Simple Beauty: A Styled Shoot at the Contemporary Art Museum

By Kimberly Wallner

Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2018 with a beautiful styled shoot we had the pleasure of being a part of last year with Carretto Studio and Absolutely In! Events. The inspiration behind the shoot actually came from something very unexpected: mussels. Their stormy color, with layered shades of blue and gray, may not seem like something you could base a wedding design off of, but I think this shoot proves you can find beauty and inspiration anywhere. A simple object can be the jumping off point for a stunning design. The muscles themselves only make small cameos throughout the shoot, but they were the inspiration behind everything from the watercolor stationary to the venue selection.

The Contemporary Art Museum, with its concrete interior and minimalistic design, provided the perfect backdrop for this shoot, and Mid-century modern furniture was selected to complement the simplicity of the space. To balance these sleek lines we designed organic floral pieces that are full of texture, much like the shell of a muscle. We worked in a simple palette of white and greens with subtle hints of blue, selecting a wide variety of materials to add interest and dimension.

Our Senior Designer, Sandra, is known for her over-the-top designs, and she did not disappoint when it came to this shoot. Her crescent bouquet and coordinating ceremony backdrop seemed to take on lives of their own as she created them. Full of texture and greenery, both pieces were unique, lush and provided the perfect natural contrast to the concrete backdrop of the museum.

Thank you to Andy Carretto for the beautiful images, and the wonderful vendor team who took part in this shoot!

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Photography: Carretto Studio | Venue: Contemporary Art Museum | Event design: Absolutely IN! Events | Florals: Belli Fiori |Wedding dress boutique: Juno Bridal | Hair stylist: Carlos Gallegos | Makeup artist: Brady Keenan |Paper goods: Pretty Together | Calligraphy: RSVPeas | Cake:  MADE. BY LIA | Linen rentals: The Aries Company | Specialty rentals: Silk + Willow