Ice Castle Engagement Session: Allison + George

Ice Castle engagement

In five years when we think back to some of our most fave e-sesh backdrops, guaranteed this one will still stand out in our minds + top the list. Knowing it would be a jaw-dropping spot to capture a one-of-a-kind engagement session, photographer, Annmarie Swift brought Allison + George to Ice Castle in New Hampshire for a few very key reasons. She says, When I first saw photos of this perfectly gorgeous background, I knew it would be a great location for an engagement shoot and the perfect color palette and texture to pair with a couple so smitten with each other, they almost don’t know how impressive their surroundings are. We can definitely feel the love!

Ice Castle engagement

Ice Castle engagement

Ice Castle engagement

That pop of bright icy blue! Just wow…

Ice Castle engagement

Ice Castle engagement

Ice Castle engagement

Ice Castle engagement

Ice Castle engagement

Ice Castle engagement

Ice Castle engagement

Ice Castle engagement

A + G are so cute together. We’ve just gotta hear all about how they met! Allison spills the story below:

Our love story is not quite as glamorous as our engagement photos shot by Annmarie Swift Photography, but our story is certainly unique! George and I met while attending Northeastern University during a Cinco de Mayo celebration at our campus pub. I remember noticing how handsome George was… tall, dark, and he seemed really suave. So suave, in fact, that seconds after we were introduced, George spilled an entire pitcher of beer directly on his lap. Isn’t that romantic? Now, I know what you are thinking; pitchers of beer, college bar, Cinco de Mayo, or more importantly, why wasn’t it a pitcher of margaritas? After casual, sombrero-wearing conversation while George was sopping up the beer from his lap, we exchanged numbers. I know every woman will be shocked to hear this, but the tall, dark handsome man from the bar never called me! George and I agree on the story up to this point, but diverge from here; George claims that weeks later, I sent him a BBM (remember those?) reading “I didn’t give you my phone number for you to NOT text me.” I have a hard time believing I was so direct, but if I was, I don’t regret it for a minute.

Fast forward five years later, during a romantic ski getaway, George got down on one knee atop the summit of Bretton Woods. With a shaking, stammering voice asked, “Would you make me the happiest woman alive?” It was really, really funny and still makes me laugh to this day.

We have traded in our college, beer drinking lives for careers and medical school in New York City. Although we are both busy, our time together is filled with impromptu-interpretive dance parties, cooking, and enjoying our sweet rescue dog named Beans.

Adorable! Congrats you guys + best wishes for a sweet life together!

photography: Annmarie Swift Photography // location: Ice Castle, New Hampshire

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Organic Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

Terrain inspiration

Couples tying the knot these days have endless options for making their celebration as beautiful as it is unique. Familiar with that fact themselves, Lauren and the team at Belovely, wanted to share some ways that brides + grooms-to-be could create a gorgeous wedding ceremony using vintage furniture rather than the standard chair set ups. It took absolutely no convincing to get us on board with that idea!

Lauren tells it, Using mismatched vintage chairs is a very popular option for ceremony set ups, however we feel that companies, such as Maggpie Vintage Rentals, are constantly sourcing and collecting new items allowing the newly engaged even more options that they maybe can’t envision or haven’t thought of yet. Their Grace Double Seated Pews offer such a perfect way to seat your guests (in pairs! how romantic?!) while still giving your wedding a warmth and retro vibe.

Let’s take a peek at the setting Lauren designed, captured on camera by Colleen Stepanian

airplant bouquet

hanging dress

airplant bouquet

The Belovely girls also executed the shoot’s pretty florals. From a pretty air plant bouquet, to a full ceremony installation, the palette and ingredients are totally on point!

boho terrain ceremony space

orange boho florals

vintage display pieces

boho rugs

We’re still majorly loving vintage rug-lined aisles. What about you?

garland aisle runner

boho terrain ceremony space

Anna Campbell wedding dress

Head over heels for that dress? We are! It’s by Anna Campbell from Lovely Bride for all those curious inquiring minds.

