Archives for 2011

Favorite Wedding Fashion Moments from 2011

We share so many stylish brides + grooms (and even flower girls + ring bearers) here on Green Wedding Shoes, that we had to take a look at some of our favorites from the past year! The vintage wedding dresses, dresses with pops of color, bow ties and more, oh my! Let’s see what we loved from 2011…


Bridesmaids in tights! We featured two adorable weddings where I fell in love with the bridesmaids and their tights. The top photo is from this Vintage Inspired Canadian Wedding photographed by Green Ginger Photography and the bottom photo is from this sweet wedding by Priscila Valentina.


These bride’s wore dresses with an unexpected pop of color which I just love! The top bride found this great dress and altered it to make the perfect wedding dress, photographed by Floataway Studios. The bride below from this Portland wedding created a rainbow tulle design to peek out from her wedding dress – so adorable…bottom photo by Ben Blood.

wedding dress rainbow tulle

And we can’t forget this lovely bride and her blue ruffled tulle (and sparkly red heart shoe clips!), photographed by Feather + Stone.

blue tulle wedding dress

Love that this bride was bold enough to wear a black + gold wedding dress! She was married on her favorite holiday, Halloween, also. Thanks to Kristen Marie for the photo.

black wedding dress

Another bride who designed her own dress! Stunning and love her pretty flower hairpiece also (actually the whole wedding is pretty amaze), photographed by W. Scott Chester Photography.


This bridal party is all wearing vintage 1920’s dresses! Love. Photos by Wildflowers Photography.

1920s bridal party

Gorgeous dresses from Joan Shum below in this stunning Spanish fashion shoot photographed by This Modern Romance,


The most adorable flower girl with wings! From this stunning Miami wedding photographed by Jerry Yoon Photographers.


Bridesmaids in shades of whites were a big trend this year as seen in this vintage circus inspired wedding photographed by Katie Neal Photo and this Georgia farm wedding below photographed by Matt Miller from Our Labor of Love.


Just love that we featured two brides who designed their dresses after that gorgeous green dress from AtonementThis bride wore a white version of the dress (photos by Images By Lori) and this bride wore red (photo by Dan O’Day )!

bride getting ready

atonement wedding dress in red

Love these brides below and their rocking hairpieces! This rustic chic wedding featured Bree and her awesome feather hairpiece (photographed by Stacy Jacobsen) and below Kelly wore a chic red veil for her DIY wedding in an airplane hangar photographed by Ashley Rose.


And let’s not forget the guys! Love these groomsmen with their chevron hankies from this art deco wedding photographed by Jonathan Ong Photography.

groomsmen in gray and black ties

…and groomsmen with hats! Top photo from this Nestldown 1920’s wedding by Paco & Betty and the bottom photo from this backyard wedding by Alec Vanderboom


Which was your favorite stylish look from this past year? I’d love to hear in the comments!

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A New Year’s Eve Sparkly Wedding

confetti wedding save the date

What’s more fun + festive than a New Year’s Eve wedding? I love this idea and this styled shoot gives so many great ideas with confetti, sparkles, champagne and gold ombre. Happy New Year everyone!

groom in tux

chevron wedding invitations

wedding boutonnieres

pink orange white bouquet

confetti throw wedding

pop fizz champagne

pink and white bouquet with sparkles

white and pink wedding ideas

new-years-eve-wedding-reception table

new-years-eve-wedding-reception table

new-years-eve-wedding-reception table

new-years-eve-wedding-reception table

white ranunculus bouquet

gold ombre wedding cake

gold ombre wedding cake

white and gold cake pops

large gold flowers on the wall

Thanks so much to all these creative Dallas/Fort Worth Texas vendors for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: nbarrett photography // design + planning: Lavender Joy Weddings // floral design: Bows and Arrows // cake + cakeballs: Sugar Bee Sweets // stationery: Southern Fried Paper // makeup: Something You Makeup Artistry // vintage rentals: Period Charm Rentals // jewelry: Crown Ginia Collections // meringues: Moore Joy Meringues // wedding dress: Bella Bridesmaids (Dallas)


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Top 10 Tips to Throw a DIY Wedding from 2011

I thought this could be super helpful for those of you currently planning a DIY wedding: a collection of my 10 favorite DIY ideas from this past year to help save money for your big day! Hope this is helpful (or at least a bit different from the typical lists) and if you have any other fun tips to add, please do in the comments! Happy crafting :)

top 10 tips to throw a diy wedding

1. Who said your bouquets have to be made of fresh flowers!? Why not get creative like these brides did. :) Below bridesmaids carry giant pinwheels (photo by Made U Look Photography) and these lovely ladies carried huge butterflies (photo by Steep Street) on a stick! So fun + totally unique (and way less than the average cost of a bouquet!)


