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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰
 
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



COLORFUL FLORAL INSTALLATION

Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main sits in front of her colorful floral installation for Don Julio Tequila.
 
Oh hi there.
I’m just taking a little sit down here among the flowers.
SO many flowers.
ALL the flowers.
 
Bright floral blanket spills out of vintage blue chevy for Don Julio Tequila activation.
 
See what I mean?
 
Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main poses with her floral installation for Don Julio Tequila
 
This would be a good time to mention that when we arrived, the truck was parked against an ugly black privacy screen. My heart died a little to think of ALL THAT FLOWER MAGIC wasted on an ugly backdrop.

Have we talked about my LOVE for photography? I thought so.
 
Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main poses with a dinner plate dahlia and a backdrop of colorful flowers!
 
We confirmed that the truck was not moving, got 75% through the install, and the event organizers decided the truck had to move.
 
Womp. Womp.
 
Colorful flower installation on the vintage blue Don Julio Tequila truck
 
It was 9:30am and 99 billion degrees at this point, but I didn’t even care once I saw where we were moving!

It was like the sky opened and flower-lovin-angels burst into song. (snap by me)
 
Vintage blue Chevy Don Julio Tequila truck filled with flowers by Winston & Main
 
The flower explosion + vintage Chevy make my heart so happy.
Also, this is how I like to imagine my life looks at all times! ๐Ÿ™‚
 
Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main busy installing flowers on the Don Julio Tequila truck.
 
Why I really do yoga.
Werkin those flowers.
 
Floral installation and license plate flowers on the Don Julio Tequila truck.
 
Details. Details. Details.
Of course I had to put a flower on the license plate.
 
Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main snaps a pic of her colorful floral installation for Don Julio Tequila
 
Another reason I do yoga.
Or…a natural born camper.
You decide. ๐Ÿ™‚
 
Colorful blanket of flowers spilling out of the Don Julio Tequila truck.
 
Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main + the Don Julio Tequila truck.
 
Thanks for reading y’all!
 
 
Event: Alt 98.7 Summer Camp at The Queen Mary for Don Julio Tequila / Photography: Altar Image Photography / Floral Design + Styling: Winston & Main



DRINKING WITH CHICKENS

Backyard chickens frolicking in lush floral table garland
 
This is the strike crew of my dreams y’all. It might also be IS the booze + lovely lady + flower + chicken-filled party of my dreams. For sure. I first discovered Kate and her amazing blog/Instagram, Drinking with Chickens, last year when I wrote this article on Apartment Therapy.
 
We started chatting on IG and godblesstheinternet here I am creating some flower magic in her backyard a year later. She also took that amazing photo up there.
 
Gorgeous cottage garden paths lined with purple flowers
 
Kate’s garden is ridiculous. Like fairy-tale levels of perfection #gardengoals ridiculous. And I was so lucky she agreed that I could bring along my pal Victoria Gold Photography to snag some fancy florist shots. AKA, the kind, at big events, I’m usually too sweaty/busy to ever take, let alone look at, or post again.
 
florist apron with japanese snips, pink spray roses, and fried egg peonies
 
Just hanging with my snips and some big ol’ fried egg peonies in the garden. Like ya do.
 
Winston and Main's Tabitha Abercrombie holding a polish chicken wearing a flower necklace
 
Victoria took a bunch of florist glamour shots of me in the garden, and we did things like torture poor Pip with a flower corsage necklace. He loved it. Obviously.
 
Winston & Main's Tabitha Abercrombie putting the finishing touches on a lush floral garland for a garden party
 
So calm. So not sweaty. Just jeuging up a flower-filled table in the garden, like ya do.
 
Winston & Main "Adorn Yourself" acrylic sign and modern brass wrist corsages
 
We’ve been making these modern brass wrist corsages for our wedding clients for a while now, and just love them! See also: we love making acrylic signs! And…No more 80’s prom arms, I mean, unless you’re having an 80’s prom wedding in which case- call me! ๐Ÿ™‚
 
Modern Floral Jewelry, fresh flowers on brass cuffs for a modern wedding corsage
 
I just love love love these little pieces of floral jewelry, because each one is totally unique. It was really fun to watch guests select the one that spoke to them.
 
Did I mention that I LOVE attending parties that I’ve floralized? I am consistently humbled + awed by the effect beautiful flowers have on people and feel so lucky when I get to see my #flowermagic in action.
 
A colorful and bohemian garden party, afternoon tea, or wedding tablescape
 
Are you ready for flower porn on a whole different scale though?
 
tablescape with overflowing garland and colorful chairs for garden party
 
And a different angle. That garland though. She’s extra.
Iphone pic by yours truly.
 
a birds-eye-view of a lush floral table garland and beautiful mini-cupcakes
 
Especiallye extra at this angle.
Photo + Gorgeous lil’ cupcakes by my pal Kristin over at Dine X Design!
 
Fun fact: Kristin and I met at Alt Summit waaaaaay back in 2012 and reconnected at this lil’ shindig! Again, godblesstheinternet!
 
A birds-eye-view of a lush early summer floral garland on a table set for afternoon tea.
 
More. More. More.
 
backyard chickens in lush floral garland
 
More chickens. More flowers.
 
Drinking with Chickens party goers at lush tea party holding chickens
 
More hot ladies with lap chickens.
 
Party goers with cocktails and chickens at Drinking with Chickens Boozy Tea Party
 
Koval bottles with flower adornments
 
Leave no surface or booze bottle unflowered. That’s what we say. After all, Kate’s blog is called Drinking with Chickens. And Koval did put the “booze” in the Boozy Garden Tea Party. And it was delicious!
 
bright peony filled table garland tea party or wedding
 
Okay, maybe just one more tablescape. Is it weird that I wanna climb on that table and roll around in the flowers?
 
Winston & Main's Tabitha Abercrombie in the garden with her hand-painted "mother of chickens" tote
 
Well, maybe I’m just a little weird. ๐Ÿ™‚
 

Amazing Collaborators + Contributors:
Hosts: Wandering Whiskey Society and Drinking with Chickens / Booze: Koval Distillery / Cookies + Cookie Decorating Sesh: Compact Cookies / Cocktails: Bit by a Fox / Cupcakes: Dine X Design / Scones: Nosh With Tash / All photography, except
where otherwise credited: Victoria Gold Photography / Floral Design: Winston & Main