Fall Woodland Wedding Inspiration

Fall Tartan Inspiration

Completely inspired by the rich color palette of fall, a talented group of Chicago wedding vendors, led by Ashley from Ashley D Photography and Carlene from Naturally Yours Events, conceptualized + designed a gorgeous styled autumn elopement. Set amid the soon-to-change trees of a woodsy, lakeside parcel, the team painted the landscape with some of fall’s most notable details. Think tartan, tweed, and moody burgundy hues. I’m really loving the fun handmade elements incorporated into this shoot, like the gold branch candelabra decorating the sweetheart table and the pretty antique lace ceremony backdrop. And the beautiful, vibrant florals by Field & Florist seen throughout are just so stunning. Lots of great ideas for those of you considering a fall wedding!

Fall Tartan invitation

Fall Tartan Inspiration

berry boutonniere


Such a great bouquet, right?! Love the touches of berries + fern!

Fall Tartain bouquet

Fall Tartan Inspiration

Fall Tartan Inspiration

Fall Tartan Inspiration

gold candlesticks


For the table, Field & Florist went with a cluster of vintage tulip vases filled with lush florals, ferns, plum peppers, + blush berries. They’re a perfect compliment to the tartan textiles.

Fall Tartan Inspiration

Fall Tartan Inspiration

Fall Tartan Inspiration


And let’s talk about this awesome flower necklace for a sec! Comprised of dahlias + fern, it added such a pretty dose of texture to the bride’s ensemble. We love the idea of exchanging a flower necklace for your bouquet during the reception if you’d rather not lug something around all night! :)

Fall Tartan Bride

berry floral necklace

s'mores bar

Fall Tartan Desserts


A gourmet s’mores bar is such a fun idea – and the beautiful cake by Elysia Root Cakes stayed right on theme with an elegant gold wood-grain design on the bottom tier. So, so pretty!

Fall Tartan Inspiration

Fall Tartan Cake

Fall Tartan Inspiration


Huge thanks to the below creatives for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Ashley D Photography // planning + design: Naturally Yours Events // venue: Chicagoland, Cary, Illinois // florals: Field & Florist // dress: Anthropologie // bow tie: Fox & Brie // hair + makeup: Debra Petrielli Freelance Hairstylist + Makeup Artist // paper goods: Meghan Flow of Two Little Birds Press // furniture rentals: Shadow Box Dreams Vintage Rentals // tabletop rentals: Nimble Well // s’mores bar marshmallows + caramels: Katherine Anne Confections // cake: Elysia Root Cakes

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Eclectic Garden Party Wedding: Erin + Greg

bride and groom

Erin + Greg reside in NYC, but all of Erin’s family live in Sydney. Globally, California was a middle ground, so it seemed like the perfect place for them to host their wedding! When they found Beltane Ranch in Glen Ellen, they knew they’d struck gold. It served as a home base for all of the guests who had traveled in from so far to be there + provided a breathtaking backdrop for a beautiful garden party style celebration. Their day was filled with a lot of love and some truly gorgeous + inventive details. Two of my personal faves? The hand-dyed indigo placemats and that incredible, winding reception table, reminiscent of a huge Thanksgiving table! Wait until you see it :) Here’s more from Greg about the inspiration behind the day:

We have an aversion to stuffiness but still wanted our wedding to feel like a wedding. Being outdoors the whole time made the most sense for us. It ended up being the perfect mix of big Italian dinner and garden party. The nature of the place brought together our friends and family perfectly. We wanted to create a moments that always felt comfortable and magical.

