Mystical Wedding Inspiration From Griffin & Sabine

Griffin and Sabine book inspired shoot

Today’s stunning styled shoot pulls inspiration from the the Griffin & Sabine series of novels. For those who aren’t familiar with the stories (we weren’t!), Griffin is an artist who begins receiving postcards from an elusive Sabine, who lives far away – and it eventually turns into a super romantic long distance love story. The team behind the editorial, led by Sarah Maren Photography Kate Whelan Events, used the surreal oil paintings from within the book to create the shoot’s color palette and stayed true to the storyline with elegant, astronomy-centric details mixed with touches of Dutch still life floral design. There’s so much pretty to pin throughout + we’re loving all the mystical design elements that will surely inspire couples who are looking for a few unique + magical ideas to incorporate into their day!

Griffin and Sabine inspired invitation

hanging empty gold frames

giant flower hair crown

giant flower hair crown


From the team, Shannon of Flourish created lush, romantic florals and combined them in true Dutch still life fashion with unexpected elements like brass bugs and pewter skulls. We added brass candle sticks, fresh fruits and tea lights with a rustic patina reminiscent of layers of oil paint. Two bouquets were created – one a fresh, loose romantic stunner wrapped in navy silk ribbon; the second a unique take on the new bracelet bouquet with pops of lace and thistle.

hanging floral balls

Griffin and Sabine book inspired shoot

Griffin and Sabine book inspired shoot

Griffin and Sabine book inspired shoot

Griffin and Sabine book inspired shoot

double exposure


An astronomy-centric canvas guestbook sat on an easel where guests would connect their own constellation and sign nearby.

constellation indigo seating chart

tablescape with candles

blue velvet tablecloth

patterned china

vintage stamps


The team had the pleasure of speaking with Griffin & Sabine author Nick Bantock during the development of the session. He kindly gave them the rights to use unique art from the books for the table numbers, as well as signed custom stamp sets to play as guest favors. Such a fun touch that really helps authenticate the details of the shoot!

gold candlesticks

name cards

Griffin and Sabine book inspired shoot

gold rimmed goblets

watercolor table numbers

gold candlesticks

Griffin and Sabine book inspired shoot

dessert bar on piano


Loving the display of naked, berry-topped cakes + various other treats created by Sweet Cakes by Rebecca!

sequined dress

sequined dress

dessert bar

macarons

flower decor

layered naked cake

Griffin and Sabine book inspired shoot


And catch more of this super fun editorial in the beautiful film by Frontside Films!


Thanks so much to the talented creatives below for sharing this fun inspiration with us today!

photography: Sarah Maren Photography // planning + design: Kate Whelan Events (previously Kate Miller Events) // venue: Beatnik Studios Sacramento, California // florals: Flourish // videography: Frontside Films // cake + desserts: Sweet Cakes by Rebecca // lighting + projection: BP Productions // hair + makeup: Hello Glam // stationery: KME Paperie // dress + veil: Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo // shoes: Prada // tux: Always Elegant Bridal and Tuxedo // rentals: Hartmann Studios Rentals // linens: La Tavola Linens // table number art + stamps: Nick Bantock // bicycle lighting above tabletop: Straight Gauge Studios // artist behind dessert table: Kelly O’Connell 530-351-4777

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

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Whimsical Safari-Inspired Wedding: Alyssa + Roy

safari wedding

So, this might be a fun GWS first! Alyssa + Roy’s inspiration for their wedding day actually came from their honeymoon! And while that might sound a bit backwards, they had decided they wanted to go on an African Safari long before they decided on anything wedding related. So incorporating details that reflected their secret love of Animal Planet shows, their separate stints of time living in Africa, and their excitement about their incredible upcoming trip seemed like the only way to go. From the golden leopards + elephants scattered throughout, to the punchy florals by Sweet Marie Design, to the (seriously) best ever phoobooth backdrop, we’re loving how A + R’s day is full of whimsy, personality, and most of all fun!

