Desert-Meets-Glam Wedding: Kendrick + Aron

desert glam wedding

Sometimes you just need a little sparkle + glitz in your life, right? We think so! And Kendrick + Aron’s desert-meets-Old-Hollywood-glam is exactly what we needed to get this week started off on the right foot! When we heard that Jesi Haack, Amber of The Love Riot and Carissa of JL Designs were all involved, we definitely knew this would be one gorge celebration. And all of their incredible talents shined through in every last, little sparkly facet. We love the contrast of super bright blooms + neutral  sequin table linens, lush green garlands overhead, rustic wood elements to warm up the space, and a little sprinkling over art-deco glam seen throughout. We gotta say, we’re so glad that onelove photography was there to beautifully capture the whole thing so we could share it right here with you all!

From the bride, The overall theme was elegant and glamorous with a rustic Italian feel—think lots of fresh greenery draped on tables and hanging from the ceiling of the tent. The tables were all covered in sequin table clothes with gold flatware and plates. The chairs were rustic wood farm style. We laid down white plush carpet throughout the tent to make it feel super elegant! There were two large chandeliers that hung from the ceiling of the tent along with fresh greenery cascading down the tent’s wall to give it an extra pop and help make the space feel fresh.

glam wedding invitation

desert glam peony bouquet

desert glam first look

bride and groom

Quite possibly the most perfect peony bouquet!

desert glam bride

sequin dress bridesmaids 1

bow tie groomsmen

cork heart guestbook

desert glam hanging wreaths

Shots like that one of Aron make our hearts melt!

desert glam ceremony

desert glam ceremony

desert glam ceremony

desert glam ceremony

desert glam reception

gold dipped feather escort card display

So much love for this fun, feather escort card installation!

gold dipped feather escort card display

desert glam reception

hanging garland reception

olive leaf table numbers

Those olive branch table numbers are oh-so creative + we’re digging the pops of crisp white throughout the tablescapes! Such a great way to balance the setting and add in a few modern touches.

olive leaf table numbers

chandelier

olive leaf table numbers

desert glam menu

desert glam peony centerpiece

gold glitter tablecloth

heart decal dance floor

hanging wreath cake backdrop

olive leaf heart cake topper

first dance

heart wreaths

Enjoy the planning phase—don’t let stress ruin the fun! Also, know that there will be hiccups on the day of the event. Do not freak out though….everything works out and guests will never notice if something isn’t exactly as you had planned it.

And I highly recommend hiring a good planner/design team. It’s worth every dime if you can find room in your budget. It will allow you to delegate all the busy work, so you can just make the fun decisions---like picking colors, flowers, food, etc.! Plus, your fiancé will appreciate a “less stressed wife-to-be”!!!

photography: onelove photography // venue: Toscana Country Club Indian Wells, California // designer: Jesi Haack Design // planning: Amber Cowell of The Love Riot // florals: JL Designs // wedding dress: The White Dress in Corona del Mar, CA – designer is Kenneth Pool “Estelle” // hair: Leah Micco Hampton Salon in Newport Beach, CA // makeup: Stacey Craven Smoke & Mirrors in Newport Beach, CA – makeupbystacey@yahoo.com // shoes: Badgley Mischka // earrings + bracelet: Nadri // bridesmaid dresses: Badgley Mischka Rented from Rent The Runway // groom’s + groomsmen’s suits: Express Men // invitations + paper goods: Pitbulls and Posies // rentals: Casa De Perrin, Signature Party Rentals // catering + cake: Toscana Country Club // other desserts: Toscana Country Club // dj: J.P. McLeod

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryJesi Haack Design, J.P. McLeod, Casa de Perrin, onelove photography, and JL Designs are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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Dreamy Malibu Engagement Session: Vineet + Dan

Malibu engagement

We’re kind of in love with every single thing about that opening shot. That dress, the view, and the crystal-clear spark between these two lovebirds is enough to have us all starry-eyed. Vineet + Dan are both doctors (Yep. Beauty AND brains), who wanted their engagement session with Katie Shuler to capture their love with California’s beautiful mountains and beaches as their backdrop. As Cali dwellers know, the freedom to explore both of those  settings within the same day is one of the most incredible things about our state. And we love that these guys took full advantage of that opportunity!

