Hawaiian Watercolor Wedding Inspiration

watercolor Maui inspiration

Jessica Haley PhotographyStacie Shea EventsOpihi Love + Mandy Grace Floral & Event Design – the team behind today’s unique wedding editorial, wanted to create a rich backstory for their shoot + design a “City meets Maui” environment. They dreamt up the idea of an NYC couple planning a destination wedding on the islands + created a setting filled with a watercolor palette and lots of pretty ideas! Let’s hear a bit more about it all from Stacie of Stacie Shea Events:

My idea for the shoot started with the fabrics from Lulie Wallace as my inspiration. Her fabrics, painting and designs are incredibly joyful, bright, and vibrant. I wanted to pair the uniqueness of the Cliff House with beautiful pinks, violets, golds, and oranges. I wanted to tie in modern touches with beautiful gold highlights. Our vision was to utilize romantic beach elements paired with the modern, acrylic touches. We wanted brides to picture the water, the breeze and the nature of this beautiful venue, and try to capture the overall essence of an event that would happen there.

The Cliff House at Montage Hotel

The Cliff House at Montage Hotel

illustrative watercolor invitation

watercolor Maui inspiration

The inspiration behind the invitation suite (by Social Alchemy) came from the thought of the New York skyline vs. the Maui ‘skyline’. Using the art of watercolor as a theme throughout, hand-drawing the skylines (for the save the date, and the envelope liner) and the cliff house (menus) seemed to come together.

illustrative watercolor invitation

watercolor-styled-07

ghost chairs

watercolor Maui inspiration

vintage pink floral shaped plate

tropical flowers

watercolor maui tablescape

colorful watercolor menu

watercolor Maui inspiration

watercolor Maui inspiration

pink cocktail

We’re ALL about these colorful tropical cocktails! Yum :)

cocktail bar

floral cocktail

floral cocktail

And that ombre watercolor cake was the perfect finishing touch!

purple ombre layered cake

watercolor Maui inspiration

watercolor Maui inspiration

watercolor Maui inspiration

Check out the film by Sunlit Films to see more:

What a pretty dose of inspo! We’re dreaming of a little island getaway ourselves now. Thanks to everyone below for sharing!

Aloha, friends!

photography: Jessica Haley Photography // event design: Stacie Shea Events // design + decor: Opihi Love // florals: Mandy Grace Floral & Event Design // venue: The Cliff House at Montage Hotel Kapalua Bay Lahaina in Maui, Hawaii // rentals: Island Rents // tabletop rentals: Set Maui // linens: BBJ Linen, Lulie Wallace – luliewallace@gmail.com // cake: Cake Fanatics // catering: Garnish Events // paper goods: Social Alchemy // videography: Sunlit Films

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Eclectic, Handmade Ranch Wedding: Danielle + Logan

eclectic peter strauss wedding

While we love a light and airy design plan as much as the next girl, sometimes something a bit more dramatic can really make our heads turn. Danielle + Logan’s amazing wedding is one beautiful example of what we’re talking about! These guys took eclectic to the next level, deciding that nothing was off limits in terms of ideas. Danielle explains, Whatever popped into our minds, we said let’s throw it in and make it work. How much do you love that mindset?! Before we dive into the beautiful photos, let’s hear a bit more about their inspiration behind the day:

We are all over the place so we decided it’s ok to go against what everything says about what you should or shouldn’t do. We knew we wanted a long farm style dinner. so we had one long table with 100 guests with really really good food. We love games so we had bocce ball and badmitton and a giant Jenga set was our “guest book” that they signed the blocks instead of some book we would never look at again. We love taxidermy so we incorporated that as well. 

Thanks so much to Laura Goldenberger for the beautiful photography and congrats to Danielle + Logan on such a perfect day!

ombre wedding invitation

L'Ezu wedding dress

ivory bridesmaids

ivory bridesmaids

Danielle carried a mega-awesome bouquet by Twig & Twine, who also crafted Logan and the groomsmen’s berry-toned bouts. The rest of the florals you’ll see throughout are a result of the handiwork of the bride + groom!

deep red peony bouquet

ivory bridesmaids

ivory bridesmaids

black suit groomsmen

peter strauss first look

Peter Strauss wedding

Peter Strauss wedding

lace edged veil

D kind of takes our breath away in her custom made by L’ezu gown + veil!

L'Ezu wedding dress

red lip brde

Peter Strauss wedding

Peter Strauss wedding

Peter Strauss wedding

wedding rings on rug

Peter Strauss Ranch in Agoura Hills, California looks like such a cool venue. The built-in arena seating is so amazingly perfect for a dramatic wedding ceremony!

