We hope you’re ready for a dose of glamour, because today’s shoot is pulling no punches. Gloria Mesa Photography, Christina Lauren, and Ilana Ashley Events all collaborated on this stylish wedding session at Maravilla Gardens, where fuchsia and purple come together in a beautiful symphony and there’s no shortage of mouth-watering desserts to choose from.
From the event designer, Christina Lauren: Tumbling roses, everblooming flowers, and lush greenery overwhelm the second you step into Maravilla Gardens. The original plan for this styled wedding was very natural: wild flowers, fresh California produce, exposed wood, and a splash of glamour. The creative process evolved into something much more romantic, and a bit rebellious. We chose three main stages to show event trends: bridal party table, cozy sitting lounge, and towering displays of dessert.
Peppered with flickering tea lights and bowls of California grown berries, a lacy-sequined blush runner slithered down the 9′ ebony table set for 12. Name card flags were placed in plums, a ridiculously charming, easy, DIY project. We chose to monogram linen napkins with guest’s initials. In lieu of cutesy favors, guests would take something home both practical and personal. We also weren’t afraid to mix metals: copper chargers, brass candlesticks, and gold flatware. The living room inspired sitting lounge, perched over California mountains, was set for those who prefer intimate conversations over the dance floor. Marsala taper candles provided the perfect ambient light, the kind that makes everyone look flawless. Lots of pillows and throws added a cozy element, while their colors reinforced the overall look of the wedding.
Dessert tables, rich with color and decadence, were draped with leafy greens, and roses plucked from Maravilla Gardens. The naked cake adorned with natural produce, seduced with its 9 stacking layers. The dessert bar, three levels high, boasted organic berries and citrus from local farm stands.
Bold and interesting details danced throughout the shoot. Overflowing arrangements dripping in Amaranthus boasted Coxcomb, hydrangea, and deep purple callas. The florals were partnered with veggies like artichoke and eggplant adding a level of abundance and masculinity. The bride’s bouquet was something more wild and simplified – a nod to her casual cool attitude. She wore a traditional lace two-piece gown puddling just enough to conceal her magenta Manolos. Her beau in a traditional tux, “I feel like Bruce Wayne” he boasted posing next to the 1958 Silver Cloud Rolls Royce. That was a moment of ‘aha’ for the team, because shouldn’t everyone feel like Batman on their ‘styled’ wedding?!