Ace Hotel Palm Springs Wedding: Danielle + Carlo

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Danielle + Carlo are a fun-loving duo who wanted their day to be just as playful + energetic as they are! Choosing the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs was the first of many stellar decisions this couple made. The event design was vivid + whimsical, their attire was super sleek + stylish, and from the get-go, they made it a point (and a priority) to just relax + enjoy their day. That’s something I always love to hear!

A more about the celebration, directly from Danielle, We got engaged in Baja, Mexico, so the desert has always been important to us. We incorporated elements of our life in Brooklyn into our wedding weekend in California. Pretty much every part of our wedding was designed and built by our friends and family, from the music, to the event planning, to the judge who married us (my dad!). We surrounded ourselves with people who loved us and who we loved, and then set out to be guests at our own wedding!

Congratulations to Danielle + Carlo + big thanks to Mel Barlow from Mel & Co. for sharing their beautiful day with us!

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Their adorable pup acted as their ring bearer + was decked out in a sweet gingham bow tie collar!

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bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

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Major ceremony site envy! How cool is this airplant studded arch?!

airplant arbor

pup ring bearer

As cliche as it sounds, our wedding day was as perfect as it could be, both intimate and joyous. The ceremony was unparalleled, especially when we read our vows to each other. So was sitting in the hot tub under the desert sky with our friends from all over the world at the end of the night. We also will never forget when our parents' friends went skinny dipping! All our guests travelled to spend the weekend with us, and it was the best gift any couple could receive!

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ace hotel ceremony

ace hotel ceremony

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Processional: Once There Was a Hushpuppy – Dan Romer + Benh Zeitlin, from Beasts of the Southern Wild

Recessional: All is Love – Karen O, sung by Brit Laurén

First Dance: That's the Way That the Wold Goes Round – Jerry Jeff Walker, Secret of Life – James Taylor, Old-Fashioned – Cee Lo Green

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Keep the big picture in focus. Everyone will have a million different opinions, compromises will be made, and nothing will be perfect, but in the end what matters most is the people you love and each other. Also, don't forget to check in with your partner on the actual day and be present to the beauty of the moment. It's the most awesome experience and something that you will always remember.

photography: Mel Barlow from Mel & Co. // venue: Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs, California // event design + planning: Laura Wright Events // papel picado: Margaret Sosa // florals: Brown Paper Design // wedding dress: Reem Acra // hairpieces: Annastasia Konidaris of Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor // shoes: bought the used shoes from the Reem Acra dressing room for $40 // bridesmaid dresses: Vintage and BCBG // hair + makeup: Ace Hotel & Swim Club // groom suit: Bonobos // paper goods: Design by Anthony Nugyen of Tango & Sons; Construction was homemade on a gocco screen printer with the help of Paper Source, eBay (for stamps), and bride’s sister/MOH extraordinaire // catering + cake: Ace Hotel & Swim Club // cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar // music: friends and musicians DJ Captain Planet aka Chuck Wild; Brit Laurén

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DIY: Floral Wreath for your Dog

DIY Floral Wreath for your dog

We know lots of our couples plan to involve their pup in their day and our DIY contributor, Amanda of Anthomanic, crafted up the sweetest floral wreath for your dog! I mean, these are so cute, right? And pretty easy to make as you’ll learn below!

Floral Wreath Supplies


Supplies:
• OASIS Floral Tape
• Gardening Shears
• Thick wire (I used 18 gauge pieces)
• Bind wire (optional)
• Twenty stems of mixed loose flowers
• Bunch of leafy foliage

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Step One: Create the wire loop “base”
• Measure the length of wire needed for the collar, best to make the loop and put it on the dog to check!
• If using short pieces, just bind together and secure with tape
• Wrap the entire wire loop with the floral tape, pulling the tape taught as you wrap it to release the adhesive from the tape (this helps to give the bundles you will add, a little something to grip on to)

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Step Two: Create small bunches
Prepare the stems by removing lower leaves. Layer the blooms, don’t bundle them all at the same height. Wrap with floral tape, cutting stems as needed to a very short length (5-6”).

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Step Three: Cover the loop base with floral bunches
Attach the bundle of flowers to the wire loop base using florist tape. Continue this pattern, covering the entire loop leaving the ends of the wire loop base exposed to twist together when placing on your pet!

Please Note: The supplies here are enough for both a small and large pet! For the small pet, the only change is to create mini bouquets by using less flowers and smaller foliage sections.

