Moroccan-Mediterranean Korakia Pensione Wedding: Gabby + Alex – Part 1

korakia pensione wedding

Gabby + Alex knew from the start that they didn’t just want to pass off the design + planning responsibilities for their wedding, show up, and call it a day. While that may sound like a dream to some couples, these two wanted to be 100% immersed in the details, work closely with talented friends + family members who were excited to chip in, and plan a celebration that was design-focused + reflective of their personalities. For their stunning, handmade Palm Springs wedding, they designed everything from the rad paper goods to the garlands hanging from their ceremony chuppah and shopped for fun finds like geodes, cacti, and vintage Moroccan rugs to decorate the space. All of their hard work really couldn’t have paid off in a bigger way because their celebration, captured perfectly by Studio Castillero, was just about as amazing as it gets!

More about the inspiration from Gabby, In drawing up our wedding plans I pulled inspiration from our day-to-day lifestyle, our love for desert getaways and my most cherished childhood memory of family camp. With the Korakia Pensione as our wedding landscape, “desert camp with a Moroccan-Mediterranean vibe” became our theme. From the moment we stepped foot on the Korakia grounds we felt at home in a land far far away – Korakia is sort of magical in that way. We set out to find a venue that could host a weekend getaway and not just a day-long event. We wanted to spend as much time as possible with our most loved. The architectural treasure that is the Korakia made it the first place we could picture really feeling relaxed on our wedding day – we were sold.

korakia pensione wedding

korakia pensione wedding

desert invitation x

mugs and favors


From the camping-inspired mugs to the bridesmaid’s colorful carnation flower crowns, no detail was overlooked.

flower crowns

gifts

korakia pensione bride

black heels

anemone bouquet

korakia pensione wedding

groom

bride and groom

korakia pensione wedding

korakia pensione wedding

korakia pensione wedding


Heart, be still. That long sleeved Claire Pettibone dresses is such a stunner!

lace back dress

korakia pensione wedding

korakia pensione wedding

korakia pensione wedding

long sleeve lace dress

korakia pensione wedding

korakia pensione wedding

groomsmen in black

bridesmaids in floral prints


For my bridesmaids, I wanted to create the look of individual “outfits” that would complement each other and work with the backdrop of a cool desert night. I emphasized the idea of mixed texture and style (jumpers, skirt/top combos and dresses included). Winter florals vs. solids, sleeves vs. no sleeves, movement vs. structure, long vs. short, where all in the plan. After reviewing at my style inspiration board, my sister-in-law described the look as “French 70′s desert fashion” which summed it up just perfectly. When I stumbled upon Reformation it was exactly what I was looking for and all in one line, which made the bridesmaid “project” easy. I chose to accessorize with carnation flower crowns and cuffs. I liked the simplicity and boldness of the carnation against the different textile patterns and colors. I gave the girls little leather drawstring pouches made by BAGGU (exclusive to the General Store, Venice Beach, CA), which turned out to be a great accessory for the night. 

bags

bridesmaids in floral prints

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wedding party


Amazing, right?! And there is so much more to come! Gabby + Alex’s gorgeous ceremony + super rad reception are both such a dream. So be sure to check back in just a bit!

photography: Studio Castillero // venue: Korakia Pensione Palm Springs, California // stylist, paper goods: Gabriella Nourse Comley (the bride) RUTHKIND // wedding dress: Claire Pettibone // wedding shoes: Alexander Wang // groom’s suit: GANT // wedding cakes: Beezoo – info@beezoo.com // bridesmaids dresses: Reformation // catering: Cheeky’s // rentals: Planks & Patina // videography: Broken Bridge Collective // day-of coordinator: Anna Dewey Greer – annadeweygreer@gmail.com // florals + calligraphy: The Bloomery Co. // hair + makeup: Lauren Lancaster and Alicia Kasper – alicia.kasper@gmail.com // dj: Dj Glowing Andy – andybmarlow@gmail.com

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First Look at the BLISS Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Collection

Monique Lhuillier Bliss

Last month, the GWS team was invited by Monique Lhuillier to catch the behind the scenes of the lookbook shoot for her BLISS Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Collection. We had so much fun talking to her team about the new line, trying on rings from her gorgeous ring collaboration with Blue Nile, and – of course – gawking at all of the stunning dresses! Since we love the inspiration behind BLISS as much as we love the dresses themselves, let’s hear a little bit about the collection, directly from the Monique Lhuillier team:

Inspired by a femininely elegant youthful bride, the BLISS Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Collection provides a curated collection of romantic dresses that are punctuated with fresh styles, all embodying Monique’s signature design aesthetic. Color is subtly infused into the collection with beautiful soft tones of pale blush and latte mixed with soft layering of silk white tulle and laces. Exquisite design details include beautiful combinations of Chantilly lace with overlays of draped tulle and delicate embroidered lace appliqués in addition to cascading hemlines edged with horsehair trims. Catering to all her BLISS Monique Lhuillier brides, Monique provides distinct silhouettes from stunning trumpet shaped gowns, ethereal sheaths to whimsical ball gowns at an accessible price point.

