Category Archives: Carly Cylinder

Back in action in 2013 – Casa Del Mar festivities, and a new FAQ section to the site

By | Amy's Culinary Adventures, Bar Mitzah Coordination Los Angeles, Carly Cylinder, Day of Coordinator, Don't Smile Now, flour, Jackie Combs Lotus and Lily, Wedding Coordinator | No Comments

Just a little bit of ‘housekeeping’ here as I end a whirlwind year of events.

I fell off the blogging wagon just a touch (!) as we ramped up for holiday busy-ness. We coordinated a gorgeous wedding at Casa Del Mar, and followed that event up with backing up one of our favorite caterers, Amy’s Culinary Adventures, at a high-energy Bar Mitzvah. My day of rest? The 25th -Christmas Day. Then it was right back in action prepping for a large event, coming up the first weekend of the year.

The Casa Del Mar wedding featured the talents of Graham Silver from Silvertunes Music, the beautiful (inside and out) Jackie Combs of Lotus and Lily, and Shani Barel of Don’t Smile Now, once a fellow vendor and now a dear friend (fellow valley mom!) who took outstanding pictures. I’ve seen the previews and will post the real deal soon.

Quick shot of Casa Del Mar in its glory...can't wait for Shani Barel's photos (of Don't Smile Now Photography)

One of the changes I am making in 2013 is to the website – some revamping and tweaking, versus a big overhaul, and the first change I’ve made is the FAQ section. It has yet to have its own spot on the mast head (that’s for my web programmer to create) but you can check it out here. I feel it answers a lot of questions that clients ask at the beginning of the coordinator/planner search.

Another random note: I love vintage, I love rustic, but boy do I adore modern or baroque or mid century – basically, anything that represents dynamic, inspired florals and event design that doesn’t necessarily look like many other weddings featured on the ‘net these days. Or, in other words, everything that Carly Cylinder of FlourLA features on her new website, The Pollen Lounge. Daily inspiration right up my alley.

I can’t wait for the post-engagement rush…and excited for the new year. Happy Holidays!


Oscar Party Tips: Behind the Scenes!

By | Black and White, Carly Cylinder, flour, KCAL9 / CBS 2, Oscar Party Tips, Suzanne Marques, The Artist | No Comments

Yesterday, Carly Cylinder of Flour and I had the opportunity to shoot a fun spot about hosting the perfect Oscar party.  The stylish and stunning Suzanne Marques from KCAL9/CBS2 came by to shoot our top tips, and we had a blast!  Carly created gorgeous floral pieces, and we collaborated on an event design that reflected this year’s runaway Oscar favorite, The Artist.  Silent film, Hollywood glamor, retro style…it’s all here.

Our spread was focused on black and white (just like The Artist!) with hints of silver.  Silver is actually a component in film stock itself, so it seemed fitting.  Also, I love metallic, reflective surfaces – they have a large presence and a gleam of luxury (even though these votives topped out at just $6 a piece). I also found a huge LIFE Magazine coffee table book at a book closeout store, with retrospective pictures from days gone by – and mounted the photos on the wall with double-stick foam.

Coffee-table-book pics mounted on foamboard make for risk-free temporary art

Carly added feathers for a fun, 1920s touch – and her how-to was so impeccable.  She and Suzanne showed viewers how to put together an arrangement in less than five minutes – and look like it cost so much more than it did.

Carly workin' her how-to segment!

Carly added feathers for a true 1920s feel.

We also had martinis and canapes with black and white touches (white pearl onion garnish in the ‘tinis, goat cheese with black caviar for our munchies), spreading the theme far and wide.  If you can’t change the walls and overall decor with lighting and rentals, just carry that theme all the way home – even into your food!

Glamorous florals, ticket-stub style Oscar ballots, and an iPad for last minute research...

Hit up the iPad to watch clips of nominated movies and check the odds...

We had so much fun, and our friends and colleagues Katie and Christine joined in as well.  Their help was invaluable.  Carly and I are always cooking up good, time-and-money-saving party tips, so stay tuned for more.  Happy Oscar Party-ing!