Colorful Elopement Inspiration at Salvation Mountain

Salvation Mountain elopement

If you’re considering an elopement, you’re probably already thinking a bit untraditionally. An elopement really celebrates the two of you + allows you to tie the knot in a unique location that you may not have been able to otherwise. We love that today’s styled shoot takes the concept of an untraditional elopement to the next level! Because not only is the location pretty epic – Salvation Mountain for those of you who didn’t recognize it from our intro image – but the whole editorial is styled with vibrant details + fun elements that give the setting itself a run for its money! From the colorful props to the fun signage to the seriously beautiful bright bouquet, we’re totally digging this shoot + hope you will too!

From the photographer + stylist, Candice BenjaminThe theme of the shoot was “Find a Beautiful Place & Get Lost (& elope!)”…and we sure found a beautiful place to get lost. Our inspiration came directly from Salvation Mountain, a God loving, colorful oasis in the middle of nowhere. We used bright colors, an untraditional floral crown made of twigs and spray painted flowers, a light pink rented dress and thrifted/found accessories. Even the bouquet had a mix of painted succulents and air plants worked in to nod to the thousands of gallons of paint used on the mountain. To keep with the adventure aspect of the shoot, we only used items that anyone could find and fit in the trunk of their car.

colorful invitation

Salvation Mountain elopement


That bouquet, by Pixies Petals, is pretty incredible, don’t you think? And if you’re going big, with a color-filled celebration, why not also rock a headband crafted from equally bright blooms?!

super bright and colorful bouquet

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement

flower hair piece

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement


We’re so in love with the idea of a blush pink dress for a fun, colorful elopement! Jill Stuart’s Clink Clink Dress, paired with a Ruche statement pendant makes for such a lovely look!

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement


This sweet little alter would be easy to recreate with a bright accent table + punchy, glossy candlesticks.

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement

pink dress

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement


How many of you have been to Salvation Mountain? We love it so!

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement

flower hair piece

sandal heels

colorful and bright bouquet

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement

elopement dinner

yellow tabl

striped staws

colorful centerpiece


The perfect spot to share an intimate, post-elopement meal with your love!

rug

peony cake topper

elopement dinner

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement

Salvation Mountain elopement


If that didn’t brighten up your Friday morning, nothing will! Big thanks to the very talented team below for inspiring us with this colorful elopement inspiration today!

styling + photography: Candice Benjamin Photography // florals: Pixies Petals // location: Salvation Mountain Niland, California // dress: Rent The Runway // pendant necklace: Ruche // paper goods: Minted

 

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryMinted and Pixies Petals are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Vibrant Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

bohemian inspiration

We mean it when we say that we’ll never tire of bohemian design. The term is open to interpretation and it’s a style that will always evolve with the times. That said, we adore it when creatives build on what we know to be “boho” + inspire us with something fun and totally different! For today’s styled shoot, Lindsay Ferraris Photography + Whitney Nelson Events worked together to design a setting with hints of modern-tribal elements + a vivid color palette of raspberry, teal and rust. We think you’ll agree, there’s just so much pretty to pin, share, and love!

bohemian bride

bohemian bride

bohemian protea bouquet

bohemian bride


That bouquet is a total stunner! And EV Floral Design did an equally amazing job with the bride’s flower crown + the tablescapes!

bohemian protea bouquet

bohemian bride

bohemian crochet bouquet


The paper goods by Paper and Ink took things to the next level. Love those tattered fabric strip tassels!

bohemian crochet bouquet

bohemian inspiration


It’s completely possible we’ve never loved a place setting more!

bohemian feather plating

aztec table number

purple tablescape

geometric gold light fixture


So many cute ideas to steal, err, borrow! :)

wine bottle rack

cookie sandwiches

macarons


And when we think boho, we think Free People, so that lace shift is a perfect, perfect fit.

desserts

bohemian inspiration


We love it! Thanks so much to Lindsay, Whitney, and the rest of the team below for sharing their take on vibrant bohemian wedding inspiration with us today!

photography: Lindsay Ferraris Photography // planning + design: Whitney Nelson Events // venue: Beringer Vineyards St. Helena, California // florals: EV Floral Design // stationery: Brenna Berger, Paper and Ink // rentals: Encore Events Rentals // metalwork: David Fowler Designs, Sonoma Steel // cake + desserts: Sift Cupcake and Dessert Bar // dress: Free People // hair + makeup: Kristen Calderaro // jewelry: Stella & Dot, Whitney Nelson

