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 Brides.com 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  


This past September, the Magnolia Event Design team was lucky enough to help the most amazing couple tie the knot. Lindsey and Johnny both had the biggest personalities and truly knew how to entertain their guests. The groom surprised his bride with a choreographed breakdance and later beatboxed for the guests.  Not only were they tons of fun, but they were the most thoughtful bride and groom. Every detail was planned with their guests in mind. From the welcome boxes to the after party, each guest felt included by the bride and groom. Needless to say the guests were not ready for this party to end.

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding Navy and Gold Wedding Invitation

Santa Barbara Wedding Welcome Gift

Orchid Bouquet

Wedding Welcome Beverages

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Wedding Ring Bearer Wedding Ceremony Wedding Cocktail Hour

Escort Card Display Wedding Bar Menu

Santa Barbara Historical Museum Reception Reception Table

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Yes, this is the groom performing his surprise break-dance for his new wife.



Event Planning & Design: Magnolia Event Design

Venue: Santa Barbara Historical Museum

Caterer: SBB Gourmet Catering

Photographer: Linda Chaja Photography

Videographer: Hoo Films

Florals: Tenley Erin Young

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Lighting/Draping: Bella Vista Design

Ceremony Band: TEDA LLC

DJ: Pat Swayzak

Officiant: Jon Ireland 

Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes

Invitations, Place Cards, Menus: Lazaro Press

Blood Orange and Thyme Margarita

Blood Orange and Thyme Margarita



Combine the chopped thyme with the salt on a small plate and, using your fingers, crush the mixture until well combined.

Press half of a squeezed lime along the rim of a highball glass. Then roll the rim into the thyme salt. Add in a few ice cubes, a pinch of the thyme-salt mix, and then top with the tequila, lime juice, and soda and stir. Serve immediately.

TIP The mixture can be made up to 2 days ahead and stored refrigerated in an airtight container until ready to use.

recipe from Aida Mollenkamp

We suggest serving as a welcome cocktail to greet guests on your wedding day…


The Ladies of Magnolia Event Design