Modern contemporary wedding style ideas

pink and red floral centerpieces on a dinner table withblack taper candles and gold and white napkin

This modern wedding ideas and inspiration photo shoot, designed by Sapphire Events, was a collaborative effort between Bees Wedding & Event Design, Perrier Party Rentals, and Marissa Lambert Photography. The inspiration for this shoot was the modern Pantone color of the year, Marsala. Pops of this rich, dark color can be seen in the floral arrangements, accents on the Melissa’s Fine Pastries’ cake, the place cards from Cottonwood South, and the Berry Cordial signature drink. To offset the opulent hue, the rest of the décor was light, bright, and traditional, keeping in theme with the backdrop, the classic Melrose Mansion.

When Marissa approached our team for a collaboration, I eagerly accepted the opportunity. Marissa let me know she envisioned an elegant bride with a modern, contemporary design aesthetic, and enlisted my help to design what I thought her wedding might look and feel like if it was a small wedding elopement in a gorgeous mansion set at the edge of the French Quarter.

I pulled some inspiration for modern design elements by first turning to the Pantone trending colors for fashion, interiors, and of course wedding design. At the time, the Pantone color, Marsala, was the “color of the year,” so I focused on that as the driving element of the design. I developed a contemporary, elevated design board drawing from clean lines, minimal objects, and intentional application of contrast. I wanted the rich tones of the reds, burgundy, and deep purple hues to complement the Pantone marsala focus, accented with thoughtful touches of gold detailing and black and white contrasting elements where appropriate. This also plays off of the Melrose Mansion interior design scheme, with gorgeous, bright white columns gracing the front of the home, and the clean lines of the wrought iron gate at the street. Modern wedding ideas abound!

One of my favorite details about this shoot are the shoes I found for the bride to wear! I was scouring the internet for a source on chic, velvet heels that would complement the overall look and feel of the design. When I stumbled across these Mojo Moxy velvet heels with a bow on the ankle, I knew they would be a hit. One of the most asked about details I still receive today are about these shoes! This unexpected twist on the bride’s overall look is what modern wedding ideas are made of!

Imagining an intimate wedding ceremony and reception, I wanted to showcase the benefit of having a small guest count when it comes to design. Where many couples often have to face the challenge of sacrificing something they might have loved in the name of the budget where large guest counts are a concern, small guest counts allow couples to splurge more on the design details because there is simply more of their budget to go around. This is very true for the inspiration I put together for this photo shoot. The floral details on the chairs, the design down the table, the elegant candle arrangement for the perfect, small modern cake design were all touches that I imagined this bride would have made a priority, not wanting to sacrifice style for anything else.

Then for the getaway car, I pictured the newlyweds hopping into a sleek, black sports car and running away together. I found this car at a move set in town and had to have it – complete with floral garland and cheeky “Just Married!” sign attached to the back as the couple drives off into the sunset. I absolutely love the way this project turned out!

Bride getting out of a car holding a floral bouquet with light and dark pink flowers and some greenery

Bride standing by a black getaway car with a just married sign and greenery around it

Bride and groom sitting in ghost chairs with pink florals attached to the side of the chairs

Beautiful bride with her hair in a bun and a silver barrette  in her hair

Up close photo of a rod iron fence with detailing

Gorgeous tall white columns with detailing at the top in front of a house

Wedding invitation suite with black calligraphy and dark red name cards

Yellow gold engagement ring sitting on top of red escort cards

Delicate invitations with black writing and gold detailing

Black velvet  evening shoes with a bow on the ankle strap

Bride in her wedding gown glancing down at her black wedding shoes under her dress

Bride zipping up her black velvet wedding shoes

Detail shot of a seating arrangement with ghost chairs and pink florals down the center with tall black candle sticks

Ghost chair with pink florals and greenery attached to one side

Ghost chairs in front of a table with tall black candlesticks in the middle of a table length floral arrangement

Black candlesticks lit in the middle of a pink floral arrangement on a table

Red escort cards with gold calligraphy, gold flatware, champagne, black candle sticks and red and pink florals

Red escort cards with gold calligraphy, gold flatware, champagne, black candle sticks and red and pink florals

Red escort cards with gold calligraphy, gold flatware, champagne, black candle sticks and red and pink florals

White napkins with gold detailing in a gold napkin ring next to a red escort card with gold names

Groom smiling in a black suit with a white, pink and green boutonniere

Groom s black suit, paisley black tie, and white, pink and green boutonniere

Boutonniere inside a gold glass shadow box

Groom kissing bride on the cheek sitting down in front of their table with pink and red florals down the center

Ghost chairs with pink flowers and greenery attached to a side at the tables

Bride standing in front of white windows in a long white wedding gown holding her lush bouquet

Bride in her wedding gown with see through mesh on the back and buttons down, holding her bouquet with black and white stripped ribbon tied around it

Bride and groom holding hands in front of a pool with her bouquet and string lights hanging in the background

Lush bouquet with pink lilies, red roses, red carnations and greenery with a black and white stripped ribbon hanging

Couple hugging in front of a pool in their wedding attire

3 tiered white and gold striped cake with a red rose on the side and gold and white candles in black candlesticks

two glasses of champagne in front of black and gold candlesticks with gold and white candles

3 tier white and gold striped wedding cake with a dark red flower and greenery

Bride and groom cheers champagne glasses

Specialty red cocktails with blackberries on a gold tray

Bride and groom looking in to each others eyes

Groom kissing the bride on the cheek while she smiles holding her pink floral bouquet

Bride and groom next to their black getaway car outside in front of lush oak trees

Groom kissed brides forehead in front of a getaway car with oak trees and moss in the background

Detailed shot of the black and wood steering wheel in the getaway car

Bride and groom kiss with the light shining in over them

"Just Married" sign on the back of a getaway car with greenery around the sign

Bride and groom kiss out of the sunroof of the getaway car

Styling: Sapphire Events | Photographer: Marissa Lambert Photography | Venue: Melrose Mansion | Dress: Amsale Bridal via I Do Bridal Couture | Florals: Bees Wedding & Event Design | Rentals: Perrier Party Rentals | Cake: Melissa’s Fine Pastries | Film Scans: Richard Photo Lab | Paper Goods & Calligraphy: Cottonwood South | Suit: Luca Falcone | Shoes: Mojo Moxy


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