Colorful Bohemian Barn Wedding: Heidi + Paul

colorado wedding with pup

We love a wedding with a good backstory and Heidi + Paul’s is pretty darn good. They both grew up in small towns in Ohio, but since Heidi was always looking for a good adventure, she decided the mountains were calling. One day she told Paul she wanted to move to Denver, and while he thought she was a little crazy since neither of them had ever even been to Colorado, he agreed and they started a fun, new adventure! Love it! Three years and an engagement later, these cuties began planning their dream colorado wedding to show their family + friends a few reasons why they have fallen in love with the state. Here’s more about the inspiration for their colorful, bohemian barn bash, straight from Heidi:

From the start of the planning process I knew I wasn’t going to be a traditional bride. It started with asking my brother to be my “Man of Honor”. From there we decided that we were going to plan a unique wedding and pick things that were important to us. We knew we wanted a colorful, rustic, laid back and unique wedding day. We also wanted to show everyone why we love Colorado so much, as most of our guests were from out of town. We chose a rustic barn in the mountains, local beer, a food truck, gelato cart and incorporated many small details to really make our day stand out and show who we are as a couple.

Thanks so much to Connie Dai Photography for the lovely photos and congrats to Heidi + Paul on a truly beautiful day!

colorful colorado invitation

wedding ring set

getting ready

colorful colorado bouquet

mixed bridesmaids

Heidi + Paul allowed their entire bridal party to pick their own outfits + provided vintage ties for the groomsmen. We love how it all turned out + are especially into the pastel hues the bridesmaids went with. Get a similar look for your day by shopping this super sweet wedding below!

mixed bridesmaids

pretty backed dresses

single stem dahlia

boutonniere

stylish colorado groom

groomsmen in their own attire

colorado first look

flower crown bride

twisted rope dress

We’re all kinds of crazy about Heidi’s beautiful bohemian Anna Campbell wedding dress, which she scooped up at Felice Bridal. It doesn’t get much sweeter than the back detailing on that beauty, right?!

fishtail braid

colorful colorado bouquet

flower crown

A big part in the planning process was making sure our American Bulldog, Mattie could be there to celebrate with us! She acted as our flower girl and walked down the aisle with my brother. She was able to mingle with guests, enjoy some dancing and even got dinner from the food truck!

wedding party with pup

colorful ceremony backdrop

colorful peony ceremony decor

colorado ceremony

The most memorable moment for both of us had to be the ceremony. We asked one of our closest friends, Kyle, to be our officiant. He wrote the entire ceremony and some might think this is crazy, but we had no idea what he was going to say! He wrote a ceremony completely unique to us as a couple and it could not have been better. Without us knowing he even asked both of our parents for marriage/love advice and incorporated it. We then exchanged vows that we had each written. It was better than we could have ever imagined.

pup with flower collar

colorado ceremony

colorado ceremony

Processional: Bridal party: Lover of the Light (instrumental) – Mumford & Sons; Bride: Marry Me – Train

Recessional: Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

First Dance: Overwhelmed – Tim McMorris

colorado ceremony

colorado barn

colorful bud vases

Tricia of Violet Floral Design used a mismatched collection of mint glass and clear bud vases, packed with beautiful peach + blush-toned blooms, to help give the barn a whimsical feel. So pretty!

ombre table numbers

heart chair decor

pink napkins

And doesn’t that barn have total wow-factor? For other couples tying the knot in Colorado, The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park just might be the gorgeous space you’ve been searching for!

colorado barn

food truck wedding

gelato dessert

gelato dessert

colorado bride

colorado barn bride and groom

flower crown

Make sure to relax and really focus on what you both want as a couple. People wont mind if you stray away from tradition as long as it's important to the two of you, after all the day is to celebrate the two of you and your love! Also, pick vendors that really get your vision. The planning process runs very smoothly when you work with amazingly talented vendors that match your personality and really understand what you want out of your wedding day.

photography: Connie Dai Photography // venue: The Barn at Evergreen Memorial Park Evergreen, Colorado // event design + planning: A Vintage Affair Events and Rentals // florals + hairpieces: Violet Floral Design // wedding dress designer: Anna Campbell  // wedding dress boutique: Felice Bridal // bridesmaid dresses: ModclothThe LimitedMint Julep BoutiqueH&M // hair: Alex Cox Hair Design // makeup: Kelsey Zabawa Makeup Artistry // groom suit: clothes from Express, suspenders from Sun Mark Studio, tie from Mosaic Brand // paper goods: Teal Typewriter // catering: Epicurean // cake: Whole Foods // dj: A Music Plus // guitarist: Chris Webb // gelato cart: Flor Di Latte // ceremony benches: Chairs with Character

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What to Wear for Your Honeymoon

What to wear on your honeymoon

We know lots of you are tying the knot this fall, so that means lots of fall honeymoons, too! And we think it’s the perfect time of year to travel. Less tourists, great deals, and a good time await! And whether you’re jetting off to Europe, relaxing on a sandy beach, exploring the Cali coast or seeking a glamping adventure, we’ve got you covered with some perfect picks from ASOS for what to wear + pack for this trip of a lifetime! We’re also giving one lucky reader the chance to win their dream wedding or honeymoon outfit – more on this below! :)

ASOS has three amazing occasion brands, filled with perfect pieces for all of your events + travel plans:

  1. ASOS Salon – this brand drops in the summer, so it’s fun, floral and flirty
  2. ASOS White – their premium line, which has a sports luxe feel this season
  3. ASOS Black – their occasion wear line that launches just in time for holiday parties, so you better believe it’s very embellished and a little more glam

Oh, and remember ASOS offers free shipping and free returns, just one of the many reasons why we love shopping there!

