Hollywood Engagement Session with a Vintage Bug: Brittany + Marty

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

A pink vintage VW bug + a cutie couple totally smitten with each other? What more could you ask for on a Friday?! When photographer Jana Williams sent this sweet Hollywood Hills session our way, we immediately knew it would be a must-share.

Brittany is a fashion model who met Jana on an editorial shoot. As girls tend to do, the two ladies got to chatting about life + love and Brittany mentioned her fiancé, Marty. Jana recalls, Her eyes lit up even more and she just keep saying how thankful she was to have found such an amazing man in the crazy city. Marty is an artist. He paints portraits and has painted several of Brittany. They met at a party in Hollywood and once they started talking they never stopped. It was definitely love at first sight. A connection like nothing they had ever felt before.

Lo + behold Brittany found herself in front of Jana’s camera again. This time with a stunning backdrop of Muholland and the Hollywood Hills…with the love of her life, Marty, by her side!

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Leather Jacket

Totally digging B + M’s style — and that fun wildflower bouquet!

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

These shots are just so good!

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

bell bottom co-ord

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

Hollywood VW Bug Engagement

We just loved these parting words from JanaEvery shoot is different every couple is different. I learn so much from all of my clients. Brittany and Marty made me want to be free and let go. I hope this shoot inspires you to do the same and kiss the one you love today!

Congrats, Brittany + Marty, on your engagement! We wish you two a lifetime of love :)

photography: Jana Williams // location: Hollywood Hills, California

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Colorful Mexican-Inspired Wedding: Lara + Michael

Fiesta Australian Wedding

We thought we’d head into the weekend with a wedding that’s, basically, exploding with color + fun. Lara + Michael tied the knot beside a lake in Brisbane, Australia, with a celebration heavily inspired by Mexican culture, color + detail. They focused on including elements that represented them + designed their day alongside their planner-slash-florist-slash-designer, Amey from Pack a Perfect Party, who L + M describe as a creative genius! Lara has lots more to share about their inspiration, so let’s hear it before really getting into the pretty photos by Stewart Ross!

Everything about the wedding (theme, location, food, atmosphere) felt like it was ‘us’ – it’s almost hard to explain – from the beginning we knew we wanted something fun, beautiful and in-formal, but to still feel relaxed. We wanted to laugh and dance all day and night, and for guests to do and feel the same. For us this meant an intimate crowd of closest family and friends, a relaxed location, great music and delicious food + cocktails. Michael said he wanted tacos as our wedding meal (and who doesn’t love Mexican?), so from there a bright and exciting Mexican Fiesta theme began evolving! 

colorful poppy bouquet

bridesmaids

We’re adoring Lara’s bright flower grown + bouquet, along with her gorgeous, modern Karen Willis Holmes dress!

Karen Willis Holmes Dress

groomsmen

We both say The procession! Seeing each other on the walk down, we were just ecstatic - it's funny, you feel like it's the first time seeing each other in years - everything has been leading to this very minute and it was the most amazing feeling in the world! And everything that followed was simply unforgettable; having all our friends and family 'dance like no one is watching' the entire time really made it the best night ever.

Fiesta Australian Wedding

Fiesta Australian Wedding

Fiesta Australian Wedding

Fiesta Australian Wedding

Lara says, It rained on us during the ceremony! But we were just so caught up in the happiness of the moment that it didn’t even matter. And our guests were amazing, they just popped up their umbrellas and stayed on. You have no control over the elements, just enjoy it!

Fiesta Australian Wedding

Fiesta Australian Wedding

Fiesta Australian Wedding

Fiesta Australian Wedding

Katie, the donkey, stood by L + M’s side as they said their vows + snapped some portraits!

Wedding Party

Wedding Parade

Australian Beach Wedding

Australian Beach Wedding

bow tie

Australian Beach Wedding

Relax, don't stress! The day isn't about the details, the decor or everything going perfectly... In the end it's about the two of you being there, being stupidly in love, and all your favourite people being there in support. We were so relaxed in the planning and lead up, of course we had great help from Amey Mejak from Pack a Perfect Party as our Wedding Planner, but it meant we were SO looking forward to our wedding day! I hear so many brides-to-be say in the lead up "I can't wait for it to be over" because they stress over every little detail, and everything going perfectly.

photography: Stewart Ross Photography // venue: Ceremony at Cotton Tree Park in Queensland, Reception at the Prickly Piñata in Australia // event design, planning + florals: Amey Mejak at Pack a Perfect Party // wedding dress: Karen Willis Holmes // flower crown: Amey Mejak of Pack a Perfect Party // shoes: Steve Madden // bridesmaid dresses: Sheike  // hair + makeup: Alicia Allen of Unleeshed Glamour, bridesmaids hair by Kirsty Paterson Makeup + Hairgroom suit: The Cloakroom // groomsmen: ASOS // paper goods: Senna Jean Designs // catering: Prickly Piñata // cake: ‘cactus’ cupcakes by Breezy’s Cakes // officiant: Civil Marriage Celebrant Samantha Townend

