Tessa Kim Spring/Summer 2014 Collection + A Giveaway!

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As you ladies are well aware, coming up with your bridal style doesn’t stop at just the dress. Adding the right accessories to your ensemble will take your look to fab new heights. Enter the Tessa Kim Spring/Summer 2014 Collection! For the fresh crop of beautiful pieces, Tessa focused on romantic laces, gold tones and crystal headpieces with a Spanish influence. So perfect for late summer brides! Let’s have a look, shall we?

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tessa kim summer collection

tessa kim summer collection

tessa kim summer collection

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tessa kim summer collection

tessa kim summer collection

tessa kim summer collection

tessa kim summer collection

cathedral veil

tessa kim summer collection

tessa kim summer collection

tessa kim summer collection

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tessa kim giveaway

The prettiest, right?! And it only gets better:  Tessa Kim is generously offering one lucky GWS reader a $200 gift certificate towards any item in her shop (intimates or accessories). To enter, simply fill out the form below!

****Congrats to Emily F. who was our lucky winner!***

Thanks for your interest in our sweepstakes. The entry period is now closed.

Thanks so much, Tessa for this fun opportunity! Ladies, what’s your idea of the must-have bridal accessory?

photography: Honey Honey Photography // hair + makeup: 1011 Makeup // location: The Villa San Juan Capistrano San Juan Capistrano, California // dresses: Leanne Marshall from Love and Lace Bridal Salon

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Romantic Beltane Ranch Wedding: Daria + Jonathan

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Oh, wine country! You’re just the prettiest. And so is Daria + Jonathan’s ultra romantic Beltane Ranch wedding, perfectly designed by Tori of Sitting In A Tree! These two wanted their wedding to have the feeling of a beautiful backyard garden party; relaxed, easy, and in a super gorgeous setting. And, as you’ll soon see, that feeling definitely radiates from their stunning images by Larissa Cleveland. Let’s hear more about the inspiration for the day from Daria:

Beltane not only has the most beautiful views of its vineyards, but the house itself has gorgeous lush gardens and lawns and this mossy tree that is just the most perfect thing you can imagine getting married under. For flowers, I wanted something that felt like autumn and wine country but feminine (and not orange!) and when I stumbled across Brown Paper Design’s website I totally fell in love with this TO DIE FOR combination of soft pinks and blushes and moody wine colors,and thought that totally was the palette for me. So much so that my dress ended up being a soft blush pink and the bridesmaid dresses a beautiful burgundy/wine color. And because Jonathan and I and both of our families were able to stay at Beltane it did totally end up feeling like it was our own backyard!

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maroon dresses

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We’re madly in love with Daria’s full, asymmetrical bouquet. See more of our most fave bouquets here!

peach and black bouquet

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tux groomsmen

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flower tree installation

Processional: Bridal Party: Quelqu'un m'a Dit – Carla Bruni; Bride: Here Comes My Baby – Cat Stevens

Recessional: Dog Days Are Over – Florence + the Machine

First Dance: Ho Hey – The Lumineers

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ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

ceremony

Reading our vows to each other. We had written a “story of us” reading that we had two of our friends in the wedding party read first during the ceremony. We had seen a couple do it at their wedding, and loved it as it allowed all the guests to feel a part of the relationship and understand the history. We wrote that together, which was a fun bonding thing to do and felt like we were really making the ceremony about us, but the vows we wrote separately and didn’t hear them in advance. I sobbed through mine, and Jonathan had every guest in tears and it was truly the best part of the magical night. Because we wrote our vows, the ceremony felt so personal.

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ceremony

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bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom


Don’t the ladies look lovely in their punchy-hued Shareen Bridal bridesmaid frocks? Such a perfect color for fall!

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flower girl and ring bearers

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bride and groom

bride and groom

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hanging escort cards

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wooden reception chairs

gold name tags


The tablescape featured verdant centerpieces crafted from dahlias, peonies, jasmine vine, chocolate cosmos + pretty greens! When paired with gold-rimmed goblets, pink depression glass plates + soft linen textiles, the result was the utmost amount of lovely!

purple and peach flowers

pink glassware

bread favors

pink glassware

table number design

floral chair decor


And love the look -and lushness! – of their whimsical cake table!

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cakes

first dance

bistro lights

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Don’t panic!! As my wonderful and oh so patient planner Tori can attest, I panicked a lot and it’s unnecessary because it all works out. And don’t forget about the ceremony. We saved that for last, and it ended up being the most special part and really set the tone for the rest of the night. Even though you may stress about the napkins (which I did!) it is the thing that people will remember most if it really is personal. Oh and if your venue has time restrictions make sure you have enough time for dancing!

photography: Larissa Cleveland // venue: Beltane Ranch Sonoma Valley in Glen Ellen, California // event planning + design: Tori Hendrix of Sitting In A Tree Design // florals: Brown Paper Design // wedding dress: “Peony” by Monique Lhuillier // hairpieces: Monique Lhuillier // shoes: Jimmy Choo “vamp” // bridesmaid dresses: Shareen Bridal – “Poppie” in custom fabric // hair + makeup: Sophia Coyne of Painted Ladies // groom suit: Ralph Lauren // invitations: Rifle Paper Co. // catering: Girl and the Fig caterers // cake: gold cake from Sweet On Cake // music: Austin Hendrix // signs + paper goods: Pitbulls and Posies // linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

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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Say I Do at Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Wedding

At GWS we’re big fans of invigorating, open air celebrations, but can you imagine a setting more magical, more perfect than Yosemite? Yeah, us either! Imagine exchanging your vows in a valley of waterfalls and wildflowers or on the edge of an evergreen forest. The dreamiest, right?!

Today we’re excited to dive a bit deeper into what saying “I Do” with some of the most breathtaking + remarkable vistas on Earth as your backdrop would be like. A wedding at Yosemite National Park means endless extraordinary settings for romantic ceremonies, from ambience-rich, historic hotels including The Ahwahnee and the Wawona Hotel, to warm and inviting Yosemite park accommodations at Curry Village and Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. Through it all, a personal wedding consultant will be with you every step of the way to help ensure that your moment is nothing short of magical. We’re loving that!

Here’s a peek at some of our fave GWS weddings that have taken place in Yosemite…

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Whether your idea for the perfect wedding involves earthy originality or unmistakable romance, Yosemite is a naturally perfect location for the biggest day of your life.

photos are all from weddings we’ve shared at Yosemite National Park (with the exception of the photos in the gray box provided by Yosemite) Top and bottom photo by James Moes from this wedding // second collage is from this wedding captured by Othello Silla // third collage is from this wedding photographed by Jesse Leake Photography

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