Letting nature guide your wedding theme is easy when a venue offers an endless source of inspiration.
Clear Cut: Geometric Blue-Toned Styled Shoot By The Sea
Ventura County–based wedding planner Jane Gerwin of Jane Alexandra Events (janealexandraevents.com) and photographer Katrina Jayne (katrinajayne.com) sought to modernize one of California’s ever-present muses, the ocean. With shades of blue as the base, the design took a new shape with the addition of geometric details, mixed metals and translucent touches. Pacific Palisades’ Bel-Air Bay Club provided the perfect setting for Gerwin and Jayne to create their vision. “When it comes to a vast backdrop like the ocean, less is more, so it was important to have a minimalistic design approach,” explains Gerwin. “The translucent theme let the ocean be the centerpiece while enabling us to add a modern, distinct flair.” Details like the acrylic ceremony backdrop and ghost chairs allow the ocean to shimmer in the background. The rich color palette of blue, gray and metallic golds pay homage to the Pacific and results in a modern and timeless statement.
(above) XO Bloom in Westlake Village (xobloom.com) created a chic tabletop with a medley of thistle, dusty miller and ranunculus nestling among gold terrariums and glass candlesticks. Los Angeles-based Luxe Linen’s (luxelinen.com) vibrant “Geo” table runner in azure adds blue beneath elegant white dinner plates, which rest atop clear glass chargers, and blue-hued water and wine goblets from Pretty Vintage Rentals in Westlake Village (prettyvintagerentalscom).
An elegant, four-tiered cake by Sweet Art Bake Shop in Simi Valley (sweetartbakeshop.com) is elevated by fresh flowers in glass terrariums by XO Bloom. The top and bottom tiers of the cake feature gold geometric shapes, while the middle tier includes a hexagon “Mr. & Mrs.” cake topper. Cake tiers boast chocolate chip with cookie dough frosting, vanilla bean with caramel frosting, chocolate with cookies and cream frosting and coconut with pineapple frosting.
A translucent backdrop doubles as a ceremony space and free-standing art piece. Crafted from copper pipes with an acrylic backdrop, it features the phrase “My love for you is deeper than the Ocean,” calligraphed by Westlake Village’s Kelly Patrice (kellypatrice.com). XO Bloom finished the look with a garland of blue and white thistle, dusty miller and dahlias. Ghost chairs from MTB Rentals in Glendale (mtbeventrentals.com) add a minimalist touch.
Designed by online-based Lynn and Lou Paper Co. (lynnandloupaperco.com), this invitation suite takes inspiration from Heidi Gibson’s engagement ring. Paired with a golden envelope, gilded liner and gorgeous calligraphy by Kelly Patrice.
Los Angeles-based Gibson’s (heidigibson.com) Gatsby Petite engagement ring is made to order and features a center stone framed by a diamond halo, encircled by an alternating design of custom-cut baguette and round stones.
Forgo the bouquet in favor of a wrist corsage of thistle, ranunculus and greenery paired with a thistle floral ring designed by XO Bloom. A navy gown from Camarillo Bridal Boutique (camarillo-bridal.com) brings a blue note to the wedding party, with soft and natural hair styling by Wedlocks Bridal (wedlocksbridal.com) and makeup by Cheek to Cheek Artistry (bookcheektocheek.com), both in Westlake Village.
XO Bloom’s delicate bouquet features beautiful foliage and textures with a minimal number of flowers. A gathering of silver lace dusty miller, blue thistles and silver brunia mingles with touches of anemones, small white dahlias and ranunculus, all cinched with a silk blue ribbon.