Aqua and Peach Modern Beach Wedding Inspiration

Last January Utterly Engaged hosted a design challenge inspired by your interpretation of ‘Snap Crackle Pop’. I conjured up a vision inspired by Pop Art with an opulent yet retro beachy spin. Images of David Hockney’s cool pools, Warhol’s iconic portraits and Lichenstein’s comic style of typography popped into mind but I wanted to showcase a softer and more romantic twist on these vivid graphic styles for a modern beach wedding. A look that could express a bride that is mod and glamorous, yet still a California beach girl at heart. Don’t forget to check out the latest issue of Utterly Engaged! (Our feature is on page 29)

We collaborated with the talented Isari Flower Studio and Justin Lee for a stylish sun drenched afternoon in my own ‘backyard’. This photo is such a perfect example of what I like to call ‘the golden hour’ at Pillbox in Solana Beach. When the sunsets’ warm rays bathe everything in its magical golden light.

Tam of Isari Flower Studio had found these super chic baroque style vintage chairs that I was dying to use for an extra opulent edge. We combined a cool color palette of aqua and peach and infused fun graphic prints and bold shiny textiles such as the custom made silver sequin pillows. Our center arrangement nestled into vintage pressed glass featured white anemones, lilac and lisanthus flowers ranging from whites to creams. We layered these ultra-chic table settings with thick cut glass plates, mirrored chargers and gold rimmed Ralph Lauren china and then paired vintage gold and crackled glass goblets. Each guest was treated to

In a vintage golden vase Isari Flower Studio created lush arrangements ranging from creamy roses, ruffled tulips, lisianthus and china mums for a layered textural effect.

Silver coral and shells were layered onto the tables for a fun and quirky punch of drama. Floating cymbidium orchids were featured in glass bowls in top of modern crystal candlesticks for a fun play on the dramatic while Lichenstein inspired menus made a bold graphic impact.

Creative and Modern Candle Holders: Shed Some Light on Your Designs!

When designing a special event one of the most important aspects in my opinion is lighting. So many people forget about this factor as a huge design element or put it in as an afterthought. Not only does candlelight emanate a gorgeous and naturally flattering glow upon you and your guests, it makes the evening feel intimate, personal and sexy. Sometimes used as accessories, when done right, candle light can definitely make an impact as the centerpiece and focal point of your designs.

Here are a few tips to consider when designing with candles:

  • Create stunning entryways with clusters of floating candles in vases of various heights
  • Line a plank of wood with colored votive holders for a simple yet striking centerpiece
  • Place candles on top of mirrors to reflect even more of that beautiful glow upwards
  • Don’t forget candles in the bathroom! Nothing spoils a sexy mood more than having to turn on a bright light when excusing yourself from the party.
  • Make a beautiful backdrop for the bars with shelving full of candles.

Here are a few of my favorite creative and modern candle holders at moment courtesy of Jamali Garden and Z Gallerie:

Magical Emerald Green Event Design Inspiration

There is something about rich emerald green that makes me feel refined, regal and very mature. Not only does it calm your senses, give you a sense of tranquility and combats stress, this color is known for good luck and health. It also reminds me of the movie ‘Return to Oz’ when Dorothy had to select every green object to save her furry friends from the horrible Wheelers. From Jade to Emerald to Kelly, each gorgeous vase, lamp or treasure was a reincarnation of her sidekicks.  Ever since that movie whenever I see an object in a beautiful shade of green I want to secretly touch it and feel its magic of who/what it may be.

Why not take this complex magical hue and mix it with bold contrasts of black and white with pops of metal tones such as gold or copper for your next swanky dinner soiree or private event. Mix in contrasting fabrics, tightly arranged white blooms, a few modern ceramic or brass vases and bold furniture statements and voila, a chic and modern Emerald Green event not soon to be forgotten.

Tamera Mowry & Adam Housely Get Married Magazine Shoot Details

And we’re back with more fun detail shots of the darling couple just a few weeks before their ‘I do’s’ at our Get Married Magazine Shoot at The Chamberlain in West Hollywood. With a combination of mid-century modern decor, glamorous fabrics and finishes, and bright and bold Noritake china and tableware, we created an eclectic surrounding to showcase what this darling couple would look like as Hollywood newlyweds entertaining in their new home. It was so sweet just how in love they were and interact in their ‘newlywed home’ setting.

The modern silver chandelier and chic periwinkle and gold chairs made for a bold combination when mixed with this patterned graphic rug and white mid-century style table by Form Decor.

For this modern table design we started with a mirrored cube as a center riser to place a modern inky black vase filled with lush open soft yellow peonies and yellow tulips, courtesy of Isari Flower Studio. We brought in different shades of yellow including dark and light amber and a gorgeous hand-blown glass vase by artist Jess Wainer.

We selected bold yellow and black geometric shapes of Nortiake china and for glassware we brought in crystal blues and inky black glassware for bold contrasts.

Hand-painted Thai silk fabric I found in New York was used for napkins and wrapped with bold gold chains for a modern napkin treatment with a wired on place card for each guest.

Event Design & Styling by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Menus & place cards by Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations

Flowers by Isari Flower Studio

Table and Rug rentals by Form Decor

Venue The Chamberlain West Hollywood

Table settings by Noritake

Photography by Alexa Miller of Bright Bird Photography

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