Intimate Sayulita Wedding: Anna + Oliver

Sayulita Mexico Wedding

Sayulita has been on our travel shortlist for way too long + today’s intimate wedding, captured by Jamie of Rad + In Love, makes us want to hop a plane to Mexico stat! Anna + Oliver had good reason for choosing this beautiful destination for their big day. Anna says, I’m from Canada and Oliver is from Mexico but we are living in Germany. So we had plenty of logistical and language barriers to overcome. But we knew one thing from the start: we wanted to keep it small and simple. Mexico was an obvious choice for us. It’s a beautiful country that is very close to both of our hearts.

She goes on to tell us, Despite our having been together for over 6 years our families had never met one another. And since we would need to travel to be together, we wanted to plan more than 1 evening together. We ended up renting a large house on the beach to accommodate everyone for a week. This allowed enough time and space to properly break the ice and get to know one another.

Catherine Deane wedding dress

Sayulita Mexico Wedding

Sayulita Mexico Wedding

Sayulita Mexico Wedding

Anna looked as sweet as could be in a no-fuss frock by Catherine Deane.

Catherine Deane wedding dress

Sayulita Mexico Wedding

Sayulita Mexico Wedding

Sayulita Mexico Wedding

Sayulita Mexico Wedding

giant palm backdrop

Sayulita Mexico Wedding

It was really important to us that our wedding be small and relaxed. We both didn’t feel much attachment to many wedding traditions. So we spent most of our ‘planning’ time writing our own ceremony and vows that reflected our values.

giant palm backdrop

Sayulita intimate reception

simple Mexico tablescape

papel picado garlands

Anna + Oliver worked with planner + stylist Gaby Rodriguez to achieve a relaxed, yet refined feel to their reception. The lovely florals were by Iris Design.

mariachi band

bride and groom

Sayulita Mexico wedding

Sayulita Mexico wedding

beach portraits

Sayulita Mexico wedding

I was happy we kept it small and I didn’t end up worrying about any formal procedure or details. I spent the morning on the beach with my family and the afternoon with Oliver. After dinner that evening we had a bonfire. It was very no fuss and it suited us perfectly.

Some people warned us we might regret not having a big wedding but I think they just didn’t understand our choice. We couldn’t be happier with our decision, it was what was right for us and we don’t regret it a bit.

photography: Jamie Street of Rad + In Love // venue: Villa del Oso Sayulita, Mexico // event design + planning: Gaby Rodriguez // bouquet + flower crown: Iris Design // wedding dress: Catherine Deane // shoes: DV by dolce vita // hair + makeup: bride // groom suit: Zegna // catering: Turquoise catering // music: Sol Azteca

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Eclectic Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding: Sheila + Nathaniel

Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding

Sheila + Nathaniel’s gorgeous Santa Margarita Ranch wedding proves that it is, indeed, possible to fuse modern + eclectic details with a rustic, natural location + vibe. Metallic bridesmaid dresses, whimsical gold pineapples decorating the tables, and an overall eclectic tone somehow fit seamlessly into the classic barn setting. Since we’re always big fans of juxtaposing styles, let’s hear more about how they did it, making the setting a fun reflection of the two of them:

It was important for us to pick things that we liked and made us happy – that was our theme. Choosing Santa Margarita Ranch afforded us the unique opportunity to plan and design our wedding on a blank canvas. We both have creative backgrounds, so we would come home with ideas for different to-do items. Our one rule was no one idea or theme would overshadow another. Everything was meant to compliment us, our beautiful surroundings, AND make us smile.

Thanks a bunch to Katie Shuler Photography for the pretty photos and congrats to S + N on a lovely day!

gold leaf hair piece

Carmen Marc Valvo wedding dress

Carmen Marc Valvo wedding dress

Would you believe us if we told you Sheila found her Carmen Marc Valvo dress on Ebay? It’s not a place we’d have thought to look, but pretty genius, right?! We’re absolutely loving it – and the bridesmaids’ gold Adrianna Papell dresses as well!

gold bridesmaid dresses

Carmen Marc Valvo wedding dress

navy blue suit

groomsmen

Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding

Love that they exchanged their vows standing on a gorgeous Moroccan wedding blanket! Get the look with one of these pretty finds below:

moroccan wedding blanket

Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding

Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding

Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding

Processional: Once There Was A Hushpuppy – Ben Zeitlin

Recessional: You are the best thing – Ray Lamontagne

First Dance: All of Me – John Legend

gold wedding party

gold wedding party

Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding

Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding

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Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding

We’re obsessed with these dreamy portraits Katie captured of the newlyweds!

Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding

Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding

Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding

Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding

welcome plant cart

gold pineapple table numbers

gold pineapple table numbers

gold pineapple table numbers

laser cut cake topper

Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding

Nathaniel: Walking into our reception and being introduced as husband and wife.

