There’s no denying our love for a good theme. It takes a wedding and gives it a big jolt of personality and really solidifies all those little details. From foodie driven affairs to an intimate glamping adventure, the world of wedding themes is a big one. Have a look at this round up of our all-time favorite wedding themes done so, so right.
You all might need to sit down for this one. It’s midcentury modern meets Palm Springs garden glam photographed by Michael Radford. And don’t even get me started on two of the most dapper Grooms we’ve come across. Their celebration is one of love and beautiful design at the hands of Celebrations Of Joy + Maggie Jensen Event Floral Design. If you are all for an affair dripping in chandeliers, succulents and gold, then you’ll want to have a look right here.
Celebrations Of Joy…Phillip and Billy are a bi-national couple, Phillip is a Brit and Billy is American, and they asked us to help them create an intimate celebration for their California wedding with a twist: Gene Autry Cowboy meets Mid-Century Modern! They chose to have their ceremony and reception at the historic Gene Autry House on the grounds of the Parker Palm Springs, and wanted the style and theme of the wedding to reflect the location and be an intimate beautiful celebration for 30 of their closest family and friends. We played with all the details: from their web site, to the menu cards, to the guest book poster of Gene Autry the guests signed as they arrived, yet also kept the décor elegant and reflective of the mid-century modern style of the venue. As they exchanged vows, the Grooms stood before a curtain of ribbons that flowed in the breeze. With the team of Maggie Jensen Floral Design and Classic Party Rentals we created one long table for the reception framed by chandeliers. The table top reflected the California desert with sage linens, a mid-century modern motif runner from Wildflower Linens, lots of succulents and of course Billy Balls, in reflective gold vessels.
Photography: Michael Radford Photography | Floral Design: Maggie Jensen Event Floral Design | DJ: Zephyr Brown | Ceremony Music: Pete Goslow | Hotel: Parker Palm Springs | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Rentals: Wildflower Linen | Wedding Planning: Celebrations Of Joy
I always come back to a simple black and white color palette. It’s a go-to that stands the test of time whether we’re talking about home decor, fashion or wedding design. And this inspiration shoot is total proof. It’s classic elegance crafted by Clayton Austin and Taylor Lord along with green filled florals by Without Wax Katy, that prove black and white are here to stay.
That gorgeous engagement session inspiration can only be outdone by the wedding shoot that followed suit. Have a look at the handiwork of all these great talents who brought our favorite black and white color combo to life.
From Love Is A Bird Photography…When Taylor Lord and I decided to host a small intimate workshop in our hometown of Austin, Texas we knew we would want to style the shoots to perfection. With a modern classic vibe in mind we focused on shades of blacks, whites, and grays while pulling in the greens from the beautiful ivy covered walls and concrete architecture of South Congress Street. The idea was that for the engagement session the groom would wear varying shades of black while she wore white and then switching it up for the wedding day shoot with her in an amazing black gown from Free People and him in a crisp white Vera Wang tuxedo jacket and a black velvet bow tie. Taylor made the concrete candle pillars in different sizes and heights giving the table a sense of dimension while Katy from Without Wax Katy did an incredible job with the green table runner, bouquet, and boutonnieres. I made the cake finishing it with stark black butter cream icing. Finally we tied everything together using black velvet ribbon throughout the shoot.
From Without Wax Katy…It’s in letting the stunning landscape do all the talking, with a few well-edited nods of color and style infused along the way that makes everything come together flawlessly. The 12 foot runner is ripe with layers of eucalyptus foliage, texture and organic goodness. It seamlessly blends in with the beauty of the natural surroundings with the coordination of modern details set in the middle of this Austin oasis. Focusing on a simple and clean color palette of white, green, black and gray, the bouquet of soft peonies, ranunculus and anemones contrasted in all the right ways with the black wedding gown. From the extraordinary play on black and white to the floral details on the cake and in bride’s hair, this styled workshop is a sure fire way to find to find yourself lost in its beauty for hours on end.
Photography: Clayton Austin | Floral Design: Without Wax Katy | Cake: Clayton Austin | Stationary: Olive Juice Stationary | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Hair And Makeup: Mayhem Beauty | Black Dress: Free People | Concrete Candle Pillars: Taylor Lord | Design And Styling: Clayton Austin | Groom's Tux: Vera Wang | Styling And Design: Taylor Lord | Venue: South Congress St
Spring might be a good nine months away, but the second I locked eyes with this Brooklyn Botanic Garden wedding I’ve been hoping and praying it’d show up a wee bit sooner. With trees in all their fully bloomed splendor, there’s never been a more perfect setting to swap vows, and Rebecca Yale documented the day in gorgeous fashion. Have a peek right here!
From Rebecca Yale… Kelsey and Noah’s Spring wedding in the Brooklyn Botanical gardens was a true celebration of Spring and love! After a terrible winter in New York City we felt Spring would never come, but on the day of Kelsey and Noah’s wedding the skies cleared, the sun shined on the newly blossomed cherry blossoms and we were given a perfect Spring day. Kelsey and Noah were married under the shade of a beautiful tree in a meadow in the gardens and then celebrated with their friends and family in the Palm House at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. The afternoon felt like a joyous garden party and they let the beauty of the gardens and the flowers take center stage, picking up the light pink of the cherry blossoms throughout the day in the details from the bride’s shoes to the groom’s tie.
Light poured in from the glass roof of the palm house giving the laser cut place cards and menus a beautiful dimensionality as it created shadows on the white table cloths. The guests were serenaded by a 3-piece band with oldies, each song hand chosen by Kelsey. Perfectly fitting the garden party motif, the bride and groom gave cans of seeds as a thank you to their guests before making a grand exit through a cascade of yellow and pink rose petals to a vintage yellow taxi.
It was so wonderful to capture genuine moments of love and joy between Kelsey and Noah. I knew they would be so much fun to photograph when we first met and she told me- “We both love the color green, spicy food, and, of course, each other.” Kelsey even had inscribed in Noah’s ring “I love you most” one of my favorite details of the day!
Photography: Rebecca Yale Portraits | Floral Design: Seaport Flowers | Wedding Dress: Stephanie Allin | Invitations: Paper Source | Ceremony Venue: Brooklyn Botanic Garden | Reception Venue: Palm House | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Charles Sally Charles | Makeup Artist: Anni Bruno NYC Faces | Groom's Attire: Black Lapel | Groomsmen's Attire: Indochino | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Photography - Assistance: Orange Blossom Photography | Second Shooter: Emilia Jane | Wedding Veil: Stephanie Allin