Julia & Jackson’s Bright & Fun Tropical Disco Wedding

Our fun couple share a first kiss under our bold, colorful, & tropical hanging floral installation.
 
Originally scheduled for 2020, and then rescheduled, and then rescheduled again (thanks Covid), we were so thrilled to finally get Julia & Jackson to the altar.

And what an altar it was!

We created this suspended tropical installation with #nofloralfoam, as per usual, and incorporated disco balls, dahlias, and a few veeeery special anthuriums from our friends at Haus of Stems.
 
A super fun floral flat lay featuring a collection of colorful paper goods designed by our client & bride Julia Walck.
 
How cute is this flatlay? The paper goods- designed by Julia Walck herself, were incredible, and they were styled to perfection by Mary Costa Photography.
 
The bold & bright tropical bridal bouquet features phalaenopsis, anthurium, and sunny yellow rudbeckia.
 
So, let’s talk about Julia’s super eclectic bouquet. It features a hot pink phalaenopsis orchid, local dahlias, rudbeckia, and sunflowers, AND those ridiculously amazing anthuriums from Haus of Stems, AND tropical accents like ginger, monstera, and birds of paradise.

Color, texture, personality- this bouquet has it all, and then some!
It’s my maximal tropical garden dream bouquet. For real.
 
A colorful clapperboard and a line up of cheery orange boutonnieres were just a few of the colorful details for J&J's disco pop wedding.
 
Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main designed these fun wedding party blooms.  The bouquet features mini monstera, ginger, and rose and the bold boutonniere features a tiny air plant, orange ranunculus, & oncidium orchid.
 
We kept the personals bright & fun, in sunset sherbet shades of yellow, pink, orange, & red. Those tiny air plants in the bouts? Chef’s kiss for the cuteness!

Fun fact: when you incorporate air plants or tiny succulents into your personals, you can keep them post wedding or event.
 
A cool & modern signature Winston & Main cuff corsage featuring an air plant and colorful pink & yellow strawflowers.
 
I think the chamomile on this wrist cuff corsage also understood the cuteness assignment.
 
This hanging tropical floral installation served as the wedding arch and was created without floral foam. It features anthuriums from Haus of Stems, alongside bold blooms, disco balls, and festive carnation and marigold garlands.
 
In the before times, we actually didn’t have any ceremony decor on our order! Site-specific installations are my jam though, so I was thrilled when Julia & Jackson added this hanging floral installation a few months before their wedding.

Even more so, because they let me do my thing when I politely inquired if they would mind if I hung a bunch of disco balls in it. I know, I know…who can say no to a bunch of disco balls?
 
Just married! J&J share a quick kiss as they recess down the wedding aisle.
 
I probably say it in every blog post, but this shot is always one of my favorites! That post-ceremony, superexcitedwehavetostopandkiss moment when the couple is recessing up (down?!) the aisle.

Aren’t they just perfection- the dress, the crown, the makeup, the suit, the tie, the love. Every last detail!
 
Tropical Greenery, Bold Blooms, & Disco Balls create this suspended wedding arch  at Valentine in DTLA.
 
Kinda like it just grew there, huh?
 
The cutest quintessential wedding portrait at Valentine- the bride wears a fab fringe jacket and holds a colorful tropical bouquet and the groom holds giant colorful balloons.
 
THE FRINGE. I bow down to you Rachel Burke.

And now would be a good time to talk about hiring a wedding planner who really gets you.

Holly of Anything But Gray Events always understands the assignment. AND how cute is it that she surprised Julia & Jackson with these perfectly colorful & coordinated fringe balloons on their wedding day?

Get yourself a Holly.
 
A cute wedding portrait at Valentine DTLA, featuring a bold fringe jacket by Rachel Burke, a teal wall, our colorful bouquet and our cute couple.
 
A portrait of the stylish couple: The bride wore cobalt blue boots and the groom holds her colorful tropical bouquet.
 
Julia’s boots are everything. And as a boot bride myself…all the heart eyed emojis.
 
