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I have been sharing a lot of autumn inspired shoots with you recently, so today I thought it was time to mix it up a bit and give you something bright, vibrant and modern. As well as looking great, this shoot is totally focused on sustainability, every aspect has been carefully thought though by Deniz King from Amethyst Event Productions. She has worked with a team of like minded wedding suppliers, all focused on showing how important sustainability is when creating your wedding or event. The results are this fun, vibrant downtown LA set up filed with tropical vibes and a chic Tiki theme. The shoot took place on 20th January this year at Kim Sing Theatre and has been captured by ECM Photo.
The location of the shoot took place at the historic Kim Sing Theatre, which originally opened in 1926. In the early 2000’s. It was the perfect location for the modern tiki design, we were going for – a perfect mix of contemporary and historic.
Tiki bars have been a part of Los Angeles history since the 1930’s, when the first ever tiki bar opened in Hollywood. We wanted to be sure to incorporate that classic vintage touch for a modern-day couple. This design concept is intimate and romantic, while still being fun and non-traditional.
The average wedding in Los Angeles produces 500 pounds of waste. This waste ends up in landfills and in our oceans and greatly impacts our environment and marine life. We (Amethyst Event Productions) specialize in incorporating sustainability into our events without needing to sacrifice on design or experience. Our partners on this shoot share these same values and all played a part in creating a more eco-friendly shoot.
In the interest of sustainability, we wanted to create elevated tiki chic designs that used no single use plastics. Fresh by Brandon used local flowers from farmers in Southern California including poppies, alstroemerias, ranunculus, acacia, and green house grown tropicals. By committing to include as much local product as possible to each event we can support our local growers and sellers, enjoy product that is super fresh, and minimize the carbon footprint of the event. Unfortunately, floral foam is a petroleum product that doesn’t completely breakdown, which leads to water contamination. Committing to foam free designs and educating our clients on ways to create stunning florals that are friendly for our environment is one way we help our clients make big memories on their day that they can feel good about, and so can we.
The cuisine featured from Pink Salt Cuisine, Paleta Please, and Top Tier Treats is all vegan. Pink Salt Cuisine not only creates beautiful plant-based food, but they take it a step further by composting, recycling waste, and donating unserved food, in order to decrease the environmental impact. Paleta Please features a fun dessert option of ice cream bars and has the ability to offer fully vegan ice creams and sorbets. Top Tier Treats creates beautiful and incredibly delicious vegan wedding cakes, where you won’t miss the dairy, eggs, or butter.
Ceiba Beauty was responsible for the hair and makeup for the shoot. They specialize in clean, vegan, and cruelty-free beauty.
Collective Rentals provided all the specialty rentals. Their unique furniture inventory incorporating vintage pieces, was the perfect to for the modern tiki design we went with. The tablescape and basic rentals were provided by La Pinata Party Rentals. The vibrant linen was provided by La Tavola and was the perfect color and style to tie together that tiki flare.
We decided to incorporate young coconuts as escort cards for guests because they’re sustainable and a functional option for guests to drink. The reusable bamboo straws from TheOtherStraw were inside of the coconuts and were meant to be served as a sustainable wedding favor for guests. The calligraphy for the coconut tags was done by Look Good on Paper Co. Local invitation designer, Inktopiary, provided the invitation suite for the shoot. The printed menus featuring the vegan cuisine was provided by Minted.
Local vendors, Panache Bridal Pasadena, and Christopher Shafer Clothier provided the outfits for the shoot. Panache Bridal provided the beautiful Inbal Dror gown, our model, Amber, wore. Alessandro was in the sharp and unique green suit and coral tie from Christopher Shafer Clothier in Santa Monica.
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