Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding

This is a throwback but it’s one of our all-time favorite projects. I have long been a fan of Frida Kahlo and when I discovered the Eisendrath House, I knew I had the perfect location for a Frida Inspired shoot.

Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding - Custom Calligraphy and Watercolor Invitation Suite
Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding
Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding - Mismatched Bridesmaids
Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding
Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding - Bride with flower crown and bridesmaids in mismatched dresses

Our bride wore a custom gown from Cleo & Clementine. I love the simplicity of the dress which allows for the details to bring a lot of personality without feeling overwhelming. Minimal wedding gowns make my heart sing but make sure your splurge for one that is beautifully made. It’s the same as with food - if you have only a few ingredients you need to use the best of the best because each piece will shine through.

Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding - Groom in custom suit with floral tie
Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding - Groom and groomsmen in custom suits

Speaking of beautifully tailored garments - can you believe these incredible suits from Magro Clothing? The team at Magro does incredible work and our grooms that work with them are always impeccably dressed.

Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding - Bride and Groom Portrait
Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding - Bride and Groom Style
Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding - Bride and Groom Portraits

One of my favorite aspects of this shoot is that all of the details were so BIG. In the wedding world, we often shy away from making a bold statement with prints/colors/details but this shoot proves that you don’t have to fear it.

Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding - Floral La Tavola Linen and colorful candles - Reception Inspiration
Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding
Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding - Calligraphy Menu
Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding - Cake
Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding
Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding

photography: Jonnie and Garrett // venue name: Eisendrath House, Tempe, Arizona, USA // event design, planning, & floral: Form Floral // wedding dress: Cleo and Clementine // wedding dress boutique: Cleo and Clementine // bridesmaid dresses: Vida Moulin // hair stylist: Chelsea Sprinkles // makeup artist: Phoenix Makeup Collective // groom attire: Magro Clothing // calligraphy: They Call Me Spindles // catering: Brendan McCaskey // cake: Ruze Cake House // rentals: Tremaine Events // linen rentals: La Tavola Fine Linens // models: Sareena Dominguez and Tyler Matock // Bridesmaids: Alexa Cote & Kylla Adcock // Groomsmen: Mohamad Tokes & Koby Lofgreen

Brock & Megan's Intimate Superstition Mountain Wedding

Last year I took on a project that was a bit outside of our usual scope of work. My older brother popped the question last fall and we planned his intimate desert wedding. The best part of it all? He and his fiance opted for our trust package so their wedding day was full of gorgeous surprises. There are so many special details from their day that I’ve been dying to share and it’s finally time!!

Brock has always dreamed of having a giant, very traditional wedding with dancing and a lengthy guest list. Megan wanted to run away to a courthouse for a private wedding ceremony. So, how did we meet in the middle? The couple chose to keep their guest list tight, only 30 attendees, and held their celebration at Lost Dutchman State Park. The views are breathtaking and the compromise between traditional and non-traditional was such a fun challenge to tackle throughout their planning.

Minted Wedding Invitations

Brock and Megan decided early on that they wanted to forgo most of the traditional elements of their wedding day. If you and your fiance are having a hard time deciding where to start planning or how to allocate your budget, we can help you out. We recommend that each of you sit alone and list your top 5 priorities for your wedding celebration. Then, compare notes. The categories where you overlap will take priority and the rest you don’t need to worry about… really. 

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Groom Style

The priorities in our planning here were to have great photos, a beautiful film, and incredible food.

Desert Wedding in the Superstition Mountains
Red, Plum, Blush, and Gold Bridal Bouquet Inspiration
Superstition Mountain Wedding - Small Wedding Inspiration

For photos, the amazing Lauren with Lunabear Studios was on site with us. Brock is a total ham and we knew he’d need a photographer that could capture his goofy side but reign him in for some serious photos too. I absolutely love Lauren’s use of light and color but my favorite part of her work is the way she captures joy in her clients.

Red and blush Wedding Ceremony Flowers
Red and blush wedding flowers
Wedding Guests
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Superstition Mountain Wedding - Outdoor Wedding Inspiration

For ceremony, I knew we wanted to create something gorgeous without taking anything away from the stunning view. So, we built a little wall of flowers to anchor the space and add some beauty while keeping the mountain as the main focal point. We played off of the colors in the desert with touches of pale yellow and blush alongside a mainly red and magenta color palette. Those red roses have me all in my feelings. They were perfection.

We were lucky enough to work with Moonrise Standard for catering and to say they knocked it out of the park would be an understatement. Derek sat down with Brock and Megan to learn about what they love to eat, then he created a custom menu for a three course meal that featured elevated versions of food they loved to eat. My personal favorite was the smoked chili and pumpkin bisque but every part of the meal was absolutely drool-worthy.

Brock & Megan's Intimate Superstition Mountain Wedding - Farm Table Reception with String Lights, burgundy and blush flowers, and black place settings

And finally, the reception space!! Our friends at Tremaine Ranch provided the furniture and tabletop accents here. We ordered linen from Linen Lark in an array of colors that faded from light to dark as the table progressed. The flatware and goblets from Tremaine Ranch brought in some much needed moodiness.