Big thanks to Delbarr Moradi for the stunning photography + to Sitting in a Tree for the super fun event design. And Erin + Greg, congratulations + thanks for sharing your day with us!

old truck

bride getting ready

bride getting ready

hanging flowers


The hanging flowers helped create a pretty, romantic ceremony backdrop without distracting from the natural beauty of the landscape…

hanging flowers

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

The ceremony was an emotional whiteout. It was amazing. We asked our friends to play guitar for us as we walked down the aisle. That felt really natural. We hadn't seen each other until that moment. That was intense and wonderful. We also decided to take our vows very seriously. If you don't, it's just another party. It felt right to make those big promises in front of everyone we loved.

ceremony

ceremony

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

cocktail hour

cocktail hour

bar

peonies


The long winding table was such a unique touch and really created a cozy + festive setting for Erin + Greg’s 100 guests. I seriously love it!

zig zag tables

indigo place mats

tall skinny candles


And Brown Paper Design totally nailed it with the floral design! Erin + Greg wanted to incorporate a strong jewel-tone color palette and an earthy, bohemian vibe, so blooms in varying shades of red, pink + fuchsia were housed in vintage  brass + wood vessels. Hostess Haven‘s playful napkins + glassware completed the look in such a fun way!

peonies

blue glasses

cherries

blue glasses


Whimsical menus, made by Mr. Boddington’s Studio, adorned each place setting.

paper goods

indigo place mats

gold tin vase

colored glasses

silverware

peonies

silverware

reception

reception

bride and groom

bride and groom

cafe lights

Know the order - first you need your venue, hotels and dates to make the invite, and then start thinking about music, food, flowers, color of napkins, everything else. Google drive, Pintrest and email chains are your tools of trade - use shared documents to get everyone on the same page. Don't remake decisions you've already made - the more you rethink things, the more annoyed everyone gets. A wedding planner is cheaper than a marriage counselor - our planner helped us find so many amazing people/vendors and helped with the tiebreakers. Ask for help from your friends and family - give them little things that make your life easier and include them in the process. Make a list of what's most important to you - unless you have unlimited money you're gonna have to compromise on a few things, and that's totally ok. That said... fight for what you really want - often "no" is the first answer not the final one. And expect your husband to help - there's nothing lamer than someone who doesn't care about their own wedding.

photography: Delbarr Moradi // venue: Beltane Ranch Glen Ellen, California // event planning + design: Sitting in a Tree // floral design: Brown Paper Design // wedding dress: Jenny Packham // shoes: Christian Louboutin // groom suit: Freeman’s Sporting Club // paper goods: Mr. Boddington’s Studio // catering: The Girl and the Fig // music: Austin Hendrix Productions // rentals: One True Love Vintage Rentals // tabletop rentals: Hostess Haven

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GallerySitting in a Tree is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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DIY: Twine Wrapped Ampersand

DIY Twine Wrapped Ampersand

For all the type lovers out there, this sweet DIY from Smitten on Paper will fill your hearts with joy! The twine wrapped ampersand makes for a great decorative fall accent to any wedding or home. It’s perfect for the in-between spot of the bride and groom chairs, a hanging piece for the wedding ceremony backdrop, or even to be held between the bride and groom!

DIY_Twine_ampersand


What you’ll need:
Fresh Cut flowers
Twine/cording
Glue Gun
X-acto
Thick cardboard
‘&’ print out – you can download it here

DIY_Twine_ampersand_steps


Steps

  1. Print out the Ampersand. In order to create a large ‘&’ we printed it out on two separate sheets of 8.5 x 11 and then taped them taped them together. If not, please feel free to draw out your Ampersand right on the cardboard. Be creative!
  2. Using a glue stick, lightly coat the back of the printed sheet and place over the cardboard. This is to ensure the sheet will not move when tracing and cutting over cardboard. Then let dry.
  3. Using an X-acto knife, trace over the ampersand, cutting through the cardboard.
  4. When your ‘&’ is finally all cut out, peel back the sheet of paper.
  5. If your ‘&’ has any paper residue left over, not to worry, this will be covered up by twine and will not show through.
  6. At the top, tie a knot. This will be your starting point when wrapping.
  7. Wrap, Wrap, Wrap! This part is fairly easy but does require some time, so plop yourself on the couch and tune into your favorite show.
  8. TADA. Your ‘&’ is ready for beautification. Now with your glue gun, you may place the desired flowers.

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So cute, right?! Love that you can incorporate this into your home decor after the big day also!

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And remember, we love seeing our readers take on our DIY projects, so be sure to share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

DIY created exclusively for Green Wedding Shoes by Smitten on Paper. Check out more of their design work at Smitten on Paper!

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