Real Weddings: Gloria and Emmanuel / Aquarium of the pacific , Long Beach CA

Mr. and Mrs. Jacinto were recently married at St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church in Walnut and then held their reception at the famous Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. I was very excited to get to visit the aquarium again because it had been a while since I last been!
Gloria couldn’t have picked a more fitting color scheme for her wedding – orange and blue. I love this color combination and don’t get to work with it that often when it comes to weddings. Although blue can be a very difficult color to use when it comes to flowers, there is a very stunning dark blue hydrangea I love. Here are the bridesmaids bouquets in deep blue hydrangea, orange “circus” roses, gold cymbidium orchids, and orange freesia.
Gloria’s bridal bouquet was mostly white for that bridal look, with orange flowers to go with the overall theme. We used white mini calla lilies, ranunculus, and ivory “polo” roses.

The ceremony altar flowers were also white and orange: Casablanca lilies, hydrangea, “circus” roses, orange mokara orchids, white gladiolas, and curly willow branches.
And finally the reception! Gloria loved the look of deco beads, which are these cool re-hydrated beads that come in all sorts of colors. For the centerpieces we used two cylinders, a 4″ cylinder within a 6″ cylinder, and poured the deco beads into the space between the vases. Then we submerged blue LED lights into the inner vase within the stems so that the vases glowed and blue light emanated through the beads when the ambient lights dim. Something about the round shapes of the deco beads mimicking bubbles and the blue lights reflecting the blueness of the aquarium exhibits – it was simply perfect for the aquarium!