Southwestern Wedding Fashion Inspiration

Southwest bohemian bride

One of our absolute favorite things about a wedding is admiring the bride’s unique look + style. These days, so many brides take style to the next level + we’re ever in love with the idea of balking tradition and going with something that feels right for you. Today’s gorgeous fashion editorial is all about inspiring future brides to make their wedding day look their own + we love the two beautiful interpretations of bohemian southwestern this team came up with.

Photographer, Lisa O’Dwyer, and fashion stylist + makeup artist, Janie Rocek, worked together to show us how this theme can be done. Lisa says, Inspired by the beauty of the colors of the Southwest, Janie came up with two looks. One was ‘painted desert’ – the bold, colorful look inspired by the southwest with corals and turquoise and fresh whites. The second look was ‘refined tribal’ – earthy colors. patterns, and texture with that southwest flavor. In essence, we wanted to show that a bride can take a certain style or theme, and with the help of her vendors, get a unique look as she explores her chosen style or theme.

dahlia bouquet

southwest statement necklace

southwest bride

southwest peony bouquet

southwest bridesmaids

southwest bangles

southwest statement necklace

To perfect a ‘painted desert’ look, stylist Janie suggests keeping some elements simple to emphasize the bold elements. The bride is wearing Pallas by W-Too dress from Dora Grace Bridal. Her dress is complimented with white, mismatched, cotton blend dresses from Charming Charlie for the bridesmaids. They are perfect for a southwestern look with the doily-like cut outs in the dress. Keep the bridesmaids look consistent by wearing neutral, mismatched wedges. Go big and bold with the jewelry and accessories to bring in the colorful beauty of the southwest. A lot of corals, teals, turquoises, fuchsias, yellows, and golds.

southwest statement necklace

southwest bride

southwest inspired bouquet

southwest inspired bouquet

southwest statement necklace

southwest inspired bouquet

southwest pink rose bouquet

southwest inspired bouquet

southwest statement necklace

southwest statement necklace

bohemian bridesmaids

To perfect a ‘refined free bird southwestern’ look, the bride is wearing Isabel by La Sposa from Dora Grace Bridal. It is a flowy dress with a gorgeous vine-like detail throughout paired with a fringe top from Charming Charlie to give it more of a raw, southwest look. Her look is kept refined and feminine with a headband (belt) by Maritza’s Bridal and a veil by Malis Henderson, both from Dora Grace Bridal. The bride’s look is complimented with black, lacy, polished bridesmaid dresses by Mori Lee and La Femme from Dora Grace Bridal. To bring in that tribal flair, accessorize with chunky yet natural element jewelry like wood, leather, stones, feathers, and muted metals.

lace head piece

southwest bohemian bride

bohemian bridesmaid

southwest bohemian bride

bohemian bridesmaids

bohemian bridesmaids

Shop our favorite pieces from each of these looks below!

photography: Lisa O’Dwyer // venue: Villa Parker Parker, Colorado // stylist, hair + makeup: Janie Rocek // florals: Lace.and.Lilies // dresses: Dora Grace Bridal // accessories: Charming Charlie, Target, and Janie Rocek // models: Fannie, Nora, and Jayme from Donna Baldwin Talent

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Bohemian Aspen Elopement: Maggie + Zach

Aspen VW bus elopement

You just might recognize Maggie + Zach from their incredible Big Bend National Park engagement session we shared earlier this year. Clayton Austin captured that moment in time for them with such beauty + perfection, that it was pretty much a given for them to invite him back to capture their intimate elopement in the woods of Aspen. Every ounce of their bohemian-influenced, simple celebration was just so good. Maggie wore the loveliest Grace Loves Lace dress, her bridesmaids wore complementing Free People frocks, and the minimal florals + decor helped the idyllic setting take on the most magical celebratory feeling. Let’s hear a bit more from Maggie about their inspiration for the day:

It had just felt right when we finally decided to go back out to Colorado to get married, which is also where we got engaged! Our main goal was to keep things as free flowing and light-hearted as possible that weekend. The other big part of our wedding was road-tripping in Zach’s VW bus (along with our two pups) from Austin to Aspen. It really was the coolest way to start our wedding week together! Through it all we tried to keep a good balance of an elopement feel and small wedding. We didn’t even know exactly where we were getting married until the morning of when Clayton found this beautiful nature preserve at the base of the mountains. We loved the spontaneity of it. We had a sweet short ceremony and then a fun brunch reception and toast outside the bus that Clayton had set up for us. After that, everyone went on to a wine festival that was going on in town. It was exactly what we had wanted, everything turned out just as it was meant to.

southwestern boots

Aspen VW bus elopement

Ring photo with Colorado postcard

Aspen VW bus elopement

Grace Loves Lace wedding dress

Doesn’t that dress look like it was made just for Maggie?! And her wild, boho bouquet by Harrington Smith fit right in with her look for the day!

floral crown of greens

Grace Loves Lace wedding dress

Aspen VW bus elopement

Aspen VW bus elopement

bohemian flower crown bridesmaids

Grace Loves Lace wedding dress

Standing out in the open field with Zach right before the ceremony, we were surrounded by gorgeous mountains and blue skies every way you looked..we had our amazing family and friends around us and the band playing some great songs. It really was pretty surreal..

