Wizard of Oz Wedding Inspiration

world of oz inspiration

Today’s whimsical wedding editorial, based on The Wizard of Oz, is just about as lovely as it gets! As fans of the beloved film ourselves, Analisa Joy Photography‘s beautiful images definitely transported us to super fun place. But possibly what we love most about this one was the perfect balance of subtly and precision carried out by the team. We had to look twice to notice the fun nods to the movie. But once they began to appear (yep, that’s a yellow brick road aisle + a sweet little garland-adorned pup that looks an awful lot like Toto!), we realized that this styled shoot was not only a fun bit of eye candy, but could be hugely inspirational to all couples who are currently planning a colorful, whimsical wedding celebration! Here’s a bit more about the shoot from the planners at Couture Events:

We brought in a touch of magic, a dash of red glitter, and our own yellow brick road to create this wonderland. They say there’s no place like home but we wouldn’t mind hanging out here for a while…

world of oz laser cut invitation

world of oz laser cut invitation

world of oz laser cut invitation

world of oz yellow brick aisle

world of oz yellow brick aisle

toto pup

world of oz inspiration

world of oz yellow brick aisle

world of oz inspiration

world of oz inspiration


That aisle is totally genius, right?!

world of oz inspiration

world of oz inspiration

hot air balloon table centerpiece

gold table numbers

green napkin and dotted plate

green bud vase

dotted plate and gold flatware

flower basket centerpiece


And we adore the stunning table arrangements designed by Leaf it to Lexi!

peony bud vase

hot air balloon table centerpiece

dorothy and toto

red glitter bow


“A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.” – Wizard of Oz

And what could be better than a sequin Ban.do heart boutonniere to celebrate that notion?!

red sequin heart boutonniere oz

world of oz inspiration

oz dessert bar

poppy cupcake topper

poppy cake with gold


LOVE that cake + the whole sweets table, provided by Hey There Cupcake.

gold brushed macarons

oz dessert bar

toto in vintage green chair

toto in vintage green chair

world of oz inspiration


Big thanks to the talented team of creatives below for sharing this super fun concept with us today!

photography: Analisa Joy Photography // planning + design: Couture Events // florals: Leaf it to Lexi // desserts: Hey There Cupcake // cake stands: Minted & Vintage // paper goods: Whimsique // vintage rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals // charger plates, glassware + flatware: Classic Party Rentals // dinner plates: Kate Spade // hair + makeup: Hot Seat Salon // jewelry: Mimi and LuChloe and Isabel by Riley // groom’s sequin heart: Ban.do // groom’s attire: A Better Deal Tuxedo // wedding gown: Here Comes The Bride // wedding gown designer: Matthew Christopher

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryFolklore Vintage Rentals is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Interior-Inspired Parker Palm Springs Wedding: Sara + Sam

parker palm springs wedding

When we heard that Sara, the bride from today’s stylish Parker Palm Springs wedding, was the founder + owner of the online home décor boutique Lulu & Georgia, we had a pretty good feeling her + Sam’s wedding would be good. Well, we’re happy to report that ‘good’ is probably the understatement of the year – and in about 4 seconds when you begin scrolling through the post, you’ll see for yourself why! Filled with color, texture, fun quirky finds, and beautiful styling, these two (with the help of Bustle Events + JL Designs) created a setting that not only incorporated their favorite items from Lulu & Georgia, but was oh-so reflective of their playful personalities, making it just right for them! A few quick words from Sara about the design:

People wouldn’t necessarily think to turn to a home décor site for their wedding, but in fact, it’s a great way to step away from traditional rentals and find some truly unique pieces that reflect your personal style.

So true, right?! A big thanks goes out to Studio Castillero for these super gorge images and congrats to Sara + Sam on the most beautiful day!

coral invitation

bridesmaid robes


If you love their robes, wait ’til you see their Amsale bridesmaid dresses!

gold heels

ranunculus boutonniere

first look

parker halter bride

wedding party


We love the watercolor-like palette of Sara’s stunning bouquet!

pink and orange bouquet

groom

bride and groom

protea bouquet

giant balloon with tassels

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom


Sara + Sam knew from the minute they started planning their wedding, that key pieces from Lulu & Georgia would act as a focal point of their décor. If we had access to that many beautiful things, you better believe we’d be doing the same! We couldn’t be more in love with this layered rug aisle, and the reception was filled with the most fun interior objects + design elements, too!

ceremony

rug aisle runner

flower girl and ring bearer

pup

When I walked down the aisle and saw Sam, it was pure joy. My parents were on either side of me and my brother was singing “I Will”. It didn’t feel like I was being given away, it felt like a coming together. Then my dad took a surprise selfie down the aisle and everyone laughed. Music and laughter were the backdrop to our ceremony- it was really intimate and felt like us.

bride with parents selfie

parker ceremony

parker ceremony

parker ceremony

parker ceremony

parker ceremony

Processional: Bridal Party: Loving Cup – Rolling Stones; Bride: I Will – The Beatles

Recessional: Love and Happiness – Al Green

First Dance: Just One Look – Doris Troy

you and me mat

cocktail drinks

hammock with pillow


We love that the tablescapes featured a fun mix of floral vessels, votives and decorative objects from Lulu & Georgia.

parker reception

triangle seating chart

gold and pink tables

gold sequin table runner

gold sequin table runner

gold spikes

octagon name card

geometric vases

geometric vases

gold table numbers

moroccan lounge

decorative pillows

vases


Textured pillows, Moroccan poufs, gorge florals, and lots of gold. We think it would be pretty impossible not to fall in love with this setting!

moroccan lounge

poufs

bride and groom

bistro lights

treat yo self dessert bar

dessert shots

triangle wall

parker palm springs

parker palm springs

fireworks

parker palm springs


Instead of traditional advice, Sara shares some fun wedding décor tips with us!

