Lush, Organic New Jersey Wedding: Virginia + Brad

organic bouquet bride and groom

For Virginia + Brad, who met during their freshman year at Princeton, incorporating sentimental nods to their past, combined with their current passions (organic food + sustainable agriculture topping the list!) ended up providing the perfect inspiration for their sweet New Jersey wedding. Details like gorgeous centerpieces composed of fresh florals, moss + seasonal vegetables, favors that included honey, garden seeds + tea leaves, and a delicious-looking vegan fruit cake, brought their vision to life in such a unique way! Since we’re loving this theme + think you will, too, let’s hear more about the inspiration behind it from the beautiful bride:

We met on a backpacking trip and spending time in the woods has been an important theme throughout our relationship. We wanted to have an eco-minded celebration that reflected both of our personalities, passions, and backgrounds. We ended up deciding that A Midsummer Night’s Dream was a the unifying theme for the aesthetic that we had in mind- a magical summer night in the forest. This proved to be helpful to bring all of our vendors onto the same page. In the end, with the help of many incredible people (including our planner Shelley Ryan), we planned the ideal party that we would want to be guests at, not something that checked off the boxes of what a wedding is supposed to be.

Big thanks to Katch Silva for the super pretty photos and congrats to Virginia + Brad on a beautifully executed day!

green bridesmaids

grooms in khakis

church ceremony

I wanted to process to a ballet march, since I am a dancer, but was having a hard time finding the right piece. At the very last minute, we turned to Simon Morrison, professor of music at Princeton, who is a world authority on Sergey Prokofiev, the composer of my absolute favorite ballet music (Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella). He recommended a piece from an obscure ballet, The Stone Flower, the last one that the composer ever wrote. We combed the stacks of the Princeton music library for the old, cloth bound Russian piano score and sent it to our organist to look over. He agreed, and the rest is history!

church ceremony

church ceremony

church ceremony

ceremony exit

old car exit

Love seeing the bridesmaids rocking different shades of green. The perfect color for this organic-inspired affair!

green and navy wedding party

bride and groom

bride and groom

lush organic bouquet

braided bridal hair

That bouquet is totally gorge! Virginia shares, When we first got engaged, a close friend of ours half-jokingly suggested that I carry a kale bouquet, and although we didn’t go quite that far, we loved the idea and our florist/farmer extraordinaire, Jenny from Love ‘n Fresh Flowers, took that concept and ran with it for the gorgeous, nutritious centerpieces + I did end up with a semi-edible bouquet that included several varieties of herbs.

lush organic bouquet

bride and groom

braided bridal hair

old car exit

bride and groom

tiger beer dispenser

tiger beer dispenser

organic reception

garland chair decor

organic centerpieces

organic centerpieces

We have nothing but love for these farm stand-inspired centerpieces. The blooms + produce look so incredibly lovely when paired together!

organic centerpieces

organic veggie centerpiece

organic veggie centerpiece

organic veggie centerpiece

purple napkins

hanging lanterns

And this cake? Wow.

naked cake with purple floral accent

first dance

first dance

veggie favors

veggie favors

sparkler exit

Choose your vendors and planner wisely. In all the choices, consider making more about yourself and what will be memorable to you instead of trying to fulfill societal norms… Choose your priorities (music, food, etc…) and make sure those reflect your personal style and principles design the ideal party that you would want to attend rather than checking boxes on a list of what a wedding is supposed to be.

photography: Katch Silva // venue + catering: The Cap and Gown Club Princeton University Princeton, New Jersey // event planning + coordination: Shelley Ryan // dress: Cortana // groom’s attire: Alton Lane // florals: Love ‘n Fresh Flowers // band: The Lonely Heart Strings Band // cake: Vegan Treats

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Outdoor San Diego Garden Wedding: Kelcee + Jake

tulle skirt bridesmaids

Kelcee + Jake drew most of the inspiration for their San Diego garden wedding from Jake’s romantic Parisian proposal! That’s right, ladies. What a dream! Kelcee shares the story in greater detail below, but first we can’t help but gush for a sec about how sweet their wedding turned out to be. Starting with the totally adorable bridesmaids ensembles (Tulle AND polka dots? Come on, so cute!) to the super gorge blooms from Flowers By Hilary, to all the little gold touches + details, we love how you can truly tell this day was the sweetest reflection of Kelcee + Jake!

Kelcee says, Jake proposed to me in Paris in front of the Eiffel tower when I was on a girls backpacking trip through Europe. One minute we’re taking goofy tourist pictures and the next I’m turning around and see Jake, (whom I thought was home in San Diego at work), get down on one knee and ask me to marry him in the most romantic city in the world! We wanted to take that elegant and romantic feel from Paris and combine it with the outdoors and rustic feel of a farm wedding. That’s why we chose to get married at Quail Haven Farm because you can feel and see that rustic elegance all around.

