Luxe Tropics - 40th Birthday Styled Shoot

Hi there! With all of the cold weather in Atlanta the last few weeks, I’m dreaming back to this recent Luxe Tropics styled shoot and longing for patio weather!

I’m so excited to share the images and design inspiration, as well as a few behind the scenes shots of how the magic all happens. I collaborated with an absolute dream team of creatives to bring this to life and we had a blast.

The design concept is centered on a husband throwing an intimate 40th birthday for his wife and close friends. One of her favorite places is Miami Beach, so we wanted to bring an upscale, moody tropic vibe to an urban Atlanta space. Our design goal was to meld the ethereal beauty of the ocean with the wife's sleek, fresh aesthetic.



I knew instantly that Cape Dutch, a gorgeous Atlanta gem would be the perfect venue. The space is filled with meticulous details...from the beautiful architectural finishes to the lighting fixtures and accessories, every inch oozes modern sophistication.  

Invitations from Jankun Creative Studio set the perfect vibe and excitement for guests with high contrast black design elements, tropical leaves and geometric accents. 

Throughout the design we juxtaposed deep teals and blues with high contrast art deco elements to give guests the feeling of an evening at a chic South Beach resort. The tables were beautifully draped with deep ocean velvet runners by Nuage Designs and napkins I designed to give a nod to the striped awnings along Collins Avenue. 

The team at Stylish Stems added intriguing layered floral elements, including a canopy of mixed tropical greenery and arrangements of king protea, orchids and pops of brown and gold from foraged magnolia leaves. 

Chef Philippe Haddad crafted elegant hors d'oeuvres featuring carpacio with quail egg, black truffle and lobster. Caviar service was the piece de resistance, beautifully presented to create an unforgettable moment. 

Cakes from Feeling Peckish Catering uniquely incorporated elements of waves, architecture and Miami's majestic banyan trees, capping off the evening perfectly. 

That’s a wrap! A huge thank you to our incredible partners!

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Concept/Design/Coordination: Gray Sage Design || Photographer: Sarah Parker Photography ||
Floral: Stylish Stems || Cakes: Feeling Peckish Catering || Venue: Cape Dutch || Chef: Philippe Haddad || Invitations and Menus: Jankun Creative Studio || Table Runners: Nuage Designs