Real Wedding: Moody Forest Wedding

Kelly  |  October 22

I worked on this wedding last year, and it was so much fun to do something very out of the ordinary. First up, the beautiful bride wearing an amazing J. Mendel cocktail dress with the biggest, most amazing fascinator I’ve ever seen! The bride used to own an art gallery and she gave me the concept of the “bower bird” as the inspiration for her event design. The bird builds an elaborate bower (sort of a nest cave) to its attract mates… So with that in mind, I created a moody, forest-y, slightly gothic design for this wedding…

For the bride’s bouquet,  I used a palette of hot pink and blue with touches of black all cuffed with black feathers and then wrapped with gold sequin trim. For the bridesmaid’s bouquets a palette of purples, blues, with a touch of green via forest-y leather fern.

For the ceremony, I strung a cluster of confetti system pinantas for this rock n’ roll couple.

For the head table, I made a runner out of black river rock to reference how the bower bird collects items to decorate his bower. Containers were a mix of metallics and wood. Local jewel tone dahlias were mixed with anemones, orchids, scabiosa pods, moss, and leather fern.

Guest tables were set with a cluster of arrangements surrounded by gold and silver mercury glass candles. For the table numbers, I used a piece of cut blue glass and wrote the number on it. DJ Smiles spun tunes and guests enjoyed a buffet of pie rather than wedding cake, a fitting end to very unique wedding!

Photographer: Sarah Yates
Event Design & Production: Kelly Oshiro Design
Bride’s Dress: J. Mendel
Bride’s Shoes: Ralph Lauren
Invitations & Stationery: Letterpress Light
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On the Rocks: Guava Sangria with a Touch of Sage

12 Comments »

  1. RT @kellyoshiro: moody forest wedding w/ bride in @jmendel, & @sarahyates @FSSantaBarbara @theflashdance! http://t.co/iaG3xQDT #WW #luxbride

    Comment by @FSSantaBarbara — October 22, 2012 @ 10:09 am

  2. Those pinantas are stunning, particularly in conjunction with the floral palette. Really nicely done!

    Comment by Anna — October 22, 2012 @ 10:13 am

  3. RT @KellyOshiro: a moody forest wedding w/ a bride in @jmendel, and @sarahyates @FSSantaBarbara @theflashdance & confetti systems & me! http://t.co/4x6EyNfL

    Comment by @jmendel — October 22, 2012 @ 11:48 am

  4. Wow! RT @KellyOshiro: moody forest wedding w/ bride in @jmendel & @sarahyates @FSSantaBarbara @theflashdance! http://t.co/LgY8e0ss #luxbride

    Comment by @FSBridal — October 22, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

  5. RT @FSBridal: Wow! RT @KellyOshiro: moody forest wedding w/ bride in @jmendel & @sarahyates @FSSantaBarbara @theflashdance! http://t.co/LgY8e0ss #luxbride

    Comment by @SKSMediaCH — October 23, 2012 @ 9:23 pm

  6. RT @FSBridal: Wow! RT @KellyOshiro: moody forest wedding w/ bride in @jmendel & @sarahyates @FSSantaBarbara @theflashdance! http://t.co/LgY8e0ss #luxbride

    Comment by @SKSMediaHK — October 23, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

  7. Very cool combination of textures–the metallic vases, the feathers, rocks, the cut glass table numbers. I love it all! I’m jealous you got to work with such an unconventional client, especially at the Biltmore, what a fun combination of environment and style.

    Comment by Camille — October 24, 2012 @ 11:58 am

  8. RT @FSBridal: Love every unique detail of this forest-inspired @FSSantaBarbara wedding by @KellyOshiro. See it all here: http://t.co/qnzJEbFU #LuxBride

    Comment by @SKSMediaBaku — October 25, 2012 @ 9:07 am

  9. RT @FSBridal: Love every unique detail of this forest-inspired @FSSantaBarbara wedding See it all here: http://t.co/RA84CjhA

    Comment by @blissbysam — October 25, 2012 @ 2:19 pm

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  11. So elegant!!!

    Comment by Michael and Carina Photography — October 28, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

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