1970’s LoveFest Wedding: Carissa + Adam – Part 1

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Ladies + gents, boy do we have a treat for you today! Carissa + Adam’s colorful, 1970’s LoveFest is guaranteed to be just the ticket to get you through your mid-week slump! Think 1200 handmade paper blooms, an ombre polka dot aisle runner, a VW bus, gold wedding dress, slow-mo video booth and so much more! We didn’t want you to miss a thing, so we’ve broken it down into two fabulous parts. First up, their cheerful + inspiring ceremony – and be sure to check back in  a bit to see their fun-filled reception in all its glory!

A bit more from the beautiful bride, From the moment we started planning the wedding, we knew we wanted to do something unique, fun, retro and beautiful all wrapped up into one; to transform the white walled loft into our own little land of happiness. We are both obsessed with retro music and that time in general, so it was only fitting to have a music, pattern and socially inspired 70’s wedding. We also wanted to make sure it was a personal representation of us as a couple and the awesome life we live with our hilarious friends and family; leaving tradition at the door and making this a night everyone will remember. Instead of a wedding, we called it our “Love Fest”, which was apparent from the moment you walked in the door. Guests were served my favorite cookie and a tasty cocktail before the ceremony; I walked down the aisle to the Love album version of Hey Jude and instead of flowers, the wedding party held gold + teal painted tambourines and signs which were used to jam out to the music together once I reached the altar to my soon-to-be husband…

Sounds pretty epic, don’t you think? A big shout out to the incredible design team from Sweet Sunday Events + to June Bug Company for the gorgeous photography. And, of course, congrats to Carissa + Adam on a super rad day!

record invitation

nude wedges

gold dress bride

pink bridesmaids

colorful pink bouquet

tambourine bridesmaids

Carissa rocked one of our all time fave dresses, a gold Sarah Seven number, currently available in the GWS Shop!

tambourine bridesmaids

pink socked groomsmen

wallpaper first look

flower crown

colorful wallpaper backdrop


We must talk about this ceremony site set-up, yes? A 12′ tall mural, hand-painted by The Stationery Bakery, was suspended from 333 First Ave‘s wooden rafters + adorned with blossoming vines of pink + yellow paper flowers. There’s no way we could love it more!

hanging paper flower cermeony

hanging paper flower cermeony

draped paper flower ceremony backdrop

vintage couches

hanging paper flowers

The most memorable moment of our wedding day would be walking down the aisle and the few moments before. First off, it down poured rain for 2 hours leading right up to the ceremony and then miraculously cleared with a rainbow in the distance as soon as we started. In an amazing coincidence, our family walked down the aisle to Bob Dylan’s “Shelter from the storm”. The pure magic of that song combined with the weather that day created a really beautiful and powerful setting.

After I saw the wedding party walk out to Hey Jude, there were about 15-30 seconds that I had alone with my dad and the music. My arm was wrapped in my dad’s and we were singing the lyrics to each other as my heart pounded so hard at what was about to happen. The singing calmed me. Hey Jude has significance for me and my dad so it meant the world that I had one last impromptu moment to sing that song with him before I married my husband. Once the big “Na Na Na’s” hit, he said “you ready?” and we headed down the aisle. The wedding party was dancing and beating their tambourines as “All you need is love” signs swayed in the background. Hundreds of paper flowers, happy colors, beautiful prints and 200 smiling faces transported us to what felt like a dream world. Once I met up with my husband and hugged my dad, the wedding party as well as the audience joined together for one last celebration; clapping, banging tambourines and singing until the song faded out and our best friend’s dad began to marry us. We were able to really take in the love and joy that filled the room and mentally prepare for what obviously was going to be an amazing night. It was pure girly (let’s be real) awesomeness and definitely the best moment of the night (on top of so many others)!

colorful ceremony

colorful ceremony

colorful ceremony

colorful ceremony

Processional: Family: Shelter from the Storm – Bob Dylan; Wedding Party + Bride: Hey Jude –The Beatles

Recessional: God Only Knows – The Beach Boys (played by the marching band)