• Forgo the traditional aisle runner in favor of layered rugs: As the third generation of a rug business, I of course had to incorporate my family’s rugs into my wedding! Layering them down the aisle created a bohemian look while adding color and style – so much so, we didn’t even need floral! The rugs down the aisle were original designs I created for Lulu & Georgia, but we used one of my grandfather’s vintage Turkish rugs beneath the chuppah as a way to link the old and new.

• Create a dinner party ambience with tabletop décor: We wanted our reception to feel like an intimate dinner party; a glamorous yet relaxed environment where guests could mingle and linger. Instead of one large centerpiece, we used a variety of mixed floral containers combined with votives and decorative objects from Lulu & Georgia. These items, which included architectural vases and ceramic dogs, became conversation pieces.

• Set up lounge areas: Continuing with the dinner party vibe, we created two lounge areas surrounding the dance floor. Through the use of poufs, floor cushions, and big Moroccan rugs, the vignettes felt warm and inviting. And when the girls needed a break from dancing, they could sit down and still be part of the soiree!

• Accessorize with pillows: Pillows are an easy, inexpensive way to add a punch of color and style. Our wedding venue has a Moroccan couch that has seen better days. Rather than investing in a replacement, we styled it with gold, coral, and blush pillows, making it look brand new! We placed similar pillows in the hammocks during cocktail hour to tie two separate spaces together.

• Bring your home into your wedding: We wanted our wedding to feel intimate, both in size and décor. A great way to do that is by adding elements you might find in a home. Our guests were welcomed into the reception by a doormat adorned with the words “You and Me”. It was a simple but whimsical way to set the mood for the party and show our guests what awaited inside. We also incorporated lanterns down the aisle for the ceremony. By minimizing the light, we created a backyard setting.

Love it as much as we do?! Shop Sara + Sam’s stunning wedding below, with our new Shop This Look feature! We’re so excited to help you get the look for some of our fave GWS weddings + shoots! Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section below! And even more exciting, we have a special code for all products from Lulu & Georgia - just enter GWSBRIDE20 for 20% off! (expires 7/21/14)

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photography: Studio Castillero // event planning + design: Bustle Events // florals: Carissa Jones of JL Designs // venue: The Parker Palm Springs Palm Springs, California // wedding dress: Nicole Miller // shoes: Jimmy Choo // bridesmaids dresses: Amsale // dessert: Fantasy Frostings // paper goods: Maude Press // calligraphy: Laura Hooper Calligraphy // officiant: Rabbi Jim Kaufman // hair: Rachael Brenner // makeup: Zoe Rehberg // accessories + furniture: Lulu & Georgia // treat yo’ self sign + garlands: The Sweet Petite Shop // napkin rentals: La Tavola Fine Linens // chairs: Classic Party Rentals // tablecloths: Mrs. Freund // bridesmaids robes: Silk and More // band: The Midnight Special with West Coast Music

 

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryStudio Castillero and JL Designs are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Laid-Back California Love Session: Brooke + Trevor

jose villa engagement

In keeping with the idea of a vivid, cheerful feel to this Friday, we couldn’t help but share Brooke + Trevor’s beautiful love session – captured by none other than Jose Villa! Not only do these two lovebirds radiate happiness, but we’re having a major case of fashion lust with their bright + stylish outfits from the 2nd half of the shoot! (Wait ’til you see!!) And since it has always been Brooke’s dream to have her wedding photos taken in a field (and that idea wasn’t an option for their actual wedding day), a post-wedding shoot in a gorgeous, open field was a definite must! Here’s a bit more about the session from Brooke:

Jose took us to the most beautiful field with an amazing tree in the San Ysidro mountains and I knew that this was my dream come true! A perfect wedding, an amazing husband, and an opportunity to take photos after 4 months of blissful marriage in the location that looked like a postcard. I am one lucky girl! 

golden engagement

fishtail braid

hills


We’re totally pinning that fishtail braid to our Pretty Hair board!

fishtail braid

golden engagement

rustic engagement

rustic engagement

floral printed dress


Yes to Brooke’s gorge dress + Trevor’s rad, coral blazer!

floral printed dress

pink blazer

floral printed dress

floral printed dress


Such pretty photos, right?! And we love Brooke + Trevor’s adorable proposal story, too:

Trevor and I met in high school, where we became friends, went to Prom together, and began dating shortly before I was going to graduate from high school. Against all odds we successfully dated long distance for 3.5 years, he in Santa Barbara, California playing baseball and I in Fort Worth, Texas, visiting each other about every other month. When I came home for Christmas break my junior year, we went to his grandparent’s house for a yearly tradition of opening white elephant gifts. Nothing out of the ordinary except for the fact that he was adamant about me dressing warmly, which I thought was a bit excessive but I get cold easily so I figured he was just being sweet. He suggested that we take a different ferry back home so we could see the Seattle skyline all lit up at night. We parked our car and spent some time in the main cabin taking pictures of the city on an unusual perfectly clear night. He asked if I wanted to go up to the open-air deck and get a better picture. As someone who is always chasing “the better photo”, I of course said yes. We braved the cold and made it up to the front deck, the city of Seattle looming ahead of us. I was in no way expecting him to propose anytime soon so when he started telling me how much he loved me and how I was his best friend, my honest-to-goodness thought was, “Wow, I have such an amazing boyfriend. He is so sweet!” This was then quickly followed by my amazing boyfriend getting down on his knee and asking me to be his wife. I could not have thought of a more perfect proposal.

Big congrats, guys! And best wishes from team GWS!

photography: Jose Villa // location: San Ysidro Mountains, California

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