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Long Beach, CA | Howl Event Space

Being in the wedding industry it’s always fun to see what the latest trends are and getting the opportunity to see them styled in fun, unique ways. Recently, I had the pleasure of collaborating with a group of talented vendors who all got together to create this gorgeous styled shoot.

We styled this editorial with the intent of having an organic, relaxed elegance. It is minimalistic with a classic, neutral color palette of whites, greens, natural wood, and touches of metallics; yet exudes personality with its use of natural materials, including raw wood, slate tiles, and elk antlers discovered from the woods of Montana. The wooden ceremony benches were crafted by hand and display beautifully next to the authentic Moroccan wedding blankets and warm New Zealand wool flokati rugs.

The natural brick walls, exposed wood beams, and amazing original window frames provided by Howl Event Space completed the earthy and elegant atmosphere. With a mixture of masculine and feminine elements, the strong structural branches like olive branch intertwined perfectly with the soft blooms of the delphinium. In the dining set up we used six feet tall pepper berry branches suspended from the ceiling and windows to continue the vibe inside the Howl event space. Providing an awesomely perfect amount of earthiness without overpowering the structural beauty that already exist in their restored space.

For dining, the St. Helena Table is a hand-forged, reclaimed wood farmhouse table with a parquet top & sitting alongside, the Charlotte chair, a simple cross-back wooden chair that works well in any rustic or refined environment.

The dessert cart was a rustic wood industrial cart that played beautifully against the unrefined backdrop of the exposed brick. Love Me Sweets, created an ” Earthy & Elegant” wedding cake with fondant covered ruffles, painted gold luster, pearl trim, hand made sugar leaves with a touch of shimmer!

The wedding cake was complemented with buttercream cupcakes in soft hues of color, designed with handmade sugar flowers and leaves, accented with gold and pearl embellishment, lace trim, and vintage decor. (Berries and ferns were provided by Studio La Fleur.)


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