Friday Favors with Some Holiday Cheer

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Happy Friday lovelies! Are you starting to get into the holiday season? Such a fun time of year! :) We got our tree last weekend and I’m excited to work on a few fun holiday DIY projects around the house – especially since it looks like it’s going to be rainy all weekend here in LA. These are some of the projects I’m thinking of working on (if you’re looking for more holiday DIY ideas, check our Christmas Pinterest Board):

Glitter DIY Trees
Hand Painted Christmas Ornaments
• Holiday Knit Gift Tags
DIY Fringe Christmas Tree

And a few fun things going on this weekend:
 Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Wiley Valentine – Saturday Dec 1st from 10am – 5pm, Irvine CA
Monique Lhuiller Semi Annual Sample Sale – Sunday, Dec 2nd from 10am – 4pm. 40-90% off! 1201 S. Grand Avenue, LA CA 90015

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In case you missed any of our features from this week:

Holiday Gift Guide –– For Little Ones
Wisconsin Backyard Wedding
Holiday Gift Guide –– For Him
Toile Inspired Dresses by Claire Pettibone
Introducing the White Truffle Studio Collections + Giveaway
We’re having a …
Holiday Gift Guide –– Newlyweds
Eco-Friendly Boho Wedding
Holiday Gift Guide –– For Your BFF (All Gifts under $40!)
Pretty in Pink Wedding
Custom Engagement Rings from Brilliance
Holiday Gift Guide –– For Her
Colorful DIY Wedding
Pretty Ballerinas for your Bridesmaids + a Giveaway!

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A big welcome to our newest GWS Preferred Wedding Artists!
• Photography by Harmony Loves
• Floral by These Buds A Blooming
• Photography by Alec Vanderboom
Jessica D’Onofrio Photography
• Invitations by Wide Eye Design
Jessamyn Harris Photography
• And wedding films from Modern 8 Films – love this film below captured at Yosemite…

Check out more of our Preferred Wedding Artists in the Gallery. If you’re interested in becoming part of the GWS Wedding Artists Collection, click here to apply!

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Holiday Gift Guide –– For Little Ones

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Since we are expecting and my sister just had twins last month (can’t wait to meet them this Christmas!!!) and seems like almost everyone I know right now is either pregnant or recently had a baby, I thought we’d end our Gift Guides with some gifts for the littlest ones. :) Plus, they are so fun to shop for! Right?!! Since we now know we are having a girl, I’ve been on the hunt for cute things for her and her nursery. :) Hope you all enjoyed our gift guides this year! They were a lot of fun to put together. And don’t forget to check out our Gift Guide for Her, Gift Guide for HimGift Guide for Your BFF (Under $40), and Gift Guide for Newlyweds as well as lots more ideas on our GWS Holiday Gift Guide 2012 Pinterest page.

1. Ruthie the Deer from Walnut Animal Society // 2. Bunny Felt Baby Slippers // 3. Easy Catch Large Knit Ball // 4. Menagerie Book Ends // 5. Modern Jumble Nesting Blocks // 6. Knit Owl Hat // 7. Shaggy Plush Animal Rocker // 8. Organic Arrows Onesie // 9. Orla Kiely Creatures Book // 10. Moulin Roty Les Pachats Comforter // 11. Alphabet Zoo ABC House Blocks // 12. Go Speedster Racer Go! // 13. Baby Monkey Print

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Backyard Wisconsin Wedding: Amalie + Eric

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Amalie + Eric had just the sweetest backyard wedding in Wisconsin this past September. I just love the entire feel of the day – and Amalie’s smile is so contagious in these photos by Anda Marie! :) Even though Amalie wasn’t one of those girls who dreamt about her wedding day, she knew as soon as she was engaged that she wanted to get married where she grew up. A bit about the day + the location from Amalie:

Way back in the day, my dad and his two best friends were road-tripping (they had moved around the US in the 70s, living out of a VW bus, travelling from Colorado to California and so on). In their adventures they found this beautiful 120-acre plot of land in southwest Wisconsin. They bought it, divided it 3 ways, each designed and built their own houses, and raised their families. Our families are all really close, and as I was raised as an only child (my half-brother & half-sister are in their 40s, they were not living at home when I was a kiddo) the daughters of these ridge families are like my sisters. Once Eric and I decided we’d have a celebration, I knew it had to be surrounded by the hills where I grew up. There’s just something about the driftless area of Wisconsin that just slows down your pace. The beauty just demands your attention. I couldn’t imagine celebrating us spending forever together anywhere else.

We really wanted the wedding to have a relaxed feel, with a focus on local food & beer. The area is so naturally beautiful that I didn’t want to clutter it up with details. I knew that I couldn’t be the expert in everything, so we only picked people we loved and trusted to handle the details: the food, the flowers, the music, the photography. I realize not everyone can be so lucky, but it really allowed us a lot of freedom (not having to drill down to the tiniest decision) and it also allowed people we trust to really showcase their talents.

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Just love Amalie’s BHLDN dress!

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The most memorable part of the day for me was also probably the simplest and most spontaneous. Shortly after we were finished eating, while the sun was slowly slipping behind the pines that lined the ridge, our photographer grabbed us to get a couple shots. That time to just sneak away from the crowd, and just be together, alone, was so perfect.

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Your wedding is one of the only days in life you are surrounded by everyone you love most. Savor it.

photography: Anda Marie // venue: Private Residence, Wisconsin // make up + hair: Jennyface // dress: BHLDN // shoes: Ralph Lauren // groom’s suit: Calvin Klein // invitations: ElloThere // paper goods: Wood & Grain // catering: Rooted Spoon // cakes: Craigs Cakes // tarts: Whole Foods // music: Steez // violinist: Eleanor Bartsch // vintage rentals: A La Crate // beer: Pearl Street Brewery // flowers + decor: Shining Hills Farm & Garden // flower crown: Daffodil-Parker

 

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