Gorgeous Nature Inspired Big Sur Wedding: Robin + Shah

big sur cliffside

If you’ve never been to Big Sur (California), we highly recommend moving it up near the top of your list of places to see. With nothing but beauty for as far as the eye can see, it’s truly a breathtaking + otherworldly experience. So we obvs didn’t question for a second why Robin + Shah would choose it to be the backdrop for their big day. With the styling help of the ladies at Hello Gem + the incredible floral design eye of Honey & Poppies, it’s safe to say this celebration is one for the books. Without distracting from one bit of Big Sur’s natural beauty, the team was able to create a setting that was detailed, beautiful, and perfectly Robin + Shah…

From the bride, The first trip we ever took together was to visit Big Sur and, ever since then, it has always held a special place in our hearts. We took many vacations there over the last few years and made some amazing memories. So when we got engaged, we knew that there was no other place that we would consider getting married. It is such a naturally beautiful place and we wanted that beauty to shine through by keeping things simple. Everything about the wedding stayed true to our style and our love for nature. Throughout the whole process we made sure to not give into any pressure from anyone else about what the day should look like. It was exactly what we wanted our wedding to be.

Thanks so much to Benj Haisch for the gorgeous images + big congrats to R + S on a beautiful day!

big sur landscape

cabin in the woods

punchy floral invitation

Robin’s Jenny Packham dress is total perfection.

wedding dress in the woods

first look in the woods

first look in the woods

redwoods

redwoods

bride in the woods

dark and berry colored bouquet

Wild, in the best of ways, this woodland-esque bouquet is filled with gorge dahlias + garden roses and lots of interesting, textural greens.

woodland bride

greenery boutonniere

woodland bride and groom

striped tie

jenny packham wedding dress

bride and groom on the beach

whimsical woodland arbor

big sur ceremony

Processional: Perpetuum Mobile – Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Recessional: Miss You – The Rolling Stones

First Dance: To Build a Home – The Cinematic Orchestra

big sur ceremony

big sur ceremony

big sur ceremony

big sur ceremony

big sur ceremony

big sur ceremony

big sur ceremony

jenny packham wedding dress

big sur bride and groom

Serious swooning happening right now – over the scenery AND those rings!

engagement ring

big sur cliffside

berry tablescape reception

calligraphy seating charty

bud vases

woodland plate setting

table numbers

geode name plate settings

geode name plate settings

blanket seating

We brought up our own furniture, rugs, pillows, chairs, and tables for the vignettes and small details. This brought a sense of comfort by seeing so many pieces from our home on our wedding day. And the crystal candle holders and geode name plates fit right in with the warmth of the redwoods and greenery.

woodland lounge

staghorn

big sur reception

woodland lounge

cheers

woodland cake table

first dance

dancing

Shah, who is an engineer and a National Geographic Explorer (currently on location in Africa), compiled hours of scientific video footage to project on the screen. How amazing is that?!

movie projector

big sur starry night

It is difficult to give advice because, honestly the entire planning process really stressed me out. I would love for other brides to know that if they feel this way too, they are not alone! But it felt like, in the end, all that stress and drama was worth it to have the day we ended up having. I would say that you should stay true to what you want and stick to that decision! It was so important that our wedding stayed small and we sure had to fight to keep it that way. I would also suggest that you hire people that can give you the look and design that you are looking for. Knowing that my florist was on the same page and having planners that could execute the design allowed me to let go of my worries on the day of the wedding and trust in them. When Shah and I first saw the venue after everything was set up, we were blown away at the perfection of the job the planners and florist had done.

photography: Benj Haisch // venue: Henry Miller Library Big Sur, California // florals: Honey & Poppies // event planning + design: Hello Gem // bride’s dress: Jenny Packham // bride’s shoes: J.Crew // bridesmaid dress: Shareen Vintage // hair: Lori Huitron // makeup: Rhonda Johnson // groom + best man suit: J.Crew // catering: Paradise Catering // paper goods: Hello Gem // dj: Morgan Kalakosky Mkmobilesound

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Idyllic Oregon Lake Elopement: Stacy + Chris

crater lake elopement

Stacy + Chris met on the subway in Chicago on their way to a White Sox game three years ago – fun! So they naturally initially thought Chicago would be the perfect place to exchange their vows. After changing their minds about the particulars a few times, they realized that a traditional wedding was just not for them, so they began to plan an idyllic elopement at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon with their amazing photographer, Allison Harp, instead!

