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What's In Our File: Feast your eyes

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If there is one thing we love, it is setting a beautiful table!  Thanksgiving offers the perfect excuse to pull out your best china and warm up your space with not only your favorite people but an inviting place setting.  Long after your bellies have been full and you've dined on leftovers of pumpkin pie and all the fixings you can take some of our tips into the upcoming holidays.  After all, It's never too late to feast your eyes on beautiful things!  So before November comes to a close and we begin to deck the halls and spread all the the glad tidings that Christmas has to offer we thought in the spirit of Thanksgiving we thought we would share our design file that you can use to inspire! 

Opting to try something new rather than the orange and amber hues (which will always be a tried and true fave), we thought why not go with more natural variations of green, grey, and white tones.  Linen napkins are easy to find and the perfect way to dress up a white ceramic place setting.  Just add a sprig of rosemary or a maybe a small branch from outside on top for an extra touch!  Still have pumpkins from your fall decor?  Use them to write out the Thanksgiving menu or a quote about thankfulness with a paint pen!   We're big fans of gorgeous, dramatic floral arrangements, but if you're looking for something different this year why not pick up some eucalyptus from your local grocery store like Trader Joe's.  Eucalyptus is easy to put together in simple garlands down the table or their own vases.  Another alternative to eucalyptus is dried cotton.  Both options look great and are cost efficient.  Haven't raked those leaves up yet?  Grab a few, spray paint them gold and use them as additional decor or place cards!  Remember that your food can also become part of your setting placed in pretty pie dishes upon wood cutting boards down the table. However, the most important element to your Thanksgiving table scape is the dear friends and family who fill up the seats that you share the meal with!  Enjoy the holidays dear ones!  We are so grateful for you all! 

Real Weddings: Maria + Oscar

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 Want to know the best part of a secret? Finally getting to share it with those you love! When we first heard Maria and Oscar's story and how they had wed in secret 5 years ago all the while keeping it from their family and loved ones, even after having a baby together... We were beyond thrilled that they came to us to help them with the big reveal. The two dated briefly in high school, but 10 years later fate brought them back together. After dating for seven months they knew they couldn't spend another day without one another so they decided to secretly elope.

Fast forward to when they came to us with the desire to honor and share the love they had found. Their ceremony was to be the first time that they would share with their guests that they actually were already married. For Maria and Oscar's we pulled inspiration from Maria's personal style and combined bohemian and romantic elements to create a day that felt intimate, elegant, and full of romance. Their wedding took place at the La Quinta Resort located in Palm Springs, California and set a beautiful desert backdrop for their day. For their color palette we paid homage to the Palm Springs desert with boho neutrals and shades of wine, plum, and mauve. The groomsmen (many of them police men and colleagues to the groom) appropriately wore suits in a deep shade of blue, while the bridesmaids wore flowy white dresses. Guests were greeted by an escort wall built by Back Up Backdrops that read "You're My Best Kept Secret" and were favored with diaries hand painted and calligraphed by Betlem Calligraphy that held their names and table assignments. Guests were asked to sign in with "the secret to happily ever after" all as a tribute to our couple's love story. Floral arrangements by Oak and the Owl that mimicked the surrounding desert landscape sat on top of Moroccan inspired runners from hostess haven with tables and chairs from Folklore. Gold flatware was placed alongside crisp white plates with intricate details, and glassware that resembled the blue dessert sky.

When it came to designing Maria and Oscar's dessert table we wanted to keep it playful. Maria is a nurse and Oscar is a police officer, so naturally dessert began with coffee (a nurse's go-to beverage) and an array of donuts by Home Bakeshop (because what police officer doesn't love a good donut?!). Hey There Cupcake! Designed a cake inspired by the intricate detailing of Maria's wedding gown. Friends and family spent the rest of the evening dancing under strings of market lights, sipping on a boysenblue (boysenberry and blackberry cocktail) and another nod to Oscar's career, as well as "a hush hush", a ll the while watching Maria and Oscar's darling 3 year old bust a move on the dance floor. It was a night to celebrate family and the unveiling of Maria and Oscar's secret - because some secrets again are best when they're shared with those we love most!

Want to see more from the road to Maria and Oscar's wedding day?  Check out the Style Me Pretty feature here or our previous post "What's In Our File" where we share more about our inspiration behind their wedding day and then head over to our Engaging post and prepare to swoon over snaps from their engagement shoot!   Many thanks to our talented friend Ashley Kelemen for all the gorgeous photos!

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Layers of You

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Today featured on Green Wedding Shoes is our photoshoot with Feather and Stone Photography!  For this shoot we were inspired by the natural array of deep colors and the beauty of an onion's skin where layers upon layers are peeled away to reveal something raw and equally beautiful within.  Textures of earthy clay and torn edged paper were used with Lovely Paper Things who created the gorgeous invitations inspired by the rings of an onion.  Also inspired by the beauty of layering, our bride wore the calypso nightfall Mywony gown blanketed with dark layers of of tulle - enough to get lost in!  Amy Clarke took our model's look from deep shades to natural as she painted her lips in a dark stain and pulled back to a lighter more nude natural state again to allude to moving toward the center of her essence.

Our tabletop was laden with rich textures and spices with floral arrangements that flowed throughout the space by Running Wild and alluded to the soft colors and texture of onion skin.  Organic textures of ceramic plates and dyed linens from Hostess Haven were set to offer a more relaxed lounge vibe with our high and low dining table combination and rentals from Witty Rentals.  The dark and moody backdrop from Back Up Backdrops help set the tone.  Guest names and seating assignments were thoughtfully pinned into onion bulbs and Hey There Cupcake! created the perfect cake to compliment the layering in deep indigo and creamy fondant.  Naturally, just as expected all this onion-inspired pretty, was enough to bring us to tears!

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