The inspiration behind this gay wedding inspiration photo shoot is deeply rooted in the distinctive style of filmmaker Wes Anderson. Known for his meticulous symmetry, striking architectural design and vibrant colors, Anderson’s aesthetic serves as the driving force behind creating a wedding backdrop brimming with personality and charm. While maintaining an air of sophistication and elegance is customary in wedding design, we embraced the challenge of infusing unexpected patterns and colors, mirroring Anderson’s artistic approach.

One of the most captivating design elements we embarked upon was reimagining the ceremony setting. Foreseeing a rise in popularity for runway-style seating and custom aisles in 2024, we sought to add our unique twist to this wedding trend. Picture a floral-adorned “road” leading to the altar, enveloping guests in a vibrant floral embrace as they make their way to witness the union. Guided by Father Lizzie, John and Deremy exchanged heartfelt love notes, sealing their commitment amidst an enchanting backdrop. With the help of Loot Rentals and Scarlett Rose Collective, we infused bursts of pink hues into the ceremony chairs and arch, complemented by a teal backdrop, reminiscent of Anderson’s penchant for bold color choices.

In capturing the essence of Wes Anderson’s cinematic style, Riley Glenn Photography and Carhart Photography employed techniques that emphasized symmetry and open spaces, evoking a sense of whimsy and nostalgia throughout the day.

Embracing Anderson’s penchant for the unconventional, we curated a cake station that embodied elements of quirkiness and charm. From tiger print accents to a mint-green guest book phone from Called to Say, every detail was carefully orchestrated to reflect Anderson’s signature aesthetic. Café No Se’s cherry-on-top cake served as the pièce de résistance, adding a delightful touch of whimsy to the ensemble.

A standout DIY moment crafted by Eventive Design was the creation of custom matchbooks, featuring intricate patterns that echoed Anderson’s distinctive style. Paired with vibrant matches, these matchbooks served as a playful addition to the cigar bar, further enhancing the overall ambiance of the event.

Selecting the South Congress Hotel as our venue was a deliberate choice, as its quirky yet chic interiors perfectly encapsulate Austin’s eclectic spirit. With its outdoor ceremony space and blank canvas reception hall, the venue provided the ideal backdrop for bringing our vision to life.

From the grooms’ attire to the table settings, every aspect of the design was meticulously curated to evoke Anderson’s iconic aesthetic. Wooden chargers and cement candlesticks added a touch of masculinity to the guest tables, while bold colors and mixed textures imbued the space with vibrancy and character.

Incorporating elements of Wes Anderson’s recognizable architectural style and aesthetic motifs, such as the iconic half-moon shape and tart cherries, we aimed to create a cohesive and visually stunning experience for our guests.

Lastly, we couldn’t resist the allure of Lady Bird Lake, where Retro Boat Rental’s charming pink boat, “Gidget,” provided the perfect setting for a celebratory champagne toast—a fitting finale to a day filled with whimsy and romance. The Equally Wed heart is a trademark of Palladino Publishing, LLC.

stylish white groom in aqua blue suit, turquoise bolo, geometric sunglasses and artistic boutonniere with orange and coral flowers

stylish Latino groom in white three-piece suit, mint green bow tie, wire-rimmed sunglasses and a large boutonniere with orange and coral flowers

A gay couple (Latino groom and white groom) stand together with one man's arm draped over his husband's shoulder and holding his husband's other hand. One groom is wearing a green linen suit and brown shoes. The other groom is wearing a white suit and brown shoes. Both are wearing orange boutonnieres.

Two grooms lounging on dark orange bench in a Wes Anderson styled photo shoot

Gay grooms walk hand in hand. One groom is wearing a green linen suit and brown shoes. The other groom is wearing a white suit and brown shoes. Both are wearing orange boutonnieres.

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Photography: Riley Glenn Photography, a Platinum Equally Wed preferred photographer and Equally Wed Pro Certified LGBTQ+ Inclusive Wedding Pro

Designer and planner: In Ink Weddings + Events
Florist: The Sunrise Petal Company
Venue: South Congress Hotel
Videographer: Carhart Photography
Stationer: Eventive Designs ATX
Hair and makeup: Luna Beauty
Custom aisle and bar: Scarlet Rose Collective
Grooms’ attire: Rex Formal Wear
Rentals: Loot
Linens: BBJ
Boat rental: Retro Boat Rentals
Dessert: Cafe No Se
Guest book: Called To Say
Officiant: Father Lizzie
Tabletop: Table Manners