Whimsical Holiday Wedding Inspiration

floral swing

When photographer, Serena, of Love by Serena, stumbled upon Cold Saturday Farm in Finksburg, Maryland, she immediately wanted to create + photograph something there. With the holidays quickly approaching, an editorial embracing simplicity, elegance + natural elements – mixed with the rich colors of the season – felt just right. Teaming up with Celebrating Love by Marcie and aiming to produce a scene with an ethereal vibe, Serena’s vision for the shoot came to life in the most beautiful way. The perfect inspiration for winter brides or holiday soirées, we think!

floral swing

flower hair piece

Floral swings are seriously one of our most favorite things!

berry floral swing

holiday inspiration

holiday red bouquet

Serena shares, Marcie is constantly inspired by nature – especially by what is currently in season at the local market. She incorporated the deep scarlet red of pomegranates, cranberries and pears, along with the rich purple shades of grapes and plums. The sheer, flowing table runner and beautiful hand dyed silk floral ribbons from Silk & Willow complemented the softness and simplicity of the wedding dress.

holiday inspiration

holiday inspiration

holiday inspiration

holiday inspiration

holiday inspiration

holiday invitation

fruit plate setting

gold tablescape details

calligraphy name tag

holiday centerpiece

menu

holiday inspired naked cake

The cake table (with a pretty naked cake by La Cakerie) was designed to seem as if it was a part of the woodsy setting – placed amongst the red and yellow leaves from the passing of autumn.

holiday inspired naked cake

holiday inspiration

flower crown

flower crown

Thanks so much to Serena + the talented team below for getting us into the sweetest holiday spirit!

photography: Love by Serena //styling: Celebrating Love by Marcie // venue: Cold Saturday Farm Finksburg, Maryland // florals: Blush Floral Design Studio // floral ribbon: Silk & Willow // stationery + calligraphy: Poppy & Scooter // beauty: Ariel Lewis // dress store: Bella Bridesmaids Baltimore // cake: La Cakerie // dress: SAJA // model: Sammy Jaeger //  // tableware: Antique,Vintage,Thrifted

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Spanish-Inspired Boho Luxe Wedding: Alyx + Stephen

red bridesmaid dresses

We’re all kinds of in love with today’s red, green + gold wedding, captured beautifully by our girl Danielle Poff! Alyx + Stephen’s wedding has the perfect feel for the holidays, but their design ideas would work gorgeously for a wedding held any time during the year. They totally went for it with their Spanish-inspired boho luxe theme (a killer, unique concept if you ask us). And each detail they included, which you’ll see below, truly inspires us to no end. We think you’ll definitely  feel the same. Let’s hear a bit more about it all from the beautiful bride:

Our biggest inspiration for the day was location. We really wanted our wedding day to be very us, so we made sure our venue was local and relative to our relationship. We met in high school, so our hometown is part of our love story. Plus we wanted all our friends and family there to party with us! We both love the beach and Spanish style architecture, so The Casino San Clemente (in San Clemente, California) was the perfect venue. The style inspiration was some kind of beachy-spanish-boho-luxe. We didn’t want the wedding to be too “wedding-ish” but have a bohemian feel mixed with some touches of glamour. We really love the idea of mashing up things together- juxaposition. We had a plated dinner of gourmet hamburgers with family style homemade mac & cheese, for goodness sake!

floral bridesmaid robes

floral bridesmaid robes

red bridesmaid dresses

All in the Detail Design helped A + S pull together their design ideas (and boy are they good!). The wedding party style was totally on point, too. The girls in their bright red dresses from Flynn Skye + the guys in super sharp-looking black suits – just so good. If you love this wedding’s vibe as much as us, shop it below to get the look:

red bridesmaid dresses

open back bridesmaid dresses

Nicole Miller wedding dress

Nicole Miller wedding dress

ribbon bouquet

How gorge is Alyx’s peach + ivory bouquet by Cassie of Wildflower of San Clemente?

veil with flower piece

Nicole Miller wedding dress

groomsmen

groomsmen

chalkboard

Casino San Clemente

Our Vows to each other. It was so magical to express our truest emotions about one another in front of all our loved ones. We cried, we laughed, and we recommend writing your own vows to anyone considering it.

Casino San Clemente

wedding party

wedding party

confetti

Processional: Traditional Wedding March on Acoustic Spanish Guitar

Recessional: That's What's Up – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

First Dance: Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You – Franke Valli (sung live by Soulicious)

confetti

San Clemente wedding

San Clemente wedding

San Clemente wedding

Major love for these sunset beach shots Danielle captured of the cutie newlyweds!

