DARK & DREAMY FLORAL DESIGN AT CITY CLUB

Halloween tablescape featuring dark and textural flowers, black tapers, and red and black goblets.
 
It was so much fun to collaborate with Anything But Gray Events on this dark & dreamy tablescape at City Club.

I loved playing with rich colors and lots of texture to create these elegant + elevated gothic pieces and would love, love, love to do something similar for a chic halloween shindig next year!
 
Halloween tablescape featuring dark florals, black tapers, and curious oddities.
 
Fun fact: We scored the black goblets that the arrangements are in on our honeymoon (Hello Madonna Inn!) and lots of the other oddities on the table are from my personal collection.

That’s a fancy way of saying house, y’all. They’re from my house. πŸ™‚
 
Taxidermy fox and dark forest florals.
 
Including my fabulous wedding fox. aka. my wedding gift from Gavin.
I got him a Sgian Dubh in case you’re curious!
 
Halloween Tablescape at City Club LA designed by Anything But Gray with Floral Design by Winston & Main.
 
How fabulous does Holly look sitting at her Dark & Dreamy table?
You know i love when an outfit matches a shoot so damn perfectly!
 
Haunting table design featuring dark and textural flowers, fruit, and oddities.
 
More fabulous details, fresh fruit, and beautiful stationery by Heirloom Paper Co.
 
Halloween wedding tablescape at City Club LA.
 
Dark dreams, bright skies. Because, LA.
 
Beautifully witchy halloween tablescape.
 
And that black peacock chair from Nineteen27 Vintage?
Be still my heart.
 
Black floral candelabra.
 
All about that texture.
And that amethyst I scored in New Mexico.
 
Dark and moody tablescape.
 
Moody floral design, perfect for a halloween wedding or event!
 
And yes, if you’ve read this far, and you’re even wondering…
Of course that doll head also came straight outta my dining room!
#eclectictaste #myfriendsknowmewell
 
 
Venue: City Club LA / Design: Events by Holly Gray / Photography: Andy Seo Studio, The Big Affair, Joan Fuller Photography / Papergoods: Heirloom Paper / Linens: Luxe Linen / Furniture Rentals: Nineteen27 Vintage Rentals / Snake Skin & Bones: Reptacular Animals



TROPICAL WEDDING INSPIRATION MOOD BOARD

Tropical Wedding inspiration mood board featuring elevated centerpieces, acrylic details, and lots of large tropical leaves!
 

So you wanna throw a thoroughly modern, possibly black-tie tropical shindig?

Keep it simple

Tropical greenery is already SO extra, you really just need to pick a few leaves you like and repeat, repeat, repeat.

Add a Fun + Modern Textural Element

We chose acrylic and incorporated it in the escort cards, signage, ceremony backdrop, and seating.

Go Big

Tropical leaves lend themselves to large installations, big bouquets, and elevated centerpieces.

Color is Optional

Sure tropical fetes are often super colorful affairs, BUT for a more formal and/or minimal look, stick with green or add a single accent color like we did.
 
Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main makes some behind the scenes adjustments to groom's boutonniere before shooting for Tropical Wedding Editorial.
 
And that’s it! Easy peasy. Simple, monochromatic, but never boring!
Bonus points if you dress to match your work! πŸ˜‰
 
I hope this was helpful! Slide into my inbox or hop over to instagram and let me know what flower inspo/advice you’d love to see next!
 
 
Venue: The Modern / Photography: J Wiley Photography / Event + Floral Design, Styling: Winston & Main / Planner & Styling: Moxie Bright Events / Videography: Press Films / Calligraphy: Chasing Linen / Invitation & Chair Signs: Happily Ever Etched / Cake & Desserts: Mwokaji Cakery / Rentals: Borrowed Blu, Classic Party Rentals / Linens: Classic Party Rentals / Hair & Makeup: Betsy diFrancesca / Dress: Bride Boutique LA / Accessories: The Blushing Bird



MODERN TROPICAL WEDDING INSPIRATION AT THE MODERN, LONG BEACH

Cute wedding couple in front of modern tropical wedding arch with acrylic accents
 
In 2017 I decided to create the work I wanted to be doing.

So I asked my friend Renee of Moxie Bright Events if she’d like to collaborate on a minimal, modern, and elegant re-imagining of the “greenery” trend taking over the interwebs
(all. that. garland.) and she came on board.

The rest is history. And hard work. And talented collaborators. And lots and lots of tropical greenery, with nary a garland in sight! πŸ™‚

Enough rambling though, check out all the modern, minimal + tropical magic we created at The Modern in Long Beach:
 
A modern tropical tablescape with tall centerpieces, and custom acrylic place cards.
 
While these elevated centerpieces are black-tie ready, the acrylic escort cards I designed (with calligraphy by Chasing Linen) add a playful element to the table.
 
acrylic wedding invitation with monstera leaf
 
We incorporated acrylic details + simple greenery throughout- in this beautiful invitation from Happily Ever Etched
 
Modern, minimal, and tropical wedding table inspiration.
 
You’ll also see acrylic details in the table number, and later, the ceremony design.
 
A tropical bridal bouquet and tiny pineapple boutonniere.
 
Texture and tiny details FTW.
 
Acrylic "Find your Seat" Sign with Monstera Leaf.
 
Tropical wedding desserts- gold leafed donuts.
 
These donuts from Mwokaji Cakery are almost too pretty to eat. Almost. πŸ˜‰
 
Tropical acrylic leaf escort cards by Winston & Main with calligraphy by Chasing Linen.
 
And a closer look at those escort cards. I created three different leaf styles, but the mini monsteras are definitely my fave!
 
Acrylic monstera leaf escort card by Winston & Main, with calligraphy by Chasing Linen.
 
Beautiful table top from Borrowed Blu with styling by Renee! Oh! And dip-dyed napkins by yours truly.
 
Adorable wedding portrait with floral bowtie and tropical boutonniere.
 
Tall tropical wedding centerpiece.
 
Minimal, modern, and tropical centerpiece.
 
So simple, so perfect.
 
Modern, minimal, tropical wedding ceremony arch with monstera, banana leaves, elephant ear, and ghost chairs.
 
I still love this ceremony design so much, from the simple gold pipe arch, to the giant tropical leaves, (no floral foam heeeeey) to the always fabulous Ghost Chairs.
 
Acrylic geometric shapes frame monstera leaves for cool, minimal, tropical ceremony decor by Winston & Main.
 
A quick close-up of those floating monstera leaves! Acrylic trianges FTW, again.
 
Delicious tropical wedding desserts.
 
And a few more delicious sweets!
 
Real talk: I’ve done at least 3 real weddings as a direct result of this shoot, for which I’m super grateful. So if there’s something you want to start doing (or get paid to do) hurry up and get started! And if you just want to hire me to bring ALL the giant tropical leaves your direction, get in touch right here!
 
You can check out more in our portfolio.
And make sure you hop on over to Ruffled to check out our feature!
 
 
Venue: The Modern / Photography: J Wiley Photography / Event + Floral Design, Styling: Winston & Main / Planner & Styling: Moxie Bright Events / Videography: Press Films / Calligraphy: Chasing Linen / Invitation & Chair Signs: Happily Ever Etched / Cake & Desserts: Mwokaji Cakery / Rentals: Borrowed Blu, Classic Party Rentals / Linens: Classic Party Rentals / Hair & Makeup: Betsy diFrancesca / Dress: Bride Boutique LA / Accessories: The Blushing Bird