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Eco-Friendly California Wedding with Marsala

Wedding Design

Not only is this styled shoot from Shannon Rosan Photography, Molly Ryan Floral, and Jenifer Rodriguez an absolute feast for the eyes, it’s also entirely locally sourced and fantastic inspiration for couples looking to go green! Copper details, floral + greenery garlands, and a reconstructed vintage gown are just a few of our favorite little details here.

eco-friendly California wedding with marsala - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

From the creative director, Jenifer Rodriguez: Our styled shoot is called “Marsala Goddess,” inspired by Pantone’s 2015 color of the year “Marsala”. Our motto is breaking wedding rules! That’s right, we want to break all the rules (troublemakers). We love untraditional design. Our creative direction was eclectic, boho, and sustainable. Not only does this shoot combine rad wedding artists but, we are trying to promote love + awareness about sustainable weddings. We want all couples + wedding industry professionals to know that you don’t have to sacrifice style by going green. Sustainable weddings are just as beautiful + great for the environment + your local economy! Everyone who contributed in this collaborative styled shoot is a Chico wedding industry professional from the handmade upcycled dress to the handmade raw copper jewelry + momma moon wind chime! Our shoot was ZERO-WASTE. We composted, recycled, reused, + donated. Our advice to brides is GO LOCAL + SUSTAINABLE!!!

eco-friendly California wedding with marsala - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

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eco-friendly California wedding with marsala - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

pantone marsala bouquet - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

eco-friendly California wedding with marsala - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

eco-friendly California wedding with marsala - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

eco-friendly California wedding with marsala - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

bohemian wedding backdrop - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

Our details included glass place settings hovering over hellebore blooms, ranunculus heads, and delicate pansy petals which featured two quotes representative of the pairs love for each other. The invitation suite was also made of pressed petals between layers of glass with a streamlined welcome for guests. The bouquet was arranged with a wild, loose style that allowed the movement of each particular flower to shine. It was composed of marsala dahlias, pansies, ferns + other greens, flowering branches, camelias, ranunculus, + hanging amaranthus. The garland on the table featured dainty + personality-filled marsala pansies, homegrown ranunculus provided by Turkey Tail Farm, + other accents. Molly Ryan Florals also designed beautiful flower bracelets, anklets, + a garter.

eco-friendly California wedding with marsala - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

boho wedding decor - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

eco-friendly California wedding with marsala - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

eco-friendly California wedding with marsala - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

wedding chair decor - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

eco-friendly California wedding with marsala - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

eco-friendly California wedding with marsala - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

eco-friendly California wedding with marsala - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

barefoot bride - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

All our props were locally sourced from antique shops. Our sweetheart table was composed of eclectic + boho tabletop decor that featured copper, amber, marsala + gold rimmed glasses, hammered copper flatware, copper candle holders, + wood geometric napkin rings. Our swag bar cart also included lots of copper details with marsala + berry tone glassware + cloth napkins. We featured local wine + drink mixers. Not to mention a beautiful wood + copper wine rack! The beautiful gown that our bride wore was upcycled + designed by Crystena Hemingway of Rekindled Garments. The gown was originally a long sleeved dress from the 40s. The bodice was reconstructed with a vintage bustier + other heirloom laces placed in all the right places. All the jewelry was hand cut + hand hammered by Earth Momma Originals. Most of the jewelry was copper or brass + featured raw ruby stones, local quartz, flashy labradorite beads, + sapphire accent beads . Our momma moon wind chime was hand cut and made of copper with local quartz. Our bridesmaids wore local dresses from Syllabus, a local shop. Our groom was styled by himself, Independent Style Consultant at Gents which included locally sourced vintage gear. We ended our shoot with an intimate boudoir session that featured local lingerie designer, Siobhan Barrett (now based in Brooklyn, NY). She designed a beautiful Silver Blue Lace Lingerie Bodysuit. The bodysuit had deep side cut outs with a small elastic band stretching around the neck and around the back.

spring bouquet - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

eco-friendly California wedding with marsala - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

eco-friendly California wedding with marsala - photo by Shannon Rosan Photography http://ruffledblog.com/eco-friendly-california-wedding-with-marsala

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

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Retro 1960s Wedding in St. Augustine

Vintage Weddings

If I had to pick my favorite period for style in American culture, it would undoubtedly be the late 1950s/early 1960s. There’s something so appealing about the bright pop of mod colors, the shortened hemlines, and the the bold design elements — all of which you’ll find in today’s wedding from Christina Karst Photography.

retro 1960s wedding in St Augustine - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

From the bride, Katie: I’ve always loved the bright colors and graphic style of the early 60s. I kept looking around for color inspiration and found most weddings stuck to 2 colors. I couldn’t pick so I went with 4. Teal, Red-Orange, Mustard Yellow, and Chartreuse, but I didn’t want restrict myself so you’ll see others in there as well. I went a little DIY crazy. The succulent holders on the tables are candle sticks from Ikea. We taped the mid section and stray painted them yellow to make them look like they were dipped in paint. The record racks were worn and rusted. We cleaned them up and stray painted them gold (I swear a can of gold spray paint is the best thing a wedding planner can have). We bought clay pots and spray painted them teal for the succulents. All of the signage holders were spray painted gold. The table runners were made by me — I’m not a sewer so I just cut them to size and used iron on hemming tape. They ended up costing me $10 a pop instead of renting the venue’s cloths for $20+ per. The garland above the cake table was mine as well.