Aspen elopement ceremony

Aspen elopement ceremony

bohemian flower crown bridesmaids

Aspen elopement ceremony

bohemian flower crown bridesmaid

bride and groom with pups

ceremony parade

bohemian flower crown bridesmaids

We’re sure so many of you are coveting the gorgeous boho look of this wedding, so we pulled together the key elements for you below:

Aspen elopement

turquoise necklace

checked shirt and blue jacket

Aspen VW bus elopement

music and drinks

danish pastry cake cutting

Aspen VW bus elopement

Try not to let anybody or anything stress you out, it's not worth the time or energy..take a step back and always look at the big picture. What is most important to you? It really is all about the two of you being happy and living in the moment. Plus at the end of the day when it's all said and done you want to be able to look back and know you enjoyed the ride..

And if you are considering a destination wedding or small elopement.. totally do it, no regrets!

photography + event design: Clayton Austin // venue: North Star Preserve in Aspen, Colorado // florals: Harrington Smith // wedding dress: Grace Loves Lace // hairpieces: Bird Dog Wedding // groom’s shoes: Teysha // bridesmaid dresses: Free People // hair + makeup: Full Circle // groom suit: Ralph Lauren, J.Crew // paper goods: Etsy // officiant: Bo Persiko // music: Smuggler Mountain Boys

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryGrace loves lace and Clayton Austin are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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Intimate Black Church Wedding in Iceland: Jen + Jacob

Icelandic black church wedding

There’s something about the beauty of Iceland that seems unmatched by anywhere else. We’ve shared a handful of gorgeous weddings + elopements there (see the most recent here, here, and here) and today we feel lucky to share yet another – Jen + Jacob’s stunning destination celebration at Hótel Búðir on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The wedding was sweet, intimate + simple. All of the decor included was able to fit into a couple of suitcases on the plane + not much was needed anyway. The mossy, rocky hillside with just two small buildings (a hotel and a little black church) was a breathtaking enough scene in its own right. Jen + Jacob enjoyed their time with their friends and family while getting ready and set up their own reception area together, just an hour before they walked down the aisle. It was as laid-back + beautiful as it gets and the incredibly talented Mary of Floataway Studios captured it all to perfection. For other couples planning a destination wedding in a far-off locale, be sure to read the blurb below from Mary:

For Jen and Jacob, we [Mary and her husband JP who created the gorgeous film you’ll see at the end of this feature!] traded travel for work. We had never been to Iceland but it was at the top of our list. We know it is so expensive to not only hire a wedding photographer and videographer you love to capture your wedding, but then to add travel on top of that? We just knew we had to help make this work. This is something that we would do for every one of our couples if we didn’t need money to survive but we do want to offer this opportunity for 3 couples next year in 2015. If anyone is looking to bring out a photographer and videographer to their destination wedding, we would LOVE to have them apply for our trade for travel opportunity. As you pay for our travel and accommodations, we will document your wedding celebration in trade for that. No tricks. Just a couple in love traveling to capture people in love all around the world…what we love to do.

Such an amazing offer right!?! And now onto J + J’s Icelandic wedding…

Icelandic black church wedding

Icelandic black church wedding

Vera Wang blush wedding dress

Jen wore the most beautiful blush pink gown by Vera Wang, which added a small hint of glam to the rural surroundings.

Icelandic black church wedding

Icelandic black church wedding

Icelandic black church wedding

Icelandic black church wedding

Icelandic black church wedding

Icelandic black church wedding

Iceland wedding

Iceland wedding

Iceland wedding

Iceland wedding

The Iceland scenery is just too beautiful…

Vera Wang blush wedding dress

white and pink bouquet

Iceland wedding

Iceland wedding

Vera Wang blush wedding dress

Vera Wang blush wedding dress

Hotel Budir Iceland

Hotel Budir Iceland

Jen + Jacob personally set each place setting themselves + draped beautiful Icelandic scarves over each guest chair as favors.

vintage plates

killim print blankets

Hotel Budir Iceland

Hotel Budir Iceland

Mint and gold wedding cake

Iceland wedding

Mary shares, It was amazing since during this time of the year it was light out for 21 hours of the day. We had a few chances to sneak away with Jen and Jacob to capture them in the Iceland backdrop. Golden hour happened around 10pm and we all looked at each other during dinner and got up and headed back outside. Jen also arranged for a horse to come around the time of the ceremony but unfortunately the horse was running late. It eventually arrived around 11pm. The time of the day did not stop us from heading back out in the mist and cold to take pictures with this beautiful creature. Icelandic horses are unlike any other horse.

Iceland wedding with horse

Iceland wedding with horse

Iceland wedding with horse

Iceland wedding with horse

See even more of this beautiful day in Jen + Jacob’s wedding film by JP McLeod for Floataway Studios:

Congratulations to Jen + Jacob on a beautiful and meaningful celebration!

photography: Floataway Studios // venue: Hótel Búðir Budir, Iceland // videography: JP McLeod for Floataway Studios // bride’s dress: Vera Wang

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