English Barn Wedding: Gemma + Neil

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Gemma + Neil knew from the start that they didn’t want a traditional wedding. Instead, they wanted a celebration that was relaxed, informal + full of laughter. The York Maze proved to be the perfect setting for a heart-felt wedding ceremony + fun-filled reception! I love how they utilized the industrial and rustic space with long communal dining tables, simple garden-like florals + some lovely homespun details!

Big thanks to James Melia for the absolutely gorgeous images and congrats to Gemma + Neil!

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How pretty are Gemma’s sparkly Jimmy Choos?! Love them!

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The ceremony, marrying Neil felt like the most natural thing ever.

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The personalized crate filled with herbs, greenery + florals is such a fun detail.

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Gemma + Neil’s cake by Patisserie Viennoise looks SO good!

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Decide on what you want before you start looking at venues, etc. There is so much to choose out there and knowing what you want is half the challenge.

photography: James Melia //  venue + catering: York Maze York, England // prop hire + lighting: We Love This // floral design: Leafy Couture // wedding dress: 1960′s by The Vintage Wedding Dress Company from The White Closet in Didsbury // hairpieces: Hair comb from SO Jewellery // shoes: Jimmy Choo // bridesmaid dresses: Warehouse // hair + makeup: Jo Bilham, Hair by Bang Hair // groom suit: Jaeger // paper goods: Artcadia // cake: Patisserie Viennoise

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Win a $1000 Wedding Suite from Paper Muse Press

Paper Muse Press

We love pretty paper details here at GWS, so we’re excited to share the newest collection of wedding invitation suites from Paper Muse Press today. Each suite contains stylishly coordinated pieces  – from invitationssave the datesthank you cardsluxe coastersmenus and more. What makes Paper Muse Press different? Their swoon-worthy paper called LOFT. LOFT is sumptuous to the touch and incredibly thick – it’s like letterpress paper (but without the high price tag).

I am loving their new, modern designs! Here are some of my faves…

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Paper Muse Press

Paper Muse Press

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And since they know there’s life beyond stationery, their blog has fantastic DIY ideas for wedding reception décor, floral and food. Check out their handmade arrows and heart-shaped seat centerpieces to name a few.

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And now for the amazing giveaway for Green Wedding Shoes readers from Paper Muse Press!

One lucky couple will receive 75 of the following:

  • 75 LOFT Luxurious Invites
  • 75 LOFT RSVP Cards
  • 75 LOFT Menus
  • 75 Gift Tags
  • 75 Place Cards
  • 75 Address Labels
  • 75 Envelope Liners

A $1000 value!

AND three lucky couples will receive a $100 gift card from Paper Muse Press!

Paper Muse Press is also offering a great discount – 20% off your wedding invitation order with the code 20GWSJUL (discount good until 12/31/13)

To enter to win, select your favorite invitation suite and fill out the form below:

Contest ends on 7/11/13 at 6pm PST. Winner will be announced in this post on or around 7/15/13.

***Congrats to Aisling M who was the grand prize winner of the $1000 suite and to Michelle S, Chelsey B and Bethany C who all won $100 Gift Cards***

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Game of Thrones Wedding Inspiration

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Game of Thrones seems to be the talk of the town these days + even though I don’t watch the show, I can certainly appreciate the beauty emanating from this styled shoot based on the epic fantasy series! More from Candice Benjamin Photography, the photographer + co-stylist behind the shoot:

The HBO series Game of Thrones has become a pop-culture phenomenon that has drawn many viewers into the beauty and passion of the world of Westeros, created by author George R. R. Martin. While the tales are often full of deceit and violence, the rich and regal texture of this world of kings and queens – and even dragons – provides romantic visual inspiration for a wedding day of legendary beauty. We first started gathering simple ideas and wanted to create something that was inspired by nature and the mythical beauty of the kingdom of Westeros. Something that alluded to scenes of royalty without necessarily screaming “period piece” – we wanted it to be relevant to someone that was a fan of the show, but keep it modern + current. Look for the house sigils (symbols of prominent families in Westeros) throughout the design, including the printed materials, + of course the cake.

And to all of the fans out there who may be thinking of a specific wedding from the novels and tv series, don’t worry – our goal was to draw inspiration from the world of Westeros and the feel of the series without following a specific character or plot line. Unlike the source material, this inspiration wedding will not leave you crying in the corner!

There is so much to be inspired by, from the ridiculously pretty floral design + styling by Pixies Petals to the amazing cake by The Cake Mamas! How many of you are big fans of Game of Thrones?

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The attire of the wedding party takes rustic materials like fur and leather and regal silhouettes and translates them into a stylish, modern look.

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Seriously, how incredible are the florals?! Loving the rich color palette!

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The gorgeous cake brings in mixed metallic tones, the Iron Throne, a map of Westeros, and even a sword piercing the four lower tiers. So detailed + unique…

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game of thrones cake

game of thrones wedding inspiration

game of thrones wedding inspiration


And be sure not to miss this beautiful video by Jakfoto Films, featuring an original soundtrack by Anthem Falls Music!

Big thanks to the following artists for sharing some fun, fantasy wedding inspiration with us today!

photography: Candice Benjamin Photography // videography: Jakfoto Films // florals: Pixies Petals // hair + makeup: Serene Bridal Beauty // cake: The Cake Mamas // dresses: Hope Stanley of Mary Me Bridal – hsbridalstylist@gmail.com // paper goods: Moment Prive // custom rings: Blazer Arts // men’s vest: Ann O’Lear // lady in waiting necklace: BHLDN // original soundtrack for video: Anthem Falls Music

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