Laid-Back Colorado Barn Wedding: Abby + Chris

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Abby + Chris’ laid-back Colorado barn wedding really couldn’t have been any sweeter. Everything from beginning to end reflected their fun + genuine personalities and the details of the day were just the right balance of rustic + vintage. We’re loving their refreshing color palette of peach + mint – such a dreamy juxtaposition to the faded green fields + weathered barn wood that made up their surroundings. Let’s hear a bit more about the day from Abby:

We really just wanted to have a big party with the people that we love the most! Nothing too formal. We hosted it in a friend’s backyard (who just happens to own a spectacular barn!), brought in a local food truck that Chris and I frequent, and celebrated with square dancing (you have to have square dancing in a barn, right?), cornhole and croquet! We wanted our wedding to reflect us…and we’re not fans of tradition for tradition’s sake.

Big thanks to Juan Maclean for sharing these lovely images with us today and congratulations to Abby + Chris!

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Abby wore a simple J.Crew dress she purchased pre-owned from Ebay, paired with a sweet, mint-hued cardi. Such a perfect look for a backyard barn affair!

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Abby + Chris’ dear friend, Cori Cook, designed the pretty peach-infused bouquets and arrangements!

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Promise we’re swooning over this insanely sweet ceremony, but we’re also just a little too smitten with Abby’s perfect Twigs and Honey veil not to say something about it! ;)

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Abby + Chris are big history buffs, so when their friend offered to let them take photos + drive away in his WWII throwback Morgan, they definitely weren’t going to turn down that offer!

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Dancing arm in arm around the barn with our amazing friends and family who have loved and supported us...all leading up to this day!

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A bride can drive herself mad trying to live up to the things she sees on blogs and pinterest. Don't lose sight of the whole point of the day...marrying the one you love! No one is going to give you an award for the most projects completed for your wedding - so don't feel bad about hiring some of it out. And don't feel pressure to fit a generic mold...make it your own. Having elements that reflect who you are will make it more meaningful.

photography: Juan Maclean Photography // venue: The Fitzgerald Barn, private venue in Colorado Springs, Colorado //event design + planning: Darling Briar // floral design: Cori Cook Floral Design // wedding dress: J.Crew // hairpieces: Twigs and Honey // shoes: Steve Madden // bridesmaid dresses: Ebay // groom suit: Banana Republic // catering: The Local food truck // cake: Scones from local baker

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

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Fun Signature Cocktail Recipes For Your Wedding

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Did you happen to catch the sparkly Santa Barbara wedding we shared earlier today? Well Melissa, the bride from that stunner of a celebration, is kindly sharing the recipes for the incredible-sounding signature cocktails she not only created, but made (in large batches) for her big day! Now you might be thinking, What the ––! How did this bride pull off such a task? Well, two things! One, Melissa is the very talented co-owner of the foodie blog, CHRONICLE foodie, where she posts yummy weekly cocktail recipes, in addition to so much more. Two, these really are so much easier than they look! Promise. So check out the deets for the basil-lime italian margarita + the minted blueberry lemonade below + maybe give ’em a try for your next brunch or bash. That’d be a great way to test these recipes for your wedding day, right?!

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So there you have it! Two great ideas for a delicious signature cocktails for your wedding. And the best part is that the hard part of coming up with the recipe is already done for you! If you choose to make one of these fun cocktails for your wedding or next party, be sure to let us know on Instagram or Facebook!

Thanks so much, Melissa, for sharing your cocktail recipe secrets with us today! Photos by Beaux Arts Photographie

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Sparkly Santa Barbara Wedding: Melissa + Jeff

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When we heard today’s bride, Melissa, works for La Tavola Linen, we knew her + Jeff’s wedding was going to be good! This charming duo wanted their day to be relaxed, chic, and filled with lots of personal touches that would show off their fun-loving relationship. By taking inspiration from the very linens Melissa is surrounded by daily, the design process began to take shape. They both love black + white details, and are fans of mixing metal tones, so a sparkly affair – bold, but infused with timeless touches – was the only way to go. Here’s a bit more about it all from Melissa:

We knew that we wanted our wedding to be glamorous yet relaxed, all while encompassing our fun-loving approach to our relationship. With Jeff being a firefighter for the United States Forest Service and me working in the event industry, our tastes are often at opposite ends of the spectrum; and so we wanted to include some nature and greenery into the glitter and glamour.

Thanks so much to Beaux Arts Photographie for the super lovely images and big congrats to the newlyweds on a beautiful, sparkly day! Be sure to check back in just a bit, too, because we’re sharing the recipes for some DELISH signature cocktails, all crafted by the lovely Melissa! :)

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Bold lips and a rad, textured hair adornment for the win!

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Processional: By Your Side – Sade, Unchained Melody, Righteous Brothers (performed live on saxophone by Justin Ward)

Recessional: All You Need is Love – The Beatles (performed live on saxophone by Justin Ward)

First Dance: Angel Baby – Rosie + the Originals

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I told my bridesmaids to find solid sequined dresses in mixed metal tones — which ended up working beyond perfectly because they all chose very different sparkly hues that looked fantastic together….they are definitely one of my favorite design details of the entire wedding. 

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The star of the show at Melissa + Jeff’s reception were the gorgeous, sequin La Tavola tabledrapes. They lent such a fun + festive feel to the setting!

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My favorite moment of the day was when everything hit me right after our grand entrance into the reception. When our DJ introduced us as Mr. and Mrs. for the first time, we charged into the room and were greeted by our friends and family cheering for us. As we began our first dance, I saw my new husband laughing and smiling from ear to ear and literally collapsed into his arms. To this day it still cracks me up because I completely became a pile of mush during one of the most fun and light-hearted moments of the entire day. It was where I realized just how incredibly perfect everything was…

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My best advice for those planning now is to avoid making decisions based on what you think you should do for your wedding and make every decision based on what you actually want to do. If you don’t want to have a bouquet toss…don’t! If you want to wear a black wedding dress…go for it! As long as you are 100% authentic with your decisions based on your wants and needs, you will have absolutely no regrets.

photographer: Beaux Arts Photographie // venue: Rockwood Woman’s Club Santa Barbara, California // florals: Kelly Oshiro of Santa Barbara Chic // planning + design: Melissa of La Tavola Linen, Kelly Oshiro of Santa Barbara Chic // day-of coordination: Cynthia Beard of CHRONICLE foodie // linens: La Tavola Linen // hair + make-up: Chateau Belle // catering: Duo Events // desserts: Jongewaards Bake n’ Broil // rentals: Town & Country // lighting + draping: Bella Vista Designs // paper goods: Lilly & Louise // dj: JAS Productions // saxophonist: Justin Christopher Ward // wedding dress: Justin Alexander via Mon Amie Bridal Salon // headpiece: Lola M Designs // belts: Melissa Piña (bride) // koozies: Rook Design Company // puzzle guestbook: The Missing Puzzle Piece Company

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