The Best Of! Monthly Inspiration from our Preferred Wedding Artists May 2019

wedding inspiration

It’s that time again — time to check in with our Preferred Wedding Artists and see what sort of magic they’ve been creating this month! Our selection of artists is approved by our editorial team and known for outside-the-box creativity, friendliness, and a true love for the work they do. Below is just a sample of what our talented family of vendors can make happen for YOU.

If you’re on the hunt for wedding vendors, use our “find a vendor” tool to meet some GWS-approved artists! Peruse the hand-picked portfolios then send a message directly to your favorites. It’s that simple!

And now, allow us to introduce a few of this month’s stand-outs!

Live Stream-ers

Colony 29 Palm Springs wedding by Jenny Smith & Co.

Photo by Jenny Smith & Co.

We recently ventured out to Palm Springs for a wonderful wedding at Colony 29. This wedding had ALL our favorite things: geometric shapes, acrylic signage and tons of desert beauty. Also, the couple is a stunner! We specifically love the alternative attire worn by our groom! Plus, confetti cannons and Jenga wars at the reception always make for a good time!

Looking for a team of energetic photographers to capture the moment?
Meet Jenny Smith & Co. and see more work here!

Vows at the Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco wedding design by Lea Stafford Events

Design by Lea Stafford Events

Carolyn met Doug while working together at a music streaming service company, it was there where they found out they share a love for French music. They continue to enjoy music, break a sweat in the great outdoors and seeking out new experiences together. They made Sausalito their home in 2018 and love the life they have built there.

May 4th was about celebrating their union with their family and friends, in the city they currently live. Both sisters officiated the ceremony while the boat-lined marina and Golden Gate Bridge draped the background, serving as our main design and alter.

Looking for personal + authentic wedding design?
Meet Lea Stafford Events and see more work here!

Framed in Florals

Marweddings floral design Mexico beach wedding

via Marweddings

Marweddings’ next season floral proposal. Loose, airy, free-standing ceremony framing. Utterly romantic, dreamy and artistic. A photographer’s dream!

Looking for timeless + elegant wedding design in Mexico?
Meet Marweddings and see more work here!

floral design: Casa DELIRIO

Pleased as Plumeria

Hawaii newlyweds by Sarah Ellefson Photography

Photo by Sarah Ellefson Photography

This shot is from sunset at an Olowalu House wedding in Maui. A recent rainstorm had knocked down a bunch of plumeria flowers so we showered the newlyweds with them for this epic shot!

Looking for a creative + fun wedding photographer?
Meet Sarah and see more work here!

The Happiest Couple on Earth

Disneyland engagement shoot by Katie Pritchard

Photo by Katie Pritchard

I just photographed a super sweet engagement session that was super colorful and fun. (Can you tell it was at Toontown in Disneyland?) Kaitlyn and Chase drove in from Phoenix for the weekend and I love their cute style!

Looking for a romantic + whimsical wedding photographer?
Meet Katie and see more work here!

Coastal Getaway

newlyweds in matching jean jackets Julie Shuford Photo

Photo by Julie Shuford Photography

Megan + Jon were married on May 4th in Bodega Bay at The Secret Garden. They wanted to take time from their cocktail hour to go on a mini adventure and take photos at Bodega Head, about 10 minutes from the venue. Wouldn’t you say it’s always worth it? I think so!

Looking for a personable + creative wedding photographer?
Meet Julie and see more work here!

Super Blooming Design

Super Bloom inspired design by Feathered Arrow

Design by Feathered Arrow

I did a styled shoot recently inspired by the Super Bloom happening in March. I wanted to be creative and have some fun with it so I created a tablescape set up themed “Spring Fever” with funky, bright, fresh, 70s disco vibes. It was featured at La Piñata Party Rentals for a month in their showroom and I had so much fun creating the designs with some amazing vendors!

Looking for meaningful + unique wedding design?
Meet Kari at Feathered Arrow and see more work here!

Joy in the Journey

bridesmaids in Big Sur by Better With You Photography

Photo by Better With You Photography

L + J got married on top of the world. Well, it felt like it. With their immediate families and closest friends as their witnesses, they said “I do” at a private residence they found through VRBO. It was one of the ONLY houses on a long stretch of coastal gorgeous Highway 1 near Lucia, CA. It didn’t even have an address. The mile “driveway” was an experience I will never forget, and not for the faint of heart as it wound uphill with potholes and cliffs. But, so so worth it! 

Looking for natural + relaxed wedding photography?
Meet Kristen at Better With You Photography and see more work here!

Green + Glam

greenery bouquet Mandy Marie Creative

Design by Mandy Marie Creative

Elegant wedding with industrial elements and forest greens. Moments of contemporary etherealism and effortless romance with stunning ceremony design + heavy greens.

Looking for luxury wedding or event design in Arizona?
Meet Mandy Marie Creative and see more work here!

Art + Flowers Unite

floral art installation

Planning by Hey! Party Collective

Along with La Rue Floral and Alp & Isle Photography, Hey! Party Collective hosted “Perspective: Art + Floral”, a fundraising event pairing fine artists with local florists. who created floral designs based on a select artwork. Proceeds benefitted the California Wildfire Relief Fund.

Looking for fresh + modern event design?
Meet Nicole at Hey! Party Collective and see more work here!

photo: Alp & Isle // organizer: La Rue Floral // artist: Erin Turner // florist: Lalé Florals

Keep it Weird

Austin hotel wedding by Nichols Photographers

Photo by Nichols Photographers

Downtown Austin’s Malverde was the perfect setting for Kelly + Brett’s intimate wedding. This indoor/outdoor venue with its views of the Austin skyline is a fantastic option for couples looking for an urban space to host their “I do’s.”

Looking for a talented husband + wife photography team?
Meet Nichols Photographers and see more work here!


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