Sheila: We chose not to see each other before the ceremony so after the I do's and group shots, Nathaniel and I walked up this hill to take photos with this beautiful tree. It was memorable for many reasons (1.) The nerves were settled (2.) we got to see how each other's mornings went and really chat (3.) I could really take in how handsome my husband is, (4.)I love holding Nathaniel's hand-it was going down in a major way, and (5.)the nature we were surrounded by was breathtaking.

Santa Margarita Ranch Wedding

golden rolling hills

1. HAVE FUN and don't stress too much!!
2. We planned our California wedding from our home in Brooklyn. Just know it can be done with some patience, a LOT of research, and teamwork.
- Pick 3 or 4 wedding details that are most important to you two then compromise on the rest, if you have too. This day is so special for your loved ones too. Their opinions may affect some decision making.
- Have designated no wedding talk days and/or date nights - if anyone offers help take them up on it and ask for help if you need it.
- Enjoy and take in the whole process because this love celebration goes by way too fast.

photography: Katie Shuler Photography // venue: Santa Margarita Ranch San Luis Obispo, California // event design: Sheila + Nathaniel // day of coordinator: CJN Event Planning // florals: Lori Boe Floral Designs // wedding dress: Carmen Marc Valvo on Ebay // hairpieces: Ellen Hunter // bride’s shoes + groom’s bow tie: J. Crew // bridesmaid dresses: Adrianna Papell // hair + makeup: Danielle Roberts // groom suit: Ports 1961 // catering: Testa Catering // rentals: Embellish Vintage Rentals // dj: Music Abound by Manuel Barba // transportation: Santa Barbara Air Bus // tailor: Bushwood Tailors NYC-Claudia de Sousa-Baptista // groomsmen suits + ties: ASOS // groom’s shirt: Uniqlo // groom’s shoes: Cole Haan

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

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Seasonal Flower Guide: Spring

Spring Flower Guide

How many of you have been waiting patiently for our spring flower guide? Well, we’re beyond ecstatic that the weather is warming up, the springtime buds are blooming + the time has finally arrived for us to share!

There’s no doubting that spring is THE BEST season for flower lovers, so if you’ve just gotta have peonies – or maybe lilac or sweet peas – present in your wedding day design, you might want to consider choosing your celebration date based on the spring flower season. We wanted to share a mix of colorful blooms that are both well-known and a bit untraditional. A blend of different flower types, textures and foliages is (in our opinion) the best way to achieve a stylish, dynamic look for your bouquet + centerpieces. Need a little more inspiration? Check out our Flowers + Bouquets board on Pinterest to start to brainstorm your floral design!

Spring Flower Guide Flowers

So out of all the beautiful options available to us this time of year, how the heck did we narrow it down? It wasn’t easy, but we wanted to give you a list of pretties that would work seamlessly together + with other flowers and fillers. (We even created a fun DIY boho bouquet using almost every find above, so you can see just how good these blooms look side-by-side! Stop by next Friday to see the bouquet and get the step-by-step tutorial!)

Our faves for spring include heather (which comes in shades of pink, red, light purple, lilac + lavender), sweet pea, mimosa acacia, clematis, maiden hair fern, lilac, ranunculus (avail in a wide variety of colors in the spring), hellebores, pieris japonica, anemones, double tulips, lavender, Icelandic poppies, delphiniums, jasmine vine and, of course, peonies! We picked a dreamy light pink variety, known as a Sarah Bernhardt peony, but there are so many colors + types available in the spring! Another favorite of ours? The Coral Charm peony! So fun if you want a bright, springtime look to your floral design!

Purple Spring Flowers

Delphinium

Purple Spring Flowers

King Protea Bouquet

How many of you are making your own bouquets for your spring wedding? A super easy DIY bouquet would be a single king protea bouquet, accented by a few stems of maiden hair fern. Tie with a colorful ribbon + you’re in business!

Pink Spring Flowers

Icelandic Poppies

And you can’t go wrong with another of our faves, the Icelandic poppy! So pretty for adding color to your bouquet!

Colorful Spring Flowers

Spring Flowers

If you aren’t having a spring wedding, don’t worry, because there are a bunch of super pretty options available to you year-round in most places. Dusty miller is one of our most fave accent fillers and those lotus pods would totally take a desert-y design to the next level. Talk about texture! See our year-round picks below.

Flowers Available Year Round

Wanna DIY your flowers, but don’t live near a flower market? Head over to BloomsByTheBox – a great wholesale floral resource with a wide selection of blooms that can be shipped directly to you!

Tell us, what did you think of our Seasonal Flower guides?! We had SO much fun putting these together for you! We’d love to hear how many of you used our guides to DIY your floral design or to brainstorm ideas with your florist! And for those just getting started with your florals plans, mix + match our picks with your own favorites (or even forages from your yard or budget-friendly blooms from your local market) to create a feel that’s unique to you. See all of our four Seasonal Guides here + visit our bouquet galleries for more efflorescence eye candy!

 

Thanks so much to our gal Katie Pritchard for the photos!

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