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Ranay Schmandt, owner of Lilies of the Field

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Santa Rosa Chapel Purple Wedding

One of my favorite things to bring into my floral designs is texture.  I love TEXTURE!   Texture brings interest to monochromatic designs, giving them life.  Texture excites the eye by causing it to move throughout the design to explore the different components of the design.  Even though this couple had planned a more intimate event and had a limited budget, they were able to enjoy some posh designs.  I offered them creations that could be used for both the ceremony and reception, saving them money and making each design more substantial.  I love to create fewer arrangements and maximize their impact rather than have a sprinkling of flowers throughout that do not create a memorable viewing experience.  Your day should be a reflection of who you are and what you enjoy seeing!  I invite you to contact me, consultations are complimentary and it would be nice for us to chat and see how I can assist you on your planning journey. 


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Vivid Fall Loading Chute Wedding


This bride was so much fun to work with. She came to the consultation with her colors already selected.  Stacy had in mind how she was going to personalize her wedding, she had the help of Taylor at Taylor Made Weddings to help her develop a theme.  Themes are a great way to create a memorable wedding.  If you don't have a theme or design focus for your wedding, feel free to contact us at Lilies of the Field, we can help you with that.  It doesn't have to be formally pronounced,  no one has to know what it is, it just gives you direction as you plan all the aspects of your day.  If you need help with the organization of your day including securing great wedding professionals for your day, contact Taylor at    A great coordinator like Taylor will help you save more than their rate with cost saving ideas, they will also make it possible for you to enjoy your day.  For this gorgeous bride who was on a tight budget, here is what Stacy and Taylor came up with to make this wedding fun and how they chose to reflect who they are....

A simply elegant gown for a simply elegant bride.
A country girl at heart, Stacy chose a barn venue for part of the day's celebration.
The church was an important part of the day, the pastor, Stacy's father, is the pastor at the Atascadero Bible Church.  Stacey grew up at this church, helping her dad with his sermons when she was just a little girl 


The groom, Stephen, had recently become a firefighter, so the logs were a way to bring his passion to the ceremony.  It's a big church sanctuary. 

Log aisle markers were an economical way to decorate and we brought in flowers and candles to soften the aisle decorations

They came up with an unusual and totally cool way to involve their large wedding party.  Each attendant carried a vase of water with flowers down the aisle (men had a mason jar with water-no flowers) that they emptied into a larger vase on the side of the altar.  The girls kept their flowers and then the bride and groom combined thier individual vases into one during the ceremony.  Sort of a extended unity candle idea but with water, and a great one I might add.  Here they are at the ceremony, you can see the mix and match vintage grey and purple dressses that the attendants were able to personalize themselves, and wear again.

I love those bright warm tones with a splash of white to crisp up the design.   A good mix of texture and some informal and elegant blooms where mixed for a fun but not too casual design.  Lisianthus, safflower, feverfew, dahlia and aranda orchids. 

and now for the party! 
 Burlap and log slices brought in that rustic charm, while the mercury containers brought in some elegance. 


Thank you for sharing your day with us, we enjoyed serving you...  Happy New Life Together!

Ranay and Lilies staff

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Burlap and Lace touched by Grace


The romantic Holland Ranch was a great spot where love was definitely in the air for this beautiful couple (both on the inside and out).  Even though this bride looks like she came straight from the cover of a magazine, you really could not find a more genuine and sweet girl to work with, truly down to earth.  Not only was she fun and carefree but she had a plethora of great ideas and created many of the special touches of this wedding herself.  By letting out her crafty side she made the event truly theirs.  I encourage all brides planning weddings to take a note from Taylor's page.   We added some coordinating signage (surprises to Taylor), linens that fit the feel perfectly, and some touches of our own in addition to the fresh flowers to help complete this simple and casual event.  Mingling the brides favorite elegant flowers, peonies and hydrangea, with the rustic features of the site and event details, we created a nice contrast of elements.  That is a great way to take the edge off of an event so that it does not seem too stuffy while not delving into shabby so far that it turns into a backyard free for all.  Enjoy the truly fab pictures from the talented team at    In the afternoon, when the wind really came up at the Ranch, Jamie Strand went the extra mile to make sure that everything was perfect for this wedding and that the set up matched Taylor's vision.  Job well done by both those professional wedding vendors! 

 burlap and lace keepsake for the couple that included Taylor's hand made tissue flowers
 how's that for a gorgeous ceremony backdrop?
 gorgeous peonies doing their thing...
 future bride with hard working support staff
                                     cute, vintage inspired sign made by the talented Miliaana Monique

 mix and match dresses that seem to be more of a norm than a trend in vintage weddings these days and single peony stems give that simple feel while showcasing the beauty of their large blooms

archway:  burlap and lace cuffs and tissue paper blooms and orchids strands that danced in the breeze

  chiffon, burlap and satin all mixed on each table to bring the rustic and elegant together

vintage books, jars and bottles all carried the theme throughout the event


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Santa Barbara Rockwood Beauty

The mission (the goal, not the nearby historical landmark) was to create a fab vintage wedding with elegant flowers while maintaing an informal feel.  Silver, ivory and and all shades of purple with lots of fun textures helped make these flowers interesting and memorable.  You couldn't ask for a more lovable couple.  Uber cute!  Loved the venue and all the staff at the Rockwood.  The event was coordinated by Inger at and the photographers were out of this world!  Check them out at  Amazing artists and wonderfully nice creatures.  Can't wait to work with either of these two wedding professionals again, or at the picturesque Rockwood in Santa Barbara.... 

so gorgeous....

close up of the bridal bouquet in a vintage silver bouquet stand

boutonniere on moss lined silver tray

love the mix and match dresses, bringing in that personal feel

elegant to the thousandth power...

loved this venue