Ethereal Seaside Wedding Inspiration with a Lavender Wedding Dress

Emily Rose Riggs purple dress

We couldn’t rightfully have dress week here at GWS without including one of Emily Riggs Bridal’s gorgeous gowns! Her dress designs are stunning, romantic, artful and unique. And she is definitely a house favorite around here.

When we saw a sneak of this magical Laguna Beach editorial by Michael Radford on Instagram, you better believe we had to know more! Every element was more beautiful than the last: the dress, the bouquet (by the amaze Ashley of Tinge Floral), the perfectly diffused California light…

Emily Rose Riggs purple dress

Ashley says, Being from Salt Lake City, Utah, I am used to the gorgeous mountains and meadows which are so inspiring. I feel fortunate to live in such a beautiful place! But since California brings such a change in scenery we decided shooting at this gorgeous spot in Laguna was the perfect setting. The mossy rocks and cliffs are rugged, which contrasts so beautifully with the soft, beautiful draping of Emily’s gorgeous Ophelia gown.

I took inspiration of what lives beneath the sea for the florals. I incorporated different colors but kept them all fairly muted, with the exception of a few peach and sea foam tones. I loved the way the soft colors complemented Emily’s gorgeous gown.

Emily Rose Riggs purple dress

spring time bouquet

Can’t even believe that bouquet! Can you?

beach fashion

lace top

Emily Rose Riggs purple dress

Emily Rose Riggs purple dress

Emily Rose Riggs purple dress

We think this dress would be such a good choice for the bride who wants something unique, but not totally out there and still super feminine. The lace top, perfectly pleated asymmetrical skirt, and dreamy lavender hue…it just doesn’t get better!

flowers in hair

daffodil spring bouquet

Emily Rose Riggs purple dress

Love the bold brow + loose waves Amy Clarke whipped up for the shoot. So perfect for that beach backdrop!

Emily Rose Riggs purple dress

ribbon bouquet

emily rose riggs lace robe

And this lace robe, also designed by Emily Riggs Bridal, is totally wish list worthy! It would so sweetly complement the Ophelia wedding dress + be the perfect thing to pack for your honeymoon!

emily rose riggs lace robe

emily rose riggs lace robe

A big thanks to these very talented creatives for giving us the opportunity to share this magical editorial today!

photography: Michael Radford // gown + robe: Emily Riggs Bridal // hair + makeup: Amy Clarke // florals: Tinge Floral // ribbons: Silk and Willow // location: Laguna Beach, California

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Stylish Sydney Harbour Wedding: Rachel + Jack

Sydney Australia wedding

Happy Monday, guys + gals! We’re gonna have some fun at GWS this week, ’cause it’s all about dress fashion and we have some pretty amazing features lined up! We’re starting off strong (it would be impossible to have skipped over Rachel’s stunning + super unique dress, right?) with such a rad wedding held on a pontoon floating in the middle of Sydney Harbour! Rachel + Jack really did things right with a day that was seriously stylish, lots of fun and inspired by…THEM! Making your day all about the two of you is not a new or crazy concept, but something that can easily get skipped over if you let it. Below, let’s hear more about how R + J made sure that didn’t happen, and stay tuned for LOTS more details about that dress!

From Rachel, I think sometimes the wedding day can get lost in what you think you should do instead of what you as a couple actually want to. So we stayed really true to our selves and our personalities. We chose music styles we liked and wanted to listen to, a venue that wasn’t a typical wedding venue, a cake that looked like it was for a kid’s birthday and for me a dress that was not like anything I’d ever seen before!

Thanks so much to Lara Hotz for these crazy good images and big congrats to Rachel + Jack on such a unique day!

bride getting ready

bride getting ready

Since it’s all dresses all week long, we HAD to know all the deets on this truly amazing custom piece. Lucky for us, Rach is revealing both the inspiration and the designer who helped bring her idea to life just a little further down in the post!

bride getting ready

first look

first look

Sydney Australia wedding

lace detail dress

Sydney Australia wedding

Sydney Australia wedding

velvet bow tie

Juilee Chione wedding dress

The only thing I really knew when it came to my dress was that I wanted a custom design, because I had never seen a wedding dress that I thought would suit me, and our wedding. I came across two images that blew me away, Anja Rubik’s wedding dress and a Zuhair Murad Haute Couture dress. One of my bridesmaids recommended an amazing designer (Juilee Chione of Ms Couture) to me who had previously worked for a renowned Australian label, and she was able to morph the two designs into a masterpiece. My dress was traditional from the back but all party in the front, and my train was detachable so I could dance the night away! It really went so far beyond my expectations. It was a work of art and it was fascinating to go through the process of building this dress from scratch with a true artist. She was able to figure out who I was, and made a dress to reflect me as a bride.

