Romantic Bridesmaid Looks from Joanna August

bohemian bridesmaids

Happy Tuesday, loves! We are so, so excited about today’s special two part feature – a styling collaboration with Green Wedding Shoes + one of our favorite bridesmaid dress designers, Joanna August! As some of you may know, Joanna August is a true pioneer in the wedding + bridesmaid dress industry. In a world where the average dress only gets one (sometimes – gasp – tacky + unflattering) life, Joanna’s bridesmaid dress designs are so beautiful + timeless, your friends will love + feel great in them on the big day and are guaranteed to wear them again + again.

For our collaboration with Joanna at The Loft on Pine, we wanted to showcase her gorgeous gowns in three beautiful settings that we knew the GWS gal would love! We’ll admit that with SO many pretty dresses to choose from, it was a bit hard to narrow down our ideas at first. But once we were able to determine a direction, the idea of a romantic, bohemian wedding – where the ‘maids would be decked out in the dreamiest watercolor palette of pastels – seemed like the perfect place to start. And we’re so glad the amazing Brandon Kidd was on board to capture it all exactly as we saw it play out…

joanna august bridesmaid dress

peacock chair and garland

Erika, Rileigh and Leah were total babes in some of our fave pieces from Joanna’s collection. Erika wore the Kimberly Dress in Paradise City which has the most amazing cut-out back detailing. We adore that pale blue hue of Rileigh’s ultra-sweet Lacey Dress – the color is called Into the Mystic and is a brand new addition to the Joanna August collection. The ruffled neckline is such a cute look paired with her pretty crown of braids. And Leah looked seriously lovely in the Newbury Dress (in the prettiest color called Tiny Dancer) don’t you think? This wrap dress has sleeves that can be worn 2 ways: up as wide straps or down as cap sleeves. When paired with a stunning silk flower crown by Erica Elizabeth Designs, her look was exactly what we envisioned from the start: romantic, bohemian, and as gorgeous as it gets.

joanna august bridesmaid dress

silk flower crown

protea bouquet

We couldn’t have imagined more perfect florals than what The Little Branch provided. The girls’ bouquets were cohesive, yet original, and we LOVE the textures the protea, garden roses, and unique greens added.

silk flower crown

braided crown

braided crown

pastel bridesmaid dresses

yellow bouquet

Some serious swooning happening over those ruffles + that bouquet!

pink bridesmaid dress

pastel bridesmaid dresses

joanna august bridesmaid dress

braided crown

Symmetry Beauty gave the gals the ideal bohemian wedding-day look. The soft waves, braids + natural, romantic makeup perfectly complemented Joanna’s ethereal dresses.

joanna august bridesmaid dress

bouquet

joanna august bridesmaid dress

We told you the back of the Kimberly Dress was good!

pink bridesmaid dress

joanna august bridesmaid dress

peacock chair and garland

pastel bridesmaid dresses

joanna august bridesmaid dress

A quick wardrobe change revealed three new gorgeous Joanna August gowns – all versions of the Sammy Convertible Dress which each have sewn-in skirt panels that convert into straps that can be tied into over 15 different styles! Below Rileigh + Erika are wearing the dress in lush chiffon. Rileigh is seen in a blush color, aptly named Tiny Dancer + Erika in a gorgeous shade of luminous gray called Silver Bells.

We love that your bridesmaids can each tie theirs in a way that would make them feel comfortable + beautiful on the big day.

joanna august bridesmaid dress

joanna august bridesmaid dress

joanna august bridesmaid dress

We’re sure you’re eyeing the gorge boho furniture + prop rentals from Found. Their pieces fit in perfectly with our vision for the shoot – aaaand we now want a bunch of woven peacock chairs for the GWS office! :)

bohemian bridesmaids

And below Leah is wearing the Sammy Convertible Dress in all lace. An amazing option for a wedding dress, don’t you think?

white bohemian bride

We hope you loved Part 1 of our fun collaboration with Joanna August! Part 2, featuring two more totally different looks, is coming up soon! If you just can’t wait and want to start browsing Joanna’s gorgeous dresses now, pop over to her website for lots (and lots) of pretty! See you back here in a bit!