Peter Strauss wedding

chalkboard sign

bougainvillea arbor

peter strauss ceremony

peter strauss ceremony

peter strauss ceremony

Peter Strauss wedding

bougainvillea arbor

peter strauss ceremony

Peter Strauss wedding

bougainvillea arbor

Processional: Wild Horses – Rolling Stones + To Be Treated – Terry Reid

Recessional: Jump in the Line – Harry Belafonte

First Dance: Victim of Love – Charles Bradley

peter strauss ceremony

eclectic wedding party

We love, love the bridal party attire + all the gold + berry-tone decor these guys went with! Shop with us to Get the Look below:

wedding sign

lawn games

wedding swing

watercolor sign

long farm table dinner

photo tree

long farm table dinner

red amaranthus table decor

ombre menu with airplant

goat skull and gold candles

Peter Strauss wedding

Peter Strauss wedding

Sitting at our one long wedding table looking right and left seeing all the people we love toasting and breaking bread together.

Peter Strauss wedding

peony cake topper

lantern lighting

If you do a lot of DIY, then plan to work a lot...but in the end it will make it that more rewarding and special.

photography: Laura Goldenberger Photography // venue: Peter Strauss Ranch Agoura Hills, California // event design + planning: DIY // florals: DIY // bride’s bouquet + boutonnieres: Twig & Twine // wedding dress: custom made by L’ezu // hairpieces: L’ezu // shoes: Ann Taylor Blue Suede Shoes // bridesmaid dresses: Jarlo London and Reformation // makeup: Leah Carmichael // bride’s hair: Noelle Messreni // bridesmaid’s hair: Lori Huitron // groom suit: Midnight blue tux rented from The Black Tux // rentals: A Connection Rentals //  paper goods: Minted and Wedding Paper Divas // catering + cake: Little Nelly Catering // music: DIY iPod playlist // cocktail hour + dinner music: Richard Bernard

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryLaura Goldenberger Photography, Minted, and Wedding Paper Divas are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Caramelized Onion and Prosciutto Pizza Recipe from Camille Styles

Onion Prosciutto Pizza

We know that most newlyweds are all about making their new house a home, so today we’re excited to share the news that our friend + founder of Camille Styles, Camille, just launched her first book + it’s available starting NOW! Camille Styles Entertaining shares delicious recipes, festive decor, and inspirational celebration ideas for every season. And we happen to think it would make a perfect engagement party or wedding gift for those stylish, soon-to-be-wed friends of yours! Check out a little peek into the pages and don’t miss a recipe for that delish-looking caramelized onion + prosciutto pizza above!

Onion Prosciutto Pizza

Pizza Party

Caramelized Onion + Prosciutto Pizza

makes one 10 – inch pizza

- 1 tablespoon butter

- 1 white or sweet onion, sliced

- 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme

- 1 teaspoon sugar

- ½ teaspoon kosher salt

- 1 four-ounce ball Perfect Pizza Dough (page 293) or store-bought dough, at room temperature

- Garlic-Infused Oil and Butter Sauce

- ½ cup grated fresh mozzarella

- 6 to 8 very thin slices prosciutto

- 2 cups baby arugula

- Extra-virgin olive oil

 

To caramelize the onion, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until just tender, about 6 minutes. Add the thyme, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until the onion is golden, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle the sugar over the onion and sauté 20 more minutes, until the onion is golden brown, reduced, and very sweet. If the pan gets dry, add a little water so that the onion doesn’t burn. Set aside to cool (this can be done a day in advance and kept in the refrigerator).

Preheat the grill, one side on high and one side on low. Roll out the dough according to the “Steps to the Perfect Pizza” (page 294). Gather all your toppings (onion, garlic-infused sauce, mozzarella, prosciutto, and arugula), plus your dough and oil, on a large tray, and head out to the grill.

Using my two-temperature grilling technique, grill the first side of the pizza. Flip when ready and then brush the pizza evenly with garlic-infused sauce and top with the caramelized onion and mozzarella. Close the hood, and when the cheese is melted, transfer the pizza to a cutting board.

Top the pizza with the prosciutto and arugula. Cut into wedges and serve.

 

Garlic-Infused Oil and Butter Sauce

- 4 garlic cloves, chopped

- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

- 4 tablespoons (½ stick) butter, melted

In a small saucepan, bring the garlic and oil to a simmer and then reduce the heat to low and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, until the garlic starts to brown. Turn off the heat and then whisk in the melted butter in a steady stream until combined.

Camille Styles Book

 For more information about Camille Styles Entertaining, including where to buy it and info on tour dates, click here.

Congrats, Camille, and thanks for sharing a fun recipe from your book with us today!!

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