Ethereal River Bridal Inspiration

Ethereal River Shoot

According to Lisa of Lisa’s Flor Decor, who styled + floral designed today’s stunning editorial, the inspiration for the design came from the three siren’s that lure you in with their beauty from the movie Oh brother, Where Art Thou. She wanted to incorporate water, pearls, shells and flowers to include the mythological roots of these “Sirens”, and her inventive interpretation is oh-so inspiring! We’re loving all of the delicate details paired with textural design elements and some of our favorite flowers + plants have made an appearance, too. (Hello, amazing air plant crown!) Check out the bohemian dreaminess, captured by Sarah Tamagni Photography below…

two piece wedding dress

Ethereal River Shoot

two piece wedding dress

The stunning boho dresses you’ll see are from The Collective Bride.

river ceremony florals

river ceremony florals

river ceremony florals

bouquet of long flowers

Ethereal River Shoot

Ethereal River Bride

airplant flower crown

Ethereal River Bride

There are 3 bouquets one being made of all succulents, another using sea shells, barnacles, and fungi, and last being flowing flowers. The floral necklace has quarts dripping from the bottom. The goddess in water covered in gauze is layered in pearls and crowned with a handmade chain link pearl halo. We wanted this to be natural and soft. 

flower necklace

airplant flower crown

Ethereal River Bride

vintage lock flower basket

lace arm gloves

flowers in a shell

vintage lock flower basket

Lisa chose to incorporate vintage barn pulleys into the floral design to reflect the beauty and power of these three river goddesses.

succulent river bouquet

succulent river bouquet

naked cake

river flower crown bride

Seriously dreamy, don’t you think? We love how wedding inspiration can truly come from so many amazing sources!

Thanks to the team below for sharing!

photography: Sarah Tamagni Photography // location: private residence // florals: Lisa’s Flor Decor // makeup: Graffiti Makeup Artistry // hair: Vanessa Gadow // cake: Whipped // dress: The Collective Bride // production assistant: Lacey Carney

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Shoe Love – Irvine Sandal from kate spade new york

Irvine Sandal by kate spade new york

We are so excited to unveil a brand new series here on GWS featuring one of our favorite accessories (I mean it’s in our name!) – shoes!! For this Shoe Love series, we’ll highlight a pair of shoes we are currently loving and show you how we’d pair them whether it be for your wedding day, attending a wedding or a party – or just for everyday fun! We hope you love it. :)

For our first post, we’ve partnered with one of our fave brands, kate spade new york, to show off why we love their Irvine Sandal. I love that the shoe can be dressed up or down and it has a pretty tall heel (which is great for a shorter gal like myself!) but it’s still super comfortable. The shoe comes in gold and aluminum (I’m wearing the gold pair in these pics).

Last week we ventured over to the Commissary which is a super cute restaurant in a greenhouse! Huge fan! It’s located at one of the hippest spots in LA, the LINE hotel and we used it as our backdrop to show how I’d style this shoe with photos from Jesse of Our Labor of Love.

Irvine Sandal by kate spade new york

31 bits jewelry

Big thanks to Fiore Beauty for dolling me up for the day!!

Irvine Sandal by kate spade new york

I love this floral Cynthia Rowley dress I borrowed from Rent the Runway – perfect pairing with the Irvine Sandal, right?!

Irvine Sandal by kate spade new york

Irvine Sandal by kate spade new york

Irvine Sandal by kate spade new york

31 bits jewelry

Irvine Sandal by kate spade new york

So much fun shooting these pics! And if you have an upcoming wedding to attend this August or Sept, I picked a few of my other favorite shoes from kate spade new york that I think would be so fab! I’d love to hear which ones you are loving!

Hope you guys loved this first post in our new series – next up we are going to highlight a perfect pair for the bride! Can’t wait to share and we are working on some more features for the fall. Happy shoe shopping friends!!

Oh, and we will be sharing even more Shoe Love over on the Green Wedding Shoes Instagram, so be sure to follow us there and search the hashtag #GWSshoelove for more of our fave shoes.

photos: Jesse Chamberlin for Our Labor of Love // HMU: Fiore Beauty // location: Commissary at the LINE Hotel in Los Angeles, CA // dress: Rent the Runway // bracelets: 31 Bits

* This post is sponsored by kate spade new york. All content, ideas, and words are by Green Wedding Shoes. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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Organic New Zealand Mountain Wedding: Anna + Sam