dresses: Joanna August // art direction + styling: Green Wedding Shoes // photography: Brandon Kidd // venue: The Loft on Pine Long Beach, California // hair + makeup: Symmetry Beauty // floral design: The Little Branch // videography: Andrew James Abajian // jewelry: Gorjana and BaubleBar // silk flower crown: Erica Elizabeth Designs // shoes: BHLDN // vintage rentals: Found Vintage Rentals // models: Leah Bradley, Erika Mendoza, Rileigh Cunningham

* This post is sponsored by Joanna August. All content, ideas, and words are by Green Wedding Shoes. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryGorjana, Andrew James Abajian, Erica Elizabeth Designs, Found Vintage Rentals, Brandon Kidd Photography, Symmetry Beauty, and The Little Branch are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Fall Ghost Town Wedding Inspiration

Colorado Ghost Town wedding

Kathryn of Our Love Is Loud said it best when she spoke of her inspiration + goals for today’s stunning shoot. We wanted to encourage all those offbeat brides out there to plan a wedding that is unique to them. We know that sometimes people want to do things differently, they just don’t know quite how to do it! We have made it our goal to rally together the incredible talent here in Denver and show brides first hand how an offbeat, creative non-traditional wedding can be done – on a budget and with style! 

And what a creative setting it was. The idea of an entire 1800’s ghost town as your wedding day backdrop had us more than intrigued + we couldn’t believe all the incredible ways Laurel & Rose decked out the setting with the most simplistic autumnal decor. Lale Florals crafted a majorly stunning bouquet (think seasonal leaves, wild berries + more) and the real-life couple’s attire (from A & Be Bridal Shop + ASOS) was totally top-notch, too. Just look at them in that photo above! J’adore.

Colorado Ghost Town wedding

The Bread Bar wedding

The main locations for this shoot were The Bread Bar + Dram Apothecary in Silver Plume, Colorado. Kathryn tells us, The Bread Bar is a new hotspot that has become a hub for all craft cocktail lovers, the Silver Plume regulars, Denver artists and musicians, and of course visitors from the slopes! Started by Shae of Dram Apothecary, it has received quite a bit of national attention since its opening for the renowned custom bitters made in the kitchen and also as the coolest spot to have a hot toddy after a long day skiing on the mountains! It’s also the perfect spot for a small dinner party or outdoor concert, but what about a wedding!? We think this hidden gem is the perfect spot for a small intimate wedding with friends and family and we just had to showcase how it can be done!

Postcard invitation

vintage inspired dress

black heels

vintage inspired dress

Vintage inspired bride and groom

vintage inspired bride

Here’s a peek at that bouquet we were talkin’ about – more to come in just a sec!

Vintage inspired bride and groom

cheers

The Bread Bar wedding

white pumpkin aisle decor

white pumpkin aisle decor

Colorado Ghost Town wedding

Colorado Ghost Town wedding

fall groom hat

Colorado Ghost Town wedding

Colorado Ghost Town wedding

Colorado Ghost Town wedding

What did you all think about that ultra-cozy ceremony setting?

Colorado Ghost Town wedding

Vintage inspired bride and groom

berry colored bouquet

bride in fur coat

We’re kind of obsessed with that lace headpiece from Nerida Mason!

Vintage inspired bride and groom

Colorado Ghost Town wedding

Colorado Ghost Town wedding

plaid jacket

dark and romantic reception

black skinny candles

plaid napkins

Do you have your Thanksgiving tablescape + decor planned out yet? Whether you do or don’t, it’s not too late to steal a few ideas from this gorgeous table – we know we will be!

plaid napkins

lace tablecloth

flower plate setting

amber chargers

family style food

donuts

naked cake

naked cake

Wasn’t that the loveliest? Such a cozy fall + Thanksgiving feel. Big thanks to everyone below for inspiring us today with this beautifully-put together setting!

photograpyr: Kathryn & Perry of Our Love Is Loud // planning + design: Laurel & Rose // venue: The Bread Bar + Dram Apothecary Silver Plume, Colorado // florals: Lale Florals // bride’s attire: A & Be Bridal Shop // groom’s attire: ASOS // makeup: Beth Walker Makeup // bride’s hair: J Audrey Hair Studio // groom’s hair: The Usual Barber Shop // ties + pocket squares: Shop Primary // hairpieces: Nerida Mason // rentals: Chairished // desserts: Bakin Bakery Denver // catering: Tifamade // signature wedding cocktail: Dram Apothecary

