Romantic San Diego Beach Elopement: Marissa + Brian

shipwrecked elopement

If the planning of a traditional wedding starts to get out of hand + stress you out, take a big, deep breath and remember what it’s all about, like Marissa + Brian did! They ended up going with “shipwrecked” themed elopement and celebrated on the sands of one of SoCal’s prettiest beaches in La Jolla. For them, having a good time was the top priority, and they knew if they were enjoying themselves, and their intimate group of guests were too, the day would automatically be a success! Here’s a bit more from them about why they decided to elope.

We started planning a more traditional wedding. 75 guests quickly turned to 100, and that quickly turned to 150. We found ourselves answering questions about colors and cakes and garters….and realized we had lost what the day was truly about. We dropped everything and decided to elope with just our closest friends and family. We wanted the day to be about our love and the people who celebrate our love with us. We didn’t want to follow a schedule, or to do something just because “that’s what you do at weddings.” We will forever think that’s the best decision we’ve ever made. Never have we felt so much love for each other, and so much love shared with our friends and family.  It was truly a day to celebrate that.

Bravo to Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals and Design for styling such a romantic beach-side affair and thanks to Kristen Booth for sharing these lovely images with us today!

ring in a shell

kissing booth backdrop

nautical beach decor

nautical shell bouquet

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

Marissa: The most memorable part of the day were our vows. I think since we only had our closest friends and family sharing the day with us, we felt more comfortable sharing personal vows. And it was almost like our guests were sharing the vows right there with us, since all of our guests had been there every step of the way throughout our relationship. (Honorable mention: My dad ran down PCH to flag down an ice cream truck...so clutch.)

Brian: When our officiant, Ned, told me "she is on her way". Just the feeling of knowing my true love was coming to meet me and we could dedicate our lives to each other. I remember every sense heightened...the ocean, the wind, our family.

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

shipwrecked ceremony on the beach

wedding party

wedding party

M’s uber cool shell + moss bouquet was a DIY!

bridesmaids

wedding party

bridesmaids

wedding party

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked tablescape

shipwrecked tablescape

shipwrecked tablescape

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

And we LOVE her unique gown, which she scored at Macy’s! For an incredibly similar and equally beautiful option, we adore BHLDN’s Flora Gown!

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

shipwrecked elopement

Our advice to couples planning an elopement...don't feel guilty. The day is about the two of you and your love, so make it about that! And the day goes by so fast as it is, might as well enjoy every minute of it!

photography: Kristen Booth // location: Windansea Beach in La Jolla, California // event design: Lauren Sharon Vintage Rentals and Design // florals: DIY // wedding dress: Macy’s // hair + makeup: BlowPop La Jolla // groom’s attire: Express Men // videography: Lucid Videography // catering: Not So Fast! Food Truck

click to add this post
to your wedding faves
I Heart This

Interested in advertising with us?



contact advertise@greenweddingshoes.com
for our current rates!

20’s-Inspired Carondelet House Wedding: Michele + Addison

20s inspired wedding

Anyone who knows LA’s Carondelet House, also knows that 20’s style and the incredible space totally go hand-in-hand. The former residence, built in 1928, captures the decadence and ethereal beauty of the era to perfection, and so for Michele + Addison, who love everything about the roaring 20’s, there couldn’t have been a more perfect place to tie the knot! Michele says, When people would ask what our wedding colors were I’d just respond with “sequins!” We are not very traditional people, so we really wanted to do things our way!  Girl, we love everything about that statement!

Big thanks to Tyler Branch for sharing these gorge images with us today + best wishes and high fives to the newlyweds!

20s invitation

20s inspired bride

I had my dress custom made, which I designed with my friend’s very talented mother! It was such a special thing to have, being a designer myself it was the one thing that I had always said “If I ever get married I’m designing my own dress!” To have that become a reality just made the day that much more unique to our personal style!

bride

gold bridesmaids

gold bridesmaids

bow tie groomsmen

first look

20s inspired wedding

bride

The back of M’s gown is totally incredible…

body chain necklace

20s ceremony program

Addison + I walked down the aisle together because thats how we approach everything in our relationship: together, so why wouldn’t we do the same on such an important day!?

