The Wild Hearts Collection from Karen Willis Holmes

Karen Willis Wild Heart Collection

If you’ve been reading GWS for a while, you have likely seen some beautiful GWS brides in Karen Willis Holmes. But for all our new readers who aren’t familiar yet, let us quickly catch you up to speed! Karen is a well-established Australian bridal designer who first launched her couture presence in 2000. The success of her designs has lead Karen to not only create her couture, bespoke and Ready to wear collections, but also her new collection, WILD HEARTS, which we are excited to share with you today!

Dresses from the WILD HEARTS collection feature gorgeous silhouettes and a refined design aesthetic. The collection comes at an affordable price point for brides-to-be, but also offers the free-spirited woman a sophisticated wedding gown. We also love that the collection is complete – with beautiful gowns, overlays, jackets and capes. And, of course, the bohemian nature of the dresses are totally calling our name! Let’s take a peek at our favorites from the WILD HEARTS collection…

Karen Willis Wild Heart Collection

Karen Willis Wild Heart Collection

Karen Willis Wild Heart Collection

Combining the fabrics of soft laces, delicate tulles and graceful georgettes gives the ability to mix and match a brides own aesthetic. Karen’s flattering design technique also allows each bride to have her own distinctive style whilst having a spirit of today’s modern bride.

Karen Willis Wild Heart Collection

Karen Willis Wild Heart Collection

Aren’t the details just beautiful? Love the lace sleeves seen above and that majorly pretty lace back detail below!

Karen Willis Wild Heart Collection

Karen Willis Wild Heart Collection

The dresses from the WILD HEARTS collection are handmade in Australia and retail between $1000-$3000. The collection is not only stocked in all Australian stores, but also stockist boutiques across the US. For more information about Karen Willis Holmes or to find a stockist near you, be sure to visit the KWH website today!

photography: 35mm Photography

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Romantic Paso Robles Vineyard Wedding: Sophie + Elliott

Paso Robles wedding

There’s just something about a vineyard wedding that guarantees romance no matter what! And in California’s beautiful wine country region, another thing you’re pretty much always guaranteed? Gorgeous, gorgeous golden light! Sophie + Elliott took full advantage of their beautiful surroundings at HammerSky Vineyards (in Paso Robles) by creating an atmosphere that was warm, inviting + filled with natural beauty. Adornments Flowers & Finery crafted the most lush florals we’ve seen in a minute + Sophie was a hands-on bride; designing and pulling together the details of the gorgeous setting herself. Aside from the aesthetics, certain aspect of the day were high on their priority list. Let’s hear a bit more about that from S + E:

We tried to keep it small and intimate, and focus on elements that were important and special to both of our families and us. We incorporated food, flags, music and flowers from both countries, and we also had an interfaith ceremony to include important traditions and faiths from both of our families. Additionally, we choose to forgo some traditions that weren’t important to us and/or made us feel uncomfortable. We wanted the wedding to feel unique and personal by really reflecting our backgrounds in addition to who we are as a couple.

Danielle Poff Photography definitely made good use of the light we mentioned earlier! Perfect eye candy for this early Monday morning :)

soft white bouquet

flower crown

baby blue bridesmaid dresses

We’re pretty in love with EVERYTHING in that photo above! Soph’s Maggie Sottero dress is picture perfect and her bridesmaids look so gorgeous in their pale blue Coast dresses! To top it all off, the bouquets + flower crowns Adornments whipped up couldn’t have been better.

baby blue bridesmaid dresses

baby blue bridesmaid dresses

Vineyard bouquet formula: White protea, peach garden roses, pieris japonica + eucalyptus.

Maggie Sottero

groomsmen

suitcase with ceremony programs

garland and curtain arbor

Definitely walking down the aisle. Elliott and I didn't see each other since the night before the wedding, so it was so amazing and special to see him waiting at the end of the aisle for me.

