Rustic California Farm Wedding: Elle + Ryan

vintage model t car

We adore a good farm wedding, but as soon as we laid eyes on Elle (a nurse!) and Ryan’s (an astrophysicist!!) wedding we were even more smitten than usual. Maybe it has something to do with their spot-on personal style (srsly, wait ’til you see Elle’s gorge floral kimono!), the charming and perfectly rustic details, or the fact that their wedding venue is practically in LA’s (and our) backyard, but feels a million miles away. These two put together their beautiful day DIY-style, with some help from a few family members + friends. For anyone tying the knot in a rustic setting this fall, we’re sure you’ll be eyeing E + R’s photos for a couple amazing, last minute ideas!

A bit about the planning process from Elle, Both of us have family that live in rural areas of California and Texas. Living in Los Angeles, we missed being connected to those roots. Having a venue that spoke to where we both came from but was convenient enough to visit and plan around was really important to us. Once we found Riley’s Farm, the rest flowed from there!

Big thanks to Brad Claypool  for these stunning images and congratulations to Elle + Ryan on a beautiful day!

bride in red heels

first look on the dock

first look on the dock

first look on the dock

first look on the dock

tweed jacket

bride tattoo

Elle scored her gorgeous lace dress at a local thrift store and had it tailored for a more modern fit. We seriously love hearing thrift store success stories! :) And this is one of the prettiest vintage dresses we’ve seen.

willow tree portrait

flower hair piece

rustic farm wedding party

flower girl in blue

bridesmaids wearing kimonos

If you are planning a rustic wedding – or a fall farm celebration – shop for some fun finds for your event, inspired by Elle + Ryan’s day, below!

peony bouquet

peony bouquet

rustic rileys farm bride

groomsmen

striped groomsmen socks

model t car

model t car

model t car

rileys farm portraits

model t car

Ryan: Elle standing with her parents at the top of the stairs, having just stepped out of the car and wearing her veil: that is an image that will stay with me for a long time.

Elle: As a part of the ceremony, we had a ring warming where all our family and friends had a chance to hold our rings before they came to us. Taking that moment to look out on all the people gathered there with us was really special.

rileys farm ceremony

rileys farm ceremony

rileys farm ceremony

rileys farm ceremony

rileys farm ceremony

model t getaway car

rustic farm wedding

rustic farm wedding

rustic farm wedding

This shot makes us smile! Such a happy moment captured of the sweet newlyweds!

flower crown

rustic farm wedding

rustic farm sign

rustic farm sign

rileys farm barn reception

pink table napkins

rustic tablescape

rustic pink napkin

ribbon garland

vintage books

Love the cheery tablescapes + those pretty floral arrangements put together by Elle after an early-morning run to the LA flower market!

doily table runners

peony centerpieces

rustic wedding cake

jam favors

bride and groom speech

rileys farm reception

folk band

Processional: Appalachia Waltz – Edgar Meyer + Mark O'Connor

Recessional: Orbital – Josh Ritter

First Dance: Cover of Strangers in the Night – Milo Greene (one of the couple's favorite LA-based bands)

first dance

tunnel exit

This sounds cliché, but do whatever you can to enjoy yourself! Even if that means letting go of traditions that don't mean anything to you or adding in seemingly "non-wedding" things that are really special to the two of you. And take time in the planning and (sometimes) chaos to be together and get excited about your marriage. We loved our wedding, but being married has been just as awesome and maybe more important than our wedding day was!

I think there's a lot of pressure these days to have a wedding that's really unique. Some of our favorite parts of our wedding were borrowed from or later borrowed by friends. Focus on the things you love, the things that really reflect the two of you, let go, and enjoy!

photography: Brad Claypool // venue: Riley’s Farm Oak Glen, California // florals: LA flower market // wedding dress: found at a thrift store and tailored // hairpiece: DIY by the bride // shoes: Anthropologie sale rack // hair + makeup: Bride – Kalida Ghazar, kalidamua@hotmail.com; Bridesmaids and Mothers – friend (Kymberli McKanna) // groom’s attie: Jacket and vest was thrift store; pants from Gap; shirt from Nordstrom Rack // videography: Riel Phillips // paper goods: original art and design by the bride, printed through Vistaprint // catering: Riley’s Farm // cake: Dough’Lectibles, Redlands, CA // music: Ceremony music provided by friends (Leah and Travis Murphy, Nathan Whitehead, and Lara Sando) reception music by The Mill Creek Boys

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryBrad Claypool Photography is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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What to Wear For Guests Attending a Fall Wedding

What to wear for guests attending Fall Weddings

You may have caught our last fashion post, all about styling your bridal party for fall with ASOS! But what if you’re not IN a fall wedding, but attending one? We’ve got you covered today with a few round-ups of our current faves for several different styles of fall weddings! Since ASOS is our go-to for affordable, on-trend online fashion, we’ve partnered with them to not only bring you these super fun looks, but also to give you a chance to win your dream wedding outfit – more on this below! :)

Whether you’re off to a vineyard, a barn, a loft or just a backyard, we hope these looks will help you find a perfect ensemble for your upcoming event! We’re already eyeing that floral maxi dress above for a fun backyard bash, and wouldn’t the pleated maxi dress next to it make for a gorge option for a fall vineyard wedding?