From Vineet, Dan and I met while we were living New York City, but we recently moved to Los Angeles for work. Since our wedding will be near my hometown in Toronto and we don’t know where our careers will take us next, we wanted to do an engagement shoot that captured the beauty and magic of California. We felt our engagement shoot was an opportunity to do more creative and whimsical pictures than we would do on our wedding day, and Saddlerock Ranch and El Matador Beach seemed ideal to represent LA. With the help of Katie Shuler’s vision and direction, we achieved some beautiful shots, and had an incredible and unforgettable day exploring both this gorgeous ranch and El Matador.

ranch and horse engagement

ranch and horse engagement

ranch and horse engagement

blue maxi dress

ranch and horse engagement

ranch and horse engagement

Malibu engagement

Malibu engagement

Malibu engagement

A little jealous that these two got to meet + greet Saddlerock Ranch’s adorable (and apparently very friendly) horses + zebras!

zebra engagement

zebra engagement

zebra engagement

Malibu engagement

Malibu engagement

We aren’t sure which we love more, V + D all decked out for those dreamy ranch shots or these more casual + romantic images on the beach… Guess we’ll have to call it a draw!

Malibu engagement

Malibu engagement

Malibu engagement

Malibu engagement

Malibu engagement

Malibu engagement

Big thanks to Vineet + Dan for sharing their story + photos with us! And best wishes for a beautiful wedding + life together!

photography: Katie Shuler Photography // planning + design: Weekend Casual // venue: Saddlerock Ranch and El Matador State Beach in Malibu, California // floral dress: Nelli Uzun // black dress: Mink Pink // suit: Hugo Boss // flower crown: Blossom Alliance

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryKatie Shuler Photography and Blossom Alliance are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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Sweet Central Park Boat Proposal: Jenna + Jared

NYC central park proposal

We have the sweetest day lined up here at GWS and it’s all about proposals + engagements! While we LOVE wedding eye candy as much as the next gal, it’s always fun to reflect + remember how it all starts for the lovely couples featured on the site: the proposal! And for this adorable Nashville duo, the whole shebang was beautifully captured thanks to the talented Kelly Christine

Jared sweetly + meticulously planned his surprise proposal to Jenna in one of the most romantic locations imaginable (and Jenna’s very favorite spot when she visits NYC), the lake in the middle of Central Park. We’ll freely admit, we almost teared up looking at these images. The dreamiest ever! And a day-after e-session through NYC’s Meat Packing District, also planned by this charming Aussie fella, only made things that much sweeter…

boat

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

From Kelly (the photographer), As he was proposing somehow every person in the nearby area knew it and when they kissed everyone cheered. She thought he planned that. It was a magical moment!

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

From Jenna, Jared had the great idea to do a next day engagement shoot for us. This was a treat because I’m a wardrobe stylist in Nashville and he took me shopping in Soho before going to Central Park for the shoot. I finally got to style myself for a shoot. Dream! 

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC central park proposal

NYC engagement

NYC engagement

NYC engagement

NYC engagement

Ah, so cute!

NYC engagement

NYC engagement

NYC engagement

We  know we shared bits + pieces throughout the post, but J + J’s whole proposal story is just so sweet, so let’s hear it all directly from the bride-to-be:

Jared threw me for a loop because he was about to perform at Radio City Music Hall in a few hours and after sound check, we raced full speed to Central Park in order for it to line up with the arrival of my parents who were flying in from Ohio that afternoon to surprise me. He wasn’t sure if the boats were going to be operating that day (due to recent bad weather), so when he saw them open, he went back to his original plan to row me out to his planned spot on The Lake in front of The San Remo Towers. He told Kelly exactly where to be positioned to get “the shot”, and she nailed it! He proposed on one knee…in a boat! I was elated that he proposed…and that he didn’t tip us over.

Following the show at Radio City that night, Jared arranged for a Limo to pick me, my parents, my best friend and her hubby up from the venue, and cruise around NYC for a few hours before returning to a rooftop bar for a drink, just the two of us, to reflect on the amazing events of the day.

Congrats you two! And thanks for letting us share this special moment of yours on GWS!

photography: Kelly Christine // venue: The Lake at Central Park in New York City, New York

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