Red and Gold Los Angeles Wedding at The Ruby Street (FEATURE)


RED AND GOLD IS A palette not seen often in wedding design.  Because red is such a commanding color, most people tend to think it is overpowering and distracting.  Done right, however, red resonates with powerful and lasting effects.  For Diann and Jon's wedding day, red and gold were offset by natural tones with lush greenery and oak tables that kept the palette feeling elevated rather than dominating.  As an accent, we used turquoise from the venue's painted exterior.

I immediately knew I had a kindred spirit in Diann.  During our initial consultation she expressed that she was a font-fanatic and wanted to know if she could send a link of her favorites.  Could she!  Font selection and manipulation was a huge part of our design process.  To keep things modern and pop-y we focused on a clean format, even tracking, and drew inspiration from concert posters.  The venue, the ever-so-awesome Ruby Street in Los Angeles, was another important factor in our design.  Their signature is a gorgeous, original stained glass window that we incorporated throughout.



Another fun detail Diann and Jon commissioned was a custom watercolor portrait.  Their illustrations were used on the welcome signage, stickers, and custom lucite and gold foil cake topper.


The menu for the evening was a delicious family-style spread prepared by Hungry Bear Catering Co.  Table menus were pressed in gold foil and displayed between an etched "lucite sandwich" with gold foil illustrations.  Each table represented a place important to the bride and groom that they could keep and display after the wedding!

In coordination with the professional design eye of Renee of Moxie Bright Events, Of The Flowers provided beautiful installations kept the floral display high so that the family-style meal would have ample room to be served on the wood tables.

Red and Gold Foil Wedding Signge

For more photos check out the full feature on Aisle Perfect.


Photography: Linda Abbott Photography | Ceremony Venue: The Ruby Street | Reception Venue: The Ruby Street | Wedding Planning: Moxie Bright Events | Event Design: Moxie Bright Events | Floral: Of the Flowers | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen | Wedding Cake: Petite Sweets | Rentals: La Piñata Party Rentals | Catering: Hungry Bear Catering Co. | DJ: Hey Mister DJ | Officiant: JP Reynolds | Bar: The Whaling club | Signage: Cecile’s Paper Co. | Stationery: Cecile’s Paper Co | Wedding Dress: ARIA Los Angeles | Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply Los Angeles | Groomsmen Attire: The Black Tux | Submitted via: Matchology

Monochromatic Winter Wedding (FEATURE)



WHAT COULD BE MORE EXCITING than starting the year with a feature in Green Wedding Shoes?  Probably nothing.  It doesn't hurt that this was, without a doubt, one of my favorite projects of 2017.  I teamed up again with Jason Lloyd and Victoria Gold to execute a monochromatic winter wedding wonderland.  While I love a good jewel toned wedding, winter weddings from January to March tend to fall outside of the featured design boards - no longer "holiday winter" and not quite "first blossom" of spring.  Admittedly, these months can feel long and dreary but that only added to our excitement in creating a wedding for these months.

When Jason first described the vision he used the terms: modern, sleek, and monochromatic.  Elated, I reached for the most modern, sleekest, and monochromatic material of them all - white, matte acrylic.

White Matte Acrylic Invitations for Monochromatic White Winter Wedding


I really pushed myself to consider how to incorporate entirely white-on-white elements that would be cohesive and approachable, all while making an impact.

In addition to the laser cut acrylic invitation, a blind de-bossed tag with the couples' names ties together the invitation box.  Because guests would not be able to RSVP on acyrlic, I used a reverse gesso technique on card stock to duplicate the pattern on the invitation while keeping everything white.  And, perhaps the most exciting part of the suite was a clear acetate and white foil save the date.  Stunning silver calligraphy by Willow and Wine completed the look.



A few of my other favorite details from the day included work-of-art cocktails by CaliCraft, a custom ceremony installation by Jason Lloyd, a textured cake by Nicole Bakes Cakes, and a funky neon sign by Neon Dive Bar.

For the full feature, check out the Green Wedding Shoes article.


