Dreamy Vintage-Inspired Florida Camp Wedding: Val + Lee – Part 1

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Boy do we have a treat for you lovelies today – a beyond gorgeous two part camp wedding feature from the ever-talented Elizabeth Messina! Val + Lee are all kinds of adorable + they just so happen to be the very lucky winners of Cupcake Vineyards’ “Love Deliciously Dream Wedding” contest, which took place via Pinterest last year. As the winners, they were gifted with the ultimate wedding package, which included photography by Elizabeth as well as the brilliant design + planning services of Alison Events. We’re super in love with their dreamy, laid-back day and all of the romantic + ethereal details they incorporated into their celebration! Val shares a bit more about their inspiration with us below:

Lee and I are both adventurers, we love the outdoors, love hiking, camping, canoeing, etc. Mixed with our appreciation for design and movies, we decided the inspiration for our wedding would be Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom. The first big element to reflect our style was our venue; a remote private campground in the middle of the Ocala National Forest, with a 1930’s refurbished dining hall. We incorporated details such as a canvas tent, oil lamps, a custom made flag that said “Camp Waters”, small design elements such as stamps that also mentioned our camp, and  even vintage inspired postcards for our guests to fill in with best wishes and funny remarks for us.

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getting ready

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Val wore the most ethereal gown by Chaviano Couture, which she paired with a delicate halo headpiece by Twigs & Honey. We’re madly in love with her romantic + sophisticated look!

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And that’s a pinworthy bouquet if we ever did see one! It’s the gorgeous creation of the San Francisco based floral studio, Natalie Bowen Designs. Loving that giant king protea!

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bridesmaids in gray

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rustic cermeony

rustic cermeony

rustic cermeony

So hard to pick one!!! There were two that really stayed with me.

1. At the altar, when Keith, our officiant and friend was reciting the ceremony of hands, and Lee and I held hands, my eyes started welling up. I couldn't hold the tears any longer, but had completely forgotten to bring with me my handkerchief, and as my first tear fell down my cheek, Lee took out from his pocket his handkerchief, and gave it to me. It was so tender, so impromptu, but so, so perfectly sweet.

2. At the end of the night when all our friends and family gathered at the dance floor to dance the last song with us. As Lee and I held hands and jumped up and down, it was as if time slowed down; we could see so much joy and love in the faces of all those present. It was a wonderful moment, to feel so much support and blessings from those we love.

rustic cermeony

rustic cermeony

rustic cermeony

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bride and groom


Such a pretty, muted palette…

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wedding party

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bride and groom

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Seriously gorgeous, right!? Be sure to check back in a bit for Part 2, where we share highlights from Val + Lee’s stunning reception!


photography: Elizabeth Messina // wedding planning: Alison Events Planning & Design // venue: Lake Doe Campground in Umatilla, Florida // catering: Green Coat Catering // florals: Natalie Bowen Designs // wedding dress: Chaviano Couture // bridal headpiece: Twigs and Honey // bridal jewelry: Free People // bridesmaids dresses: Katie of Coralie Beatrix // groom’s attire: J.Crew // dish rentals: Dishie Rentals // décor: Wish Vintage Rentals // linens: La Tavola // dj + lighting: Jacob // ceremony + cocktail music: Landon Pontius // officiant: Keith Kolakowski // cake + desserts: Michelle Calabro, Owner of Bakers Cottage Cakes // hair + makeup: Shelby George // robes: Girl with a Serious Dream // tent: Shelter-co // invitations + paper goods: Designed by Lee and Val, Owners & Founders of 48 Savvy Sailors // invitations: Letterpressed by Mama’s Sauce

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryTwigs & Honey is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Zola Wedding Registry

Zola Registry

Wedding registries sure have come a long way and Zola is one of our faves yet. Wondering why? They’re the only site that allows couples to register for products, experiences, honeymoon and cash funds – all with a single checkout. Geared toward modern couples who love to have a good time, Zola allows you to create a one-of-a-kind registry that reflects your personal tastes and unique story. Love that!

