Handmade Vintage Barn Wedding: Paige + Geoff

Graff Barn wedding

There’s nothing quite like a good barn wedding, and as soon as we laid eyes on Paige + Geoff’s handmade, vintage-inspired celebration, we knew you guys would love it. These two went the extra mile to ensure their day was as personal as it could be and took a fun, creative approach to planning their I Dos. They planted a tree together during the ceremony, shared poems and songs they love during the reception, and drove off at the end of the night in Geoff’s classic car. In between, all the little details like the groomsmen’s ties (which were hand-knit by Paige), their unique polaroid transfer Save the Date, and the hand-drawn signage + paper goods were all fun representations of the two of them + their beautiful life together!

From the Bride, We  wanted our wedding to immediately reflect who we are and what we believe, we both think outside of the box and like to do things our own way instead of doing things just because tradition say so. Geoff and I thought through each step of the traditional wedding process and decided if we wanted to stay traditional or do our own thing. Quite a few of the detail touches to the wedding were courtesy of many trips to the flea market and estate sales. We thought about what we wanted for the decor and then figured out a way to create it. We found wooden sewing spools, made a stand to put in the spool and used them for the seating assignments. We wanted to do as much as we could by ourselves. For example, my maid of honor and I love to crochet, we decided to crochet each of the ties for the groomsmen.

Thanks so much to Josh Gruetzmacher for sharing these lovely photos of Paige + Geoff’s wedding with us and big congrats to the happy couple!

photo invitation

vintage inspired invitation

bride

bridesmaids in skirts

The bridesmaid skirts were handmade by a friend of the couple + paired with simple lace tops from Free People. Such a sweet look for a laid back barn wedding!

bridesmaids in skirts

bridesmaids in skirts

lace bouquet

bridesmaids in maxi skirts

BHLDN bride

miner inspired groom

personalized knife

groomsmen

And how great do Geoff + the groomsmen look?! We’re pretty into all of the wedding party fashion (and the decor) from P + G’s awesome, rustic shindig! Check out the fun shopping guide we’ve created to help you get the look if you love it, too!

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vintage boutonniere

vintage boutonnieres

bride and groom before ceremony

vintage ceremony jugs

garland aisle runner

Processional: The wedding party walked down to Ashokan Farewell played by a brass trio and violin (all close friends)

Recessional: Shenandoah – Tom Waits (sung by the wedding party)

First Dance: Love – George Burns + Floyd Huddleston

graff barn ceremony

graff barn ceremony

graff barn ceremony

graff barn ceremony

potting a plant

graff barn ceremony

graff barn ceremony

graff barn ceremony

graff barn wedding

wedding party

bride and groom

bride and groom

Neither Geoff or I like champagne but we still wanted to have a time for toasts, Geoff is a bread baker so we decided to have “toast” for toasts!

bread

vintage handkerchief display

spool place cards

graff barn reception

bunting

vintage vases

vintage bottles

leather pouch

vintage plates

The reception barn + tent were decorated with lovely + quintessential vintage barn decor. The tablescapes featured vintage lace linens, found handkerchief runners, and antique ribbon spools, books + floral vessels. Such a pretty look!

leather pouch

table names

bread bar

vintage teacups

breaking bread

first dance

At the very end of the reception right before we were going to leave in our get away car, Geoff and I had everyone leave the barn and we had one dance all by ourselves with the barn door shut. This was the only time Geoff and I had by ourselves through the entire wedding day and it was such a perfect way to end it!

first dance

Think through the entire wedding and decide what YOU want to do, don't do things that you are not interested in and try to personalize it the best you can, in the end the personal touches will be the best memories.

photography: Josh Gruetzmacher // venue: Graf Family Barn Oxnard, California // event design: Bride and Groom // florals + flower crown: La Fleur Du Jour // wedding dress: BHLDN // shoes: Frye flats // bridesmaid dresses: skirts hand made by a friend, tops are Free People // groom + groomsmen shirts: LL Bean // paper goods: Bride and Groom // “toast” bread: Genuine Bread Co. // music: DJ Persian Housecat