We’re so excited to share the exclusive first look at the BLISS Monique Lhuillier collection with you lovelies today! And to see even more behind the scenes shots of the shoot, be sure to check out our Instagram with #MLBlissSP15!

Monique Lhuillier Bliss

Monique Lhuillier Bliss

Monique Lhuillier Bliss

Monique Lhuillier Bliss

Monique Lhuillier Bliss

Monique Lhuillier Bliss

Monique Lhuillier Bliss


So gorgeous, right? We can’t get enough! The BLISS Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Collection will be available at select Nordstrom locations, at Nordstrom.com and at the NY and LA Monique Lhuillier store.

Thanks so much to Monique + her team for inviting us along on this shoot. We had a blast!

photographer: Coliena Rentmeester // dresses: BLISS Monique Lhuillier Spring 2015 Collection // stylist: Lawren Howell

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Coral + Rose Gold Wedding Inspiration

coral and rose gold inspiration

Friends, your Monday is about to get a whole lot brighter thanks to Mirelle Carmichael + Noonan’s Wine Country Designs. This colorful shoot features two of our most fave hues, coral + rose gold, and does it oh-so well. And we’re pretty smitten with all of the unique design elements the team infused, too. From the tasseled details seen throughout – everywhere from the invites, to the jewelry to the boutonniere! – to the crazy awesome floral arrangements, we think you’ll agree that there is definitely no shortage of pretty to pin + be inspired by! 

More from Mirelle: The Dana-Powers Barn is one of the most popular venues along the Central Coast. We played on a palette of corals and reds with rose gold accents and dressed our bride in an alternative wedding gown: a pale blush Watters skirt courtesy of The Lovely Bride LA paired with a cropped tank and loads of gorgeous accessories. The bridesmaids wore shades of coral (dresses courtesy of Shop Lovely) and complimentary accessories and hairpieces.

If you are a fan of peonies, watercolor, fun jewels, pretty drinks or all of the above, get ready to fall in love…

pink watercolor tassel invitation

pink bangles


Can we please have this entire stash of adorable baubles from Penny and The Hawk?!

earrings

pink ombre bouquet

pink flower hair piece

pink boutonniere

coral and rose gold inspiration

coral and rose gold inspiration

hanging peonies

hanging peonies


Katie, of Noonan’s Wine Country Designs, was inspired by the gorgeous coral charm peonies that are stunning this time of year (May). With the ombre notion of going from light to dark, which was peach to red for this shoot, Katie put coral right in the middle of the spectrum as the show stopper. Red tones were brought in by beautiful garden roses, ranunculus and sweet peas. The touches of the rose gold on the foliage were subtly added into the designs with the use of the brand new Rose Gold color by Design Master spray paint.

hanging peonies

hanging peonies

coral and rose gold inspiration

coral and rose gold inspiration

coral and rose gold inspiration

pink tassel


We’re guessing some of you may want to recreate this fun, vibrant look for your wedding (or maybe your bridal shower!) so we thought it might be helpful to put together a round up of some of the products – or similar ones – used in this shoot!

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pink bridesmaids

bar

bar

bar

gold cup

mixing drinks

mixing drinks


Sidecar provided some yummy Summer cocktails for the shoot, like their fun signature drink, the Smoke + Fire Cocktail!

Ingredients:
House-infused peppercorn mezcal
Fresh lemon juice
Sugar
Pink peppercorns to garnish

Directions: Infuse mescal with pink peppercorns for 1-2 weeks in air tight container (mason jar works great). Pour 2 oz of pink peppercorn infused mezcal into ice filled shaker, add 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 oz simple syrup. Shake well and serve over ice, pink peppercorn for garnish.

the smoke + fire cocktail

mixed drinks plate

mixed drinks plate

white shutters

pink ombre

coral and rose gold inspiration


Seriously in love with this bridal look! Lo Boheme styled the models and provided the sash + headpiece. So, so good.

crop top and pink wedding skirt

pink flower fascinator

green bouquet

tassel tablescape

watercolor menu

peony centerpiece

gold plating

barn tablescape

cake cart with tassels

pink ruffle cake

coral and rose gold inspiration

coral and rose gold inspiration


Thanks so much to the whole team below for inspiring us big time today! We absolutely love this pretty palette + hope to see lots of weddings in the future who incorporate it in a fun way like these guys did!

photography: Mirelle Carmichael + Cheryl Tivar // venue: The Dana-Powers Barn Nipomo, California // florals: Noonan’s Wine Country Designs // bridesmaid dresses: Online exclusively at Shop Lovely (The Lovely Bride) // wedding dress: Skirt is Watters Ahsan from The Lovely Bride (LA) // cocktails: Sidecar // headpiece, sash + styling: Lo Boheme // bridal + bridesmaid jewelry: Penny and The Hawk // groom’s bow tie: Stag Handmade // bride’s earrings: Ian Saude // bride’s hair + makeup: Jessi Skipton Campbell // bridesmaid hair: Janina with Bluebird Salon // bridesmaid makeup: Brit Tarr // invitations, menus + drink recipe card: Nib and Pixel // vintage rentals: Embellish

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryNoonan’s Wine Country Designs is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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