Beachy Destination Wedding Inspiration

summer beach inspiration

Just because you’re planning a destination wedding doesn’t mean you have to for-go all the details you’d incorporate if you were tying the knot at home. It’s easier than ever to find amazing creatives just about anywhere who’d be thrilled to bring your dream day to life. Enter Purple Meadows Events and Design + Roots & Stems. These gals were inspired by the idyllic coastal town of Laguna Beach + wanted to stage a beachside affair that would satisfy any couple traveling in from afar to celebrate their nuptials. And lucky for us Anokiart Photography was there to capture every last detail for all eyes to see. Here’s a bit more about the setting from Debra of Purple Meadows:

Our mixed colors of corals, blues and peaches was influenced by the earthy tones of the ocean, sunset and and sandy beach. We wanted to create a unique ceremony backdrop so we bought an old canoe shelf, repurposed it and painted it with soft colors of coral and cream. We added canoe paddles and our creative partner Root and Stems added her unique floral touches to create a unique ceremony altar that we set on the beach which looked terrific against the Laguna sunset.

summer beach invitation

summer beach bride

What a great floral headpiece + dress – just loving the back!

summer beach lace dress

airplant bouquet

red boat ceremony decor

vintage oars

red boat ceremony decor

summer beach inspiration

summer beach inspiration

summer beach inspiration

summer beach tablescape

summer beach tablescape

Driftwood + florals = a match made in heaven!

navy blue table runner

blue name card

vintage glassware

beach tablescape

rock plate setting

driftwood centerpiece

beach cake table

summer beach cake

candles in bottles

summer beach inspiration

summer beach inspiration

summer beach inspiration

Thanks so much to the following creatives for sending this one our way! We’re totally thinking about skipping off to the beach after seeing this shoot! Who’s with us?!

photography: Anokiart Photography // event stylist: Purple Meadows Events and Design // makeup: Irene Mar Mua // hair: Tonya Hayes // florals: Roots & Stems // paper goods: Holly Meyer Design // cake: The Butter End Cakery // tableware: The Vintage Table Co // dress: L’ezu // videography: Gene Avakyan // photographer’s assistant: Victor Mueller // models: Angelica Kotliar and Christian Hainka

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Bohemian-Antique Ranch Wedding: Brittany + Federico

boho antique wedding

When Brittany began brainstorming wedding design ideas, she did what so many of us would likely do if put in her shoes. She scoured her stockpile of catalogs from her favorite stores, Free People and Anthropologie, and let a romantic, dreamy bohemian theme grow from there. She and Federico kept the color palette for the day to neutral, off-white tones + hues, as to not compete with the beauty of their Texas ranch surroundings. And they handmade lots of the little details themselves, which gave the day a personal spin. Here’s a bit more about what inspired their gorgeous celebration, directly from the bride herself:

When envisioning our wedding day, I pulled inspiration from our laid-back day-to-day lifestyle, our mutual love for traveling, and my passion for casual backyard picnics. Neither of us grew up in the countryside, yet the vast abyss of nature was surrounding us as we stood in the exact spot we’d later marry. Looking out upon the seemingly infinite nature sprawling behind what would become our ceremony site, we immediately knew that this was our venue – it somehow felt like home in a far away land. We were getting married in a barn, but I didn’t want to go the traditional route of burlap, lace, and wagon wheels.

Thanks so much to Love, The Nelsons for the stunning photos and big congrats to Brittany + Federico on a beautiful day! Oh, and be sure to read their super romantic love story of how they met at the end of the feature – we love love!! :)

antique wedding invitation

moroccan chair

wedding rings band

bride getting ready

lace sleeve bridesmaids

lace sleeve bridesmaids

Loving the ladies in their crochet Dreamers & Lovers dresses! Brittany initially played around with the idea of having her bridesmaids wear different dresses to match the mismatched feel of the rest of the wedding, but as soon as she found these beauties, she knew they’d be just right and we totally agree!

lace sleeve bridesmaids

bridal head piece

white and green bouquet

chain backed dress

From Brittany, My dress was a custom gown created by my friend, Kyle Svedson, a clothing designer based out of Los Angeles. Wedding gowns aren’t his traditional line of work, but I was so excited when he agreed to make my dress. I wanted something very specific that wasn’t a traditional cut, didn’t have rhinestones, and wasn’t made of lace, so I knew that anything at a local store wouldn’t fit the bill. I explained my vision to Kyle and we worked together to create a bohemian piece with heavy brass beading and an open-back concept with beaded accents.

arm bangles

antique truck and groomsmen

ring bearer in suspenders

rolled pant groomsmen

wedding party

Seriously, what a gorge wedding party!