Big thanks to Dawn Alexandra Photography for the beautiful images and congrats to K + J!!

bouquet

boutonnieres

garden bride

Kelcee’s bouquet was composed of a giant dahlia, garden roses, thistle, waxflower + a generous dose of silver dollar eucalyptus!

dahlia garden rose bouquet

garden inspired flower hair piece

And she did her own hair + makeup! Doesn’t she look gorgeous?

garden inspired flower hair piece

tulle skirt bridesmaids

tulle skirt bridesmaids

We SERIOUSLY adore this bridesmaid look! The gals wore tops from Target paired with tulle skirts from Space 46 Boutique. If you love this look for your ‘maids, shop it with us below!

tulle skirt bridesmaids

groomsmen

american flag socks

tandem bicycle

wood slice welcome sign

drapery and garland

wedding sign

ring bearer and flower girl

garden ceremony

Whenever I ask my husband what his most memorable moment of our wedding day was, he says it was when he saw me for the first time walking down the aisle and I always agree that seeing him for that first time that day is my most memorable moment. All the nerves of all the attention being on me went away and it was just the two of us.

garden ceremony

garden ceremony

garden ceremony

garden ceremony

garden ceremony

Processional: Marry Me (instrumental) – Train

Recessional: Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

First Dance: Only Love – Ben Howard

garden ceremony

garden wedding party

garden wedding party

garden wedding party

golden garden wedding

golden garden wedding

These two, the cutest!

golden garden wedding

golden garden wedding

window pane escort card display

wood slice centerpieces

mr and mrs sweet heart table

golden bicycle

golden bicycle

rustic wedding cake

first dance

rustic sweet heart table

And we love K + J’s sweet wedding video by Forrey Films!


My advice for those planning now is to get all your vendors booked when you first get engaged so that you don't run the risk of a certain vendor you really want already being booked for your wedding day. Most importantly though, have FUN! It's really not worth being stressed your whole engagement.

photography: Dawn Alexandra Photography // venue: Quail Haven Farm Vista, California // event design: Bride + mom // florals + hair pieces: Flowers By Hilary // wedding dress: Maggie Sottero // shoes: Nina // bridesmaid dresses: top is from Target,  skirt is from Space 46 Boutique // hair + makeup: Bride – drinkwardk@gmail.com // bridal party hair: Katie Mugleston from Haim Salon at The Grand Del Mar // makeup: Madelyn Drinkward – mdrinkward@icloud.com // groom suit: Bar 3 // videography: Forrey Films // paper goods: Minted // catering: Curiocity Catering // cake: It’s A Piece of Cake // music: San Diego Partytime Dj’s

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryMinted is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Reversible Bridesmaid Dresses from Durga-Kali

durga-kali reversible bridesmaid dresses

No matter how much you love the bridesmaid dress you suggest to your best gal pals, there will always be a fear that they won’t be able to wear it again. But brides-to-be can finally rest easy, knowing that fear will be a thing of the past, with Durga-Kali! Durga-Kali is a beautiful collection of bridesmaid dresses, that fit like contemporary ready to wear dresses, but are completely reversible + turn into little black dresses! Even the long, floor length styles! They have 60-98 colors (depending on fabric – poly or silk) and 24 fun styles to choose from.

The dresses are all made in the USA and come in lovely finishes for both sides of the dress, either matte or shiny. Too see just how pretty (and seamlessly reversible) Durga-Kali’s dresses really are, you can check out their website for a location near you to try on the dresses in person. We love this little film about exactly how the dresses work:

durga-kali reversible bridesmaid dresses

durga-kali reversible bridesmaid dresses

And here’s a side-by-side showing how the same dress that will be perfect on your ‘maids for the big day will also serve as the perfect cocktail, party, or LBD for them for years to come!

Durga-Kali Bridesmaid Dresses

durga-kali reversible bridesmaid dresses

Durga-Kali is generously offering GWS readers a 20% discount until Oct 10th, 2014 when the code GWS20 is used at checkout! So if you’ve got bridesmaid dresses on the brain and were looking for a solution for something your ladies could wear again, now is the time to scoop up the perfect, reversible Durga-Kali dress for each of the bridesmaids in your wedding party!

photography: Melissa McManus of M2 Photography // styling: Lauren Weintraub of Belovey // vintage rentals: The Fox and The Finch // hair + makeup: Gina Osborne of True Beauty Marks

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