Beautiful Dos Pueblos Ranch Wedding: Lara + David

bridge

Lara + David are artists by trade and one of their goals for their beautiful Dos Pueblos Ranch wedding was for it to reflect both of their creative sides. And so lots of handmade + hand-picked details were a must. Since they also happen to be big nature lovers, finding a SoCal venue that had a beach, the woods, AND a barn was a total bonus! They incorporated a little vintage flair into the setting in the form of fun design elements like an Edison light bulb installation suspended above the dance floor and an old timey photo booth adorned with past wedding photos of their relatives. We love that their day ended up feeling like the magical vintage wonderland they always envisioned! Here’s more about it all from Lara:

Green Wedding Shoes is the blog I most frequented to seek out inspiration when I was planning my wedding. (Thanks, Lara!) The site really captures unique weddings that are not run of the mill. We picked a venue where everything had to be brought in, which also means a lot of work and a lot of decisions! We truly created our wedding from the ground up. We wrote our entire wedding ceremony, I designed my wedding dress, together we designed my engagement ring, we brought in all our decor and vases, we printed and framed old wedding photos of generations past….The best compliment we kept getting was: “this is so you!”. I’m thrilled knowing we threw a really fun kick-ass party that also was so authentic to who we are.

Thanks so much to Kirsten Ellis for these super lovely images + congratulations to Lara + David!

seychelles heels

photo postcard

wedding rings Kirsten Ellis


We have a mild case of ring envy going on!

first look

abandoned house

abandoned house


And their first look, in an old greenhouse, is way too gorge!

abandoned house

bride

forest

shoes

wild bridesmaid bouquet

flower girls with bride

flower girls with bride

flower girls with bride


Gah, these little ones! Their vintage summer outfits are killing us! :)

sweet little ones

ceremony

In addition to writing and sharing our own vows, one of my favorite moments from the wedding was after David’s brother made his best man speech, his daughter Hannah, who was 7 at the time, reached out for the microphone. She wanted to give a speech as well. She gave the sweetest little toast saying how happy she was for us and that she had a new Aunt. She was so moved she starting crying and it just brought everyone to tears. I’m tearing up just thinking about it! It was such an authentic unprepared little gem of the night.

ceremony

bride and groom

bride on bridge

bride and groom

bride on beach


Our first look was in an old green house. We took sunset photos on a cliff overlooking the ocean. We traipsed through horse stables, climbed train trestles and ran through the surf in our wedding dress and suit. We took advantage of every little bit this dynamic setting had to offer!

bride and groom

bride and groom

laura and david

laura and david

honey favor escort cards

honey favor escort cards

guest book

bar


Floral prettiness by Blue Magnolia!

vintage camera

dessert table

rustic

family photo wall

photo booth

Processional: Bridal Party: Dance Me to the End of Love – Leonard Cohen; Bride: And I Love Her – The Beatles

Recessional: I Want to Love You Madly – Cake

First Dance: A mash up! Feeling Good – Nina Simone, Crazy in Love – Beyonce (version by the Puppini Sisters) + Fancy Footwork – Chromeo

first dance


And let’s end this one with the super sweet film from the day, shot by Daniella Hovespian + edited by Lara!

When you create your wedding from the ground up, planning every detail, it’s impossible not to feel disappointed when things go wrong. But my best advice to future brides is: Things will go wrong, they always do, laugh, don’t think twice and go dance your butt off! The wedding flies by so fast, there’s no time to not be fully present in the moment.

photography: Kirsten Ellis // planning + design: Soigne Productions // venue: Dos Pueblos Ranch Goleta, California // florals: Blue Magnolia // videography: Daniella Hovespian // dress maker: Lezu // rentals: Tricia FountaineThe Tent Merchant // catering: Plemmons // photo booth: My Vintage Photobooth // dessert: Christine DahlSimply Pies

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Romantic Wedding Inspiration from The Great Gatsby

gatsby moon

Guys, is it cool if we gush for just a second? Because this shoot – a peek into the recent Three Nails Workshop – is just so good. And since we’re sure you’re all going to agree with abandon, we’re feeling pretty excited to share that Hunter (of Three Nails) is giving away one seat to his next workshop (that is already sold out!) at the end of the post. So photogs, be sure not to miss the entry details!

