Scottish Highland Engagement Photos: Dawn + Connor

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Dawn is Scottish and Conner is Irish, but they met while on a post high school trip to Spain. After a few years of keeping in touch via Facebook + email, fate intervened and their paths crossed again, this time in the states. After this encounter, their relationship quickly grew into a full-fledged romance and Connor eventually moved to Glasgow to be closer to Dawn. Connor proposed during an unforgettable vacation to New York City with with a simple ring from one of Dawn’s favorite local jewelry designers. The morning after their engagement,  he arranged a surprise appointment with a jeweler at the Bowery, so the two of them could design Dawn’s dream engagement ring together. So, so sweet!

For their engagement photos, they headed out to the rugged countryside of Glencoe, Scotland with their photographers, Joanna + Dylan of Kitchener Photography. They spent the afternoon discovering beautiful backdrops + exploring the mind-blowing landscape surrounding them, with their little dog Alfie in tow…

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Thanks so much to Kitchener Photography for sharing these photos with us today + congratulations to Dawn + Connor – we wish you all the best!

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Ace Hotel Palm Springs Wedding: Danielle + Carlo

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Danielle + Carlo are a fun-loving duo who wanted their day to be just as playful + energetic as they are! Choosing the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs was the first of many stellar decisions this couple made. The event design was vivid + whimsical, their attire was super sleek + stylish, and from the get-go, they made it a point (and a priority) to just relax + enjoy their day. That’s something I always love to hear!

A more about the celebration, directly from Danielle, We got engaged in Baja, Mexico, so the desert has always been important to us. We incorporated elements of our life in Brooklyn into our wedding weekend in California. Pretty much every part of our wedding was designed and built by our friends and family, from the music, to the event planning, to the judge who married us (my dad!). We surrounded ourselves with people who loved us and who we loved, and then set out to be guests at our own wedding!

Congratulations to Danielle + Carlo + big thanks to Mel Barlow from Mel & Co. for sharing their beautiful day with us!

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Their adorable pup acted as their ring bearer + was decked out in a sweet gingham bow tie collar!

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Major ceremony site envy! How cool is this airplant studded arch?!

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As cliche as it sounds, our wedding day was as perfect as it could be, both intimate and joyous. The ceremony was unparalleled, especially when we read our vows to each other. So was sitting in the hot tub under the desert sky with our friends from all over the world at the end of the night. We also will never forget when our parents' friends went skinny dipping! All our guests travelled to spend the weekend with us, and it was the best gift any couple could receive!

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Processional: Once There Was a Hushpuppy – Dan Romer + Benh Zeitlin, from Beasts of the Southern Wild

Recessional: All is Love – Karen O, sung by Brit Laurén

First Dance: That's the Way That the Wold Goes Round – Jerry Jeff Walker, Secret of Life – James Taylor, Old-Fashioned – Cee Lo Green

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Keep the big picture in focus. Everyone will have a million different opinions, compromises will be made, and nothing will be perfect, but in the end what matters most is the people you love and each other. Also, don't forget to check in with your partner on the actual day and be present to the beauty of the moment. It's the most awesome experience and something that you will always remember.

photography: Mel Barlow from Mel & Co. // venue: Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs, California // event design + planning: Laura Wright Events // papel picado: Margaret Sosa // florals: Brown Paper Design // wedding dress: Reem Acra // hairpieces: Annastasia Konidaris of Michael Angelo’s Wonderland Beauty Parlor // shoes: bought the used shoes from the Reem Acra dressing room for $40 // bridesmaid dresses: Vintage and BCBG // hair + makeup: Ace Hotel & Swim Club // groom suit: Bonobos // paper goods: Design by Anthony Nugyen of Tango & Sons; Construction was homemade on a gocco screen printer with the help of Paper Source, eBay (for stamps), and bride’s sister/MOH extraordinaire // catering + cake: Ace Hotel & Swim Club // cookies from Momofuku Milk Bar // music: friends and musicians DJ Captain Planet aka Chuck Wild; Brit Laurén

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DIY: Floral Wreath for your Dog

DIY Floral Wreath for your dog

We know lots of our couples plan to involve their pup in their day and our DIY contributor, Amanda of Anthomanic, crafted up the sweetest floral wreath for your dog! I mean, these are so cute, right? And pretty easy to make as you’ll learn below!

Floral Wreath Supplies


Supplies:
• OASIS Floral Tape
• Gardening Shears
• Thick wire (I used 18 gauge pieces)
• Bind wire (optional)
• Twenty stems of mixed loose flowers
• Bunch of leafy foliage

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Step One: Create the wire loop “base”
• Measure the length of wire needed for the collar, best to make the loop and put it on the dog to check!
• If using short pieces, just bind together and secure with tape
• Wrap the entire wire loop with the floral tape, pulling the tape taught as you wrap it to release the adhesive from the tape (this helps to give the bundles you will add, a little something to grip on to)

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Step Two: Create small bunches
Prepare the stems by removing lower leaves. Layer the blooms, don’t bundle them all at the same height. Wrap with floral tape, cutting stems as needed to a very short length (5-6”).

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Step Three: Cover the loop base with floral bunches
Attach the bundle of flowers to the wire loop base using florist tape. Continue this pattern, covering the entire loop leaving the ends of the wire loop base exposed to twist together when placing on your pet!

Please Note: The supplies here are enough for both a small and large pet! For the small pet, the only change is to create mini bouquets by using less flowers and smaller foliage sections.

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DIY Floral Wreath Pup

DIY Floral Wreath Dog


Seriously, how cute are these for your pup?!!  And remember, if you make one of our DIY projects, be sure to share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY – we love seeing how your projects turn out! :)

DIY created by Amanda of Anthomanic exclusively for GWS. See more of Amanda’s work here. Photos by Marta Locklear Photography

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