Charming Florida Brewery Wedding: Joanna + Colin

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Pink, gold + black is a wedding palette that will seriously never fail! And Joanna + Colin’s handmade Florida brewery wedding is definitely further proof of that notion. Loving their creative use of these super fun hues! Add giant balloons (like these!), a chic-looking bridal party, and pretty florals to the mix, and you have the recipe for a day that’s brimming with charm + beauty. Let’s hear more about it from the bride:

We wanted our wedding to be a laid-back celebration with our closest family and friends – not a formal affair. Most importantly, we wanted it to feel like “us”, which meant getting rid of a lot of traditions that we didn’t find meaningful and planning the day with an open mind. Instead of a formal dinner we brought in our favorite food truck to serve our guests, and had a cotton candy machine and dessert table instead of a traditional wedding cake. Since we wanted to keep the wedding small (with a small budget), we did everything ourselves instead of hiring a planner or coordinator and our friends and family played a huge role in our wedding, too. 

Thanks so much to Brooke Images for the gorgeous photography + big congrats to Joanna + Colin!

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Such pretty wedding hair, right? We’re pinning that one!

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Joanna wore a crisp, classic gown from Mori Lee, which she paired with the raddest gold metal belt! And love that her ladies all wore black cocktail dresses that showed off their individual personalities!

Oh, and did you see we just added a bunch of new bridesmaid dresses to the GWS shop? Pop over + have a look!

black and pink bridesmaids

black and pink bridesmaids

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Processional: Intro – The XX

Recessional: Home – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

First Dance: The Only One – Black Keys

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Our friend Lindsay performed our wedding ceremony, and right before pronouncing us husband and wife she asked us to do one more thing- to look into each other's eyes and think about the happiness we felt at that moment, surrounded by our friends and family-to take a few seconds and really let that feeling register in our hearts and minds. It was a moment of pure joy and anticipation and I’m glad we stopped to let it sink in, because the rest of the day went by so fast!

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gold love balloons

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Colin’s mom put together the bouquets + arrangements! We’d say these two are pretty darn lucky to have that kind of talent in the fam!

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diamond pinatas

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Don't be afraid to stray from tradition and do what feels right for you as a couple. And don’t compromise when it comes to hiring a photographer-even if your budget is small, find one that you love and cut costs in other areas!

photography: Brooke Images // venue: Aardwolf Brewing Company Jacksonville, Florida // florals: Robin Cowing Design (my mother in law, who is also an interior designer) // wedding dress: Mori Lee – I added the gold metal belt // bridesmaid dresses: I let the bridesmaids choose their own dresses- just had to be black, above the knee and nothing too bridesmaid-y! // hair: Leslie Rios  // makeup: Natalie Malony // groom suit: ASOS // invitations: Printable invites & programs from Etsy // paper goods: Bride’s sister Leah Young, 4 Ever Young Design (signs for appetizer & dessert tables, designed coasters) // food truck: On the Fly

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DIY: Fresh Flower Wall

DIY Fresh Flower Wall

If you loved our fresh flower wall from our GWS display at The Cream then you’re in luck! We are sharing the simple + easy DIY on how to re-create it today! We love how whimsical + pretty fresh blooms look on a wall and think this would make the most perfect ceremony or photo booth backdrop! We saw tons of you snapping Instagrams against the wall and loved it!

Big thanks to Flower Muse who supplied us with the prettiest shades of pink flowers for our wall!

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What You’ll Need:
• Hot Pink Ranunculus
• Dark Pink Garden Rose – Baronesse
• Pink Garden Rose – Mayra
• Red Ranunculus
• Dusty Pink Garden Rose – Romantic Antike
• florals scissors
washi tape (one of the gold colors we used)

*Tip: We bought both traditional washi tape and Scotch brand washi tape in variations of 3 different colors/patterns. We found later that the Scotch brand held up the flowers stronger than the traditional washi tape, so we recommended using Scotch brand as the other washi tape didn’t hold up.

Prep: We ordered our flowers using Flower Muse. They have such a great selection of blooms and we can’t sing their praises enough! Our flowers arrived 2 days in advance to the event. Once they arrived, we cut an inch from all the stems and soaked the flowers in cool water and placed in our garage until we were ready to use them on Sunday morning.

The day of your event, you’ll want to start by stripping your stems of extra leaves and trim to desired lengths. We used varying lengths so that flowers would be different in height next to each row. Spray flowers with water to help keep moisture in them as you work. Also weed out crooked flowers that bow too much as they are harder to maintain a straight line on the wall when you go to tape them up. Measure on your wall how far apart you want each row of flowers to be and mark with a piece of tape/pencil. You can stagger the top height as well, we just chose to keep it the same.

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Start at the top of your wall and begin by moving down as you attach flowers. Tape a flower using a narrow ‘x’ design (see below) to help hold the flowers at a stable strength.