Zola Registry

Here are a few more reasons why we love Zola:

  • All In One Place: Zola is the only site that allows couples to register for products, experiences, honeymoon and cash funds, all with a single checkout. We know that modern couples want to register for gifts from several stores, so they also make it possible for couples to import any product from any store.
  • Tell Your Story: Couples can customize their Zola registry to make it as beautiful as the rest of their wedding experience with photos, notes to their guests, a custom URL, and custom collections to organize their gifts.
  • Group Gifting: Couples can register for their dream item without feeling price-conscious, as multiple people can contribute towards one gift.
  • Control Over Gifts: Couples can choose when they want each gift shipped and do virtual exchanges online before it is sent. Long gone are the days when cardboard boxes pile up in hallways and you exhaust time and energy returning items you never wanted in the first place.

Because choice is at the very core of Zola’s user experience, we’ve paired some of their thoughtfully curated activities for couples with products that will both be useful during the activity and ignite the couple’s memories of partaking in those wonderful activities each time they use them long after their honeymoon – whether you are registering for your own gifts or giving one to a friend! For example, take a couple’s surfing lesson + pair it with pretty new beach towels that will come in handy after walking out of the surf and be a snuggly reminder of the day they first got up on their boards. Or sign up for a fun beer tasting + pair it with a gorgeous set of beer glasses for your home, so you can reminisce about the tasty brews you enjoyed each time you sip your favorite beer for years to come . The options are endless – especially since group gifting allows multiple people to contribute towards your dream gift. Your wedding is one of the most personal days of your life + your registry should reflect that!

Zola Surf Lessons

Zola Beer Tasting

Zola Pizza Making

And friends, we have some exciting news to share! Zola is offering engaged Green Wedding Shoes readers $25 in Zola credits when you set up your wedding registry with them. Create your dream registry + start envisioning your future story together now.

New registries must be created between March 25th – April 25th, but the registry does not need to be published until the couple is ready. Credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account four weeks after a couple’s registry is published live. To receive the $25 in credits, you must use this link.

Bride + groom photo by Marion Heurteboust

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Crafty Wedding Inspiration in a Vintage Warehouse

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If we know you guys as well as we think we do, we’re guessing that first image has already sucked you in BIG time! I mean, that yarn backdrop is totally to die for, right? We’re stoked to say there is lots more gorgeousness where that came from! Lindye Galloway outdid herself on this one, with tons of inspirational boho-inspired yarn elements, and The Vines Leaf followed suit with super lush + vibrant florals that are sure to leave you just a little speechless. As some of you will probably recognize, this shoot took place in Found Vintage Rentals‘ awesome warehouse + some of our fave pieces from their inventory are incorporated throughout. Yep, it’s a total swoonfest + we’re so glad Jasmine Star was there to perfectly capture it all…

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From Lindye, Resting in front of a reclaimed wood wall in the warehouse was the ceremony alter. The backdrop featured thousands of pieces of yarn dripping from the wall and adorned with a gorgeous clustering of flowers at the top.

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vintage warehouse inspiration

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vintage warehouse inspiration

vintage warehouse inspiration

vintage warehouse inspiration

vintage warehouse bouquet


The pretty invitation suite from Copper Willow Paper Studio was a perfect match for the crafty aesthetic!

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vintage warehouse inspiration

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And major love for this eye-catching yarn chandelier!

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yarn name tag

vintage warehouse inspiration

vintage warehouse inspiration

yarn inspired cake


Even the cake was a perfect fit! Love the yarn detailing. Thanks so much to the talented team of creatives below for sharing their crafty + inspirational ideas with us today!

photography: Jasmine Star // event design: Lindye Galloway // florals: The Vines Leaf // wedding dress: Ferndale’s Bridal // bridal accessories: Olivia Nelson // hair + makeup: Beauty By Melina // paper goods: Copper Willow Paper Studio // cake: Sweet And Saucy Shop // rentals + venue: Found Vintage Rentals

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryFound Vintage Rentals and Sweet and Saucy Shop are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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