GWS Hearts Our Talented Sponsors!

Happy Saturday, lovelies! We wanted to take a moment this weekend to give some love to some of the amazing sponsors who help keep GWS going! But before we do, we wanted to bring awareness to the disaster relief fundraiser, For The Philippines with Love, led by a group of bloggers who came together to help collect money for the recent disaster in the Philippines. Click here to make a donation and visit their website to learn more about how you can help. Our thoughts go out to all those affected…

At GWS, we are huge fans of the gorg gowns + bridesmaid dresses that can be found at Dessy! The have a bunch of brand new, in stock + ready to ship dresses, like these lovelies featured below. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect dress for your big day, be sure to head over + see what they have!

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dessy

dessy


Handmade by Sara Kim creates some of the most beautiful accessories + decorative elements around! We’re super in love with the delicate, artisanal feel to Sara’s designs. Here are a few of our faves of hers…

handmade by sara kim

handmade by sara kim

handmade by sara kim


If you’re looking for a dress that’s easy to wear + embodies a playful retro vibe, be sure to check out the lovely gowns designed by Amanda Archer. Such pretty detailing + silhouettes!

amanda archer


Bella Figura carries an amazing selection of beautifully designed letterpress wedding invitations + paper goods! With 300+ designs in a fun variety of styles, you’re sure to find something that matches your wedding’s unique style.

bella figura

bella figura


Looking for a pretty robe or romper to wear as you primp for your big day? Look no further than Love Ophelia! So many pretty colors + patterns! And with a beautiful line of bralettes, nighties + separates, you can also take Love Ophelia’s romantic delicates with you on your honeymoon, too!

love ophelia


It’s almost December and time to think about your Holiday cards! Be sure to check out Tiny Prints and all of the fun + festive designs they have to offer! From photo cards to sweet gift tags and address labels, Tiny Prints is an amazing resource for getting your holiday correspondence underway! And as a special for GWS readers, save 25% on all orders this weekend with this link! (expires on Nov 19th at 11:59 pm PST)

tiny prints


Have you checked out The GWS Shop recently? It’s full of lots of pretty things for your wedding or next party including DIY supplies, Decor, Shoes, Jewelry, Dresses and more! We are super excited to announce that we now have Paolo Sebastian wedding dresses in the shop also! Seriously gorgeous gowns – and the sparkly shoes below would be so perfect for any upcoming holiday parties!

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And a big welcome to some of our newest GWS Preferred Wedding Artists! Our Guide is full of some of the most talented and passionate artists in the wedding community. Check out the Guide to find the perfect artists for your day!

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Some of our newest GWS Preferred Wedding Artists include:
• Brett & Tori Photographers
• Photography by Andrew James Abajian
• Beauty by Be.NYLA
• Florals by In Full Bloom by MJL
• Planning + Design by Victoria Cameron
• The Boudoir By Cheyenne Gil
• Videography (as seen below) by Aqua Vivus

 

Check out more of our Preferred Wedding Artists in the Gallery. If you’re interested in becoming part of the GWS Wedding Artists Collection, click here to apply!

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Cozy Joshua Tree Love Session: Joy + Jeffrey

joshua tree engagement

Joy + Jeffrey had one of those crazy, love at first sight sensations when they first met. And even after heading down a rocky path for a while, which led them through a brief break-up, they both knew that they were always meant to be together. Fast forward several years, and these two lovebirds have a sweet, little daughter named Hazel and write music and play in a band together for a living! To celebrate all of the good things they’ve accomplished together, they decided to head out to Joshua Tree with Stephanie Williams of This Modern Romance for a fun, little love session! Love how their images turned out – and a great reminder to take time to capture your love after the wedding day too! :)

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement


Joy + Jeffrey’s cool, yet relaxed, style is a perfect compliment to the beautiful + barren desert landscape. And her mustard yellow skirt is so, so pretty!

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement


This shot below is probably my favorite!

