Fun Palm Springs Engagement Photos: Kelly + Jeff

Studio DIY desert engagement

We’re Palm Springs fans through + through, so it’s a good day here at GWS when we get to share two fun features from this ultra amaze place – yep, be sure to check back later today for a crazy fun wedding at the Ace Hotel! :)

You might be familiar with this sweet couple: Kelly of Studio DIY, and her fiancé Jeff! We were so excited when Kelly thought of GWS for sharing their stylish + fun engagement photos, captured on camera by Katie Stoops Photography and on film by Naz Films. When planning out the details of their e-sesh, Kelly + Jeff told Katie + Naz they were up for anything. Since they aren’t super serious, they knew they wanted to have fun with the shoot! Kelly tells us, Katie + Naz came up with the idea of a little pool party in the desert and we loved it. Two swim suits and kiddie pool later, we had ourselves a mini oasis. It was in the 50s that day, but we had so much fun you wouldn’t ever know! We’re so glad our engagement photos have a bit of a sense of humor, because it wouldn’t be us without it!

Studio DIY desert engagement

ace hotel engagement

The Ace Hotel was a perfect place to grab some fun first shots!

Studio DIY desert engagement

Studio DIY desert engagement

palm springs engagement

colorful maxi engagement dress

Then it was off to Joshua Tree for more! And don’t K + J have mad style?! Hear a sweet + funny tidbit from Kelly about how they’ve always been this stylish at the very end of the post!

desert engagement

desert engagement

colorful maxi engagement dress

tropical button up and suit

desert engagement

desert mini pool engagement

Studio DIY desert engagement

Seriously, could this be ANY cuter or more fun?!

desert mini pool engagement

Studio DIY desert engagement

And you’ve gotta see their super rad film! We just love it.

Let’s hear the story of how these lovebirds met!

Jeff and I are high school sweethearts! We met when we were both voted best dressed our senior year. Since then our relationship has included five states, two continents and one tiny little dog before landing us in Los Angeles where we live now. We decided to get married in Palm Springs because it’s our happy place. We’re originally from the East Coast so virtually all of our guests are traveling in, and we thought the desert was the perfect place for a mini vacation for them! We’ve decided not to see each other before the ceremony, which means our photo time will be limited to our venue, a private estate. For that reason, we thought it would be fun to also do our engagement photos in Palm Springs so we could explore the city and have a little fun! We hit the Ace hotel and its nearby neighborhoods and then headed to Joshua Tree.

So perfect! Congrats, guys!! And thanks for sharing your photos with us :) Oh, and be sure to pop on over to Kelly’s blog to hear their balloon proposal story! Just love it. :)

photography: Katie Stoops Photography // videography: Naz Films

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DIY Fall Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece

DIY Fall Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece

Fall is here! And we are so excited to share with you an easy + pretty fall inspired floral DIY. These mini pumpkins with garden roses are so fun for a fall tablescape at home or wedding decor piece! Thanks to Kiana Underwood for sharing this DIY, let’s see how she did it…

“I simply adore autumn. Autumn is pumpkin season and in my opinion, pumpkins of any size, shape, or color are really lovely. I happened to have these wonderful garden roses and I wondered how they would look if I stuck them inside of mini pumpkins, and so I gave it a try! I must admit, I love how they turned out. I know it is a rather unconventional use of garden roses and pumpkins for the season, but as long as they are both available, why not think outside the box and experiment?”

pumpkin diy materials


What You’ll Need:
• Garden Roses (if you can’t find garden roses near you, you can order them online here)
• Small pumpkins, squash or gourds
• Wooden sticks

pumpkin and roses diy steps


Step 1: Use the skewers (or other tool – an awl would work great too) to make a hole in the pumpkin.

Step 2: Place the rose stem into the hole.

The beauty of this (aside from the roses and pumpkin combination) is that the roses last a relatively long time as they use the juice of the pumpkins as their source for moisture!

Fall Floral DIY

Fall Floral DIY


So cute for fall, right?!

If you make your own floral pumpkin, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

Floral design + styling by Kiana Underwood and photography by Nathan R. Underwood

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Whimsical Bollywood Beach Wedding: Pinky + Mike

flamingo lawn decor

When a couple says they want a wedding that mixes flamingos, with retro Americana cool, a splash of Oz with India, we say bring it on!, said the designer + planner behind today’s totally amaze wedding – Susie from Knot & Pop. Sounds like the most fun wedding style inspiration, don’t ya think? The aim was to create a day that fused the cultures of India and the West, mixing bright colors with neutrals and bits of sea foam green to give the setting a modern, yet beachy feel. We love all the ways tradition was blended with pure fun + whimsy, and how the entire setting feels like a perfect match for the outgoing, adorable couple that Pinky + Mike are together!

