Archives for June 2011

A Whimsical Woodland Wedding: Trishia + Justin

Today’s wedding is a whimsical woodland wonderland – try saying that 5 times fast! :). So much DIY loveliness in this sweet wedding. Trishia + Justin were married at a summer camp outside of Lexington, Virginia. Trishia had grown up going to this camp and it was the perfect spot for their rustic wedding. They incorporated so many woodland elements, from the flowers to the little forest animals scattered throughout their wedding. They even had a wedding logo that symbolized them – two raccoons, one with glasses, the other with a bow (Trishia + Justin to a tee!). I love that they incorporated the logo everywhere – the perfect way to brand their day all about them. Thanks so much to Jodi + Kurt of Jodi Miller Photography for sharing the gorgeous photos.

our wedding wood sign

From Trishia, “Justin and I both grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia, but have extended families that live far away. Our wedding was the perfect chance to show our families what we love about Virginia.  We had originally planned on having the wedding in Williamsburg but just couldn’t find a venue that had character, charm, and most importantly, fit in our budget.  I was brainstorming one day when it hit me – camp!  I won a scholarship to attend Nature Camp near Lexington, Virginia, in the summer of ’98.  The mountains, creeks, trees, and dappled sunshine had left a permanent imprint on my mind and soul.  I immediately knew that this was the place I wanted to share with my friends and family.  Justin and I had made a list of priorities before the major planning so we already knew what was important to us – a warm, cheerful atmosphere; fresh, local food; and to have our guests leave knowing who we are as individuals and as a couple.  From there, the ideas just poured out of me.”

“I’ve always been a creative person and I really love a good design challenge but it was important to Justin and I that we not have to fight our venue to fit us.  Nature Camp was perfect because it had existing natural beauty, a gorgeous outdoor stone chapel, and a laid-back vibe.  From there, we let the camp and our personalities shape the design elements.  We quickly decided on woodland-inspired decor that was whimsical, warm, and had a vintage vibe.  Almost all of the decor, design elements, and paper goods were designed or crafted by me and Justin, our families, and our friends.”

woodsy wedding invitations

groom with raccoon in tux

Love that their raccoon logo (designed by their friend Josh) was placed everywhere! It was engraved into Justin’s ring and screen-printed on each of the guy’s vests!

bride and groom first look

bride and groom with vest

bride with butterflies in her hair

bride with butterflies in her hair

bright colorful bouquet

groom with raccoon in vest

wedding party in woods

groomsmen in vests and tan pants

bridesmaids in orange and red dresses

red and yellow bouquet

wooden wedding signs

wedding outdoors in the woods

What song did you walk down the aisle to? We used three different songs for the processional.  The grandparents and parents walked down the aisle to David Torn’s “Bowling with Margo” from the Lars and the Real Girl soundtrack. The bridesmaids and groomsmen walked to a song from the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack – DeVotchka and Mychael Danna’s “The Winner Is”.  My Dad and I walked down the aisle to another song from the Lars and the Real Girl soundtrack – David Torn’s “In the Forest”.  The recessional was Peter Bjorn and John’s “Young Folks.”

wedding outdoors in the woods

In lieu of a unity symbol, they opted to do something a little bit different. They instead had a wooden box made and filled it with a bottle of whiskey and two love letters. The box is supposed to symbolize their love when it was at its peak and whenever they go through a rough patch with their marriage, they can open the box, drink the whiskey and read the love letters they wrote to each other and reflect on why they fell in love. The hope is that they never have to open the box, which is why they had their closest family and friends help seal the box during the ceremony.

woodsy wedding outdoors

wedding outdoors in the woods

mason jars for glasses at wedding

Trishia made this curtain of flowers (with some help from family + friends) using recycled soda bottles and spray paint. She was inspired by the Anthropologie window displays. How AMAZING is this?!

