Bold + Playful Summer Wedding Inspiration

bride and groom

If you’ve already clicked through the latest issue of Rue, you may have seen this absolutely gorgeous shoot conceptualized by the talented team at GATHER Events + produced by the lovely ladies from Be Inspired PR! I’m thrilled to be sharing more images from the shoot today here on GWS.

The pool deck at the Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica was the perfect backdrop for some playful + bright summer wedding inspiration. I am majorly loving the stunning florals created by The Vine’s Leaf – especially the use of bougainvillea in the ceremony design (reminds me of the gorgeous ceremony set up from this other recent feature!) So, so pretty!

From Be Inspired PR, From the beginning, we knew we wanted to create a wedding that captured the essence of summer. GATHER Events did just that when they came up with a playful yet elegant color palette and a design board full of lush florals. Summer weddings are all about embracing bold colors and patterns, rich florals and greenery and a playfulness that can only be found under the sun.

And everything is so gorgeously captured by the amazing Caroline Tran!



airplant boutonniere

airplant and fern bouquet

We brought in fun details to perfectly bring our vision to life – ikat pattern, water color details, bold pops of Bougainvillea and Jacaranda, accents of fresh grapefruit and earthy, wooden details. The wedding gown we chose from Kirstie Kelly perfectly embodied our “sweet with a touch of spice” vibe. We paired it with a punchy fuchsia bridesmaid gown from Jenny Yoo.

red flower bridal hair piece

bougainvillea altar



bougainvillea bouquet


emerald ring

ombre vase escort cards

The menu sounds so good, with yummy eats like a heirloom tomato salad with grilled watermelon + baby beets and harrisa-marinated lamb with candied kumquat! Great inspiration for alfresco dining at a summer wedding.

cocktail foods

bougainvillea chair decor

bougainvillea tablescape

gold silverware

mixed drinks


bougainvillea chair decor

I hope you enjoy this shoot as much as I do! See Rue issue twenty in it’s entirety here for tons of amazing inspiration ranging from fashion to interiors to recipes and more!

production: Be Inspired PR // venue: Hotel Shangri-La Santa Monica, California // photography: Caroline Tran // concept, event design, styling + coordination: GATHER Events // floral design: The Vine’s Leaf // catering + cocktails: Contemporary Catering // wine: One Hope Weddings // rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // rugs and pillows: Lulu & Georgia // paper goods: Wiley Valentine // hair: Kacee Geoffroy // makeup: Artistry by Danika // wedding gown: Kirstie Kelly // bridesmaid dress: Jenny Yoo // hair accessories: Petal and Thorn // vintage rings: Trumpet and Horn