Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fresh and Modern Art Gallery Wedding: Tena & Simon {Verdi Photography}

I am LOVING the color scheme in today's wedding; it's just so fresh, and modern, and just {for lack of a better word} so cool.  Seriously - and all of the decor was DIY, and made with love.  From the votive candle "escort cards", lovely cake, and tissue paper poms to the gorgeous flowers and stunning {and I mean stunning} bride and groom, this wedding is going down as one to remember, and you can't help but fall in love with these two as you witness the love they have for each other.

Thank you to Verdi Photography for sharing these images with us, and thank you to Tena and Simon for sharing your day with us {and keep reading to hear about the day from the bride herself!}

Now on to some serious eye candy!

And the lovely flower detail in Tena's crinoline?  This is a tradition that Tena and her fellow sorority sisters do each time a girl gets married - I love it!!

I love this shot!

Even their stunning invites matched perfectly with the color palette - via the lovely Angela Cook of Swatchbook Weddings, who was also the maid of honor!  If you haven't checked out Angela's work, head on over to her blog, website, or facebook, she is amazing {and an absolute sweetheart}!

The happy couple

LOVE that boutonniere...

A quick outdoor shot with a pop of color in an otherwise gray sky...

And even the bathrooms provided an amazing backdrop!

And for the ceremony:

Handritten vows...

That brought tears of joy {and laughter}...

Followed by "I do!"

And.... party time :)  Can you believe these votives perfectly matched, designed by Angela and assembled by Simon {and adorable, at that!}

Tena's dad made the "puzzle" guest book!

Yay for the poms!!

LOVE the cake!!

From the gorgeous bride, Tena:
Our goal for the wedding was to have a fun event for us and our families and friends. But, it was also important to have a lot of unique and special touches sprinkled throughout. The decorations, ceremony and even food were unique. We carried a peacock theme throughout, but I didn't want to overdo it, so there are just little hints of peacock feathers here and there: my hair clip, garter, bouquets, bouts and table decorations had little bits of feathers.

The ceremony included stories about me and Simon which were read by my MOH and his Best Man. They included how we met (from his POV and from mine) and how each of us helped each other out of a jam ("Tena the Fool" and "Simon the Fool.") These personal stories provided a little bit of laughter during the ceremony.

All of the decorations were made by myself, Simon, my MOH or one of my parents. My Dad made the puzzle guest book and my mother and I made all of those tissue paper poms. :) My MOH is a wedding stationary designer ( so she designed the invites and other signage for the event. And my trusty husband was VERY involved in the table numbers and escort cards (votive candle holders).

Going along with the "fun" theme, we wanted our menu to be comfort food with a twist. A macaroni and cheese bar with a bunch of unique toppings and gourmet quesadillas. Unexpected, but very memorable.

My favorite part of the day was seeing how everything came together. 13 months of planning and a lot of stress all paid off, I felt a huge sigh of relief after saying my vows knowing that my "wedding planning responsibilities" were over, and that I could focus on enjoying the start of my new journey with Simon!

Photographer: Photography by Verdi
Caterer: Santa Barbara Catering Company
Floral Designer: The Garage by Ivy
Reception Venue: Tempe Center for the Arts
Invitation Designer: Swatchbook Weddings
DJ: Curtis Whipple
Cake: Honey Moon Sweets
Wedding Gown: Brides By Demetrios
Bridesmaid Dresses: Twirl


  1. Stunning and creative wedding. Just adore the colours, the brides hair is fabulous. Words are not describing how much I have enjoyed looking through this weeding x

  2. Wedding of the Month, people!!!

    Stylish, artistic, unique and personal. This is all anyone could hope for in a wedding. This just blew me away.

    I'll be talking about this one. For a while.

  3. You're right, Jacin, there is no other word, but "cool" to describe this one :) Love the peacock blues and greens!

  4. Swoon, Puffy Heart, Drool - the colors are amazing and the pictures are SO much fun and personal. LOVE IT. TFS!!

  5. I almost bought those shoes in purple for my wedding. I LOVE the colors and the details!

  6. Wow, I loved the bright colors and their photographer... so jealous of the photographs they got :)

  7. This, Is. Amazing. It's pretty much everything I want my wedding to be. I think I'm using more than half of the pictures as inspiration. Just love this wedding!!!!

  8. I really love the colors, so bright! And the views and the funky decor of the art gallery really make this wedding spectacular!!

  9. BEAUTIFUL colors!!! Love that bum grab shot! haha! :) What a sweet couple!

  10. wonderful wedding! I love the locket on the bouquet. I want to remember my grandpa somehow during the wedding and I think that would be a good idea!

  11. Love to see that color pop! It's what I'm using for my wedding- love that turquoisey-blue color! Thanks for sharing these, great inspiration!

  12. I loved this wedding the minute I laid eyes on it! Such gorgeous colors and of course, I love that Angela is in it!

  13. Amazing colors!! Beautiful couple. I love everything! <3

  14. I adore the subtle use of peacock feathers, just lovely! Every time I look at the photos, I notice more & more to love.

  15. Oh there is so much loveliness here! The photos, the colours, the details; everything is spot on and fabulous :) xo

  16. This is one of my favorite weddings ever. Everything was elegant, stylish, beautiful, and Fun!!!

    I love her dress, their vows, the decor, location..... everything.

    And of course there is the fact that they are a beautiful couple!!

    Happy Wednesday Jacin!

  17. Ahh! Love the picture of her grabbing the grooms tush. Too cute!

  18. WOW, this is stunning!! I adore her dress... ruffles and sweetheart necklines steal my heart :)
    I will definitely be putting Lovely Little Details on my blog list and I'm excited to follow and see many more beautiful weddings like this one! Thanks for the comment over on Sparkle and Spice! :)

  19. Seriously gorgeous! WOW!

    And thank you for the love over at my silly blog. It made me smile. :)

  20. Wooooooooooow!!! So gorgeous! I love the flower in the crinoline too! & her hair!! it's so elegant yet different! & of course angela's gorgeous paper! :) beautiful!

  21. Totally. Awesome. And love that first shot!

  22. colorrrrrrrrssss are so pretty. now i want a teal drink ;)

  23. Such a beautiful wedding. Some of the touches are so sweet!

    Lexi @

  24. Beautiful, and yes...they are a massively photogenic couple! Great photography.

  25. Holy WOW! Gorgeous wedding. I LOVE all of the little details. Starting with her shoes. Pure hotness! : )

  26. Those SHOES are amazing! Such a pretty color scheme.

  27. Peeling my jaw off the floor. The colors! The cake! The whole wedding (and the photography) is an absolute work of art.

    Also-- laughed out loud when I saw the boys at the urinals. So creative!

    Love your blog design, by the way : )

  28. Wow, this wedding is amazing!! Absolutely gorgeous ;)

  29. LOVE the colors, the bride's hair, and the amazing photography!

  30. I love this! The setting is amazing; so stylish and creative. The color combo is fresh and sophisticated and the details are perfect!

  31. So much fun! The colors just make everything pop. And there are soooo many fabulous details here. Golly, I still do love pom-poms...especially in this color palette. The bride's flowers and groom's bout are pefect! Thanks for sharing all this gorgeousness ;-))


  32. I have a lot of love for Photography by Verdi, that is such a lovely shoot, and sooooooooooooooo many fantastical colours! I love!!!!

  33. These photos are amazing! I adore the flowers!


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