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Modern nude, ceramic and stoneware wedding inspiration

January 7, 2020

Words from the photographer: 


Bohemian minimalist wedding inspiration with touches of southwestern folk art traditions.

What Wedding Planner Justine Fritz from Tie the Knot by Tessa is saying:


Location: The Heard Museum, in the heart of Phoenix’s Art and Culture District. The Museum is a prime example of the local architecture featuring traditional and contemporary American Indian Art. The museum’s ballroom is a modern take on traditional southwestern architecture. Clearestory window run the length of the space, each featuring a traditional stone banco for sitting and admiring the views. The neutral paint reflects the light from the windows onto the dark highly polished concrete floors. The over all feel is light, bright and airy.


Styling this room was all about bringing the outdoors in. I used a base of nudes, shimmery linens, ceramics and stoneware accented with the gorgeous floral creations of King Floral. Rachel King chose accents of pink, apricot and toffee for the table top. And she didn’t hold back on the ceremony installation either. The flowers included various dried grasses, foraged from the planners back yard. Rachel King is forever inspired by the natural world around her, bringing together her love of the great outdoors with her passion for floral design. I think a beautiful wedding starts with choosing the right creatives and then allowing them to do what they do best. A minimalist table doesn’t have to be stark. I wanted the space to feel earthy and inviting. We created depth and interest by keeping the palette neutral, layering items with patterns and texture rather than relying on color. The handmade paper used for the menu cards and invitations made by Foil and Ink were perfect dressing for the table.

One of my favorite details was the charcuterie board and signature cocktails which incorporated the color palette of the day. Food is life, why not make it part of the decor? I think food should be comforting and approachable. Extra points if it also incorporates your design style and emphasizes the color palette without sacrificing culinary quality. Don’t be afraid to forgo one large wedding cake for several smaller cakes and incorporate them into the overall design. In my opinion, too many wedding cakes are banished to the corner of ballrooms.


I feel like the Lillian West bridal gown was made for this shoot. The silhouette was classic but the pattern and texture was anything but boring. The dress’s raised leaf motif was prefect for a bride wanting to incorporate a relaxed vibe into a formal wedding. The models wore Native American handmade silver jewelry sets featuring white buffalo and green turquoise. The groom wore a traditional bolo tie paired with a contemporary suite. I think the jewelry was a risky move, to forgo what is considered traditional bridal jewelry for statement necklaces. In the end, I think the jewelry was what connected us to the venue and the rich traditions of the community.


The day was a study in light, a resource in which we are in abundant supply in Arizona. Lea captured the whole day on film, what brings out the warmth and the soft light of the room perfectly. 


























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