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Dreamy Bohemian Scottish Elopement Shoot: Sarah + Shaun

Scotland elopement

True, we may be biased, but we really think that GWS couples know how to rock a photoshoot with style. And this adorable duo, Sarah + Shaun, and their pre-wedding elopement shoot at the foot of Ben Nevis in Scotland, backs up our theory big time. With a traditional wedding ceremony planned for this Fall back home in Singapore, Sarah + Shaun decided to do something special in the country where they met + fell in love. Knowing it wasn’t feasible to fly their 400 guests to Scotland, a dreamy photoshoot, filled with simple yet sweet bohemian details, was the perfect plan to ensure they’d get the wedding photographs they really wanted.

Scotland holds many fond memories for us as we first met there in 2007 when we studied medicine at the University of Glasgow. The Scottish Highlands is nature at its rawest, untainted beauty. We wanted to capture some moments together in a place that would remind us of love that is carefree, bold and endearing through all weathers, even the heaviest storms. We were inspired by the styled pre-wedding film photography shoots we had read about all over Wedding Sparrow! They were refreshing compared to the usual studio photoshoots quite popular in our part of the world and we thought, “what could be a better place than Scotland!”. We wanted to capture two main elements of the Scottish Highlands- elegant castles and the rustic wilderness and found them to be perfectly amalgamated at Inverlochy Castle Hotel at Fort William. Located near the foot of Ben Nevis, we had stunning views of the tallest peak in Scotland and the castle also had its own private wood and lake! We felt so blessed to be able to shoot at this romantic venue.

Big thanks to Louise and Teo of Taylor & Porter for the gorgeous photos and congratulations to Sarah + Shaun!

Scotland elopement

coral invitation

bride getting ready

Scotland elopement

dinner for two

The Bloomery did an incredible job crafting gorgeous arrangements in a pretty palette that was just right for summer!

coral floral arrangement

Scotland elopement

whiskey bar

two tier cake

Scotland elopement

Scotland elopement

Sarah + Shaun changed into something a little more comfortable for the 2nd part of the shoot. And (as we like to say) you just can’t go wrong with a Claire Pettibone gown! :)

Scotland elopement

boutonniere

Scotland elopement

scotland canoe

We love these shots of Sarah + Shaun in that garland-clad row boat! Too sweet!

Scotland elopement

Scotland elopement

Scotland elopement

Scotland elopement

coral bouquet

flower crown scotland elopement

Our advice to anyone planning an elopement, engagement or a wedding in Scotland would be that we certainly recommend giving it a shot! Scotland is an understated country full of beautiful landmarks that will make awesome photographs. We were very fortunate with the weather as it did not rain at all, but the skies can get cloudy (or sunny) quite quickly within the day, so be prepared to be always on the move for opportunistic shots! If we had to do it all over again, we would still use the same vendors and choose film photography to have the best photos to look back on.

photography: Taylor & Porter // styling + planning: Wedding Sparrow // location: Inverlochy Castle Fort William, Scotland // florals: The Bloomery // stationery + calligraphy: La Happy // dress: Adagio by Claire Pettibone via Exquisite Bridal Couture // suit: Custom made // cake: Blush Bakery // hair + make up: Perfect10 Make Up Artistry

 

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Moroccan-Mediterranean Korakia Pensione Wedding: Gabby + Alex – Part 2

korakia pensione wedding

Did you guys catch part one of today’s incredible wedding, captured by Studio Castillero? If not, you’ll definitely want to check that out first to see the fashion, florals, and location from this wedding in full detail! For part two, we’re excited to share Gabby + Alex’s dreamy ceremony + amazing, camp-inspired reception. Gabby was the text book definition of a DIY bride, styling incredible vignettes + crafting her fingers to the bone to ensure everything would be just right. And Korakia Pensione was the perfect canvas for all of the incredible Moroccan-Mediterranean inspired details that ended up being incorporated throughout. Before we dive into all the pretty photos, let’s hear a bit more about the design process from Gabby:

