Moody Wedding Inspiration for the Edgy Couple

Dark, boho styled shoot at Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch
Written by
Chelsea Gibson


Arizona Bride 2023 Spring/Summer

When approaching this unique styled shoot at Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch in Mesa, Chelsea Gaytan of Black Tie Optional Wedding Planning and a team of talented vendors sought to create an intimate micro wedding scheme with mercurial, nontraditional décor.  

“Our inspiration was to have emerald green at the forefront of the design, and we wanted it to be moody, romantic, bohemian and a bit edgy,” she said. The first task they checked off for the shoot? Find a statement hunter green suit for the groom.  

The other pièce de résistance? A custom black bounce house. With bounce houses popping up as a new spin on lawn games for wedding receptions, Gaytan wanted to push the envelope and feature the new item from local vendor Jump Into Bliss in a nontraditional hue.  

With a dark color palette drawn from the suit and bounce house, the other design elements came to life—from the linens to the florals, tablescape, signage and balloon art. Garden roses, deep green moss, painted black palm leaves and feathers brought unexpected textures to a wild bridal bouquet, asymmetrical floral spray on the ceremony arch and table arrangements. Rounding out the theme to a T, the bride walked into the sunset with her real-life groom donning a custom leather jacket.


City State:

Mesa, AZ


Central AZ