A Breezy Blue Wedding

When I met Melissa at our first consultation, I immediately noticed her bright blue-green eyes. They are a brilliant aqua color and they just sparkle. I associate that color with peace, contentment, and refreshment, maybe because it reminds me of splashing in the tropical waters of Thailand. Sighhh. I was delighted to find out that turquoise was the color of choice for Melissa and Andrew’s wedding decor. Amazingly, I’ve never done a pure aqua wedding! I’ve done aqua and orange, aqua and red, aqua and yellow, but not plain aqua.

Melissa and Andrew tied the knot at the Loew’s Hotel in Santa Monica– a sleek, modern boutique hotel with the most amazing view of the ocean. We were going for decor that would compliment the trendy look of the hotel and capture the laid back, breezy feel of Santa Monica.

I can’t help but rave rave rave about the amazing planner, Christina from Simply Modern Weddings. She was always so thorough, punctual, professional, and sweet at the same time. When I arrived, her husband/assistant was hand-ironing all the napkins into perfect folds 🙂 After the wedding when my sister arrived to pick up the rentals, Christina stayed with her late into the night and helped until the last vase was accounted for. Above and beyond I tell you!

The following pictures are from Trista Lerit’s blog. Trista did an amazing job, as always. Her cool, modern style was a perfect fit for this wedding. She was MY awesome wedding photographer, and now I’m blessed to call her a dear friend.

Melissa always imagined she would carry a bouquet of white and pink roses, but she felt a little pressure to stick to her blue and white palette. She decided to go with her gut. We used esperance roses and tied the bouquet into the rest of the decor with blue crystals.  Vivian Tran of All Made Up did such an amazing job on makeup.  Melissa looks like a princess!

mel bouquet

Here’s the groom, wearing a single phaleonopsis orchid with blue crystal beads. Love the tie and pocket square.

groomHer bridesmaids carried white bouquets that popped against their aqua dresses. I got to use one of my favorite flowers, fringed tulips, in the bouquets. They look like frayed fabric flowers.



mel and andrew

mel and andrew 2


Definitely the cutest flower girl dress I’ve ever seen.

flower girl

The ceremony took place on a deck overlooking the Santa Monica Pier. We draped an arch in delicate white fabric, swagged it with aqua crystals, and tucked in some fluffy white and blue florals. It was the perfect ceremony centerpiece. Chic silk wrapped floral boxes lined the aisle and doubled as fun cocktail centerpieces.


mel and arch



The reception was just magical! The aqua lighting (via Rainbow Lighting and Sound) was superb, and the gorgeous blue chargers, linens, and blue tinted goblets were so fresh.

reception details

reception area

The massive centerpieces. I loved how the pink centers of the submerged cymbidium orchids tied in with Melissa’s pink bouquet.

tall centerpiece

A little note about blue flowers: there aren’t many. If you’re planning on using blue flowers, you’ve got to be open to a range of tones and textures. Most light blue flowers aren’t pure blue but have a lavender/periwinkle hue to them, and most are wildflower-esque. We used hydrangea, delphinium, and tweedia in this wedding. Other blue-ish flowers are muscari (grape hyacinth), irises, cornflower, and berries like blue viburnum and privet.

Tweedia is an adorable flower that does actually have a real aqua tone to it. But its stem oozes out a white milky substance that can get all over the place, so beware. We used clusters of tweedia blossoms to accent each napkin, and used floral tape to plug the milky stems.


Picture from wikipedia.org.


Vanilla Bakeshop put together a stunning mini cupcake display. The cupcakes were delish- I got to try one (or two…)


cupcakes 2


Thank you Melissa and Andrew for choosing TPetal to beautify your wedding. It was a true joy to work with you! Cheers to your brand new life together!

Now enjoy your honeymoon, you love bugs!



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9 Responses to “A Breezy Blue Wedding”

  1. asianstylegirl Says:

    Beautiful photos of your work captured by Trista Lerit and coordinated by Christina Wright, and we had a pleasure to work with such a fabulous team on such a special day. We had a pleasure to work on Melissa’s wedding bridal party this past weekend…we hope to see you soon at the next event! Hopefully at Jasmine Star’s next workshop….

    -Vivian Tran

  2. Miss Kitty Says:

    I love the cupcakes and cupcake stand, what a great wedding!

  3. Mara (Wedding Cabaret) Says:


  4. Simply Modern Weddings Says:

    you did a fab job helping Melissa realize her vision Kristin…so happy that we got to team up! 🙂

  5. kali Says:

    the blue accents are so pretty! i esp. like the use of tweedia, tinted goblets and LOOOOOOVVVEEEEE the gorgeous white arch dripping with aqua crystals. great job kris! you just get better and better!!!

  6. Trista Lerit Says:

    Kristin..I’ve been a bit behind on reading all my blogs but I just wanted to say you did an AMAZING job on Melissa & Andrew’s Wedding flowers!!! They were seriously breathtaking as I knew they would be 🙂 We need to schedule a happa lunch date soon! Hugs, Trista

  7. loew's hotel Santa Monica, Santa Monica Chic Hotel, Modern Beach Hotel in Los Angeles, The Treasured Petal Florist, Trista Lerit Wedding Photographer, Santa Monica Makeup Artist, wedding makeup, wedding hair, blue color theme wedding | All Made Up Team BL Says:

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  8. brianna carron Says:

    i have always wanted an aqua blue and white wedding.i have everything to go perfect for my wedding on June 25, 2011 except the flower girl dress…i love the one you used.its perfect.i must ask where you got it from.please email me back at briannacarron@live.com
    thank you.

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