I think what made our wedding interesting and personal was watching the day unfold. We had good friends and family involved in almost all creative aspects of our wedding. From the florals, to the music, to building the chuppah, to our six amazing cakes, we depended on our family and friends to make it happen. To see all the talent come together was incredible and the end product truly reflected us as a couple.

camp korakia

wedding chuppah

desert florals

#campkorakia

desert essentials

korakia pensione ceremony

korakia pensione ceremony

When we began planning our wedding, tradition wasn't our focus. To our surprise, our favorite moments included: the ceremony (with my older brother as our officiant), the dancing (music played by good friends) and the cake cutting (the most amazing array of log cakes that were presented on a huge wooden board accessorized by sparklers - quite a production).

korakia pensione ceremony

korakia pensione ceremony

korakia pensione ceremony

korakia pensione ceremony

korakia pensione ceremony

korakia pensione ceremony

korakia pensione wedding

bride and groom

Seriously in love with Gabby’s look!

lace edged veil bride

goblet


Much of the wedding was planned with their guests’ comfort in mind, so little details like wool throws doubling as escort cards, ensured everyone would stay warn on the cool desert night.

blankets to keep warm

korakia pensione wedding

indigo dyed napkins

indigo dyed napkins


I treated our wedding like a brand (I know, not that romantic right?). I created a logo for our weekend, which will now always be remembered as “Camp Korakia.” I started with the details (the logo, ceramics, cacti, geodes, bandanas, Weck jars, carnations and lilies, log cakes, just to name a few) and let the theme grow from there. In styling, I fell in love with the hotel aesthetic, but wanted to find a subtle contradiction to the Moroccan decor that sets the Korakia mood. That’s where the “campy” theme really flourished. I went for contrast – stark black & white bandanas (as napkins) placed against warn wooden tables and pottered/ceramic centerpieces (a year’s worth, collected by the MOB). I didn’t want to compete with the natural landscape, but still wanted the details to show through. 

fur chair

desert tablescape

mixed vases

reception rugs

succulents

table number

thistles

korakia pensione wedding

bandana napkin

korakia pensione wedding


Cacti, wax flower, thistle, and banksia felt like a fit for the desert surroundings + held up perfectly in the afternoon heat.

potted flowers

korakia pensione wedding

korakia pensione wedding

drink menu


The reception was filled with even more fun surprises. Casablanca projected on the white wall of a Korakia bungalow during the reception + flaming sparklers surrounded the dance floor + cake table!

entrance

first dance

dancing

sparkler log cakes

sparkler log cakes

sparkler log cakes

- I know there are many factors in choosing a wedding venue, but try to find a place that you both can picture being able to relax and enjoy all the wonderful moments of your day.

- A week before the wedding (or even just a couple days before) take time for you and your soon-to-be husband (key words: day-of coordinator).

- Organize your inspiration - I created a separate inspiration board for each wedding category - dress style, bridesmaids style, florals, cakes. This really helped to explain my vision to our vendors.

photography: Studio Castillero // venue: Korakia Pensione Palm Springs, California // stylist, paper goods: Gabriella Nourse Comley (the bride) RUTHKIND // wedding dress: Claire Pettibone // wedding shoes: Alexander Wang // groom’s suit: GANT // wedding cakes: Beezoo – info@beezoo.com // bridesmaids dresses: Reformation // catering: Cheeky’s // rentals: Planks & Patina // videography: Broken Bridge Collective // day-of coordinator: Anna Dewey Greer – annadeweygreer@gmail.com // florals + calligraphy: The Bloomery Co. // hair + makeup: Lauren Lancaster and Alicia Kasper – alicia.kasper@gmail.com // dj: Dj Glowing Andy – andybmarlow@gmail.com

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryStudio Castillero is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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