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Intimate + Rustic South African Wedding: Thomas + Sarah-Jane

South Africa wedding

Thomas + Sarah-Jane exchanged their vows in a truly unique location that holds a very special place in their hearts. They frequent the small town of Nieu Bethesda, South Africa together (Tom, his brother, and his father built a family holiday home there a few years back) and the charm, peace, and creativity of the locals has more than won this sweet duo over. When the question of where they would get married came up, they instantly knew that no other place would do, so plans for an intimate + rustic Karoo celebration began to take shape. Here’s a bit more about it all from Sarah-Jane:

We wanted our wedding day to reflect who we are as a couple, so we went for very natural, rustic details and used what we already had or could easily make. We spent the day before the wedding with our families as they helped us potting plants for wedding favours and making floral wreaths. At the wedding reception guests enjoyed rides on the local donkey cart and drank locally made craft beer while Tom and I walked around the forest with our photographer and planted our memory tree in his family’s garden.

Thank you so much to Charlie Ray Photography for the beautiful photos and big congrats to Thomas + Sarah-Jane!

pink and white bridesmaids

pink and white bridesmaids

groomsmen

jumping groomsmen

bride and groom


Oh hey cute bridal party!

wedding party

south africa bride and groom

south africa bride and groom

south africa bride and groom

south africa bride and groom

south africa bride and groom

groom


It’s kind of a toss up for what we love more: Thomas’ rad Zara suit or Sarah-Jane’s adorable petiole crown!

bride

laughing bride

elbow path

south africa bride and groom

south africa bride and groom

south africa bride and groom


Such a great photo! :)

south africa bride and groom

Sarah: It probably started about 30minutes before the ceremony, on the front porch of the house my family was staying at, still in my robe, surrounded by my family and bridesmaids, as I jumped and screamed with excitement. Walking down the aisle with my dad and telling him to speed up (a bit too much!) and finally standing with Tom at the end of the aisle feeling that although everyone was there for us, and everything was beautiful for us, nothing and no one really mattered except for him, and me promising to love him always.

Tom: My favourite moment undoubtedly occurred about 45 minutes after our ceremony was scheduled to start, when I saw Sarah walk down the very long street/aisle. There was something really special about standing there in the street with my groomsmen, in front of the people that we love, overcome by nerves while I rubbed my cheeks to ease the pain caused from smiling. After what seemed like a lifetime, Sarah appeared in the distance, and it was as if everything else drowned out and I was standing alone waiting for her to join me. That moment, thinking of how far we had come and where we’re headed, is one that I will never forget.

ribbon door entrance

south africa ceremony

south africa ceremony

south africa ceremony

south africa ceremony


With a population of only 60, Tom and I were able to to have our ceremony in the main road of Nieu Bethesda and were the first to use the town’s new wedding reception venue, an old converted pub called “Die Waenhuis” (or in English, The Wagonhouse).

south africa ceremony

south africa ceremony

south africa ceremony

south africa ceremony

south africa ceremony


And you know we LOVE a good confetti exit!

flower petal exit

reception

wreath wall

initial letters

plant mugs

antlers in frames


Die Waenhuis is practically oozing with charm! And Sarah-Jane is right on when she says, There’s something about getting married in a place you know you will return to time and again, and knowing that the memory of marrying my favourite will grow each and every time. 

paper chandeliers

plant mugs

dance sign

Processional: Valium – Lisa Mitchell

Recessional: You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall and Oates

First Dance: You Send Me – Sam Cooke

entrance

bride and groom dancing

bride and groom dancing

bar

succulent cake

dino thank you

wreath wall

speeches

bride and groom

reception

tunnel exit


Our day was filled with love, excitement, and encouragement from our friends and family, and we were so blessed to have close friends involved on the day, from my hair and make up artist who I went to university with, to our friend and pastor who married us, to one of my oldest friends, photographer, Ross Charnock (you should check out his work, he is amazing!), everyone that played a part in our day was someone we love.

Congrats again, you two, and thanks so much for sharing your day with us! :)

photography: Ross Charnock of Charlie Ray Photography // venue: Die Waenhuis Nieu Bethesda, Eastern Cape in South Africa // event planner: Jacques Muller from Die Waenhuis // wedding dress: Lauren Olivier // hair + makeup: Alana Pohlmann // groom suit: Zara // catering: Lizzie Strong // cake: Tabitha Weyer from Friendly Stranger

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