Maleficent Wedding Inspiration

Maleficent inspiration

Did anyone catch Maleficent yet? We’re still dying to see it, and today’s stunning styled shoot only makes us want to see it more! The creatives behind this beauty (photographer Meg Sexton + the girls at The Petal Company) wanted the overall feel to be darker + more dramatic, to capture the vibe of the film. Their hope was to combine the two contrasting styles portrayed in the movie: dark versus light; Maleficent against Princess Aurora. With two brides and only one groom, who will prevail? Good? Or Evil?

The moody palette, decadent details, pretty dresses + ethereal florals, make this shoot a fun + unique form of wedding inspiration, especially perfect for fall + winter weddings!

Maleficent invitation

Maleficent black dress

Maleficent crown

Maleficent plum bouquet

Maleficent inspiration

Maleficent inspiration


That crown! So fun.

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Maleficent inspiration

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Maleficent inspiration

Maleficent cakes

Maleficent inspired cake


We’re not sure which we love more: those dramatic cakes or the vintage hutch their set up on – a piece from Milk Glass Vintage Rentals‘ inventory. 

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Maleficent plum bouquet

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Maleficent inspiration

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Maleficent crown

Maleficent inspiration

Maleficent inspiration


The Princess Aurora bouquet formula: coral peonies, pink queen protea, purple veronica, silver dollar eucalyptus, pink jasmine vine + orange parrot tulips.

peony and protea bouquet

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Maleficent inspiration

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And isn’t this Jinza lace gown the prettiest?

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Maleficent inspiration


SPOILER ALERT! In the end, Princess Aurora finds her happily ever after. :) Big thanks to the talented team of creatives below for producing such a fun shoot based on Maleficent!

photography: Meg Sexton // venue: Castillo Hillside Shire Winery Morgan Hill, California // florals: The Petal Company // rentals: Milk Glass Vintage Rentals // cakes: Sweet Tooth Confections // hair + makeup: Lisa Teller // paper goods: Paper Bloom Studio // jewelry: Haute Bride // wedding dress: Aurora dress by Jinza, Maleficent dress by Matthew Christopher

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The Honest Company now at Target

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I’m so excited to share the news that one of my favorite brands, The Honest Company, is now available at Target!

I’ve always been done my best to ensure that we choose safe and environmentally friendly products when possible. However, since becoming a mom last year, I’ve grown much more concerned about every detail of the cleaning + beauty products we use on and around our daughter….having a little one to care for sure makes you do your homework on daily products! As such, I was relieved when I discovered The Honest Company (co-founded by Jessica Alba) and learned of their commitment for the same issues I care about as a mom….I was hooked!

The Honest Company offers non-toxic, eco-friendly and beautiful products that are kind to the environment, our family and our wallet. A win-win-win! When I first discovered The Honest Company, the only downside was that their products weren’t carried in many stores, so finding and buying them wasn’t always easy. However, their new partnership with Target makes their great products much more accessible to discerning moms.

If you’re a mom and aren’t familiar with The Honest Company yet, getting to know them will be a pleasure. They seriously have the cutest diapers around! The great graphics caught my eye immediately….such a nice change of pace to see great design on diapers for a change! Plus they’re perfect for the summer months when your little ones aren’t bundled up, but you still want them to look super cute. :) The prints are updated each season, which makes diaper shopping more fun…almost like waiting for your fave designers new line to be unveiled each season. On my current love list are their cherry + chevron prints as seen below on Sienna…

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As a brand new mom, one of the things I discovered after Sienna was born was how little free time you have. I know everyone tells you (and it’s hard to believe), but it’s so true! With Sienna arriving 5 1/2 weeks early, I felt like we were always behind, since when you run your own business there is no such thing as maternity leave! :) The first few months Jason and I were both running on just a few hours sleep a night. Between jugging work and being a new mom (so much to learn!) there’s barely any time left for you to research the best products for your little one. It’s tough, because you want to make sure everything that comes into contact with your little one is the best for her, but it can take forever browsing through so many new product categories that you’ve never even considered buying before. Baby product research is a full time job….and so is being a new mom!

I soon discovered that once you can find a brand you can trust, it’s like meeting a new friend that you can trust. You no longer need to research each product to make sure it’s safe and/or healthy for them. That’s kind of how I felt about The Honest Company. Anything to help you save time is so appreciative and I knew once I did a little research on them, I could trust their products – plus some of them even make mundane things (like changing diapers!) that much more fun. Sienna loves them too….sometimes the rad designs trick her into playing with diapers like they’re toys too.

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As you already know, I’m a huge fan of great design + packaging. So, I had to include a few photos to show off the pretty packaging! (Thanks so much to Paige Jones for the photos below from an event at the Westwood Target planned by Cara of Cara Events this past week).