A bold and brilliant balloon installation by Balloonzilla is suspended over the colorful reception space.
 
The color continues…all the way to the ceiling in this fabulous balloon installation by the one-and-only Marla, of Balloonzilla.
 
Bold & colorful tropical bar flowers by Winston & Main paired with fabulous paper goods by Julia Walck.
 
More fabulous paper goods. More colorful blooms. And the custom drink stirrers?
Best day ever indeed!
 
Bold, colorful, & tropical centerpieces featured pink and orange dahlias, a touch of cobalt, and mixed tropical greenery.
 
We mixed these cute and colorful tropical mini arrangements with bud vases of bright blooms, and of course, more disco balls!
 
Colorful and fun details including bold florals, and a pressed-flower cake by Nicole Bakes Cakes, from J&J's colorful, tropical, disco pop wedding at Valentine in DTLA.
 
An incredible fresh-pressed flower cake by Nicole Bakes Cakes, styled with a yellow bird cake topper, disco balls &  bright tropical blooms.
 
More pressed-flower cake perfection from my pal Nicole of Nicole Bakes Cakes.
 
The perfect place setting featuring vintage plates, beautiful paper goods, disco balls, and our colorful florals.
 
 
Our colorful, tropical wedding bouquet is full of unique, luxe, and textural flowers in shades of pink, orange, yellow, and red.
 
And one more gratuitous bouquet shot.
Because Mary Costa really is the best.
 
J&J dancing under their hanging tropical disco floral installation by Winston & Main.
 
It was so much fun to bring the flower magic to this colorful wedding day.
Julia & Jackson- we’re wishing you a lifetime of dancing with joy (and disco balls)!
 

Published!

Check out more of Julia & Jackson’s Tropical, Disco Ball, Colour Pop Wedding over on Rock n Roll Bride!
 

Magic Makers:

Venue: Valentine / Planning: Anything But Gray Events / Photography: Mary Costa Photography / Videography: Elevate Films / Floral Design: Winston & Main / Catering/Bar: Border Grill / Cake: Nicole Bakes Cakes / DJ: RedShoe / Balloons: Balloonzilla / Paper Goods: Julia Walck / Rentals: La Pinata Party Rentals / Photobooth: Classic Photo Booths / Valet: White Label Valet / Shuttle: Riz Transportation / Dress: Willow by Watters / Alterations: Deborah Lindquist / Jacket: Rachel Burke / Crown: Carbickova Crowns / Boutique: Lovely Bride / Wedding Party Beauty: Face It Sugar / Family beauty: Betsy diFrancesca / Suit: Friar Tux / Officiant: Great Officiants /



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. 🙂
 
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



DESIGN YOUR PERFECT WEDDING DAY

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Did you catch our Cosmic Bloom Desert Wildflower Elopement Shoot earlier this week? It’s a dreamy one. You can check out our feature over on Green Wedding Shoes (eeeeek!) and peep a bunch more photos here and here.

Then come back so we can chat a little about the process of going from threemillionamazingideas, to concrete designs, to a magical day, to final photos, mkay?
My coffee and I will be right here waiting…

My Design Process in a Nutshell

This is the process I use to turn my clients (and my own) sometimes disparate ideas and inspirations, into complete, cohesive, and beautifully realized designs + events. So whether you’re a newly engaged couple, a fellow wedding professional, or a DIY Wedding Warrior, this will work for you too. Try it out and let me know what you think!

1. Ask the Question

 
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How do you want your event to feel?

 

Ask yourself this question first. Write down your answer and refer to it often.
Trust me on this one, your answer will inform the rest of your decisions.

Great events tell great stories. Great stories give you all the feels.
The question is definitely NOT about how you want your event to look.

I wanted our shoot to feel like a sun-drenched bohemian adventure,
full of magic, color and whimsy.

 

2. Be A Greedy Squirrel

 
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Pinterest. The Library. Museums. Magazines. A dog walk. A good book.
 
