An Elopement at the Ice Caves: Steph + Mitch

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Steph + Mitch knew early on that they didn’t want a traditional wedding. Instead, they wanted a day that was sure to be focused on the commitment they were making to each other, in a setting that captured their adventurous, nature-loving spirits. They decided to elope along the trails of Big Four Ice Caves in Snohomish, Washington with just their parents in attendance. In the end, they were able to create a day that was just right for them + a big inspiration to other couples who are considering an elopement! Here’s a bit more from Steph:

We love being outdoors and initially thought about doing a pretty intense hike and getting married at the top of it, in our hiking clothes. Then a friend told us about Nick and Laura’s elopement on Green Wedding Shoes! After we saw their photos, we knew that was what we wanted! We could still have an adventurous wedding, but look good while doing it! We’d like to say thank you to GWS for your inspiration and helping us find Benj Haisch, our amazing photographer! It was a relief to have a photographer that was just as excited to go on a hike as we were.

So happy to hear that another beautiful elopement we shared inspired this lovely couple to do their own thing to. :) Congrats to Steph + Mitch!

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Steph carried a lovely, woodsy bouquet created by Metropolitan Market.

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forest elopement

ice caves elopement

We agree that for both of us, the most memorable moment was reading our vows to each other. I loved that it was a surprise, not knowing what Mitch was going to say. And we were in an insanely beautiful setting with mountains all around and the sun shining. It was a perfect moment. Another memorable moment was a Ranger telling us that our random Thursday morning wedding in the mountains would be accompanied by 60 elementary school kids on a field trip! On our way back down from our private ceremony, we received a round of applause from the kids and their chaperons.

ice caves elopement

ice caves elopement

ice caves elopement

ice caves elopement

ice caves elopement

ice caves elopement

ice caves elopement

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The ice caves make such an incredible backdrop, right?!

ice caves elopement

ice caves elopement

ice caves elopement

ice caves elopement

ice caves elopement

The beauty of eloping is that you have the flexibility to move at your own pace, making changes along the way. You can have a Wednesday wedding or get married at midnight. You can make your ceremony as unique as you want. So our advice is to not get stressed, because you are the only guests! You can never plan it as perfect as it is going to be. Another tip is to explain to your family and friends why eloping is important to you. And have a great photographer!

photography: Benj Haisch // location: Big Four Ice Caves Snohomish, Washington // florals: Metropolitan Market // shoes: REI // groom suit: Men’s Warehouse

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Sparkly Urban Garden Wedding: Amanda + Matt

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Amanda + Matt are both artistic, creative types who are deeply inspired by juxtaposition in art, design + architecture. And the idea of unlikely things being thrown together to create something beautiful inspired their ruggedly-refined summer wedding at LA’s Marvimon House. In an effort to deeply connect with each other and their guests as they exchanged their vows, they had a heartfelt, unplugged ceremony with the venue’s incredible succulent wall providing a perfect urban garden backdrop. And I love all of the bold + playful details they incorporated into their handcrafted reception – like gold-dipped mason jars, engraved wood table numbers + chunky sequined table runners. Such a pretty day, filled with lots of incredible ideas to inspire all of you newly engaged couples!

From Amanda, Los Angeles itself is full of contrasts, the most obvious being that it is a huge metropolis in the desert. I pulled inspiration from my parent’s succulent filled backyard, the scrub brush and concrete surrounding my apartment building, and the glittering ocean waves. I love adding sparkle to otherwise very subdued and classic styles. In the end I was referring to our style as “Urban Garden” or “Contemporary California”. I expressed that theme by using lots of unrefined materials (wood, linen, metal, glass) and added pops of color, texture, and sparkle throughout the decor and even on our stationery.

Big thanks to Let’s Frolic Together for the beautiful photography and congrats to Amanda + Matt on an amazing day!

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One of my favorite moments is the ring warming during our ceremony. We had all of our guests pass our rings from one to another, and as they held them for a second, we asked them to say make a wish, or bless them with their love. From that day on, our rings hold in their precious metals something even more precious—the love and support of the people who mean the most to us. It took a few minutes to pass through all 100 of our guests hands, but it was so moving to watch. And so many of our guests really felt honored to be part of our ceremony in that way.