Paso Robles ceremony

Paso Robles ceremony

Paso Robles ceremony

Paso Robles ceremony

Paso Robles ceremony

Processional: Pachelbel's Canon in D to Waltzing Matilda

Recessional: All You Need is Love

First Dance: You are the Best Thing

wedding party

baby blue bridesmaid dresses

Paso Robles wedding

Paso Robles wedding

Paso Robles wedding

Paso Robles wedding

protea bouquet

Paso Robles wedding

So in love with every portrait Danielle captured of Sophie + Elliott!

Paso Robles wedding

barn reception

soft centerpiece florals

soft centerpiece florals

barn reception

HammerSky is such a dream setting for a wedding!

garland table runner

first dance

barn reception

s'mores

cake cutting

Try your best to go with the flow and accept that things won't always go exactly to plan, because it will be beautiful regardless.

photography: Danielle Poff Photography // venue: HammerSky Vineyards Paso Robles, California // event design: bride // day of coordinator: Lauren Tinnen // florals + hairpieces: Adornments Flowers & Finery // wedding dress: Maggie Sottero // shoes: Jimmy Choo // bridesmaid dresses: Coast // hair + makeup: The Studio Agency // groom suit: Theory // videography: Him & Her Films // paper goods: bride // catering: Catering by Chef Charlie // rentals: All About Events // officiant: Rabbi Janice Mehring and Father Paul O’Donnell // music: The Blue Breeze BandCandle Light Strings

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryHammerSky Vineyards and Danielle Poff Photography are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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Indigo Wedding Inspiration from Maui

indigo dress

We’re taking a dreamy mental vacay to the islands this afternoon thanks to Mandy Grace Designs + Couture Events Maui who collaborated to create this organic, dramatic and lush styled shoot at Ka Hale Olina on Maui. According to photographer, Wendy Laurel, who beautiful documented the scene you’re about to see, the inspiration was originally based around the color indigo and blossomed from there.

She says, We wanted something natural and a little opulent. Once the color was chosen everything else fell into place. We chose a location in Upcountry Maui, close to the bright blue Maui sky. Designer, Lindee Daniel, instantly came to mind with the amazing construction of her organic, cruelty free silk wedding gowns. Her indigo blue silk gown was a perfect match for this styled shoot. It was as if it was made for it! The color indigo was named after the indigo dye derived from a plant so it seemed appropriate to incorporate hand dyed silk ribbon and hand dyed muslin in various shades of blue from Adorn. A rustic farm table, organic artichokes, figs, and crystal stemware was the perfect balance of organic and dramatic. Other organic elements that helped tied it all together were the delicious puff pastry style cakes created by Maui Sweet Cakes and the organic wood invitation styled by Miss B Calligraphy.

berry and indigo wrapped bouquet

wooden inspired invitation

gold ring

indigo blue bride

berry toned bouquet

Loving this pink + berry bouquet by Mandy Grace Designs. And of course it was tied with pretty, hand-dyed indigo ribbon!

maui indigo inspiration

loose braid

maui indigo inspiration

chandelier over table

indigo blue tablescape

indigo blue plate

The tablescape was super lovely with more great florals, wooden monogrammed bowls and an airy blue runner.

indigo blue plate

mr and mrs wooden bowls

vintage cake table

berry indigo centerpiece

veggie table spread

maui ribbon swing

Major love for this fun ribbon clad swing. And that blue dress? Totally killing it, right?!

maui ribbon swing

maui ribbon swing

Thanks so much to the team below for sharing something unique with us today! We love the idea of a pretty blue wedding dress for a fun + relaxed island celebration!

photography: Wendy Laurel // planning + design: Couture Events Maui // venue: Ka Hale Olina Maui, Hawaii // florals: Mandy Grace Designs // design: Couture Events Maui + Mandy Grace Designs // rentals: The CollectionSignature Maui // table top rentals: Set Maui // calligraphy: Miss B Calligraphy // sweets: Maui Sweet Cakes // hand dyed ribbons + runner: Adorn // pillows: Da Warehouse Maui + DIY Couture Events Maui // indigo gown: Lindee Daniel // hair + makeup: Niki Guy from Solei Luna Salon // location: Ka Hale Olinda

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