Ok, floating back down to reality – and the prettiness before us – we’ll admit one thing, we’re Gatsby obsessed. So an editorial filled with 1920’s-style fashion + design is already bound to grab our attention. And when we heard that Hunter built all of these different sets (including two 11′ tall moons + a massive wall covered completely in molding!) our minds were only further blown. There’s confetti, sequins, tulle, candlelight, and enough gold details to make a girl giddy! And since we know that all things art-deco and 20’s-themed are popular forms of wedding inspiration, we’re hoping to see lots of fun weddings in the near future that incorporate a pretty thing or two from this stunning editorial.

gold leaves

gatsby dress

gatsby dress


Ladies with extreme style!

gatsby dress

gatsby bridesmaids


And that moon! Unreal, right?!

gatsby bridesmaids

gatsby inspired invitation

gatsby inspired invitation

gatsby moon


This dreamy setting makes us fall deeply in love with the idea of a candlelit indoor ceremony!

gatsby ceremony

gatsby ceremony

gatsby ceremony

candles

skinny candles

romantic tablescape


Layers upon layers of different gold elements helped give this table it’s opulent vibe.

gold sequin linens

gold flatware

gatsby china

satin gold linens

gatsby dancing


From Hunter, So the models would actually get in “character” throughout the shoot, I blared the dance songs from The Great Gatsby soundtrack and they all danced together while people threw confetti into the air. It was so surreal! It literally felt like we were back in the 1920’s. 

gatsby dancing

gatsby dancing

gatsby confetti

gatsby dress

gatsby dancing

gatsby inspired cake

gatsby inspired cake

gatsby piano bride and groom


See even more loveliness in the beautiful film by Psycle Films!


So, did those of you who were thinking of incorporating a little 20’s or Gastby style into your day just love this? We did, big time. We’re sure there will be tons of questions about the gorgeous vintage-inspired attire + how to recreate the look from this one! So be sure to follow us on Instagram, where we will be sharing a little shopping guide based on this shoot later today! :)

photography: Hunter Leone // venue: Dixie Cotton Gin Shrevport, Louisiana // planning + design: Hunter Leone // florals: Mandy Cathey // videography: Psycle Films // hair + makeup: Meka Reliford // invitation: Atelier Isabey // cake: Silver Palate Cakery // prop rentals: Pursuing Eden Vintage Rentals // wedding gown: Galina Signature from David’s Bridal // bridesmaids dresses: Adrianna Papell // secondary venue: Silver Lake

WIN A SEAT AT THE NEXT THREE NAILS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP!

Are you a photographer who wants to attend one of Three Nails Photography’s workshops? Well, it’s your lucky day because Hunter is generously giving away one seat to his upcoming workshop today on GWS – and this workshop taking place on May 5-7, 2015 in Shrevport, Louisiana is already sold out! – so this is your only chance to attend if you don’t have a seat already.  This is a great chance to learn from Hunter and build your portfolio by getting to capture one of his amazing styled shoots! Just fill out the form below, and we’ll pick a random winner on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 2pm PST. Winner will be announced on this post on or around July 1, 2014.

***Thanks so much to all who entered and the lucky winner was Alyssa M.!***

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

Giveaway includes a seat to the workshop only ($1250 value) // Travel + lodging expenses will be at the responsibility of the winner

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Modern Handmade Palm Springs Wedding: Jen + Devin

indigo backdrop

Happy Monday, lovelies! Let’s get this week started with Jen + Devin’s gorgeous Palm Springs wedding, which was pretty much handmade perfection right down the littlest detail! These two wanted their day to feel like it truly reflected them as a couple. Fun, full of love, and a little bit silly, says Jen. And from where we’re standing, it looks like they achieved that and then some! We are loving the overall playful tone + all of those super rad, DIY details that help set their day apart from the pack.

