Modern Watercolor Wedding Inspiration

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Today’s stunning styled shoot pulls inspiration from all the best facets of the watercolor genre. And it really is a genre at this point, don’t you think? Watercolor is one of our fave wedding trends and, thankfully, we don’t think it’s going anywhere for a while!

Imagine an environment rich with deep jewel tones + lots of organic texture. With watercolor invites, hand-dyed indigo table linens, and super pretty, painterly florals. Throw in some geodes + crystals for added dimension and we think you have all the ingredients for an edgy + modern wedding aesthetic! And luckily for us, Katie Pritchard + Adrienne from The Bloom of Time love watercolor details too, and teamed up to create the very setting described! It’s sure to inspire so many of you big time. Let’s see it, shall we?

dip dye wedding invitation

geode wedding favor


This ceremony arch is a major beauty! To create its untamed, overgrown feel, Adrienne opted for garden roses, peonies, antique hydrangeas, muscari, and veronica as well as a few less common textural elements like snowberry, liatris, echinops, birch branches, and silver kochia. So super pretty!

wintery arch

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wintery bouquet

wintery gem bouquet

vintage blue chairs


Katie hand-dyed the table runner + napkins with indigo, which gave them a stormy, cloudy feel + added a little drama to the table! They look amazing. And love the furniture + tableware provided by Archive Rentals, too!

indigo dyed napkins

silver goblets

cement centerpieces

cement centerpieces

etched glass plates


Katie also DIY’d the rugged cement containers, which created a fun juxtaposition with Adrienne’s delicate florals. If you love them as much as we do, check back in a bit, because we are sharing her DIY on how to make them yourself!

dip dye menu

cement centerpieces

gem colored florals

geodes

crystals in florals

cement centerpieces

gem colored florals

blackberry cocktail


24 Carrots Catering designed a fun menu, ideal for celebrating in the colder months, that included  mini ‘dallas’ sliders and specialty signature cocktails. Yum!

sliders

cheese and wine plate

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purple boutonniere

veil

watercolor cake


And isn’t this watercolor cake, by Cake Bake Shop, the cutest?!

watercolor cake

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Thanks so much to the talented group of creatives below for inspiring us today!

photographer: Katie Pritchard // design + florals: Adrienne from The Bloom of Time // venue: Chuck Jones Center // catering: 24 Carrots Catering // rentals: Archive Rentals // makeup: Amy De La Rosa // hair: Lauren of Hello, Darling // dress: Mary Me Bridal // cake: Cake Bake Shop // bow tie: Lord Wallington // paper goods: Alex Choura of GOODHEART Designs // accessories: Olivia Nelson // styling assistant: Ann-Marie Loves // models: Jessica + Andrew

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryKatie Pritchard, Goodheart Design, The Bloom Of Time, and Archive Rentals are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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DIY North Carolina Mountainside Wedding: Amanda + Tim

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Amanda + Tim have one of the coolest venue stories we’ve heard! With the help of their incredible family, they were able to purchase a gorgeous, sprawling North Carolina mountainside home that was in foreclosure and completely renovate + transform it into the perfect place to host their wedding! In the midst of one of the rainiest years on record for western North Carolina, friends + family worked around the clock to make the property just right for the big day. And while most of us could only dream of being so lucky, it’s what Amanda + Tim did to decorate that space that’s the best yet! They collected and found everything that was used in the wedding, including milk glass vases for the flowers, vintage plates, linens, decorations, lights, magnolia leaves + more! Here’s more from Amanda about being a DIY bride:

We wanted to save money by making as much as we could, or finding and buying it for cheaper, even if that meant standing knee deep in ivy looking for leaves, sifting through garage sales, attics, basements, or thrift stores. We joked that if we couldn’t make something work, then we would spray paint it gold and it would fit. Tim, our planner Addie, and I made every inch of garland, wreaths, our “Oh Happy Day” banner and the backdrop frame for our ceremony. Another big inspiration piece for us was garden lights. We loved how they give a soft glow or twinkle and make everything really pretty, so, we decided to put them everywhere so that everything would have a magical fairyland vibe.

Sounds like so much love was put into every aspect of the day! Thanks so much to Redfield Photography for the gorgeous images + big congrats to Amanda + Tim!

calligraphy invitation

blue heels

orange bouquet

gray bridesmaids


We totally adore the ‘maids J.Crew dresses + their pretty, fall-inspired bouquets by Floressence Flowers!

gray bridesmaids

gray bridesmaids

orange leafy bouquet

groom

groomsmen

berry boutonniere


More from Amanda, Because of all the rain and the fact that the ceremony site was basically on a bog, we couldn’t have chairs because of the risk that they would sink right into the soft ground so my dad designed and built all 44 benches for the ceremony seating. 

