A Sleek Magenta Wedding

I first met Jenny over coffee at Nordstrom E-Bar.  I have to admit, I was immediately struck by her all-American beauty and bright blue eyes.  She’s a total  stunner, inside and out!  And definitely one of the most kind, mello, go-with-the-flow brides I’ve ever worked with.

As the rain poured relentlessly on her  wedding day, Jenny didn’t seem to mind one bit.  She and Bryon were ready for joy and merriment.  Check out the love in these photos, captured by the talented Amanda Doublin!

The dreamy ensemble:

Jenny wanted a classic white bouquet with a touch of fluttery feathers, wrapped up in magenta satin.

Mariner’s church in Newport Beach fit the sleek, modern aesthetic of Jenny and Bryon’s wedding perfectly.

34 raspberry colored pomanders provided a vivid streak of color down the aisle.  It took thousands of mums and orchid buds to complete the task.

A note to pomander lovers:  if you’re using hearty flowers like mums, buttons, orchids, or carnations, skip the wet floral foam and use regular styrofoam balls instead.  Simply pinning the flower heads into the styrofoam is loads faster than attempting to stick millions of stems into fragile wet foam.  Plus, you don’t have to worry about breaking stems as you insert them, or worse, the entire ball falling apart under the weight of too many stems.  I had to learn this the hard way…

Guests pinned well wishes and prayers to a wooden cross.

Second chances!  The stormy weather made it impossible to take outdoor  portraits on the day of their wedding.   However, several months later, I recreated Jenny’s bouquet,  she put on her creamy gown,  and Amanda took some beautiful couple portraits on the beach, this time with the sun shining softly above them.

Then it was onto the candlelit reception at Salt Creek Grille in Dana Point.

Dozens of hurricane candles lit the way to the dining area.

Lush, tightly packed arrangements in shades of fuchsia, magenta and raspberry lined the long banquet tables. 

Gotta love the smooth black ceramic vases. 

The tent was actually quite pretty, and provided a cozy refuge from the downpour.

Sometimes, monochromatic floral arrangements are hard to pull off, simply because there aren’t enough flowers in the palette (blue and red can be difficult, especially in certain seasons!)   Luckily, there are so many delicious flower varieties that come in the magenta spectrum, I almost had trouble picking!

From top to bottom, dahlia, peony tulips, and phalaenopsis orchid nestled amongst sweet william.

My *second* favorite flower, the Cattleya, atop the cake.  Can anyone guess my FIRST favorite flower?  Hint, I carried it on my wedding day.

These are seriously tempting me right now.  Don’t you love how each cupcake is unique? 

Such wonderful toss form!  Look at that arch!


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3 Responses to “A Sleek Magenta Wedding”

  1. Rachel (heart of light) Says:

    Those pomanders look absolutely perfect in that gorgeous church. I love how they contrast with the simplicity. And I can’t imagine how much work it must have been to put them all together!

  2. angel swanson Says:

    beautiful!! i know your favorite flower but i’ll let someone else say it, since i’m at a total advantage. 😉 xoxo call you shortly!

  3. christina Says:

    so pretty! i also love that her dress fabric is like a flower…perfect! and your #1 favorite flower is the gloriosa lily!

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