Any I Love Lucy fans out there?! We thought it was about time that we saw the lovable antics of Lucy + Ricky Ricardo translated into the colorful wedding world…don’t you agree? When visiting The Harper, a new venue in Costa Mesa, Holly at Anything But Gray Events kept thinking how perfect the muted-tone backdrop of the venue would look with a splash of color. She shares: I love the juxtaposition between the black, white and grey venue and the technicolor styled shoot. To me, it was reminiscent of when I Love Lucy went from black and white film to technicolor!
While we wanted to keep true to the images you see on the show, we wanted to update the look with modern and trendy touches for today’s current audience.
Alright, sweethearts! Let’s see how they brought the 1950s into the present in the photos Peterson Design & Photography snapped. Shall we?
It was all about creating a contemporary meets retro look for this invitation suite from Roseville Designs.
Pink, on pink, on pink!! The best way to do this? By adding tons of different textures, of course!
How brilliant is this bouquet Winston & Main crafted? Ranunculus + anemones are some of our faves!
Too stinkin’ CUTE!!
This custom pink number, created by Rmine, was specially made for this shoot to resemble some of the “modern women” pant ensembles that Lucille Ball wore over the years. It is not a dress but actually two pieces: a chiffon top with an oversized belt and palazzo lace pants.
Come Away With Me… The Skyline Backdrop!
Holy smokes!! Paper Moon Shoppe is the genius artist behind this masterpiece. The backdrop was designed to resemble the fire escape on the back of Lucy and Ricky’s apartment that you would often find them standing on. This 3-dimensional, 15+ foot design was covered in hand-painted details.
Isn’t this such a fun idea?!
Talk about DREAMY.
The Retro Tablescape
We love a good balloon arch, and Balloonzilla didn’t disappoint! Want to see other ways you can incorporate balloons into your big day…or perhaps DIY your own floral balloon arch? We’ve got just the thing(s)!
Poppin’ PINKS and heart-shaped napkins (because why not?), the team created this fun look with pieces from Signature Party Rentals, Collective Rentals, and BBJ Rentals.
Cocktails + Cake
Tying in the city skyline + the heart-shaped balloons, Nicole Bakes Cakes crafted this confectionary delight.
A Truly Vintage Affair
We know what you’re thinking…how did they manage to nab that retro pink TV?! It’s from Party Pieces by Perry and we think it’s the cutest thing ever.
Fun Fact: Holly’s grandfather, Hans Conried, played many recurring characters on I Love Lucy and was a dear friend of the real Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz!
Cate Ruby Torrealba got ‘Lucy’ looking picture perfect for the camera. Hello, bold brows + coral lips!!
And they brought in a vintage car from Vinty! Isn’t this ride adorable?
A vintage car, the sweetest sweethearts, floral garland, and tons of balloons—what more could you want?
How darling was that?!
We’ll leave you with these wise words from Lucille Ball, herself: “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.”
Happy Valentine’s Day to all you sweethearts out there!
photography: Peterson Design & Photography // venue name: The Harper, Costa Mesa, California, USA // event design: Anything But Gray Events // planning: Anything But Gray Events // florals: Winston & Main // wedding dress: RMINE // wedding dress boutique: RMINE // bride's shoes: Betsey Johnson // bride's ring: Brilliant Earth // hair stylist: Cate Ruby Torrealba // makeup artist: Cate Ruby Torrealba // groom attire: Friar Tux // groom's shoes: Friar Tux // paper goods: Roseville Designs // cake: Nicole Bakes Cakes // tabletop rentals: Signature Party Rentals // furniture rentals: Collective Rentals // linen rentals: BBJ Rentals // models: Christine Geasey and Will Rubio // balloons: Balloonzilla // skyline backdrop: Paper Moon Shoppe // pink tv: Party Pieces by Perry // vintage car: Vinty