Sparkly Urban Garden Wedding: Amanda + Matt

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Amanda + Matt are both artistic, creative types who are deeply inspired by juxtaposition in art, design + architecture. And the idea of unlikely things being thrown together to create something beautiful inspired their ruggedly-refined summer wedding at LA’s Marvimon House. In an effort to deeply connect with each other and their guests as they exchanged their vows, they had a heartfelt, unplugged ceremony with the venue’s incredible succulent wall providing a perfect urban garden backdrop. And I love all of the bold + playful details they incorporated into their handcrafted reception – like gold-dipped mason jars, engraved wood table numbers + chunky sequined table runners. Such a pretty day, filled with lots of incredible ideas to inspire all of you newly engaged couples!

From Amanda, Los Angeles itself is full of contrasts, the most obvious being that it is a huge metropolis in the desert. I pulled inspiration from my parent’s succulent filled backyard, the scrub brush and concrete surrounding my apartment building, and the glittering ocean waves. I love adding sparkle to otherwise very subdued and classic styles. In the end I was referring to our style as “Urban Garden” or “Contemporary California”. I expressed that theme by using lots of unrefined materials (wood, linen, metal, glass) and added pops of color, texture, and sparkle throughout the decor and even on our stationery.

Big thanks to Let’s Frolic Together for the beautiful photography and congrats to Amanda + Matt on an amazing day!

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One of my favorite moments is the ring warming during our ceremony. We had all of our guests pass our rings from one to another, and as they held them for a second, we asked them to say make a wish, or bless them with their love. From that day on, our rings hold in their precious metals something even more precious—the love and support of the people who mean the most to us. It took a few minutes to pass through all 100 of our guests hands, but it was so moving to watch. And so many of our guests really felt honored to be part of our ceremony in that way.

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marvimon ceremony

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Loving these images of Amanda + Matt, with their bridal party, and the amazing LA skyline in the background!

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bride and groom

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Teals, aquas, corals + gold defined the reception space + little planted succulents served as escort cards + fun keepsakes for guests!

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Processional: Bridesmaids: Imagine – John Lennon; Bride: Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

Recessional: Wouldn't It Be Nice – The Beach Boys + One Love – Bob Marley

First Dance: Regina Spektor cover of John Lennon's Real Love

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Don’t miss Amanda + Matt’s super fun stop-motion video by Stephanie Collins!

I had a wonderful experience planning my wedding. Thankfully there was no family or friend drama. Everyone came together and enjoyed putting on a great party with us. However, being a designer and a very creative person, I started with a very strong vision of what our day should look, feel, taste, and sound like. I had my heart set on a venue that was expensive, and for a while, it looked like it would be out of our budget. It was really disappointing and I had a hard time letting go, but it made me feel selfish and "bridezilla-y" to demand I get my way. Thankfully we took a second look at our budget and were able to cut other less important things. In the end it was about open, honest communication with my fiancée and our parents (who helped us finically) on what each of our priorities were. Then we were able to compromise and find common ground. Looking back, I couldn't imagine our wedding at a different venue. It was so perfect and I can't even remember those other details we cut. Going through that process was such an important thing for all of us. It brought us closer and taught us how to open up and work together. So I guess to sum it up, I would say be honest with the people who are helping you financially and with the planning. It's ok if something is really important to you, but be open about it and willing to compromise.

photography: Let’s Frolic Together // venue: Marvimon House Los Angeles, California // coordinator: East West Event Productions // stationery + event design: the bride, Amanda Habbershaw // florals: Clementine Floral Works // videography: Stephanie Collins // catering: Savour This Moment // dessert: Sprinkles Cupcakes // dj: The Markness // officiant: Eric Shwartz // dress: Saja // headband: Ban.do // shoes: Nine WestNike // hair + makeup: Self-done // bridesmaid dresses: Simple Dress // tuxes: Jean Yves // rentals: Orchid Party Rentals // bartending: Catered Cocktails

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DIY: Hot Cocoa Favors

DIY Hot Cocoa Favors

I’m excited to introduce you all to Michelle Edgemont! Michelle is based in Brooklyn, New York and creates one-of-a-kind design concepts, styling and flowers for weddings + parties. She is joining the GWS team as one of our DIY contributors and I’m excited to see what great DIY concepts she will bring to GWS this coming year. :)

Her first DIY is seriously the cutest – individual hot cocoa’s in funky flavors! Perfect for wedding favors, party favors – or even Christmas gifts! And the best part? They are so easy to make! Win Win. Thanks so much Michelle!

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What You’ll Need:
• Clear glass vials with cork lids (we bought ours here)
• White Cardstock
• Scissors
• Basic Hot cocoa mix
• Edible Lavender (you can find here)
• Dried Orange Peel
• Chopped Cinnamon Sticks
• Chopped Dark Chocolate
• Teaspoon
• Hole Punch
• Gift Tags Printable File (download ours here) or create your own tags

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You’ll find the hardest part of the DIY is gathering all the materials. :) Once you have them the favors are easy to make!

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Step 1: Fill your glass vials ¾ of the way with the hot cocoa mix.

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Step 2: Fill the rest of the vial with the flavor ingredient of your choice. Here I used dried orange peel, lavender, chopped cinnamon sticks, and chopped dark chocolate to create interesting flavors. Mountain Rose Herbs is a great resource for bulk dried herbs and flavorings.

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Step 3: Print out the printable gift tags, cut them out, and punch a hole in each. Tie each onto it’s coordinating flavor of hot cocoa with a gold thread. Push in the cork. All done!

