Archives for January 2012

A Romantic Texas Wedding: Jessa + Brian

pink and white bouquet

Happy New Year lovelies! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break and I’m so excited to get back to sharing lots of gorgeous wedding inspiration this week – and year! We have lots of fun things in store for Green Wedding Shoes this year, so we are super excited to welcome in 2012 here at GWS!

Let’s start the new year off with this beautiful and romanic Texas wedding photographed by The Nichols. Jessa + Brian aren’t overly formal people, so they knew they wanted their wedding to be comfortable and fun; simple, yet elegant. They only followed traditions that made sense to them and only incorporated things they absolutely loved and I just love that their wedding was an authentic reflection of them. The event design + gorgeous florals are by Liz of The Nouveau Romantics who did a lovely job styling the day based all around Jessa + Brian!

wedding sign

bride and groom

bride and groom

succulent and pink bouquet

bridal party

watercolor wedding invitations

bride walking down isle

The walk down the aisle was probably the most memorable moment of the day. It’s difficult to describe the feeling that comes over you in that moment, but it’s pretty incredible. The stress, the nerves, it all melted away. I was just happy to be marrying the man of my dreams in the company of all our favorite people.

ribbon backdrop

pumpkin ceremony decor

bride and groom

Processional: Can’t Help Falling in Love With You by Ingrid Michaelson

Recessional: Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours) by Stevie Wonder

First Dance: You Got What I Need by Joshua Radin

bride and groom

reception centerpiece



reception tablescape

pumpkin wedding favors


pink ombre escort tags

One of my favorite details of the wedding day was our cake topper from Ready Go Paper Studio. Our dogs are a huge part of our life so we wanted to incorporate them into the day somehow. I was ecstatic when I found Ready Go. The pet topper is a custom drawing of your pet. The likeness to our dogs was incredible and a portion of the proceeds go to a local animal shelter.

mini pies

wedding exit

Enjoy the day. Seriously. I know it’s what everybody says, but it’s such a special time and it goes by incredibly fast. Cherish every moment of it. Also, try to make room in your budget for a good photographer and videographer. It’s money well spent. I read that advice somewhere when I was planning our wedding and I am glad I took it. You’ll be surprised at how much you actually miss on the day of and how fast it goes by. It’s been fun to re-live all the moments through our photographs and video.

Be sure to also check out their beautiful highlight trailer from Vanessa McKellar Productions. I love that everything was shot on vintage 8mm film –  it’s just so sweet…

Big congrats to Jessa + Brian!

photography: The Nichols // event design + paper goods: The Nouveau Romantics // venue: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center // coordinator: Lizzebelle Events // floral design: Merveille Events // wedding dress: Enzoani // hairpieces: // shoes: Vera Wang Lavender // bridesmaid dresses: Priscilla of Boston // hair: Shannon Briggs // makeup: Maris Malone Calderon // groom suit: J. Crew // officiant: Mike Rinehart // videography: Vanessa McKellar Productions // catering: Crave Catering // dessert table: Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop // dessert table styling: The Nouveau Romantics // cake topper: Ready Go // dj: Byrne Rock


This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryThe Nichols | a husband + wife photo team is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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Win an 8 Piece Place Setting from Mikasa

mikasa-modern butterfly

Ah, the super fun registry – so many options! I know the one big thing we needed – well, I wanted at least :) – were some nice dishes. I love cooking and was excited to get rid of the non-matching, hand me down plates and get some beautiful dishes! When looking for beautiful plates, Mikasa has so many great options + are available at fine retailers all over the country. And the best part is we partnered with them to give away an 8 piece place setting to one lucky reader this week! I’ve selected my four favorite patterns from their collection that you’ll have a chance to win from…



The four patterns are: Modern Butterfly, Italian Countryside, Parchment + Love Story – hopefully something for everyone! And if you are looking for great tips for entertaining and styling your dinnerware, be sure to check out Mikasa’s The Great Dinner Party – lots of great tips for parties in their Table Tips section. :)

Giveaway Details: To be entered in the random drawing to win an 8 piece place setting from the above four patterns, you’ll need to visit Mikasa’s Facebook page and LIKE the page. Then leave a comment here on this post with which pattern is your favorite and why. I’ll pick a random winner on Monday Feb. 6th 2012 at 2pm PST. Best of luck!

** The contest is now over and we’ve notified the random winner, Giselle! Thanks to all who entered!! ***


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