Cozy Joshua Tree Love Session: Joy + Jeffrey

joshua tree engagement

Joy + Jeffrey had one of those crazy, love at first sight sensations when they first met. And even after heading down a rocky path for a while, which led them through a brief break-up, they both knew that they were always meant to be together. Fast forward several years, and these two lovebirds have a sweet, little daughter named Hazel and write music and play in a band together for a living! To celebrate all of the good things they’ve accomplished together, they decided to head out to Joshua Tree with Stephanie Williams of This Modern Romance for a fun, little love session! Love how their images turned out – and a great reminder to take time to capture your love after the wedding day too! :)

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement


Joy + Jeffrey’s cool, yet relaxed, style is a perfect compliment to the beautiful + barren desert landscape. And her mustard yellow skirt is so, so pretty!

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement


This shot below is probably my favorite!

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement

joshua tree engagement


I’m also super excited to tell you lovelies that Stephanie has a brand new book out that is all about shooting engagement sessions! This Modern Romance: The Artistry, Technique, and Business of Engagement Photography is not only a gorgeous book, but it provides photographer’s with vital information + insight about creating a successful career. We LOVE Stephanie’s engagement shoots – they are always so super romantic – so this should be a great resource for other photographers out there looking to shoot engagement sessions that have a more editorial feel and really show the love between the couples. I even added some quotes to the book too about trends in engagement photos. :)

Thanks so much This Modern Romance for sharing Joy + Jeffery’s gorgeous love session with us today!

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Quirky + Colorful Brooklyn Wedding: Grace + Andrea

brooklyn wedding

Today’s super rad wedding took place at The Green Building in Brooklyn, which just so happens to be one of my absolute favorite venues! Since Grace + Andrea love to have fun and don’t like to take themselves too seriously, their day echoed their playful personalities and was filled with lots of quirky + colorful details. But nothing was included just for the sake of taking up space. They incorporated objects + elements that signified something special to the two of them and, in turn, their day was a natural extension of the life they’ve built together. Here’s a bit more from the newlyweds:

While the event had the general structure of a wedding, we were pretty adamant that we do it on our terms. It was all about what we love and who we love. A Muppet video, plastic dinosaurs, vintage vases, library card catalogue place cards with personalized typed notes, calamansi margaritas, not a single slow song, a reading of the Majority Opinion in “Goodridge v. Department of Public Health,” etc, etc!

Big thanks to Khaki Bedford Photography for the awesome photography and congrats to Grace + Andrea!

crystal hair piece

wood ring holdeer

groomsmen

blue suit

brooklyn wedding bouquet

brooklyn wedding

One of the most memorable moments was one we didn't actually witness, but it set the tone for the evening and we assume was rather memorable for our guests. Before we walked down the aisle, we projected "Somebody's Getting Married" from the Muppets Take Manhattan on the wall above the ceremony. What was most surprising, I think, was that no one seemed overly surprised that we'd play a Muppet video at our wedding. Or that Andrea and I would agree, without much conversation at all, that it would be a good idea.

brooklyn wedding


Grace + Andrea exchanged their vows on a mini stage decorated with marquee letters of their initials. Majorly love it! :)

marquee letters

warehouse wedding

brooklyn wedding

brooklyn wedding


Their save the date was illustrated by Small Adventure, and featured some of their favorite things – Pee Wee Herman, books, Windex, gems, and their cats. Such a fun idea to include it as part of their wedding decor!

table seatting

favors

brooklyn wedding

typewriter letter

brooklyn wedding

brooklyn wedding


The playful tone carried through the reception decor with personalized notes typed on library cards at every place setting, terrarium table numbers, and floral centerpieces put together by Grace’s mom.

flag table numbers

brooklyn wedding

brooklyn wedding

brooklyn wedding


And petite pennant banners made from paint chips were scattered around different areas of the venue. So cute, right?! And would be easy to DIY for your own day!

chair decor

chalkboard seating chart

sliders


While I truly love everything about this wedding, my favorite detail of their day just might be this incredible “donut tree” created by the couple’s best friend, Barry! Something about it just makes me happy — and hungry! :)

brooklyn donut cake

ombre cake

marquee letters

Our advice would be to remember that while the day is yours, it's really about all your friends and family who want to celebrate with you. And they won't realize that the tequila ran out in four minutes or that the officiant is a little more cheesy than you would have liked. They just want to celebrate with you.

photography: Khaki Bedford Photography // second shooter: Jonica Moore Studio // venue: The Green Building Brooklyn, New York // catering: Lonestar Empire // cake: Make My Cake // doughnuts + coffee: Grady’s Cold BrewDough // donut tree: Great Plains Handmade Instruments // rings: Blanca Monros Gomez // floral centerpieces: Grace’s mom // bouquet + boutonnieres: Saffron // ring box: End Grain Woodshop // program/menu design: Pieter Jan Mattan // illustrations: Small Adventure // marquee lights + other décor: Fab.com // andrea’s shoes: Salvatore Ferragamo // andrea’s wedding dress: Gary Graham // andrea’s reception dress: Rebecca Taylor // grace’s shoes: Dieppa Restrepo // grace’s outfit: MadewellThe Hill-Side // guys’ bow-ties: Mrs Bow Tie // dj: Tony Bo Chan

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Colorful Bohemian Wedding Inspiration

chicago boho inspiration bouquet

Today’s wedding inspiration, photographed by Kina Wicks Photography and designed by Tiffany of A Splendid Occasion, combines two of our favorite things here at GWS: vibrant color + boho style! Along with so many of the gorgeous details the team infused into the setting, I’m super in love with the beautiful floral arrangements, designed by Natural Beauties Floral, Inc. They chose to incorporate some fun, unexpected blooms and textures like leucospermum, poppy seed pods, and pheasant feathers, which helped express a playful, bohemian vibe. And with a bunch of clever DIYs that would be easy to recreate for your own celebration (like that whimsical origami crane ceremony backdrop!), this beautiful shoot is guaranteed to get your creative wheels turning!

bohemian bride

bohemian bride

hanging paper cranes

hanging paper cranes

flower crown

chicago boho inspiration

chicago boho boutonniere


Loving the cute paper goods, designed by Rachel Green of Printed Ink!

chicago boho invitation

chicago boho inspiration

chicago boho inspiration

chicago boho inspiration


And while the tablescape had a cohesive color palette, details like a patterned, handmade runner + amber-hued glasses gave the setting a layered look + eclectic feel.

feather place setting

tall skinny candles

chicago boho inspiration

naked bohemian cake


And what celebration would be complete without cocktails + sweets?!

naked bohemian cake

garland


Thank you so much to the below creatives for sharing this colorful bohemian wedding inspiration with us today!

photography: Kina Wicks Photography // planning + design: Tiffany Siladke of A Splendid Occasion // venue: Nellcote Chicago, Illinois // florals: Jan & Jillian Yuhas of Natural Beauties Floral, Inc. // venue 2: RM Champagne Salon // rentals: Kelly Connolly of Nimble Well + Carolyn of UltraPom Rental // stationery: Rachel Green of Printed Ink // cake: Tracy Sampson of YumSquared // cupcakes: Erika Durham of YumCakes, Inc. // linens: Tiffany Siladke of A Splendid Occasion // bride’s jewelry: Andrea Kehoe of Francesca’s // bridal gowns: Alice Padrul of Alice Padrul Bridal Gowns // groom’s suit: Joann of Formally Modern Tuxedo // hair + makeup: Elana Darrus Makeup & Hair

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