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Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco Designers’

Congrats to Melissa Comito Akare for Best Wedding Flowers!

The votes are in and helmed by Melissa Comito-Aakre, has taken first place in SF’s incredibly competitive vetting process known as the Best of the Bay SF Chronicle/SF Gate for Best Wedding Flowers. This is no small feat in a city that prides itself on oral (cuisine and libations),  aural (a thriving music scene), and design (technology, architecture, art) fixations under the watchful eye of taste makers by the truckload sending down missives of what’s cool and hip across the blogosphere at warpspeed. Everything that matters in design, technology, cuisine, mixology and ambiance happens in the SF Bay Area, so to actually win here ups the ante of who’s got the goodies. Melissa clearly does.

Melissa is our brand new Ambiance Blogger on and Destination I Do Magazine, and she’ll share not only floral fantasies, but ambiance ideas, and indoor and outdoor transformation of spaces into magical places. We are also pleased to feature her in the September issue of Destination I Do Magazine, so stay tuned.

Congrats Melissa, you are the Best of the Bay and we love ya!


Melissa Comito Akare

To say that Melissa Comito-Akare is merely a florist is like saying the Coco Chanel was a hat designer. Infusing new and eclectic ideas in flowers, design, lighting, décor, table-scapes, point of view, and ambiance, and really getting to the heart of who a couple is, is what Melissa and her company, A Simple Ceremony, does best. Whether you are an eco-chic vegan couple or rock and roll royalty Melissa has the design know how, historical references and the resources to turn on the juice. This wunderkind got her start in Beverly Hills working with celebrities such as Jane Seymour, Bette Midler, Joan Rivers, and Barry Manilow; and companies such as Pixar, and George Lucas. Her work has been featured in several magazines including Martha Stewart and Grace Ormand. Her inspiration comes to her in random ways: a building, a pattern on a skirt, the color of a sunset, a trip to Home Depot, a stack of vintage Tarot cards, a mad scientists laboratory. If you have a dream for an event that must be expressed and created down to the detail, Melissa is the girl for the job like no one we’ve yet seen.

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Voluptuous vixenry at Dark Garden Corsetry

In an exclusive steam-powered Fashion Show at Nova Albion’s Party at the Center of the Earth, Dark Garden Unique Corsetry will officially launch their fantastic new line: Dollymop for Dark Garden – a Steampunk Collection! The Dollymop Collection is a hot, neo-Victorian and steam culture-inspired collaboration between Dark Garden founder and fashion designer Autumn Adamme and accessories designer Kalico Delafay. A few of the concepts for this line were previewed at the Edwardian Ball in San Francisco and some amazing new pieces are being made exclusively for presentation at Nova Albion. The new Dollymop Collection will be on sale in the Traders’ Concourse beginning 3:00 pm on Friday March 12th, alongside a wonderful selection of Dark Garden’s world-acclaimed corsetry, couture and accessories. And of course, their beautiful models will be showing off the goods all weekend long!

The Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition (March 12-14 in Emeryville) takes the best elements of traditional science fiction and fantasy conventions, combines them with the passion, ingenuity, and hands-on workshops of Maker events, and places it all in a steam-powered, neo-Victorian setting that spans the 1830s through the early 1910s, from the cultured salons of gaslit London to the rugged coast of San Francisco.

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