Urban Meadow Wedding Inspiration

urban meadow inspiration

Sometimes we think we have to pick: Urban + Sparse or Rustic + Lush. The talented ladies behind today’s gorgeous wedding inspiration set out to prove that theory wrong. And they succeed big time! :)  WINK! Weddings + The Little Branch headed up the design department and called upon the talent of one love photography to capture it all. What they created was a stunning rooftop urban meadow, perfect for all of you city brides + grooms who want to incorporate a touch of verdant romance into your day. Here’s more from the team:

Our desire was to bring the airiness of an open meadow to an urban rooftop in the middle of downtown Los Angeles. We brought this idea to life with flowing fabrics, lush greenery, and whimsical meadow creatures that were nestled between candles throughout the modern space. The color palette was warm in yellow buttercream, light peach, and sage green, and splashes of color were brought in throughout the tablescape. An airy backdrop was designed with flowers floating in test tubes, dangling from the beautiful greenery. The dessert table continued our meadow vibe with a stunning grass and flowered cake design. Lining this gorgeous creation we placed flowers budding from small white vases, all creating a “growing” moment against the downtown skyline view…

urban meadow invitation

urban meadow inspiration

boutonniere

urban meadow inspiration

green root bouquet

sphere candle votives

flower wall


We’re madly in love with this gorgeous backdrop!

flower wall

urban meadow inspiration

big orange bouquet

urban meadow inspiration

urban meadow inspiration

urban meadow inspiration

tall skinny candles


The pretty plates, glassware + vessels are Anthropologie finds + those rad stone-hued candlesticks are from Crate & Barrel!

vintage inspired plates

bright orange centerpiece

pink wine glasses

urban meadow inspiration

meadow inspired cake

meadow inspired cake

deer casting

meadow inspired cake

urban meadow inspiration


And we’re digging this ethereal bridal look! She’s wearing a grecian-inspired gown by Louiza Babouryan, paired with pretty accessories from BHLDN!

urban meadow inspiration

urban meadow inspiration

urban meadow inspiration


Big thanks to the talented folks below for sharing their ideas with us  today!

photography: onelove photography // coordination + design: WINK! Weddings // venue: LoftSEVEN Penthouse // florals: The Little Branch // rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals // plates, glassware + vessels: Anthropologie // additional vessel: Jonathan Adler // candlesticks + lanters: Crate & Barrel // hair + make-up: Susie Chhuor // cake + desserts: Superfine Bakery // dessert table rentals: Borrowed Blu // bridal gown: Louiza Babouryan // bridal party attire: Nordstrom // bride accessories: BHLDN // invitations + calligraphy: Dancing Pen & Press

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryWINK!, Archive Rentals, onelove photography, and The Little Branch are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Elegant California Barn Wedding: Mimi + Alan

barn wedding

When Mimi tried to describe her wedding vision to her planner, Joelle of A Charming Occasion, the phrase Paris meets Texas in Santa Barbara was thrown around. She + Alan wanted a day that was romantic, whimsical, chic and timeless – and, well, that’s exactly what they got! Dos Pueblos Ranch in Goleta, California, provided a beautifully rustic blank slate that was practically begging to be decked out with some fab elegant touches like sparkly chandeliers, mirrored tabletops, elegant florals, and more.

From Mimi, The beginning of our design started only with the barn and chandeliers, nothing else. We juxtaposed the natural grounds (representing my southern Texas roots) with glamorous but not over the top décor – from my dress to the guests’ attire to the chandeliers and tablescape, this all felt to me like it represented a black tie gala in New York City. I wanted to keep the colors light. I had found a photo of a Chanel flower cart that inspired the cocktail area to become an outdoor flower mart as if we were strolling through Paris. Joelle had used black and white striped linens in one of her inspiration shoots, which I fell in love with for our Parisian market theme. 

A big thanks to Leo Evidente Photographers for the gorgeous imagery + congratulations to Mimi + Alan!

floral invitation1

bride near the window

groom

carousel first look


Our first look was inspired by my first time in Paris at the Eiffel tower. I have a photo where I’m sitting and watching the carousel go round and round. There’s something magical about a carousel. As if anytime you get up on one, it transforms you into the happiest 8 year old ever. Alan is sweet to know my love for carousels and will make sure we take a ride if we stumble upon one. On our first visit to Santa Barbara to see DP Ranch, we discovered the Chase Park vintage carousel. I made a mental note and when it was time to think of how I wanted our first look, I surprised Alan with that idea.

carousel

bride and groom

bride and groom

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bride and groom

bridesmaids with swing

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

Processional: Bridal Party: Bring Me Close– Mindy Gledhill; Bride: Marry Me – Train (Instrumental)

