Modern Woodland Wedding Elopement: Candice + Bradley

Modern woodland elopement

What started out as a fun, unique winter styled shoot quickly became a real-life magical elopement for Candice + Bradley, sweethearts since high school who have been engaged for three years. Since they hadn’t yet pinned down a date to make it official, they jumped at the chance to exchange their vows in the stunning setting Unveiled Design Events + Teacup Floral dreamt up and created. The photographer behind these lovely images, Christina from J. Christina Photography, describes the scene so beautifully: Black, white, greens, and golds turned this secret wooded pathway into a stunning altar backdrop. Our inspiration for this editorial shoot was a sweet Southern plantation, tall pine trees, and cozy black velvet. The energy shifted from a fun styled shoot to excited anticipation to be apart of a real love story unfolding before us. It was sweet, tender and perfectly intimate …. as ideal as an elopement ought to be.

We’re so glad that Candice + Bradley got to take advantage of the team’s hard work!

flower filled dresser

Modern woodland elopement

Modern woodland elopement

How much do you love Candice’s stunning black dress?! It’s actually a skirt and top! Love it. The skirt is from Bella Lucia Boutique and the top is from The Limited. The outfit is a perfect fit for C’s avänt ɡärd style.

Modern woodland elopement

Modern woodland elopement

Modern woodland elopement

Modern woodland elopement

Modern woodland elopement

gold leaf heels

Talk about a statement shoe! Lovin’ those Giuseppe Zanottis!

whimsical dark bouquet

Modern woodland elopement

statement necklace

Modern woodland elopement

garland on chairs

Teacup Floral really brought to life the inspiration for a modern-woodland affair. The rich textures + darker hued ingredients made for such an elegantly dramatic look.

Modern woodland elopement

black flower cake

hot chocolate bar

Julianne says, A hot drink station brought in some fun winter elements while Amanda Day Rose designed beautiful green and white stationery to complete this unique fete.

Modern woodland elopement

leather jacket bride

black tulle wedding dress

Gotta love a gal who can rock a motorcycle jacket on her big day!

black tulle wedding dress

Modern woodland elopement

sparkler exit

Don’t miss the film below by JerFilm Productions:

We love that these two finally made it official…and with so much style, too! Congrats to the happy couple + thanks to the talented team below for sharing!

photography: J. Christina Photography // venue: Woodlake Country Club Vass, North Carolina // planning + design: Unveiled Design Events // florals: Teacup Floral // tulle skirt: Bella Lucia Boutique // getaway dress: Blush Bridal // shoes: Giuseppe Zanotti // groom’s attire: Antonio Carlan Fashions // rentals: Streets Of London Antiques // videography: JerFilm Productions // invitations: Amanda Day Rose // cake: Ambrosia Cake Creations // accessories: Bella Lucia Boutique // officiant: Bill Rose Wedding Minister // hair + makeup: Avenue 42 Style Studio // music: violinist Kate Hall

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Music-Themed Wedding Inspiration from The Jam Event

The Jam Event

When it comes to the things we love here at GWS, it’s weddings (obvs) followed pret-ty closely by music. (In case you were wondering peonies, donuts + puppies are high on the list, too!) So, when this fun, music festival-themed shindig called The Jam Event, hosted by Wild Heart Events, hit our inbox, it took only mere seconds to decide that we had to share it with you guys on the site!

All the top music festivals (Burning Man, Riot Fest, Stagecoach, Coachella, Woodstock…) were represented in these creative styled tablescapes + vignettes you’re about to see. This collaborative event combined the inventories and unique minds of dozens of wedding vendors and is truly one for the books! If you’re a couple who loves music, or maybe – just maybe – you met at a music festival, be sure to take in all the inspiration to come…

The Jam Event

Jaime of Wild Heart Events tells us, The Jam Event was not a ‘for profit’ event, we raised over $300 for Brides Against Breast Cancer. My goal in hosting this event was to thank everyone for a successful year, kick of the 2015 season, and show off a new level of creativity. The Goodland Hotel & El Capitan Canyon provided deals on accommodations, while Bills Bus transported guests and Blue Star Parking provided valet for over 130 cars.

The Jam Event

Photos above by Kristen Bienke // Photos below by Poiema Photography

The Jam Event

First up, we had to share the scene styled after the ULTIMATE music festival, Woodstock. Jaime says, In the tropical greenhouse, Sweet Emilia Jane brought on the Peace and Love with her Woodstock-themed table and lounge, with details from Elan Event RentalsBorrowed Blu and Scout Rental Co., complete with a floral stuffed guitar and giant dream catchers!

Woodstock inspired tablescape

Woodstock inspired tablescape

Woodstock inspired tablescape

Photos below by Willa Kveta

flower filled guitar

Woodstock inspired tablescape

Photos below by Kristen Bienke

bright pink flowers

Next up, the Stagecoach table designed by Oak Barrel & Bloom. We LOVE those floral centerpieces and that antler chandelier!

Stagecoach inspired tablescape

Stagecoach inspired tablescape

Stagecoach inspired tablescape

Stagecoach inspired tablescape

The Riot Fest table, designed by Coco Rose, featured the most unique hot pink + silver palette. Roses srsly may never have looked better…

Riot Fest inspired tablescape

Photo above by Poiema Photography // Photo below by Kristen Bienke

Riot Fest inspired tablescape

The Coachella table felt like a desert oasis, making the theme a fun nod to the festival’s location. Loving the mismatched seating + suspended foliage, Ella & Louie!