Photography: Victoria Gold // Planning and Design: Jason Llyod // Venue: The York Manor // Floral Design and Calligraphy: Willow & Wine // Hair and Make Up: Belle Beauty // Wedding Dress: Tara Lauren via Bride Los Angeles // Invitation Suite: Cecile's Paper Co. // Rentals: La Pinata Party // Cake: Nicole Bakes Cakes // Bar: Cali Craft Cocktails // Neon Sign: Neon Dive Bar // Models: Erica Jordan & Anton Palmer



Creatives Content Dinner: California Fall



WHEN YOU WORK IN EVENT DESIGN it is your responsibility to transform a client's vision into reality, but so seldom do you take the time to design for yourself.  At the start of fall I had a desire to create leather napkin rings but had no one to design them for.  I thought I could create them for my personal dining room table, but then I would want to host a dinner party for the napkin rings to have a "purpose."  If I was going to host a dinner party, I would want to design a tablescape.  As my "if you give a mouse a cookie syndrome" started spiraling out of control and I felt the weight of my ideas crumbling in on me, (too many cookie references for one sentence?), I realized how silly it was that I never took the time to create for myself.  If I was feeling this overwhelmed by the thought of creating a napkin ring, I figured that there must be other creatives who want to take a moment to enjoy the fruits of their own labor.  With encouragement from Jessica of J.Lee Photos, I decided to host a collaborative dinner party.

As I casually started asking around the idea seemed really exciting.  Admittedly, I wasn't exactly sure what I was expecting from the evening, and I really didn't know what was going to happen until the moment the party started.  The one thing I did know was that I wanted this event to be a creative and enjoyable expression for all involved.  I created a mood board based around the definition of the Fall Equinox and sent it out to a few friendors to see if the palette resonated and the date was free.

The mood board I created to inspire the theme for the Creatives Content Dinner.


The results were unreal.

Victoria of Upton Gray Floral took my basic idea and elevated it beyond belief.  In addition to the stunning centerpiece she also copper leafed artichokes and figs.

Holly of Events by Holly Gray used her culinary background and made a delicious harvest salad with Brussels sprouts, walnuts, goat cheese, and chicken.

Jessica of J.Lee Photos captured the details perfectly.

I set the table with Casa de Perrin plates and coups and tied together the napkins with the all-inspiring leather napkin rings.  To add in more natural elements I created stone "place mats" by adding cork padding to organically shaped blue slate tiles.  I also wanted a leather tag for each guest.  Because I was unsure of who would be attending I made a simple "thank you" that I attached to our cocktail glasses.  For another event I would love to make these as escort or place cards!


The evening turned out perfectly and extended from a collaborative experiment to a night rich with conversation and laughter.  As a designer, it was so refreshing to enjoy the talents of this creative community in a non-traditional way.  In future seasons this is something I hope to host again.



Industrail Chic Acrylic Wedding Invitations (FEATURE)

Luxury Wedding Menus, Late Summer Wedding, Acrylic Menus

HOW DO YOU SEAMLESSLY transition summer's trends with the changing, cooler tides of autumn while drawing on inspiration from the 1600s?  Enter Jason Llyod of _By Jason Llyod and Victoria Gold Photography.  When Jason approached me about the concept behind this shoot I was ecstatic.  He and Victoria wanted to re-create the richness of the Dutch Painting Masters with a modern and cool vibe.  Immediately I reflected back to my art history classes and conjured images of bowls of fruit, blossoming flowers, dramatic & contrasted lighting, and radical subjects.  While we left the portraits of the bourgeois and ladies of the night out of the overall concept, we had ample to pull from.  The difference between warm light and cool colors, abundant details with minimal backgrounds, and the reverence and austerity of the 17th century works set the stage for a styled shoot teeming with rich blooms, metallic accents, and a bounty of detail.

The Garage in Burbank, a once popular spot for film and media converted event venue, gave us a perfectly minimal backdrop that allowed the table setting to shine.

The Garage Burbank Luxury Wedding Tablescape

For the invitations and menus I took a very literal approach as I wanted each piece to feel like it belonged in a gallery.  The invitations consisted of two pieces of laser cut and etched lucite with a painted center in summer's Pantone color: Niagara Blue.  Secured by grommets, each invitation was it's own unique piece.  The RSVP and envelopes had a small stroke of white paint to bring the texture across each piece.  Luxury Wedding Invitations, Acyrlic, Paint

Handpainted Invitations, Acrylic, Luxury Wedding

The most exciting part of how the shoot came together was the blend of opulence and minimalism - a trend that I see moving forward for Fall 2017 and well into 2018.  Summer stone fruits scattered across Jason's hand dyed linens.  Luxurious blooms from Tabitha of Winston and Main sat center stage while the craft cocktails by Cali Craft Cocktails became actual pieces of art that were almost too pretty to drink!

Craft Cocktail Los Angeles Wedding

Luxury Wedding Menus, Acrylic

Luxury Acrylic Menus with Vibrant Flowers
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