Recessional: Safe and Sound – Capital Cities

First Dance: Valentine – Kina Granis

ceremony

ceremony

wedding party

bride and groom

wedding party

lavender cocktail

barn reception

barn reception

barn reception

barn reception


The pretty florals were by Twig and Twine + we’re loving the chic textured textiles + adorable “bow-tie” napkins!

bow napkin

barn reception

chandelier

dahlia on cake

dahlia on cake

purple bridesmaid dresses

Alan and I love looking back at our wedding and wish even until this day that we could relive that day with our closet friends and family again. There were so many special moments to choose from like seeing our beautiful venue, our first look, reciting our vows, the heart felt speeches, and my father as the star of the dance floor. But if we had to choose one moment to describe how we felt that entire day, it would be when we stood for the final toast. Inside that warmly lit barn, it was magical. We looked out at everyone and took a mental photo of the ear-to-ear smiles and teary-eyed faces looking right back at us. The love and intimacy in that barn was immeasurable. We felt incredibly blessed.

barn light


And don’t miss their sweet wedding film by Max and Molly Films!

What I loved about the venue was the ability to play make-believe and dream up what we wanted for our special day—all from scratch. It was completely raw and required a lot of imagination! Every detail was up to us to choose and everything had to be brought in by multiple vendors, even power, restrooms, or the kitchen for the caterers! This didn’t scare me at all, but it is something for other brides to think about if they’re considering DP Ranch. The amount of coordination and organization needed on top of the typical wedding planning checklist was the reason having an amazing full time planner like Joelle was necessary, especially since we lived in New York City! I wanted my planning experience and wedding day to be enjoyable. I knew from talking with other brides about their experience that you could easily forget to “be in the moment” because of stress. I made myself aware throughout the whole process, which kept me relaxed, so much that people around me forgot I was having a wedding that week.

photography: Leo Evidente Photographers // venue: Dos Pueblos Ranch Goleta, California // videography: Max and Molly Films // catering: Pure Joy Catering // linens: La Tavola Linens // lighting: Ambient Lighting // event rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals // dj: Dart DJ // event design: A Charming Occasion and Bride // wedding planning: A Charming Occasion // florals: Twig and Twine // stationery: Bride // invitation + save the date engraving: Terrapin Stationers // groom’s tuxedo: Theory // groom’s tuxedo shirt: Kooples // groom’s tuxedo shoes: Hugo Boss // groom’s socks: Polo Ralph Lauren // groom’s suspenders: Suspender Store // bride’s wedding gown: Amsale // bride’s cake cutting dress: Marc Jacobs // bride’s shoes: Gianvito Rossi

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryDart DJ is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Wedding Inspiration from Dark Florals

black dress

One of the best things about the enormously creative wedding community that has been steadily building over the past several years is the concept of balking tradition in favor of doing what speaks to you. Today’s gorgeous styled shoot, planned + designed by The Glamour Effect, falls right in line with that idea and features a stunning black dress, an avant grade headpiece (which is actually a repurposed statement necklace!), and incredibly lovely, untamed blooms. Sounding awesome already, right? Let’s hear a little more backstory from the talented photographer, Brittany Mahood, before we dive into the photos:

This editorial came from a creative space of craving a different perspective on jewel tones and florals. While I love the soft and neutral colors that have been so popular the past couple of seasons, we wondered what was next. What comes after the beautiful watercolor inspired designs? So we envisioned a moodier scene of darker florals, bolder statement pieces while still being shot in a luminous setting…

The shawl the bride is wearing was used as the statement piece that served as the inspiration for the rest of the details. I always encourage my brides to have one detail that means something to them or captures the mood they want their wedding to have and hold every other detail in the wedding up to that.

black cover

bride in the snow

jeweled crown

white and green bouquet


This bouquet by Academy Florist, abundant with green + purple tones, is truly a stunner, don’t you think?!

light leak

black dress


Feeling bold yourself + craving a different kind of wedding dress? If you’re looking for a gorgeous jet-hued option, we love this beauty by L’Wren Scott!

black dress

anemone and green bouquet

black ring

heart garland

purple velvet tablecloth

green centerpiece

simple plating

anemone and green bouquet

heart garland


And how gorge is this painted cake by Laugh Love Cakes?!

rose painted black cake

rose painted black cake

heart garland


So ladies, tell us, are any of you wearing a black wedding dress? Or a gown of any hue other than the norm? We’d love to hear! And thanks so much to the talented group of wedding creatives below for sharing their beautiful work with us today!

photographer: Brittany Mahood Photography // planning + Design: The Glamour Effect // venue: The Media Hub Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada // florals: Academy Florist // make up: Makeup Expressions by Rimpal // hair: Vanhoft Hair // cake: Laugh Love Cakes // rings: Mokada Jewelry

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