Darling Deco: A Sweet Styled Shoot Inspired By Summer Sunsets & Modern Street Style

Written by
Lara M Burnap

Inspired by the scallop motif prevalent in Art Deco architecture, Los Angeles–based wedding planner Erika de la Teja of One Social Design and florist Inessa Nichols Design created a modern spin on the vintage look, which is captured by Vanessa Hicks Photography at Downey’s Rives Mansion. “This design called for all the current trends,” explains de la Teja. “A little vintage with Art Deco, a little modern with the tabletop and a touch of boho with the florals.” Influenced by vibrant summer sunsets and London street style combined with a modern Californian vibe, the design incorporates dried sago palm fronds, bleached ferns, ostrich feathers, stem-dyed blooms and garden roses. A gentle palette of blush tones and sea green with gold accents blends effortlessly with soft velvety textures like the blue linens and dusky rose chairs.

(Above) Andaleeb Firdosy, cofounder of Love on Paper and owner of Atelier Azure, drew inspiration from Art Deco’s gilded architectural details and updated the look with modern typography. A gold peacock design pressed onto the shimmering champagne gatefold pocket adds a dramatic touch. 

A sweetheart table is flanked by soft mauve chairs from Collective Rentals, with blue velvet linens from La Tavola Fine Linen adding a splash of color. Inessa Nichols Design’s floral cascade lends a dramatic frame to the setting. A mix of brass candlesticks and a rich blend of votive candles ignite a sense of romance.  

Plumeria Cake Studio’s three-tier fondant cake features two hexagon tiers with a scalloped fan design on the base. The Art Deco theme was echoed in the middle tier’s cathedral panels with sweeps of coral and gold.

Inessa Nichols creates a vibrant atmosphere by bringing in tall silver-dollar eucalyptus branches to sweep the eye from the ceiling to the velvet-covered sweetheart table. The arch arrangement features ostrich feathers, palm fronds, lush roses, ranunculus and orchids.

Amriel’s Cakes baked a lovely dessert spread of tarts and cookies designed with the coral and teal theme in mind. The cookies were cut in a unique art-deco shape and decorated with watercolor icing and edible crystals. 

Borrowed Blu’s vintage blush-colored plates, from its Rosaline collection, and milk glass goblets are complemented by Luna flatware in blush and gold.

Inspired by the beautiful mermaid fountain at Rives Mansion, florist Inessa Nichols gathered spider gerbera daisies, bleached amaranthus and pincushion protea in a blend of bright tones, textures and shapes, cinched with an oversize tulle bow. 

Champagne coupes serve as escort cards with gold acrylic drink tags by Creative Amme to guide guests to their seats.