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I also wanted to share a few of The Honest Company products that I use on a daily basis – whether you are a mom or just looking for safe cleaning products or love great packaging – I’m a big fan of these six all found at Target …

Fave Products from Honest Company

1. Honest Diapers // 2. Honest Sunscreen // 3. Honest Multi-Surface Cleaner // 4. Honest Hand Soap // 5. Honest Conditioning Detangler // 6. Honest Bar Soap

 

This post is sponsored by Target. The Honest Company has arrived at Target – introducing safe, effective & oh-so stylish products for you & your little one. Now at Target.

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Snowy Colorado Elopement: Jen + Andy

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Even though the sunshine is pouring through our windows right now, an intimate, snowy elopement still feels like a pretty way to start the day! And we’re guessing there are more than a few of you who are planning a wintertime wedding yourselves right now, so let’s let Jen + Andy’s simply perfect celebration inspire us today! These two envisioned exchanging their vows in a setting that was rustic, romantic, intimate and relaxing. And we love that by going with their guts, and realizing that a simple elopement – rather than a big, stuffy wedding – was the right thing for them, and they were able to get exactly what they were hoping for!

From Andy, When we made the decision to elope, we felt our options became basically limitless. While initially liberating, this quickly became overwhelming! For example, we asked ourselves… “do we want an oceanside cabin in Maine or a mountain resort in Montana”? The prospects of finding the perfect location (and maintaining affordability) quickly became our biggest challenge. After much Google searching, we discovered Dunton Hot Springs. With that, we instantly knew we found our location. It was an old/abandoned mining town that was saved and meticulously restored to become a luxury resort. While it is completely updated, they managed to maintain the intimacy and authenticity that we were looking for. Add to that, it was only an 8 hour drive from our home in Denver… it was the perfect location! In fact, we made the reservation 15 minutes after first discovering it.

Thanks so much to the talented Benj Haisch for these super gorge images and big congrats to Jen + Andy!

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Jen + Andy exchanged their vows in the sweetest little timber structure out in the woods. If that’s not one of the most romantic ceremony locations, we don’t know what is!

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snowy colorado elopement

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snowy colorado elopement

snowy colorado elopement


Being the non-traditionalist that we are, we had our baby before our wedding. As a couple, we have been together for over 6 years and, in that time, have lived in Boston, San Francisco, and Denver. Regardless of our best plans, our baby Evelyn made a surprise appearance a little earlier than we envisioned. With that said, it was the best thing to happen to us. Not only do we have an amazing daughter, but she was able to be a part of our wedding. Looking back, this is one of the most amazing parts of our ceremony.

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The snow! We did not think May 8th would bring winter conditions... but, that is exactly what we had. It had actually snowed a dusting the night before the wedding, and we thought it would clear up. The forecast said 50 degrees and sun... however, the mountains had a different idea. On the day of the ceremony it snowed on and off all day. The temperature was close enough to freezing that as soon as it stopped snowing, it all melted. In fact, an hour before the ceremony, the ground was clear of snow and relatively muddy. At that point, we embraced the idea of a white wedding and actually became hopeful that it would snow (and stick) for the ceremony. This situation was obviously a lot more comfortable for me (the groom) than for Jen (the bride). But, she was an amazing trooper and did not let it bother her... we only briefly went inside once to warm up (and fix our soaked hair).

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snowy colorado elopement

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Though we’re admittedly freezing just looking at her, we’re also admiring that modern gown Jen’s rocking! If you love it as much as we do, pop on over to the GWS shop – it’s in stock there, along with lots of other pretty dress ideas!

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Such stunning portraits!

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Decide what is important about your wedding day and focus the majority of your energies on those things. Unless you have unlimited resources and time, you won't be able to make every detail 100% perfect. But, if you pick the items that are most important to you and focus on them, you will have a memorable day. For us, the most important things were: [A] to have an intimate wedding that was low stress, [B] an elopement that still felt like a traditional wedding, and [C] an event that was professionally and beautifully documented. When we discussed our priorities and narrowed it to those three, it made the rest of our planning relatively easy. When a topic came up, if it didn't fall into our priority list, we either skipped it altogether (e.g. a DJ/band) or delegated responsibility (e.g. food and drink was taken care of by Dunton Hot Springs). This allowed us to focus on the two of us... instead of all the other aspects of a big wedding (which is what we were originally planning).

A bonus piece of advice for those looking to elope... we actually told most of our family about our plans in advance. This mitigated any stress with "elopment-backlash". The other thing this allowed was for our family to be part of our ceremony... from afar. This was made possible because each of our immediate family members wrote a personal letter that was then read by our officiant. This added a very personal, poignant, and (sometimes) humorous touch to the ceremony.

photography: Benj Haisch // venue, catering + cake: Dunton Hot Springs Dolores, Colorado // event design: Bride and groom! // florals: China Rose Florist // wedding dress: J.Crew Percy Gown // shoes: Jack Rogers // hair + makeup: bride // groom suit: J.Crew

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryJ. Crew is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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