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Modern and Elegant Outdoor Wedding Part 1

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Incorporating modern elements into a thoroughly elegant, garden-inspired design can be tricky. Combining the feminine with the stricter, sparser ideas of a “modern” aesthetic is challenging, but pays off when done well. We love the unique details that were chosen in Brittany and Colter’s wedding design: weaving together calligraphy with a graphic sans serif invitation suite, the intricately petalled (and pixelated!) aisle design, and of course, pulling the symbol of the redwoods under which the couple said their vows throughout the details. Luckily for you, today and tomorrow you’ll find all the inspiration you need (part 2 of this Napa wedding will be featured on Once Wed tomorrow, so be sure to come back for more!).

From the event designer and Once Wed Preferred Vendor, Joy Thigpen: 
“My favorite design elements came from the ceremony site itself. Brittany and Colter chose to be married beneath a pair of redwoods. We sent Shanan from Eskayel an iPhone picture of the redwoods which she used to paint a watercolor illustration that we used as a logo of sorts on the invitation, etc. but she also took it a step further by blowing up and repeating small sections of that illustration to make amazing patterns in her signature Eskayel way which we used in the paper goods and also printed on linen to make custom napkins for each place setting and pillows for the lounge areas. Even the cake was based on the Eskayel patterns.

My other favorite design element was the aisle treatment. Brittany expressed (somewhat bashfully) she wanted some kind of romantic fairytale something but in a modern way and when I came across BeatWoven’s version of Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pas De Duex’ from the wedding scene in The Sleeping Beauty I knew it had to be the aisle design. BeatWoven creates these pixelated symmetrical patterns from the audio files of selected passages of music and Studio Mondine executed the design in petals down the aisle. So Brittany got to walk down her thoroughly modern aisle that was secretly from a fairytale.”

Photography: Kate Holstein | Design: Joy Thigpen | Flowers: Studio Mondine | Cake: Jasmine Rae Cakes | Band: Project M | Paper: Gather + Co. | Calligraphy: Invitations/Neon Sign: Betsy Dunlap, acrylic name cards: Ashley Buzzy | Makeup and hair: Amy Clarke

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