Jon Klassen Inspired California Forest Elopement

elopement

Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back is one of my favorite books to read to Sienna, so when I saw this ridiculously sweet styled elopement pop into my inbox, I have to say, I was super excited to share it with you all! While this shoot is only loosely based on the story, I’m convinced it will seriously inspire any of you who are planning an elopement or vow renewal. Imagine a beautiful, relaxed day slowly unfolding + filled with charming, yet simple, details: a hand-tied wildflower bouquet, a ride in an old VW bus to a secluded mountain top setting and fun paper goods based on your favorite children’s book.

Big thanks to Samantha Smith Arroyo for the beautiful photography and to Virginia Smith for the planning + design. Are any of you fans of I Want My Hat Back?

Jon Klassen inspiration

Jon Klassen inspiration

herbs

Jon Klassen inspiration

getting ready

picking flowers


If you are a fan of the book, you will recognize the sweet pup in the red hat as a nod to the book. He looks so adorable, doesn’t he?! :)

Jon Klassen inspiration

elopement

elopement

elopement

elopement


The shoot took place in the California mountain town of Idyllwild. Such a breathtaking setting, perfect for a romantic elopement.

elopement

elopement

elopement

flower crown

elopement


And be sure to check out this sweet video by Arroyo Films to see even more!


Thanks so much to the following artists for creating this inspiration + sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Samantha Smith Arroyo // planning + design: Virginia Smith // videography: Arroyo Films // paper goods: Design Smith Paper Arts // handmade paper mache’ masks: Miesmesa Berni // dress: Urban Outfitters

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A Rustic Meets Modern Los Angeles Wedding: Lindsey + Will

bride and groom

Lindsey + Will are both artists by trade and their work has taken the lead in their adventures together thus far. It brought them together, it was the reason they moved from Texas to Los Angeles and it played a big part in their rustic-meets-modern Los Angeles wedding. The clean lined, greenhouse-like feel of their venue, Elysian, set a fun, playful tone for the day and provided the perfect environment for Lindsey + Will to incorporate a slew of handmade details that helped tell their guests their story. And I love the relaxed approach they took when it came to planning. Here’s a bit more about that from Lindsey:

Will and I are a very laid back couple and rarely are we formal. We don’t stick to too many traditions, in fact the only tradition we kept for our wedding was we didn’t want to see each other the entire day before the ceremony. The rest we made up as we went along. What was most important to us, was that we threw a great party, where a wedding also happened to take place. The typical wedding decor and demeanor just isn’t our style, so we aimed for an artsy, rustic, and whimsical affair with good music, things to play with, a mountain of BBQ, and plenty to drink.

Big thanks to Jessica M. Wood Photography for sharing these gorgeous images with us today + congratulations to Lindsey + Will!

invitation

bridesmaids

bridesmaids

groomsmen


The pops of berry red throughout the bridal party attire (and wedding design) was a really lovely choice. It looks so great with their otherwise neutral color palette.

groomsmen

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

bride and groom


Love Lindsey’s boho flower crown by Ellamah!

flower crown

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

reception


And I’m just a little bit obsessed with the adorable place settings! The striped cutlery bags are the cutest!

wooden silverware

table numbers

After we were announced for our grand entrance, we sat in front of everyone at our sweetheart table. We couldn't stop remarking on how everything turned out just as we had imagined it. On top of that, there didn't seem to be one person that wasn't talking to another person - we had pulled it off! We were relieved, in love, and ready to enjoy our first party as husband and wife.

mr and mrs

menu

desserts

customized toppers

Processional: Bridal Party: Northern Lights – The Bowerbirds; Bride: These Days – Nico

Recessional: The Man in Me – Bob Dylan

First Dance: I Can't Stop Loving You – Ray Charles

first dance

Be true to yourself. Don't doubt yourself or your ideas. Be sure to choose things that you truly enjoy and that reflect you. Your guests will love anything you pick because you will be giving them a glimpse inside your world. Most importantly, have fun, and I mean SO much fun! This is your celebration!

photography: Jessica M. Wood Photography // venue: Elysian Los Angeles, California // event design: Bride // event planner: Kayla Ton of Pink Cloud 9 // floral design + flower crown: Ellamah // wedding dress: Grace Loves Lace // shoes: Aldo // bridesmaid dresses: Forever 21, Free People, Baby Mabels // hair + makeup: Johcelynn and Lindsay of Neihule Salon // groom suit: J. Crew // paper goods: Bride // catering: Baby Blues BBQ // cake: Frosted Cupcakery // dj: Red Shoe

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Elegant & Organic Fall Wedding Inspiration

white pumpkin walkway

When Desiree Shuey found a gorgeous ivory dress that she had purchased for an event years ago tucked away in the back of her closet, she knew she had to do something with it. Her wheels began turning and after a good amount of time was spent brainstorming, an elegant + organic fall inspired shoot began to take shape. As a self-proclaimed lover of autumn, she knew she wanted to incorporate lots of details that identify with the season – like pumpkins, candles, glass domes, and seasonal foliage – but with a more nontraditional palette of ivory, silver-y sage and rust. So many pretty details for all of you fall brides to be inspired by and pin for your big day!

white pumpkin walkway

white pumpkin walkway


An all-white aisle is so pretty + refined. Loving all the sizes + shapes of the pumpkins Desiree used.

white pumpkin walkway

white pumpkin walkway

fall inspired bouquet


And Collette Budd did a beautiful job creating arrangements that definitely have a fall-like feel, but incorporate Desiree’s fresh color palette.

fall table inspiration

white pumpkin place setting


The place settings are so, so sweet!

fall table inspiration

white pumpkin place setting

fall feathery centerpiece

fall feathery centerpiece

fall pumpkin bride

fall pumpkin bride

fall pumpkin bride


And the tiered naked cake by Sugarmomma perfectly fits the vibe of the shoot!

fall dessert table

fall dessert table

fall pumpkin inspired naked cake


Thank you so much to the creative folks below for sharing this elegant + organic fall wedding inspiration with us today. Hope everyone has a fun + spooky Halloween!

photography + design: Desiree Shuey // location: Lake Arrowhead, California // florist: Collette Budd // cake: Jessica Fonville of Sugarmomma // makeup + hair: Vanessa Irizarry of MUAH

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