flowers made of plastic bottles

wedding menu

Each guest received an embroidered tea towel with their wedding logo designed by Trishia. She purchased the towels at Ikea and had them embroidered by Colonial Sports Custom Screenprinting and Embroidery. Such a sweet detail.

raccoons as wedding decor

I just adore the cute woodland creatures they had to display their table numbers.

woodsy wedding table decor numbers

woodsy wedding table decor numbers

heart made of plastic water bottle flowers

Trishia + Justin served strawberry shortcake for their dessert, but they still wanted a cake topper – who wouldn’t?!  Trishia’s mother made their adorable cake topper!

wedding cake topper strawberry shortcake

black and white wedding photos

Most memorable moment of your wedding day?
At the end of our reception, we exited through a tunnel of our guests to Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeroes’ “Home”. Seeing everyone who had gathered there for our day was a great moment, and when we got to our car, our closest friends and wedding party were there to see us off.  They surrounded us in a big group hug and helped us into our decorated car.  All of the day’s love, happiness, and joy were palpable.  As we drove slowly away, our friends chased after us, beating on the car and cheering.  Justin and I were both smiling from ear to ear.  It was the first time that we had been alone all day but we were so happy to share that last private moment with our dearest friends.   It was incredibly special and really gave us perspective on how lucky we are to have each other.

Any advice for those planning now?
Be yourself!  There were definitely moments during our planning stages where we would try to explain some detail or some aspect of our wedding to our friends and family and either we couldn’t explain it well enough or they just couldn’t grasp some portion of it. Don’t let this discourage you – just because they don’t have the image in their head doesn’t mean they won’t be just as impressed by the finished product!

Know your talents and limitations! Don’t try and do everything yourself and ask for help if you need it. Trust other people to do what they do best. I made a concerted effort to NOT do anything I didn’t feel like doing and to say NO if I didn’t have the time, energy, or budget. Needless to say, I have a tendency to overextend myself :) My mom and dad, my sister, Jill, and Justin, were a huge, huge help with keeping me in check and not letting me take on too much.

You can see even more from their wedding here on Jodi Miller’s Blog. Thanks so much to Trishia + Justin for sharing their wedding with us + we wish you a lifetime of happiness together!

photography: Jodi + Kurt of Jodi Miller Photography // venue: Nature Camp // florist: bouquets + ceremony arrangements by Susan Roepke of Flower Fields; My Mom is a former florist and she made/planted all of the arrangements you saw during the cocktail hour + reception dinner // wedding dress: Oleg Cassini for David’s Bridal // hair + makeup: Jenny Beckner of The Salon of Lexington // shoes: Flora Sandal by Dollhouse via Endless // butterfly clips: made by Colleen Kurdziolek, mother of the bride // bridesmaid dresses: Simple Silhouettes via Bella Bridesmaid // bridesmaid necklaces: designed and made by Emily Schweitzer, bridesmaid // bridesmaid hairpieces: Colleen Kurdziolek, mother of the bride // groom + groomsmen custom vests: Erik of Brightwall // groom’s wedding band: Zoe and Doyle // pinwheel bouts: Blue Lemon Provisions // caterer + shortcake: Jenny Elmes of Full Circle Catering // rentals: Festive Fare // invitation books: book cover by Rifle Paper Co., interior illustrations and reply card by Trishia and Josh Gulley (logo designer) // officiant: Reverend Frances Barnhart of All Faith Ministry // ritual box: made by John Leach, brother of groom

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A Nantucket Wedding: Marissa + Casey

This Nantucket wedding is just perfection! Gorgeous couple, beautiful dresses, lots of pink peonies (one of my favorites!), oysters, dancing + photos filled with emotion captured by the talented Clayton Austin.

peony bouquet blue wedding shoes

black and white wedding photography

From Marissa, “We originally wanted a really low-key wedding in Jamaica, but when we went down there to scout it out, we all got food poisoning. We saw it as a bit of a bad omen, so we went back to the drawing board. In a lot of ways Nantucket was an obvious choice because we both love it and it’s close to family and friends, but it’s so different from what we originally envisioned, and we’re not really the typical Nantucket couple. But we found ways to bring Jamaica to Nantucket, like a steel drum procession from the church and tons of bright colors. And our vendors were so amazing in terms of encouraging us to express ourselves. Now we can’t imagine having gotten married anywhere else. We fell in love with Nantucket all over again and it will def always be a special place for us.”




