Category Archives: Creative Process

Modern City Wedding Inspiration | Dualities + Dreamscapes

Inspiration comes to me in flashes, while I’m driving or otherwise minding my own business – and the beginnings of this architecturally-inspired modern city wedding inspiration was no different. [LA driving is very conducive to conference calls and creative flashes, FYI.]

I’ve been thinking a lot about my beginnings in the architecture world – what I was drawn to during school, my aesthetic sensibilities, the architects and designers that were my go-to for starting points in my design process[Luis Barragan, John Pawson, Carlos Scarpa to name just a few] . What has been the most inspiring part of this year has been the slow realization that these warm, nostalgic memories of designers and buildings can find their way into my process and inspiration for client’s weddings and other events. In a snap, my old life and current reality slammed into one another with a really exciting boom.

And so, this inspiration was born out of that curiosity to explore how the lines, shadow, and absolute of architectural profiles can play with [my perpetual love of] soft, feminine fabrics and the wild and free florals. An exploration of the dualities of materials, shadows, and textures – none of these are a singular thing, and I think we can gain a lot as designers by pushing past a singular facet of each.

Modern White City Wedding Inspiration by Design and Wedding Planning Experts The Nouveau Romantics

As an actual event, I see this translating into a wedding in a modern city warehouse, or the whitewashed buildings of Greece or Tulum, or even a casual off-shoot as a welcome dinner or birthday party. I see this style complimenting those that are drawn to clean bright, natural or modern spaces in their lives, and have an appreciation of modern design. [Hint: think of your favourite restaurant spaces, stores, or coffee shops – those are often really good hints at where you feel drawn to and most comfortable in.]

I was clear that I wanted to use very little colour, instead layering shades of white, cream, the barest hint of blush with shadows of grey to create that stark contrast. These subtleties and contrast really prove to me why layering is such an important element of my/our work: it provides context and dimension in so many ways – from fabrics, to flowers, to acrylic blocks. I’m a passionate advocate of going beyond the typical two-color wedding palette, and this inspiration shows the richness that is created when you gather together a symphony of colours and textures instead of relying on a solo or duo. Ya dig?

There’s a team that put all of this into practice and created something imperfect, but perfectly magical. All of those final images coming soon kittens.


An Interview with Samantha Jensen of Bricolage Curated Florals

The Nouveau Romantics interview Samantha Jensen of Bricolage Curated Florals - Image by Leah Overstreet

If you’ve spent any time in Austin searching out the best food (and who hasn’t??), you’ve probably also seen Samantha Jensen’s work. Besides creating arrangements for incredible weddings and events (and occasionally lending a hand to our in-house floral team), she also builds arrangements for some of the raddest restaurant and hotel accounts throughout Austin. Today we sit down with Sam to learn more about her creative process, building a small business, and get some advice on taking the leap.

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Summer Wedding Inspiration // Berry Pink

Berkeley and Tad came to us looking for an intimate summer wedding at the Hotel St. Cecilia here in Austin, yet wanted to take that smaller guest list and dial up the impact of their wedding. I believe they used the phrases “Alice in Wonderland meets Cirque du Soleil” and there was mention of oversized stuffed white peacocks.

Needless to say, the normal status quo does not apply here.

That said, we took their descriptions and ideas and pulled together a dramatic and colorful palette, with touches of gilt and gold — but plenty of pink. [Berkeley is truly a pink girl.] It was to be a multi-course summertime feast fit for this LA-based couple, and the al fresco result was nothing short of spectacular! I truly enjoyed pushing ourselves out on a limb and really embracing a dramatic and whimsical inspiration, while playing homage to the St. Cecilia — which is almost a character in and of itself. We’ll post their incredible invitation suite soon, followed by the final pictures by Our Labor of Love.

Summer Wedding Inspiration // Berry Pink // by The Nouveau Romantics

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