Oasis in the Desert by Allure Bridals

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Wedding dress shopping is definitely one of the most fun + exciting parts of the planning process for brides-to-be, but sometimes seeing a dress on a website or on a hanger just doesn’t do it justice. Allure Bridals, an award-winning bridal manufacturer of beautiful, ethereal wedding gowns, set out to solve your bridal woes with this super pretty desert-inspired styled shoot, which shows their lovely gowns in action! Pretty genius, yes? We love how the dresses look juxtaposed with the arid backdrop. Let’s hear more about the shoot from the Allure team:

A bride is beautiful wherever she is— but our creative team, including Amy and Jordan Photography and Samantha Fitzgerald of Encore Creative, fostered the inspiration of a bride in a desert setting. We pictured the ethereal beauty of a bride set against a rocky stone backdrop—the gorgeous harshness of the desert only emphasizing her beauty and the blooms around her. With a bit of bohemian flair, our team put together a beautifully balanced inspiration shoot, with soft blue tulle and fresh lace accented gowns, blowsy florals, succulents and dusty pastels.

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The lace detailing on the back of this dress is so stunningly beautiful! A fave for sure.

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The Allure objective is for brides to feel truly comfortable, confident + beautiful on their wedding day. Something every bride deserves! Your Allure Bridals gown is guaranteed to be perfectly constructed + made with luxurious fabrics in a modern silhouette. To see the full collections, be sure to visit their website today. And to see tons of real-life Allure brides and learn more about style + fit, check out Allure Bridals’ blog + instagram! Happy dress shopping, ladies!

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Dreamy Northern California Farm Wedding: Nelly + Michael

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Nelly + Michael’s gorgeous Nor Cal farm wedding is truly the stuff of dreams! It was rustic and beach-y with the most perfect coastal views, and every little detail was such a beautiful reflection of the two of them. These guys fell in love over multiple summers of fishing up in Alaska, so that part of their lives really became the base for their wedding design + ideas. They made all of the decorations together, hand-painted their wedding invitations – and even caught the salmon they served for dinner! Talk about making every detail thoughtful + personal. We’re dying to hear more about how they tied Alaska into their celebration, so we’ll let Nelly take it from here:

The inspiration for our color palette came from a camping trip in central Alaska in the fall. I saw such beautiful natural tones of dark red wild cranberries, gold autumn leaves, blueberries and green moss that I wanted to interweave into our fall wedding. This woodland autumn theme also carried into the little wool mushrooms I hand felted for the table centerpieces, inspired by the colorful mushrooms found in the woods in Alaska. I wanted our wedding to have an organic, natural and simple style that reflected our story and the adventures we have been on together. We also wanted our wedding to have a relaxed feel with delicious local food and good music.

Big thanks to Kate Harrison for sharing these stunning images of Nelly + Michael’s day with us!

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The bridesmaids were decked out in the most ethereal gold Anthropologie frocks!

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Processional: Acoustic music preformed by The North Pacific String Band

Recessional: Caravans – Van Morrison

First Dance: Fishin in the Dark – The North Pacific String Band

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Our most memorable moment of the day was the ceremony. We held the ceremony up in a eucalyptus grove above the farm fields. It was so peaceful and serene with a view of the ocean that made it a very special spot. Michael’s good friend performed the ceremony making it a personal, intimate, and beautiful moment.

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Garlands, lanterns + whimsical bunting? Yes, yes + yes. We love it!

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This vintage hutch, filled with cakes by Gayle’s Bakery, really could not be sweeter!

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Enjoy the moments you get to be with all of the people that came to celebrate with you. One of the best parts I enjoyed about our wedding is that we designed it around the weekend, not just the day. We had so many people coming from far away we wanted to enjoy as much time with them as we could. The night before the wedding, we had a meet and greet party that gave us more time to be with all of our guests.

photography: Kate Harrison // venue: Green Oaks Farm and Retreat Center Pescadero, California // event planner: Bride and Cera Singley Events // floral design: Bride with local farmer’s market flowers //  wedding dress: Epiphany Bridal // shoes: Pikolinos // bridesmaid dresses: Anthropologie // hair: Julianna Dixon // make up: Nikol Elaine // groom suit: J.Crew // paper goods: designed by the Bride // catering: Roli Roti, Central Coast Catering // cake: Gayle’s Bakery // music: North Pacific String Band // cake topper: Concarta

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

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DIY: Beaded Sash

DIY Beaded Sash

We love a little bling to glam up a simple dress and these darling sashes crafted up by Christy of One Handspun Day pretty up wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses alike. And the best part? They are so easy to DIY! Here is how Christy did these…

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Materials: 
• Assorted Beads
• Embellishments (either purchase here or make your own with this tutorial for bead clusters)
• Grosgrain Ribbon
• Thread & Needle
• Scissors

Step One: Prep the Sash

Cut the grosgrain ribbon to its desired length. My sashes were each 120” long because I wanted them long in the back, but you could certainly make them much shorter.

Tip: If you are worried about fraying you can create a small hem at each end by folding end of the ribbon ¼” and sewing it into place… or skip the sewing and just dab a little glue along each edge!

Step Two: Attach the beads

If you are taking the easy approach and would like to save your fingers from too many clumsy needle attacks, then find or make embellishments to sew on your sash. If these pearl cluster embellishments tickle your fancy, then follow my tutorial to make some of your own! Then just add a few stitches to attach them to your sash and secure on the back with a few knots.

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If you are practicing patience and have an episode of Project Runway to catch up on, then make sure you have a long piece of thread knotted and ready to go. Start from the middle of your sash by sewing the center bead/embellishment into place. Work outward from that bead and move in one direction (ex. to the right of the center), sewing each bead into place. Then repeat on the opposite side of the center bead.

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DIY Beaded Sash - Finished Closeup Duo


For the second example, I chose a simple art deco inspired pattern because ever since I read Zelda I so very wish that I could transport back to the twenties in all of its roaring fabulousness. To copy my pattern start with a diamond shaped bead for the center. Create a sideways ‘V’ shape next to it using seed (small round beads) and bugle beads (long straight beads), alternating them to create each row (ex. seed, bugle, seed, bugle, seed). Repeat for each row and continue until the pattern reaches the desired size. Secure on the back with a few knots and repeat the process for the opposite side.

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When ready to wear, just tie a pretty bow in the back!

DIY Beaded Sash - Finished Bride Back Bow Horiz

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Voila! A lovely new accessory to dress up your frocks! And remember, we’d love to see if you make one of our DIY projects, so be sure to share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

We’ve had a lot of readers asking for details on the dress above, it’s Isla by Ruche. Unfortunately, it’s no longer for sale, but you maybe able to find similar looks at Ruche.

DIY created by Christy of One Handspun Day exclusively for Green Wedding Shoes. Check out more of her work at One Handspun Day. Thanks to Katie Pritchard Photography for all photos and Ruche for the pretty dress.

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