Magical Sunrise Wedding Inspiration

sunrise inspiration

Lovelies, I’m pretty sure you’re going to adore today’s romantic sunrise styled shoot, which took place at a sprawling 19th century private estate in Nashville, Tennessee, at dawn. There is something so serene + enchanting about the early morning hours, and I love the idea of hosting a sunrise or breakfast wedding celebration (remember this breathtaking sunrise wedding!?) There are lots of pretty details for you to be inspired by today and incorporate into your wedding design; my favorite being the moss + gold elements scattered throughout the tablescape. Here’s more about the inspiration behind the shoot from Holley, the artistic director:

We decided to forego the idea of a tailored theme in favor of something simple, attainable, and natural that would let the most gorgeous elements in the shoot speak for themselves. It was an early morning for us all, but it was well worth it — we were all speechless when the sun came over the trees!

sunrise bouquet


How much do you love the groom’s red pants?! Such a rad look for a daring + stylish fella!

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The simple, flowing chiffon dress by Claire La Faye looked gorgeous in the natural, woodsy setting. And handcrafted headpieces by Emily Riggs Bridal completed the bride’s ethereal ensemble…

lace back detailing

flower hair piece

cheese bar

cheese bar

cheese bar

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sunrise inspiration

gold charger place setting

sunrise inspiration

leafy greens setting


The table setting is all romance, with touches of gold, stacks of vintage books, mercury glass candles, olive branches (I just love those!), and warm, overflowing floral arrangements by Color My World. I made the “chandelier” out of a DIY lamp kit, a wooden floral wreath, twine, and a few yards of fabric. They swayed ever so gently in the morning breeze and cast a warm glow on the table, which was handmade by Nashville-based wedding photographer and craftsman, Spencer Combs of Orchard Tables. This is a look that any thrifty bride can accomplish on her own!

hanging lamps

sunrise inspiration

books and bottles

sunrise inspiration

bride and groom

bride and groom


And be sure to check out this super sweet video from  Please + Thank You Motion Pictures!

Thank you so much to the below creatives for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Ariel Renae // videography: Please + Thank You Motion Pictures // paper goods: H. Maher Creative // floral design: Color My World // hair + makeup: Katie Russo Beauty // barn wood table: Orchard Tables // bridal gown: Claire La Faye // bridal accessories: Emily Riggs Bridal // artistic direction: Holley Maher // models: Emily and Tyler Ritter (real life husband and wife)

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Kid-Friendly UK Wedding: Rachael + Dave

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Since Rachael + Dave were marrying later in life and had two kids of their own, they knew they wanted their wedding day to be relaxed, kid-friendly + full of fun! They chose the South Allington House in Chivelstone, Devon, England for its beautiful gardens + picturesque backdrop, but also for its massive grounds that allowed the kids to run, roam + climb trees. :) Food was also important to Rachel + Dave, so guests dined on fish ’n chips + pizza from food trucks, enjoyed delicious ale from two local breweries + were served freshly made Devon cream tea + scones, made on-site by the property owner. And the fun-loving couple was sure to keep everyone entertained with tons of fun games + activities – for both the kids and the adults!

Sounds like a blast, right?! And be sure not to miss the very unique aisle they created for their ceremony! Big thanks to Knot and Pop for the lovely event design and to Ed Peers for the absolutely gorgeous images – and of course, congrats to Rachael + Dave!

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boutonnieres

groom

UK wedding rings

bride with flower girls

wood branch arch

wedding program


Our invite was a tea towel that my friend helped me transfer as art deco style tree motif, which acted as both invite and a permanent “save the date.” Design by RegDesign and printing by Countryside Art.

hay benches

bunting tent

lawn games


Rachel + Dave created a spiral aisle out of hay bales, which gave the ceremony a magically intimate + unique feel. I just love it…

circle hay ceremony set up

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flower girls with bride

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UK ceremony

UK ceremony

flower crowns

UK ceremony

bouquets

rope ceremony

Processional: Here Comes the Sun (Nina Simone version), sung by a friend

Recessional: Islands in the Stream – Dolly Parton + Kenny Rogers

First Dance: I’m in the Mood for Ska – Lord Tanamo

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groom and son

groomsmen

bridesmaids in skirts

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bouquet

bride and groom

bride and groom

UK wedding

flower girls


From Rachael, It was very important to us to create a fun family festival with food vans serving at no set time + LOADS of activities. Food vans are a relatively new concept in the UK so it was a bit of a struggle sourcing local vans. Both vans were proper vintage vehicles that had to drive VERY slowly + VERY far to make it!

photo cut out

balloon seating chart

fish and chip stand

fish and chip stand

fish and chip stand

bride with dog

signs


How cool are the trees inside the reception tent?!

tent wedding

heart and balloon settings

heart place setting

balloon tags

balloons

better together signs

UK reception

cheese cake

UK cheese cake

UK wedding

I have a few!
1. As I reached the brow of the hill I saw everyone stand up. I nearly looked behind me to see what they were standing up for before realizing it was me!
2. Looking into the eyes of every single person from my entire life as I walked around the spiral aisle – I loved that spiral!
3. Watching my 7 year old son stand up in front of 170 people and deliver a word perfect best man’s speech that had every single person crying + laughing.