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

20s bride

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

20s inspired wedding

Doesn’t the reception space look like a magical indoor garden? Within the historic walls of Carondelet, it truly must have felt like time was standing still!

romantic ivy ceiling garlands

20s inspired tablescape

20s inspired tablescape

20s inspired tablescape

candle lights

body chain necklace

20s inspired wedding

See more in their lovely film by Tim&Co.!

Wow, well first off, nothing will ever prepare you for that roller coaster!! Hahaha But all joking aside the planning process can be such a labor of love and simultaneously the bain of your existence. The best thing you can do is try to remember what you’re doing…marrying the love of your life!! Try not to sweat the details because in the end you won’t even notice or care and no one else will either because inevitably all eyes are on you and yours will be on your new spouse! Also Pinterest can be your best friend and worst enemy…proceed with caution! ;)

photography: Tyler Branch // venue: Carondelet House Los Angeles, California // day of coordination: Hannah Campbell at Day of Gal // florals: Putnam & Putnam // wedding dress: Designed by Bride and custom made by Debi Lemos (a friends mom!) // hairpiece: Kristin Perry Accessories // shoes: Bellissima Bridal Shoes // bridesmaids dresses: Badgley Mischka  // hair + makeup: Kait Maire and Jenda Alcorn // groom’s suit: Vera Wang // custom bowties + pocket squares: Aldo DeLaCruz Falcon // shoes: Paul Smith // videography: Tim&Co. // invitations: Custom Designed by Bride & Groom // cake: Alcove Cafe // dj + band: Andy Clockwise // rings: Bride’s is Satomi Kawakita, groom’s is BitterSweets NY // photo booth: Smiley Shots Photo Booth 

click to add this post
to your wedding faves
I Heart This

Interested in advertising with us?



contact advertise@greenweddingshoes.com
for our current rates!

Seaside Bohemian Bridal Session Inspiration

boho beach bridal inspiration

Are any brides-to-be, or former brides, planning an extra portrait session with your photog? We love this idea for doing something a little bit more fun or fashion forward if you don’t want to stray too far from traditional for the wedding day itself. Cali based photographer Danielle Poff teamed up with Amanda + Danielle of Untamed Petals to share their ideas for an ideal bridal session on the beach. We love the tranquil vibe of the setting + the misty salt air made for the perfect lighting for these photos. The only details needed to make this session a big success were a couple of pretty dresses (H&M’s Conscious Collection + Daughters of Simone helped with that!) and some oversized greenery filled floral arrangements by Wilder Floral Co. Any lady would love to be the focus of these gorgeous snaps, right? We think so!

boho bouquet

boho beach bridal inspiration

boho beach bridal inspiration

boho beach bride

airplant shell

lace off the shoulder dress

Does it even get better than the dreamy accessories from Untamed Petals? So much pretty… 

lace off the shoulder dress

crop top bride

beach bouquet

boho beach bridal inspiration

pale blue wedding dress

boho beach bridal inspiration

pale blue wedding dress

boho beach bridal inspiration

ruffle dress

boho beach bridal inspiration

boho beach bridal inspiration

Major love for these sunset shots with the horse!

boho beach bride with horse

boho beach bride with horse

boho beach bride with horse

boho beach bridal inspiration

boho beach bride with horse

dream catcher

garland

What a gorgeous shoot! Thank you so much to everyone below for sharing their talents today!

We hope everyone enjoys their Labor Day weekend…and these last few weeks of summer! We’ll be taking Monday off to spend time with friends + fam, but will see you all back here Tuesday morning!

photography: Danielle Poff Photography // location: Pismo Beach Dunes in Pismo Beach, California // styling: Amanda Judge & Danielle Moran – Untamed Petals // florals: Wilder Floral Co. // hair + makeup: The Queen’s Bees // model: Taylor Hixson // blue dress + ivory lace/tulle gown: H&M’s Conscious Collection // off the shoulder lace gown: “Winnie” by Daughters of Simone // swimsuit: J.Crew // accessories: Untamed Petals

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryDanielle Poff Photography is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
click to add this post
to your wedding faves
I Heart This

Interested in advertising with us?



contact advertise@greenweddingshoes.com
for our current rates!