Southern Bayou Inspired Wedding: Katie + Jeremy – Part One

LA wedding

Today’s gorgeous wedding is a pretty special one – it’s the wedding of our lovely editorial assistant here at GWS, Katie! Katie has worked here with us at GWS for almost two years now and has been such an asset to us. Katie is also a pretty talented photographer and I’m excited to share her wedding to her love Jeremy today! Jason and I were lucky enough to attend Katie’s wedding last fall and with the talent she hired including Studio Castillero capturing the day, Carly Rae Weddings for coordination and Primary Petals creating the gorgeous florals at the super rad Marvimon, it was a perfect wedding for these two lovebirds! I’ll let Katie talk more about her day :)

Jeremy and I had been together almost 7 years before we got engaged. Both being creative people (Me a photographer/GWS assistant! and Jeremy a musician), we wanted something to reflect the both of us. I was a bit overwhelmed at first on where to start planning. Working at Green Wedding Shoes I’m constantly seeing amazing weddings and inspiration. So the inspiration boards I would put together were sort of a mess at first. Eventually I realized that I was the one planning and choosing – and not at all asking Jeremy; no wonder I was so confused! It all made total sense after Jeremy suggested something that I knew was perfect for us: we were going to throw the most southern, swampy, bayou inspired wedding! We chose a few initial colors to get us going: southern peach, mint, beige, and espresso brown. And I knew we had to have tumbleweeds and Spanish moss anyplace we could. We each picked important things to invest into for the wedding: A photographer that got our style, a venue that had the right vibe, and a blues band to bring it all together!

illustrations

One of my favorite elements we had done for the wedding were these custom portraits done by Ernie at Draw Your Face Off. Our paper goods designer, Alex, got to use them in a lot of our items as well. It was a fun collaboration!

oxford shoes

bride

bride

bride

whimsical bouquet

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jcrew bridesmaids

flower girl

marvimon wedding

groomsmen

groomsmen

groom bowtie


We had Alex design for us a fun ceremony program that introduced our wedding party to our family and friends. We loosely based it off of the “two truths and a lie” game. Turns out they were all true – except for bridesmaids Nikki’s last fact: “Once shot a pig in the face” (she’s a Texan). We both still laugh at that one.

ceremony program

tumbleweed wedding

Katie: My favorite memory is walking down the aisle. I just remember holding my dad's arm, him telling me how beautiful I looked - and to slow down so everyone could see me. What a dad! I was so overwhelmed at seeing everyone's faces and didn't relax until I saw Jeremy's face. Also a close-second is my sister's slideshow she put together for her speech. It was sweet and I balled my eyes out!

Jeremy: Coming back into the reception after photos, knowing everyone we loved was there, and that we had time to hang out with them all. Also, how cool everything had turned out.

marvimon wedding

marvimon wedding

spanish moss altar

spanish moss altar

spanish moss altar

spanish moss altar

spanish moss altar

Processional: Equals – Mutemath

Recessional: Roll Over DJ – Jet

First Dance: On & On – Number One Gun

The reception and gorgeous portraits are coming up next, and you can view them here!

photography: Studio Castillero // coordinator: Carly Rae Weddings // venue: Marvimon Los Angeles, California // venue management: TACT // florals: Primary Petals // paper goods: Good-Heart Designs // portrait illustration: Draw Your Face Off // dress: Maggie Sottero “Carissa” from Panache Bridal // bride’s shoes + jewelry: Nordstrom // bride’s hair piece: Mila Rose Designs // bridesmaids dresses: J.Crew in Dusty Shale // bridesmaids jewelry: custom from Make Pie Not War // make-up: Brittany Reed Artistry // hair: Nicole Berguson from Kallisto Salon // groom attire: Zara // custom groomsmen bowtie + suspenders: Bebecha // photo booth: Katie Pritchard // catering: Lucille’s BBQ // bar tending: Huntington Catering Company // desserts: Sweets Indeed // custom cat cake toppers: Heart Of Clay // band: Bryan Young and the Blues Station // valet: Jeffrey Valet

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryGoodheart Design, Carly Rae Weddings, Studio Castillero, and Primary Petals are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Our Maternity Photos

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As I announced yesterday, our sweet baby girl came quite a few weeks early, so I’m glad we were able to fit in maternity photos with our friend and talented photographer, Caroline Tran. To be honest, before I was pregnant I didn’t think I wanted maternity photos, but once I was pregnant – and realized I didn’t do a great job capturing my belly! – I wanted to make sure I did have this moment captured. And here’s a tip! For those currently pregnant, it’s best to do maternity photos when you are around 28-32 weeks. At that point, you’ll have a cute belly and still be feeling pretty good hopefully. I waited a bit long, I was at 34 weeks, but at least I fit them in since our girl came at 35 weeks! Big thanks also to Theresa Huang for my lovely hair + makeup…

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maternity photos in the woods

maternity photos in the woods

maternity photos in the woods

maternity photos in the woods

maternity photos with pink dress

maternity photos in the woods

maternity photos in the woods


Love how they turned out and feel a bit like a fairytale for that magical time… :)

Thanks again to Caroline Tran and Theresa Huang. Jason and I (and Sienna) will treasure these photos! My dress is from Asos.

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Spring Inspiration with BHLDN + Pretty Flowers

flower crown

Spring is officially here next week, so what better way to end the week then with this lovely “Spring-Inspired” shoot! With gorgeous gowns + accessories from BHLDN and lovely floral pieces from The Nouveau Romantics, there is so much pretty in this one! Thanks also to The Nichols for the pretty photos.

Lita Gown
flower crown

bouquet

BHLDN

BHLDN

Annabelle Dress pink wedding dress

pink wedding dress

flower crown

pink dress

BHLDN

BHLDN

BHLDN

bride

BHLDN


Three of my favorite dresses from BHLDN!

BHLDN

leaf garland

bright bouquet


And how pretty is this poppy bouquet!?

bright bouquet

BHLDN


Thanks so much to these talented artists from Texas for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: The Nichols // venue: Le San Michele // florals: The Nouveau Romantics // dresses: BHLDN Houston, Texas // make-up: Maris Malone Calderon // hair: Shannon Briggs-Hack // models: Salicia Kol, Lauren Stone, and Leah Muse //

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