Beautiful, Rustic New Orleans Wedding: Katie + Joey

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Race and Religious is hands down our favorite venue in New Orleans, so as soon as we heard Katie + Joey tied the knot there, we were already excited. And after pouring through the stunning images of their day by the lovely Leslie Hollingsworth, our excitement only grew! Since you’re seconds away from seeing all of the prettiness for yourselves, we’ll keep things here short + sweet. We do have to say one thing, though, before we turn it over to Katie. We are experiencing a major case of flower love with this wedding! From the bouquets to the arrangements, from the wreaths to the table garlands, everything the talented Abany Bauer created ended up being such a beautiful fit for K + J’s incredible, historical venue! We’re pretty sure you’ll all agree.

More from Katie, Joey and I planned our wedding together from start to finish, so it was a complete reflection of what we wanted. We wanted to create a very intimate atmosphere for our guests, where they could let loose and relax, eat great food, drink great libations and enjoy great music with us. The minute we laid eyes on Race and Religious, we knew it was the perfect place. It was such a beautiful and inspiring venue; a natural relic of New Orleans past. Every decision just fell into place after finding it. Our colors, the rustic simplicity of the decor, and even elements of our menu were inspired by the look and feel of the venue.

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We totally dig Katie + Joey’s unexpected color story of plum, lilac + lush green.

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So in love with Katie’s Romona Keveza dress. If you’re looking for a beautiful dress with the same sweet, simple feel, check out the Poppy Gown by BHLDN, available in the GWS shop!

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I mean, these florals!

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The whole ceremony was pretty memorable! Joey says his favorite part was seeing me walk down the aisle (we didn't do a first look), and so many people told me his face was pretty memorable when he saw me. It was drizzling during the ceremony and my walk down the aisle felt somewhat treacherous. I was holding my train, my dad's arm, and my bouquet while making sure to be under the umbrella hoping my veil didn't fly away, I forgot to look up! I got a far way down the aisle before I finally looked up and saw Joey standing there. He looked so handsome. I then turned around and saw everybody. All our friends and family were huddled under one tent and I saw 150 little heads and smiling eyes staring right back at us. Nobody cared that it was raining, especially us, and it was perfect! Such a special moment, I'll never forget it!

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race and religious wedding

race and religious wedding

race and religious wedding

race and religious wedding

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And such pretty, rustic tablescapes!

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race and religious wedding

race and religious wedding

race and religious wedding

race and religious wedding

Processional: La Vie En Rose + Sea of Love (performed live by Cristina Perez)

Recessional: At Last – Etta James (performed live by Cristina Perez)

First Dance: Harvest Moon – Neil Young

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(1) Plan your wedding with your groom (no matter who's paying for it). Our wedding was 100% "us" and everyone could tell. We did what we wanted to do, how we wanted to do it. Plus, it made the process more fun and helps bring you back down to reality, to remember why you're doing all of this in the first place. It made things like picking out our music, turn into red wine singalong late nights.

(2) Love the vendors/people you chose to help you put everything together. Pick vendors you want to do business with. Ones that will actually care about you and how your wedding turns out. They end up making it better than you ever could have imagined. I know our wedding would not have been what it was if it wasn't for all of the amazing people that helped put it together.

photography: Leslie Hollingsworth // venue: Race and Religious New Orleans, Louisiana // event planner + stylist: Ginny Au // florals: Abany Bauer // wedding dress: Legends by Romona Keveza purchased at Wedding Belles New Orleans // jewelry: Haute Bride™ | couture bridal gowns and accessories // shoes: On sale at Anthropologie // bridesmaid dress: I let them choose what they wanted in a shade of purple, but their jewelry was from Susannah Elle Designs // hair: Head Games Hair Salon // makeup: Nicole Ena // groom’s suit: Luca Falcone Custom Suits // groomsmen Bowties: Hobo Ties // save the dates: Friend of Bride, Erica Rodriguez of Pretty Fly Creations // invitations: Scriptura // chalkboard program: Liz Maude Cook with Lionheart Prints // catering: Boucherie // cake: Bride’s Cake by Pure Cake, Groom’s Cake by Debbie Does Doberge // ceremony music: Cristina Perez // reception band: The Essentials // rental items: Mrs. Vintage Rentals

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Nature-Inspired Malibu Estate Wedding: Lauren + Sean

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Succulent lovers, get ready for this one, because Lauren + Sean’s stunning Rancho Sol Del Pacifico (a gorge estate in Malibu) celebration is probably your dream wedding environment. Thanks to the crazy talent of Carissa at JL Designs, we feel safe saying we’ve never seen a wedding with such beautiful succulent-rich bouquets and arrangements. And after hearing that while Lauren + Sean have very different personal and design styles, they share a love for natural elements + cacti details, it seemed all the more fitting that their wedding be brimming with these wild, arid plants. By incorporating both nature-inspired elements as well as lots of additional personal touches – like the groomsmen in Vans, a fun foodie menu, and the non-traditional ceremony music + readings – these two were really able to make their wedding feel like their own!

