Fall-Inspired Springtime Wedding: Kelly + Tyler

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There’s nothing quite like following along on a couple’s epic love journey + feeling like you were right there at the start of things! When we featured Kelly + Tyler’s completely adorable proposal on the edge of a cliff on a foggy San Francisco day, I think we all fell in love with these two + Kelly’s endearing giggles as her man swooned her (and all of us) with his sweetness + a beautiful ring! Kelly is a wedding photog herself, so we’re not really too surprised that her own celebration was filled with amazing design + stylish personal touches. Let’s hear how she + Tyler (self-professed lovers of autumn) pulled off a springtime wedding with the most magical fall feel – and even a full Thanksgiving dinner for their guests!

Over the past four years, Tyler and I have had a special place in our hearts for the fall season. We fell in love in the fall, began dating in the fall, got engaged in the fall…something about the changing leaves and the smell of turkey and the cozy mugs and cuddly sweaters…the feelings of the fall season have just always been where our hearts have felt most at home. But since we were obsessed with each other and didn’t want to wait a whole year to get married after getting engaged last September, we had to figure out how to bring the fall to our springtime wedding. So we rented some cabins on a beautiful, private lake in Northern California, dressed in our warmest colors, and had a full Thanksgiving dinner with 100 or so of our closest family and friends. Between the evening lights, the fiddle music, and the pumpkin pie, our wedding was as magically-autumnal as it could have been…with the added bonus of the warm spring weather, which gave us permission to extend the dance party late into the night with no complaints of the cold. It was, without a doubt, the best day of our lives.

Maybe it’s just us, but we’re looking forward to Thanksgiving now more than ever! Thanks Kelly + Tyler for the amazing inspiration and Logan Cole for the dreamy photos of their day!

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woodland first look

woodland first look

Sarah Seven wedding dress

loose poppy bouquet

Sarah Seven wedding dress

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Nothern California lake wedding

There’s no way we could love Kelly’s bridal look more! She is wearing a gorge gown by Sarah Seven, paired with a beautiful headpiece by Twigs and Honey!

Nothern California lake wedding

Nothern California lake wedding

floral arbor

blankets on benches

ceremony band

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bride riding in on canoe

And love that she arrived for the ceremony by boat!

Nothern California lake wedding

Nothern California lake wedding

Nothern California lake wedding

Nothern California lake wedding

Nothern California lake wedding

Our wedding day was honestly a dream, and it would be impossible to select one moment as our favorite – but one of the moments that I remember being the most special was during the ceremony. Our officiant (Tyler’s dad) asked us to take a moment to look out and really see all of our family and friends – looking at every single face, one at a time, really got our hearts in the right posture and filled us with so much love and gratitude. I remember thinking, “These are our favorite people in the world. Some of these people have traveled such a long distance to be here today. These are the people that have helped us to be standing here today.” That was one of our favorite moments, for sure.

Nothern California lake wedding

Nothern California lake wedding

Nothern California lake wedding

Nothern California lake wedding

Processional: Chariot – Page France covered by BRANCHES (Tyler’s band)

Recessional: Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys covered by BRANCHES

First Dance: When I’m 64 – The Beatles covered by The Show Ponies

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Nothern California lake wedding

Nothern California lake wedding

Nothern California lake wedding

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We’re pretty sure Kelly + Adam have successfully convinced you that a fall wedding is a lovely idea – even if it’s held in the spring! Get the look of their adorable nuptials + fun reception by shopping their day below:

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escort cards

square photos in heart

square photos in heart

wine bottle advice

wood slice chalkboard sign

jam favors

lakeside reception

garland table runner

tall skinny candles

lakeside reception

amber colored vases

vintage bottle

tall skinny candles

The tablescapes featured a warm, fall palette and lots of cozy details that we just love!

illustration of bride and groom

ring bearer

favors

lakeside reception

pies bar on vintage crates

love grows here cake topper

Nothern California lake wedding

Nothern California lake wedding

Nothern California lake wedding

Nothern California lake wedding

See even more of this incredible celebration in the film captured by Matter Video:

1. Plan with your fiancé! - A lot of weddings scream “BRIDE!” but the day should reflect both of you as a couple.
2. This is a party. Make sure you remember that as you plan! During the planning process, every time I would get overwhelmed, I would look at the guest list and get so excited. I had to remind myself that its not about the details .. it’s about the people. The details add beauty for sure, but the people are what fills the space with love and laughter and memories.
3. Delegate tasks – we didn’t have a bridal party but we had close friends and family that were FAR better at certain elements of the planning process.
4. Let your budget reflect your values – There is no one way to do a wedding, and there is very, very little that you HAVE to do. Make sure your day reflects you, and that the things you invest in the most are the things that are your top priorities. Don’t spend money on stupid things that you’ll forget about in a month, or that your guests won’t even notice. Cut the fat!
5. Make sure to spend as much time during the week of your wedding with your fiance. I know so many people who spend so much time running errands alone or are busy hosting – being with your man reminds you that you're a team and that you both need each other!
6. Do a First Look! Because Tyler and I decided to see each other before the ceremony (and get a lot of portraits done before hand) we were able to hug and hang out with all our family and friends for a longer period of time :)

