2013 GWS Reader Survey

As we approach our FIVE year birthday for GWS next month, we wanted to reach out to our amazing readers to get your thoughts, suggestions + ideas on how you’d like to see Green Wedding Shoes evolve to better serve you. :)  The survey results will help to ensure that we continue to give you only the best content, while helping us select new columns + features to make GWS even more useful and to get you even more GWS goodness each day where + when you prefer to receive it. As a token of our gratitude for taking the survey, we have 3 lovely prizes for 3 winners that will be selected at random.

Thanks so much for all your feedback, the survey period is now closed! We have the best readers + feel so lucky. xoxo Jen + Jason

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Thanks for your interest, but the entry period is now closed.  We hope you’ll participate in our next readers survey!

Thanks so much to BHLDN and Twigs & Honey for donating prizes for our winners!

 

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Organic Citrus Wedding Inspiration

draped curtain backdrop

Today’s lovely styled shoot is all the way from Australia! Planned + designed by Victoria Cameron and captured by Byron Loves Fawn, it is brimming with organic citrus-inspired details and a gorgeous palette of blush tones, muted greens + soft apricot hues. Wild ferns decorated the aisle chairs and adorned a beautiful, breezy arch, oranges dotted a greenery garland to bring a dose of color to the reception table, and the darling paper goods, by With Love Stationery & Design, were completely inspired by organic produce. So many pretty details for you brides-to-be to be inspired by!

citrus inspired invitation set

citrus ceremony program

outdoor ceremony

draped ceremony backdrop


Super crazy about the ceremony florals by Stem Design! Garden roses + spider mums paired gorgeously with overgrown ivy + fern to decorate the linen-draped arch and some of the washed wood chiavari chairs…

orange flower decor

lounge area

bride

bride and groom

bride and groom

lounge and bar

calligraphy


I love the idea of serving guests beautiful cheese boards during cocktail hour!

cheese bar

fig appetizer

cocktails

groom with drink

classic white and green bouquet

farm table reception


Isn’t the citrus table garland so pretty?!

citrus table decor

flower cake

vineyard


And see even more from this stunning shoot in this lovely video by One Day In Mind


Thank you so much to the below creatives for sharing this organic citrus wedding inspiration with us today!

planning + design: Victoria Cameron // photography: Byron Loves Fawn // venue: Sirromet Wines Mt Cotton, QLD, Australia // florals: Stem Design // videography: One Day In Mind // furniture: The One Day House // stationery: With Love Stationery & Design // desserts: Ruby Ju // catering: Seaweed Cuisine // wedding dress: Jennifer Gifford // suit: Wil Valor // hair + make up: Tracie Weaver // accessories: Shut The Front Door // models: Division Models 

This styled shoot was produced in conjunction with the Byron Bay Bridal Showcase

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryVictoria Cameron is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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60’s-Inspired Backyard Wedding: Hayley + Gordon

bride and groom

Hayley + Gordon’s 60’s-inspired backyard wedding was almost entirely handmade by the two of them, with the help of their bridal party + family. The celebration took place on Hayley’s family compound in Camarillo, CA – where several generations of family have tied the knot! The day was filled with so many fun, DIY elements – like hundreds of paper tassels strung everywhere, homemade pie with a vintage cake topper, and a super rad ceremony backdrop made from ribbons + words from one of their favorite songs – wait until you see it! Here’s even more about the day from the beautiful bride:

How did we make our wedding about the two of us? Two things: Tacos and pie. We both have an unrelenting appetite for tacos, so we made sure that that’s what we would be eating on the most wonderful day of our lives. We also both love pie beyond all reason, and for that reason, we decided to forego the standard wedding cake and have pie instead. The best day ever needs to be full of the best food ever; am I right? All the mini pies that fed most of our guests were made by a bakery, but we made our actual “wedding pie” together. It was cherry, in case you were wondering!

Big thanks to Rad + In Love for the gorgeous photography + congrats to Hayley + Gordon!

antique house

wedding sign


How much do you love the bridesmaid’s adorable poofy buns complete with tiny gold bows?! The girls all did each others hair, which sounds like a lot of fun + it turned out so great!

mismatched lace bridesmaids

outdoor first look

60s bride

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom


Majorly in love with their ceremony altar, which was made with streamers and the words “La La Love You” – a line from their fave Pixies song!

la la love you sign

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

bows and buns

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

cigar bar

hanging escort cards

giant yellow balloons


I spray-painted all the terracotta pots that the succulents were in with some help from my mother-in-law and one of my bridesmaids. My sister + I potted a majority of the succulents with help from my mom, my wedding planner, my aunt, uncle, cousins — they were trimmings we got from my aunt’s backyard! The table runners were from fabric I bought in Downtown LA and were cut and hemmed by my officiant and his wife who have a school uniform company. 

succulent table decor

reception entrance

first dance

first dance

When most of our bridal party rushed onto the dance floor after the first dance and danced with us to "Just Like Heaven" by The Cure.

dancing

mini pies

tea length wedding dress

Don't get hung up on the little things because at the end of the day all that matters is that you are marrying your soulmate.

photography: Rad + In Love // venue: family home in Camarillo, California // wedding planning + design: Alexis Napier (friend) // bride’s dress + veil: Dolly Couture // shoes: LifeStride // bridesmaid dresses: One of the dresses was bought in a vintage shop in Venice. The rest were all from different stores or websites – Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, ModCloth, Ruche, Dorothy Perkins // hair: Bri Rice // bridesmaids’ hair: Bride did a few of the bridesmaids’ hair, and the rest were either done by other bridesmaids, family members // makeup: Melissa Murdick // flowers: Rose Hut Flowers // catering: Tlaquepaque Restaurant // pies: Gordon and I baked our actual big “wedding pie,” but all the mini pies were made by Marie Shannon Confections // table decor: DIY by bride // groom’s clothing: Suit from Jos. A. Bank, tie from The Tie Bar

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