A big thanks goes out to Aaron Young for the lovely photography + to Constance Curtis for planning such an inspiring affair! And, of course, congratulations to Lauren + Sean on an absolutely beautiful day!

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Wasn’t that the best first look? So genuine + sweet.

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Lauren’s bridesmaids carried the prettiest bouquets featuring a mix of succulents, peonies, and ranunculus!

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Processional: Thank You – Led Zeppelin

Recessional: Today is the Greatest – Smashing Pumpkins

First Dance: I Was Made for Loving You – Kiss

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malibu ceremony

There were so many amazing little moments but perhaps the best was the ceremony. We were both so happy and waiting for the moment when we got to kiss was surprisingly difficult – over and over again we would lean in and then stop ourselves and then laugh.

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malibu ceremony

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succulent escort cards


From Lauren, For us, the food mattered a lot. We were so happy to find Contemporary Catering because after an explanation of what we were looking for, they just got it — a nose-to-tail pork menu that everyone could enjoy. Serving it family-style made the meal feel more intimate and the late-night churros were a huge hit!

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So much love for this cinderblock + succulent styled dessert table! And the yummy-looking treats are from Manhattan Beach Creamery, in case you were wondering! :)

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concrete block dessert table

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The single most helpful thing in planning was having a wedding planner. Constance was able to help me get everything done early which gave me the chance to just relax and enjoy the wedding weekend with my friends and family. Plus, having an expert to provide advice made all of the decision making much easier.

photographer: Aaron Young // planning + design: Constance Curtis // venue: Rancho Sol Del Pacifico Malibu, California // florals: JL Designs // catering: Contemporary Catering // rentals: Classic Party Rentals // dj: The Flashdance // ceremony + cocktail hour music: Thomas Giglio Music // dessert: Manhattan Beach Creamery

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist Galleryaaron young photography, The Flashdance, Constance Curtis Events, and JL Designs are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Timeless Bohemian Wedding Dresses from Grace Loves Lace

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Confession time: Even though all the gals who work here at Green Wedding Shoes are married, we still love looking at wedding dresses + dreaming about what type of gown we’d pick if we were engaged right now! (Any other married ladies do the same?!) For all of you lucky brides-to-be who are (actually) on the hunt for the perfect thing to wear on your wedding day, allow us to introduce you to Grace Loves Lace, a beautiful collection of bohemian-inspired dresses, designed and handmade on the Gold Coast, Australia. GLL specializes in unique, free-spirited, timelessly sophisticated designs crafted from only the finest French laces and silks.They’ve just released a brand new collection of 23 stunning dresses + we’re excited to share a peek at the campaign shoot, called The Golden Hour, shot on Kangaroo Island in South Australia.

Grace Loves Lace Wedding Dress

Grace Loves Lace Wedding Dress

Grace Loves Lace Wedding Dress

Grace Loves Lace Wedding Dress

Grace Loves Lace Wedding Dress

Grace Loves Lace Wedding Dress


Who is the Grace Loves Lace bride? She is avant-garde + free spirited. The rule breaker, the earthen, the gypsetter, the vintage goddess, the chic modernista, the true bohemian beauty. A woman who throws it all to the wind, who is reckless in her passion, nomadic in her joy, progressive in her beliefs, knows exactly what she wants, and always, always bets everything on love.

Grace Loves Lace Wedding Dress

Grace Loves Lace Wedding Dress

Grace Loves Lace Wedding Dress


One of our favorite things about Grace Loves Lace is their dedication to making their dresses accessible to all. They sell exclusively online and ship to every country in the world. By selling their products online, rather than in retail stores, they are able to maintain a wholesale price point, which is definitely music to most brides’ ears! To browse all of the gorgeous dresses in the GLL collections, be sure to head over to their just-launched refreshed website! There you’ll also find a fun selection of everyday finds, featuring bodysuits, cute crop tops and throws.

To keep up with everything GLL – and believe us, you’ll want to as they have exciting shoots planned for India, Paris, Turkey in 2014 – follow them on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest + Facebook!

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