Ellis + Elliot’s stunning, tropical-inspired DIY wedding, captured by Plum & Oak Photo, is a perfect example of a handmade celebration done totally right, and we think you’ll find yourself falling for all the cute details in a matter of moments! Luckily, in addition to all the photos + details below, we’ve got you covered with a tropical-boho shopping guide filled with lots of fun elements to help you recreate this look, be it for your wedding, a summer party, a bridal shower, or any event!
But before we go, we have some words from the bride about how she + her fella made their day so unique, Our wedding day was incredible – every bit of effort and work we put into it was completely worth it, and it was amazing to see all the details come together. The historic adobe style venue we chose was our biggest inspiration for the wedding. Since it’s located in Southern California where we grew up, we wanted it to be an eclectic bohemian mix, with both southwestern and tropical elements.
Ellis + her bridesmaids looked so cute in their floral getting-ready robes! For super cute robes for the big day and beyond, visit our friends at Show Me Your Mumu – and check out the robe we designed with them in our Mumu X GWS collab!
We’re also loving the gorge, neutral dresses the ladies changed into. Such a perfect match for their tropical bouquets + flower crowns by The Dainty Lion Floral Co.!
It was really important to me to create an event that was centered around the love and story that Elliot and I have. I wanted everyone to walk away feeling like they had been a part of a loving experience, more than just being guests.
My favorite part of the wedding day was our ceremony. We each wrote personal vows, and inscribed them in small keepsake books from BHLDN. It really made the ceremony special and intimate, and set a tone of love and celebration for the rest of the evening. The best moment, however, was when our pastor pronounced us husband and wife – the sun came out from behind the clouds at the exact moment we were married. It goes to show that no matter how much planning you do, your wedding day can still be filled with unexpected magical moments.
Don’t miss our tropical shopping guide below, totally inspired by this gorgeous wedding!
Elliot and my dad spent weekends working on projects, including constructing a 7 foot tall escort card display. A laser cut “Find Your Seat” sign directed guests, and we filled the shelves with “his & hers” favors – Voluspa candles and bottled matches from Anthropologie.
To close, we’re sharing E + E’s most fave design vignette of the entire day: We absolutely loved our sweetheart table and backdrop. We alternated gold-painted pineapples and cactus in macrame plant hangers, and hung them against a woven macrame-style blanket. It was so much fun to see the design come together in real life! I loved how vibrant it was, and how it brought together the tropical and desert vibe I wanted.
Big congrats you two!! Sending our best to you both! ♥
photography: Plum & Oak Photo // venue name: Casino San Clemente, San Clemente, California, USA // event design: Tamera Beardsley and Ellis Freerks // planning: Samantha Louise Moments // florals: The Dainty Lion Floral Co. // wedding dress: Vera Wang // wedding dress boutique: David's Bridal // hairpiece: Bride's family heirloom // bride's shoes: BHLDN // bridesmaid dresses: Show Me Your Mumu, Show Me Your Mumu and Show Me Your Mumu // videography: Anthology Films // paper goods: Betty Lu Paperie // catering: Iva Lee's Catering // tabletop rentals: Adore Folklore // furniture rentals: Adore Folklore // music: Queue DJ
Thanks so much for the feature, GWS! This was definitely one of our favorite 2016 weddings thus far!
The textures in the florals a beautiful! Including so much variation creates a depth to the design that’s just stunning. I adore when people play with textures – not just in florals but throughout a wedding – because it attracts out eyes to all the details.