Dian & Kenny’s Modern & Polished Wedding at The Ebell of Los Angeles

A wedding portrait of the couple on the steps of the historic Ebell of Los Angeles, featuring a modern cascade bouquet in fresh white & green with orange and yellow accents.
 
How gorgeous are these two?
 
And since we can’t officially celebrate their leap year wedding anniversary for another 2 years- here we go. Happy Second Anniversary Dian & Kenny! 😜
 
A lush and organic white cascade with pops of orange and yellow accents, featuring garden roses, peonies, ranunculus blooms, designed by Winston & Main.
 
And here is Dian’s beautiful modern cascade bouquet. It features orchids, tulips, mini-callas, ranunculus, tiny kumquat cuties, and fragrant tuberose, lilac and orange blossom.
 
Scent is such a powerful memory trigger and I LOVE incorporating it into wedding work- in just the right amount of course.
 
Our couple enjoying the fragrant wedding bouquet full of delicious lilac, tuberose, and orange blossom.
 
Which brings us to the cutest photo ever! I was so thrilled to see ALL the beautiful photos Miki & Sonja captured, but this one is definitely a favorite.
 
A wedding portrait on the staircase at The Ebell of Los Angeles, featuring a stunning veil by Julie Harris Designs.
 
This veil by Julie Harris Designs needs its own moment though. Sigh. 😍
 
An artistic floral flat lay with ranunculus, olive leaves, and citrus accents for a modern orange wedding.
 
The gorgeous invitation suite by Bella Figura + ALL the citrus and citrus-hued blooms.
 
An outdoor portrait of our bride holding a luxury bouquet with white flowers, accented by fresh citrus, and yellow and orange blooms.
 
A beautiful bridal portrait- The Ebell of Los Angeles has SO many amazing spots for portraits!
 
A portrait and close up of our groom wearing a custom boutonnière made of white ranunculus and olive leaves, wrapped with dark green, velvet ribbon.
 
And a super stylish groom!
Love love love Kenny’s whole wedding look.
 
Adorable flower child baskets, accented with greenery and filled with fresh white rose petals for tossing.
 
The cutest baskets for all the flower children.
 
A close up of boutonnières and brass cuff corsages made of white flowers on a tray, custom designed by Winston & Main.
 
And flowers for all the family & friends.
 
The couple smiling at each other with groom gently holding her waist, and bride holding a lush white and citrus accented bouquet designed by Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main.
 
Again, the cutest.
 
The historic setting of The Ebell of Los Angeles' ballroom is transformed into a modern ceremony space by floral designer, Winston & Main.
 
The Lounge at The Ebell of Los Angeles is absolutely stunning, and a dream to flower! We created two large foam-free arrangements featuring olive and eucalyptus to flank the altar, and lined the the aisle with large & airy arrangements of greenery, delphinium, and dahlia.
 
The couple and their officiant stand in between two large, foam-free installations featuring olive and eucalyptus branches in gold urns.
 
Love a casual amount of greenery. 😉
 
A wide view of the ceremony from back of the room. Our couple holding and facing each other at the altar and surrounded by nature-inspired lush greenery and white flowers.
 
These organic & textural greens are the perfect contrast AND compliment to this room. Also, those windows. 😍
 
The couple's first kiss with guests cheering on while our bride holds on to the luxury bouquet, designed by Winson & Main, at her side.
 
I know I said the bouquet sniffing was my fave…but this photo is ALWAYS a personal fave, and Dian & Kenny’s recessional does not disappoint.
 
A tall centerpiece both wild & composed, is full of textural olive and eucalyptus, and has bird of paradise accents blooms.
 
For their reception we created a few different styles of centerpieces: large & low floral pieces, fresh hand-laid greenery, bottles and bud vases, AND these large elevated pieces that are full of textural greenery and accented with birds of paradise- a bit of nostalgia from Dian’s childhood.
 
Photos celebrating Black love marked the tables instead of table numbers.
 
I love a meaningful DIY, and how Dian & Kenny chose to highlight Black love by featuring some of their favorite couples in place of table numbers.
 
A bright & textural centerpiece features lush spring blooms in shades of white, orange and yellow with mimosa and citrus accents on the table.
 
February is the perfect month for fresh mimosa and ALL the winter citrus.
 
The reception featured a mix of long and round tables decorated with a variety of lush and textural centerpiece styles: high, low, large, and bud vases plus fresh citrus on the tables.
 
Details of reception guest tables with petite arrangements in gold vases, and glass bud vases with flowers in white and orange.
 
A mix of centerpiece styles, late winter/early spring flowers, and textural greenery brought the dining room to life at The Ebell of Los Angeles.
 
A cheerful centerpiece with white flowers and citrus-colored accent blooms in a gold bowl. Whole & halved oranges were artistic touches placed next to the bright arrangement with votive candles.
 
A bold centerpiece at the head table in front of the wedding reception room's stage, features dramatic Birds of Paradise and full white, orange and yellow flowers.
 
I mean, look at this star. She *almost* stole the show.
 
A dramatic first dance is set against a lush green and white floral installation at the base of the stage.
 
But then this happened.
The end.
Perfection.
 
It was so much fun to work with Dian & Kenny, Dian’s Mom, Jeannie, and of course, Renee of Moxie Bright Events to bring all this magic to life.
 
Wanna see more?
 
We’re Published: Check out Dian & Kenny’s Wedding feature on Martha Stewart Weddings!!
 
Venue & Catering: The Ebell of Los Angeles / Planning & Design: Moxie Bright Events / Photography: Miki & Sonja / Floral Design: Winston & Main / Invitations: Bella Figura / Bride’s Gown: Lihi Hod / Veil: Julie Harris Designs / Hair: Carla Sorenson Farmer Jackson / Makeup: Shea Hardy / Grooms attire: Zegna & J. Hillburn / Music: The Half Moons of Dart Collective / Cake: Susie Cakes / Linens: Luxe Linens / Photobooth: Hashtag Photobooth



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! 😉
 
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! 🙂

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