White Whimsy: Four Modern Designs Featuring the Classic Color

Bold contemporary interpretations of the timeless hue.
Written by
Emily Sweet


California Wedding Day Spring/Summer 2022

Whether its for a luxury, glam or boho chic wedding, white is the most popular choice for celebrations. Radiating sophistication and elegance, there is a reason white so often graces décor choices, from florals to cakes. Here, the use of the color is anything but classic, as four design teams bring their unique style to create modern interpretations of a white wedding 

Classic Elegance at the Langham

"We wanted to create a glamorous and elegant outdoor experience filled with lush blooms and luxurious décor that would complement the gorgeous exterior space of The Langham." - Dee Lee of Dee Lee Designs

The focus is on luxurious and timeless décor to complement the beauty of The Langham’s grounds. Floral extravagance and glamourous décor choices convey a sense of opulence.

Dramatic centerpieces are at the center of this design. A blend of various white flowers, including orchids and roses, brings a lush texture to the arrangements, with pale pink roses adding a splash of color.

Metallic gold is a perfect complement to the white décor with ethereal florals providing a beautiful foil to the chargers and silverware. A mirrored table serves as a modern element, bringing contrast to the richness spread on top of it. Cut-glass water goblets enhance the luxury, and elegant white menu cards embellish each place setting.

The bride is breathtaking in an elaborate gown with textured detailing and a lavish train. A mesh overlay at her neckline gives a contemporary twist to a classic silhouette. The groom’s white tuxedo has black accents around the collar, adding a modern influence to a classic look. Looks were kept all white to make the couple stand out against the backdrop of The Langham.  

Bridal Attire: Bellasposa Bridal   
Cake and Desserts: Mr. And Mrs. Creamery  
Florals: Irises Designs  
Groom’s Attire and Accessories: Friar Tux
Hair and Makeup: Cole Saad   
Invitations/Programs/Signage: Type J Creative   
Photography and Videography: Caroline Tran
Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals  
Venue: The Langham
Wedding Planner: Dee Lee Designs 

Bright and Bold Interpretation of a Classic Palette 

“Many couples like a variety of styles, and how you combine them is the basis of a wedding design that is a true reflection of the couple. You just must find the right balance and where the new and old intersect. There is a reason classic shapes and styles withstand the test of time and why they blend easily with the modern.” Gloria Mesa of Gloria Mesa Photography  

The textural elements of flowers are what set this design apart. The organic floral design features ranunculus, cosmos, lilies, fringe Gerber daisies and white orchids both in the bridal bouquet and the ceremony structure.  

A contemporary table and mid-century modern chairs are mixed with vintage champagne coupes and tableware, blending old and new elements. Dainty white orchids gently rest on top of place settings, and bold pops of color from vintage vases tie the design together.  

Vibrant infusions of color, in the forms of a distinctive yellow sofa, bright fuchsia bougainvillea and colorful vintage vases, juxtaposed with classic white elements create a dramatic aesthetic.  

The design of the bride’s gown marries a vintage pattern with a modern silhouette. The groom goes for bold in a green suit.  

Bridal Attire: Lili Bridals (gown), Bella Belle Shoes (shoes) 
Cake: Miss Kate’s  
Desserts: À Nouveau Gourmet Brownies & Desserts  
Event Design: Revelry Event Designers 
Florals: Unique Floral Designs  
Groom’s Attire: Friar Tux 
Hair and Makeup: Cheek to Cheek Artistry  
Invitations and Calligraphy: Brown and Co. Designs  
Models: Peak Models & Talent  
Photography: Gloria Mesa Photography 
Planning: Hoste Events  
Rentals: Otis & Pearl Partywares, Vintage Glass Ventura  
Rings: Parklane Luxe Jewelry, Chitra K.  
Venue: Hummingbird Nest Ranch   
Videography: Sergio Anthony Wedding & Event Films   

Music-Inspired Contemporary Design 

“In this editorial, the bride is La Paloma, returning messages of love to her heritage, reconnecting with her culture, the history and the art. With that in mind, the goal was to achieve a look that honored tradition, heritage and the whimsical elements that make the song timeless.”  Carol Banh Keiner, Blushing Details 

Inspired by Sebastián Yradier’s 1961 song “La Paloma,” designers chose to put whimsy and romance on display. The use of subtle colors aims the spotlight on the variety of textures and patterns throughout the design, and the backdrop lends a sense of the ethereal to the setting. To reflect the design’s musical inspiration, unusual elements such as vintage binoculars, ukuleles and sheet music were incorporated into the décor. 

The softly whimsical florals are a blend of white and green blooms. Greenery and florals decorate the Spanish-inspired iron gazebo, the site of the ceremony, and the tabletop florals deepen the ethereal atmosphere. 

Tabletop décor features wood, gold and cotton elements, with vintage touches. Enhancing the classic design, dinner plates trimmed with ivory lace are the highlight of each place setting. Gold-tinted silverware, sophisticated glassware and white florals further elevate the refined ambiance.  

Two gowns from Claire Pettibone’s Romantique Collection are featured, with the styles playing off the refined, classic feel of the shoot. The groom’s tan suit from Friar Tux complements the bold choices in bridal attire.  

Bridal Gown: Claire Pettibone   
Cake: Amazing Cake Creations   
Florals: Floraltique   
Groom’s Attire: Friar Tux   
Hair and Makeup: Patricia Castro (makeup), Done by Domonique Baez (hair)   
Invitations/Programs/Signage: Abbijo  Designs   
Model: Alexis AlcalaBryan Stauffer 
Photography: XO and Fetti   
Rentals: La Piñata Party Rental   
Venue: The Muckenthaler  Mansion  
Vintage Car: Classy Chassis Rentals  
Wedding Planner: The Blushing Details Events

Modern Glam in Downtown Los Angeles

“We wanted to have a very modern and clean look that was classic and that paired well with the aesthetics of the hotel.” Erika Bowers, Erika’s Elegance  

White blossoms are paired with lush greenery throughout the floral design. Hydrangeas, roses and ruscus foliage are featured throughout the design, from the bouquet to table centerpieces. Florals are situated in black vases, making the entire design’s lush nature stand out.  

The chic white acrylic table and place settings include elements of black and white to complement the surrounding hotel décor. Black chargers with gold trim and white plates patterned with polka dots bring modernity to the classic look.  

The contrast of elegant white features against sleek black velvet chairs infuses the design with modern glam. Following the classic black and white color palette, elements such as the invitation suites and the welcome sign introduce modern geometric shapes and gold accents to the traditional color scheme.  

The bride’s fit-and-flare floral lace gown has a sleek silhouette that suits the modern yet classic look of the design. Dressed in a bold burgundy velvet jacket, the groom is rocking the design’s modern yet luxurious spirit.  

Bridal Gown: Lili Bridals 
Cake: Nicole Bakes Cakes  
Florals: Los Angeles Floral Couture  
Groom’s Attire: Friar Tux  
Hair and Makeup: Tannie Miller (hair), B-Hive Extensions and More (extensions), BeatBeauty (makeup) 
Invitations: Fawn Lettering  
Models: Destinee, Eric Hudson 
Photography: BYC Photography  
Rentals: MTB Rentals, Something Borrowed Party Rentals  
Venue: Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown   
Videography: Favor Films  
Wedding Planner and Designer: Erika’s Elegance Weddings & Events