Photos below by Willa Kveta

Coachella inspired tablescape

Coachella inspired tablescape

Coachella inspired tablescape

Photo above by Kristen Bienke

nest chairs

Photo above by Willa Kveta

We love the simple, but ultra cool vibe of the Burning Man table, created by Tenley Erin Young. Brass tones, wood textures + industrial details really fit together perfectly, don’t you think?

Photos below by Kristen Bienke

Burning Man inspired tablescape

Burning Man inspired tablescape

Photos below by Willa Kveta

The Jam Event

disco and record ceiling decor

From Jaime, Our guests lounged in furniture by Elan Event Rentals and Scout Rental Co., danced to music by Dart DJs and rocked out to our band, Tony Matrimony and the Dearly Beloveds under a disco ball, macrame and record installation by Bella Vista Designs and Wild Heart EventsNo Frills Events partnered with Confetti Gram, to produce a super fun Confetti Balloon Bar, where everyone filled balloons with confetti and pom poms, and popped them while snapping photos in the Witty Booth, showering our party people with confetti!

The Jam Event

Photo below by Kristen Bienke

The Jam Event

What a fun event, right?! We love all the great things music can inspire! Browse the Instagram hasthtag #TheJamEvent2015 to see even more. And thanks to the entire team below for all the amazing work + for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Willa KvetaPoiema PhotographyKristen Bienke // location: Private Orchid Greenhouse near Santa Barbara, California // coordination, design + host: Wild Heart Events // lighting + installation: Bella Vista Designs // accommodations: The Goodland Hotel & El Capitan Canyon // dj: Dart DJs // acoustic artist: Holly Foster // band: Tony Matrimony and the Dearly Beloveds // rentals: Ventura Rental Party CenterElan Event RentalsScout Rental Co.Milk & Honey Farms Vintage Rentals // vintage glassware, plates + sliverware: Otis & PearlBorrowed Blu // transportation: Bills Bus // valet: Blue Star Parking // confetti ballon bar: Confetti GramNo Frills Events // temporary tattoos: My Tat // craft beer: Figueroa Mountain Brewing Co // wine: Firestone Vineyards // cold pressed juice: Juice Ranch // bar tending service: Simply Cocktails SB // margarita cart: Rasta Rita // taco cart: Rasta Taco // apps + short ribs: Catering Connection // organic salads: Sustained Harvest Farms // donut bar: Pure Joy Catering // cupcake + champagne bar: Coveted Cakery // invitation design: Jamie Ellen Paperie // custom signs: Michael Matheson // photobooth: Witty Booth // hair + makeup: Shanna Spencer Style // linens: La Tavola Linens // stagecoach table: Oak Barrel & Bloom // coachella table: Ella & Louie // riot fest table: Coco Rose // burning man table: Tenley Erin Young // woodstock table: Sweet Emilia Jane // entry and lounge florals:  Rowanoak Designs

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20 Unique Engagement Rings

unique engagement rings

We’ve decided we have a theory when it comes to engagement rings: the more unique the sparkler, the better. That pretty bauble has a lot to live up to + not just any ring off the shelf will represent you + feel like the right fit. We know you’ll have your work cut out for you on this wedding ring search that lies ahead. There are lots of metals, stones, and shapes to consider. Since seeking out beautiful + uncommon rings just so happens to be one of our most favorite things to do, we’ve gone ahead and given you a head start, with this gorgeous collection of our current favorite unique engagement ring finds…

Above Engagement Rings: 1. Attelage Marquis Diamond Ceremonial Set by Anna Sheffield // 2. Ambro 1.80ct Rose Cut Ring // 3. Cognac Diamond Engagement Ring // 4. Yellow Gold Natural Diamond Ring // 5. Hexagon Brown Diamond Ring by Satomi Kawakita // 6. Diamond + Aquamarine Ring // 7. Yellow Gold Tiara Engagement Ring // 8. Champagne Oval Diamond Engagement Ring // 9. Jennie Kwon Sapphire + Diamond Ring // 10. Hazeline 14kt Rose Gold Solitaire

unique engagement rings

Above Engagement Rings: 11. Katie Diamond Leighton Ring // 12. 14K Rose Gold Moissanite Ring // 13. Rose Cut Black Diamond Ring by Catbird // 14. Herkimer Diamond Ring in Rose Gold // 15.  Brilliant Cut Hammered Diamond Ring // 16. Bea Ceremonial Set by Anna Sheffield // 17. Emerald Diamond Engagement Ring Bridal Set // 18. Rose Cut Solitaire Ring // 19. 18k Reclaimed Gold Fair Trade Diamond Ring // 20. Attelage Emerald Cut Diamond Ring

Tell us, ladies, which of the rings above is totally your style? Or if your dream ring is different than any of our finds, describe it to us in the comments section below!

It’s important to remember that no matter the style, once that beautiful ring is on your finger, you’ll want to be sure to keep it safe + sound with comprehensive insurance coverage. Jeweler’s Mutual Insurance Company is one-of-a-kind because insuring jewelry is all that they do. While standard homeowners policies may only provide limited jewelry protection, often excluding jewelry damage and loss, Jeweler’s Mutual builds their coverage around how you live your life. This means that loss, theft, damage and even mysterious disappearance are all covered with a ‘Same kind and quality’ replacement, so your repaired or replaced jewelry can be virtually indistinguishable from the original. Such a big deal if the worst case scenario does occur.

So, give yourself the gift of peace of mind + the freedom to just truly enjoy your new forever favorite piece of jewelry. Snag a quick quote and apply for your engagement ring insurance policy today, all on the Jeweler’s Mutual website.

* This post is sponsored by Jeweler’s Mutual Insurance Company. All content, ideas, and words are by Green Wedding Shoes. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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