photography: Logan Cole // venue: Leonard Lake Reserve Mendocino County, California // florals: Chuppah and garland by The Petal Pusher, Bouquet by Natalie Bowen // wedding dress: Sarah Seven // hairpieces: Twigs and Honey // hair: Alana Halvorsen // makeup: Alaina Garcia // videography: Matter Video // catering: Bonehead’s Texas BBQ // pies: baked with love by Tyler’s cousin, Michelle // rentals: Forever Vintage Rentals // officiant: Tyler’s Dad // music: Tyler’s band BRANCHES, Before The Brave and The Show Ponies

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryLOGAN COLE Photography and Twigs & Honey are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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Create your Wedding Registry with Zola

Zola registry

Doesn’t it seem like wedding registries are ever-changing for the better? Today’s brides + grooms will never have to know the hassle of registering the old-school way for products they really don’t even want or need. We love a registry that couples can really make their own + fill with products they’re genuinely excited about. And today we’re delighted to introduce you to one of the leaders of the wedding registry revolution, Zola!

Zola believes that the modern couple is smart, design-forward, and knows who they are + what they want. Their goal in creating the best online registry experience is to always think about their customer’s needs. Their beautifully designed registries are totally customizable (personalize your page with photos, notes, and collections to organize gifts) and are effortless to use so they fit right into your busy life!

Zola Sample Registry

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Curate your own mix of gifts, experiences, honeymoon/cash funds, and products from anywhere on the web, all with a single checkout. You can blend essentials from classic brands (like Kitchenaid, Le Creuset, and All Clad) with individual style from emerging designers (like Billy Cotton and Nine Space).

All of their gifts are carefully chosen to appeal to a range of price points and aesthetics, while always remaining modern and timeless.

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Zola Tastemaker Collections

Group gifting lets multiple friends contribute to a gift, so you don’t have to feel price-conscious about bigger-ticket items. We love that! And we’re pretty excited about Zola’s new Tastemaker Collections, too! These collections will help you to create your dream registry by gaining inspiration from designers and bloggers whose work and aesthetic we all know and love, like Refinery29 editor Angela Tafoya!

Zola LoveApp Feature

Zola’s new #Love app feature ups the mobile wedding experience to new heights! They are one of the first companies to integrate with Twitter so you can view ALL of the Instagram pictures and tweets with your wedding hashtag right in your Zola app!

Zola Category landing page

And Zola’s revamped category landing pages will inspire you more than ever by providing amazing ideas for starter collections + recommending brands depending on which categories you’re browsing. This makes it easy + fun picture how you’ll integrate these items in your newlywed life! And that’s half the fun of setting up a registry, right?!

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We’re so excited to share with you that Green Wedding Shoes readers will receive $25 in Zola credits when they set up their wedding registry on Zola! New registries must be started (but not necessarily published) between November 11th, 2014 and February 11th, 2015.

* Credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account four weeks after a couple’s registry is published live.

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

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Romantic Russian Wedding Inspiration

romantic Russian wedding inspiration

Inspired by the romance found in nature, Russian photographer, Dmitry Melnikov, and designer, Renne, dreamt up a setting perfect for couples who adore the outdoors. Building the scene around a lace dreamcatcher Dmitry had in his home, the team added layers of airy textiles, natural cacti elements, punchy florals, and a beautiful dress. The rocky shore of the Russian gulf provided the perfect views + backdrop for a setting that’s sure to inspire brides + grooms from around the globe to incorporate a little bit of natural romance into their day!

Maria Sorokina wedding dress

rustic floral invitation

Maria Sorokina wedding dress

The ethereal dress by Maria Sorokina was a perfect fit, with its handmade lace accents + floaty sleeves.

romantic succlent bouquet

leather suspenders

romantic Russian wedding inspiration

bridal hair comb

Maria Sorokina wedding dress

Maria Sorokina wedding dress

romantic Russian wedding inspiration

romantic Russian wedding inspiration

romantic Russian wedding inspiration

romantic Russian wedding inspiration

romantic succulent tablescape

And we’re super in love with the sweets table, filled to the brim with aloe, cacti, succulents and floral details. What a pretty way to display your cake!

romantic succulent tablescape

wooden calligraphy menu

romantic succulent cake

romantic succulent tablescape

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candle setting

candle setting

romantic Russian wedding inspiration

Wasn’t that so dreamy? A big thanks to the below creatives for sharing their romantic wedding ideas with us today!

photography: Dmitry Melnikov // calligraphy, decor + flowers: Renne // wedding dress: Maria Sorokina // venue: Rostov-on-Don in Rostov Oblast, Russia

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