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement


I’m also super excited to tell you lovelies that Stephanie has a brand new book out that is all about shooting engagement sessions! This Modern Romance: The Artistry, Technique, and Business of Engagement Photography is not only a gorgeous book, but it provides photographer’s with vital information + insight about creating a successful career. We LOVE Stephanie’s engagement shoots – they are always so super romantic – so this should be a great resource for other photographers out there looking to shoot engagement sessions that have a more editorial feel and really show the love between the couples. I even added some quotes to the book too about trends in engagement photos. :)

Thanks so much This Modern Romance for sharing Joy + Jeffery’s gorgeous love session with us today!

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Quirky + Colorful Brooklyn Wedding: Grace + Andrea

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Today’s super rad wedding took place at The Green Building in Brooklyn, which just so happens to be one of my absolute favorite venues! Since Grace + Andrea love to have fun and don’t like to take themselves too seriously, their day echoed their playful personalities and was filled with lots of quirky + colorful details. But nothing was included just for the sake of taking up space. They incorporated objects + elements that signified something special to the two of them and, in turn, their day was a natural extension of the life they’ve built together. Here’s a bit more from the newlyweds:

While the event had the general structure of a wedding, we were pretty adamant that we do it on our terms. It was all about what we love and who we love. A Muppet video, plastic dinosaurs, vintage vases, library card catalogue place cards with personalized typed notes, calamansi margaritas, not a single slow song, a reading of the Majority Opinion in “Goodridge v. Department of Public Health,” etc, etc!

Big thanks to Khaki Bedford Photography for the awesome photography and congrats to Grace + Andrea!

crystal hair piece

wood ring holdeer

groomsmen

blue suit

brooklyn wedding bouquet

brooklyn wedding

One of the most memorable moments was one we didn't actually witness, but it set the tone for the evening and we assume was rather memorable for our guests. Before we walked down the aisle, we projected "Somebody's Getting Married" from the Muppets Take Manhattan on the wall above the ceremony. What was most surprising, I think, was that no one seemed overly surprised that we'd play a Muppet video at our wedding. Or that Andrea and I would agree, without much conversation at all, that it would be a good idea.

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Grace + Andrea exchanged their vows on a mini stage decorated with marquee letters of their initials. Majorly love it! :)

marquee letters

warehouse wedding

brooklyn wedding

brooklyn wedding


Their save the date was illustrated by Small Adventure, and featured some of their favorite things – Pee Wee Herman, books, Windex, gems, and their cats. Such a fun idea to include it as part of their wedding decor!

table seatting

favors

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typewriter letter

brooklyn wedding

brooklyn wedding


The playful tone carried through the reception decor with personalized notes typed on library cards at every place setting, terrarium table numbers, and floral centerpieces put together by Grace’s mom.

flag table numbers

brooklyn wedding

brooklyn wedding

brooklyn wedding


And petite pennant banners made from paint chips were scattered around different areas of the venue. So cute, right?! And would be easy to DIY for your own day!

chair decor

chalkboard seating chart

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While I truly love everything about this wedding, my favorite detail of their day just might be this incredible “donut tree” created by the couple’s best friend, Barry! Something about it just makes me happy — and hungry! :)

brooklyn donut cake

ombre cake

marquee letters

Our advice would be to remember that while the day is yours, it's really about all your friends and family who want to celebrate with you. And they won't realize that the tequila ran out in four minutes or that the officiant is a little more cheesy than you would have liked. They just want to celebrate with you.

photography: Khaki Bedford Photography // second shooter: Jonica Moore Studio // venue: The Green Building Brooklyn, New York // catering: Lonestar Empire // cake: Make My Cake // doughnuts + coffee: Grady’s Cold BrewDough // donut tree: Great Plains Handmade Instruments // rings: Blanca Monros Gomez // floral centerpieces: Grace’s mom // bouquet + boutonnieres: Saffron // ring box: End Grain Woodshop // program/menu design: Pieter Jan Mattan // illustrations: Small Adventure // marquee lights + other décor: Fab.com // andrea’s shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo // andrea’s wedding dress: Gary Graham // andrea’s reception dress: Rebecca Taylor // grace’s shoes: Dieppa Restrepo // grace’s outfit: MadewellThe Hill-Side // guys’ bow-ties: Mrs Bow Tie // dj: Tony Bo Chan

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