Magnolia Event Design white peony wedding bouquet Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Magnolia Event Design White Peony Wedding Bouquet

Hello there…

We have missed all of you so much.  Blogging has taken a back seat to our events, but we are eager to get back on the wagon and blog away.  We are event designers and wedding planners by nature, so this blogging thing doesn’t come the most naturally to us… we are trying to figure out how to get these SEO numbers to light up green and to post photos that fit within the given page, so while we work on being a bit more blog-educated we thought we would share this gorgeous wedding bouquet with you.  This bouquet was designed by Camellia Floral Design in Santa Barbara.  The bouquet was the perfect mix of green foliage and long drippy pieces and perfectly plump white peonies, and I don’t know a single person on planet earth that doesn’t love a peony.  Enjoy this feast for the eyes and know that there is more to come…


The Ladies of Magnolia Event Design

White Peony Wedding Bouquet

Magnolia Event Design- White Peony Wedding Bouquet Photo by Patrick Moyer Wedding Photography

Santa Barbara Sea Center Wedding Video by Drone

Santa Barbara Sea Center Wedding by Drone

Hello Friends of Magnolia Event Design!

It has been a busy Summer and we are super excited to begin sharing some of the amazing behind the scenes moments with you as we start to get all of the images and videos in from our past events.

We have something very exciting to share with you today…

I don’t know about you, but drones are something that I originally sat on the fence about… I thought that they would be intrusive, loud, annoying and invasive. After experiencing the amazing @JoeProSB (follow him on Instagram) and his super quiet drone I have been sold!  I am a sucker for the footage, for the view point, that usually only the birds get to see and it is my 2016 must have for weddings. A drone provides such an amazingly unique view point and when mixed in with traditional wedding footage I think it is perfection. Don’t just take my word, take a look for yourself.  Click on the play button below for the 15 second teaser of Amy and Reagan’s wedding.

The Ladies of Magnolia Event Design

Floral Focus: Pretty In Peonies

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May is officially Peony Month! It is at Magnolia Event Design, anyway. This month, we are going to focus on peonies and how they can create floral arrangements for every type of wedding and bride. Is it coincidence that the high season for peony delivery is from April to mid June? We think not. October to February is also a high season for peony delivery.

Peonies are among the longest-used flowers in Eastern culture. It is the traditional floral symbol of China since 1903 and is known as the “flower of riches and honor” or the “king of flowers.” With this history, any bride can add a touch that screams “Royal!” to a wedding. A resilient flower, their shape, simplicity and large size add elegance to wedding bouquets and centerpieces.

Logistically, Peaonia (commonly known as peonies) are perennial plants. This means that the plant lives for more than two years. The term is often used to differentiate a plant from shorter-lived annuals and biennials. What does this mean for your wedding? This means that you are likely to not have to worry about the longevity of your bouquet in the midst of all the other stressful facets of wedding planning.

Now, you’re thinking that peonies are only good for pink-themed weddings. False! Because of the versatility in color and petals of the flower, you can create bouquets and flower arrangements that do not necessarily have to focus on just the color pink. Peonies come in white, ivory, blush pink, medium pink, monochromatic pink, coral, burgundy red, cranberry red, and some more! With this wide-ranged palette, the peony can debut solo, or be arranged with other gleaming flowers to create a different look. The white and ivory peonies open doors to the possibility of adding any other color besides pink in your wedding.

This was Anastasia & Michael’s bouquet from their wedding. It is almost fully adorned in peonies, but light coral roses were added in between as a hint for structure and depth. The pink bleeds from the inside of the peony and the color fades lighter to the tip of the petals, creating an impeccable yet subtle contrast with the Anastasia’s dress.

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Shot by Michael & Anna Costa Photography and florals designed by Cody Floral Design.


Some more peony bouquet inspiration…



For some more inspiration for peony arrangements, visit this article on that curated 30 eclectic bouquets. Let us know about your experience with peonies in your event planning endeavors and where you have find your inspiration!


Best Wishes,

xx The Magnolia Event Design Team






Magnolia Event Design is thrilled to be a new member of the Santa Barbara Soiree|Center!


(Photo and Badge both from Soiree|Center)

Happy Anniversary to Heather & Ben!!!


Happy Anniversary to the Dinosaur and the Unicorn…

XOXO, The Magnolia Event Design Team

The fierce Dinosaur was trapped inside his cage of ice.

Although it was cold he was happy in there. It was, after all, his cage.

Then along came the Lovely Other Dinosaur.

The Lovely Other Dinosaur melted the Dinosaur’s cage with kind words and loving thoughts.

I like this Dinosaur thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur.

Although he is fierce he is also tender and he is funny.

He is also quite clever though I will not tell him this for now.

I like this Lovely Other Dinosaur, thought the Dinosaur.

She is beautiful and she is different and she smells so nice.

She is also a free spirit which is a quality I much admire in a dinosaur.

But he can be so distant and so peculiar at times, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur.

He is also overly fond of things.

Are all Dinosaurs so overly fond of things?

But her mind skips from here to there so quickly thought the Dinosaur.

She is also uncommonly keen on shopping.

Are all Lovely Other Dinosaurs so uncommonly keen on shopping?

I will forgive his peculiarity and his concern for things, thought the Lovely Other Dinosaur.

For they are part of what makes him a richly charactered individual.

I will forgive her skipping mind and her fondness for shopping, thought the Dinosaur.

For she fills our life with beautiful thoughts and wonderful surprises. Besides,

I am not unkeen on shopping either.

Now the Dinosaur and the Lovely Other Dinosaur are old.

Look at them.

Together they stand on the hill telling each other stories and feeling the warmth of the sun on their backs.

And that, my friends, is how it is with love.

Let us all be Dinosaurs and Lovely Other Dinosaurs together.

For the sun is warm.

And the world is a beautiful place