First Dance: Something – The Beatles

parade down the aisle

colorful paper flower decor

We hope you enjoyed Part 1 of Carissa + Adam’s beautiful day! Check back in just a bit to see their colorful + fun reception! You definitely won’t want to miss it! :)

photography: June Bug Company // planning + design: Sweet Sunday Events (now Without Wax, Katy) // venue: 333 First Ave Dallas, Texas // florals: Sweet Sunday Events // videography: Take 4 Studio // invitations, paper goods + mural: The Stationery Bakery // officiant: Rick Daussat // catering: Jim Lee Events // hair + makeup: JTorry Makeup Artistry // dj: Andy Austin // cake: Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery // modern furniture + transportation: Swanky Couch // marching band: Kevin Butler // linens: Sequin Linens from La Tavola // reception chairs: TLC Rentals // crystal reception headpiece: Doloris Petunia // bridal shop: Serendipity Bridal // dress designer: Sarah Seven // slow mo booth: Mike Jensen – mike@pixelworkers.tv

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Handcrafted Video Invitations + Save the Dates

Handcrafted Video Invites

Are you looking for a different + eco-friendly way to tell your friends + family about your upcoming nuptials? If so, be sure to check out Handcrafted, the next step in wedding save the dates + invitations! Handcrafted is an absolutely green and paperless solution to traditional wedding stationery, helping you to create emotional, cinematic, and engaging videos that invite your guests to celebrate your big day with you. The videos are tailored to each couple by integrating their photos + information, and each couple then gets the video on their own personal webpage with a custom URL. Sounding right up your alley? Read on to hear more about how Handcrafted works!


1. Craft Your Invitation: Choose one of Handcrafted’s engaging templates or contact their design team to have a completely custom video created just for you!

2. Manage Your Invitation Page: Your updatable page includes an RSVP system, Add to Calendar feature for your guests, and displays all the important information you’ll want to share about your wedding day.

3. Email Sendout: With Handcrafted’s email building list, it’s easy to add names + emails of guests. With one-click, send out your emails and each guest will be directed to your webpage, which shares your video + all of your wedding details.


To learn even more about how Handcrafted works, be sure to check out this fun video below!

Ready to get started? Handcrafted is generously offering GWS readers a $75 gift certificate when you use code HC75 at checkout. For more information on setting up your video invitation website, visit Handcrafted today. (discount code valid until May 1, 2014)

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DIY: Yarn Wrapped LOVE letters

DIY Yarn Wrapped LOVE Letters

This weeks DIY is perfect for Valentine’s Day as well as your wedding! Our DIY contributor Michelle Edgemont is sharing how to make the super pretty yarn wrapped LOVE letters above. I love the use of dye in the rope which gives the letters a more watercolor feel. You could use whatever color dye you’d like to match your color palette and these are perfect to display in your home after the wedding! Let’s see how to make them…


What You’ll Need:
Two cotton clothes lines
Two plastic buckets
One pink bottle of RIT liquid dye
One blue bottle of RIT liquid dye
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
One 20” x 30” piece of white foam core
Quilting ruler
Exacto Knife
Cutting mat


1. Fill one bucket with hot water. Pour half of the pink bottle of dye into the bucket. Stir. Unwrap one clothesline and soak in room temperature water.


2.  Start draping the clothesline into the bucket. You want to put a few inches of rope into the dye, then drape about a foot of rope along the side of the bucket, then immerse the next few inches of rope into the dye. Keep dipping and draping the whole length of the rope all the way around the bucket.

Repeat with the next rope. I used the blue and pink dye to make a purple dye bath. After an hour or two, rinse both ropes until the water runs clear. Let dry.


3. Using the quilting ruler, measure out the letters LOVE onto the white foam core. I made mine simple block letters that are 7.5” wide and 12” high. The individual sections of each letter, like the vertical section of the L, are 2” wide.


4. Cut the letters out with an exacto knife on a cutting mat.


5. Grab your dry rope. Place a line of hot glue on the back of the top of the letter L. Glue on the end of the rope. Let dry.

6. Wrap the rope around the L, gluing it onto the front each time you wrap. Keep wrapping until the whole letter is covered in rope.

7. Hot glue the end of the rope onto the back of the bottom of the letter L. Then repeat for each letter, using different colors of your dipped dye rope.


DIY Ombre Yarn Wrapped Love Letters

It makes a perfect backdrop to use as a display piece on your escort card table, dessert table, or guest book table.

DIY Ombre Yarn Wrapped Love Letters

DIY Ombre Yarn Wrapped Love Letters

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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