Rustic Mint + Gold Barn Wedding: Olivia + Greg

mint colored wedding

Mint + gold is forever one of our fave color combos. The mix feels like it was practically invented to be one of the sweetest-ever wedding palettes. Olivia + Greg thought mint would be a perfect color component to match the abundance of succulents they knew they wanted to incorporate into their day. Says Olivia, I LOVE succulents, so of course we had succulents EVERYWHERE! But their styling plans didn’t just stop there. We also wanted to add a pop of glam to spice things up – that’s where the gold came in! We just love it when a color palette can hatch all of the other choices and design elements for your day. For couples who may find themselves all over the map stylistically – inspired by a bunch of different ideas – picking colors just may be the perfect place for you to start your wedding planning journey!

Olivia tells us, Our inspiration was ourselves. We wanted our wedding to be completely about us, what we love and what we believe. We really wanted to add a little bit of everything about us, to our day. We are very outdoorsy folks, so we knew that getting married inside, was not an option for us. We wanted an outside wedding – rain or shine! And it rained :) – with that sweet barn reception! 

ombre mint invitation

mint flats

wooden calligraphy sign

first look near the water

first look near the water

Such a sweet first look by the venue’s pond!

first look near the water

first look near the water

first look near the water

first look near the water

first look near the water

mint bow tie

mint wedding

bride and groom

mint bow tie

We adore both Olivia + Greg’s wedding day attire! Shop their looks – and whole pretty day – in our Rustic Mint + Gold shopping guide below!

flower crown bride

anemone and succulent bouquet

mint bridesmaids

Such great bouquets by Belovely Florals and Event Design!

green and white bouquets

mint bridesmaids

mint flower girl

mint flower girl

mint groomsmen

mint wedding party

flower girl

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

flower embroidery hoops

ribbon aisle runners

flower embroidery hoops

rings

What a sweet father-daughter moment! A little fun never hurt, right?!

selfie with your dad

mint wedding ceremony

wood chevron backdrop

ceremony

ceremony in the rain

Processional: Crash –Dave Matthews Band (Performed live by Silverlake String Quartet)

Recessional: Good Life – OneRepublic

First Dance: This Winter – Cass Lowe

ceremony in the rain

ceremony in the rain

mint colored wedding

Pennsylvania’s The Rodale Institute proved to be the perfect spot to celebrate. A sprawling, pretty patch of land complete with a great, old barn just begging to be dressed up in – you guessed it – mint + gold!

barn

window pane seating chart

woven tapestry backdrop

We are head over heels for Olivia + Greg’s thoughtfully detailed sweetheart table set up – and love that their yarn backdrop was inspired by one of our fave (and most crafty) GWS features!

woven tapestry backdrop

gold chargers

mint ombre menu

teacup candle favors

cake bar

naked cake with succulents

entrance

sweet heart table

The most memorable moment of our day was our First Dance. We danced to Cass Lowe, This Winter. I’m sure you’ve never heard of this song before, but this was the first song that Greg had shared with me, back while we were “just friends”. Little did we know and come to realize, later on, that we had both listened to this song, thinking about one another through the long distance relationship we had. Our first dance was THE most amazing part of our entire wedding. It gave us a time to completely blank out everyone else at our wedding and focus on one another and truly take in the moment that we just shared our vows, and are now husband and wife. It was super emotional for the both of us and we will cherish that moment forever.

first dance

sparkler exit

And don’t miss Olivia + Greg’s sweet wedding film by East West Productions!

Enjoy every moment of it! I’ll be honest and say 9 times out of 10 I was pretty stressed about all the details and making sure everything came together. But in reality, I had to let some things go and just relax and know that at the end of the day, Greg and I were getting married and that was the real priority!

photography: Lauren Fair Photography // venue: The Rodale Institute Kutztown, Pennsylvania // event design, florals + flower crown: Belovely Florals and Event Design // wedding dress: Allure Romance from Arielle Bridal // shoes: Shop Ruche // bridesmaid dresses: Mis-matched // hair + makeup: My sister, Amber Matteo // groom suit: J.Crew and H&M // videography: East West Productions // paper goods: Belovely Florals and Event Design // catering: The Market Cafe // cake: Homemade by Brides Mother (Laura Hagey) // music: Synergetic Sounds and Lighting

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryLauren Fair Photography is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Dutch Still Life Wedding Inspiration

Dutch still life inspiration

Today we’re sharing some gorgeous wedding inspiration from a somewhat unexpected source: Dutch still life paintings! When you stop to think about it, it makes total sense. Art inspires so much, including so many incredible weddings, but we love how the team behind this stunning shoot – photographer Andria Lo and the team at Hawthorn Flower Studio  – really took the idea of infusing art into a setting and went on to produce such an expressive editorial. Hawthorn Flowers shares more about their concept below:

This shoot draws inspiration from the drama and curiosity of the Old World, as illustrated in Dutch Renaissance paintings. Here, the Old World finds beauty through encounters with the new. We chose to emphasize the contrast between light and dark to add a dramatic flair. On the table, a lush arrangement of white clematis and burgundy peonies, plum branches, tulips, fritillaria, anemones and lily of the valley. Tablescapes resemble artful still lifes invoking simple pleasures.

old paper invitation

old paper invitation

clematis bouquet

clematis bouquet

floral dress

skull decor

We love this floral print dress for bridesmaids or a bride who wants to wear something totally unconventional! This black Marchesa ball gown or this strapless Versace gown might be just as dramatic + fun!

floral dress

clematis bouquet

honeycomb

calligraphy

Dutch still life inspiration

Dutch still life inspiration

Dutch still life inspiration

Dutch still life inspiration

Dutch still life inspiration

Dutch still life inspiration

Dutch still life inspiration

Dutch still life inspiration

The small-batch vegan and organic wedding cake used a vanilla bean buttercream filling and was topped with berries to give it an artful, patina-like finish.

Dutch still life cake

A big thanks to the talented team of creatives below for sharing their work with us today. And if you love this inspiration, be sure to also check out this Dutch Still Life Dinner Party to see another take on this theme. :)

photography: Andria Lo Photography // venue: Camino Oakland, California // florals: Hawthorn Flower Studio // cake: Fox and Fawn Bakehouse // calligraphy: Mon Voir // hair: Mishi Nova // invitation screenprinting: Jill Fawcett // makeup: Makeup by Julie Dy // model: Ginny McGinnis

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Rustic + Preppy NorCal Wedding: Megan + Evan

norcal wedding

Happy Monday, lovelies! The sun is shining and Megan + Evan’s bright + cheerful Dawn Ranch wedding, designed by Enjoy Events Co + captured by Christina McNeill, is suiting our chipper Monday moods just fine. These two didn’t want just your standard 8-hour wedding day; they were after a fun long weekend away with their family and best friends in beautiful California wine country. Their unforgettable 3-day retreat (where all their guests stayed in charming cabins on site) consisted of a Friday night rehearsal dinner “I Do BBQ” (an evening of burgers and s’mores around the fire pit), a gorgeously thoughtful + detailed wedding celebration (the main event, of course!), and a delicious farewell brunch + send-off. Sounds pretty perfect, right?

Megan is an interior designer, so the wedding design was a very important element to her + Evan. She tells us, The bright rustic flowers, handmade bow ties by the Evan’s mom, and colorful bridesmaids dresses were a tribute to our vibrant and playful love for one another and my passion for color. We think they nailed it. Let’s take a look…

norcal wedding

welcome basket

mad lib invitation

Major ring envy! What a beauty.

wedding rings 2

groomsmen

crazy socks

pattern mixing

colorful bridesmaids

colorful bridesmaids

And we’re all about Megan’s incredible peony-filled bouquet by Shotgun Floral Studio!

preppy norcal wedding

colorful bridesmaids

paper airplane program

M + E’s programs (also designed by Shotgun Floral) we’re fashioned as paper airplanes so guests could throw them during the recessional. Um, SO fun!

peony birch arbor

peony birch arbor

norcal ceremony

Processional: Pachelbel's Canon in D

Recessional: Crazy Little Thing Called Love – Queen

First Dance: Today – Joshua Radin

norcal ceremony

norcal ceremony

norcal ceremony

norcal ceremony

norcal ceremony

wedding party

Guys, we’re totally on the Moscow Mule bandwagon! Yum. And this Friday we’ll be sharing a recipe so you can make this popular drink yourselves, so be sure not to miss that! :)

moscow mules

cheers

cocktail hour

wedding pup

blue oxford shoes

We adore that Megan wore comfy Tom’s wedges for her big day! And, of course, we’re totally digging the rest of the colorful apparel + the whimsical decor from this wedding, too! Shop with us below for fun finds for your wedding or any party!

shield escort card display

tag escort card display

peony centerpieces

checked napkin

peony garland chair decor

checked napkin

peony centerpieces

We’re so in love with those colorful arrangements + the sweet reception table details.

checked napkin

peony centerpieces

entrance

outdoor reception

norcal wedding

Hire a planner! There are so many decisions to be made, vendors to align, and schedules to coordinate. Your day will come fast, and you'll be so thankful to have someone else there to manage the details so you can enjoy the amazing weekend with loved ones.

photography: Christina McNeill // event planning + design: Enjoy Events Co // floral design: Shotgun Floral Studio // venue: Dawn Ranch Lodge Guerneville, California // dress: Maggie Sottero // shoes: Toms // veil: Tessa Kim // hair + makeup: Katie Nash // groom’s suit + shoes: J. Crew // invitations, save the dates + welcome baskets: Elizabeth Hummert // paper airplane programs, menus + signage: Enjoy Events Co // catering: Agriculture, Dawn Ranch Lodge // cake: Patisserie Angelica // mini pies: Crisp Bakeshop // dj: DJ John Piazza // guitarist: Jean Paul Buongiorno

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