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leaf garland ceremony decor

groomsmen huddle

groomsmen walking by lake

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groom looking at bride

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ceremony

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ceremony

ceremony

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bride and groom

wedding party

groomsmen

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Can you even believe they scored a house AND a wedding venue at the same time? It’s just beautiful!

new england house

oh happy day

chalkboard menu

leaf wreath

Tim: Right before the guests were allowed to enter the house, we walked through it alone and saw everything together: the flowers on tables, the candles lit, the food on the table, the lights on...it was amazing to see all of our hard work come together in that moment.

Amanda: I got ready in the back of the house where I had a view of the back yard and ceremony spot. I loved watching our guests arrive. People came from all over and some even flew across the country to celebrate with us, it was amazing and humbling to feel that support all day.

orange table flowers

gold letters

gold letters

candlelit mantle

wedding food

wedding food

first dance

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bride by river

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bride and groom

bride and groom

Enjoy the time you spend preparing but don't put too much pressure on yourself. The most important part of the wedding is that you're getting to marry your favorite person, so enjoy the day with all of the things that go right and all of the hiccups that could have gone better and have fun.

photographer: Redfield Photography // planning + design: Tim Robison Creative // venue: The Robison’s House in Hendersonville, North Carolina // florals + hair accessory: Floressence Flowers // event coordinator: Adelaide Jones of Twine & Twill // makeup + hair: Sandi Vohs // dessert: Debbie Robison // catering: Kim Burrell of Pop’s Diner // boutonnieres: Toni Jones // dj: Mountain Top Entertainment // band: Pickin’ & Poundin’ // wedding dress designer: Wtoo for Watters // veil: Bonnie Blomberg // jewelry: Brides grandmothers // shoes: ModCloth // bridesmaids’ dresses: J.Crew // groom’s suit: J.Crew // groomsmen’ suits: J.Crew // stationery: An Open Sketchbook

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Modern, Eco-Friendly Wedding Inspiration

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The inspiration for today’s lovely styled shoot started when the photographer, Kate Ignatowski, was making some eco-friendly changes to her small business and felt overwhelmed trying to make everything eco-friendly. She eventually realized if we all just make small changes where we can, it can add up to create a big impact! She thinks that ideology can carry over to weddings, and we definitely agree! Environmentally-conscious couples shouldn’t feel pressure to have to have a zero-impact wedding, but they can totally include a few thoughtful, eco-friendly ideas into their day, while staying true to their style. Here’s how the team did it…

invitation trifold


All of the stationery for the shoot was designed by Smock and printed on eco-friendly bamboo paper.

calligraphy invitation

flower crown golden hour bride

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bride and groom

bride and groom


The gorgeous backdrop was Pioneer Farm, located about an hour north of NYC.

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sunset bride

small green bouquet

hanging can decor

sunset

hanging dried herbs

chalkboard


Guest favors were fruits + veggies from the farm’s garden, housed in reusable organic cotton tote bags. Dried flowers, foraged from the property, were wrapped together and hung above the table.

hanging dried herbs

escort cards

chalkboard frame happy hour table

chalkboard dinner items

cakes

bride and groom

bride and groom


The pretty dress was handmade by Kendal Leonard Designs out of organic cotton sateen, organic cotton cording, and organic cotton thread. It’s pretty much the epitome of effortless beauty. Love it!

greenery arm band

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And tell us you’re not swooning over this amazing tablescape! The team built the table from a slab of salvaged wood placed atop saw horses from the farm’s shed. The moss + succulent runner + test-tube inspired vase installation by Mimosa Floral are definitely pin-worthy table details. See even more tablescape inspiration here!

wooden table

ranunculus and moss

ranunculus and moss

fish icon table name

hanging cans


Thanks so much to everyone below for sharing their ideas for a modern, eco-friendly wedding with us today!

photographer: Kate Ignatowski // florals: Mimosa Floral // location + farm table: Pioneer Farm // invitation: Smock // assistant: Claire Teator // wedding dress: Kendal Leonard Designs // calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher // gold bracelet + ring: Aquarian Thoughts // models: Brooklyn + Patrick Coats

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