In the wedding planning industry, floral arrangements are a staple of any design process, and Chestnut and Vine is truly one of the best floral design teams around. Svenja Brotz founded the company inspired by her passion for flowers.
"My two big passions are books and flowers, and I was lucky enough to nurture both early on in my life. While it might seem that they don't have much in common, I feel they are both transformative. Books allow your mind to travel and roam, and flowers work their magic and allow you to almost paint a scene- either for one date, one dinner, or for a lifetime."
Svenja, her husband, and 3 children moved to California over 20 years ago. She embraced the beautiful outdoors of the bay area, and chose to make flowers a top priority. She began her formal floral training by freelancing with florists and designers in the area, eventually getting certified as a floral designer in California and on a national level with the American Industry of Floral Design.
Since she founded Chestnut and Vine in 2006, Svenja and her team have expanded rapidly. They have outgrown three studios, moving from Emeryville to Berkely to Richmond, to adapt to the growing number of events.
"We have grown to the point where we are consciously selective with our work, so that we are able to provide the customer service we feel is owed to such an important day."
Svenja and her team truly create a completely unique design and feel for each client they take on, and no two weddings or events are the same.
Of course Svenja's personal design aesthetic shines through regardless of the color palette, or season of the wedding she is designing for.
"The stable part is my love of botanicals. I love to showcase flowers and find a setting that is an exhibition for their beauty, rather than a massed pave style arrangement. I am on a regular basis equally intrigued by a beautiful blossom or a piece of moss.
The evolving parts are tied to the client, the venue, the current aesthetics, and the desire to achieve a cohesive design that pays attention to the most minute details."
Truly, in working with Chestnut and Vine there is not a single detail that is overlooked or under-represented. Svenja draws inspiration from Charles Eames' words, "The details are not the details, they are what makes the design," and it shows through in her work.
In addition to her passion for flowers, Svenja is a self-proclaimed "sucker for romance." She is honored to be a part of such a special day in her client's lives and loves everything from design meetings with her brides to executing their shared vision on the day of the wedding.
Svenja says she does not have a "favorite" flower because there is a constantly changing list of flowers that she rediscovers and comes to appreciate in new ways each year. However one of her staples is Linnea Borealis, a small, very soft blush flower that is native to the forests in Scandinavia, that she named her daughter after.
The coming events and wedding season is sure to be a busy one for Chestnut and Vine, promising many innovative designs and beautiful arrangements.
"I am excited to see that the Pantone color of 2017 is green- how fabulous for somebody like me that gets a kick out of a sprig of moss or fern! I am also intrigued to see ethnic wedding trends- what could be more unifying than weddings? They have been celebrated in all cultures for centuries. Especially since I feel right now, a little love for all people goes a long way."
Our team at A Savvy Event look forward to seeing all of the amazing work that Chestnut and Vine will do in 2017, and cannot wait to work with Svenja and her talented team. For more photos of her work, check out her gallery page here. We can't get enough!