Eclectic Garden Party Wedding: Erin + Greg

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Erin + Greg reside in NYC, but all of Erin’s family live in Sydney. Globally, California was a middle ground, so it seemed like the perfect place for them to host their wedding! When they found Beltane Ranch in Glen Ellen, they knew they’d struck gold. It served as a home base for all of the guests who had traveled in from so far to be there + provided a breathtaking backdrop for a beautiful garden party style celebration. Their day was filled with a lot of love and some truly gorgeous + inventive details. Two of my personal faves? The hand-dyed indigo placemats and that incredible, winding reception table, reminiscent of a huge Thanksgiving table! Wait until you see it :) Here’s more from Greg about the inspiration behind the day:

We have an aversion to stuffiness but still wanted our wedding to feel like a wedding. Being outdoors the whole time made the most sense for us. It ended up being the perfect mix of big Italian dinner and garden party. The nature of the place brought together our friends and family perfectly. We wanted to create a moments that always felt comfortable and magical.

Big thanks to Delbarr Moradi for the stunning photography + to Sitting in a Tree for the super fun event design. And Erin + Greg, congratulations + thanks for sharing your day with us!

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bride getting ready

bride getting ready

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The hanging flowers helped create a pretty, romantic ceremony backdrop without distracting from the natural beauty of the landscape…

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ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

The ceremony was an emotional whiteout. It was amazing. We asked our friends to play guitar for us as we walked down the aisle. That felt really natural. We hadn't seen each other until that moment. That was intense and wonderful. We also decided to take our vows very seriously. If you don't, it's just another party. It felt right to make those big promises in front of everyone we loved.

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ceremony

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bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

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cocktail hour

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The long winding table was such a unique touch and really created a cozy + festive setting for Erin + Greg’s 100 guests. I seriously love it!

zig zag tables

indigo place mats

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And Brown Paper Design totally nailed it with the floral design! Erin + Greg wanted to incorporate a strong jewel-tone color palette and an earthy, bohemian vibe, so blooms in varying shades of red, pink + fuchsia were housed in vintage  brass + wood vessels. Hostess Haven‘s playful napkins + glassware completed the look in such a fun way!

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blue glasses


Whimsical menus, made by Mr. Boddington’s Studio, adorned each place setting.

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indigo place mats

gold tin vase

colored glasses

silverware

peonies

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reception

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bride and groom

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Know the order - first you need your venue, hotels and dates to make the invite, and then start thinking about music, food, flowers, color of napkins, everything else. Google drive, Pintrest and email chains are your tools of trade - use shared documents to get everyone on the same page. Don't remake decisions you've already made - the more you rethink things, the more annoyed everyone gets. A wedding planner is cheaper than a marriage counselor - our planner helped us find so many amazing people/vendors and helped with the tiebreakers. Ask for help from your friends and family - give them little things that make your life easier and include them in the process. Make a list of what's most important to you - unless you have unlimited money you're gonna have to compromise on a few things, and that's totally ok. That said... fight for what you really want - often "no" is the first answer not the final one. And expect your husband to help - there's nothing lamer than someone who doesn't care about their own wedding.

photography: Delbarr Moradi // venue: Beltane Ranch Glen Ellen, California // event planning + design: Sitting in a Tree // floral design: Brown Paper Design // wedding dress: Jenny Packham // shoes: Christian Louboutin // groom suit: Freeman’s Sporting Club // paper goods: Mr. Boddington’s Studio // catering: The Girl and the Fig // music: Austin Hendrix Productions // rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals // tabletop rentals: Hostess Haven

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DIY: Twine Wrapped Ampersand

DIY Twine Wrapped Ampersand

For all the type lovers out there, this sweet DIY from Smitten on Paper will fill your hearts with joy! The twine wrapped ampersand makes for a great decorative fall accent to any wedding or home. It’s perfect for the in-between spot of the bride and groom chairs, a hanging piece for the wedding ceremony backdrop, or even to be held between the bride and groom!

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What you’ll need:
Fresh Cut flowers
Twine/cording
Glue Gun
X-acto
Thick cardboard
‘&’ print out – you can download it here

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Steps

  1. Print out the Ampersand. In order to create a large ‘&’ we printed it out on two separate sheets of 8.5 x 11 and then taped them taped them together. If not, please feel free to draw out your Ampersand right on the cardboard. Be creative!
  2. Using a glue stick, lightly coat the back of the printed sheet and place over the cardboard. This is to ensure the sheet will not move when tracing and cutting over cardboard. Then let dry.
  3. Using an X-acto knife, trace over the ampersand, cutting through the cardboard.
  4. When your ‘&’ is finally all cut out, peel back the sheet of paper.
  5. If your ‘&’ has any paper residue left over, not to worry, this will be covered up by twine and will not show through.
  6. At the top, tie a knot. This will be your starting point when wrapping.
  7. Wrap, Wrap, Wrap! This part is fairly easy but does require some time, so plop yourself on the couch and tune into your favorite show.
  8. TADA. Your ‘&’ is ready for beautification. Now with your glue gun, you may place the desired flowers.

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So cute, right?! Love that you can incorporate this into your home decor after the big day also!

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And remember, we love seeing our readers take on our DIY projects, so be sure to share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

DIY created exclusively for Green Wedding Shoes by Smitten on Paper. Check out more of their design work at Smitten on Paper!

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Laid-back California Barn Wedding: Liz + David

Ojai wedding

We’re super excited to share yet another incredibly lovely Ojai wedding with you guys today! Liz + David always knew they wanted to have a big wedding, where all of the people they love would be in the same place at the same time. Their main goal for the day was to make it as fun as possible…and that meant foregoing most of the traditional wedding formalities like a grand entrance and a first dance. Instead, they celebrated their way with details that were meaningful to them: a heartfelt, family-oriented ceremony; a gluten-free farm-to-table feast; and some seriously epic music choices, including an 18 piece ukulele band! Sounds like such an amazing day! Here’s more about it from Liz:

We wanted everyone to feel engaged and connected with us, the events, and each other – and have ample opportunities to relax and to let loose. For the ceremony, we wanted to speak to our highest values – family + partnership – and we wanted it to feel like a sharing experience. So we asked the friends we know who embody these characteristics – our cousins + the couple who introduced us – to come up and speak about each one. We also had our friends + family come up and sing songs that were special to them. And we asked the guests to pass around our rings during the ceremony and fill them with wishes + positive intention.

Big thanks to the very talented Bash, Please team for the beautiful planning + styling and to Our Labor of Love for the awesome photography! And, of course, congratulations to Liz + David on an incredible day!

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David sketched the orange tree, which was incorporated into the invitation suite + became an on-going theme throughout the wedding. Such a lovely touch!

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Ojai wedding first look

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Ojai wedding

Ojai wedding

Ojai wedding


What a stylish group of guests! :)

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Everyone, including Liz + David, danced their way to the ceremony, with a soulful, upbeat song led by the David Daughtry gospel choir. So fun!

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Ojai wedding

The ceremony. We were blown away by the beautiful words of Caroline and our friends who shared, and most of all, the feeling of community, support, and love we felt surrounded by people who have shaped our lives in so many ways and who we love with all our heart.

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Ojai wedding

Ojai wedding

Ojai wedding

Ojai wedding


And majorly adore Liz + David’s post-ceremony portraits, captured by Our Labor of Love, amidst the gorgeous California countryside…

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Ojai wedding

Ojai wedding

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Ojai Valley Inn & Spa‘s big red barn provided the perfect backdrop for a delicious farm-style dinner and the gorgeous arrangements by JL Designs felt right at home, featuring fresh citrus + artichokes alongside beautiful garden roses + dahlias. Simply stunning!

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Instead of table numbers, Liz + David worked with an illustrator to create images from their relationship – their favorite restaurant, the street signs marking where they met, the beach where they were engaged, etc. Seriously one of the best ideas ever, right?! I just love it!

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rustic tablescape

rustic tablescape

rustic tablescape

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dessert bar

naked cake

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The Flashdance kept the party going into the night, playing all the amazing old school hip hop music that Liz + David love.

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hanging lanterns

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And you won’t want to miss their sweet wedding video by Lovespun Films!

Don’t try to plan a wedding during a demanding graduate school program! And marry someone with a good eye – David made most of our wedding decisions!

photography: Our Labor of Love // venue + catering: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa Ojai, California (rehearsal dinner: Casa Elar, ceremony: herb garden, reception: big red barn) // event design + planning: Bash, Please // floral design: JL Designs // wedding dress: Jenny Packham // shoes: Manolo Blahnik // hair: dax sarmiento and steven tapp from Andy LeCompte Salon in LA // makeup: Cathryn van Breene with The Studio Agency // groom suit: Tom Ford // cinematography: Lovespun Films // cake: Knead Bakery Ojai, CA // gospel choir: David Daughtry // 18 Piece Ukulele Band: Jason Myers // dance band: “The James Gang” by West Coast Music // late night dj: The Flashdance // rentals: Found Vintage Rentals

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