Neutral Southwestern Inspired Heard Museum Wedding

October 2, 2020

This Heard Museum micro wedding was an inviting mix of minimalism, southwestern folk art and bohemian inspiration. With a soft apricot color palette, A-line wedding dress and gorgeous floral creations, it was beyond breathtaking.

Heard Museum Wedding

About the Heard Museum

The Heard Museum is a venue located in the heart of Phoenix’s Art and Culture District. The museum’s ballroom is a modern take on traditional southwestern architecture. Clerestory windows run the length of the space, each featuring a traditional stone banco for sitting and admiring the desert views. The neutral paint reflects the light from the windows onto the dark and polished concrete floors. Overall, the feel is light, bright and airy. We choose this venue to connect us to the rich cultural heritage and diverse traditions of the southwestern United States. 

Gorgeous floral creations with shimmery linens

Styling this micro wedding was all about bringing the outdoors in. The color palette grew from a base of soft pink, apricot and toffee. I used a mix of nudes, shimmery linens, rustic ceramics and stoneware accented with the gorgeous floral creations of King Floral. Rachel King chose Dogwood, Olive branch and Fern as a base for Toffee and Combo roses. She created two free standing asymmetrical installations for the ceremony. In addition, the flower arrangements included various dried grasses, foraged from the Sonoran Desert. 

Southwestern wedding

Micro wedding inspiration: minimalism with depth

Truly, I think a beautiful wedding starts with choosing the right creatives and then allowing them to do what they do best. A minimalist table doesn’t have to be stark. I wanted the space to feel earthy and inviting. Considering this, we created depth and interest by keeping the palette neutral, layering items with different patterns and textures. 

Neutral wedding table with candles

Featuring charcuterie & signature cocktails

Certainly, one of my favorite details was the charcuterie board and signature cocktails which incorporated the color palette of the day. I think food should be comforting, approachable and a delight for all the senses. Don’t be afraid to forgo one large wedding cake for several smaller cakes, incorporating them into the overall design.

Wedding charcuterie table
Signature Wedding Cocktail

Attire inspired by southwest folk art

The Lillian West bridal gown features a classic A-line silhouette with a sweetheart neckline. The couple wore Native American handmade silver jewelry with white buffalo and green turquoise. In the same vein, the groom wore a traditional bolo tie paired with a contemporary suit.  

Heard Museum wedding photos captured on film

The day was a study in light, a resource in which we are in abundant supply in Phoenix. For photographer Lea Bremicker, nothing is more important than good lighting. The room had that perfect balance of warm and soft light. Lea captured the entire micro wedding on film. Most importantly, film photography produces images with an earthy, soft appearance, which is everything you want for a wedding with this aesthetic.It was a true delight planning this inviting, romantic wedding.

Planning your own Heard Museum wedding? I’d be honored to help. Get in touch here for details.

Venue: @heardmuseum
Photography: @leabremicker           
Planner: @JustineFritzWeddings             
Florist: @kingfloraldesign                       
Cake: @cakeshebaked  
Catering: @nutritionintuitionaz 
Invitations: @foilandink 
Decor rentals: @glamourandwoods@theconfettistudio@eventrentsaz
Linen and ribbon: @bbjlinen@tonoandco 
Gown: @gracestyleandbridal@lulusweddings 
Jewelry: @gilbertortegagallery

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Photo by Lea Bremicker Photography