Another great alternative to fresh flowers for bouquets is to use dried flowers! This way you can DIY the bouquets in advance since it won’t matter (doing your own bouquets with real flowers can be a bit time consuming the day before the wedding when there is so much going on!) This elegant California wedding consisted of only dried flowers and is GORG! Photos by Sean Walker.

dried flowers bouquets

2. Get creative with your ceremony location. If you are looking for a less expensive ceremony location, here is a great idea from this adorable couple: they applied for a free permit and got married in a National Forest which cost them nothing! Beautiful location and the price is right. :) Another place to check are your local parks. We’ve featured quite a few couples who were married for free in a park, so be sure to check those out also. Photo below by Jonas Seaman.

bride and groom on bridge

3. Highlight your ceremony space with color + texture. Looking for a fun way to make your ceremony space stand out – and on a budget? Try creating a ribbon display for your altar like this sweet couple did using crepe paper streamers! Makes a great visual piece to say your vows in front of and it’s super affordable. Another tip is to buy the streamers (you could also use ribbon) online to save even more money. Photo by Delbarr Moradi.

paper crepe altar backdrop

4. Create a ceremony stage with wood palettes. Here is another great ceremony idea from this Anthropologie inspired wedding – they created a stage with wood palettes. They also stained the wood + attached moss and flowers, but you could create your own spin on this idea to match your design style. It’s such a great way to make sure all your guests can see the two of you and on budget as you can pick up wood palettes for free from places like Home Depot. Photos by ee photography.

ceremony stage wood

5. Finding affordable bridesmaids dresses. If you want to keep your lovely ladies happy, finding affordable (and dresses they love) is the way to go. That’s why I love this idea from this Philadelphia wedding – and the couple also found a local park to hold their ceremony in for free! The bride asked her ladies to pick the following: a tea length dress, vintage, and in a pastel color. Those were the guidelines. All the ladies loved the dresses they found and get this, they all spent between $10-$20 on their dresses! They were either handmade, found at a thrift/vintage store, hand-me-down or bought off etsy. Great job ladies! Photo by Love Me Do Photography.

bridesmaids vintage pastel dresses

6. Fun centerpiece idea! This couple held a terrarium contest and had guests create the terrariums and drop them off the day before the wedding. The day of the wedding, the bride + groom judged them and then used them as their centerpieces – brilliant! Photos by Made U Look Photography.

vintage plates

7. Fall leaves as a bouquet! This bride’s maid of honor picked leaves from around the venue the morning of her wedding to create her beautiful fall bouquet. If you are a fall bride, this could be a great option for you. Mix the leaves with a few berries and some lace and you are all set! Photos by Deidre Lynn Photography – and this UK wedding is pretty stunning overall if you are looking for more inspiration :)

fall leaves bouquet

8. Have a Pie Making Contest for your dessert bar. This adorable couple asked guests to bake their favorite pie and they then had a contest for their favorite pie at the wedding – which was a carnival theme, so fit in perfectly for them, but this could work for any wedding. Super fun and you won’t have to worry about dessert for all your guests :) Photos by Katie Neal Photo.

circus pie bar

9. How about a bike parade to a picnic reception? This adorable couple had a bike parade after their wedding ceremony and then the reception was a picnic in the park – super fun and saves lots of money on renting a reception venue space! Every time I see all the photos from the parade, I just wish I was there – looks so, so fun!! Photos by Rachel Thurston.


10. The Ultimate Drop Dead Gorgeous DIY Wedding. I called this wedding “the ultimate DIY wedding” since the couple and their family + friends did just about everything themselves including building the ceremony and reception sites, designing the invites, guestbook, ceremony backdrop, and so much more! So many great tips, advice + photos you can see here. Photos by Stone Crandall Photography.

wooded wedding ceremony

Anyone have any other DIY tips to add? I’d love to hear what you did that worked or what you are planning to do for the big day.

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