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! 🙂

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. 😉
 
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



Last Minute Gift Guide: Make

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Holiday wreaths are an easy way to bring a lot cheer on the cheap to your home, and they make great gifts too!

I prefer them a little weird and wild (like most things in life), but you can use this technique for almost any material you choose.

And the only supplies you’ll need are a wire wreath form, paddle wire, and some snips. Easy peasy.
 
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First up- grab yo’ greens! Do it in a park, and try not to look…awkward.

I chose noble fir, cedar, and seeded eucalyptus from the LA Flower Mart for around $3.50/bunch and used about 1/3 bunch per 12″ wreath. For the behemoth in that first photo, you’ll need around 2 bunches of everything.

You can also forage your greens in the wild or at your local tree lot/Home Depot, where they’ll usually give you the branches they cut off the bottoms of trees for free.
 
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Now for some fun (and long lasting) accents- thistle, naked pepperberry, and red safari.
 
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Make small and pleasing bunches of greens + accents.
 
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Place your first bunch on your wreath form and use the paddle wire to secure it. No need to be pretty or too precious- just make sure it’s secure and DON’T cut your wire.
 
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Lay down your next bunch directly below the first one, so that the top of your second bunch covers up your messy wires. Secure it in place and DON’T cut your paddle wire.
Rinse and repeat.
 
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Voila! Not too shabby for $10 and 20 minutes, right?!

And if a wreath isn’t up your alley, here are 4 more gifts to make:

Vanilla Extract
Preserved Lemons
Homemade Bitters
Chewy Caramels

And yes, they’re all edible, because if you’ve been invited to a holiday party, your host/ess probably already has enough cheese logs, tea towels and kitchen tchotkes!



Greens, Pineapple and Mint Smoothie

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“I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.” –Groucho Marx

Hello everyone, my name is Tabitha and I live in Los Angeles.
Hello Tabitha…

In other words, jackpot!

I’m pretty sure this recipe is the golden ticket for hesitant Angelenos like myself to officially join the club.
Not to mention I’ve been here for ten years already.
Now how did that happen?

While I can’t easily explain where ten years went (the hallmark of getting old?!)
I can pinpoint the birth of my love of green juice. And I can blame a New Yorker!

See, whenever my friend would come to town and we’d style commercials together,
she’d insist on lots of healthy juices and luxury health snacks.
Yes, I use the word luxury to describe an eight dollar juice.
Another word would be insanely ridiculous.
Oops, that’s two words.
Choose your own adventure!

Commercial styling is no joke, so the fact that you can turn in receipts for multiple juice fixes a day is definitely a redeeming factor. Oh, and the paycheck. Honesty folks, it’s what’s for breakfast.
And green juice.

But even with my love of green juice, I’d stayed away from smoothies for the longest time.
They just seemed like fruit & ice masquerading as a milkshake, and for $8, I didn’t want any impostors. (or any ice!)

Then I discovered the secret to a great smoothie: frozen bananas.

I should have known, since frozen bananas in the food processor make the best single ingredient sorbet ever! Silly Me! Anyhow, they keep everything nice and cold sans ice, and make your smoothie incredibly creamy.
I quickly moved on to frozen pineapple, and BAM! New favorite breakfast smoothie.

Now I just peel, chop and freeze 6 or 7 ripe bananas and a pineapple every week,
and then these smoothies take no time at all to throw together.
Maybe 2 minutes.

So whether you want to save a buck, or you’ve just been hesitant to say yes please to bunch of kale in your morning milkshake, you should give this recipe a try!

The banana and pineapple are a sweet combo, and the mint is so refreshing that before you know it (or taste it) you’ll have downed an entire cup (or two!) of greens.

It’s quicker, cheaper, and healthier than a cup of coffee,
and seems like dessert for breakfast.
Enjoy!

Greens, Pineapple and Mint Smoothie
Serves: 2
 
This is my favorite breakfast smoothie! The banana and pineapple are a sweet combo, and the kick of mint is so refreshing that before you know it (or taste it) you’ll have downed an entire cup (or two!) of greens.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen banana (1 banana)
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 2 cups kale or other leafy green
  • 1- 1.5 cup almond milk
  • mint leaves to taste (4-5)
Instructions
  1. Add banana, pineapple, mint and almond milk to blender and blend on high until creamy. Add more almond milk if necessary.
  2. Add greens to blender and use a spoon to shove them down into the smoothie.
  3. Then blend until they are fully incorporated.
Notes
You don't need a fancy blender to make this delicious smoothie!