New Zealand Wedding

Anna + Sam are two people with incredible hearts and an insane calibre of achievements through the work they have done in some very needy places around the world. When planning their stunning mountain wedding in Anna’s home country of New Zealand, they aimed to capture the rugged beauty + laid back nature of the country and its people through deliberate, organic details + decor. Although they maintained hectic work schedules throughout their planning, by working long-distance with designer + planner, Kath, of One Fine Day, they were able to achieve their dream celebration without the added stress of organizing a wedding from afar. A + S tell us more below:

Given a lot of our friends and family would be traveling from overseas to be with us for the wedding, we wanted our day to capture some of our most of our favourite things about New Zealand, like an outdoors ceremony at the foot of some mountains, followed by a champagne picnic in a field, eating local cuisine from shared platters, drinking wine from the local vineyard and dancing in an old wool shed! We then focused the styling of the wedding around the landscape, with lots of greenery and wood, to give an organic, rustic feel.

Thanks so much to Danelle Bohane for the gorgeous photos and congrats to Anna + Sam on such a beautiful day!

New Zealand Wedding

wreatch invitation

white bouquet

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

My dress was from the Parisian designer Laure de Sagazan. I initially had very little luck finding anything that felt like ‘me’ in London, where I was based at the time, and that was appropriate for a laidback outdoors wedding in New Zealand. While looking at wedding blogs I stumbled across Laure de Sagazan, whose effortless bohemian Parisian style I immediately loved and thought would work with the outdoors wedding we wanted. 

New Zealand Wedding

ceremony sign

New Zealand Ceremony

New Zealand Ceremony

New Zealand Ceremony

We had a karanga, which is a traditional Maori (indigenous) welcome call, prior to our ceremony welcoming guests onto the land. A conch shell is blown and then two female callers (kaikaranga) representing the host and the visitors lead the visiting party onto the land. The calls between them pay homage to the tribe’s ancestors, the land and the mountains and those that have recently passed away. This was a very special way to include Anna’s heritage into our day.

vintage car

New Zealand Ceremony

New Zealand Ceremony

New Zealand Ceremony

New Zealand Ceremony

It was very meaningful for us to have our families there. Sam’s Dad has brain cancer, and in the lead up to the wedding we were not sure how is health would fare, or whether it would be possible for him to make the trip to New Zealand. This reality was always at the back of our minds while we planned everything, so it meant a lot to both of us to be able to have both sets of parents in the front row while we said our vows.

We both love getting off the beaten track, so taking a helicopter up to a remote mountain area just after we were married and going for a walk among the alpine tussock, looking out across the mountains and lakes and not being able to see any other signs of civilization was pretty amazing.

New Zealand Ceremony

flower girls

New Zealand Ceremony

New Zealand Ceremony

champagne

picnic

helicopter

Post vows, Anna + Sam jetted off for a quick helicopter ride, which was (naturally) one of Sam’s most favorite moments of the day!

helicopter

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

white bouquet

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

New Zealand Wedding

vintage car exit

New Zealand Wedding

seating chart

New Zealand Centerpiece

hanging greens

Roses Florist worked their magic with the dreamiest hanging greenery in the woolshed, along with perfectly imperfect wildflower-inspired centerpieces on every table.

New Zealand Centerpiece

plate setting

New Zealand Centerpiece

plate setting

naked cake

new zealand reception

new zealand reception

Make a weekend of it. It is a very rare occasion (for us probably the only occasion) to have so many friends and family in one place, and it’s nice to make this time last. We had a welcome drinks at a local pub the night before we got married (with a cash bar) and a post-wedding brunch the next day, which turned into a long lazy afternoon in the sun eating leftover cake and reliving the best moments of the actual wedding day with all our favourite people. By the end of the weekend we felt we had really had the chance to catch up with all our guests in a meaningful way.

photography: Danelle Bohane // planning + design: Kath MacKenzie of One Fine Day // venue: Moke Lake and The Old Woolshed, Peregrine Vineyard in Queenstown, New Zealand // florals + flower crown: Roses Florist // catering: Karuna Fine Cuisine // cake: Cup & Cake // decorative elements (bunting, straws, plates, balloons, garlands etc): One Fine Day, The China Cabinet // signage: POP Creative // entertainment: L.A. Social Club // celebrant: Tracy MacLaren // wedding dress: Laure de Sagazan // veil: Girl with a Serious Dream // shoes: Chloe // accessories (earrings, bracelets, anklets, barefoot sandals etc): Stephanie Brown // hair: Hush Spa // makeup: J.E.T Makeup // bridesmaid dresses: Liam Collection from Ruby // groom’s suit: Zeglio // groom’s shirt: Hugo Boss // groom’s shoes: Allen Edmonds

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