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist Gallerya&bé bridal shop and Our Love Is Loud are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.
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Vintage-Inspired Woodland Wedding: Brittney + Jordan

Woodsy Washington wedding

Happy Monday ladies + gents! We have the prettiest, vintage-inspired wedding to share this morning and it’s filled with tons and TONS of DIY! Brittney + Jordan purposely didn’t hire a wedding planner because they knew they wanted to pull all those special details together on their own. They pieced together everything from the flower girl outfits (srlsy, wait ’til you see them – cuteness overload!) to the sweet, woodsy  tablescape and reception details. Since we’re sure so many of you are knee-deep in DIY projects yourself, let’s hear more from Brittney about the crafts she took on:

Etsy was our best friend – we purchased our wedding invites, groomsmen gifts, wedding cake topper, and guestbook from there. I hand painted the ceremony, reception and parking signs, and painted and wrote out most of the chalkboard signs. We made all of the wedding programs; Jordan shot and edited a photo then we chose the font and program information and applied it to the photo on photoshop. We had them printed then glued the programs together to create a fan. We put our all into this wedding, wanting every small detail to be well thought out and created!

Big thanks to Jacquelynn Henderson for the beautiful photos and congrats to Brittney + Jordan on a lovely day!

woodsy invitation

anthro bridesmaid mugs

wooden groom's ring

flower crown bride

vintage groom

princess bride couture wedding

rose flower crown bride

Doesn’t Brittney look so pretty in her dress by Princess Bride Couture?

woodsy vintage bride

romantic succulent bouquet

rose flower crown bride

bridesmaids

first look on the lake

The whole day was so memorable its so hard to choose just one memorable moment of the day- but i would have to say one of my most favorite moments was having our first look on the shore of lake wenatchee- Jordan was facing the lake and I approached him and tapped him on his shoulder- he turned around and with both of us instantly teary eyed we hugged and kissed and were both so happy to be in that moment and with each other and ready to start our adventure together, it was one of the happiest moments that I can remember.

first look on the lake

Woodsy Washington wedding

Woodsy Washington wedding

vintage inspired groomsmen

Jordan picked out the groomsmen’s vintage-inspired outfits + they were a perfect fit for the wedding’s aesthetic.

vintage inspired groomsmen

vintage inspired groomsmen

gray maxi bridesmaid dresses

woodsy wedding party

flower girls and ring bearrers

^^ Look at those little ladies! We can’t handle the cutness… ^^

wooden ceremony sign

instagram sign

vintage groomsmen with hat

woodsy Washington ceremony

Woodsy Washington wedding

Woodsy Washington wedding

Woodsy Washington wedding

Woodsy Washington wedding

Woodsy Washington wedding

Woodsy Washington wedding

woodsy vintage bride and groom

woodsy log centerpieces

beer bar

The reception had such a good woodland feel! Shop our favorite finds from this pretty wedding below:

cakes on log slices

woodsy cake on log slice

beer in mason jars

cake cutting

love song favors

Woodsy Washington wedding

Woodsy Washington wedding

One piece of advice I could give future brides is to don't feel afraid to ask your close friends and family for help- we began to get really overwhelmed with all of the DIY projects we took on and decided to have all of our closest friends and family come over and help us finish last minute things they helped us put together and glue all the wedding programs and tie together all the table placements with the bakers twine napkins, and silverware, they also finished drilling holes for the tea lights to go in all of the wood rounds for the center pieces, and helped us finish putting the photo stickers on each wedding favor cd. It was extremely helpful!! its amazing how much you can get done in a few hours with only about 10 extra ppl there to help.

phototgraphy: Jacquelynn Henderson // venue: The Brown Family Homestead Leavenworth, Washington // event design + planning: Bride + Groom // florals + flower crowns: J9 Bing Floral Design // wedding dress: Princess Bride Couture // bride’s shoes: Minnetonka sandals and oxford boots from Nordstrom // groom’s shoes: John Varvatos //  bridesmaid dresses: Cynderellies Closet // hair + makeup: Posh Styling // groom suit: ASOS // paper goods: Tupybotique // catering: Two Chefs Catering // rentals: Vintage Ambiance // cake: Nicole Balloun of sweet nothings custom cakes and bake shoppe // music: City DJ

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