1950’s Pop Art Wedding Inspiration

bright colorful inspiration

For all of you brides-to-be who LOVE color and are looking for fun ways to incorporate it into your big day, get ready to be inspired by today’s dynamic + beautiful styled shoot! Staged against the clean-lined backdrop of Portland’s Jupiter Hotel, the team (led by Lacy of Form & Flora and Christa of Christa-Taylor Photography) infused the setting with a flurry of colorful, mod details that are so pretty, you just might feel transported to the perfectly decked out, mid-century setting of a Jonathan Adler store. Here’s a bit more about the shoot from Christa:

We wanted to give brides a fresh perspective on what a wedding could look like and we found inspiration in 1950’s Pop Art, bold colors, geometric patterns and vibrant paint hues. We fought to keep it clean and modern, yet still romantic and relatable. Some of my favorite details were the customized soda bottles and “paint bucket” flower vases.

bright colorful bouquet

bright colorful inspiration

bright colorful inspiration


Love the color-block style floral design and, of course, those “paint bucket” vessels. So rad!

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plaid napkins


We hand-dipped plateware that was repurposed from local consignment shops + thrift stores. The flatware took an instant upgrade when dipped white and arranged over the geometric napkins. The place setting was made complete with sweet truffle favors from designer Dot Shoppe.

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pink heels

balloons


Majorly adore these soda bottle escort cards!

colorful soda bottles

guest book

colorful dessert bar

colorful dessert bar


The desert spread consisted of a sweet rainbow cake + donuts from Portland’s very own Voodoo Doughnuts! Love the pops of yellow + teal incorporated into the table design!

colorful dessert bar

bright colorful donuts

rainbow cake

rainbow cake

rainbow cake

bright colorful inspiration


Big thanks to the talented group of creatives below for sharing their work with us today!

photography: Christa-Taylor // veils + headpieces: Unveiled Bridal Designs // dress store: Ania Collection Bridal Boutique // hair stylist: Caprice Hammon Styling // favors + gifts: Dot Shoppe // floral designer: Form & Flora // reception venue: Jupiter Hotel // balloons: Lippman Company Balloons // invitation designer: Nimbi Design // shoes: Nine West // equipment rentals: West Coast Event Productions // model: Grace Debuscherre

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Modern San Diego Museum Wedding: Jill + Mike

chalkboard wall

Jill + Mike tied the knot at The New Children’s Museum in San Diego – a gorgeous, modern space with great architectural installations + incredible light. Working off the clean-lined setting of their venue, they kept the environment festive with bold and graphic details and a fun color palette of pink, navy and gold.  And since the museum just so happens to have huge chalkboards everywhere, Jill + Mike were inspired to incorporate them into their wedding design with beautiful signage that was full of both whimsy + history; like a 1920’s-styled “Libations” sign over the bar and a giant family tree welcoming guests to the ceremony! Love it! :)

From the bride, Some of the things that bring Mike and I together are our love of great design, bright colors and happy things. And what could be more happy-making than a children’s museum? And of course, with my theatre background, I wanted to set a stage for the ultimate production! 

Big thanks to Jenika + Chadwick of Studio Castillero for sharing these lovely images with us today + congrats to the happy newlyweds on a beautiful day!

gold glitter envelope


After finding the perfect chalkboard-inspired invitation on Minted, we got envelopes from PaperSource and jazzed them up with liners. Mike hand-lined all our envelopes with glittery gold paper – our house was FILLED with glitter for weeks. Our black cat looked a little more festive for some time! ;)

gold sparkle shoes

pink bouquets

cards

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first look

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bride and groom

bride and groom

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Such pretty, bright bouquets!

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groomsmen

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umbrellas

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chalkboard chart

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And the sweet flower girl carried a giant paper bloom crafted by Lazulie + Blithe Events – a super fun touch that really encompassed the whimsical vibe of the day!

giant paper flower

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museum wedding

museum wedding

museum wedding


How awesome is this for a ceremony backdrop?!

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chalkboard seating chart


The reception tables featured gold glitter table runners topped with ombre coral centerpieces by Floral FX. Seriously, such a pretty look!

gold table runners

gold chairs

pink centerpieces

gold napkins

Jill: It's hard to pick just one. I loved dancing with my dad - that was the moment where everything felt...real. I was never one to dream of my wedding, but the one thing I always knew was that my dad and I would dance to "Moon River" from Breakfast at Tiffany's. And we did. He's my "huckleberry friend" forever. The other amazing moment was on the dance floor. Don't Stop Believin' by Journey started, and Mike and I were dancing in the middle of the floor, and all of the sudden, all our friends were holding hands and dancing around us in a circle. As a theatre geek, I have to say - I love a choreographed number. Especially with the best leading man.

Mike: It was just before the introduction of the bridal party, in the waning moments of the cocktail hour. After what seemed like hundreds of handshakes, thousands of photos, and countless details materializing all at once, I found myself alone with my wife for the first time. Wanting a perfect performance of our first dance together, we just had to have one last five minute rehearsal. After weeks of squeezing in hurried and often stressful dance lessons, this was it. We snuck off to a quiet corridor and began. Despite our nervousness, everything came together in that precise moment, and I felt completely at ease as I took Jill’s hands in mine and danced. I barely had to think of the steps, I just twirled my glowing wife round and round in her beautiful white dress and enjoyed watching her burst with happiness. Was the dance perfect? Probably not. But you certainly couldn’t convince us of that. The moment was perfect. We were happy and married, and all the details, all the concerns, all the worries of life quieted down and left us alone. In just a few short minutes, we would be back in the center of the crowd with all eyes watching, anxiously waiting to see our first dance together as husband and wife. Little did they know that we already did just that.

