An Engagement Session at San Francisco’s Sutro Baths: Cassy + John

Sutro Baths engagement

Cassy + John are all kinds of cute. And they totally rock in our book because they weren’t afraid to climb giant cliffs + caves, run through the chilly ocean water, and traipse through the forest for their super rad San Francisco engagement session with Jamie Jones Photography. All that made for a memorable + adventurous day – and the photos they came away with are just so good. The location they choose – SF’s Sutro Baths – was once a large, privately owned swimming pool complex built in the late 19th century. The facility was financially unprofitable and is now abandoned and sits in ruins. A cool bit of NorCal history, and a perfect shoot backdrop for this stylish, creative couple!

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

birds

Sutro Baths engagement

birds

These shots with the birds are pretty breathtaking!

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

red lip engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Cassy, how did you manage to hike to such heights in that uber-adorable outfit of yours? Spill your secrets, girl!

flowy pink skirt

textured sweater

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

Sutro Baths engagement

We’ve gotta hear how these cute love birds met, yes? Cassy tells all below:

We met shortly after he had moved out to Portland, OR from Nashville to live with a mutual good friend of ours (I was living in Eugene at the time). We were both dating other people, but became casual friends over the years when I would visit and crash on their couches. He always left quite an impression, as I remember admiring his thoughtfulness over the nights around the campfire in their backyard talking religion, philosophy and life, but what really stood out was how funny he was. I was always laughing around him.

I was visiting Portland to look into moving and to see a friend’s band play at a local bar. He ended up coming along with a friend, and somehow we ended up on the back patio talking for hours, practically finishing each other’s sentences. It was uncanny how much of a connection we had and never realized it. I had recently gone through a bad breakup, and Johnny graciously waited about 6 months to finally ask me out. After our first date, it was pretty obvious to both of us that this was something different.

We immediately decided to jump into our relationship by taking a roadtrip throughout the Southwest with each other. Our friends guaranteed us that, at the end of our trip, we would either love each other or hate each other after spending that much time together so soon. Suffice it to say, we had discussed marriage by the end of that trip, and we both just knew we had finally met our other half.

Cassy + John, big time congrats on your engagement + thanks for sharing your photos with us!

photography: Jamie Jones Photography // locations: Sutro Baths in San Francisco, California

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Create a Personalized Wedding Registry with Zola

Zola Registry

For those of you have been reading GWS for a while, you may have heard us mention Zola Wedding Registry in the past, but for anyone who is unfamiliar, allow us to introduce you to this great wedding resource now! The guys at Zola have one mission on their agenda: To recreate the online wedding registry for the modern couple + their guests. They give you lots of options when it comes to customizing your registry – add flair with personal photos, leave personalized greetings + notes for your guests, arrange custom collections to organize your gifts – and so much more! According to the founders, The modern engaged couple is always on-the-go, multitasking and trying to navigate the world of wedding registries on top of a very hectic schedule. We’re here to make it easy and fun. 

We can get on board with that! Here are few more fun ways you can really make your registry yours:

  • Personalize your registry with photos, notes to your guests, and a custom URL
  • Organize your gifts into collections with photos and descriptions
  • Curate your own mix of gifts, experiences and honeymoon/cash funds, all with a single check out

Zola Registry

Zola Registry Website


  • Choose from classic brands (like Kitchenaid, Le Creuset and Vitamix) and emerging designers (like Billy Cotton and Nine Space)
  • Dream big: register for big ticket items without feeling price-conscious, as multiple friends can contribute to gifts with Group Gifting
  • Easily import anything from any store

Zola Registry Products

Zola Registry


  • Scan and add anything, anywhere with Zola’s iPhone app
  • Have some fun with Blender: add products with a single swipe right on the iPhone app
  • Track all of your gifts with Gift Tracker and decide when you want each one shipped with Send it Later

Zola Registry

Zola Registry

And we’re excited to share that Green Wedding Shoes readers will receive $25 in Zola credit when a new wedding registry is set up with them! So if you’ve been wondering where to register, be sure to consider all the benefits of registering with Zola. Now is the perfect time to start your beautiful + personalized dream registry, filled with products you’re sure to love for years to come!

