Tropical Romance Inspiration Shoot at The Modern | Alpha & Tony

I am so thrilled to finally share this shoot with the world! It’s so hard to keep all this pretty under wraps for so many months!  We are so happy to be featured on Ruffled today.

wedding ceremony inspiration at The Modern Long Beach, best wedding planner Moxie Bright Events

Photo by J Wiley Photography

When Tabitha of Winston & Main came to me with the idea to do a modern minimalist shoot, I said, “I know the perfect venue!” The Modern in Long Beach was the absolute best venue to realize our clean, fresh design. With all this gorgeous light and open space, we focused our attention on bold beautiful centerpieces, perfect for a daring couple not afraid to bring the drama…in their decor, of course.

Photo by J Wiley Photography

Photo by J Wiley Photography

One of our creative goals for this shoot was to reinterpret the 2017 trend of “Greenery”. We have all seen (and designed) a ton of weddings with garland, so we challenged ourselves to come up with a fresh concept. We mixed banana leaves with plexiglass, clean white, bright gold, and gray marble accents. It’s a modern romantic design for a bold couple in love!

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Who says your plates all have to line up in a neat stack? Thinking “outside of the box” can bring unexpected beauty to your tablescape. The marble chargers and gray earthenware from Borrowed Blu look amazing in this unconventional setup. And do you love these napkins? Tabitha dip dyed them herself!

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Gorgeous calligraphy on custom cut plexi place cards really makes an impact. And as a bonus, your guests can (and will) take them home with them as favors. Who can resist calligraphy? No one!

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This white and gold flatware from Borrowed Blu is giving me life! When you carefully select every detail, you don’t need a ton of “stuff”. Keep it clean, keep it classy.

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Our Real Couple models, Alpha & Tony, celebrated their 10 year anniversary the week of our shoot and revealed to us, mid-day, that these photos are the only wedding photos they have ever taken! They are such lovely souls, (and so in love), I consider it a real honor to be a small part of this chapter in their love story.

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For more from this shoot, including the AMAZING desserts and more fun details – The SHOES ARE SO GOOD, you guys! Check us out on Ruffled (click here)

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Creative Team

Venue: The Modern Long Beach, Planner & Styling: Moxie Bright Events, Event, Floral Design & Styling: Winston & Main, Photography: J Wiley Photography, Videography: Press Films, Calligraphy: Chasing Linen, Invitation & Chair Signs: Happily Ever Etched, Cake & Desserts: Mwokaji Cakery, Rentals: Borrowed Blu & Classic Party Rentals, Hair & Makeup: Betsy DiFrancesca Gown: by & For Love from Bride LA, Accessories: The Blushing Bird,Suit: Zara

Styled Shoot

Aug 15, 2017

  1. DeNeitra says:

    I love this event space! Such a gorgeous shoot and I love the banana leaves!

  2. Rachel Rice says:

    LOVE this!! I’m always looking for clients that are going for more of a modern vibe for their wedding because there are so many beautiful elements they can incorporate that haven’t been done before. You guys totally nailed it with this shoot and I love that the couple had a new memory for their wedding since they didn’t have prior wedding pictures! How serendipitous!

  3. Gabby says:

    Looks so good Renee!!! I’m digging the off-centered plates and that plexi monstera leaf is PERFECT!!! Great job team!

  4. This is amazing! That ceremony arch is seriously so cool, and I love that you pulled the banana leaf inspiration through the entire event by using those cool plexiglass place cards. The whole thing just rocks!

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