Anna Campbell wedding dress

boho terrain inspiration

orange airplant bouquet

Terrain inspiration

Elisha Caplan veil

Terrain inspiration

Terrain inspiration

Elisha Caplan veil

^^ What a great shot! ^^

Terrain inspiration

Terrain inspiration

Guys! Tell us about your ceremony ideas or any unique pieces your incorporating into your day. Just leave a comment below.

And big thanks to the following creatives for sharing this lovely organic-meets-bohemian editorial today!

photography: Colleen Stepanian Photography // planning, design + florals: Belovely // venue: Terrain at Styers Glen Mills, Pennsylvania // rentals: Maggpie Vintage Rentals // dress: Anna Campbell from Lovely Bride // headpiece + veil: Elisha Caplan // models: Elizabeth & Patrick Ferguson // hair + makeup: Gina of True Beauty Marks

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Handcrafted Yellow-Inspired Wedding: Wendy + Adrian

yellow umbrella portrait

When we heard that Wendy has been an avid daily reader of GWS for years, we were crazy flattered to say the least. The ultimate fun for us is seeing a faithful reader create their dream celebration after finding all their inspiration right here. Totally the best + what it’s all about!

When it came to the look + feel of her big day, which was captured by the amazing Priscila Valentina, we were immediatley in love with everything Wendy + her main squeeze, Adrian, dreamt up.  Seriously inspired by the color yellow (too fun!), she told us how she + Adrian are far from traditional as a couple, so traditions that didn’t speak to them had absolutely no place in their celebration. A message we think is worth sharing time + time again. Let’s hear more from the sweet bride below:

When it came to wedding planning, anything went. I had been pinning for years, reading GWS daily, spent hours of crafting, building, gluing, sewing, and designing this wedding. I vetted vendors from GWS. And GWS gave me the ideas and encouragement to not only decorate the way we wanted but to design this wedding from the ground up with what we envisioned as a “best day ever”.

colorful floral invitation

wedding rings

colorful ribbon bouquets

A big, ‘ol YES to those ultra fun + colorful bouquets by Petal Floral!

floral bridal robes

yellow and pink peony bouquet

yellow and pink peony bouquet

flower girl and ring bearer kiss

We love that Wendy + Adrian made their day entirely about the them and their two adorable little ones!

lace crown flower girl

mustard yellow bridesmaids

mustard yellow bridal heels

billy ball fan boutonniere

yellow and pink bouquet

tan suit groom with bow tie

groomsmen on a couch

Loving all the pops of yellow!

groomsmen with yellow umbrellas

tan suit groomsmen

bride

yellow inspired wedding

highland springs resort wedding

highland springs resort wedding

highland springs resort wedding

highland springs resort wedding

Seriously, Priscila Valentina can do no wrong! Such pretty + fun snaps of W + A!

bride and groom with animal mask

vintage yellow doors

floral illustration welcome sign

Love this ceremony set-up and, really, every single wedding detail – DIY by Wendy + Tasteful Tatters!

wooden direcitons

yellow ceremony program

ribbon toss

here comes the bride sign

colorful highland springs resort wedding

colorful highland springs resort wedding

colorful highland springs resort wedding

colorful highland springs resort wedding

A month before the wedding I got really ill, a couple hospital visits and a biopsy later, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I could not even have a bite of our own wedding cake. To add to the stress, when we choose our date we understood it “could” rain but this is southern California and We’re in a serious drought, the odds of it raining were slim. Ummm no, it forecasted rain all week, it poured the night before. I literally thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown.

My wedding planner, Emilee Hegg of Tasteful Tatters turned into my shrink that week. I will never be able to repay her. I scrambled, ordered umbrellas from Bella Umbrella, yellow wellies just in case, got the bridesmaids sweaters ,tired to get jackets for the guys at the last minute (hence why one doesn’t have one); Boots from Joyfolie for Gracie. Then the week got worse, my husband’s parents got sick and could not attend, and while Adrian was on the phone with his parents, my son cut off my daughter’s hair. I literally felt like I was holding my breath the entire time afraid it would down pour on our heads at any moment. It did rain that morning as we were setting up and even as I said I do, I was holding my breath. But as soon as we said I do, and not a drop was shed on anyone’s head, and they were all safe within the tent, I finally relaxed.