retro 1960s wedding in St Augustine - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1956s-wedding-in-st-augustine

mod bride - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

billy ball boutonnieres - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

billy ball bouquet - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

blue bridesmaids dresses - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

orange and yellow bouquet - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine
Flower recipe: We told our florist to use whatever was available and interesting in yellow and red-orange, but the main ones were: Billy balls, blood orange ranunculus, green mini hydrangeas, white daisies, and succulents.

wedding ceremony - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

ceremony recessional - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

retro 1950s wedding in St Augustine - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

retro 1950s wedding in St Augustine - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

midcentury inspired wedding - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

I just crept around Lowes for more paint swatches then anyone would need, cut them into different size squares and rectangles and used Super 77 to glue them to fishing wire. The place cards: I found vintage 45 records and recreated them in Illustrator with a special song for each table and everyone’s names. Vintage 45s are super cheap on ebay and I bought CD labels from Uline. We stuck them on and cut out the center with exacto knives. All of the signage and menus were designed by me. I used Hipster Script and found inspiration in mid-century kitchen wares. The photo booth images were vintage wedding paper dolls. We found images of the retro postcards and I redesigned the back with our branding. Also worth mentioning, I didn’t rent anything because I found I could find it for a comparable price on ebay and Etsy. Vintage swizzle sticks, cake trays, milk glass vases, champagne glasses, suitcases, bowls, mid century plates were slowly collected.

1960s inspired wedding - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

vinyl album centerpiece - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

retro 1950s wedding in St Augustine - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

red wedding ideas - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

retro inspired reception - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t forget to think about the logistics. We made this obsessive timeline (at the advice of our amazing friend and wedding coordinator, Sarah) that outlined every minute detail and it was so helpful in the midst of the craziness that weekend. Do all the planning you possibly can so that a few days before, you can relax and let it all in. Also. Get a band. Like now.

retro chair signs - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

succulent topped cake - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

cake table with garland - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

retro inspired wedding - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

wedding cake with flowers - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

dessert table - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

retro 1960s wedding in St Augustine - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

retro 1960s wedding in St Augustine - photo by Christina Karst Photography http://ruffledblog.com/retro-1960s-wedding-in-st-augustine

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Wedding Music:
We had to go pretty traditional with our ceremony music since it was Catholic, but since “Turn, Turn, Turn” by the Byrds is a bible verse, the priest gave us the okay to use it as the recessional.
First Dance: “This Will Be Our Year,” The Zombies

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Christina Karst Photography

Florist:

Publix

Day-Of Coordination:

Sarah Collins

Ceremony Venue:

Mission Nombre de Dios

Reception Venue:

The White Room

Wedding Dress:

Fancy Bridal

Wedding Veil:

Andrea's Beau

Wedding Shoes:

Bamboo via ModCloth

Pin:

Vintage from eBay

Bangle:

J.Crew

Earrings:

Kate Spade

Ring:

Custom Made with a vintage stone by Grace Weller

Makeup and Nails:

Amanda Hopcraft Makeup Artist

Hair:

Gwynne Mims Salon

Bridesmaid Dresses:

Alfred Sung via Bella Bridesmaids

Bridesmaid Shoes:

ModCloth

Groom's Suit:

J.Crew

Groom's Shirt:

Banana Republic

Tie, Pocket Square, and Tie Bar:

The Tie Bar

Wedding Rings:

Catbird

Catering:

White Room

Wedding Cake:

Sweet n' Flour

Music:

Cloud 9

Wedding Invitation Printing:

Smartpress

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Graceful Desert Wedding at Enchanted Rock

Wedding Design

It used to be that “desert” and “romantic” were two words never to be found in the same sentence, but that time is long gone — just take this styled shoot from Bella Reese Photography, Vivid Events, and Sweetwater Stems as proof. Blush pink protea and centerpieces with eucalyptus make us dream of sunny desertscapes, complete with a beautiful bride in a stunning Enzoani wedding gown.

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

From the photographer, Bella Reese Photography: Most of my childhood I woke up in the southwest — desert was all I knew. Having always had the mountains in my horizon, with beautiful cactus and just plain desert is home to me. There has always been something so comforting about it. So this vision I’ve had for so long came naturally. I wanted something that came from my heart and meant something so deeply. Enchanted Rock seemed fitting with its gorgeous landscaping and perfect location. It was exactly what was needed to provide my “desert.”

groom boutonnieres - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

protea bouquet - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

metallic centerpiece decor - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

wedding invitations - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

Going into it I knew that succulents and proteas had to play a big part and Sweetwater Stems more than delivered! The gorgeous Enzoani gown immediately stood out in Blush Bridal Lounge, it is so elegant and relaxed, exactly what we needed! Giselle with Vivid Events helped pull this all together and she knew exactly how to make my vision come alive.

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

calligraphy wedding menu - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

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My amazing husband knew exactly how important this shoot was to me and also knew my vision for the table. It had to be JUST right. So as great as he is, he built us the table. It’s perfect! It allowed the personal touch I really wanted because this is so near and dear to my heart. The table setup really allows for such an intimate gathering, all of us girls wanted to sit down and have a glass of wine! It was so inviting! I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to help pull this together. This was the desert elegance we all wanted!

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

boho wedding reception - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

cake with protea decor - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

graceful desert wedding at Enchanted Rock - photo by Bella Reese Photography http://ruffledblog.com/graceful-desert-wedding-at-enchanted-rock

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Bella Reese Photography

Event Design:

Vivid Events

Florist:

Sweetwater Stems

Venue:

Enchanted Rock State Park

Wedding Dress:

Enzoani

Bridal Store:

Blush Bridal Lounge

Beauty:

LoLa Beauty

Wedding Cake:

Lily's Cakes

Rentals:

Confetti Rentals, Swoon

Wedding Invitations:

Studio W Designs

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