Elegant Blue and White Wedding Inspiration

Taking inspiration for your wedding from your surroundings is a sure way to create a beautifully cohesive event design, and today’s inspirational editorial in shades of blue and white is the perfect example of how to do that. Keeping your eyes open on a simple walk around your venue will show you options for your color palette (for example, the detailed blue and white murals and painted tile throughout this private estate are an obvious choice), as well as dictate the formality of the event. This garden setting is beautifully echoed through lush, botanical-inspired floral designs.

Read on for more from the creative team:
“Hidden away in the foothills off Lawrence Canyon in Southern California, sits a private estate which we used to draw inspiration from for tones and design elements.

Beautiful nooks featuring intricately painted blue and white murals served as natural backdrops and lent itself to the clean palette of colors for our florals. The design was traditional yet fresh, with a nod to more modern details such as the stunning Alexandra Grecco gown with a deep V-front & back, and delicate material which flowed and moved with every turn our bride, Miss California, made.  Our groom’s attire was also modern with a trendy blue jacket, and fitted slacks complete with an old-school pocket watch as nod to signs of an era long past. Grooms oftentimes have heirlooms pieces passed down from generation to generation, and something borrowed isn’t always reserved just for the bride.

Our table scape was traditional, and used beautiful pieces from the designer’s private collection, such as blue scalloped lace chargers, bone handled flatware, and crystal stemware, along with the floral centerpieces he created, which were a lush green & white in palette.

The look was completed by soft shades of silk runners sitting atop natural linen runners for a layered look, with off white tapered candles. It spoke of a quiet, yet sophisticated elegance.

Most Weddings these days also offer little sweets in addition to the traditional cake, and our custom made little oreo-gems with our blue/grey tones in a marbled watercolor effect were the perfect touch! Imagine little pieces of chocolate heaven with colors that compliment your own, for your special day. We think it’s a beautiful way to incorporate an extra little touch of class.”

Photography: Luna de Mare | Venue: Rancho Las Lomas | Event Design, Styling & Florals: Kaleb Norman James | Rentals: Archive Rentals | Gown: Alexandra Grecco | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | Calligraphy: Libby Tipton | HMUA: Beauty by Melina | Men’s Suit: Noose & Monkey | Shoes: Louis Vuitton | Chocolatier: Elise Cakes | Runner: Silk & Willow | Rings: Nadri | Boxes: The Mrs Box | Model: Nadia Mejia via NewMark Models (Newly crowned Miss California 2016) | Model: Kevin Clough via Osbrink Models | Lab: Photovision Prints

05.26.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

A Fairytale Flower Workshop

The amazing team at Amy Osaba Events never ceases to amaze us. Their work is incredible, and they give so generously to those lucky enough to attend their workshops. This year was no exception.

“Each year, when we plan our workshop, we focus on creating a unique and special experience for our attendees. We not only want to teach them our bouquet, arrangement, and large-scale installation technique, but also want to reward and inspire them. We want to create an environment in which they can relax and let their artistic nature thrive. Luckily, we’re welcomed into Dunaway Gardens each year to roam their enchanting gardens to gather inspiration before we curate a fairy tale dinner for our attendees under the stars. We hope that each person who comes to the AO Flower workshop leaves with more vision, drive, and a new sense of community that they didn’t have before. We love these women with our whole hearts and are so proud of everything they created with us!”


Bouquet/bout 1: Amy Osaba

Flower Crown: The Southern Table

Bouquet 2: Sloan Chouest

Bout 2: Ivory and Beau Weddings

Bout 3: Sloan Chouest

Bouquet 3: Ivory and Beau Weddings


Photography: Lauren Balingit | Workshop: Amy Osaba Events Flower Workshop | Studio: Amy Osaba Events | Venue: Dunaway Gardens | Hair and Makeup: Claudia Mejerle | Paper Goods: Signora e Mare | Catering: Low Country Catering | Rentals: Blue Eyed Yonder | Flowers: Florabundance Inc. and Southerly Flower Farm

05.25.16 / Featured, Reception Tables Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Mid-Century Inspired Engagement Photos in Miami

How many times have we all heard the phrase, “location, location, location?” When planning their engagement photos with photographer Ozzy Garcia, Alex and Johanna knew that they both a mid-century and botanical setting, so they chose The Standard Hotel in South Beach, Miami Beach. The location definitely doesn’t disappoint, and it’s amazing how well a great setting pulls together something simple like an engagement shoot. We can’t get enough of the incredible varieties of palm trees and other assorted fauna, and combined with the couple’s chic attire? Engagement photo perfection.

Photographer: Ozzy Garcia | Location: The Standard Hotel South Beach

05.24.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Intimate Lifestyle Photo Session in Brooklyn

We know that many of our readers are craving a return to simplicity, but when it comes to wedding planning or anniversary photo sessions, simplicity can be hard to achieve for reasons that are so plain: it’s so simple! Allowing designs, clients and authentic moments to thrive in a simplistic environment was at heart for this lifestyle portrait session. Natural every day wear and hair was styled to keep the natural element and the Brooklyn brownstone home was the perfect backdrop for this clean and effortless lifestyle session.

Photography: Sally Pinera | Design/Styling: Bespoke Only | Makeup: Stacie Ford Weddings | Hair: Styles on B

05.23.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog