Mid-Century Modern Wedding Inspiration from Palm Springs

jewel toned inspiration

I’m loving the combo of mid-century modern along with jewel tones (instead of the traditional mid century color palette) in this styled shoot from Poppy & Plum Events. Palm Springs was the perfect location for this shoot captured by Ryon:Lockhart Photography. A bit more about the design from Poppy & Plum Events:

For the design, we really wanted it to be colorful with some deep tones, but also have it be dramatic against some really awesome backgrounds such as stark white or interesting wallpaper. We used a circle pattern throughout which was inspired by the first thing we got for the shoot: an amazing gold raffle spinner! We really wanted to infuse the use of velvet throughout, so you’ll see that in the bow ties, the shoes, wrapping the bouquet & boutonnieres, and in the accent pillows. We incorporated some really awesome vintage pieces like the coup champagne glasses, gold cane drinking glasses and the trolly tea cart to really add an authentic feel to the shoot.

Lots of lovely details to be inspired by…

red lips

jewel toned inspiration

red heels

jewel toned bouquet

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One of my favorite details is the ceremony location and the giant wooden arch they made for the shoot. The arch carried with the circular theme and with the flower accents was a gorgeous backdrop for the ceremony, right?!

jewel toned inspiration

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jewel toned inspiration

veil

flowing veil

jewel toned inspiration

red dress

hanging florals

jewel toned inspiration

jewel toned inspiration

place card

menu

skinny candlesticks

perfume bar

perfume bar


Loving the create your own tea favors and the bar cart for cocktails.

bar cart

jewel toned inspiration

jewel toned inspiration

jewel toned cake


Thanks so much to all these talented wedding artists for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Ryon:Lockhart Photography // planning, design + florals: Poppy & Plum Events // venue: Private Residence Palm Springs, California // second photographer: Stephanie Brauer Weddings // hair + makeup: Veronica Lane // paper goods: Kelli Arruzzo of Wanderlove Press Co. // tabletop: Amazon, HSN, Vintage // trays: Casa de Perrin // wedding dress + veil: Illume Gowns // bridesmaid dress + girl’s shoes: Modcloth // tuxedos: Mattuci Tailors // tea cart: Vintage // velvet bowties: Mrs. Bowtie // ottomans, rug, walnut tables, pillows: YEAH! Rentals // wooden arch: Nick Luciani for Poppy & Plum Events // cake: Luz Mayoral for Lavishly Sweet // envelopes + calligraphy: Danica Butler for BP Invites

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryPoppy & Plum Events is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Zola – A New Kind of Wedding Registry

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Zola is a super rad, brand new wedding registry, re-inventing the experience for the modern couple, with a sleek + stylish design aesthetic and an organized, easy-to-navigate layout. With a unique mix of products + experiences that move beyond traditional housewares + linens, there is truly something for all newly engaged couples to get excited about…and isn’t that the point?! Wedding registries should provide a fun + inspiring experience for both the bride + groom-to-be and their wedding guests. And Zola brings that notion to life. I seriously wish it was around when I was getting married! ;)

So aside from having an extensive product inventory, featuring approximately 1,000 incredible items, how is Zola different? Four key ways:

Zola Wedding Registry


1. ALL IN ONE PLACE – Zola is the only site that allows couples to register for products, experiences, services and cash funds, all in the one registry with a single checkout.

Zola Wedding Registry


2. GROUP GIFTING – Now couples can register for things they really want, and have friends and family contribute towards a group gift.

Zola Wedding Registry


3. TELL YOUR STORY – Couples can truly customize their Zola registry to make their registry as beautiful as the rest of their wedding experience.

Zola Wedding Registry


4. CONTROL OVER GIFTS – Couples can choose when they want to receive gifts, as they are purchased, and do virtual exchanges online before it is sent. No more lugging huge boxes to the store to return, no more box overload as gifts turn up at random times!

Zola Wedding Registry Giveaway


And we’re very excited to announce that Zola is generously offering engaged Green Wedding Shoes readers $35 in Zola credits when they set up their wedding registry! Head over to their website at this link for more information or to get started. Happy registering!

New registries must be started between Dec 9th – Dec 15th, 2013, but registry does not need to be published live until the couple is ready.  Credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account 4 weeks after a couple’s registry is published live. To receive the $35 in credits, use this link.

