Light-Drenched Desert Wedding: Briana + Jason

Jenny Packham bride

Inspired by the sun-bleached colors and palette of the desert, Briana, a Hollywood costume designer, used her artistic eye to design her + her hubby Jason’s gorgeously unique Palm Springs wedding. Working with the talented gals at Hello Gem!, the styling of the setting really reflected the couple’s midwestern roots, Briana’s upbringing on her family farm, and their love of 20’s fashion and all things art deco. The Ace Hotel provided a perfect backdrop, Hello Gem! created the dreamiest desert-inpsired florals, and Bri’s gorge Jenny Packham dress is sure to have us looking like a heart-eyed emoticon for the rest of the day! But we’re cool with that! Big thanks to Modern Obscura for the lovely photos — let’s check them out!

chalkboard invitation

Jenny Packham wedding dress

marry me banner

cocktail drink

Nail envy! Right ladies?

lace dress detail

gold fringe decor van

van

Jason’s 70’s sparkly blue van was the backdrop for the first look and brought a bit of fun and whimsy to the day. Love it!

Palm Springs wedding

dessert bouquet

Palm Springs wedding

Jenny Packham dress

Jenny Packham dress

We adore Briana’s vintage art deco hair piece. So beautiful!

Jenny Packham dress

dessert bouquet

Palm Springs couple

Palm Springs couple

Palm Springs couple

Palm Springs couple

macrame backdrop

succulent decor

ceremony handkercheifs

flower girl flower crown

Love their ceremony backdrop as much as we do? The macrame hanging was from Free People + Hello Gem! gussied it up with decor and florals. So pretty.

macrame ceremony backdrop

Ace Hotel ceremony

Ace Hotel ceremony

Ace Hotel ceremony

Ace Hotel ceremony

Briana’s great feather bracelet is another vintage find. Leave it to the costume designer to find the most perfect + unique pieces for her wedding ensemble, right?!

Ace Hotel ceremony

Ace Hotel ceremony

tipi decor

macrame wall hanging

glitter dipped feathers

macrame feather escort card display

garden rose centerpiece

Processional: I Know Places – Lykke Li

Recessional: Apache – Danger Beach

First Dance: I Will Love You Forever – Neil Young and the Squires

feather centerpiece

glitter dipped feathers

menu

cake

movie projector

Be sure to check out the sweet film by Mike McMillin to see even more!

Don't sweat the small stuff. My brother forgot his dress shoes the day of the wedding so my grandmother and him walked down the aisle barefoot. Everyone thought it was planned! :)

photography: Modern Obscura // planning + design: Hello Gem! // backdrop frame + florals: Hello Gem! // macrame: Free People // venue + cake: Ace Hotel Palm Springs California // videography: Mike McMillin // hair: Helena Van Zandbergen – hairofthebride@gmail.com // coordinator: Stephanie Wilder // groom’s attire: J.Crew // bride’s dress: Jenny Packham // nails: So Hot Right Nail // invitations: Ladyfingers Letterpress // makeup: Mobile Bridal Salon

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryMobile Bridal Salon is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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Seasonal Flower Guide: Fall

Seasonal Flower Guide: Fall Flowers

How many of you caught our Summer Seasonal Flower Guide that we shared in July? We loved hearing how much you loved it (especially on Instagram + Facebook!) and we got tons of requests to bring back this fun flower column for fall. Well today is the day + we couldn’t be more excited to share our fave picks for the upcoming season, in hopes that our guide will help you plan out your wedding floral design + let you know if the blooms you’ve been eyeing will be available for your big day! Oh course we recommend talking with your florist about flowers you love and what’s available, but if you are DIYing your flowers or perhaps trying to pick a date for next year and you love peonies, might be helpful to know you shouldn’t have a fall wedding since they won’t be available. :)

As you’ll see in a sec, we wanted to highlight some fun, untraditional floral + foliage varieties that you may not be familiar with, as well as point out some of the trusty faves we all know + love. By blending unique textures + types, you’ll be able to achieve the look of some of the amazing bouquets + arrangements you’ve seen here on GWS. (And you can browse our bouquet galleries for lots of great inspiration, too!) We even whipped up a quick fall bouquet for you a bit later in the post to get the inspiration flowing!

Fall Flower Guide

Some of our favorites that are available to you in the fall include: cotton, cinnamon spice garden roses, brown amaranthus, burgundy scabiosa, chocolate cosmos, burgundy dahlias, thistle (also known as eryngium), pomegranate branches, brunia berry, burgundy moonlight carnations, nigella, burgundy artichokes, willow eucalyptus, and burgundy ranunculus.

A few of our other faves that we didn’t include here, but love for fall, are white lysimachia, blue privet berry (so perfect for adding texture), tuberose, persimmon branches (fun for autumn and thanksgiving tablescapes) and viburnum. When talking to your florist, or planning out your wedding flowers, always remember that mother nature can be tricky at times, so there is always the possibility that certain items will not be available. Luckily, there is usually always something similar you or your florist can substitute to achieve a similar look!

cotton bouquet

Are any fall brides carrying an all cotton or cotton-accented bouquet? We absolutely love this look! SO rustic + unique.

fall roses dahlia and ranunculus

pomegranates and artichokes

Pomegranates + artichokes (as well as persimmons) are classically fall, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them in a fun, unique way! These guys are pretty sizable, so they’re a great way to add lots of body to a bigger bouquet and they work perfectly in large centerpieces, adorned arches + chuppahs, or aisle flanking arrangements. Below, we’ve used them in a textural bouquet. How would you use these awesome fruits + veggies in your floral design?

fall bouquet with dahlias and cotton

fall bouquet

heart made of flowers

And what about a flower head heart for your wedding decor? Of course, it won’t last for TOO long – but definitely for several hours – and it’s just so pretty!

