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Modern Garden Wedding Inspiration Shoot at Lux Art Institute

July 21, 2017

We are so excited to blog about our styled shoot at the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas! Three of the Sweet Blossom Weddings lead coordinators live in Encinitas, which motivated us to show everyone the potential this venue has for a beautiful wedding. When the Sweet Blossom Weddings team first toured the art institute, our imaginations took off with different design potentials we could use for this space. One of the best aspects of this venue is the potential to create a space to any style you choose.

This shoot flourished because of all of the awesome vendors we had! We love this shoot even more because of the way we came across all of our vendors to work on this shoot. The first vendor we came in contact with was Jessica Jaccarino Photography. We met her at an industry event and learned that she had recently moved to San Diego from the east coast. She showed us some of her work, and we instantly loved her style and the topic of a styled shoot came up. A few weeks later, we were working together to get this shoot going and started finding more vendors.

from Jen Lagedrost Cavender“Chic, modern, and creative-process focused, the Lux Art Institute inspired our modern romance with its clean lines, exposed architecture, and sleek-geometric feel. The Lux offers sturdy metals and industrial concrete lines paired with exposed and sun-filled gardens in outdoor spaces between exhibit buildings that spring with wild desert flowers and gracefully muted Southern California greenery. Our color palette couples dusty rose and pale pinks with slate and shale grays, accented with warm metals and cooled with sage and jade greenery. The florals join starry white, blush cream, and flirty pink roses with bold and delicate magenta ranunculus, airy baby’s breath, and plenty of lush ferns and wild greenery. The ceremony space offered an open-air exhibit hall, a clean and unadorned space filled with warm breezes and soft glow. The ceremony arch was made of copper piping and hung with a clean and elegant macrame and yarn fall design that framed the couple beneath a romantic fern and fresh floral spray and surrounded the bride with blooms. Small buds and greens on the brushed gunmetal ceremony chairs brought a touch of color to the aisle as well.”

Roseville Designs provided all the paper goods for the shoot. We loved how the invitation and calligraphy went perfectly with the aesthetics of the shoot. Belles Lettres Calligraphy couldn’t have been more perfect on the envelope for the invitations.

This dress from D’angelo Couture had intricate details, but was simple and classy at the same time. The Black Tux provided our groom model with a sharp timeless tux.

Great florals are imperative for any styled shoot. One of our brides from last year, Jen Lagedrost Cavender, started her floral design business this last year, Nectar and Bloom. We were so excited to work with one of our brides that we love and adore. It is apparent from watching her work and seeing the pride she takes in her florals that she is in the right industry.

We loved our model’s curled, twisted up-do by Christine Hawes Hair.

A few months prior to the shoot, Lexington Rentals reached out to us to give us a tour of their warehouse. Lexington Rentals is a new rental company to San Diego. We fell in love with the pieces of lounge furniture and industrial chairs Lexington has to offer. When we brought up the styled shoot to Lexington Rentals owner, Erin, she was excited and eager to join our styled shoot team. She spent the whole day at the shoot lending a helping hand wherever she could, and we couldn’t be happier with the quality and look of all the rentals she gave us.

Custom Tobacco reached out to us a few weeks before the shoot showing us how they can offer customized cigars. We loved this idea and knew it would be a great addition for a cigar box around the lounge furniture area.

from Jen Lagedrost Cavender“For our reception tablescape, we paired simplicity with glamour: ornate opulence in gold and copper lines and geometric patterns with hushed tones and romantic elegance in crystal glasses and blush-tone napkins held loosely by candlelight-catching geode napkin rings. The dark wood table and brushed gunmetal chairs lent simplicity and stripped modernity to the glowing tablescape. Our models, a real couple and very much in love, bring their sense of glamour and playfulness to the elegance of the scene, sneaking kisses between shots and laughing lightly into the golden-hour air around the museum. Think of Don Draper meeting his elegant California beauty on a walk through the canyon trails after a posh gallery opening. Gold geometric shapes adorn a mirrory moon-like table in the outdoor lounge where the couple sips from ornate glass goblets. Seated on plush love-seats, they enjoy a romantic moment together in the garden to take it all in before enjoying a newlywed stroll through the magic-hour light to wrap up the affair. Overall the shoot aims to bring together a fresh pairing of modern industrial with French parlour luxury to create a smart, chic, romantic wedding inspiration with a touch of wild, industrial, and plenty of pretty.”


Everyone’s hard work paid off for this Modern Chic Garden Wedding Shoot, and we were published in the Cake and Lace Blog.

Thanks again to all the vendors for coming together and showing the awesome potential the Lux Art Institute has to offer!


Sweet Blossom Weddings

Vendor Love:

Coordination, Design & Styling: Sweet Blossom Weddings

Photography: Jessica Jaccarino Photography

Venue: Lux Art Institute

Florist: Nectar and Bloom

Rentals: Lexington Rentals

Hair: Christine Hawes Hair

Favors: Custom Tobacco

Bride’s Dress: D’angelo Couture

Suit: The Black Tux

Donuts: Nomad Donuts

Stationary: Roseville Designs


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