groomsmen walking to the wedding

bride walking down the aisle

Most memorable moment of your wedding day? There are two. One, when the doors opened at church, right before I walked down the aisle. Nothing prepares you for the rush of emotions you feel when you see everyone you love standing in one room, and it was the first time we saw each other on the day. The second was when the band gave the mic to Casey during the last song (Shout) – it was horrible but hilarious.

black and white wedding photography church

coral bridesmaids dresses

peony bouquet

What a gorgeous bridal party! Love the bright colors + the gorgeous dresses + the guys in their tuxes.

sherbet colored bridesmaids dresses

clayton Austin wedding photography

wedding photos by clayton austin

Such a gorgeous couple and no one captures couples in love better than Clayton Austin!


peony wedding flowers table

peony wedding flowers table

Pretty pretty peonies! Love that there were peonies everywhere.

peony wedding

peony wedding

wedding dancing

peony wedding cake

bride and groom wrapped in lights

wedding with sparklers

just married sign

Any advice for those planning now? I was pretty worried about being a bridezilla so I found myself feeling embarrassed about much I obsessed over the details. Don’t be embarrassed! It’s ok to care about this stuff! (As long as it’s fun obsessing, not stressful obsessing). When it was all said and done, we were so glad we put so much thought into it. The best compliments I got that day were people saying “this wedding is SO you guys.”

Thanks so much Marissa + Casey for sharing your lovely day with us and we wish you a lifetime of happiness! You can see even more from their beautiful wedding here on Clayton’s Blog.

photography: Clayton Austin // wedding planning: Nicole Whelden at Unique Nantucket // floral design: Dawn at Soiree Floral // ceremony: First Congregational Church // reception: Lily Pond Estate, Nantucket // wedding dress: Lazaro (3050, Kleinfelds) // hair + makeup: Darya Salon // shoes: Christian Louboutin // bridesmaid dresses: Isadora Clothing on Etsy // groom: Dinner Jacket – Hugo Boss; Tuxedo Pants – J. Crew // invitations+paper goods: Ma Joie Press // cake: Pam Goddard // music: Sultans of Swing // catering: Nantucket Catering (Mark and Eithne are AMAZING – we got SO many compliments on the food)

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Unique Bridal Portraits: Elsie of A Beautiful Mess

I don’t typically share bridal portraits here on Green Wedding Shoes, but I just loved these lovely non-traditional bridal portraits Elsie of A Beautiful Mess had taken by Arrow & Apple. If you follow her blog, you’ve probably already seen her amazing DIY wedding – such an inspiring + creative wedding! For her bridal portraits, Elsie had found some really beautiful images from the 60’s of some women wearing scarves over their perfect beehives and so that was perfect inspiration. I really love these since I think they show that you can have your own style for your bridal portraits – they don’t have to just be photos of you standing with a bouquet.

bridal portraits scarf

bridal portraits scarf camera

bridal portraits ring

bridal portraits scarf elsie

bridal portraits scarf elsie a beautiful mess wedding

bridal portraits scarf elsie a beautiful mess

For the second set, Elise created a pretty feather headdress to wear. It was inspired by one from her shop Red Velvet she had made called “The Tiger Lily Crown.” Elsie made a more fancy version of the piece with gorgeous pale pink feathers. It looks gorgeous on her + is such a fun way to include something handmade and definitely unique into the outfit!

bridal portraits scarf elsie a beautiful mess

bridal portraits feathers elsie a beautiful mess

photographs: Arrow & Apple // wedding dress: Orla Kiely for BHLDN // scarf: Vintage // feather hairpiece: Handmade by Elsie

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