Retro-Woodsy Mountain Wedding: Elisabeth + Mike

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Elisabeth + Mike are an adorable, fun-loving couple who’s style is a little quirky and filled with personality. They love all things vintage + retro and wanted to infuse that nostalgic goodness into their handmade Nor-Cal mountain wedding. They chose a vibrant color palette of mustard yellow + mint green and DIY’d every last detail – big and small! They also incorporated nods to their extensive travels and Mike’s Mexican heritage in the form of thoughtful details + delicious cuisine. Sounds like a wedding that would have been such a blast to attend! :)

From Elisabeth, Our main goal was to make the day a fun and memorable experience for our families and guests – we really wanted our wedding to be a great time and feel like a celebration for everyone involved.  We tried to add in a lot of details about Mike and I as a couple so that it would also feel intimate.  We didn’t really have a strict theme, but the general idea behind our decorations was vintage/travel/rustic.  Mike and I lived in Dubai and have traveled to about 20 countries together so we tried to incorporate that passion into our decorations by using old maps and vintage travel postcards for our table numbers.  Our venue, The Brazil Room, is located right in the middle of the woods, so we thought that rustic would be the most appropriate type of decorations so that we weren’t fighting against the beautiful scenery of our venue!

Thanks so much to onelove photography for sharing these super lovely images with us today + congratulations to Elisabeth + Mike!

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It’s difficult to choose the most memorable moment of the day, but I loved our “first look” – it was a great to have a private moment together before the whirlwind of the day really started. We were able to just smile at each other and feel the excitement of the day.

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Ok how much do you love the playful bridal party attire?! The ladies picked out their own dresses (and some even hand-dyed their frocks to be the perfect shade of yellow!) and Elisabeth’s “Men of Honor” wore super stylish mustard pants!

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Vintage postcards + no. 2 pencils (since Elisabeth is a school teacher!) were left at each place setting to encourage guests to jot down their well wishes for the duo. And the succulent centerpieces were hand-grown and potted by Elisabeth + Mike!

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As soon as I got engaged, a friend told me, “No matter what, you can’t please everyone, so just make the day exactly what you want it to be”. That was great advice for me, because I definitely try to make everyone happy. If that is your goal throughout the planning process, you are going to add an incredible amount of stress to the process!

photographer: onelove photography // event planner + bouquets/boutonnieres: Charmed Events Group // centerpieces: Bride // venue: Brazilian Room at Tilden Regional Park Berkeley, California // cake: Cake Lafayette // cupcakes: Republic of Cake // hair + make up: Lela Nguyen // wedding dress: Alma by Pronovias // videography: Storymix Media // invitations: Tupy Boutique // save the date: Nostalgic Imprints // dj: Larry Rodriguez // ceremony music: Jerry Encoe (friend) // cocktail hour music: Mariachi Trio Guitarras de Mexico // menus + ceremony programs: bride // catering: Carrie Dove Catering

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist Galleryonelove photography is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Timeless Bridal Headpieces + Accessories by Olivia

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If you’re looking for a sophisticated + stylish accessory to complete your bridal ensemble, be sure to check out the ultra lovely pieces in the new collection from Olivia. At Olivia, attention to detail is their thing. Every piece is carefully handcrafted using the finest materials. The latest collection has a beautiful art deco vibe, with details like stunning crystal beading, millinery tassels + artful appliqués. Take a peek…

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And some fun news! Olivia  is generously giving away a beautiful bridal adornment to one lucky GWS reader! Just fill out the form below and let us know which piece from the new collection is your favorite! If you don’t want to wait to enter, shop the new collection now + use the code GWS14 to receive 10% off! (Coupon code is valid until February 28, 2014.) Thanks Olivia, for this exciting opportunity!

**This contest is now over. Congrats to Tanya H who was our lucky winner!**

photography: Hilary Van Dyke // dress: Ramona Keveza // hair: Carver Johnson // make up: Jasmin Nyack // model: Lilla Mihalik

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Hair Tutorial: Soft Glam Hair

DIY Soft Glam Hair

This afternoon we have a lovely hair tutorial that our friend Heather Chapman is sharing with us! Perfect for those of you looking for romantic, timeless glam look for your hair. :)

Begin by choosing a timeless, decorative headband. This one is from Mignonne Handmade.

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1. Section hair diagonally across the head from left temple to right nape. Divide sections, clipping away the right section & securing the left section at the bottom right nape.

2. Take down the hair on the right that you have clipped out of the way & using a 1″ curling wand, (or curling iron) curl all of the hair towards the face. Let the hair cool for 10 minutes in it’s curled state.

3. After the hair has cooled, brush through all of the hair with a paddle brush. The waves will start to appear. It’s okay if it is just a subtle wave. Place the wave how you would like to see it frame the face & position with clips. Then hairspray. Let sit for two minutes.

4. Take the clips out of the waves. Gently gather then entire section that you curled, bang section as well, and twist towards the face. Once twisted, carefully start to pull out pieces of the twist to “rough up” the twist. This adds amazing texture!!

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At this point, you will put on the headband (see above). Still holding on to your textured twist, take the tiniest pinch of hair at the bottom of the twist, hold it & with your other hand, push the rest of the hair towards the head. Pin to your liking. Take the left section (the one you put into a low pony) and repeat the twist, pull & push. Pin as well.

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So pretty, right?! Thanks again to Heather Chapman for this lovely hair tutorial and to K. Mari Photography for the photos.

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