Sydney Australia wedding

white peony bouquet

A bouquet pretty much filled with fluffy peonies is a-ok in our book! This lovely was crafted by Mikarla Bauer.

Sydney Australia wedding

neutral bridesmaids

blowing confetti

Sydney Australia wedding

The only way to access the venue, The Island Sydney, was by speedboat! Seriously, how awesome is that?!

groomsmen on a boat

Australia wedding

bridesmaids on a boat

floral arch

floral arch

floral arch

Stylist, Sheree, of She Designs and florist, Mikarla Bauer, worked with Sophie from The Island Sydney to make sure no detail was overlooked. We’re in love with the flower market feel of the ceremony site and, oh yeah, we still can’t believe this insane wedding location!

buckets of flowers

Australia boat wedding

buckets of flowers

Australia boat wedding

Australia boat wedding

When we were able to stop and look around together at all of our friends, families, our unbelievable location and the amazing day and night mother nature had put on and take in how lucky we were to be able to have the wedding we did. It was a real WOW moment.

Australia boat wedding

vintage vignette

cheese board

appetizers

Sydney Australia wedding

rainbow sprinkle cake

Remember how Rachel described her cake (by Sweet Art Paddington) as something you’d see at a kid’s birthday party? Well, we totally dig it – and think those bows totally dress it up perfectly! Bet it tasted amazing, too!

Sydney Australia wedding

See even more in the film below by Light Noise Films:

Invest in your Photographer and Videographer, and 100% get a Videographer. Even if you have to go without a few things on the day, they are worth every dollar. Also book them straight after you book your venue to make sure you get who you want! It’s so nice to see your day from another perspective, and when your memories fade the photos and video will remind you.

photography: Lara Hotz // venue: The Island Sydney Sydney, Australia // event design: Sheree Gaulke of She Designs // event coordinator: Sophie Kober – sophie@theislandsydney.com // florals: Mikarla Bauer // wedding dress + hairpieces: Juilee Chione of Ms Couture // shoes: Valentino // bridesmaid dresses: Designed and made by Charlotte Heinrich, Inspiredbyx; Designers Galore Charlotte H // hair: Rhiane Schroder // makeup: Nicole Thopmson // groom’s suit: G.A Zink & Sons Bespoke Tailoring //videography: Light Noise Films // paper goods: Elsie Invents // catering: Laissez-faire // cake: Sweet Art Paddington // rentals: cars from Broadway Limousines, boat from Sydney Harbour Specialists // officiant: Paul Grech // music: Guitarist Victor Martinez Parada, DJ Gabby, SO SUE ME DJ’S

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San Francisco Anniversary Session: Heidi + Brad

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco is one of our personal fave photo backdrops. It’s kind of hard to beat that view, don’t you think?! Since Heidi + Brad just moved to San Francisco this year, they decided to take advantage of the scenery and plan their anniversary photos in some of the best locations San Francisco has to offer: the Marin Headlands + the Sutro Baths!

Their photographer, Chris Simons, sure knew how to expertly frame all the pretty photos you’re about to see! Peeks at the Golden Gate Bridge, foggy mountain caps, an the expansive sea are all present and each photo feels so quintessentially SF. For couples considering an anniversary session, we say go for it! What a beautiful way to memorialize the year and celebrate your love!

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

Steal Heidi’s perfectly laid back look with this polka dot button down paired with a long breezy skirt!

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

Loving her sweet braid, too!

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

San Francisco Anniversary

The trio drove across the bridge and went to the Sutro Baths to take some photos around sunset + the result is pretty out of this world! What truly gorgeous captures…

Sutro Baths SF

Sutro Baths SF

Sutro Baths SF

Big congrats to Heidi + Brad on one year!

photography: Chris Simons Photography // location: Marin Headlands + Sutro Baths in San Francisco, California

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