As I entered the tent, all the work was visible. It was majestic inside. The music played for our first dance and I swear in that moment everything was worth it. We had our first dance as husband and wife and then Van Morrison’s ‘into the mystic” played and we motioned for our babies to join us. I danced with our son and my husband with our daughter. It was sheer bliss. The entire world faded away and I knew this was what true happiness felt like.

colorful highland springs resort wedding

colorful highland springs resort wedding

colorful highland springs resort wedding

mustard yellow wedding party

colorful chevron reception

Such a stunning scene, right?! To get the look from Wendy + Adrian’s gorgeous day, shop with us below or shoot Wendy an email – thehomespuncollective {at} yahoo {dot} com – she will be taking on a few installation projects this year!

nail string art

vintage decor lounge

yellow chevron table runners

vintage fabric tag escort cards

vintage crates

embroidery hoop table numbers

vintage bottle bud vases

colorful sweetheart table

heart centerpiece decor

embroidery hoop table numbers

colorful chevron reception

Processional: Bridal Party: Follow you into the dark – Death Cab for Cutie + Once Soundtrack – Falling Slowly; Bride: Thousand Years – Christina Perri

Recessional: Best day of my life – American Authors

First Dance: Bride + Groom: I won’t give up – Jason Mraz; With their Kids: Into the Mystic – Van Morrison

first dance

chalkboard bar sign

succulent favors

custom clay cake topper

colorful cake

sparklers

Choose your vendors wisely. I still know without a doubt that I could not have pulled it all off without an amazing team of vendors that supported me when all indications were that this might not be the vision I had dreamt of. They went the extra mile to make it beautiful. Plan, Plan and Plan some more. Things can always go as expected but sometimes they don’t and if you have contingencies in place then you can fall back on those. Highland Springs Resort had a tent so even though it was not going to be side walled, when the weather kicked in we had that as a back up. We didn’t plan on having to get a Gluten Free cake or food but it all worked out because we prepared.

On that day, no matter what happens you will be husband and wife and that is truly all that matters. The people that show up are there to witness your love as a couple. They will not know that the umbrellas were last minute or that the escort card display was supposed to be outside. And don’t forget to have fun. It is your day, if you hire the best, then on that day you will be able to sit back, let them do what they do best and enjoy your wedding.

photography: Priscila Valentina // venue: Highland Springs Resort Cherry Valley, California // wedding design + DIY projects: Bride and Emilee Hegg // wedding planning: Emilee Hegg of Tasteful Tatters // florals + flower crown: Petal Floral // wedding dress: Demetrio’s Bride // hairpieces + jewelry: David’s Bridal // shoes: Lady Party Mary Jane from Ebay // bridesmaid dresses: Weddington Way, Wtoo // hair + makeup: 1011 Make up // groom’s suit: Mens Wearhouse // flower girl dress: Pippy Lou, Alterations and customized by friend of the bride // flower girl capelet: Made by friend of the bride // flower girl crown + boutonniere: Made by Bride // flower girl boots: Joy Folie // bow ties: Tie Bar // suspenders: Suspender Store // videography: Max and Molly Films // paper goods: Chicks N’ Hens, Minted // succulent favors: San Pedro Cactus // catering + cake: Highland Springs Resort – Grand Oak Steakhouse // sweets: Martha Greens // gluten free cake: Muffin Top Bakery  // cake topper: Lollipop Workshop  // rentals: Circa Vintage Rentals // officiant: Rev. Judith L. DeMarco // music: Alan Meade of 5 Star Mobile DJ // umbrellas: Bella Umbrella // bridesmaid’s robes: Silk and More // vintage dishes, jars, tables + antiques: Collected by bride // centerpiece boxes, cake wall, cake stands, alter installation, table numbers, garlands, other DIY items: Bride – thehomespuncollective@yahoo.com // vintage handkerchiefs: Ebay // fabric: Fabric, Joanns

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