New registries must be started (but not necessarily published) between August 5th and November 5th, 2014. Credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account four weeks after a couple’s registry is published. To receive $25 in credit, be sure to create your registry using this link.

* This post is sponsored by Zola. Thanks for supporting our sponsors!

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Laidback New Zealand Campground Wedding: Kate + Liam

New Zealand Campground Wedding

A campground wedding with happy, yellow bridesmaids dresses, a drizzly ceremony, lawn games, greenery-adorned tents, and the cutest couple ever seemed like a perfect way to start the day! Kate + Liam are pretty much as laidback as it gets, so it was a must for their wedding to reflect their sweet, easygoing attitudes. A picturesque campground in the small village of Matakana, New Zealand was the perfect locale and natural design elements (with a hint of modern typography + signage) felt just right as far as styling was concerned. In the end, the most important thing to this duo was to spend a relaxed weekend away with a handful of their favorite folks. And they pulled that off like a couple of pros!

From Kate, We are both pretty down to earth people who wanted to spend our wedding over a full weekend with our friends and family. We wanted it to also reflect where we came from. We always wanted to be outside away from any city with the ones we loved so the theme slowly became a camping / wilderness type event.

Big thanks to Nordica Photography for these beautiful images + congratulations to Kate + Liam on a lovely day!

sign

New Zealand Campground Wedding

camp sign

New Zealand Campground Wedding

New Zealand Campground Wedding

tent

A swimming hole at the wedding venue? Just a bit jealous we weren’t guests at this one!

swimming hole

swing and swimming

river swing

New Zealand Campground Wedding

to the happy couple

beer in a bucket

A little light rain couldn’t stop any of the fun. And we adore this shot of all the guests with their colorful umbrellas!

umbrellas

wooden arbor

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand ceremony

Kate walked down the aisle to Lovely Day by Bill Wither, played live by the band.

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand ceremony

Light rain fell during ceremony (outside) and then stopped just after the vows and we walked away from the alter into the sunshine and the band played a harmony/folk song cover of pony by ginuwine, (unplanned) very nice moment.

New Zealand ceremony

New Zealand bride and groom

wedding party

Cutest ‘maids ever! We love their yellow frocks paired with sweet braided ‘dos!

yellow bridesmaid dresses

yellow bridesmaid dresses

groomsmen in ties

yellow bridesmaid dresses

New Zealand bride and groom

New Zealand bride and groom

new zealand bride

rustic boutonniere 2

New Zealand bride and groom

New Zealand bride and groom

New Zealand bride and groom

New Zealand bride and groom

New Zealand bride and groom

New Zealand bride and groom

New Zealand bride and groom

seating chart signage

bar area

catering

lawn games

new zealand camp reception

What a pretty tent, right? Wire baskets filled with eucalyptus + other local greens is the perfect idea for an easy centerpiece!

organic reception

basket of foliage

table numbers

organic foliage and bulbs

flower crown plate setting

flower crown plate setting

organic foliage and bulbs

entrance

flower crowns

New Zealand sunset

New Zealand sunset

Nordica nailed it with these gorge sunset portraits!

New Zealand sunset

New Zealand camp wedding

Start planning early but always be flexible on the day, a lot of things changed through the ceremony and we just rolled with it, we tried to keep it up beat and enjoyable for the guests through out the weekend.

photography: Nordica Photography // venue: Matakana, New Zealand // event design + paper goods: Bride (Kate) // event planner: Bride and Groom with help from Wildernest // wedding dress: Mum Watkinson (Joy) // hairpieces: Mum Robertson (Jan) and Mum Watkinson (Joy) and the bridesmaids // bridesmaid dresses + shoes: Bul // hair: Kat Omundsen – katomundsen@me.com // makeup: Samara Kurta – samarakurta@gmail.com // groom suit: Calibre, Ralph Lauren //catering: Free Range Chef Stephen Weeks // cake: Mum Watkinson (Joy) // music: Music Selection by Groom (from wedding guests favorite dance songs request through RSVP) and The Lost Colonies (friend’s band)

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