Intimate Fall Ukrainian Wedding: Stanislav + Yana

Fall Ukraine Wedding

When Stanislav + Yana told us traditional weddings in Ukraine are a little bit noisy and crowded, it made perfect sense that they chose something a little more intimate + personal for their day. An autumnal mood + palette became their inspiration, and they worked with Tandem Decor who infused the setting with stunning seasonal foliage like roses + eucalyptus in hues of marsala, green and ivory.

We’re completely in love with Yana’s unique bridal look – a lace skirt and burgundy top have never looked better together! And we adore these sweet captures below by Marian Logoyda

Fall Ukraine Wedding

lace skirt dress

Fall Ukraine Wedding

Fall Ukraine Wedding

Fall Ukraine Wedding

Yana says, We wanted a non-traditional but romantic wedding that would show our personality as a couple and make others believe you can spend your wedding day only with your beloved. We made the accents of our wedding using things we really love: beautiful Ukrainian nature, autumn colors, flowers and each other.

Fall Ukraine Wedding

Fall Ukraine Wedding

Fall Ukraine Wedding

Fall Ukraine Wedding

Fall Ukraine Wedding

Fall Ukraine Wedding

Fall Ukraine Wedding

Fall Ukraine Wedding

Fall Ukraine Wedding

Fall Ukraine Wedding

Doesn’t this sweet two-tier cake look so good? We love the addition of berries + figs!

Fall Ukraine Wedding

Fall Ukraine Wedding

Fall Ukraine Wedding

Thanks so much to the talented team of vendors below + congrats to Yana + Stanislav on a gorgeous day!

photography: Marian Logoyda // planning, design + florals: Tandem Decor // venue: Uzhgorod, Ukraine // stylist: Romena Zavadiak and Yaroslava Berezhnyuk // makeup: Alexandra Kelbas // cake: Alexandra Skrebcova // calligraphy: Vladislav Gorbunov

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How to Style a Cheese Board for the Holidays

How to Style a Cheese Board

A cheese board is the perfect thing to serve at your holiday get-togethers this year, but if you’re a bit of a novice in the hostess department, putting one together may seem like a daunting task. Lucky for us, Root Cellar Co. is here to share their top tips for styling a gorgeous cheese display that your party guests will definitely love!

Styled with fun finds from The Roc Shop – where you can snag the perfect stocking stuffers or hostess gifts this year – the display created is almost too pretty to eat. (We said almost!) Let’s let the team take it away…

How to Style a Cheese Board

From Marie of Root Cellar Co.The holidays are such an exciting time for celebration & festive foods. When building your cheese board go out to your local farmers market and see what is in season. Grab some hearty lettuces like purple kale or rainbow swiss chard. Play with the textures and colors. Use natures bounty to really set the stage and wow your guests.

Tip #1: Choose your Vessels. All of the fun begins with your selection of boards, stands, bowls and serving utensils. Since we all eat with our eyes first you want to make sure your guests have a variety of heights & textures to look at. As their eye bounces around each corner of your display the excitement grows.

First, place your tallest stand in the top left corner and taper off the height from there. This will create a cascading view for your ingredients. Add your little bowls at different heights as well. Place a few to the far right, maybe one lower to the left. You want your guests to move around your display.

How to Style a Cheese Board

How to Style a Cheese Board

Tip #2: Decorate with Greens. Use a variety of lettuces, kales, and hearty greens to fill in all the nooks and crannies. Wrap them around the edges and fill up any gaps. Now, drape your grapes over the edges and boards. Then add cut pomegranates, blood oranges or radishes for pops of color. Try to keep these items in their natural state. Cut them in half and leave the stems on. You want it to look as if you just pulled them from your garden.

How to Style a Cheese Board

Tip #3: Begin Adding in your Nosh + Nibbles. Use the bowls for messier items and then display out your cut fruits and meats in diagonal lines. How do you make pineapple look gourmet on a cheese board? Pair it with fresh blueberries. Mixing colors brings everything up a notch. I love popping in our Root Cellar Signature Pickles and herbs de provence marinated artichokes for a briny compliment to all the creamy cheese and sweet fruit.

How to Style a Cheese Board

Tip #4: Display Freshly Baked Bread on your Boards. Mmmm, bread. Now this is the good stuff. It’s all about variety. Look not only for flavor but color, texture, and fragrance. My favorites are olive, fresh sage & rosemary, and dutch crunch. Leave a loaf whole and then rip up the others and use them as a backdrop for all of your goodies. When its time to replenish, grab that full loaf and rip it up as you need it. Actively using your display will let your guests become a part of the action.

How to Style a Cheese Board

Tip #5: Add Your Cheese. Finally, once your scene is completely set you can bring out the star of the show. THE CHEESE! When choosing cheese I use the same principles in design. Getting a variety of colors, textures, and fragrances. Even for a small party get 3-5 different cheeses to place around. You can stretch your limits a little. Grab a gouda instead of a regular cheddar or go for a mild goat with a colorful rind. The sky really is the limit. Get to know your local cheese shop and ask what they love, try a few, this really is the best part.

All that’s left is to place your knives, spreaders & spoons. Then dig in!

How to Style a Cheese Board

How to Style a Cheese Board

We love these festive stir sticks from The Roc Shop.

How to Style a Cheese Board

How to Style a Cheese Board

How to Style a Cheese Board

Excited to whip up a cheese board this holiday season? Shop our favorite cheese boards + knives below!

photography: Plum + Oak Photography // venue: Brick & Laurel Warehouse La Mesa, California // cocktail accessories: The Roc Shop // cheese board styling: Root Cellar Co.

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Romantic, Old World Wedding Inspiration

New Orleans Charm Inspiration

A peek into the gorgeous Marissa Lambert One-on-One Workshop seemed like the perfect way to wind down another great week here at GWS! These beautiful captures are by Lindsey Mueller Photography, and we can’t get over the storied romance seen in each and every frame. Lush florals by Kim Starr Wise Floral Events and design + vintage  rentals from Distressed Rentals added to the sense of beauty + history and the (real!) bride and groom just looked so smitten and in love!

Lindsey says, The inspiration behind this shoot was all about Old World elegance. The venue, Marigny Opera House, is a historical New Orleans landmark, constructed in 1853, and the bright interiors, tall arches, and oversized windows made for the most beautiful and timeless film photos. 

calligraphy invitation

New Orleans Charm Inspiration

jewel tone bouquet

The ingredients in this textural bouquet are insanely gorgeous! We spot clematis, blushing bride protea, olive branch, astilbe, roses and more.

New Orleans Charm Inspiration

Blanc Bridal Couture

New Orleans Charm Inspiration

Blanc Bridal Couture

New Orleans Charm Inspiration

New Orleans Charm Inspiration

A sparkly, white gown by Blanc Bridal Couture was a perfect fit for the dramatic setting.

New Orleans Charm Inspiration

New Orleans Charm Inspiration

New Orleans Charm Inspiration

New Orleans Charm Inspiration

New Orleans Charm Inspiration

red layer cake

And we love this ruffled marsala-hued cake!

red layer cake

Thanks so much to the talented team of creatives below for sharing this beautiful editorial with us today!

photography: Lindsey Mueller Photography // workshop host: Marissa Lambert // planning, styling + rentals: Audra O’dom of Distressed Rentals // venue: Marigny Opera House New Orleans, Louisiana // florals: Kim Starr Wise Floral Events // hair: Hair By Ginger // makeup: Ashley Sievert // dress: Blanc Bridal Couture

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryKim Starr Wise Floral Events is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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