San Clemente wedding

gold bow heels

San Clemente wedding

chalkboard hashtah sign

Alyx shares, With our new last name being “House”, we had so much fun playing with that for wedding details. It made things really unique to us and fun for guests. We had a list of House Rules, House Margaritas, the bar was “On the House”, each table had a bottle of House Sauce, our wedding cake was the shape of a house, and of course we entered the reception to Brick House as our band was revealed as a surprise to guests.

vintage lounge

vintage lounge

candle mantle

card box

boho table

fringe garland

gold green tablescape

gold green tablescape

So many fun gold touches! And we just adore the abundant greenery table runners, too.

garland table runner

gold table runner

gold table runner

gold votive decor

moroccan lantern decor

moroccan lantern decor

dessert bar

dessert bar

sparkler exit

See even more in Alyx + Stephen’s wedding video by The Hubs Films:

Consider a band! Ah we loved our band and they rocked the house! It was so fun! We kept them a secret until our entrance into the reception and people freaked out. Guests loved it, we loved, and it ultimately created such a fun and unique experience!

photography: Danielle Poffenbarger of Danielle Poff Photography // venue: The Casino San Clemente San Clemente, California // event design: Bride & MOB // event planning: Amy Beck of All in the Detail Design // florals: Cassie of Wildflower of San Clemente // wedding dress: Nicole Miller // hairpieces: Alyx House (bride), Promised Land Jewelry // veil: Marie Nelson, West Coast Couture, Wildflower of San Clemente // shoes: Nine West // bridesmaid dresses: Flynn Skye // hair: Sundara Salon // makeup: Julie Koeth // groom suit: Vera Wang // videography: The Hubs Films // paper goods: Alyx House (bride) // catering: Iva Lees // cake: Shannon Powers of Dreamy Sweets Pastries // rentals: Folklore Vintage Rentals // officiant: Father James D. House, groom’s father // reception music: Soulicious, Kristen Madison – kristenmadison@gmail.com // film developing + scans: Photovsion Prints

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Holiday Party from Dart DJs + Gather Events

Lombardi House barn

Just last week the GWS Team was sippin’ cocktails + saying hey to our industry friends at Dart DJs‘ awesome annual holiday ‘office’ party! This year the event was held at one of our fave LA spots, the Lombardi House in Hollywood, and was beautifully designed by the girls at Gather Events. The hashtag for the night was #holidaypartydown and, seriously, it was such a fun time! (We think that totally comes across in Rad and in Love‘s images from the night, too!) We’ve posted about past ‘office’ parties before, but let’s have the Dart DJs team catch us up to speed with their inspiration + concept for this event:

The wedding industry is an awesome and tight knit community of vendors and creatives who often work from home with a staff of one or two people. While we all work together on weekends, there is no office or weekday community for the large portion of us. As a result, we wanted to create a holiday party as a gathering for the larger “office” that is the wedding industry. Without agenda or networking, we wanted to create a party that was warm, festive and communal, a place where all of our friends could toast the end of the season and kick their shoes off for a day.

Dart Holiday Party

Dart Holiday Party

boogie down graphics

Robin from Gather Events tells us: Our ‘Mod Wonderland’ concept took cues from the beautiful neutral backdrop of the event barn at Lombardi House. We chose a stark winter white, icy blue and shiny silver color palette. We added in mid-century modern furniture lounges from Modernica Props, retro plates and glassware from Borrowed Blu and lots of sparkly details to keep things festive.

We cozied up the lounges with our own dyed modern snowflake pillows and Borrowed Blu’s plush throws and pillows. Twig and Twine’s pretty florals added a softness to the otherwise stark design.

holiday party down

snowy branches

Dart Holiday Party

Dart Holiday Party

Mod Wonderland lounge

tree backdrop

Smilebooth was there, catching everyone’s best party grins behind Gather’s 3D string art trees!

tree backdrop

Mod Wonderland lounge

Mod Wonderland lounge

drink it down

And The Whaling Club got everyone in the holiday spirit with two varieties of festive punch! (You might recognize their name since we shared their gorgeous wedding last month!)

swizzle sticks

swizzle sticks

holiday punch

holiday punch

Dart Holiday Party

snacks

Small bites were provided by Bread And Water + pretty, winter-y florals by Twig and Twine.

Lombardi House

Dart Holiday Party

Giant silver mylar balloons were used to spell out the holiday hashtag, #holidaypartydown. Robin shares, Later, when the party got really wild, we pulled them off the walls for guests to bat around on the dance floor. And then we made it SNOW!

Dart Holiday Party

Thanks so much to Dart DJs + Gather Events for throwing such a fun holiday bash! We love to give you all a peek into what really goes on in this fun wedding industry, so we hope you enjoyed checking out this party as much as we loved attending and sharing!

photography: Rad and in Love // host + dj: Dart DJs // venue: Lombardi House Hollywood, California // band: Django Foxtrot // event design + production: Gather Events // event planning + logistics: The Love Riot // catering: Bread And Water // cocktails + bar: The Whaling Club // paper goods + signage: Lupa + Pepi // dessert: Sweet Lucies, Sweet and Saucy Shop // photobooth: Smilebooth // florals: Twig and Twine // tabletop + decorative rentals: Borrowed Blu // furniture rentals: Modernica Props // rentals + lighting: Signature Party Rentals // valet: Jeffrey Valet // alcohol sponsors: Ole Smoky Moonshine, Newcastle

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