Embellishmint is a boutique-style floral and event design studio creating one of a kind events throughout Southern California and International destinations. Our designs and concepts are innovative, dynamic and uniquely positioned to reflect our ability to translate the clients’ visions and desires into a truly personal and inspired affair.

Our philosophy is simplistic yet potently focused… creating extraordinary events each and every time.

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Sunday, August 5, 2007

if there were only more hours in the day....

If we could only have a 'plug in' that would super charge us in under an hour, and we could be up and running for another 12 hour session....then I think I would be able to post more often as I had planned for this blog...
Oh well...you will just have to have the 'short and sweet version' of what's been happening since Christmas, so grab a big cup of coffee(possibly with a splash of Bailey's to ease the ride!)
Let's begin with our new addition- Maximus...possibly the cutest English Bulldog ever...
he has been a handful, but what a personality. You can see him camped out at our new studio space located in beautiful Coronado, California-just across the bay from downtown San Diego. Our address is 1222 1st Street, Suite 3 across from the Ferry Landing which is getting a huge renovation...I'll keep you up to date, but the new restaurants and boutiques are going to be fabulous.
We love our Studio- it's a dream come true to have a work space for floral & design production combined with an intimate meeting area for our clients. We began the 'build out' (code word for construction nightmares) end of April and finished just in time for our Grand Opening on June 21- the first day of summer! The location is perfect, the neighbors are wonderful and the mini bar is always stocked with delicious 'Embellishmintini's'
( a mixture of crushed mint, passion fruit & litchi juice, chopin vodka with organic accoutrement- so yummy!)
We were still without AC when the festivities began, but the heat was tempered by the refreshing cocktails & scrumptious hor'dourves presented by culinary artist
Chef Scott Wagner
of ChileCoCatering . His menu wowed us with floral infused delicacies....
Foie Floret

Seared Sonoma County Foie Gras & Nasturtium
Napoleon with Grilled Apricot Salsa

Scallop of Passion

Passion fruit-Diver Boat Scallop Ceviche, Prickle Pear Sorbet, Fried Plantain Chip

Summer Roll

Napa Cabbage, Mint, Cilantro, Mango, Red Bell Pepper, Vanilla-Plum Caulis

Tarragon Prawns

Gulf Prawns wrapped in Proscuitto with Mango Cocktail Sauce

Quail Confit-StrawberryShu-sticker

Pot sticker meets Shu-mai with a Hibiscus Sweet-n-Sour

Truffled Chateau Briand

Marinated Filet Mignon, Buttermilk Mashers, Micro Watercress, Crispy Fried Shallot

Creme Bouquet

Crème Brulee infused with Lavender, Tangerine, Vanilla, Cardamom & Rose

The evening was captured by Cary Pennington Photography- what a talent! He's put together a handful of images into a slide show and then the rest are viewable through a link on the slide show area- Embellishmint- Floral & Event Design Grand Opening Night
We were joined by Caroline Hallak Couture an exceptional clothing designer that provided a luxurious display of evening & bridal gowns, custom made jewelry and handbags using a live model to showcase her exquisite designs.(thanks Nicole- you looked fabulous darling!!)
Live Event Artist-owner Miles Pelky
was at hand to provide us with music & his exceptional artist- Tom Fagan. Tom paints the scene while the event unfolds- what a wonderful gift for the new bride and groom, or Corporate parting gift (Hint, hint!) We welcome Miles to the studio space where you'll probably also see his two cuties- Aaron and Thomas romping with Maximus- pictures to soon come....

The Old Town Trolley Tours( 619.298.8687) has a gorgeous new White Wedding Trolley that graced our front lawn and provide great photo opts for guests.

Also a huge 'Thank You' to....
Raphael's Party Rental for providing all the tables, linen & glassware- Laura you're the Bomb!!
Julie of 'Bella's Fine Lingerie'...come check out her shop located next door to us- you won't be able to resist picking up a little something!


Thomas said...

Congratulations, Dawn- well done. All the best in your new space and to more parties like this one!! The food was out of this world and I think the wedding trolley was the best!

Anonymous said...

Hello Dawn and Julie,
WOW! I love your new website. We are so excited about what you guys are coming up with for our flowers and "look" of our up coming wedding at The Hotel Del Coronado. Yeah, we have a ways to wait until the Big Day but the road to getting there is fun and I can't can't wait to see what you'll come up with for us. Oh, and congradulations on "The Best Of Florists" voted by The Knot, you guys rock!
Melinda and Carey