Bohemian Topanga Canyon Wedding: Marissa + Cory

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Take one look at those gorge jade green bridesmaids dresses + tell us you aren’t already swooning! We are – big time. And the rest of Marissa + Cory’s handmade boho wedding in LA’s Topanga Canyon was seriously just as fab. According to Marissa (aka Max), she and Cory wanted a killer day surrounded by good friends, good food, good tunes, good vibes, and good wine! Those are a couple of wedding priorities we can totally get behind! Let’s hear a little bit more about the day from Max, then see it all come to life in the beautiful images captured by Caroline + Jayden of Woodnote Photography

Everything was pretty much made by our wedding planner, Jeffrey Caballero, or myself. Jeffrey built the Chuppah day of and all of the floral arrangements from scratch. He is one of the most talented, creative people I have ever met. All of the mini succulent party favors were put together by myself and a few friends. I found the door we hung the hand dipped clothespin escort cards on the side of the road. All the vintage Swedish table runners were found at various thrift shops and of course Etsy. All of the table numbers were vintage Joshua Tree postcards, one of our favorite places to visit. I was really proud that everything had meaning and purpose. I love beauty in simplicity.

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leafy bouquets

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Marissa: Honestly, it went by so fast. Too fast. Cory looked so handsome that day, seeing him for the first time still brings tears and chills. My dad’s speech blew me and everyone away. He is such a joker, but to see him get so emotional was really moving. I will remember that forever. The Internet wasn’t working up until about 15 minutes before the ceremony, and all our playlist were made on Spotify. There is a picture of all the girls finding out and every time I see it, I die laughing. I think seeing all of our friends and family in one place having so much fun was a good feeling. With all the work you put into the day, the one hope you have is that everyone has a good time. I definitely think we accomplished that.

Cory: My favorite moment was seeing Max for the first time. I also loved her dad’s speech. It was a mix of hilarious and emotional. I also liked the after party we had at Footises where The Allah Las, The Shrine and Andy Shepard played.

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Ok, seriously, how rad do Marissa, Cory, and their whole bridal party look? The most stylish bunch. We are kind of majorly obsessed with the custom gowns the ladies are wearing by Shareen but know that custom isn’t available for everyone, so we put together a fun shopping guide to get a similar look for your bridal party. :)

Shop their style with our little guide below!

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The sweetest shots of these two…

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bride and groom

bride and groom

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topanga canyon wedding

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What a cute moment! And don’t you love Max’s blushing bride protea crown?

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Processional: Bridal Party: Dream a Little Dream – The Mamas + The Papas; Bride: Colours – Donovan

Recessional: Under my Thumb – Pentagram’s cover

First Dance: Harvest Moon – Neil Young

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topanga canyon wedding

green clip escort cards

concrete centerpieces

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potted plant favors

succulent centerpieces

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It’s the standard advice. Have fun, don’t take it too serious, and take mental pictures. You will laugh at what a crazy person you become. I remember seeing a water glass option for the table and literally holding back tears because it was so off from what I wanted. We walked out of the rental warehouse and I just lost it and cried, but then I started laughing and said out loud, “Who am I right now ?!?!” I’m not going to lie. Planning a wedding can easily become a nightmare if you let it. I ended up hiring a day of coordinator 2 weeks before the wedding, and it really took some pressure off me as far as the little things people need answers to. It also gave me the space to really enjoy the day. With everything said and done, remember why you are doing this, because that’s reason enough! Also, make sure you eat.

photography: Caroline + Jayden of Woodnote Photography // venue: The 1909 Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles, California // wedding planner: Jeffrey Caballero + Max // day of coordinator: Nam Lam of Modern LA Weddings // rentals: Town and Country // bride’s Dress: W Too purchased from Lovely Bride // bride’s shoes: Vintage // bride’s jewelry: vintage, bracelets are vintage Hermes // groom’s suit: vintage Pierre Cardin // groom’s shoes: Vintage // groomsmen’s suits: Topman // bridesmaid’s gowns: custom by Shareen // hair: Danny Rishoff at Meche Salon // makeup: Mariah Nicole // florals: Jeffrey Caballero of Mr. Caballero Creative // paper goods: custom invite design and printed on wood in India by Cards of Wood // officiant: Rabbi Arthur Rosenberg // wedding favors: miniature succulents and cacti put together by Max + some help from friends // catering + pies: Bread and Water Catering // wedding rings: engagement is vintage 1920’s and band is groom’s grandmothers, Cory’s ring is 1940 vintage