Floral Wreath DIY

DIY Floral Wreath Pup

DIY Floral Wreath Dog


Seriously, how cute are these for your pup?!!  And remember, if you make one of our DIY projects, be sure to share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY – we love seeing how your projects turn out! :)

DIY created by Amanda of Anthomanic exclusively for GWS. See more of Amanda’s work here. Photos by Marta Locklear Photography

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DIY Library Love Wedding: Ashley + Nick

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Ashley + Nick work for a publishing company in New York City and are self professed lovers of history, so it goes without saying that books are very near to their hearts! When it came time to plan their charming fall wedding, they decided on a “Library Love” theme, which showcased their creativity + set a fun tone for the celebration. First up was to find a location that would capture the feel of the worn nostalgia + unique details that come to mind when you think of an old library. LA’s Carondelet House totally fit the bill with its historical setting and warm, intimate vibe. Ashley lovingly handcrafted almost every aspect of the day, beautifully incorporating their literary theme throughout the design. Here’s a bit more about some of the projects that stood out to their photographer, Jen from J Wiley Photography:

Their list of DIY touches is truly inspiring! They hand-picked every book that was used in their decor, and Ashley hollowed out some books that they filled with moss, berries, and succulents and used in their centerpieces. They incorporated the library theme into their guests’ seating cards by displaying them in a vintage, metal card catalog and personalized each guest’s card with the name and description of a book they love. They addressed each guest’s invitation in calligraphy by hand, heat-embossed all the return envelopes, and even made their own envelope liners. They also used custom typewriter keys on each of the groomsmen’s boutonnieres with the groomsman’s initial. And to top it all off, Nick handmade a dozen wooden frames that they hung on the wall behind them for the ceremony. 

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cotton bouquet

carondelet first look

carondelet first look

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bride and groom

bride and groom


I’m completely obsessed with Ashley’s Bibi Lou shoes from BHLDN

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ceremony programs

ceremony programs

Right before the ceremony, I was trying to stay out of sight at the top of a stairwell, and my mother, at the bottom, looked up at me and mouthed ‘I love you.’ It was nice to have a sweet, private moment with her before the craziness of the reception. Though honestly, the whole day was filled with laughter, kind words, hugs, and kisses from all of our guests – it was the biggest love-fest of our lives! That overwhelming feeling, rather than a particular moment, will probably be what we remember most.

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ceremony

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Processional: Bridesmaids: All I Want Is You – Tristan Prettyman; Bride: Storybook Love – Matthew Lister (an acoustic version of The Princess Bride theme)

Recessional: Jump In The Line – Harry Belefonte (Bride is a huge Beetlejuice fan!)

First Dance: You Are The Best Thing – Ray La Montagne

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seating cards

seating cards


The table centerpieces were crafted from hollowed books, brimming with wild, textural flowers and moss by Twig and Twine, which were placed next to artfully arranged mementos + knick-knacks.

carondelet reception

carondelet reception

menu cards

carondelet reception

carondelet reception


And, seriously, how much do you love their awesome cake topper from Oh Dier Living?!

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My motto is ‘take no prisoners’! If you want absolutely want something, stick to your guns. We all encounter different constraints – time, money, logistics – but if it’s an element that will enhance the overall experience of the day or will make your guests smile, it’s worth it. Remember, you have an army of smart and creative bridesmaids, family, and of course, your wonderful fiancé to help execute and problem-solve. The employees of my local paperie, virtual strangers, knew me by name (embarrassing? slightly.) because I would visit so often to buy craft supplies, and they all helped talk through my projects. People know that weddings are a huge undertaking for any bride and you’d be surprised how many are willing to help you achieve your perfect day.

Also, if you think you’re starting early – start earlier! We thought we were on top of things and all of the sudden it’s three days before the wedding and I’m packing a paper-cutter in my suitcase!

photography: J Wiley Photography // venue: Carondelet House Los Angeles, California // planning: Carter & Cook Event Co. // florals: Twig and Twine // dj: Red Shoe // catering: Tres LA // cake + sweets: Sweet and Saucy Shop // makeup: Leya Oakley // dress: Vera Wang // suit: Kenneth Cole // shoes: Bibi Lou / BHLDN // veil: BHLDN // necklace: Anna and Ava (mine was the grey version) // bridesmaid dresses: yellow dress – Sorbetto dress from BHLDN, grey dress – Ebb and Flow dress from BHLDN // flower girl dress: J. Crew // hair: Sheena Habell // invitations: Paper Source // programs: Sunny and Stumpy // menus: Howl Creative Co. // return address stamp: Clever Thursday // cake topper: Oh Dier Living // music: Redshoe LA

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryJ. Crew and Sweet and Saucy Shop are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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