If you’re not yet a huge ASOS fan, you will be soon! Here is a bit more about ASOS and their three amazing occasion brands:

  1. ASOS Salon – this brand drops in the summer, so it’s fun, floral and flirty
  2. ASOS White – their premium line, which has a sports luxe feel this season
  3. ASOS Black – their occasion wear line that launches just in time for holiday parties, so you better believe it’s very embellished and a little more glam

Oh, and remember ASOS offers free shipping and free returns, just one of the many reasons we love shopping there!

What to wear to a Fall Backyard Wedding

Backyard weddings are a GWS fave + we’re sure they’ll be popular throughout the fall!

What to wear to a Fall Vineyard Wedding

There’s nothing sweeter than a vineyard wedding! And you’ll be sure to match the idyllic ambiance in any of these romantic pieces…

What to Wear to a Boho Barn Wedding

Attending a bohemian barn wedding? (We wish we were!) Throw on any of these great items + you’ll be ready to roll!

What to Wear to a Fall Modern Loft Wedding

 

If the wedding you’re attending is indoors – perhaps held in a rad, industrial loft – we love the idea of showing up in something a little bit more modern + glam. And you can never go wrong with sleek, black jewelry!

We’re SUPER excited to share that GWS + ASOS have teamed up to offer one lucky reader $500 to create their dream wedding outfit! Perfect for your wedding day, your rehearsal dinner, to wear to a fall wedding or maybe even for a holiday party this winter (it’s coming up fast!). Enter the giveaway here.

Win $500 at ASOS

* This post is sponsored by ASOS. All content, ideas, and words are by Green Wedding Shoes. Thanks for supporting our sponsors! To read the contest terms and conditions, please click here.

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Romantic Los Angeles Warehouse Wedding: Lauren + Jonathan

LA Arts District wedding

We love a good rustic barn or backyard wedding as much as the next girl, but there’s something about a character-filled industrial warehouse that makes for such a cool space for a wedding. Lauren + Jon knew exactly how to juxtapose the historical setting – with lush floral centerpieces, breezy, white table textiles, and just a few touches of glamorous gold. We love how it felt like they brought a little bit of the outdoors in and that they achieved a romantic, botanical feel right in the heart of LA’s arts district! Here’s a bit more about the inspiration behind their day, according to Lauren:

We really wanted our wedding to be reflection of who we are and to celebrate those people who have had a significant impact on our relationship over the years. We tried to highlight those things with LOTS of music, and many, many details of the venue, décor, ceremony etc…

Thanks so much to Leif Brandt Photography for the gorgeous images and big congrats to Lauren + Jon on a truly beautiful wedding!

wedding sign calligraphy

dress hanging on brick

We love Lauren’s unique LeAnne Marshall dress!

first look industrial

Industrial wedding

lace top bride

And that’s a bouquet! We totally adore its wild, overgrown feel.

giant green bouquet

romantic bride and groom

bridesmaids in neutrals

tulle flower crown girls

industrial venue wedding party

groomsmen

The coolest space, no?

warehouse wedding downtown los angeles

hanging green garland

industrial wedding venue

bride and flower girls

bride coming down aisle

industrial wedding venue

industrial wedding venue

industrial wedding venue

ceremony kiss

ceremony kiss

rooftop portraits

rooftop portraits

Such fun rooftop portraits and we always love a good double-exposed image! The one with the cityscape is just so great!

rooftop portraits

industrial reception

industrial reception

romantic centerpieces

romantic centerpieces

napkins

What pretty, floral-filled tables!

candlesticks

romantic centerpieces

candlesticks

romantic centerpieces

industrial reception

gold cake

seating chart

reception entrance

first dance

Jon: It’s a tie between seeing Lauren for the first time and our first dance. Lauren had previously recorded our first dance song. When it started playing I was stunned and it was such an awesome moment. She performs for so many, but this act I knew she did only for me.

Lauren: The Ceremony topped it all – It was perfect – We were able to share our hopes and prayers for one another – as well as all the amazing ways our friends and family have impacted us. We had many laughs and tears of joy – it blew away every expectation I had. I will never forget it.

bride singing

cake cutting

Take your time – ask for help – Spend time with each other – Remember what its really about.

photography: Leif Brandt Photography // venue: 440 Seaton Los Angeles, California // event design: Self Designed // event planner: Friends of the Bride and Groom // florals Cindy Sheridan of A Memory Made – memorymade4u@gmail.com // wedding dress: LeAnne Marshall // hairpieces: None // shoes: BCBG // bridesmaid dresses: Various // hair + makeup: Anna Quinn // groom suit: 3 Day suit Broker //  videography: Mikie Mattison // paper goods: To Lily With Love // catering: The Golden Skewer // rentals: CMC Rentals // cake: Sweets are My Forte // music: Many friends of bride and groom

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