Fall California Vineyard Wedding: Abigail + Steve

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According to Marianne Wilson, the photographer behind this beautiful wedding, Abigail + Steve are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. During the planning process Abigail even got the nickname “bridechilla” because she was so easy-going and relaxed throughout the process! Um, that pretty much rocks! :) Their day was filled with details that were super gorgeous + reflective of the two of them. This included framed airport codes on each table to represent Steve’s love of flying, a crepe cutting and root beer float sharing instead of cake (because neither of them care for cake), and church pews as a nod to the one Abigail remembers from her childhood home. And even the date was symbolic! Abigail’s grandparents tied the knot on the same day 61 years prior. Love that! Let’s have a look at their charming celebration…

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rustic wedding

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As always, Primary Petals did an incredible job with the florals! Love the use of fun textures throughout the bouquet + in the boutonniere!

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Steven: The most memorable moment of our wedding day was when I finally saw the most beautiful women I have ever seen turn the corner and begin walking down the aisle. Abigail had an amazingly authentic smile that radiated the love and joy she brings to my life. Once I saw her, the build-up and anticipation from months past turned to tremendous joy and excitement. I was about to marry the women who challenges and encourages me to be the man God created me to be.

Abigail: My most memorable moment was the wedding ceremony. Walking down the aisle with my dad when I was supposed to take my time, but basically ran down out of pure excitement. We chose to write a personal part of our vows separately then said vows that we wrote together. It was so meaningful saying these words that were important to us. His personal vows were very special and definitely a tearjerker for me. Not to mention it was the windiest day in recorded history and it only added to the texture and beauty of the day.

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rustic ceremony

rustic ceremony

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purple bridesmaids dresses

maroon bridesmaid bouquets

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pomegranate centerpieces

pomegranate centerpieces

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Get a wedding planner!! Brooke was the most helpful throughout the entire process. She executed every idea and took care of anything we needed her to. We were able to enjoy our wedding day with family and friends without worrying about anything going on. The other advice I would have is to not just go with wedding trends. Be true to who you both are. Remember the reason you are planning this crazy day is to marry your best friend! The wedding is one day, but your marriage is forever.

photography + videography: Marianne Wilson Photography // venue: Triunfo Creek Vineyards Agoura, California // event design: Christy Heng of Orange Blossom Special Events // event planner: Brooke Avishay of Orange Blossom Special Events // florals: Primary Petals // wedding dress + hairpieces: Vera Wang // shoes: Jimmy Choo // bridesmaid dresses: Amsale // hair + makeup: Emily Dawn Artistry // groom + groomsmen suits: Friar Tux // groom shoes: Cole Haan // groom bowtie: TastyTies // groomsmen shoes: Aldo // groomsmen tie: J. Crew // paper goods: Copper Willow // catering: Command Performance Catering // crepes + root beer floats: Command Performance Catering // music: DJ Swon of RedShoeLA // rentals: Archive Rentals //calligraphy: Calligraphy by Katrina

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryPrimary Petals 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: Painted Pastel Egg Centerpiece

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April is here and that means Easter is fast approaching! So we’re sharing a fun DIY from Knot & Pop on how to paint your eggs this year – and use them for a super pretty table centerpiece – using inspiration from those delicious little pastel colored chocolate mini eggs! Using pastel paint + speckles of gold, just top off your egg with some fresh Easter blooms for a pretty alternative Easter table decoration!

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What You’ll Need:
• Eggs (either hard boil or blown depending on their use)
• Acrylic paint in pastels + gold (for the flecks)
• Paint Brush
• Mini Eggs for color inspiration + consumption!

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1. Paint your eggs with the matching shades to the mini eggs.

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2. Leave to dry on sticks (if eggs are blown).

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3. Speckle your eggs in gold and then leave to dry (step 4).

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Then all you have left to do is peel back the egg shells from the top of your focal eggs and fill with Spring blooms. We love that they mixed in different egg sizes (that large one is an ostrich egg!) to create a super pretty display.

And there you have it – a cracking Easter DIY! And remember, if you make one of our DIY projects be sure to share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

Thanks so much to Knot & Pop - London based wedding planners – for the DIY made exclusively for GWS.

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Artistic Texas Ranch Wedding: Stacey + Matt

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It’s definitely no surprise that we love a good rustic wedding around here and Stacey + Matt’s fall celebration (at Montesino Ranch in Austin) definitely doesn’t disappoint! Incorporating a sweet blend of vintage + rustic aesthetics, artistic elements – and lots of confetti! – we’re smitten with every last pretty detail. And since these two are both photographers with a creative eye, the styling + decor was a big deal to them. We love that they DIY’d so many fun aspects, borrowed gorge vintage tableware from Stacey’s grandma, and worked with their artistic group of pals to bring their ideas + inspirations to life. Let’s hear a bit of wedding background from Stacey:

Neither of us wanted to have “colors” or a theme, instead just a mix of colors that would work well together.  We let our wedding party wear pretty much whatever they wanted with just a few guidelines. Luckily we have really stylish friends! We added a bunch of small personal touches as well as getting a lot of help from our families and friends which made it feel that much more special for us. Also, because I’ve been in the wedding industry in Texas for many years all of our vendors were actually friends of mine… that was extra special for me!  Especially having one of my good friends as our wedding coordinator (Gina Whittington of WHITT).  I think that particularly helped because they knew us and so they already knew our tastes and personalities as I did theirs.

Kat Bevel, thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous images of Stacey + Matt’s day with us! And a big congrats to the adorable newlyweds!

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first look

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The cutest bridal party, right?! And Stacey wore one of our most fave BHLDN gowns!

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groomsmen colored suits

button boutonniere

loose peony bouquet

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My favorite moments were looking around at all of our friends and family during the ceremony and then looking back at Matt, it was so overwhelming (in a good way) to be surrounded by so much love. I made a point to ask our pastor to remind me to do that. Then of course second to that was the epic dance party that ensued! I live for a good dance party.

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Confetti is always a good idea! :)

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bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

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The tables were decorated with table runners Stacey and her bridesmaids made from old audubon books + field guides and cheerful centerpiece arrangements crafted by Unexpected Elements. They looked so lovely!

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flower fields and tables

colorful table centerpieces

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Loving their cute cake topper!

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glass orbs with flowers

bistro lights

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sparkler exit

I would recommend to brides to relax as much as possible and to truly trust their vendors! Don't try to do everything yourself either. Your friends and family are more than likely overly happy to help. I would also highly recommend having your officiant remind you to take a deep breath and take it all in. So much is going on and it's strange to have so many eyes on you, it's easy to forget to be present and it really does go by so fast! Matt and I were both glad we did that.

photography: Kat Bevel Photography // venue: Montesino Ranch Wimberley, Texas // event design + planning: Gina Whittington of WHITT // florals: Unexpected Elements // wedding dress: BHLDN // veil: Lucy Chalk // makeup: Kandy Glass of Face Kandy // hair: Katy Green from James Allan Salon // groom suit: J.Crew // rentals: Aztec Events and Tents // colored goblets: Retrospective Vintage // paper goods: Paper Place // catering: Ben Petko of PT&H Catering // cake: Bridesmaid, Kasey Kitzmiller // dj: Josh Wilkinson of Penguin Entertainment // transportation: Transportation Consultants

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