Whimsical Love

couple with masks

Mary Ellen + Jacob have actually been married for 3 years (congrats to them!), but they eloped and never had any professional photos of them taken. They wanted photos that captured their romantic + whimsical side, so sassyfras studios took some photos of them spending an afternoon together + totally in love. There are also some gorgeous cakes and fun DIY ideas from their shoot, so I thought it was perfect to share with you lovelies. Here’s to whimsical + fun afternoons with your sweetie!

plate with i love you

couple holding wedding cakes

Love both these cakes from sugar cake shop!

pink ombre wedding cake

couple with bunny masks

fabric backdrop at wedding

fabric wedding backdrop

fabric wedding backdrop diy

I love the fabric backdrop from the photo above – and it’s easy to make! They used a small bed spring and then hung shredded fabric and lace from each section. Another easy DIY would be the yarn bouquet below. It’s made of yarn balls and yarn leaves.

yarn bouquet

couple with masks

couple with bunny masks

vendors:
photographer: sassyfras studios // Cake Designer: sugar cake shop // feather hairpiece: Gracylu Originals // makeup artist: Planet 21 Salon // venue: Historic Brattonsville // dress: Armour sans Anguish

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DIY Beatles Wedding at the Smog Shoppe: Melissa + Chris

cut out props

Do you guys remember that fun Beatles inspired wedding I shared a few months ago at the Smog Shoppe? Well, today I have another Beatles inspired wedding – and it takes place at the Smog Shoppe also! So, I thought it would be a great way to show that two couples can have the same theme, at the same venue, and if they put their own touches on it – each wedding will be completely different. Oh, and these two weddings happened a few weeks apart so neither of them were inspired from the other – just a love of music + the Beatles. :) So, today we are sharing Melissa + Chris’ Beatles inspired wedding photographed by the lovely Ashley Rose! Congrats to Melissa + Chris!

mason jar invitation

red and orange bouquet

From Melissa: There are two things Chris and I love more than anything (besides each other, of course!) One is the Beatles. I don’t know any bigger Beatles fans than us. When we started discussing the theme and feel of the wedding, it seemed like an easy decision to choose a band that’s made such a huge impact on our lives. Plus, Smog Shoppe has such a unique, retro-feel that we knew it was perfect. It also gave us an excuse to play an obscene amount of Beatles music…and who doesn’t love the Beatles?

The second thing is In-N-Out. Honestly, prior to getting engaged, this was the only thing we discussed about our wedding. We knew we wanted a casual wedding with a dinner we’d actually look forward to eating. We live in San Francisco, so we initially looked at wedding venues in the city. But soon after, we discovered that the In-N-Out cookout truck only caters in Southern California. So we opted to get married in LA, where we both grew up, but more importantly, with In-N-Out!

bright bouquet and colored flags

flower girls in gold flats and ruffle peach skirts

smog shoppe wedding

Melissa and her bridesmaids made all the flags and bouquets! Super fun. :)

billy ball boutonniere, funky groomsmen socks

groomsmen with cut out props

groomsmen with cut out props

Most memorable moment of your wedding day? Our first look was most memorable. It was such a busy day and there was so much anticipation, and it was very emotional and exciting to finally see each other. It was the only alone time we had all day (well, with our photographer!) to talk and soak up the moment. We had a moment where I looked at him in his cute suit and he looked at me in my dress, and we both really realized the day was really here. After that, I was relieved and ready for the ceremony.

But it’s so hard to pin down one moment! My Aunt’s reading of my grandparents’ old love letters during the ceremony, along with an amazing moment where every single person at the wedding was dancing to “Twist and Shout,” are tied for our second favorite moments.

first look

smog shoppe wedding

smog shoppe wedding

bright bouquet, bride and groom with flags

bride and groom with flags

pennant banner ceremony

What song did you walk down the aisle to? I walked down to “Calico Skies” by Paul McCartney and we exited to “Oh Yoko” by John Lennon. We kept it all Beatles! The bridal party walked in to “Two of Us.”

smog shoppe ceremony

smog shoppe ceremony

smog shoppe ceremony

flag boutonniere

strawberry fields escort cards

beatles wedding flag table numbers

beatles wedding flag table numbers

soda bottle flags

in n out burger wedding

colorful flag candy bar

colorful flag candy bar, circle cake

A friend of Melissa’s made the cake – so cute! Cool Haus ice cream sandwiches AND In-and-Out? Total winner in my book with the food! :)

cool haus ice cream truck wedding

Any advice for those planning now?
Trust the vendors you’ve hired. They’ve done hundreds of weddings and they know what they’re doing. There were certain things you think you’ll have time to do on the actual wedding day, but guess what? You don’t. All you have time for is getting ready, mingling with your guests, and taking pictures. Don’t even try! Just let the vendors take care of it.

And you know all those tiny details that keep you up at night? Yeah, you don’t even notice them the day-of. I really wish I would have known this – it would have saved me so much time. I’m really lucky to have had so much help from my super-crafty friends. I told them my vision and they took care of the rest. They made and set up most of what you see here: flowers, candy table, pom-poms, pennants, they painted the Abbey Road photo booth background, and the list goes on…

vendors:
photography: Ashley Rose Photography // venue: SmogShoppe // wedding dress: Saja // shoes: Not Rated // hair + makeup: 10.11 makeup // groom suit: Hugo Boss // cinematography: Chris Parisi // invitations+ paper goods: Wedding Paper Divas // catering: In-N-Out, Monrose and Coolhaus // music: Waveform

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Friday Favors with Lauren Bush’s Wedding Dress

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Oh my gosh you guys! Did you see that photo above?? It’s the official wedding photo for Lauren Bush and David Lauren. Wow, that dress (designed by the groom’s father Ralph Lauren) is AMAZE. Seriously one of the most gorgeous wedding dresses! Congrats to them! You can see more photos from their Western Union wedding in this month’s Vogue or online here. Photo courtesy of Vogue, photography by Norman Jean Roy

• And a super sweet proposal spotted on A Cup of Jo

• Sneak peek at the brand new collection from sponsor Lo Boheme (available soon!)

Don’t forget! Our contest to win a live performance from Gabe Dixon at your wedding reception is still going one! We’ve gotten some amazing stories, but you still have another week to enter. This would be amazing for any music loving couple getting married next year!

Deal Alert. Ban.do is part of Daily Deals this week on Daily Candy – check it out for great deals on some of their pretty pieces!

And a Big Welcome to our newest Featured Vendors! Amazing cinematography from:
• Threaded Films (located in Orange County, CA)
FlyFeNniX Productions (located in Los Angeles, CA)

Find lots more talented vendors for your wedding in the GWS Vendor Guide

And today Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is out, so for those Twilight fans out there who may have missed this (we shared this a few months ago), some pretty inspiration for you! Twilight Wedding Reimagined in California

twilight wedding bella edward woods candles

photo above by Brienne Michelle Photography

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