Flowers Available Year Round

If your wedding date isn’t set quite yet, but you were hoping to get a feel for what types of stems are available year round, we’ve got you covered, with a few of our favorites that are available throughout the seasons! You can never go wrong with pink garden roses + we’ve been loving seeing bridesmaids carrying all-filler bouquets, like astilbe, queen anne’s lace, and dusty miller. Such a great budget-friendly option!

If you’re loving the flowers we’ve featured, but don’t live near a great flower market, you should check out BloomsByTheBoxBloomsByTheBox has a wide selection of blooms that can be shipped to you.

We hope you guys are enjoying our Seasonal Flower guides — we seriously love creating them for you! For couples who are tying the knot this winter (or next!), or for anyone planning a holiday party, be sure to check back soon for our upcoming winter seasonal flower guide!

Thanks so much to Katie Pritchard for the photos!

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Retro-Romantic San Diego Wedding: Rachel + Anthony

hotel wedding

Rachel + Anthony exchanged their vows at a killer little space – the mid-century boutique Pearl Hotel in San Diego – with a gorge celebration designed + planned by Lace & Likes more reminiscent of an intimate cocktail party than a wedding. These two (who have been together for nine years and are still madly in love!) wanted their day to be fun + laid back, like they are when they’re together. There’s just so much to love that we don’t know where to begin, but if you’re anything like us, we’re willing to bet you’ll notice the gorge florals by Siren Floral Co and the fun, mismatched bridesmaids dresses right away. Here are a few words from the lovely Rachel, before we dive right into the photo goodness captured by Studio Castillero:

My parents were a huge part of our inspiration because our wedding date is their anniversary. They have been together for 33 years and counting. Our wedding was more of a cocktail party instead of a traditional wedding, which was exactly how we wanted it. A simple, yet romantic ceremony, followed by cocktail hour which then lead into a gourmet buffet dinner. We didn’t have the usual assigned seating. It was an intimate space where it made people involved with dancing and getting to know one another. It was simply perfect in our eyes…

wedding dress

white bouquets

bride

strappy wedding dress

ballerina bun bride

Wasn’t Rachel a total babe in her top knot + custom Big Day Dress? And her ‘maids in their mismatched neutrals are just the prettiest!

mixed dress bridesmaids

white whimsical bouquet

pearl hotel

The sweetest-ever little bouts by Siren Floral Co!

bouts on a tray

groomsmen

bow tie groom

This is what it’s all about, right?!

ceremony kiss

pearl hotel bride and groom

pearl hotel bride and groom

pearl hotel bride and groom

pearl hotel bride and groom

pearl hotel bride and groom

pearl hotel bride and groom

pearl hotel bride and groom

I would have to say when Anthony and I finally got a moment to ourselves during dinner. We were both making our rounds saying “hi and thank you” to our guests. Rachael our coordinator saw both of us and realized we had not had dinner yet, so she pulled both of us away from everyone and sat us down near the photobooth. She asked us what we both wanted and brought us our plates. We ate dinner on the floor but for some reason it stuck in my head how we laughed and talked about how happy we were at that moment.

brass candlesticks

green garland runner

green garland runner

flower cake

i do cake topper

pearl hotel wedding

bride and groom entrance

first dance

first dance

Processional: Bloom – Paper Kites

Recessional: Electric Feel – MGMT

First Dance: You are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontange

bride flower crown

pearl hotel

And don’t miss Rachel + Anthony’s fun wedding film by Max and Molly Films and Austin Hendrix Productions!

It’s super important to have an amazing team behind you on your wedding day. It really does help relieve stress. Without our dream team our day wouldn’t have been as perfect as it was. Make sure whoever you choose to help with your big day that they are fun, and willing to go the extra mile. Our peps went above and beyond what we could have ever imagined.

Try to enjoy all the planning mayhem that will go on. Please, no that no matter how organized and on top of things you are things will go wrong. It’s just the nature of the beast. All said and done your day will be perfect even if things went wrong during the planning process. Have fun, it’s a once in a lifetime experience.

photography: Studio Castillero // photobooth: Amigo Booth // venue: The Pearl Hotel San Diego, California // event design + planning: Lace & Likes // florals: Siren Floral Co // videography: Max and Molly Films and Austin Hendrix Productions // wedding dress: Custom by Big Day Dress // shoes: Sara Jessica Parker // hair: Tina Platt at Strategy Salon // makeup: Tara Vasquez at Make-up Forever // groom suit: Custom // invitations: bride, custom stamp with thick cardstock and paper source goodies // catering + rentals: The Pearl Hotel // cake: Hey There, Cupcake // music: Austin Hendrix Productions

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