grooms son speech

first dance

Start early! Use Pinterest. Don’t expect the groom to be as involved as you! Don’t worry about spending a fortune on food / flowers / drink – people just want food that is tasty + fills them up – our fish’n’chip van and pizza cost less than £15 head and were both award winning caterers. Don’t obsess about the dress – there are so many out there that you will be able to find at least 10 that would all look great. Do not skimp on a really good photographer. The photos will capture all those moments you missed as well as act as a living memory. Go to at least one wedding fair – whether huge or small and niche – it really gets you into the planning mode and is a great day out with your friend or mum!

photography: Ed Peers // venue: South Allington House Chivelstone, Devon United Kingdom // event design: Bride, with grateful help streamlining all my ideas & running the day from Knot and Pop // event planner: Knot and Pop // floral design: Blue Geranium // wholesale flowers: Flowers 4 Florists // wedding dress: RKBridal NYC – Wtoo “Emerson” // hairpieces: an off the peg veil from RKBridal NYC // shoes: barefoot & SALT-WATER sandals // bridesmaid dresses: maxi skirts made in sari material from an Indian tailor on Turnpike Lane in London. Plain white tops from Zara and I bought them a necklace each from a market stall in Greenwich NYC // flowergirls + best man: Embroidered bird feather brooches and a fox medallion from Coral and Tusk, Off the peg white Edwardian style lawn dresses from La Redoute // celebrants: Ru & Claire Callender // hair: Sara Antoniades at HAC Hair And Beauty // make up + beauty treatment: Rachael Gaunt // groom suit: Darcy Clothing // catering: Fish and Chip Catering, Jalopy Pizza, Quercus Devon Ales, South Hams Brewery // cake: The Cheese Shed, fruit cakes made by Bride’s mother // cake topper: Animal head wedding cake topper by MelaboWed // music: a Lindy-Hop Lesson by Martin at The Swing Land

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DIY: Avocado Dyed Tassels

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We have a fun DIY today from our DIY contributor Christy of One Handspun Day using natural dyes! I’ve been super interested to learn more about using natural dyes, so I’m excited that Christy is sharing a fun project using avocado pits as the dye – pretty amazing! I’ll let Christy explain more :)

This summer I spent a week in the beautiful foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains learning about the fascinating world of natural dyes from  Sasha Duerr. The beauty of natural dyes is that the color will vary for every plant and may change completely depending on the season. One of the many exciting things we learned was how to use what are often considered kitchen waste materials as sources for natural dyes.

I am an avocado lover and eat them daily, so I was particularly interested in the use of avocado pits as dye material. Avocado pits can produce colors ranging from dusty pinks to burnt oranges – both of which we ended up with in our class and the latter of which was the color I created in this project. 

Materials:
Avocado Pits (Tip: Ask friends or a local Mexican restaurant to save avocado pits for you.)
Wool/Natural Fiber Yarn
Stainless Steel Pot
Knife & Cutting board
Scissors
Dowel
Thread
Trinkets & Trimmings (optional)

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Step One: Make the dye
The weight of dye material should always equal the weight of fiber material when you are making natural dyes, so you will need enough avocado pits to equal the weight of your yarn. I used five avocado pits for one ball of yarn and had more than enough dye left over for future projects.

Thoroughly wash the avocado pits and roughly chop them. Watch how quickly the color changes from light beige to orange-red as oxygen hits it. Fill a stainless steel pot with enough water to cover all of the yarn (rainwater is ideal, but you can use distilled or tap in a pinch). Add the yarn and chopped avocado pits (wrap them in cheesecloth for easier cleanup). Bring the water to a gentle boil for 20 minutes. Reduce to a simmer and cover for at least 40 minutes. Continue to simmer until the yarn reaches the desired saturation then turn off the heat and allow everything to sit overnight. Tip: test the dye color by carefully squeezing part of the yarn between your fingers and seeing what color remains in the yarn.

Remove the yarn and lay out to air dry. Gently rinse with PH neutral soap and allow to air dry again.

A few notes on safety when working with natural dyes: Always work in a well ventilated area, wear gloves, and do not use pots or utensils that you cook with – keep a set exclusively for creating dye.

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Step Two: Create the tassels
Wrap yarn around a piece of cardboard or similar object until it is approximately an inch wide. Cut from the skein and tie the top with a small piece of yarn or thread. Cut the side opposite the tie to remove the yarn from the cardboard. Hold the tie and pull all of the yarn pieces down together to shape the tassel. Wrap yarn or thread around the top of the tassel and tie to secure. Repeat for as many tassels as you desire, adding pieces of non-dyed yarn for variety.

Step Three: String the tassels
String the tassels from the dowel using thread and add some beads, trinkets or other trimmings if it tickles your fancy!

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DIY Avocado Tassels - Finished Closeup Horiz


DIY created by Christy of One Handspun Day exclusively for Green Wedding Shoes. Check out more of her designs at One Handspun Day

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