From Allison, I had recently relocated from Dallas, TX to Bend, OR, when one day Stacy called me and said, “We’ve decided! We’re coming to you!” We brainstormed locations, picked a date, and settled on a Monday evening at Crater Lake National Park – my favorite place in the world. We arrived at the crater, did a first look, then hiked up a ways to a spot for the ceremony where they recited their own vows. I took them down the rim trail for portraits and then we finished up with a picnic and a champagne toast overlooking the lake. It was seriously a dream – a dream to shoot and a dream to witness.

floral invitation

oregon first look

oregon first look

Stacy snagged her ADORABLE Free People dress in a FP store in Dallas, but you can flip through a slew of boho beauties on their site to get a similar look.

groom wearing vest

groom wearing hat

oregon elopement

branch head piece

crater lake elopement

crater lake elopement

Their hike up to the top was well worth it – check out that view!

crater lake elopement

crater lake elopement

crater lake oregon

crater lake elopement

crater lake elopement

crater lake elopement

crater lake elopement

crater lake elopement

crater lake elopement

crater lake elopement

groom over cliff

forest bride and groom

bride with a view

We adore Stacy’s eye-catching bouquet by A Native Bloom!

berry colored bouquet

crater lake

free people dress

elopement

elopement view

free people dress

The most memorable moment of the day was after the ceremony and after all of the photos when we had a wonderful little spread of sandwiches and snacks to celebrate in one of the most beautiful places. It was a real take it all in kind of a moment.

mountain bride and groom

My advice to those planning an elopement is to keep it about the two of you. That's the beauty of an elopement, you have no one else to please.

photography: Allison Harp // venue: Crater Lake National Park in Oregon // florals: A Native Bloom // announcement design: Sam Palencia // dress + shoes: Free People // groom attire: Chris’s vest and hat were Brooks Brothers + his orange tie was from the Tie Bar // assistant photographer: Natalie Puls // hair piece: serenitycrystal

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Grace Loves Lace LA Trunk Show

Grace Loves Lace

Today we have some VERY exciting news for all you American brides-to-be who love the bohemian feel of the gorgeous wedding dresses from Aussie-based designer Grace Loves Lace! They will be hosting their very first international trunk show in downtown LA on October 3, 4, 5 and 6. The four-day show will take place between 9am and 5pm daily at Apartment A in the Arts District downtown: 652 Mateo St, Los Angeles, 90021. There is no need to make an appointment, just pop on in!

Brides will be able to try on a sample range of dresses and accessories + the GLL staff will be available to take your measurements and help you in choosing the right dress style for your shape!

And even more exciting news? Grace Love Lace’s soon-to-launch sister company, For The Love of Grace, will also be joining them at the show with their range of beautiful bridesmaids and occasion dresses! And their website is going live in two weeks, so be sure to stay tuned!

bohemian wedding dress

bohemian wedding dress

If you’ve been eyeing one of these boho beauties, you won’t want to miss the trunk show to see them in person!

lace slit dress

illusion neckline dress

lace halter wedding dress

bohemian wedding dress

From Grace Loves Lace, There are some beautiful restaurants and cafes in the area, so make a day of it! We’re heading straight home after, and won’t be back for another trunk show anytime soon, so make sure you come and see us! Please note that our ordering process will be the same as normal, all orders are to be placed through our website. We will have facilities available for this throughout the show.

For trunk show updates, sure to follow @grace_loves_lace@for.the.love.of.grace on Instagram! You can also email GGL directly with any questions about the show, info@graceloveslace.com.au.

* This post is sponsored by Grace Loves Lace. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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