What to Wear on Your Honeymoon in the Islands

If you’re jetting off to the islands for your honeymoon, think lightweight, colorful, and convertible pieces – don’t forget your sunnies + beach bag!

what to wear (and pack!) for your European Honeymoon

If a European honeymoon is in the cards (lucky!), we recommend packing a ton of comfy pieces – like flats, boots, and tees, for walking around + taking in the sites and some sweet dresses + sweaters for lingering in a cafe for a while.

What to Wear on your Mexican Honeymoon

Bright colors + bold patterns will be right at home on your Mexican honeymoon! And don’t forget to pack cute beach coverups that can also double as a no-fuss ensemble for a casual dinner.

what to wear on your cali coastal roadtrip

Taking a coastal roadtrip? You’ll want comfy, but cute essentials like jumpers + maxis. Pair those key pieces with some sweet, stylish accessories!

What to wear on your Glamping Honeymoon

When considering an adventurous glamping honeymoon, layers are a must! It might be warm during the day, but you’ll definitely want to comfy up fireside in a big, cozy cape or cardigan as soon as the sun sets!

We’re SUPER excited to share that GWS + ASOS have teamed up to offer one lucky reader $500 to create their dream wedding outfit! Perfect for your wedding day, your rehearsal dinner, to wear to a fall wedding or maybe even for a holiday party this winter (it’s coming up fast!). Enter the giveaway here.

Win $500 at ASOS

* This post is sponsored by ASOS. All content, ideas, and words are by Green Wedding Shoes. Thanks for supporting our sponsors! To read the contest terms and conditions, please click here.

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Gorgeous Nature Inspired Big Sur Wedding: Robin + Shah

big sur cliffside

If you’ve never been to Big Sur (California), we highly recommend moving it up near the top of your list of places to see. With nothing but beauty for as far as the eye can see, it’s truly a breathtaking + otherworldly experience. So we obvs didn’t question for a second why Robin + Shah would choose it to be the backdrop for their big day. With the styling help of the ladies at Hello Gem + the incredible floral design eye of Honey & Poppies, it’s safe to say this celebration is one for the books. Without distracting from one bit of Big Sur’s natural beauty, the team was able to create a setting that was detailed, beautiful, and perfectly Robin + Shah…

From the bride, The first trip we ever took together was to visit Big Sur and, ever since then, it has always held a special place in our hearts. We took many vacations there over the last few years and made some amazing memories. So when we got engaged, we knew that there was no other place that we would consider getting married. It is such a naturally beautiful place and we wanted that beauty to shine through by keeping things simple. Everything about the wedding stayed true to our style and our love for nature. Throughout the whole process we made sure to not give into any pressure from anyone else about what the day should look like. It was exactly what we wanted our wedding to be.

Thanks so much to Benj Haisch for the gorgeous images + big congrats to R + S on a beautiful day!

big sur landscape

cabin in the woods

punchy floral invitation

Robin’s Jenny Packham dress is total perfection.

wedding dress in the woods

first look in the woods

first look in the woods

redwoods

redwoods

bride in the woods

dark and berry colored bouquet

Wild, in the best of ways, this woodland-esque bouquet is filled with gorge dahlias + garden roses and lots of interesting, textural greens.

woodland bride

greenery boutonniere

woodland bride and groom

striped tie

jenny packham wedding dress

bride and groom on the beach

whimsical woodland arbor

big sur ceremony

Processional: Perpetuum Mobile – Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Recessional: Miss You – The Rolling Stones

First Dance: To Build a Home – The Cinematic Orchestra

big sur ceremony

big sur ceremony

big sur ceremony

big sur ceremony

big sur ceremony

big sur ceremony

big sur ceremony

jenny packham wedding dress

big sur bride and groom

Serious swooning happening right now – over the scenery AND those rings!

engagement ring

big sur cliffside

berry tablescape reception

calligraphy seating charty

bud vases

woodland plate setting

table numbers

geode name plate settings

geode name plate settings

blanket seating

We brought up our own furniture, rugs, pillows, chairs, and tables for the vignettes and small details. This brought a sense of comfort by seeing so many pieces from our home on our wedding day. And the crystal candle holders and geode name plates fit right in with the warmth of the redwoods and greenery.

woodland lounge

staghorn

big sur reception

woodland lounge

cheers

woodland cake table

first dance

dancing

Shah, who is an engineer and a National Geographic Explorer (currently on location in Africa), compiled hours of scientific video footage to project on the screen. How amazing is that?!

movie projector

big sur starry night

It is difficult to give advice because, honestly the entire planning process really stressed me out. I would love for other brides to know that if they feel this way too, they are not alone! But it felt like, in the end, all that stress and drama was worth it to have the day we ended up having. I would say that you should stay true to what you want and stick to that decision! It was so important that our wedding stayed small and we sure had to fight to keep it that way. I would also suggest that you hire people that can give you the look and design that you are looking for. Knowing that my florist was on the same page and having planners that could execute the design allowed me to let go of my worries on the day of the wedding and trust in them. When Shah and I first saw the venue after everything was set up, we were blown away at the perfection of the job the planners and florist had done.

photography: Benj Haisch // venue: Henry Miller Library Big Sur, California // florals: Honey & Poppies // event planning + design: Hello Gem // bride’s dress: Jenny Packham // bride’s shoes: J.Crew // bridesmaid dress: Shareen Vintage // hair: Lori Huitron // makeup: Rhonda Johnson // groom + best man suit: J.Crew // catering: Paradise Catering // paper goods: Hello Gem // dj: Morgan Kalakosky Mkmobilesound

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