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 /



Lessons from Flowers: 2020 Edition

A bold and colorful bouquet created by Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main, featuring local & seasonal blooms like dahlia & zinnia.
 
2020 started out so hopeful. I attended the Team Flower conference in Pasadena. The next week I took Amy Nicole’s Bouquet Bootcamp. I love education and I loved getting it in right at the beginning of what was sure to be a busy year. A profitable year. The MOST profitable year yet. (ha ha ha)
 
A modern cascade bouquet, created by Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main in a workshop taught by Amy Nicole.
 
Photo: Rebekah Lemire Workshop: The Floral Coach
 
We did two beautiful weddings, a few brand activations, and one AMAZING celeb event (NDA be damned). We did our final design meetings for our spring weddings…
 
Red wedding details from Winston & Main, Malibu, California
 
Photo: Brooke Allison Photo Planner: Events by Emily Kay
 
A beautiful cascade bouquet in white, green, and orange for our Leap Day Wedding at the Ebell Los Angeles, as featured on Martha Stewart.
 
Photo: Miki and Sonja Photography Planner: Moxie Bright Events
 
A lush, foam-free, tropical installation by Winston & Main for a celebrity event in Los Angeles in early spring 2020.
 

And then the world shut down.

Our studio building, aka The Original LA Flower Market, shut down, and I had a couple hours to take everything “valuable” out of my studio. To watch my vendors throw their product/profit in the garbage. Talk about a surreal and heartbreaking day. What IS valuable in your business/workspace/life when you have to choose what to take with you?
 
Bold pink bouquet featuring peonies, dahlias, spray roses and more from Winston & Main, Los Angeles, CA.
 
After a month at home without flowers, I tentatively dipped my toe back in, and started figuring out how I could safely get flowers (both locally and from my wholesaler). There was a veeeery strange period of picking up flowers 100% no contact- checking out my pull from a parking lot, and then putting it in my car before dousing myself in sanitizer lest any covid nasties were hitching a ride.
 
Creating flower arrangements in my backyard during the pandemic.
 
Tabitha Abercrombie created a makeshift floral studio in her living room during the pandemic by keeping the lights low and the AC cranking.
 
I arranged flowers in my backyard and turned my tv/guest room into a temporary cooler by cranking our AC.
 
Iphone images of bouquets created by Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main during 2020.
 
I advertised my new delivery biz solely via instagram AND the response was overwhelming.
 
Clients, old and new, embraced flowers in a way that felt absolutely sacred. The joy I witnessed when I delivered flowers from a grandchild to their grandmother, who was isolated at home alone, was beautiful and heartbreaking and so very meaningful.
 
A beautiful elopement planned by Opus Events Co. with photography by The Hendrys and flowers by Winston & Main.
 
Photo: The Hendrys Planning: Opus Events Co.
 
A beautiful elopement in Los Angeles, featuring a flower crown by Winston & Main, and photography by The Hendrys.
 
Photo: The Hendrys
 
A bride and her beautiful Winston & Main bouquet, photographed by Heirlume Photography at The Bel Aire Hotel.
 
Photo: Heirlume Photography Planning: P.S. & Associates Event Planning
 
A beautiful Joshua Tree Elopement, featuring blooms by Winston & Main, and photographed by Michael Gomez Photo.
 
Photo: Michael Gomez Photo
 
Getting married at home never looked so good- a bright bouquet from Winston & Main, beautiful photography by Faye Casaje.
 
Photo: Faye Casaje
 
There were elopement blooms too- in national parks, backyards, hotels, and homes.
 
A bold and local bouquet by Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main, featuring dahlias, cosmos, and rudbeckia.
 
A bright & bold bouquet by Winston & Main featuring peony, dahlia, ranunculus, and zinnia for a 2020 elopement.
 
A colorful weekly delivery bouquet by Winston & Main.
 
2020 was an excellent reminder for me about just what I love about flowers.
An opportunity to come back to my WHY again and again, one bouquet at a time.
 
A lush arrangement featuring local and homegrown garden roses, by Tabitha Abercrombie of Winston & Main.
 
Flowers are magic and they have the power to transform spaces, people, and bad days alike. Flowers are a powerful reminder to be present, and they teach us to cultivate a more mindful relationship with ourselves and the world around us.
 
They remind us that joy is now.
 
This is one of the lessons I’ll be taking into 2021, and the busy season ahead.
How about you? What did you learn or relearn about your business in 2020?

Photography:
All photography by Winston & Main, except where credited otherwise.

Rebekah Lemire / The Floral Coach / Brooke Allison Photo / Events by Emily Kay / Miki and Sonja Photography / Moxie Bright Events / The Hendrys / Heirlume Photography / Michael Gomez Photo / Faye Casaje



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