Your First Holiday as Newlyweds

For those of you that got married this year, how about a sweet ornament for your tree to celebrate your first Christmas as husband + wife? I love these ornaments from Paloma’s Nest. You can have your wedding date and location engraved with your names or an ornament rimmed in 18k gold or silver leaf gilding with your names/date/quote printed on the front.

Paloma's nest custom newlywed ornaments

Some other faves include these cute silhouette ornaments or a pretty rustic heart with your initials burned into the front + the year on the back.

custom newlywed ornaments

Did you order your holiday cards yet? A few weeks ago, I mentioned the great cards from Minted that incorporate your photos, but maybe you’d like something a little different. I love these sweet illustraions from Teardrop Weddings. Each design is customizable in the ink colors, font styles, wording + they customize the character illustrations to look like you and your fiance/husband/boyfriend/spouse. So fun + totally unique! Holly (the designer behind these lovelies) is offering GWS readers a special offer of 50% off!!! You will need to enter the promo code HOLCAR10 on the order form. Click here for more details. This offer is valid until Dec. 16th. Happy Holidays!

holiday custom christmas cards

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Real Wedding: Morgan + Ben’s Southern DIY Wedding

Today’s wedding is oh-so-sweet! Morgan was a DIY queen! Morgan made all of the bridesmaids/womens wrist corsages, the “flower doggie” collar (the dog is SO cute!!), all of the paper products, pillows, table overlays and her favors. Amazing photography by Matt of Our Labor of Love and the wedding coordination was by the lovely Ashley Baber. Big Congrats to Morgan + Ben! And how perfect is the sweet sign below she made!? Just love it – typography + gorgeous photography – my favorites! :)

hanging forever wedding sign

cowboy boots with wedding dress

forever wedding sign

Love the variety of styles of dresses the bridesmaids wore – and the cowboy boots – so perfectly fun!

bridesmaids in yellow dresses nonmatching

bridesmaids in cowboy boots

wedding ceremony in the woods

What a gorgeous ceremony location!

ceremony in the woods

branches chuppah ceremony

i forever do wedding sign

bride with yellow bridesmaids dresses

I think this is the RADDEST marriage certificate I’ve seen!!

designed marriage certificate

bride and groom with puppy dog in wedding

bride and groom with thank you sign

bridesmaids with corsages

campfire at wedding

Vendors
Venue: Serenbe
Florals +Décor and Catering: Gloriosa Design
Photography: Our Labor of Love (Matt)
Coordination: Ashley Baber Weddings
Band: Rocket 350 Phil 770-773-0611, Gary Burney 678.371.1712
DJ: Andy 678.525.6650 rightrevandy{at}gmail[dot]com
Officiant: Bert Smith 404.217.3869
Hair and Make-up: Raney O’Keefe

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Real Wedding: Hayley + Dougie’s Parker Palm Springs Wedding

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend. I spent lots of time playing video games with my nephew and trying to stay warm in chilly Wisconsin – very relaxing. :) So, I’m all rested and so excited to share lots of amazing weddings + ideas with you guys this week.

To start things off, we have a super fun + personal wedding at the Parker Palm Springs. Hayley is an interior designer + her new hubby Dougie is an amazing artist, so it’s no surprise that their wedding is just magical! From Haley, “When we first came to the Parker we fell in love with the decor and it served as our main source of inspiration. We wanted a fun mid-century colorful wedding that just felt HAPPY! Everyone kept telling us throughout the day that everything about the wedding was just so us. I loved that!”

bridesmaids in robes

I love the cute robes from Plum Pretty Sugar all the bridesmaids are wearing! How fun and makes for some great photos. :)

sparkly gold wedding shoes

groom in white tux

Love the Jonathan Adler pillow they used for the rings!

bright ranunculs bouquet

When Dougie and I had our first look. I’m not a big crier, but I just couldn’t hold back the tears when I turned around and saw my handsome Dougie fighting back his own tears. It was one of those surreal moments I will remember for the rest of my life. I had been so nervous right before I saw him but being with Dougie before all the festivities began put me completely at ease. I was so excited to become his wife. The day was a celebration of our love and it started out on the best note possible.

couple first look wedding day

parker palm springs wedding

outdoor wedding ceremony

The other thing that made this wedding fun + different was the way they used the space at the Parker.  The ceremony was at the waterfall – the typical ceremony site, but instead of a huppah + flowing flowers, Megan of La Partie Events draped the trees with huge garlands to create an exotic olive tree temple!

streamers for wedding ceremony

kate spade colorful sparkly shoes wedding

I just love those Kate Spade heels a guest was wearing – actually all the guests are super stylish!

outdoor ceremony streamers

I also LOVED our ceremony. Every part of it was magical (is that a dorky word?). Dougie’s dad Lance performed the ceremony and put everyone completely at ease with his funny sense of humor. We also wrote our own vows together (a little sentimental with a touch of funny) that gave the ceremony an extra special personal touch. I just loved it all! Dinner looked like a scene out of a movie and dancing couldn’t have been more fun in the moroccan tent!! Every moment was memorable and amazing!

wedding exit with pom poms

pom poms to throw at bride and groom

bridesmaids in pink dresses

bride and groom at parker palm springs

The party then moved to the Palm Grove, light with bistro lights for cocktails, where more guest added their comments to the vintage Palm Springs design book that doubled as the guest book.  The bar areas were enhanced with custom light fixtures designed by the groom.

lemons for wedding place cards

bride and groom in white tux

dog at wedding

Dinner was served on feasting tables in the Moroccan Garden, covered with colorful yellow runners that Hayley’s mom made + lit with a cascade of Chinese Lanterns.

long tables for wedding reception

modern tables for wedding

flowers for wedding

palm springs wedding reception

We totally transformed the inside spa pool deck into a Moroccan club for dancing, dessert and hanging out.  The existing Raj tent served as the dancing pavilion, where we first danced our first dance to 50’s tunes from the Tony Gala Band, and then partied the night away with our guests! Deck chairs and low tables surrounded the pool, and in spite of our best efforts, the many retired Navy Seals in the room (including Dougie’s father), wound up in the pool at one time of the night or another!

wedding first dance black and white photos

Nothing is ever exactly perfect, but once the day begins don’t worry and enjoy every moment of your wedding. Also, I found all of our vendors from looking at weddings I loved from different blogs and ended up LOVING all the girls we worked with! I wish I could hang out with them all the time and become their best friends. Also Etsy and Ebay are wonderful little sources for all your needs If you’re lucky enough to have a mom as creative and talented as mine, your wedding planning will be nothing but exciting and fun (with a few overwhelming moments thrown in there).

Once you find your perfect partner, the wedding is just a little icing on the cake!! I’m so blessed to have the man of my dreams as my hubby.

And check out this amazing wedding video Aqua Vivus put together – just love it!!

Vendors
Venue: Parker Palm Springs
Photography: Jill Thomas
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhullier (my dress was originally long, but I shortened it to ballet length)
Hair and Makeup: Tracy Mathis (makeup) John Hardin (hair)
Shoes: Miu Miu
Bridesmaid Dress: J crew (they also had white linen flowers handmade by my mom + different vintage broaches we found at the swap meet and on Ebay)
Hairpieces: Mon Amie
Groom Suit: Verace white dinner jacket and Hugo Boss pants (both found at Nordstroms Rack)
Cinematography: Aqua Vivus
Event Design: Hayley + Diane (her mom)
Event Planner: Celebrations of Joy
Floral Design: La Partie
Invitations/Paper Goods: Posh Paperie
Catering + Cake: Parker Palm Springs
Music: Tony Gala Band – DeBois Entertainment

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