To drink, mix the whole vial with 1 cup of steaming hot milk. Top with whipped cream and enjoy.

DIY Hot Cocoa Favors

DIY Hot Cocoa Favors

DIY Hot Cocoa Favors


And remember, if you make one of our DIY projects, we’d love to see how it turned out so be sure to share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY.

DIY created by Michelle Edgemont exclusively for Green Wedding Shoes. Looking for creative event styling, handmade details or flowers for your wedding? Check out Brooklyn based Michelle Edgemont for your wedding day! 

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Tuscan-Inspired Wedding at Sunstone Winery: Heather + Cheyne

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From the very beginning of Heather + Cheyne’s engagement, they had pictured an intimate European destination for their wedding. After debating the pros and cons of having their guests fly internationally and looking at different locations, the best of both worlds appeared! The stunning Sunstone Winery + Villa in the gorgeous Santa Ynez hills of California was the perfect Italian escape. With stunning design from Sterling Social and gorgeous florals from JL Designs the day was set. A bohemian vibe mixed with fresh herbs throughout the villa created the perfect Italian wedding. Here’s more about their day from Heather:

“Our wedding day was truly an extension of us and what we find most important in our everyday life. To us, family, friends, adventure, great food, music, dance parties and creating memories with our loved ones is what it’s all about! Our intent was to create an evening that encompassed just that and in a setting that felt as though we were enjoying dinner and a dance party with our closest friends. We wanted the day and entire weekend to feel intimate and most importantly authentic to the two of us, our personality and our relationship.”

Heather + Cheyne, congratulations on a gorgeous celebration + big thanks to Matthew Morgan Photography for sharing these beautiful images of their day with us!

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Heather + Cheyne wanted to steer away from the “traditional” wedding invitation. Enlisting Copper Willow Paper Studio, a timeless design was created. Intended as a sentimental handwritten note, each letterpressed invitation was tied with thin ivory twine and sprigs of lavender.

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sunstone engagement ring

lace robe

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I’m totally smitten with both Heather’s robe + wedding dress! And even more amazing – Heather designed her wedding dress! Her ethereal vision came to life with the assistance of couture seamstress, Nazzy Nazari. Lovely fabrics like French netting, delicate Chantilly and Alencon laces, and flowing silk chiffon made for a beautiful one-of-a-kind dress! And let’s talk about her bouquet of blooming pieris that JL Designs created….so, so pretty!

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Loving the bridesmaids Joanna August gowns and the bouquets of lavender!

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Processional: Family/Groomsmen Processional: Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles; Bridesmaid Processional: Marry Me – Train; Bride's Processional: Canon in D – Pachelbel

Recessional: This is the First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes

First Dance: Ho Hey – The Lumineers

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sunstone winery ceremony

sunstone winery ceremony

sunstone winery ceremony

sunstone winery ceremony

sunstone winery ceremony

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Family and friends found their table assignments aptly named after fresh herbs also displayed in the tabletop décor; rosemary, lavender, sage, thyme, olive branch and bay leaf.

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Guests enjoyed elaborate stations of fresh cheese, charcuterie and homemade wood fire pizzas, while sipping on “His” and “Hers” signature cocktails, “Piccante Amore” and “La Dolce Vita”. Yum and yum!

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Her dress, right??!! So head over heels in love with it!!

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bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

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This is difficult to answer because I have so many moments that were memorable and meaningful. So the best I can do is break it down to two:

1. Walking down the aisle to my soon to be husband, Cheyne! The emotion and excitement when I first locked eyes with him was more powerful than anything I had felt before. This emotion grew as I watched my Dad hug Cheyne right before he offered him my hand. It was such a genuine and emotional moment for the three of us and one we will never forget.

2. Second would be the first dance with my husband. Being wrapped up in his arms surrounded by our closest family and friends singing and clapping alongside. My heart was so HAPPY! Then Cheyne turned me around and it was then I realized that four of our friends, including the Best Man were playing our song live. Everyone in the audience was just as surprised, seeing as Cheyne kept this detail to himself. That moment was perfect and so personal and special. It brings a smile to my face every time I think of that moment.

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And check out their lovely wedding trailer from T&C Photographie below!

Don't become overwhelmed with the small details or try and create a day for anyone other than the two of you. I know this has been said a million times before but remember what the day is all about, who it is for and make it just that. Enjoy all the moments leading up to the day, the day itself and all the days after. Before you know it the wedding day is over but the memories of pure happiness with everyone who means the most to you is something you have forever. Be present in the moment and above anything else have FUN and celebrate the fact that you have found the person you want to share your life with.

photography: Matthew Morgan Photography // planning + design: Sterling Social // videography: T&C Photographie // venue: Sunstone Winery + Villa Santa Ynez, California // florals: JL Designs // vintage rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // rentals: Town & Country // linens: La Tavola Linen // lighting: Bella Vista Designs // paper goods: Copper Willow Paper Studio // cake: Crushcakes // ceremony music: Ybarra Music // dj: DJ Aubrey Henderson // hair: Contour Fossa // make-up: Artistry by Danika // bride’s gown: Custom Designed by Bride, created by Nazzy Nazari // bride’s veil: Vera Wang // bride’s shoes: Valentino // bride’s robe: Custom Made by Nazzy Nazari // bridesmaids’ dresses: Ceremony by Joanna August // groom’s attire: Custom Designed by Groom // groom’s shoes: Meermin // catering: Bello Forno Wood Fired Cuisine 

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