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*Tip: Flowers with flimsy heads need taping closer to the top of the flower, like the ranunculus. Also good to note, leaving some leaves on the stem add texture + color.

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DIY Fresh Flower Wall


So lovely! And of course you could recreate using different flowers, these are the ones we used since we wanted to keep a pink ombre feel with our wall. A few other helpful things to note: It took us 3 hours to complete the wall with 3 people working on it; We started the wall at 10am and the flowers still looked great at 10pm. :)

If you create your own fresh flower wall, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share it on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

Thanks so much again to Flower Muse for the pretty florals!

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The Cream Los Angeles 2014 Recap – Part 2

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In case you’re stopping by for the first time today, backtrack for just a sec to Part 1 of our Cream Event recap. Trust us, you won’t want to miss it! We’re excited to share even more with you now + the first of a few exclusive GWS DIYs later this afternoon.

First up is a peek into the stunning space created by Sweet Emilia Jane + Sweet Marie Designs (and captured by Lauren Scotti)! The copper piping structure canopying the beautiful tablescape was so fun + unique. And the punchy blooms were seriously to die for!

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sweet emilia jane

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sweet emilia jane

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sweet emilia jane


This next set-up was designed by A Charming Occasion + Botany Flowers. We loved the driftwood + airplant installations and the bohemian-desert feel to the vignette. Thinking this would be great inspiration for a relaxed, Palm Springs wedding!

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a charming occassion


Photos of this space are by onelove photography

a charming occassion

a charming occassion


I think you know that tents + tipis make our hearts sing here at GWS, so when we saw this glamping-inspired setting by Brown Paper Designs + Shelter Co. we were immediately smitten!

Photos below by Lauren Scotti

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shelter co.

shelter co.

shelter co.

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Photos below by onelove photography

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dish wish


Photo below by Max & Friends

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The Paella Project whipped up the yummiest batches of paella — perfect for a wedding cocktail hour or a low-key reception meal! And GWS fave One Hope Wine was there pouring their delicious varietals, along with creative fruit-infused mimosas!

Photo below by onelove photography

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Photo above by Team Woodnote + Photos below by Max & Friends

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Photo above by onelove photography + Photo below by Lauren Scotti

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little nelly

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Photos above by Annie McElwain + Photo below by Max & Friends

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Photo below by Lauren Scotti

disco ball

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Photo above + below by onelove photography

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Photo below by Team Woodnote

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And OF COURSE The Flashdance was there, keeping the party going strong!

Photo below by onelove photography

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We had the best time! A big thank you to the Bash Please gals for throwing another incredible event! And please take a minute to check out all of the super rad vendors below who made the fête a smashing success! We were so thrilled to meet so many fun GWS readers, so for all of you who popped by to say hi – thank you! :) Now who wants to go to next year’s Cream?! Oh, and be sure to check out 100 Layer Cake and Grey Likes Weddings today as they are sharing more photos from the event.

Photo above by Annie McElwain

event by: Bash Please // venue: Book Bindery Los Angeles, California // designers + planners: Sitting in A Tree DesignSweet Emilia JaneWINK! WeddingsA Charming OccasionPow Wow Shelter Co. // florists: Siren Floral Co.Sweet Marie DesignsEllamahBotany FlowersHoney and PoppiesBrown Paper DesignShotgun Floral StudioYasmine Floral Design // music: ÉLAN ARTISTS entertainmentThe Flashdance // photography: Max & FriendsAnnie McElwainTeam WoodnoteLauren Scottionelove photography // videography: Caravan Cinema Co.SharkpigEllay Films // bar/drinks: PharmacieLudlows Cocktail Co.ONEHOPE Wines // cakes + sweets: Sprinkles CupcakesSweet Lucie’s Organic Ice CreamBon PufCoolhausSweet and Saucy Shop // paper goods: Bliss & BoneUrbanic Paper BoutiqueAnne Robin Calligraphy // accessories + dress + beauty: Amanda Judge I Untamed PetalsLovely BrideOlive & JunebareMinerals // catering: Little NellyPaella ProjectHungry Bear CateringRoom FortyKogi BBQ Truck // photobooths: Flipbooth LAThe Magnolia Photo Booth Co.SmileboothInstaPartyBox // misc: The Nestdrop it MODERNBeach Cities Bag TossMr. & Mrs. SmithSquarespaceYeah! WeddingsDovetail LogisticsThe Venue ReportPacific Weddings // rentals: Dish WishYeah! RentalsFound Vintage RentalsClassic Party Rentals Borrowed BluLa Tavola Fine Linens // blogs: Grey Likes WeddingsGreen Wedding Shoes100 Layer CakeThe Wedding Chicks // lighting: The Lighter Side

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