wedding party

dreamcatchers

ceremony

babies breath arch

I knew that the most important part of the day was to embrace our love for one another, and not to overthink the smallest details. I wanted a wedding that didn’t feel perfectly orchestrated, but rather, was reminiscent of an intimate backyard dinner party. I envisioned Indonesian blankets and Indian kanthas spread out in the grass, a tee-pee, peacock chairs, a casual “photo booth” where people snapped shots on an instant camera, whimsical dreamcatchers, and string lights. It was important to me that we incorporate antiquated family heirlooms such as my great-grandmother’s Depression glass into our special day, along with many of my personal pieces that I’ve collected since childhood; I’ve always been drawn to anything with a story, as I grew up scouring flea markets, antique malls and thrift stores for unique and distinctive pieces.

teepee

antique building

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

chain back wedding dress

bride and groom

bride and groom

antique reception

Sitting down at our sweetheart table and looking out upon our loves ones as we ate our first meal as a married couple was pure bliss. We had twenty guests fly in all the way from Italy to celebrate our love, and it was incredibly beautiful to take it all in with Fede over a candlelit dinner. Watching our families and friends from completely separate worlds all integrate into one was truly a memory that I will always remember and cherish. We both knew that it was likely the only time our lives before meeting one another would come together, as we recently moved to Austin but our families are in California and Milan. Sharing our new city and our new life together with our guests was by far the most memorable aspect of our day.

sweetheart table

vintage plates

vintage plates

vintage bottles

dreamcatcher favor

wood slice name card

pink colored glassware

branch table decor

table numbers

dreamcatcher favor

cake table

We love Brittany + Fede’s super romantic love story, so we thought we’d share a snippet of it with you!

I had never seen a love as beautiful as my good friend and her Italian fiancé’s, nor did I ever truly believe that I would find that one person who completed me. Hopeless romantic? Not the words I would use to describe myself; I honestly thought I would never get married. One day though, my friend showed me a photo of this gorgeous guy named Federico who lived in Milan and was blonde-haired (I’ve never been attracted to dark-haired men, so she had her work cut out for her in finding me an Italian suitor), and told me to add him on Facebook. I did add him, but I never thought much about him until that same friend mentioned that we would be meeting at their upcoming wedding.

Fede and I wrote each other a few messages, but I knew that we couldn’t possibly have a future together; he lived in Italy, and I was 6,000 miles away in Los Angeles. Low and behold, we met at the wedding and have been inseparable ever since. Within 48 hours of meeting one another, Fede informed his family that he would be moving to the US to be with me. He resigned from his position at work, and we had to wait until his contract expired about 6 months later. We battled with a very long distance between us and a slight language barrier at times, but we both knew that what we were doing felt right to us. I never thought fairytale romances like this existed, but we’re living proof that love can defy all odds!

teepee wedding

People tend to have preconceived notions about what a wedding day should entail, but tradition was never my focus. If it's not yours either, I say follow your instincts and make your day a true reflection of yourself rather than trying to please others on your special day. My friends kept telling me not to incorporate gnomes into my wedding because they thought it would be tacky, but anyone who knows me is well aware of my weird gnome obsession. I hid small gnomes in the moss on each table and used them as cake toppers. No regrets! Also, remember that spending money doesn't always bring beauty to your day. I thought my wedding was beautiful because I incorporated so much of myself into the smaller elements; our hearts and souls were truly present in each step of the process, and I think that outweighs a large budget and cookie-cutter wedding any day of the week.

photography: Love, The Nelsons // venue: Vista West Ranch Dripping Springs, Texas // event design + rentals: Myself, via Birch & Brass Vintage Rentals // event coordinator: Ellen Westcott // florals: Margot Blair Florals // dress: Kyle Svedsen // headpiece: Gypsy Junkies // hand piece: custom designed by a Nashville-based gal named Erika Ness of Elektric Alice // shoes: Free People // bridesmaids dresses: Dreamers & Lovers // hair + makeup: Angela of Lucie Marie // groom’s suit: J.Crew // invitations: Shabby Scrap // catering: Primizie // cake: Sweet Treets // music: Complete Music Austin

 

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DIY: Moscow Mule

DIY Moscow Mule

Happy Friday! Today we are sharing a super easy DIY that we think is the perfect drink to start the weekend with – a Moscow Mule! Not only is this one so simple to make, but we love the cute copper mugs they are served in, which can be found in the GWS Shop. Thanks so much to Gregory Ross for both the DIY and the lovely photos!

DIY Moscow Mule


What You’ll Need:
• Copper Mug
• 2oz Vodka
• 4oz Ginger Beer
• Ice
• 1/2 Lime
• Mint for garnish

DIY Moscow Mule


Step 1: Pour 2oz vodka into the mule mug.

Step 2: Juice or squeeze 1/2 of a lime into the mule mug (this should produce about 1/2oz of juice).

DIY Moscow Mule


Step 3: Fill the mug almost all the way to the top with crushed ice.

Step 4: Top off with 4oz of ginger beer and garnish your mule with a slice of lime + a few sprigs of mint.

DIY Moscow Mule

DIY Moscow Mule


Looks pretty yummy!

If you make a Moscow Mule like ours, we’d love to see how it turns out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

Thanks again to Gregory Ross for the DIY + photos.

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryGregory Ross is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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