Inspiration is everywhere, so gather it all up like the greedy little squirrel you are.
Pin it all. Jot it down. If it gives you the feels, gobble it up. For now. Don’t bother to edit.

BUT

Set a Time Limit.
aka. Once your mouth is full you have to stop. (is this analogy still working?)

*If you’ve just gotten engaged, maybe it’s a month to soak up all the inspiration and champagne.
*If it’s a party in a couple months, maybe you give yourself a week.
*If it’s a styled shoot in a week or two, maybe you give yourself a day, or even just a couple of hours.

My squirrel phase looked a bit like this:

NPR won’t shut up about this desert super bloom – maybe it’s worth the drive to see – maybe if we drive all the way out there we should do a desert photo shoot – the desert got me thinking about gram parsons – gram parsons got me thinking about 70’s vibes – my father-in-law has a badass 70’s corvette – so maybe a desert elopement with that car – damn Ravayna’s hair would match all those purple desert flowers – oh! wouldn’t a first dance with a portable record player be sweet – hey! I have a portable record player…

And so on…

And of course the whole time what I’m actually doing is pinning/making lists of anything and everything that feels sun-drenched, bohemian, magical, whimsical, colorful, or adventurous.
 

3. Obey the Rule of Three

 
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Look over all that beautiful inspiration (more like random pins and chicken scratch at this point) and pick out three things you gravitate towards over and over. A certain color. A pattern. A type of flower. Do you only pin brides in short lace dresses? (asking for a friend)

Pay attention to your own ideas.
And pick your three elements.

This is where the magic happens: the three elements you chose, that gave you all the feels, are unique to you. (or your couple, if you’re a designer/planner) and they’ll help you tell your personal + original story.

The Rule of Three is simple: primarily focus on and repeat these three elements throughout your design.

My three for our shoot were purple sunsets, eclectic props, and 70’s rock ‘n’ roll.
 

4. Make your Mood Board

 
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Bouquet/Hair/Wildflowers/Couple/Corvette/Tabletop/Cake/Records
 
Your mood board is an immediate visual answer to the the question.
It gives you all the feels and contain your palette and three elements.
And nothing else.

Now is the time to say goodbye to all those other good ideas,
and the 14 other weddings that could have been.

Make a mixtape, pack your snacks, and get ready to hit the road,
because you, my friend, have made your very own roadmap.
 

5. List out your projects

 
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What key projects do you want or need to make your wedding/party/photoshoot work?

A variety of simple & impactful projects is best.
You don’t need ALL THE THINGS. I promise.

For our elopement adventure I chose:
A Bouquet & Boutonniere
A Cake & Cocktail
A Sweetheart Table
A Custom Jacket with Gram Parsons Lyric
Musical Props- A Record Player & Guitar
“We Eloped” Records

Sure, we could have done more, more, more, but it wasn’t necessary tell our story.
Remember the bare minimum, done beautifully, is often best.
 

6. Be a Ruthless Editor

 
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Again, inspiration is everywhere.

BUT if you’re past your time limit AND you’ve made a mood board you love, well then, it’s time for a little tough love my friend.

Is that amazingnewidea one of your 3 design elements? Does it 100% fit on your board?
If not, it doesn’t matter how cool it is, let it go.

I think we’ll stop here, and talk more tips for picking your projects, turning your lists and inspirations into tangible designs, and styling your day in the next post. I hope you find this series helpful, and would love to address your specific needs & questions. Or do you have a different design process that works for you? If so, I’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment below, over on Instagram, or shoot me an email.

Or maybe you’re a newly engaged couple who thinks this is all swell, but just want to hire me to do it for you. Check out the services I offer right here.
 
Venue: Anza Borrego Desert State Park / Event & Floral Design + Planning: Winston & Main / Photography: Julie Shuford Photography / Dress + Accessories: The Blushing Bird / Cake: Mwokaji Cakery / Embroidery: Ink & Thread LA / Models: Ravayna & David Coe