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Bohemian Garden Wedding Inspiration

When we got wind of garden chic wedding inspiration dreamt up by Twah Dougherty of Style-Art-Life and Two B Events, we knew this wouldn’t be your run-of-the-mill styled shoot. No siree! With breathtaking blooms from Fleuri de Di, gorg invitations from Gourmet Invitations and so much more pretty, it’s a full-on swoon fest of all things sweet, sparkly and east-meets-west coast fabulous!


From Two B Events… When Twah approached me with the idea of a styled shoot, I took one look at her inspiration board and knew that our kindred spirits would have so much fun bringing it to life. The fact that we were bi-coastal actually helped influence the direction of the project: blending a glamorous, gilded era feel with a laid-back, vintage bohemian twist. East coast vision met with West coast interpretation.

We imagined a couple who would want a unique, antique and intimate wedding without having to sacrifice the elegance or sophistication of a more formal affair. The Maxwell House provided the perfect venue, seeped in its own history (built in 1929) but also with a stunning greenery laden courtyard to keep the vibe relaxed instead of stuffy. The gold-rimmed dishes and fluted glassware helped balance the custom vintage Singer dining table, and though the attire was dressy, the bright pops of color in the floral and the bride’s shoes, along with the sparkly medley of the bridesmaids’ dresses proved you could have an outdoor garden wedding that was chic.

We concentrated on a few main dishes that were fresh, locally sourced and purposefully plated, and chose to keep the desserts simple, incorporating bright peony toppers to build in a natural beauty. Overall, it felt like a close group of friends rejoicing over a new marriage, celebrating intentionally, yet still taking place in a refined, polished and genuinely fun way.

Photography: Twah Dougherty Of Style-Art-Life | Event Design: Two B Events | Flowers: Fleuri de Di | Wedding Cake: Matchbox Kitchen | Invitations: Gourmet Invitations | Catering: Valley Brink Road | Gowns & Bridesmaid Dresses: Ruche | Historic Estate: Maxwell House | Rentals: Town & Country Event Rentals | Veils, Head Pieaces & Mint Belt: Tessa Kim | White Bow Back Belt: Erin Braun Designs

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Great Gatsby Inspired Photo Shoot from Posh Peony Event Design + Desi Baytan Photography

For those of you who haven’t heard, The Great Gatsby is making a comeback.  A resurgence that may or may not have a little something to do with a certain handsome actor named Leo… OR just the simple fact that the 1920′s are all kinds of awesome.  Either way, we are loving it in a big, big way, especially when it means spending our days soaking in some Gatsby-inspired inspiration.  Inspiration dripping in the fab stylings of Posh Peony Event Design, they yummy treats of Erin Grace Events and a whole lot of magical moments captured by Desi Baytan Photography.  (To be exact.)  See them all in the full gallery.


This shoot was designed around 1920′s vintage flare to capture the era that was full of glamour and glitz. I wanted to have details that were very genuine to the images painted in the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The women were painted as very beautiful and poised with flawless elegance. My inspiration came mostly when reading about Gatsby’s lavish mansion parties. The high-class society entertained and celebrated life with music, love, and lots of sparkle.

Sparkle, glitz, and glam were a primary element I wanted to incorporate throughout all the details. The main colors were black, gold, white, ivory, pearl, and silver. The table linens chosen were black chiffon sequined a rosette textured pattern. Strands of pearls accented the linens between the florals and candleholders. The black satin napkins with jeweled napkins rings countered the gold charger plates and added lots of sparkle and glitz. Gold chiavari chairs were a great accent piece to bring out the gold tones.

The centerpieces were designed around white hydrangeas, ivory vendela roses, and white phalaenopsis orchids and were loosely arranged on elevated glass tulip vases with hanging crystals and draped pearl accents. Sounding the floral arrangements, were multiple level vases with bouquets of white tulips, roses, hydrangeas, and orchids shooting over each edge to create a fuller look below the slim vases. I used multi-leveled candleholders to bring in a romantic ambiance and capture the sparkle all around. The photographer captured the shoot beautifully using natural light, delicate poses, and vintage filters using both film and digital cameras. He was very animated and painted the tone verbally to capture the models in their elegance.

Ivory shimmer paper was selected to create an elegant and bright foreground for the black text and gold backing. The fonts used were a mixture of vintage and contemporary styles using various sizes and alignments. Gold borders and clipart where added to add a vintage look. Professional models participated in this shoot and were styled with vintage glam in mind. The attire was very clean and sophisticated with Designs by Casablanca and Justin Alexander. Selections had subtle textures and rhinestone details to emphasize the elaborate jewelry and headpieces popular in this era. I wanted the make up to look very fresh and simple with a bold lip and nude eyes.

The Bride wore fitted lace gowns with vintage lace and jewel encrusted headband and head veil. Her make up was very fair toned with the bold lip and elegant eyes and side swept pin curls. The Groom wore a classic tux with bow tie and side swept hair. The maid of honor wore fitted satin gowns with elaborate head and jewelry accents. Dessert Bar: Sequined linens, feathers, gold platters and stands were used to prop up multiple sweets.

Photography: Desi Baytan Photography | Floral + Event Design + Linens: Posh Peony Event Design | Dessert Bar: Erin Grace Events | Stationery: Papermints | Wardrobe: Uniquely Elegant Attire (Justin Alexander Style 8626 and Casablanca Style 1978) | Hair + Makeup: Fairytale Hair and Makeup | Hair Accessories + Bridal Styling: Sandra Nicole Designs | Rentals: Chiavari Chairs: Tmmpro | Models: Kelli and Richard Serio + Lori McShane | Jewelry: Paseo Jewelers, Pasadena, CA | Venue: NOOR

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Vintage Inspired Wedding in Pasadena from Full Spectrum Photography

Dripping in vintage-inspired details and one drop-dead gorgeous moment after another, this Pasadena affair is kind of taking my breath away.  Which makes perfect sense, really, since classic meets vintage is sort of one of my favorite ways to celebrate.  Add in a crazy gorgeous setting like Pandora on Green, the fab stylings of Lux Events and Design and a whole host of pretty captured by Full Spectrum Photography and let me tell you, lovelies.  This is one fabulous gallery. Join me there for every ounce of lovely.

From Lux Events and DesignTeresa and Daniel were such a wonderful couple to work with. She wanted a classic and vintage wedding with pearl and lace details. Teresa and Daniel were married in St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Alta Dena, California. There is something very romantic about a church wedding. This church had so much character. Dark woods and beautiful carvings added to the quaint character of the church.

Teresa wanted lots of handmade details for her wedding and that is what Lux Events and Designs delivered. We made a beautiful photo table backdrop out of strands of lace, traditional cans for behind the car and fun straws with banners to drink from. We gathered vintage books, cameras, photos, and lace to compliment Teresa’s vintage taste. The reception took place at a really unique venue, Pandora on Green in Pasadena. This venue is full of exposed brick and open beamed ceilings but keeps its elegance with beautiful grey glass chandeliers.

This day was full of love, laughter and dancing and the night ended with a sparkler send off!

Wedding Photography: Full Spectrum Photography | Cinematography: Amanda Madeline Studios | Ceremony Venue: St. Elizabeth Catholic Church | Reception Venue: Pandora on Green, Pasadena, California | Event Design + Planning: Lux Events and Design | Floral Design: Paradise Florist-Los Angeles | Invitations: Full Spectrum Design Studio