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryKAREN WILLIS HOLMES is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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A Fashion Blogger Gets Married – The Engagement Photos

Tennessee Mountain Engagement

“I have the entire forest living inside of me and you have carved your initials into every tree.” – Pavana

Hey Green Wedding Shoes readers! I’m Chelsea from Hazel + Scout a stylist and blogger living in Huntsville, Alabama. My incredible fiancé and I were engaged in October of last year and I am so very excited that GWS has chosen to help us document the entire process with a brand new series. Over the course of our wedding planning process, I’ll be popping in to share all of the fun details – from finding the dress all the way to our wedding day! (See our first post with Chelsea…all about Asking your Bridesmaids!)

Our engagement session was one of the most romantic days my fiancé and I have ever spent together! We hiked a beautiful mountain pass with one of our dearest friends/photographer (Ginny from Sleepy Fox Photography) and spent hours snuggling, laughing and taking in the dreamy view. Atop Tennessee’s Lookout Mountain with nobody around, we truly got to feel like nothing else in the world existed but our love.

Get Chelsea’s pretty boho look, and don’t miss her fun engagement session styling tips throughout the post!

Free People Dress

Tennessee Mountain Engagement

Free People Dress

Tennessee Mountain Engagement

5 Tips for Styling Engagement Photos

5 Fashion Blogger Tips for Styling Your Engagement Photos:

Tip # 1: Wear something that looks like “you” – Your engagement photos are shots you and your partner will cherish for years to come! One of the biggest mistakes you can make when choosing outfits for an engagement session is to wear something that doesn’t reflect your personal style or that you don’t feel comfortable and free in. You want to be polished and put forth the best version of your everyday style. Don’t wear something that is fussy or won’t allow your love to shine!

polaroids

vow book

Tennessee Mountain Engagement

Tip # 2: Stay away from things that feel too dressed-up (unless that’s your style, then rock that evening gown!), steer clear of pieces that don’t allow you to move, sit or cuddle and wear something you’ll want to reach for all the time. I’ve worn this black Free People dress on my birthday, on my blog and to all of my favorite occasions. It definitely feels like my signature and I HAD to incorporate it into our shoot!

Tennessee Mountain Engagement

Tennessee Mountain Engagement

Tennessee Mountain Engagement

The Wild Standard Flag

I wanted our shoot to take place in nature, with very few intentional details (like this AMAZING “The Wild” flag by The Wild Standard ) and remain true to the pared down, calm and adventurous love we’ve built.

For Love and Lemons Dress

For Love and Lemons Dress

Tennessee Mountain Engagement

The Wild Standard Flag

Tip # 3: Consider your location, the story you want to tell (are you and your fiancé playful? romantic? adventurous?) and your home. It might sound obvious but remember that you’ll want to frame and display these photos. If your outfits won’t look at home in your gallery wall, it might be time to rethink your color palette and details

(…And we’re loving Chelsea’s second look just as much as her first!)

The Wild Standard Flag

Tennessee Mountain Engagement

Tennessee Mountain Engagement

Tennessee Mountain Engagement

Tip #4: We chose to play with neutral colors and add interest with patterns and texture (like my lacy For Love And Lemons dress). Your outfits should make sense together but don’t necessarily have to “match”. Think about your color palette and choose looks that compliment each other without being matchy-matchy.

The Wild Standard Flag

Tennessee Mountain Engagement

Tip #5: Think about your details in matters of timelessness. Often I see engagement shoots with a ton of trendy details and I think, “Will that couple really want to look back on those things in 50 years?” Be mindful and choose things that reflect you as a couple (whether it be vintage tea cups, fun DIY details or minimal touches). We went with the amazing flag, a pair of vintage binoculars, a blanket to cozy up in and had our calligrapher, Linen & Leaf  rewrite one of my favorite quotes.

I’m so happy that we decided to have our shoot in such a magical location and I can’t stop looking at the gorgeous photos by Sleepy Fox Photography I love that our shoot has this feeling of being on some grand adventure because we are! We are adventuring into becoming a family, starting forever and conquering life together as a team.

It’s so fun to share Chelsea + Ainsworth’s journey, right?! Check back soon for more of their planning process – and we’ll be keeping track of the entire Fashion Blogger series right here!

photography: Sleepy Fox Photography // styling + art direction: Hazel + Scout // location: Sunset Rock Tennessee // calligraphy: Linen & Leaf // flag: The Wild Standard // binoculars: vintage // blanket: Urban Outfitters // notebook: Field Notes // dresses: Free People and For Love & Lemons // hat: Free People // film processing: Richard Photo Lab

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