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marvimon ceremony

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Loving these images of Amanda + Matt, with their bridal party, and the amazing LA skyline in the background!

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bride and groom

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Teals, aquas, corals + gold defined the reception space + little planted succulents served as escort cards + fun keepsakes for guests!

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Processional: Bridesmaids: Imagine – John Lennon; Bride: Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles

Recessional: Wouldn't It Be Nice – The Beach Boys + One Love – Bob Marley

First Dance: Regina Spektor cover of John Lennon's Real Love

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Don’t miss Amanda + Matt’s super fun stop-motion video by Stephanie Collins!

I had a wonderful experience planning my wedding. Thankfully there was no family or friend drama. Everyone came together and enjoyed putting on a great party with us. However, being a designer and a very creative person, I started with a very strong vision of what our day should look, feel, taste, and sound like. I had my heart set on a venue that was expensive, and for a while, it looked like it would be out of our budget. It was really disappointing and I had a hard time letting go, but it made me feel selfish and "bridezilla-y" to demand I get my way. Thankfully we took a second look at our budget and were able to cut other less important things. In the end it was about open, honest communication with my fiancée and our parents (who helped us finically) on what each of our priorities were. Then we were able to compromise and find common ground. Looking back, I couldn't imagine our wedding at a different venue. It was so perfect and I can't even remember those other details we cut. Going through that process was such an important thing for all of us. It brought us closer and taught us how to open up and work together. So I guess to sum it up, I would say be honest with the people who are helping you financially and with the planning. It's ok if something is really important to you, but be open about it and willing to compromise.

photography: Let’s Frolic Together // venue: Marvimon House Los Angeles, California // coordinator: East West Event Productions // stationery + event design: the bride, Amanda Habbershaw // florals: Clementine Floral Works // videography: Stephanie Collins // catering: Savour This Moment // dessert: Sprinkles Cupcakes // dj: The Markness // officiant: Eric Shwartz // dress: Saja // headband: Ban.do // shoes: Nine WestNike // hair + makeup: Self-done // bridesmaid dresses: Simple Dress // tuxes: Jean Yves // rentals: Orchid Party Rentals // bartending: Catered Cocktails

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DIY: Hot Cocoa Favors

DIY Hot Cocoa Favors

I’m excited to introduce you all to Michelle Edgemont! Michelle is based in Brooklyn, New York and creates one-of-a-kind design concepts, styling and flowers for weddings + parties. She is joining the GWS team as one of our DIY contributors and I’m excited to see what great DIY concepts she will bring to GWS this coming year. :)

Her first DIY is seriously the cutest – individual hot cocoa’s in funky flavors! Perfect for wedding favors, party favors – or even Christmas gifts! And the best part? They are so easy to make! Win Win. Thanks so much Michelle!

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What You’ll Need:
• Clear glass vials with cork lids (we bought ours here)
• White Cardstock
• Scissors
• Basic Hot cocoa mix
• Edible Lavender (you can find here)
• Dried Orange Peel
• Chopped Cinnamon Sticks
• Chopped Dark Chocolate
• Teaspoon
• Hole Punch
• Gift Tags Printable File (download ours here) or create your own tags

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You’ll find the hardest part of the DIY is gathering all the materials. :) Once you have them the favors are easy to make!

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Step 1: Fill your glass vials ¾ of the way with the hot cocoa mix.

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Step 2: Fill the rest of the vial with the flavor ingredient of your choice. Here I used dried orange peel, lavender, chopped cinnamon sticks, and chopped dark chocolate to create interesting flavors. Mountain Rose Herbs is a great resource for bulk dried herbs and flavorings.

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Step 3: Print out the printable gift tags, cut them out, and punch a hole in each. Tie each onto it’s coordinating flavor of hot cocoa with a gold thread. Push in the cork. All done!

To drink, mix the whole vial with 1 cup of steaming hot milk. Top with whipped cream and enjoy.

DIY Hot Cocoa Favors

DIY Hot Cocoa Favors

DIY Hot Cocoa Favors


And remember, if you make one of our DIY projects, we’d love to see how it turned out so be sure to share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY.

DIY created by Michelle Edgemont exclusively for Green Wedding Shoes. Looking for creative event styling, handmade details or flowers for your wedding? Check out Brooklyn based Michelle Edgemont for your wedding day! 

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