A bit more from Jen, Making it about the two of us was pretty easy since we basically crafted it from the ground up. Either of us would throw out an idea and anything that stuck or made us grin got put into motion! (I think Devin’s one disappointment was that he couldn’t quite get me on board with his idea of having a bouncy house…).

Big thanks to the lovely Katie Pritchard for the gorgeous photos and congrats to Jen + Devin on a beautiful day!

cree estate wedding

modern invitation

dress

heart shaped sunglasses

red lip bride

bride


Majorly loving all of the unique elements + gorge textures in Jen’s bouquet by Dandelion & Grey!

colorful red and peony bouquet

mixed dress bridesmaids

ribbon wrapped peony bouquets


The ladies each chose their own dress in a neutral hue. If you’re stumped on what to suggest for your bridesmaids, check out what we’ve got in the GWS shop!

bridesmaids

groomsmen

ninja turtle socks

ranunculus boutonniere

bride

first look palm


Such a sweet first look!

first look

bride and groom

bride and groom

bride and groom

ceremony

wedding chalkboard

ceremony program fan

palm springs ceremony

Processional: Prelude from Suite No.1 – Bach

Recessional: Cello Suite No. 3., Gigue – Bach

First Dance: Crazy Love – Ray Charles + Van Morrison

palm springs ceremony

palm springs ceremony

palm springs ceremony

palm springs ceremony


That amazing hand-dyed indigo backdrop would be a dream to marry under, right?!

palm springs ceremony

palm springs ceremony

cocktail hour

sunglasses favors


The perfect escort display for a sunny, Palm Springs day!

giant jenga

wedding party

cree estate bride and groom

cree estate bride and groom

Jen: When we got to steal away by ourselves for a few minutes right after the ceremony. That was a brief moment where I felt like things slowed down enough that we could just quietly be together and appreciate the huge thing that we had just done! Oh, and the reception when things turned into a dance party and then a pool party. It was so wonderful to be able to look around and see so many of our friends and family who are normally scattered across the continent all in one place and having a great time.

Devin: The vows, because that's when everything else drifted away and it was just about us.

cree estate bride and groom

cree estate bride and groom

cree estate bride and groom

reception

reception

triangle table runners

coral peonies

triangle table runners


DIY brides, are you checking out these fun table runners + table numbers?!

wood block table numbers

peonies

wedding menu

better together chair decor

photo booth

photo booth

dessert table

fauna cake topper ruffle cake

custom marquee lights

reception entrance

first dance

Planning a wedding can be an exciting and wonderful thing, but it's also this new and huge and totally-loaded-with-expectations thing that you're navigating with your fiancé/family/loved ones. So it can also feel stressful and overwhelming at times. That's okay and is totally normal! One of the most helpful things I read early on was to not expect people to change their fundamental personalities just because you're having a wedding (whether that be yourself, your partner, your crazy aunt, etc). That little nugget really helped me stay grounded when I hit a more stressful day so that I was all the more able to enjoy the other wonderful times!

(Also, if you want to read that nugget yourself, check out "A Practical Wedding" by Meg Keene. I'm not affiliated with her in any way, was just a great breath of fresh air to read in the midst of planning!)

photography + photo booth: Katie Pritchard // venue: Cree Estate Palm Springs, California // event design: bride + groom // day of coordinator: Michelle Quint // florals: bouquets + boutonnieres by Erin McDonald of Dandelion & Grey, other flowers by bride // wedding dress: White by Vera Wang // hairpieces: Teri Huang // shoes: Benjamin Adams // bridesmaid dresses: Chose their own neutral colored dresses // hair: All Tressed Up Salon // makeup: bride and bridesmaids did their own // groom suit: Egara // videography: Today’s the Day Wedding // paper goods: Johanna Pokorny (bridesmaid) + bride // catering: Summit Events Catering // cake: Over the Rainbow Cupcakes // cellist: Hitoshi Suzuki // dj: DJ Allen Ward

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

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