From the groom, The inspiration came from our love for all things beach, kitsch and fun. It all started with a pair of Don Featherstone flamingo lawn ornaments that I bought for Pinky last Christmas, from there we came up with the idea of a kitschy 50’s Floridian extravaganza. Pinky is a glamorous chick, so this theme provided the perfect stage for the glitzy side of her personality to shine (check out her evening gown, Marilyn eat your heart out!). I love a bit of pomade and a sharp suit too, and arriving in a vintage 1959 Vauxhall Victor, our theme was set nicely!

Thanks so much to Matt Parry for these beautiful images from P + M’s day and love and high fives to the newlyweds on a perfectly executed + super fun day!

bollywood wedding invitation

bollywood wedding invitation

Pinky’s henna, jewelry, and traditional Indian wedding dress are all insanely stunning…

indian wedding attire

groom with classic car

pond wedding

indian ceremony

indian ceremony

indian ceremony

Mike: So many to choose from… Seeing Pinky dressed like a queen in her traditional wedding dress for the first time from behind the Antharpat (cloth screen that covers the grooms face when the bride enters). She looked amazing!

Pinky: To pin point one memorable moment is very difficult. I can’t believe how Mike had thrown himself into the depths of a culture he was so new to. It was touching! It was an emotionally charged day with family and friends who had travelled from far and wide! Would it be when we had a fly by (again and again) together with wing walkers when we made our grand entrance to the evening reception! Would it be the Fresh Pinks rap by my maids of honour Jo and Claire! Or our first dance as a married couple!

indian ceremony

indian ceremony

indian ceremony

indian ceremony

indian ceremony

indian ceremony

This wedding looks SO, so fun!

classic getaway car

classic getaway car

light drenched portrait

tall grass portrait

tall grass portrait

From Knot & Pop, The décor mixed fringe garlands with pom pom honeycomb and felt balls, flamingos, gold painted pineapples – a riotous mix of rustic meets fun modern details. We’re ALL about it! And below, we put together a fun collection of flamingo + pineapple details for your wedding or your home!

beverage station

drink umbrella escort cards

colorful tented reception

pink  floral jars

bollywood reception

We’re so loving the playful, carnival-like vibe of the reception tent!

colorful tented reception

peony centerpieces

peony centerpieces

greenery backdrop

colorful menu

gold pineapple bride and groom

From Susie, Gorgeous tropical inspired flowers, including native Australian flowers, sat in painted and crush glitter jam jars for eye-popping, bright and bold displays. We created bespoke signage, including a backdrop for the DJ booth with Pinky’s favourite song ‘Pump Up The Jam’ emblazoned onto palm tree wallpaper, with the bar named after Mike and Pinky, surrounded by a wall of hanging palm leaves.

black and white tablecloth

colorful tented reception

flamingo wedding

airplane show

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

flamingo lawn decor

flamingo lawn decor

YEY The amazing Susie and the team from Knot & Pop!

Planning a wedding in the UK whilst living in Australia was potentially a logistical nightmare. However, we engaged a wedding planner, which turned out to be a stroke of genius. We worked with Susie from Knot & Pop and she helped turn our vision into a reality. The organisation that comes with a professional wedding planner is priceless! Also, don’t scrimp on a photographer, just take a look at our pics, Matt Parry did an amazing job at capturing the essence of the day!

photography: Matt Parry // venue: Sywell Grange Northamptionshire, England // marquee: Wing Events // event design + planning: Knot & Pop // floral design: Amelia Cornish // wedding dress: Indian wedding dress from Aso Palav, evening dress from Rachel Gilbert, Paddington in Sydney, Australia // shoes: Gold T bar sandals during day by Casadei, Silver jewelled heel sandals by Miu Miu // hair + makeup: Leena Makeup // groom suit: Custom made by Anton’s in Paddington, Sydney // videography: family iphone classics // paper goods: Mike Knipe, Groom – info@perfectleft.com // catering: Pooja Caterers // cake: Made by cousin // music: DJ Harj, Gold Diggers Brass BandDhol Drummers

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