Motorcycle Elopement Inspiration

motorcycle elopement inspiration

As elopements have become more + more popular, we’ve seen lots of beautiful editorials, designed to inspired couples to stylishly run away and marry their love! The vision for today’s styled shoot, by Danielle Poff PhotographyTinker Tin Trailer Co., and Wilder Floral Co., was to push the boundaries + celebrate the couple who has a more reckless, bohemian love story. Staged at Cayucos Creek Barn – along California’s central coast – details like a motorcycle, vintage trailer, wild floral garlands, and other free-spirited styling elements, allowed the team to deliver us a setting that is sure to motivate couples who want to march to the beat of their own drum and do something just a little bit different…

From Jaime from Tinker Trailer, The theme for this inspiration elopement shoot was a rough and real reckless love! Weddings, are more personalized events these days. Many couples add unique touches to make their wedding more intimate, through DIY and Pinterest decor, or by bringing in their whole living room as a lounge for the guests. We love this look, but it inspired us for this shoot to capture the exact opposite! Let’s strip away all the details, let’s take out the glitz and glam and showcase a simple elopement… raw and true love.. reckless as it may be! Let’s runaway on our bike.. and live in a trailer, and love and be real!! The adventure truly begins then! 

garden rose bouquet

motorcycle elopement inspiration

motorcycle elopement inspiration

That ultra-pretty bouquet is a fun juxtaposition to the otherwise wild + free environment.

motorcycle elopement inspiration

motorcycle elopement inspiration

motorcycle bride

groom jean jacket

lace tablecloth

motorcycle elopement inspiration

No elopement would be complete without a romantic meal with your honey!

garden rose centerpieces

fruit plate setting

motorcycle elopement inspiration

green goblet

motorcycle elopement inspiration

picnic

flowers in her hair

motorcycle elopement inspiration

Major flower love…

vintage trailer and florals

trailer elopement inspiration

vintage trunk

trailer elopement inspiration

antlers and flowers

vintage

motorcycle elopement inspiration

Thank you so much to the talented team of creatives below for sharing a different take on elopement inspiration! Did the free-spirited feel of this rad editorial resonate with any couples out there? We’d love to hear!

photography: Danielle Poff Photography // venue: Cayucos Creek Barn Cayucos, California // trailers + decor: Tinker Tin Trailer Co. // hair + makeup: Martina Godwin // stylist: Sophie Moran // florals: Asha Renew from Wilder Floral Co. // model: Christina Blaney // silk company: Silk and Willow by Shellie Pomeroy // male model, motorcycle + menswear: Dan Collins from Old Gold Garage // film scans: Little Film Lab

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Handmade Vintage-Inspired Wedding: Jessica + Jack

vintage wedding

Jessica + Jack’s amazing vintage-inspired wedding was a labor of love and a family affair. These two were hands-on throughout the wedding process, designing + planning for everything that they could, and working with talented friends + family who helped bring their fun + unique vision to life. As resourceful a couple can be, they looked around their house for decor ideas and included pieces from their own personal collections in the celebration. Flea market finds were purchased sparingly to fill in any gaps. A tip worth sharing to any DIY couple or bride: they tried to only buy things they could see working into their home decor after the wedding. While possibly more easily said than done, trying not to waste money on items you’ll never be able to use again is an idea worth getting behind! Here’s a bit more from Jessica about the day and setting:

Our inspiration included anything 1950s, our grandparent’s weddings, and Frenchy the pink haired beauty school dropout from Greece. Our location, being a desert resort of yesteryear, also provided a lot of inspiration and charm. There was a lot of natural beauty at Highland Springs, we wanted to let that do a lot of the talking.

Thanks so much to Chaffin Cade Photography for the pretty, pretty images + cheers to the happy couple!

vintage bride

Seed Floral really nailed it with this loose, garden-inspired bouquet! Comprised of coral charm peonies, peach garden roses, queen anne’s lace, fresh lavender, hypericum berries, and textural greens, it was the perfect way to add a touch of whimsy to J + J’s charming, vintage-infused day.

peony and garden rose bouquet

vintage first look

vintage first look

vintage first look

vintage first look

vintage first look

birdcage veil

vintage wedding

Jessica’s retro bridal look couldn’t be sweeter! She had her gorgeous Reem Acra dress altered to be the perfect tea-length and her adorable mint BHLDN heels + vintage-inspired pearl necklace can each be found in the GWS Shop!

vintage wedding

vintage wedding

vintage wedding

vintage wedding

wedding party

Jessica’s three bridesmaids donned vintage coral prom dresses purchased from various Etsy shops or at local vintage fairs. We love this look so, so much, so we’re sharing some similar finds in our shopping guide below!

vintage pink dresses

birdcage veil

vintage pink dress

wooden ceremony sign

olive grove ceremony

olive grove ceremony

olive grove ceremony

olive grove ceremony

Processional: Family: I Will – The Beatles; Bridal Party: Stay Alive – Jose Gonzalez; Bride: You’re the One That I Want – The Lennings (Played live by Heinz Healey + Ryan Saylor)

Recessional: Baby – Devendra Banhart (Played live by Heinz Healey + Ryan Saylor)

