Friday Favors with a bit of Green!

green wedding bouquet

We had such a blast last night at The Cream Event! Amazing job by the super rad Bash, Please ladies. Thanks so much for inviting us to be a part of it and thank you SO much to all you lovelies who stopped by to say hi!! So fun to meet so many readers :) And we can’t wait to share more photos and DIYs from our fun neon table – especially the shoes!! So fun :) If you’d like to see a peek at our table, be sure to hop over to the GWS Facebook page – and maybe like us while you are there? :)

A few pretty favorites from this week before we head into the weekend – which I am SO looking forward to! Happy Friday!!!

• Loving the hairpieces from the new Blair Nadeau collection

• Gorgeous green bouquet by JL Designs from Leila + Tony’s wedding seen in the spring Martha Stewart Weddings – Congrats to Leila + Tony!!

• A green heart invite? Of course I love this :) From our newest rad sponsor, Love Vs. Design

• Totally head over heels for this watercolor wedding cake!

Looking for a wedding dress? Well, remember this super fun Pixel Cowboy wedding? Brit is auctioning off her gorgeous Monique Lhuillier gown on Rent the Runway! 100% of the proceeds with go to The Princess Project so not only will you get a GORG gown, you can feel great knowing all the money went to a great cause! Thanks Brit for the heads up! :)

See you back on Monday with a super sweet wedding you won’t want to miss! ;)

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Calistoga Ranch Wedding: Samantha + Zeb

bride and groom ranch wedding

Samantha + Zeb love to entertain and have parties and dinners for friends, so it made totally sense that they wanted their wedding to be the same type of thing – only a bigger, better version of the parties they throw at home. :) Music + food were their top two priorities for the wedding and I love the whimsical colors they used in their flowers + decor. It was also important to them to keep their guest list small so they would have more time to spend with all their guests. They choose the gorgeous Calistoga Ranch in Napa Valley as their venue and the lovely Alyssa Brown of Alison Events did all the planning + design. Thanks also to Paco + Betty for the photos and congrats to Samantha + Zeb on your gorgeous wedding!

wedding dress hanger with name

pink bouquet Astilbe

groom in suit with bow tie

wedding first look

wedding first look

Most memorable moment of your wedding day?
Sam: For me it was the morning of the wedding, before I started getting ready or any of the bridesmaids arrived Zeb came in and gave me a wedding gift with a beautiful letter and it was so touching. I was really nervous before that and as soon as it happened I felt totally calm.
Zeb: For me it was the first time I saw her. We chose to do a first look before the actual wedding so we would have more time during the reception to interact with guests. Seeing her looking so beautiful reaffirmed how much I loved her and how excited I was to spend the rest of my life with her.

outdoor wedding ceremony

wedding ceremony under a tree

outdoor wedding ceremony

Love Samantha’s pink astilbe bouquet!

outdoor wedding ceremony

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pup at wedding

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reception table details

wedding menu on a plate

pretty rustic wildflower arrangements

pretty rustic wildflower arrangements

Our Music:
Processional: ”A Kiss to Build a Dream On”
Recessional: “When You’re Smiling”
First Dance: “Love Ain’t Gonna Let You Down,” Jamie Cullum [they did a choreographed dance for this too!]

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champagne with flowers

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bride and groom portraits at night

Any advice for those planning now?
If you can, hire a wedding planner. It was so helpful!! There is so much to do and so many things you don’t even think about until your in the midst of planning. Any outside help will be appreciated. Give yourself time to check out lots of different options, but at the same time don’t procrastinate. Things book up quickly and you want to make sure to get exactly what you want. Enjoy the process, even though it can be stressful at times, and just remember that it is your day. Everyone will have their opinions on what you should do but you need to be true to yourself and your partner and to the ideas you have imagined for your special day.

photography: Paco + Betty // venue: Calistoga Ranch // event planning and design: Alyssa Brown of Alison Events // floral design: Natalie Bowen Designs // rentals: Classic Party Rentals in Napa // linens: La Tavola Linen // lighting: Refraction //  wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier // bridesmaid dresses: Priscilla of Boston // groom suit: Custom Made by Al’s Attire // invitations+ paper goods: Hello!Lucky // catering: Calistoga Ranch // cake: Patisserie Angelica // music: Frisky Frolics and DJ Blue

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Typography Wedding Inspiration

typography wedding

This Southern California team shares a deep love of literature + typography – just like me! Beautiful fonts and text inspired this shoot styled by Kristeen LaBrot of Kristeen LaBrot Events, and shot by Sara Allen of onelove photography. The idea was to explore the more energetic side of wedding styling with bright colors (some neon!), an abundance of fresh flowers, and a feeling of pure happiness throughout the event, all accented with letters, ampersands, and lots of love. Monk Space (located in downtown LA) is one of the latest locations available for weddings with an industrial-pretty vibe. Exposed brick walls, very old advertising signs painted over the brick in parts, and trap-door skylights add to the atmosphere with just the right amount of charm.

And wait until you see the wedding dress by Beane & Company! It looks like a piece of art with its bodice made completely out of paper, and the skirt of peau de soie and tulle. Beane and Co. made the sparkling ampersand headpiece to complete the look. The models for the shoot are real-life husband and wife, the sweet Allyson + Rob. :)

typography wedding invitation

typography wedding invitation

bride with orange bouquet

bride with paper wedding dress

bride with paper wedding dress

bride with paper wedding dress

bride with orange bouquet

To help lighten and brighten the space, Gilly Flowers created bold, romantic bouquets and centerpieces, as well as sculpted huge quotation marks out of fresh flowers to hang on the wall behind the sweetheart table. I am in major love with the bouquet which uses poppies, tulips, roses and more – so, so gorgeous!

bride with orange bouquet

bride with orange bouquet

table with poppies and books

table with poppies and books

table with books and orange flowers and poppies

orange and yellow flowers

table with books and orange flowers

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orange yellow tulip poppy bouquet

bride and groom

love letters on chair

large letters wedding

large letters wedding

large letters wedding

And last, but certainly not least, the beautiful cakes by Superfine Bakery. This nine-cake set is Superfine’s new take on the monogram. “Why have just your initials on a small plaque or topper when you can have your names spelled out in cake?” says Andrea Boudewijn of Superfine. Each cake is adorned with a green sugar letter spelling out the couple’s names, accented by sugar poppies, peonies, sweet peas and ranunculus.

wedding cakes with letters

wedding cakes with letters

happy bride

So bright + happy + fun! Just love it!! Thanks so much to all these super creative wedding artists sharing their work with us today:

event designer + planner: Kristeen LaBrot Events // photographer: Sara from onelove photography // cake designer: Superfine Bakery // floral designer: Gilly Flowers // Gown designer: Beane & Company // Graphic Designer: Copper Willow // venue: Monk Space // hair and makeup: Susie Chhuor // sweetheart table linen: La Tavola // place settings: The Vintage Table Co. // rentals: The Korman Group // books: Sayre Studios // styling: Marina of Charmingly Disheveled

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist Galleryonelove photography and Kristeen LaBrot Events are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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