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An Engagement Session at San Francisco’s Sutro Baths: Cassy + John

Sutro Baths engagement

Cassy + John are all kinds of cute. And they totally rock in our book because they weren’t afraid to climb giant cliffs + caves, run through the chilly ocean water, and traipse through the forest for their super rad San Francisco engagement session with Jamie Jones Photography. All that made for a memorable + adventurous day – and the photos they came away with are just so good. The location they choose – SF’s Sutro Baths – was once a large, privately owned swimming pool complex built in the late 19th century. The facility was financially unprofitable and is now abandoned and sits in ruins. A cool bit of NorCal history, and a perfect shoot backdrop for this stylish, creative couple!

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Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

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Sutro Baths engagement

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These shots with the birds are pretty breathtaking!

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Sutro Baths engagement

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Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Cassy, how did you manage to hike to such heights in that uber-adorable outfit of yours? Spill your secrets, girl!

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Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

We’ve gotta hear how these cute love birds met, yes? Cassy tells all below:

We met shortly after he had moved out to Portland, OR from Nashville to live with a mutual good friend of ours (I was living in Eugene at the time). We were both dating other people, but became casual friends over the years when I would visit and crash on their couches. He always left quite an impression, as I remember admiring his thoughtfulness over the nights around the campfire in their backyard talking religion, philosophy and life, but what really stood out was how funny he was. I was always laughing around him.

I was visiting Portland to look into moving and to see a friend’s band play at a local bar. He ended up coming along with a friend, and somehow we ended up on the back patio talking for hours, practically finishing each other’s sentences. It was uncanny how much of a connection we had and never realized it. I had recently gone through a bad breakup, and Johnny graciously waited about 6 months to finally ask me out. After our first date, it was pretty obvious to both of us that this was something different.

We immediately decided to jump into our relationship by taking a roadtrip throughout the Southwest with each other. Our friends guaranteed us that, at the end of our trip, we would either love each other or hate each other after spending that much time together so soon. Suffice it to say, we had discussed marriage by the end of that trip, and we both just knew we had finally met our other half.

Cassy + John, big time congrats on your engagement + thanks for sharing your photos with us!

photography: Jamie Jones Photography // locations: Sutro Baths in San Francisco, California

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Create a Personalized Wedding Registry with Zola

Zola Registry

For those of you have been reading GWS for a while, you may have heard us mention Zola Wedding Registry in the past, but for anyone who is unfamiliar, allow us to introduce you to this great wedding resource now! The guys at Zola have one mission on their agenda: To recreate the online wedding registry for the modern couple + their guests. They give you lots of options when it comes to customizing your registry – add flair with personal photos, leave personalized greetings + notes for your guests, arrange custom collections to organize your gifts – and so much more! According to the founders, The modern engaged couple is always on-the-go, multitasking and trying to navigate the world of wedding registries on top of a very hectic schedule. We’re here to make it easy and fun. 

We can get on board with that! Here are few more fun ways you can really make your registry yours:

  • Personalize your registry with photos, notes to your guests, and a custom URL
  • Organize your gifts into collections with photos and descriptions
  • Curate your own mix of gifts, experiences and honeymoon/cash funds, all with a single check out

Zola Registry

Zola Registry Website


  • Choose from classic brands (like Kitchenaid, Le Creuset and Vitamix) and emerging designers (like Billy Cotton and Nine Space)
  • Dream big: register for big ticket items without feeling price-conscious, as multiple friends can contribute to gifts with Group Gifting
  • Easily import anything from any store

Zola Registry Products

Zola Registry


  • Scan and add anything, anywhere with Zola’s iPhone app
  • Have some fun with Blender: add products with a single swipe right on the iPhone app
  • Track all of your gifts with Gift Tracker and decide when you want each one shipped with Send it Later

Zola Registry

Zola Registry

And we’re excited to share that Green Wedding Shoes readers will receive $25 in Zola credit when a new wedding registry is set up with them! So if you’ve been wondering where to register, be sure to consider all the benefits of registering with Zola. Now is the perfect time to start your beautiful + personalized dream registry, filled with products you’re sure to love for years to come!

New registries must be started (but not necessarily published) between August 5th and November 5th, 2014. Credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account four weeks after a couple’s registry is published. To receive $25 in credit, be sure to create your registry using this link.

* This post is sponsored by Zola. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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