First Dance: Sea of Love – Phill Phillips and the Twilights

olive grove ceremony

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride wearing fur wrap

custom cornhole

custom totes

heart guest book

We adore all the romantic design touches + pretty signage incorporated into the reception!

table numbers

pink ribbon backdrop

wooden hers chair decor

peony and garden rose

cakes

jam favors

For us it was our first dance. It wasn't’ a total secret, but very few of our friends and family knew we had been taking dance lessons for the months leading up to our wedding. We even got up early the day of our wedding to practice in the tent. We started our dance and muscle memory kicked in, I don’t remember doing the steps, I just know it was the first time my husband and I were able to relax and be ourselves together. We were so lost in the moment the song was over before we knew it, we nailed every step and our friends and family were cheering with excitement. Just after we finished our good friend who was MCing invited all the guest to join us on the dance floor and the real partying began.

first dance

sparklers

sparkler exit

Have your friends and family get involved. First of all, everyone, EVERYONE wants to be of use to you on your wedding day, so take advantage of it. The help of our friends and family not only made the event that much more meaningful to us but also allowed a great many of our loved ones to contribute and get invested in our day. It was a very fulfilling experience for all involved and is a great way to have your dream wedding on a more realistic budget. That being said, pick a trusted and organized friend (not someone who will need to be in pre-ceremony photos) who can serve as your day-of-coordinator, they will over see all the day’s prep, field any questions, and direct any unexpected volunteers.

photography: Chaffin Cade Photography // venue: Highland Springs Resort Cherry Valley, California // event design + planning: bride and groom // day-of coordination: dear friend // florals: Seed Floral // wedding dress: Reem Acra, purchased and altered to tea length at Saks Fifth Avenue // veil: handmade by the bride with vintage materials // hairpieces: vintage millinery flowers from A Pink Swan // shoes: Rachel Simpson // bridesmaid dresses: Vintage, purchased from various sources on Etsy and at local vintage fairs // hair + makeup: Locks and Lashes // groom suit: John Varvatos // videography: Geoff Boothby // paper goods: Designed by the bride and David Chesak, Father of the Bride printed at Arnold’s Print and Copy // catering + cake: The Grand Oak Steakhouse at Highland Springs Resort // cake stands: mr2woodworking // cake topper: The First Snow // music: DJ Son from Scratch Weddings // band: 90s With Attitude

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryChaffin Cade Photography is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure Wedding Inspiration

Pee Wees Big Adventure inspiration

If you’ve seen the latest Katy Perry video (“This is How We Do”), you know that our favorite 80′s icon Pee-Wee Herman is making a comeback! :) Here at GWS we strongly believe that inspiration truly can be found anywhere, and the creatives behind today’s styled shoot prove just how true that statement really is. Inspired by the quirky 1980′s film Pee-Wee’s Big AdventureRodeo & Co. Photography + Valley Flower Company set up shop on the pretty grounds of Vermont’s Camp Ohana + staged the most fun environment, filled with color, whimsy, and plenty of playful geometric touches…

Says Meg of Rodeo & Co., We wanted to highlight the quirkiness of Pee-Wee’s world, while showcasing the underline mid-century vibe used throughout the movie. With a strong emphasis on graphic shapes and bold colors, and masculine touches, we focused on Pee-Wee’s OCD qualities; which allowed for a very clean and approachable version of a visually over-the-top movie. Crisp men’s suiting fabric was used as table linens and napkins were tied into Pee-Wee’s iconic bow tie. We crafted the graphic shapes above the breakfast display based on the classic Finnish craft called himmeli, and were hung in homage to the shapes seen on all the signage used throughout the movie. The brides dress was also an homage to the graphic shapes seen throughout the movie. 

Pee Wees Big Adventure inspiration

Pee Wees Big Adventure invitation

Pee Wees Big Adventure inspiration

We seriously adore this colorful, garden-style bouquet! Valley Flower Company went with a quirky color palette to match the film’s original movie poster and worked her magic so that the florals felt both feminine + bright and friendly.

red and yellow pee wee bouquet

red bow tie

Pee Wees Big Adventure inspiration

Pee Wees Big Adventure inspiration

Pee Wees Big Adventure inspiration

Dogs + dinos for the win!

Pee Wees Big Adventure inspiration

red bow napkins

Pee Wees Big Adventure inspiration

pee wee inspired centerpiece

Such a cheerful table!

Pee Wees Big Adventure inspiration

dog in tux

signature drink

hanging geo dessert bar

pancake cake

A to Z Cakes made the amazing sculpted cake, which was based on the opening breakfast scene of the movie!

pancake cake

donuts

Pee Wees Big Adventure inspiration

Well that was a breath of fresh air, right?! Such a fun shoot, sure to inspire all of you who love color as much as us + the talented team below! Thanks, guys! :)

photography: Rodeo & Co. Photography // planning, design + florals: Valley Flower Company // venue: Camp Ohana Fairlee, Vermont // cake: A to Z Cakes // paper goods: Debbie Allen // dress: Lily Pulitzer // calligraphy: Valley Flower Company

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