Modern Victorian Wedding Inspiration

Bride and groom

Today’s fun styled shoot feels perfectly fall with a fresh, modern take on Victorian and a pretty color palette of burnt orange, red and gold. The team, led by Natalia Cruz of TaliaStudio and Mae Madge Mendoza of MakingMantra, wanted to create an intimate, rustic farm dinner, in an open field, and fill the table with lots of fun details like a moss runner, pretty autumn-hued florals, old medicine bottles, and platters topped with piles of oranges. So much to be inspired by and pin for your big day!

invitation

bohemian bride

bohemian bride

orange boutonniere

bow tie

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom


The guys looked dapper in their denim and tweed, with hats from Ashbury Hats to complete their modern Victorian look.

groomsmen

groomsmen hats

groomsmen


And how much do you love that the bridesmaids topped their dresses with leather jackets?! Such a fun alternative to cardigans for cooler weather.

bridesmaids

bridesmaids in leather jackets

moss table runner

orange berry


Love the florals by Franco’s Flowers!

mismatched vases

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simple white cake

bridal party

bride and groom

bride and groom


Big thanks to the following creatives for sharing this modern Victorian wedding inspiration with us today!

photography: Natalia & Jeffery Cruz of TaliaStudio // planning + design: Natalia Cruz of TaliaStudio + Mae Madge Mendoza // venue: Private Estate, Carlsbad California // florist: Franco’s Flowers // hair + makeup: Maritza Belty Makeup by Mari // invitation + clutch: Rebecca Soriano // rentals: Concepts Event Design // cake: Little Hunnys Cakery // groomsmen hats: Ashbury Hats

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Carneros Inn Napa Wedding: Brigid + Andrew

bride and groom

According to their talented photographer, Caroline of Milou and Olin (who Brigid + Andrew found here on GWS!), this quirky, fun-loving couple wanted a modern spot to tie the knot, where rustic elegance would still feel at home. The Carneros Inn in Napa, California fit the bill and Brigid + Andrew infused their day with some super lovely rustic details like old galvanized buckets filled with florals, and a cool, wooden escort card art installation that’s sure to inspire some of you to create something similar! And I’m majorly in love with Brigid’s incredible Temperley London dress + their fun, fresh color palette of green, ivory + lavender — a combo that you don’t see all the time, but definitely works beautifully. Here’s a bit more from the bride about one of the most important aspects of the day:

We really wanted to create a gathering that celebrated our group of friends…who are really an extension of our family. We wanted to have a whole weekend that was personal and got everybody together in the same place. The weekend was filled with good food, wine, fun, laughter, and love. Most of our guests came from the east coast or LA, so we picked Napa as a mid-point (more symbolically than geographically) for everybody to meet up.

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first look

bride and groom

carneros inn bride and groom

carneros inn bride and groom

carneros inn bride and groom

carneros inn bride and groom

groomsmen

bridesmaids


Such a fun bouquet, filled with lots of great textures, by Julie Stevens Design!

purple and green bouquet

carneros inn wedding

carneros inn wedding

potted plants decor

Processional: We Belong – Pat Benatar (played by a string quartet)

Recessional: You’re So Cool – Hans Zimmer (from True Romance)

First Dance: Everything I Have is Yours – Billie Holiday

carneros inn wedding

carneros inn wedding

carneros inn wedding

carneros inn wedding

carneros inn wedding

The most memorable moment of the wedding was walking back down the aisle after getting married. One of Andrew’s favorite movies is TRUE ROMANCE, so the string quartet played ‘Your So Cool’ for him as our recessional song. It was so surreal to be walking hand and hand surrounded by all that love -- a moment in time that will stay with us always.

carneros inn wedding


Their escort card display reminds me of our string heart DIY we shared last year! Are any of you planning on creating something similar for your big day?

string nail art

ombre purple escort cards

string nail art

carneros inn wedding

classic table decor

candle votives

classic table decor

bride and groom

Don’t plan for a year. We put everything together in 90 days, and it forced us to make quick decisions that would have otherwise agonized us for no good reason.

photography: Milou and Olin // venue, catering and cake: Apple Orchard and Hilltop at The Carneros Inn Napa, California // event design + planning: Jess Baker of Baker Creative Production // floral design: Julie Stevens Design // wedding dress: Elisha Dress by Temperley London // shoes: Bride and bridesmaids wore Pour La Victoire (Several years back our friend David Giordano started this line when he was living in our apartment in NYC. So when it came time for our wedding day, it was only fitting to wear David’s shoes) // bridesmaid dresses: J. Crew. We pulled the dresses together with sashes made by my friend, designer Madalyn Conforti of Viso Musa – VisoMusa@gmail.com // makeup: Aidan Keough based in NY // hair: Janet Miranda based in LA // groom suit: Dries Van Noten // paper goods: Vera Wang // music: Lawrence String Quartet

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryMilou + Olin Photography is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Engagement Photos on a Boat with Confetti

confetti on a canoe

Ramani + David’s playful engagement photos, captured beautifully by Priscila Valentina, are pretty much guaranteed to bring a huge smile to your face. Calamigos Ranch proved to be the perfect backdrop for this fun-loving couple – they spent the afternoon meandering around the expansive property, riding a giant, colorful ferris wheel and sharing a confetti filled jaunt in a sweet row boat! Props to Priscila and team for making sure this was an environmentally friendly shoot, the confetti is biodegradable + the team performed cleanup to remove it from the water as soon as the shoot was done.

I love when couples really let their personalities shine in their engagement photos! :) And you definitely won’t want to miss their sweet proposal story (David proposed in Hawaii!) at the very end of the post…

engagement

flower crown engagement

flower crown engagement

flower crown engagement


Love that Ramani chose boho braids + loose curls, topped with a pretty flower crown, for one of her two looks for the day!

flower crown engagement

flower crown engagement

silly faces

engagement

engagement

picnic engagement

engagement


Calamigos Ranch is so, so gorgeous! There are so many fun, varied backdrops…perfect for couples who want lots of different looks for their engagement or wedding photos.

engagement

engagement

engagement

ferris wheel engagement

ferris wheel engagement

glass coke bottles

ferris wheel engagement

ferris wheel engagement

canoe engagement

canoe engagement


Boats + confetti = best engagement photo idea ever!

confetti on a canoe

confetti on a canoe


The cutest, right?! And here’s their super sweet engagement story, as told by Ramani:

One night, David told me to look at the calender in my phone. 2 weeks in October had been blocked out with the words “VACATION”. He wouldn’t tell me where we were going but under the same dates, the description read “ROAD TRIP”. But it was all a trick! He drove us to a giant cruise ship! He wouldn’t even tell me where we were going until we were on the ship. Finally, he showed me the itinerary and I screamed and jumped for joy! We were going island hopping in Hawaii!

It was my first time in Hawaii and it was more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. We rented a Jeep and David told me to take the scenic route. “Every route’s a scenic route,” I said, “We’re in Hawaii!”. “No, turn around and go along the coast” he said. I was hesitant since we had to get back but he was so persistent! I made a U-Turn and headed along the coast. Then he told me to pull over, he thought I might want to take some pictures. So I pulled over and we walked to a breathtaking cliff over the coast of Hilo. I said out loud “this is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen.” “Not as beautiful as this!” I heard him say. I turned around and there he was, on one knee, with the prettiest diamond ring in the world!

Congratulations to Ramani + David + best wishes from GWS! Thanks again to Priscila Valentina for the lovely photos.

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