Cabo Trippin' With #BillabongSurfCapsule by angie johnson

Recently, we went on the surf trip of a lifetime with quite the dream team! ::heart eyes::

(AND you can read about our Q&A feature with Billabong HERE)

Heaven's view of the East Cape. ph: Jeff Brockmeyer

Heaven's view of the East Cape. ph: Jeff Brockmeyer

We had Billabong supplying our #BillabongSurfCapsule (aka the comfiest and prettiest suits in ALL THA land), Sj Surfboards providing our magic carpet water rides, and Jeff Brockmeyer working day and night (but always with a margarita in hand) behind the lens. 

all smiles!!! Ph. Jeff Brockmeyer

all smiles!!! Ph. Jeff Brockmeyer

We stayed a total of 8 days, which really went by in the blink of an eye. The surf report called for waves in the 8-10 ft range, which in turn translated to 4-5 ft. with an occasional rouge wave ;). 

When we're not doing flowers... you can find us here. Ph: Jeff Brockmeyer

When we're not doing flowers... you can find us here. Ph: Jeff Brockmeyer

It was quite the trip for us and one we'll never forget! There are many words to describe our experience, but we think that visuals are a much better way to tell the story. So please enjoy the video below and don't forget to check out our interview with Billabong!

 

 

 

 

A Bikini Kinda Life Summer Surf Party by angie johnson

gotta have those golden pineapples ;) Ph: Luis Herrera

gotta have those golden pineapples ;) Ph: Luis Herrera

What's more fun than a party with food, drinks, and fashion line previews? Well, we think that a few flowers and tropical plants (well, rather a lot) thrown in the mix makes it the party of the year!! June 23rd was the kick off of summer on The Deck in Laguna Beach, where we had the honor of floralizing and hosting a flower crown station for the event. 

the dream scenery made possible by Pow Wow Design Studio... and a little touch from mother nature.. Ph: Luis Herrera

the dream scenery made possible by Pow Wow Design Studio... and a little touch from mother nature.. Ph: Luis Herrera

Helping the ladies look their best with a special made flower crown just for them :) Ph: Luis Herrera

Helping the ladies look their best with a special made flower crown just for them :) Ph: Luis Herrera

 We worked together with an amazing team of vendors, including Pow Wow Design Studio who helped make the place look absolutely incredible with their unique pieces, John Frieda with their fun beach blonde hair care line,

A perfect photo op :) Ph: Luis Herrera

A perfect photo op :) Ph: Luis Herrera

 

Corkcicle and their yummy refreshments, PÜR Cosmetics to make you feel pretty as ever, the loveliest tunes on earth from Victoria Bailey,  

Victoria Bailey creating magic! Ph: Luis Herrera

Victoria Bailey creating magic! Ph: Luis Herrera

The beauty bar.. Ph: Luis Herrera

The beauty bar.. Ph: Luis Herrera

and of course,  Billabong the host! We loved everyone we came in contact with for this super fun event! (and also fell super hard for our forever girl crush who was there, Courtney Conlogue) 

Courtney Conlogue.. Our dream gal and fav. surfer :) Ph: Luis Herrera

Courtney Conlogue.. Our dream gal and fav. surfer :) Ph: Luis Herrera

Sneaky Preview of Fall '17! Ph: Luis Herrera

Sneaky Preview of Fall '17! Ph: Luis Herrera

You can read more here on the Billabong Blog from this perfect day!

Photos by: Luis Herrera Photography

Kari + Stephen by angie johnson

We couldn't imagine a more perfect way to kick off our blog again. Kari and Stephen were married on April 30th this year, and it was probably our favorite wedding to not only floralize but attend!

Kari has been our BFF since elementary school and it was such a huge honor to put together her flowers. Let's just say we had some heartfelt ugly cries that day.

Ashley Williams captured the day with absolute perfection. We always feel so lucky to work with her because we know that she will hit the ball out of the park every single time. It really was the BEST DAY EVER.

Not to mention Booze Brothers hands down had the best brews flowing the whole day, and Bella Me Ribbon Co. perfectly tied together Kari and her bridesmaids' bouquets. 

Kari and Stephen - You both chose so wisely for each other. We are super proud of you and can't wait to see the adventures you'll create together!!

 

ocean lovers' perfect place to say 'i do' by angie johnson

Nicaragua has some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. Most of them are deserted.. some rocky, some sandy, but all are absolutely breath taking. 

We were lucky enough to get away for a week together with a dream team for a little bit of work and a whole lot of play! I guess you could say it was a business trip (at least we can tell that to the IRS) since we DID work, but... we also balanced that by doing nothing but surfing, eating, and napping. 

We teamed up with Sheena Schleicher, who specializes in SEO, branding, and content strategy and who also happens to be a kick ass photographer. We also had NÜERA swim designer & owner Katelyn Hill join us to get some more editorial shots for her beautiful swimwear. Sean Johnson of Sj surfboards was there to supply our boards and make sure our trusty vessels stayed clear of holes, dings, and other mishaps that tend to happen overseas!

So here we are.. in paradise. The airport is about 2 hours away from the beach, so we stopped at a local nursery to order our flowers before heading way to our spot for the week. Buying flowers in Central America is much different from the US, to say the least! You pretty much go straight to the grower and tell them what you need (in Spanish!). Since there is no refrigeration for florals, you're taking home the entire plant and making your cuttings on location. The plant is then yours to repurpose! 

We stayed in Playa Iguana, which is about a 3 mile long stretch of beach with bungalows and exquisite mansions here and there. This beach also happens to host 2 world class waves for surfing(!). The most popular break being Colorados, a racy and hollow a-frame, and a softer (yet usually larger), cone shaped wave called Panga Drops. AKA... heaven for anyone who loves being in warm water and surfing till your arms fall off. 

We had the pleasure of staying at the most AMAZING Fort Walker, a beautiful home right in front of Panga Drops. Tim Walker is the owner of this exquisite home who spends a lot of time in Nica as well as Oceanside. He contracted us to help him showcase his home as the ultimate destination wedding location.

We were put to the task to floralize the space to set the mood for a romantic and intimate beach wedding. Sean and I [Angie] played as husband and wife. It was super fun because it was as if we were getting married all over again! It was really sweet to relive that day over two years ago in a whole new way. 

i do

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Nicaragua is such a beautiful place to visit and ESPECIALLY to get married at! We hope more people will choose to spend the happiest days of their life here (and take us with them to fill their wedding day with flowers!!) ;-D

at sea

We definitely had our fair share of play... We'd paddle out every morning before it became too hot to be in the sun, and then again a few hours before sunset. 

Nüera

We've never felt comfortable surfing or swimming in a swimsuit... until we tried Katelyn's bikinis. They're handstiched from thin neoprene that practically molds to your body, which means that they stay secure the entire time. They are also reversible, so its pretty much like having two perfect suits at the same time. Brilliant!

We decided to showcase the IBÖNGA swim style, which Katelyn designed to be the go-to suit for brides on their honeymoon. The high waisted bottoms give the suit a classic, timeless look, with a modern backside cheekiness ;). Women of all lovely shapes and sizes are guaranteed to look and feel gorgeous on their sun soaked vacation!

 

>> photography: Sheena Schleicher

>> underwater photography: Katelyn Hill

>> location: Fort Walker Iguana Beach, Nicaragua (new website coming soon)

>> florals: Bloom Babes

>> swimwear: NÜERA

>> surfboards: Sj Surfboards