From the bride, We wanted to incorporate fun things about us into our wedding day. For example, the nerds deep down inside of us love doing puzzles together, so our favors for all of our wedding guests were zebra puzzles. Our favorite song is “Till Kingdom Come” by Coldplay, so we had little signs everywhere that said “For you I’d wait till kingdom come.” And, finally, the bridesmaids each had a King Protea flower, which is native to South Africa (where we went on our honeymoon).

Thanks so much to Heather of Amorology Weddings for the super fun styling + to Tracy Hill for the gorge images. And, of course, big congrats to Alyssa + Roy on a beautiful day!

pink garden rose bouquet

safari wedding

anemone boutonniere

anemone and garden rose bouquet

wedding flag

safari wedding

wedding party

bridesmaids

bridesmaids


The bridesmaids wore fun, neutral frocks from Anthropologie + Free People. And love that they carried gorgeous single proteas!

protea bouquet

initial necklaces

groomsmen

wedding party

bride and groom

wedding signs

flag table names

gold geo vases

gold painted tiger

gold geo vase

puzzle favor

gold votives


Guests lined up to “Join the Stampdede” at the fun dessert table which featured milk + cookies; one of Roy’s favorite treats!

cake netting

milk bottles

gold painted elephant

safari inspired cake

stampede safari dessert bar

photo booth backdrop


And we weren’t kidding about this super fun Photo Booth backdrop, crafted by Amorology. Such a perfect addition to Alyssa + Roy’s day!

photo booth backdrop

kiss

We both agree that the most memorable moment of the day was our exit from the reception. Seeing all of our friends and family lined up as we ran under the sparklers was unbelievably magical.

exit 222

Start collecting addresses for those you are going to send invites to as soon as you can. I didn't take into account how long this would take us, and I wish I had started on this earlier. Also, don't stress about the small things. Just enjoy every minute of your wedding day!

photography: Tracy Hill // event design + coordination: Heather Balliet of Amorology Weddings //  venue + catering: Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club Mission Viejo, California // florals: Sweet Marie Design //dj: Brendan Dahl (Family friend) // hair + makeup: Whitney Sumsion (Alyssa’s Friend) // videography: Hayley Aiono (Friend) // rentals: Town & Country Rentals // trunks + cameras: Archive Rentals // chairs: Chiavari Chair Rentals // cookies: Susie Cakes // paper goods: Peanut Press Creative // linens: La TavolaWildflower // cake: Hey There Cupcake // bridesmaids dresses: Anthropologie, Free People // wedding luncheon: Las Brisas in Laguna Beach // dress: Alta Moda, Augusta Jones

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Fun Wooden Bow Ties from Two Guys Bow Tie

two guys bow tie

For couples who are all about style, there’s no better time to make a statement than your big day! Crafted by hand, Two Guys Bow Tie’s dapper wooden ties + lapel flowers are the perfect way for grooms and groomsmen to complete their unique + stylish look! And the best part of all? If you don’t find exactly what you are looking for, Two Guys Bow Tie can custom design any tie to fit your wedding color story + aesthetic! They can even custom engrave the back of your wooden bow tie with a special message, making these fun statement pieces a gift your groomsmen will not only always remember, but wear again + again!

photo above by Manchik Photography

wooden bow ties

wooden bow ties


photo above by Blake Loates

wooden flower bowtie

bow tie giveaway


We are so excited to share that Two Guys Bow Tie is generously offering a $500 bridal party package to one lucky GWS winner! The winner can mix + match, or choose all ties or wooden lapel flowers. Entering is easy. Just “like” Two Guys Bow Tie on Facebook + fill out the form below!

A few more fun incentives from Two Guys Bow Tie:

  • Recieve 20% off or free customization for all wedding orders for at least 5 ties or lapels // Use code “GWS20OFF”
  • If you just need one tie, use code “DapperGroom” for a 10% off coupon

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

*** Congrats to Madeline B. who was the lucky winner! ***

And to keep up with the latest at Two Guys Bow Tie, be sure to follow them on Twitter + Instagram!

last photo by Flora + Fauna

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