Modern black and brass place settings for wedding reception
Modern black and brass place settings for wedding reception

And that, folks, is how ya do it. This was such a special project and I loved the trust Brock and Megan gave us for their design and planning. If you are interested in letting us work our magic for your wedding, ask us about the Trust package!

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Credits:

Planning, Design, & Floral: Form Floral // Photos: Lunabear Studios // Film: Love Story Films // Rentals: Tremaine Ranch // Catering: Moonrise Standard // Venue: Lost Dutchman State Park // Linen: Linen Lark



Fine Art in the Desert

Let’s get dark. Let’s get moody. But make it fine art, yeah? This styled shoot with our friend Ryann Lindsey was totally up our alley and a bit of a stretch for her which made it so much fun to create.

Black and Blush Fine Art Desert Wedding
Black and Blush Fine Art Desert Wedding
Black and Blush Fine Art Desert Wedding

Black doesn’t have to mean “goth” (is that opinion still out there in the world?) and this styled shoot effortlessly blends the pampas grass trend with a fine art vibe and hits of those luscious, dark tones. It’s so insanely good.

Black and Blush Fine Art Desert Wedding - Pampas Grass Arch

If you’re looking to incorporate some black details into your wedding day, take note. The dark elements here are tempered by the blushes and peach tones in the floral. We are getting gorgeous fullness from the feathery pampas grass which takes center stage on the arch but creates a united theme throughout the rest of the floral. 

Black and Blush Fine Art Desert Wedding - Pampas Grass Arch
Black and Blush Fine Art Desert Wedding - Pampas Grass Arch and Black Ceremony Chairs
Black and Blush Fine Art Desert Wedding - Bride and Groom - Pampas Grass Bouquet

One of my favorite elements that Ryann incorporates in her work is the use of food. Your design doesn’t have to stop at linens/rentals/flowers. Think about your menu and the way you might be able to incorporate your colors into food options. I can’t get enough of this charcuterie board that pulls in all of the other colors that really set the tone for this day.

Black and Blush Fine Art Desert Wedding - Pampas Grass Centerpiece
Black and Blush Fine Art Desert Wedding - Sweetheart Table Inspiration
Black and Blush Fine Art Desert Wedding - Sweetheart Table Inspiration
Black and Blush Fine Art Desert Wedding - Sweetheart Table
Black and Blush Fine Art Desert Wedding
Black and Blush Fine Art Desert Wedding - Lounge Inspiration
Black and Blush Fine Art Desert Wedding
Black and Blush Fine Art Desert Wedding - pampas grass bouquet

So what do you think? Are you afraid of the dark and moody or did I win you over?

Black and Blush Fine Art Desert Wedding

credits:

photography & styling: Ryann Lindsey // Wedding Gown: J Bridal Boutique - Willowby Watters // Furniture Rentals: Glamour & Woods // Tabletop Rentals: Fancy Lou Designs // Invitation Suite: Shotgunning for Love // Hair & Makeup: Kensington Makeup // Desserts: Amour de Sucre

Melissa & Jeremy's L'Auberge de Sedona Wedding

In 2017 we were the busiest we’ve ever been. We were so busy, in fact, that I didn’t make any time to share the work we were creating. So, I’m excited to throw it back this week to a summer wedding from 2017 that was an absolute joy to create.

Burgundy and Blush Wedding at L'Auberge de Sedona

Melissa and Jeremy tied the knot in the red rocks of Sedona at the gorgeous L’auberge resort. Melissa wasn’t afraid of a bit of color so we leaned into a color palette of reds and pinks nestled into containers that leaned a bit more classic. Paired with all white details at their reception, the blooms popped beautifully while tying in the colors from the mountains in the background.

Burgundy, Red, and Blush Bridal Bouquet
Boutonniere - Burgundy and white rose and scabiosa
Burgundy and Blush Wedding at L'Auberge de Sedona
Rose Petal Aisle
L'auberge de sedona - burgundy and blush wedding

My good friend Lauren, the talented photographer behind Lunabear Studios, captured some glamour shots of the centerpieces for this wedding. I’ll sprinkle them in below because I love the way different photographers capture designs!

Form Floral - Boutique Florals - Phoenix Arizona - Centerpieces
Burgundy and Blush Wedding at L'Auberge de Sedona
Burgundy and Blush Wedding at L'Auberge de Sedona
Burgundy and Blush Wedding at L'Auberge de Sedona - Wedding Reception with Round and Rectangular Tables
Burgundy and Blush Wedding at L'Auberge de Sedona
Burgundy and Blush Wedding at L'Auberge de Sedona
Burgundy and Blush Wedding at L'Auberge de Sedona

credits:

photography: Erin Mcfarland // Studio Centerpiece Photography: Lunabear Studios // Venue: L’aurberge de Sedona // Linen: La Tavola // Stationary: Foil & Ink // Planning: Sandy Walker with In Awe Weddings