Modern Tropical Wedding InspirationPhotos by Megan Sorel
as seen on 100 Layer Cake

So excited to see this modern tropical wedding inspiration shoot featured on 100 Layer Cake. This was the editorial I styled this past November at The Principles of Styling workshop.

Inspired by the colors of the late 60’s and early 70’s the dark eggplants, orange-y reds, and deep cranberries, I wanted to create a contemporary wedding editorial that was all about color. For hair and makeup, Jess Wilcox created a reverse smoky eye which really highlighted the model’s exotic features. For the first bridal look, I pulled a fitted, short, peplum dress from Stone Fox Bride and paired it with classic gold strappy shoes from Kate Whitcomb. Modernist jewelry from VLM Jewelry added a contemporary feel to the overall look. And for her bouquet, bright reds, oranges were accented with lavender, and the cafe tones of Distant Drums. All was paired with a plethora of mustard ribbon called Oro from Tono & Co .

For the table, I wanted it to feel like a dutch still life meets the colorful 60’s and 70’s. I wanted to play with the idea of tone on tone wood, and picked a simple trestle table and benches from Barn Relic as the jumping off point. I found these insane teak, spindly, taper holders from Porch which added even more wood texture. I paired them with them face vase (isn’t she pretty?!), and simple white vases to hold the stunning flowers. To add some more moody accents, I placed rustic black platters of tropical fruit with mini pies by Lele Patisserie in between the florals and tapers. Underneath, a silk runner in peach by Tono & Co softened the overall look. For plates, The Ark‘s terra cotta plates added more color with copper napkin rings featuring velum with guest’s names for a unique place card idea by Susan Silverberg.

Special thanks to my vendors and workshop partners:

Photographer: Megan Sorel | Styling & Production: Kelly Oshiro | Location: Santa Barbara Historical Museum | Flowers: Lavenders Flowers | Hair and Makeup: Jess Wilcox | Short Wedding Dress: Stone Fox Bride from Solstice Bride | Paper: Susan Silverberg | Table, Bench, Black Plates: Barn Relic | Pie: Lele Patisserie | Modern Jewelry: VLM Jewelry | Wedding Ring: 33 Jewels | Ribbon: Tono & Co | Placesettings: The Ark | Headpieces & Belts: Untamed Petals | Candles: Creative Candles | Shoes: Kate Whitcomb| Styling Boards: Heirloom Bindery | Additional Tabletop: Porch