the thicker, woody stem).

Intertwine 2 Green Wires together, making 2 thicker Green Wires. Then Intertwine the thicker green wires. Measure around your head with the wires to get the right size and then join them together. Wrap Green Floral Tape around the entire Wire Crown to prevent the wire from catching onto your hair.
floral crown steps, wreath, fresh flowers-Darcy Oliver Design

Add the Green Foliage, wrapping it around your crown. I used 2 stems of this Green Foliage, and secure with Green Floral Tape in a few key areas.floral crown step two-Darcy Oliver Design

Pick a side where you would like the Flowers on your crown. Then take the largest of the blooms, and secure that flower closer to your ear. You will then build out towards your temple, gently covering the stems and tape with the blooms as you tuck them behind each other.
floral crown step three-Darcy Oliver Design

Voila! You are ready to wear your Floral Crown! If the flowers deem to be too heavy, you can pinch the wires at the back of your head for a more snug fit. Lay flat in your refrigerator until you are ready to wear your floral crown!
floral crown, pink dahlias, baby's breath-Darcy Oliver Design

floral crown headpiece, statement piece, baby shower, weddings-Darcy Oliver Design

Have Your Wedding Invitation Framed

When you are planning your wedding you spend numerous hours searching for the right wedding invitation. In my case, I chose to go with a design that was customizable through an online company named Minted. I gave them the CMYK Colors, thorough details, and they did the rest! Before my invite was printed, they sent me numerous proofs to approve. I highly recommend Minted, and you can read more about my experience and see all the details of our wedding invitation HERE.

After sending out the invites we had one lucky invitation left! This invite was of course going to be a keepsake of our special day. Okay, now what to do with it? Sure you can scrapbook it, file it away with other important documents, or you can have it framed!

The lovely Samantha Atlas at The Frame Maker in Mission Hills, CA., gifted us with this unique shadow box design adorned with a gilded wood frame designed by Designer Greg Strange. The gorgeous outcome was a keepsake that we can look at everyday! Why have such a beautiful memory filed away when you can have that special day on display for all to see? If you have recently wed or have been married for years, give The Frame Maker a call to see what creative design they can create for your wedding invitation!
the framemaker, wedding invitation, bride, groom-Darcy Oliver Design

How To Choose The One :: Your Wedding Gown

Selecting your wedding gown for the BIG day, is very much like choosing your partner for life. You have to make sure you are compatible, make sure it’s the right fit; and many people ask, how do you know when it is time to say YES to the DRESS? One word: butterflies.

Getting to butterflies can be quite the challenge, and in many cases, several locations and dress options. First, you need to establish a Budget for your wedding gown. Most bridal gowns today tend to run from $800-3000 for most designers readily available in bridal boutiques in the US, and on average, most brides spend around $1250 for their gown. One way to cut down on cost is to search for pre-owned bridal gowns, or keep a look out for bridal shops in your area for Sample Sales.

Once you have established your budget, and before you even venture to a Sample Sale, you need to determine the style of gown you want. This is where compatibility and fit are most important. The best advice I was given, and that I will share with you is simply this: try on each style of gown (whether you love lace or not) to determine if you like mermaid, trumpet, fit & flare, a-line, or full ball gown. The first time I tried on wedding gowns, my heart was set on a form fitting mermaid gown. Then I tried one on, the exact one I had drooled over in magazine, and while I felt fabulous, I did not get butterflies. I was underwhlemed. It felt like a dress I would wear to a red carpet event, not down the church aisle to surprise the love of my life.

The most important fact about trying on all different styles is you can cut out a style that simply will not work, and determine which style makes you feel like a bride. You have selected a style, now it is about the little details. Bling, ruffles, texture, color and fabric are next.

Search online and in bridal magazines for the details on gowns, even if it is not the style you want. Make an appointment at your local bridal shop, and bring these aides to show your bridal consultant at your appointment. She will pull options for you, and then all 3 factors come into play. Compatibility, fit, and then this is where the butterflies come in.

You may get lucky with a Mother Fairy Consultant, and in my case, it happened to be a designer that I was obsessing over, Justin Alexander. He happened to have a trunk show at the bridal shop where I had my appointment. My consultant and Justin Alexander came up to me, and he said, “this is your gown”, and politely took the other ball gown out of my hands, and handed me her. The moment I stepped in front of the mirror with her on, I melted. I mean, butterflies to the point I was bursting out in hives and tears! This gown had all 3 factors, complete with tufts of tulle over ostrich feathers and a French corset. She was perfect. While the girls were “jacking me up” with accessories and veils, Justin Alexander personally drew a sketch of me in my gown (gasp!). I snapped a photo with him, and said YES to the DRESS!

Much like choosing your mate for life, you just know when it’s right, and you say yes.

justin alexander, weddings, tulle, ball gown, bride-Darcy Oliver Design

Justin Alexander & I when I said YES to the DRESS, and my Wedding Day.

 

Prisonher Sparkles for the Holidays!

If you are looking to turn heads this Holiday Season, wearing an eye-catching statement piece will certainly do the trick!  Look to Prisonher Jewelry for all your sparkly needs to pair with all your holiday dresses!  Unwrap the Savings with a Special Christmas Discount upon Checkout!

You can start a Wish List now, or go for the gold and make your own purchase for yourself and all the girls in your life.  I own a couple of Prisonher pieces made by my friend, Owner & Designer, Helen Shelden.  Her use of Swarovski Crytsals and precious stones & metals make for a unique and fabulous, eye-catching accessory to compliment a dressed up or dressed down ensemble. Prisonher. Captivating one “her” at a time.  Turning heads. Stopping you in the street. “Girl, where did you get that?!” One “her” at a time.  For the good girls and bad alike.

Here is a peek of the Prisonher Collection, and some of my favorites include The Summer Solstice that sparkles in the sun, and the major statement piece that does not need further introduction as The Queen.

Prisonher, necklaces-Darcy Oliver DesignOne of the latest additions include the infamous The Miley Cyrus-The Wrecking Ball which boasts one sparkly, faceted Crystal!  I also adore Turquoise, and you cannot be considered a Cali Girl without possessing something Turquoise in your jewelry box.  Set your sights on The Navajo Tears to wear with a casual look.

Wrecking Ball, miley cyrus, turquoise-Darcy Oliver DesignPrisonher’s Wire Ring Collections are for the girl in your life who loves her some baubles and cocktail rings! The artist in me has a crush on this Rope & Rider Turquoise Necklace which is reminiscent of a dream catcher, and I love the Toggle Clasp in front.

Handmade Jewelry, rings-Darcy Oliver Design
Prisonher Jewelry is not only made by hand, Helen can customize any of her pieces by changing out the bead colors, but the custom options do not stop there.  I wanted to give my Maid of Honor something special that would compliment her “Pippa Dress”.  My MOH’s Badgley Mischka dress was a floor length gown drenched in gold sequins, and this show stopping frock needed a simple, yet elegant necklace.

I loved the kitchy idea of having a Bow Necklace that was accompanied by the tagline, “Thank you for helping me Tie the Knot!”. I approached Helen with the idea of a dainty and simple Bow Necklace, and she created a Gold Bow Necklace out of Gold Wire, Gold Chain, and a Gold Toggle Clasp.  Not only is this something my MOH could wear on the regular, it did not over power her gown, and looked oh so pretty on her! Prisonher donned this beauty the MOH, and I encourage all you brides to reach out to Helen for your Bridal Party Gifts!

Bow Necklace, bridal party-Darcy Oliver Design