Haute Desert: Design Tips for a Stand-Out Southwest Wedding

The new approach to modern weddings is rooted in the past. Lyndsey Hamilton Events created a midcentury-modern-meets-Southwest soiree that's sure to inspire.
by Lauren Kay
  1. A Southwest Setting

    Bright colored Southwest wedding table setting
    Philip Ficks

    A wood table can easily veer toward rustic and rugged. Soften the look by layering on muslin place mats and patterned linen napkins. Copper chargers, gold flatware and modern wine glasses elevate the style, while a loose centerpiece adds contrast to the clean lines of midcentury Wishbone chairs.

    Planner, LyndseyHamiltonEvents.com; floral design, PoppiesandPosies.com; furniture rentals, RevolveFurnitureCo.com; prop styling, Kate Jordan for Pat Bates and Assoc.

  2. Gilded Geometric Wedding Invitations

    Southwest style peach and red geometric wedding invitation
    Philip Ficks

    Generate excitement with a vibrant color palette inspired by a desert sunset. A graphic pattern in peach, coral and gold gives this paper suite a fresh, unique quality. A succulent bout will spruce up any lapel.

    Stationery, MapleandBelmont.com; boutonniere, PoppiesandPosies.com

  3. Untamed Bouquet

    Bridal bouquet of anemones, ranunculus, Japanese peonies and pink jasmine
    Philip Ficks

    Anemones, ranunculus, Japanese peonies and pink jasmine give this hand-tied bouquet a lush and wild feel. For an unexpected accent, finish off the look with a bold Aztec-print ribbon and leather cord.

    Bouquet, PoppiesandPosies.com

  4. Luxe Lounge

    Southwest styled reception lounge space with snacks and cocktails
    Philip Ficks

    Create a chic, welcoming lounge for guests to kick back and enjoy a signature sip during cocktail hour. Or set up a few couches adjacent to the dance floor for rest breaks between songs.

    Furniture rentals, RevolveFurnitureCo.com

  5. Decadent Dessert

    Geometic wedding cake with orange and gold accents
    Philip Ficks

    The stationery suite's graphic motif is brought to life in fondant as a deconstructed chevron with flecks of gold and an artful feather-inspired topper.

    Cake, NineCakes.com

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