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Watercolor-Inspired Catskills Farm Wedding: Betsy + Raul

bride and groom

Betsy + Raul knew they wanted to have a low-key DIY farm wedding, inspired by two of their favorite things: watercolor + wildflowers. And as luck would have it, the perfect location for their big day was right at their fingertips and they hosted their celebration at Raul’s gorgeous family farm in the Catskills. Both of their families worked very hard to help them handcraft fun design elements that ensured their day was both beautiful + meaningful. From watercolor-painted menus to hand-carved and personalized birch wood candle favors to pretty chalkboard directional signage, no detail was overlooked, and every element was made all the more special since so much love went into bringing it to life. I know a lot of you are in the beginning stages of planning a handmade day of your own, so here’s some sound DIY advice from Betsy that you might find helpful:

You need a reason to have a DIY wedding that extends beyond saving money or else you will lose your mind. Many projects can end up costing you more–buying equipment, supplies, buying replacement supplies when you make a mistake, driving back + forth to the craft store, spending hours and hours searching on Etsy for the perfect stamp, taking time off work to hot glue sticks to paper…you get the idea. All the DIY elements I made for the wedding – the program fans, menus, confetti cones, popcorn bags, windows with table seating, string globes, tissue pom-poms were because I wanted to add a personal touch to our wedding that money can’t buy. When I contemplated making personalized water bottles to have on hand, one of my very wise bridesmaids asked me, “How will you feel when you see all the time and energy that you put into those sitting in the trash?”…in other words: is the level of joy your guests will get out of these projects going to be worth your time + energy? If the answer is YES! Then go for it!

Big thanks to Nadine of Love Me Do Photography for sharing Betsy + Raul’s gorgeous day with us + congratulations to the newlyweds! :)

wildflower bouquet

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bride

bride

bride


Majorly love everything about Betsy’s look! Her Jenny Packham dress + headpiece were purchased at Allegria Bridal in Massachusetts. And isn’t her pixie haircut darling? Betsy had a hard time finding styling inspiration for brides with short hair, so I hope this helps any of you who are running into the same issue!

crystal hair piece

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catskill farm bridesmaids

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ceremony

ceremony


During the ceremony, my mentor Tracy acted as our master of ceremonies + invited the guests at our wedding to make vows to us as a couple. Everyone held hands and shouted WE DO! as Tracy read off vows like “We promise to honor the commitment the two of you have made today and do everything we can to protect it” and “We promise not to give you advice unless you ask for it”

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ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

Being showered with biodegradable confetti as we walked hand in hand down the hill after the ceremony. It was the utmost expression of joy and love that we could feel literally radiating off of our guests. Also it was a deliriously happy combination of crying, laughing, and choking on the confetti until it dissolved in our mouths...

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Such a sweet wildflower-inspired bout by the Catskill Flower Shop!

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bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

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watercolor seating chart

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Betsy + Raul are vegans AND foodies! And even though some questioned their plan to serve an all vegan meal, they knew it was what they wanted + they went for it! They served the meal family style on vintage plates to encourage people to interact. According to Betsy, When you’re passing food around to others at your table, conversations start & everyone has something to discuss…the food!

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Processional: Staralfur – Sigur Ros

Recessional: This Will Be Our Year – The Zombies; Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever – The Four Tops; Let Nothing Come Between You – Warren Zevon

First Dance: You're the One For Me – Jonathan Richman

first dance

first dance


And you won’t want to miss their beautiful wedding video by Adventure We Can!

Stay true to yourself! Don't be afraid to be the same person you are on your wedding day that you are every other day...just a little more dressed up. If you have short hair, embrace it! If you are a vegan, celebrate it! I had so many people question our decision to "force" our guests to eat vegan, but when they tasted The Cinnamon Snail's delicious + satisfying food, they changed their minds! People wanted to take our menus home as a souvenir. Oh also, one of the best pieces of wedding planning advice that I got was from my former boss, Nanette Lepore: Have your wedding earlier in the day so the party lasts longer! She was right...it worked!

photography: Nadine Rovner of Love Me Do Photography // venue: Family Farm Catskill Mountains, New York // event design: the Bride + family // month-of coordinator: Catskill Weddings // event rentals: Big Top Tent Rental // vintage china rental: Something Borrowed Vintage // floral design: Catskill Flower Shop // wedding dress + hairpiece: Jenny Packham; purchased at Allegria Bridal // bridesmaid dresses: 3 Nanette Lepore print dresses & 1 Diane Von Furstenburg // bridesman outfit: BarIII suit, J.Crew Shirt, Fine & Dandy bowtie + pocket square // hair + makeup: Tiffany Abercrombie // groom suit: Phineas Cole by Paul Stuart // videography: Crystal Arnette, Adventure We Can // paper goods: My cousin Ellie Snow of HelloTenfold // catering + cake: The Cinnamon Snail // dj: Obey City

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