Rustic Parisian Anniversary Session

paris anniversary

What could be better than a gorgeous, rustic anniversary session in Paris? How about one where the couple gets dressed up in some really lovely attire – like an amazing Claire Pettibone dress for starters?! Combine that with the romantic backdrops of the Champs Elysee gardens and the Louvre museum, the incredible talent of Laura Gordon Photography and a couple that is so completely in love and you have the recipe for some serious beauty! Here’s more from Sara of Wedding Sparrow, the planner + designer behind the shoot:

Shannon + Peter have been married a year and Peter is in the US military currently stationed in Germany. They wanted to create some amazing images that they could frame and have in their new German home, so they joined us in Paris for a weekend! Our inspiration was a rustic autumnal feel right in the heart of the city. We had custom made accessories from Enchanted Atelier, custom calligraphy stationery from Sending Heartstrings and the most amazing florals from Bo Boutique

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flower wreath


I know floral crowns are nothing new these days, but this one feels special! There are so many beautiful textures and I love that the florist, Amy, included some really interesting elements, like raspberries!

paris anniversary

red bouquet

paris anniversary

paris anniversary

paris flower crown

paris anniversary

parisian bride

paris anniversary


Loving the artichoke boutonniere, too!

velvet bow tie

oak leaf arrangement

paris anniversary

paris anniversary

flower crown over veil

paris anniversary

paris anniversary

paris anniversary

paris anniversary

paris anniversary


For the last part of the shoot, Shannon switched things up with some fun, art-deco inspired headbands. Such a pretty look!

jeweled head piece

braids

paris anniversary bride

paris anniversary

paris anniversary

paris anniversary

paris bride and groom

paris anniversary

jeweled head piece


Big thanks to the talented creatives below for inspiring us with this gorgeous anniversary shoot today + congratulations, Shannon + Peter, on your first anniversary!

photography: Laura Gordon Photography // planning + design: Wedding Sparrow // location: Paris, France // florals: Bo Boutique // hair + make up: Sarah Miller Make Up // accessories: Enchanted Atelier // dress: ‘Kristene’ by Claire Pettibone from Exquisite Bridal Couture // stationery: Sending Heartstrings // earrings: Liberty in Love // shoes: Lanvin

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Los Angeles Warehouse Wedding: Stephanie + Scott

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Stephanie + Scott wanted their incredible LA warehouse wedding to be a stylish + fun blend of their two very different cultures (Scott is from New Zealand + Stephanie is American and half Korean) and also represent their creative backgrounds as artists. And as you’ll soon see, they did a phenomenal job creating a gorgeous + meaningful day! I’m pretty obsessed with their clean + modern color palette of ivory + gold, with subtle pops of green brought in through the pretty floral design. And you won’t want to miss the super rad photo booth backdrop handmade by the groom, or the gorgeous installation of gold-dipped paper lanterns decorating the reception space. So much beauty to be inspired by!

From the bride, We really tried to incorporate elements of the two of us. Scott’s a graphic designer/illustrator and I’m a fashion designer. Scott illustrated elements throughout including the signage, photo booth, match-boxes, napkins, invites, etc. I grew up with flowers always around, my mother was a florist. I also wanted to have a lot of fabric around, inspired by my love for fashion. I draped fabric over the altar + used it to divide sections of the venue. By including these personal touches, we were able to represent who we are individually as well as us as a team. 

Thanks so much to Bayly and Moore for the stunning photography and congratulations to Stephanie + Scott!

wedding dress

flowers


Stephanie’s copper Jeffery Campbell shoes are so incredibly awesome!

gold wedge heels

flower girl


And love that the boys made a pre-ceremony stop at Handsome Coffee Roasters! :)

groomsmen

handsome coffee

bride and groom

bridal party

rustic bride

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bridal party


Their venue was located in LA’s arts district so there were plenty of killer backdrops for photos!

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom


Here’s a peek at the gorgeous cluster of lanterns!

gold painted lanterns

groomsmen


And, of course, I’m majorly in love with this amazing, layered fabric ceremony backdrop, created by Stephanie as a nod to her background in fashion. It looks so great against the venue’s old brick walls…

hanging fabric backdrop

cocktail area

bride walking down aisle

industrial ceremony

greenery chandelier

industrial ceremony

industrial ceremony

industrial ceremony

industrial ceremony

industrial ceremony

industrial ceremony

Processional: Ends of the Earth – Lord Huron

Recessional: I'll Be Your Man – Black Keys

First Dance: I Found You – Alabama Shakes

industrial ceremony

drinks

drinks

old car

girls

sliders

wedding matches

gold table deocr

gold painted animal setting


We placed small gold sheep at every table setting to tie in Scott’s New Zealand (Kiwi) roots. Not only was it cool for the local guests, but a nice tie in of home for the Kiwi visitors. We really wanted to incorporate all the cultures. And the food helped resemble Southern California like Mini Tacos + New Zealand — Lamb sliders!

gold painted animal setting

black and white table number

gold painted animal setting

salad bar

cupcakes

string lighting

hanging lanterns

Stephanie: We snuck out of the reception in the middle of the night with Sophia, and took some couple photos of just Scott and I. It was a great pause in the night and perfect to have time to ourselves and soak it all in. These are probably my favorite photos of the wedding too!

Scott: My favorite moment was during our first dance. At the same moment that I was able to share a slow-dance with Stef, I was looking around at all the people we care about. I was so overwhelmed with love and support, wondering what I'd done to deserve such a beautiful wife and such wonderful friends and family.

hanging lanterns

marquee you & me

gold painted lanterns

Try to add your own personal touches. Make sure you have a timeline of things to do and enough hands to get things done before the big day. We had a tight budget, but we found ways to get around it – i.e. making our own napkins & ties, making sure to shop around, and thrifting for table elements. Your wedding is the time to ask your friends and family for a favor, too. That's what they're there for and it's a form of support they're more than happy to give!

photography + videography: Bayly and Moore // venue: 440 Seaton Warehouse Los Angeles, California // event design + planning: Stephanie Cleary (Bride) // floral design: Myong Ja Chun (Bride’s mother) and Friends // wedding dress: Pronovias, San Patrick // earrings: Elizabeth Cole // shoes: Jeffery Campbell // bridesmaid dresses: ASOS // hair + makeup: Michi Yamashiro // groom suit: Shades of Grey by Micah Cohen // paper goods + signage: Scott Cleary // catering: Tender Greens // cake: Lark Cake Shop in Silverlake // ceremony music: Alexandra Walls & Daniel Gibson // dj: The Bedroom Boys (Ben Barter & Josh Fountain)

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryTender Greens is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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25 Unique Engagement Rings

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1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10 // 11 // 12 // 13

The time between Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day is the most popular time to get engaged, so we thought it would be fun to share a round-up of 25 gorgeous + unique engagement rings — perfect for any of you who might be on the search for a ring in the near future! ;) We’ve pulled everything from colored gemstones to diamonds of all shapes + sizes – and in lots of different price ranges, too! With so many options to choose from, we think you’re bound to find a ring that undoubtably reflects your one-of-a-kind style.

unique engagement rings

14 // 15 // 16 // 17 // 18 // 19 // 20 // 21 // 22 // 23 // 24 // 25

So tell us, do any of you lovelies think you’ll be sporting a shiny, new bauble this holiday season?!

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