Thursday, July 5, 2012

Hot Pink and Navy Blue Part 3

Now, when you look at these photos, try and imagine them with the beach as a backdrop with the sun slowly setting. And imagine the frame of the altar about 2' deeper, with 3 of those sunburst mirrors suspended on all three sides, leaving the front open. Then you'll get an idea of what I was going for with this set-up... As I mentioned in the first two posts you can read in Part 1 and Part 2, a huge storm hit the weekend of this photography workshop and my long researched and meticulous plans had to take a back seat to mother nature's idea of a good time.

I was going for a dramatic altar with dark blue as the main color with accents of burnished gold and hot pink. I thought against the ocean and sand, with a bride in a beautiful white dress, it would be striking and something that hadn't been seen before. Well... we're not seeing it now either. But that's ok!! Everyone did the best they could and I can always try this out again in better weather. The lovely photos are from Kamee June Photography and Rebecca Eileen Designs (unless otherwise noted). My friend, Larry Leivas, designed and welded the altar, and the "Starburst" mirror is from Crate and Barrel. The gorgeous midnight blue sequined pillow is from La Tavola and goes with the table cover in the first post.

The flowers I used included hot pink anemones, ranunculus, garden roses, parrot tulips, white rambling roses, chartreuse hellebores, snowball viburnum, and maidenhair fern.

This is a shot I took with my camera phone but it's the only one I have of the altar as a whole. I really wanted to show how the entire set-up looked, with the left and right balancing each other out. So, please forgive the quality and editing of this photo as I am not the professional!

I was struggling with coming up with something new for the altar and as I was keeping Bass busy and myself happy cruising through Crate and Barrel, I saw their Starburst Mirror and everything suddenly clicked. After finding the mirror, the whole set-up and design concept came into focus. I was going for a slight Hollywood Regency feel with some natural elements with the beach as a back drop. The vision was lost with the change of venue, but certain aspects still show the original intent.

This wraps the hot pink and navy (or midnight) blue posts. I hope you enjoyed them and perhaps got some inspiration for your own event. It's a fun and bold color scheme and can go funky or super elegant with an easy change of details.

Cheers and I hope you had a great Fourth of July yesterday!


  1. Oh I am loving the parrot tulips!! GORG!

  2. Oh you know {now} that I love those tulips! I think you are a genius! XO

    1. Thanks Naomi!! Tulips have been one of my favorites since I was really little. My mom would always get them for my birthday in Feb and I never knew till I was older how many different shapes they came in. It just made me love them more! xo