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museum reception

wedding cake

Don’t get too bogged down by an idea you had early in the process. At first, I was intent on bringing in another love of ours – books. But once we picked the ultra-modern venue, some of my initial ideas just didn’t make sense. So I let it go. We ended up incorporating the books as holders for our vows – much better than a wadded up piece of paper! I held my late aunt’s copy of “Sonnets from the Portuguese”; Mike held “French Wit & Wisdom” – perfect, as we were engaged in Paris.

Also, spend money on your photographers. The day goes SO fast, and you are so exhausted at the end. The second best day, after the actual wedding day, is the day you get your pictures. Jenika and Chadwick nailed the spirit of the day. And now we have that forever captured.

photography: Jenika & Chadwick Gantes of Studio Castillero // planning + design: Bride (Design) & Paige Jensen of Turquoise Events (Month-of Planner) // venue: The New Children’s Museum, San Diego, California // florals: Patricia Navarro of Floral FX // makeup: Brides by Helena // hair: Rachel Clancy of House of Hair // cake: Friend of the Bride, Adalyn Wilson // catering: Authentic Flavors // officiant: Friend of the Bride, Elizabeth Graham, Bride’s Father, The Honorable James A. McIntyre // ceremony musician: The Michael Armstrong Quartet (students from the Brides’s high school, The Bishop’s School) // dj/band: Red at Party People San Diego // wedding dress: Here Comes the Bride // veil: Vocabulary Boutique // wedding rings: Harold Stevens Jewelers // shoes: Sam Edelman from Nordstrom // bridesmaid’s dresses: Donna Morgan // groom’s + groomsmen’s suits: A Better Deal Tux // stationery: Minted // transportation: Haynes Antique Cars // flower girl’s giant flower: Lazulie + Blithe Events 

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Yosemite LoveFest Wedding: Ash + Jake

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Ash + Jake didn’t just have a wedding – they had an intimate, four-day, destination LoveFest in Yosemite! :) Since they both work in the wedding industry, these two know all too well just how fast the day flies by. By slowing things down and packing a long weekend full of fun activities and events (with a wedding sandwiched in between!), they were able to really enjoy themselves and spend lots of quality time with all of their guests! They DIY’d all of the details incorporated into the day, with considerable respect to their rustic surroundings. According to Ash, The ideas were based off of our venue being Yosemite and mother nature, herself. We are both really into astrology so we were inspired by that and keeping things as organic as possible. We wanted it to look almost as if we weren’t bringing any outside elements to Yosemite.

We’re really excited to share bits + pieces of their whole weekend with you guys, so be sure to read about it all as you go through the post! Big thanks to James Moes for the beautiful photography and congratulations to Ash + Jake on a perfect wedding LoveFest weekend!

wedding storybook

stargazing


The festivities started with star gazing at Glacier point…Looks pretty incredible, doesn’t it?!

stargazing

wedding hike

hiking kit


And day 2 included a hike through Mariposa Grove, followed by a solstice rehearsal BBQ…

wedding hike

ceremony book

groomsmen

waterfall

groom


The main event was Ash + Jake’s circular, 60-guest ceremony in the heart of Yosemite Valley. The surroundings were nothing short of breathtaking + you can just feel the love emanating from the images!

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yosemite cermeony

yosemite cermeony

yosemite cermeony

yosemite cermeony

yosemite cermeony

yosemite bride and groom

yosemite bride and groom

yosemite bride and groom

yosemite bride and groom

yosemite bride and groom

yosemite bride and groom

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Ash wore a custom dress, designed + handmade by her best friend’s mother, Shelly Lang. Love all the texture + detailing!

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yosemite bride and groom

yosemite bride and groom

yosemite bride and groom

yosemite flower girls

wedding guests

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reception book graphic

flower girls

Every single event and memory made was filled with magic and love and we would do every part of it all over again and again. From meeting almost every Monday night with friends to make crafts to all the planning, I think our favorite memory was seeing it all come together. It was better than we could have ever imagined. It was amazing to see all of our loved ones get so festive.

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centerpieces

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first dance

wedding hike


To conclude the weekend, Ash + Jake hosted a small brunch, followed by an afternoon bike ride. Such a fun way to incorporate some of your favorite pastimes while enjoying the company of your friends + family!

animal masks

animal masks

waterfall

hiking

bride and groom hiking

bride and groom hiking

bride and groom biking

Make your wedding weekend as long as possible and no matter how stressful planning might get, let your excitement take over and enjoy every moment!

photography: James Moes // planning + design: Bride (Ash Murphy) // venue: Yosemite National Park Yosemite Village, California // videography: Mallary of JBM Wedding Photography and Adam Simon (Edited by Ash Murphy) // cake + flowers: Sweet Dreams // custom jewelry + accessories: Sundays Gold // bride’s custom dress: Shelly Lang Design // maid of honor dress: BHLDN // groom’s custom suit: Indochino // polaroids: Groom // accommodations: Wawona Hotel //  hair + makeup: Bride (Ash of JBM Hair & Makeup) // music: Anna Rose & Aaron Rheingold // event staging: Master Michael Quinn & Ron Rangel

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryYosemite National Park is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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