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Vera Wang-Inspired Decor + Details Photo Shoot by MOOD Events

A few monts ago, I spotted a gorgeous Vera Wang-inspired photo shoot on the Merci New York blog. Come to find out the shoot was designed and styled by Utah’s very own MOOD Events and Production (who happen to be celebrating their first year in the wedding biz this week – happy anniversary, MOOD!) and captured by Utah’s Little Wunders Photography.

I love the shoot’s “Asian Romance” theme and the rich aubergine color palette. The thoughtful details offer a heap of ideas for couples wanting to incorporate Asian-inspired elements in their receptions, be it through the decor or the catering. So I asked the team at MOOD–Alfreda, Garrett and Matt–if they’d share the styled shoot with our readers, and offer insight on their design concept, as well as tips to make the look your own. Happily, they obliged. Read on for all the deets!

After being inundated with requests for vintage inspired weddings for the better part of last year, we thought we’d take the opportunity to showcase a different style and side of MOOD with an inspiration photo shoot. We stumbled upon a stunning Vera Wang ad in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, and we knew it was exactly what we had been searching for.  

The ad was was romantic, sultry, beautiful, rich, elegant, simple, luxurious and stunning. The beautiful red velvet couch and the deep aubergine linens in the background were the stepping stone for our color palette.

The Vera Wang ad:

We wanted our photoshoot to convey the same types of emotions and qualities that the Vera Wang ad did.  We wanted the colors to be rich and vibrant, and for the shoot to have an overall feeling of luxuriousness.  

The inspiration shoot:

We selected satin lamour fabrics in burgundy and aubergine as our tablecloth and runners, and paired them with beautiful floral arrangements, glassware and china. The round dinner plates, paired with the straight lines of the square charger and bowl, created a stunning place setting when stacked on top of one another.

We decided to create a backdrop from round wicker chargers, reinforcing the circular theme found in both place settings. Not only did these wicker rounds serve as a stunning backdrop, but we also incorporated it as a floor mat in our tea ceremony photo set.

With the popularity of dessert bars and buffets so prevalent in weddings these days, we thought we’d go in the opposite direction and instead feature a savory appetizer buffet with Asian finger foods on a round table.  The feel is less cutesy, and more modern and sophisticated.

Weddings are often about bringing families and traditions together.  There are many cultural customs associated with weddings, so we thought we’d showcase the Asian tea ceremony.  Much like jumping over a broom, or stomping on a glass, traditions like these mark the joining of two families and persons, and the beginning of their lives together.

Loving this inspiration shoot as much as I am? The MOOD team shares tips for recreating this look for your own wedding:

The table setting could easily be translated into a head table at any wedding reception. Because it could be difficult to recreate this entire look for a wedding reception (due to the cost), spending the extra time, money and attention to the head table can make all the difference.  Guest seating tables can still be done according to the color scheme and style of the head table, however, each place setting would be simpler and less complicated.

Our “bonsai tree” could also be incorporated into any wedding as either a wishing tree (where guests write their well wishes to the couple and hang them on a branch), or as an escort card tree for seating. It could also serve as a centerpiece on a buffet or a seating table. What we like about this tree is the fact that it does mimic a bonsai tree and appears to be a miniature landscape all in one.

So, dear readers, what do you think of this Vera Wang-inspired photo shoot? Are you planning to incorporate any Asian decor or food elements into your wedding, or using an aubergine color palette for your event? Tell us about it!

A big thank you to MOOD Events and Production for sharing this inspiration shoot!