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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Colorful Fiesta-Inspired Wedding: Jen + Matt

Fiesta inspired wedding

Fiesta weddings are a favorite around here. (See some of our past faves here, here and here!) We love how couples who incorporate this theme into their day always seem to make it their own, and Jen + Matt are definitely no exception. Inspired by their year teaching together in southern Spain, they brought such a gorgeous celebration to life with lots of color, personality and attention to detail.

Jen says, Our wedding theme was inspired by our connection to the Spanish culture. We have a special bond to the country and our love that evolved there. We knew this bond could inspire an amazing celebration that truly represented our vibrant, passionate and colorful love. Matt and I replicated a number of nostalgic memories that we shared in Spain including authentic Spanish tapas, paella, sangria, tres leches, authentic textiles, a walking procession and a Spanish guitarist to name a few. Additionally, my Spanish heritage from Colombia and Matt’s colonial family farm were the perfect pairing for a Farm Fiesta Wedding!

Big thanks to Sarah Park Events for the perfect event design and planning + to Lauren Fair Photography for these gorgeous photos, which are surely brightening everyone’s Thursday!

Fiesta inspired invitation

fiesta protea bouquet

LOVE is an understatement when it comes to Jen’s bright bouquet designed by Oleander Botanicals Floral & Events.

Inbal Dror wedding dress

fiesta airplant boutonnieres

bride getting ready

fiesta protea bouquet

Right?! That air plant…

navy blue groomsmen

first look

first look

Fiesta inspired wedding

fiesta protea bouquet

bright red bridesmaids

We adore that the bridesmaids wore red! Such a fun color that is certainly underused at weddings.

Inbal Dror wedding dress

bright fiesta ceremony decor

bright fiesta ceremony decor

ceremony program

church ceremony

Processional: Fanfare and Trumpet Voluntary – Jeremiah Clarke

Recessional: Organ Concerto No. 4 in C – Johanna Sebastian Bach

First Dance: Skinny Love – Bon Iver

church ceremony

bright red bridesmaids

church ceremony

fiesta ceremony exit

Busting out of the church doors with Matt after the ceremony, shaking my tambourine and Matt with his maraca, being showered with organic rose petals followed by the jubilant walking procession to the fiesta on the farm. We felt the love and light bursting towards us from all of our sweet souled loved ones.

fiesta ceremony parade

Fiesta inspired wedding

Fiesta inspired wedding

Fiesta inspired wedding

Fiesta inspired wedding

bright red bridesmaids

bright fiesta bouquet

navy blue groomsmen

Fiesta inspired wedding

fiesta ribbon chandeliers

custom wedding tile favor

Y’all are over the moon for this wedding too, right?! Shop our guide below to get this gorgeous look:

custom wedding tile favor

floral chandelier

bright color centerpieces

Fiesta inspired wedding

tile table numbers

Fiesta inspired wedding

tile table numbers

Fiesta inspired wedding

postcard notes

postcard notes

fiesta naked cake

sparkler exit

You can see more from this super fun day in the film below by Willow Tree Films!

1. Find the BEST photographer first (like Lauren Fair), the photos are what you will have for FOREVER.
2. Build a genuine team of vendors (you can find great ones from researching styled shoots in your area.)
3. Have a theme to help you guide your decisions and direct the vendors in your vision, while being open to their artistic talent.
4. Don’t be afraid to do something different (like a walking procession!)
5. Enjoy the endless communication with friends, family, parents and vendors during the planning process, these people love you so much!
6. Have a POSITIVE perspective and gracious attitude with all issues that may arise.
7. Keep a wedding binder along the way, it serves as a great scrap book afterwards.
8. Be inspired by all the creative people you will work with!!! It is quite an amazing energy exchange.

photography: Lauren Fair Photography // venue: Groom’s family farm, Airy Knoll in Pennsylvania – mwg147@gmail.com // wedding planning, creative direction + styling: Sarah Park Events // wedding design + florals: Oleander Botanicals Floral & Events // wedding dress: Inbal Dror // hairpieces: Veil from Lovely Bride // shoes: Harriet Wilde from BHLDN // bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN // hair: Jenni from RIAH Hair Studio // makeup: Victoria from All Dolled Up // groom’s suit: BAR III // videography: Willow Tree Films // paper goods: Pistachio Press // catering + cake: Little Spain Paella Party LLC // rentals: Bucks Mont Party Rental, Party Rental LTD // officiant: Carversville Christian Church, Faith Williams – faith.ann.wms@gmail.com // music: DJ Kyle from Synergetic Sound + Lighting – nikkik@synergeticsounds.com, Spanish guitarist from Little Spain Paella Party LLC, Organist Mark Bernazzoli – mcbernazz@gmail.com

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryWillow Tree Films and Lauren Fair Photography are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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