Retro lovers, prepare to fall head over heels! This stunner of a Charleston wedding from Catherine Ann Photography is everything you could want in a glam, mid-century, Palms Springs inspired wedding day. From the amazing Art Deco inspired gown to the custom calligraphy leather jackets to the fun geometric details, everything is absolutely stunning! Get your pin button ready to save all these gorgeous ideas!
We both love mid- century design. We collect mid- century pieces/furniture and love anything retro. We wanted the wedding to have that feel with a bit of palm springs thrown in, which Toni from Roadside Blooms did so perfectly, without making things look too polished. The colors we centered everything around were retro green, dusty pinks, and gold to add a little drama. The location is so beautiful and secluded, which is what we wanted. We wanted the day to feel like it was just us and the people we love. The most important thing to us, was that everyone that as been there with us through the years have the best night and just party it up!
My mother-in-law came to me with her wedding dress and offered it to me to be re-used or re-style. This was also her mothers dress as well. I already had my dress, but thought we could possibly do something for a reception dress. So Daniel my bridesman and amazingly talented designer (that was already working on veil), said he would take a look at it. He created such a glamorous, beautiful gown, and I wore it during my reception. It was an incredibly special moment, because I had gifted my mother-in-law and my grandmother-in-law a three framed photo of each one of them in the dress on their wedding day and then me in the newly designed dress, three generations in the same dress. I showed them the dress for the first time, the night of the wedding. I will always remember that as such a special moment.
I tend to be a bit over the top and wanted a glamorous vibe to the wedding when it came to the style of dress. I chose the green velvet bridesmaids dresses and gold maid of honor dresses to give that retro, glamorous vibe, we also had retro hairstyles and glam make-up. My dress was 20’s inspired Jenny Packham dress, I had retro inspired accessories from BHLDN, and my veil was made by my close friend and Bridesman, Daniel Velasco. The veil was a gold, vintage, art deco design and cathedral length to match my gold Harriet Wilde shoes to match, like I said, I tend to be a bit extra.
One of our childhood friends was our officiate and we decided to recite our own vows. I was adamant that I didn’t want Jeremy to see me or me to see him until we walked down the aisle. So that moment was so special, seeing him for the first time, walking down with my dad (who bent over backward so we could have the most amazing wedding), being married by one of our best friends, and saying vows we wrote for each other. We were both trying not to cry and failing, so when my niece started screaming it really helped us get through it.
The ceremony arch and the hexagon photo booth we’re both made by Jeremy and I. We looked and looked and looked for pieces like this in our area and in our price range and we couldn’t find them. We wanted a bit of a wow factor with them, so we decided to make them. Ultimately it was a great decision, because now we have turned it into our new business Sawdust and Sweetgrass Rentals.
We constantly tried to tell ourselves not to get to wound up and that it was supposed to be fun. That is easier said then done sometimes. We splurged on extra desserts besides the cake with Sweet Lulus, so people could enjoy them throughout the night. We also splurged on the retro bus at the end of the night, so the bridal party and family could make there way to the after party and not have to worry about trying to find a ride.
The flowers are by Toni of Roadside Blooms. She did such an amazing job. We had the mid century vibe going on for the wedding, so Toni created a Palm springs type look with the colors, floral choices, and by adding the succulents. We didn’t want anything to look to polished and liked it to look a little more relaxed, which she did perfectly with the terrariums and gold votives. The bouquets were beautiful and had amazing pops of color. She also did a great job with the smaller touches on the backdrops, fountain, and ceremony arch.
The cake was 100% retro with its geometric shapes and Ashley of ABCD cake was amazing with that detail, as well as adding the gold to tie in the with the rest of the wedding. She also did the macaroons with the succulents drawn on them to tie in with our florals and wedding favors. Oh and of course it was delicious! For favors, we wanted to do succulents from the very beginning and ordered them from The Succulent Source. We chose the gold votives to match and added a tag from Etsy for a small personal touch. We also put photos up of all our grandparents that had passed. Jeremys grandfather who he was incredibly close to, passed about a year before the wedding, so that night we took a shot of his favorite liquor and toasted his photo, it was a very special moment with my newly minted family.
Photography | Catherine Ann Photography | Venue | Legare Waring House | Planning | Fabulous Fete | Florals | Roadside Blooms | Videography | Paragon Film Works | Cake | ABCD Cakes | Desserts | Sweet Lulus Bakery | Rentals | Snyder Event Rentals | Catering | Hamby Catering | DJ | Phillipe Constantin | Photo Booth & Backdrop | Sawdust and Sweetgrass Rentals | Vintage Rentals | The French Eclectic | Lighting | Technical Event Company | Transportation | Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co. | Calligraphy & Leather Jackets | The Town Serif | Favors | The Succulent Source | Hair & Makeup | Gibson Hair and Makeup | Wedding Dress | Jenny Packham from White on Daniel Island | Groom’s Attire | Generation Tux | Bride’s Shoes | Harriet Wilde | Bridesmaid Dresses | RenzRags | Veil & Reception Dress | Daniel Velasco | Headpiece & Jewelry | BHLDN | Gifts | Janney Leather | Submitted via Matchology
On the hunt for the perfect vintage style engagement ring, but don’t know where to start? With so many options out there, it can get really overwhelming real quick. We’re here to lighten the load, sharing the top 4 questions to ask yourself when searching for the perfect wedded bliss bling!
Is it Ethical?
The most important question to ask yourself when searching for a diamond engagement ring is: is it ethical? The mined diamond industry is well known for its negative environmental and social effects. We all want to be socially and economically responsible, but choosing a diamond that is not only both these things, plus one you love, can be tough. That’s why we really love the lab-grown diamonds from Clean Origin. Lab-created diamonds use considerably less energy and avoid the ‘blood diamond’ trade all together. They are the perfect option if you love the diamond style, using state of the art technology that reproduces a diamond’s natural growth. You have complete piece of mind, knowing that your diamond is equal in every way to a mined diamond, but without all the mess.
Is it Affordable?
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but they aren’t always your wallet’s. The great thing about lab-grown diamonds is that they often cost 20-30% less than a mined diamond, without sacrificing any quality or size. They’ve cut out a lot of the middle men so you can get a gorgeous diamond, but none of the extra costs. Clean Origin has one of the largest selection of rings for under $1000 we’ve seen, like this rose gold beauty we are obsessed with! They also give you an easy way to breakup your payments by offering access to Affirm financing. So you can get that amazing ring of your dreams with a bit more in the bank to splurge on that honeymoon to Paris, win-win for everyone!
Is there Selection?
Most traditional jewelry stores have a lot of the same selection, with similar designs every year and not too much variety. We know you love vintage style rings here at G&G, so a great selection of those timeless looks is key. From Art Deco to Mid Century, Clean Origin has tons of vintage style engagement rings to chose from. The Allegra Ring (seen on model) is one of our favorites with it’s unique swirl design! And we may be swooning a bit at the Sienna Ring, with a delicate design that looks like it came straight from grandma’s jewelry box.
Clean Origin also has a wide selection of wedding sets to help couples save time, money, and stress. When you buy your engagement ring plus wedding band at the same time, it’s one less thing you have to check off your list! Plus, it will ensure that your ring and band not only match, but fit together perfectly. Clean Origin makes it even easier by being completely online. So you avoid the pushy jewelers, but still get all the knowledge and education so you know you are making the right choice. Our favorite feature is their 360 degree video of the designs so you can see every gorgeous angle! And bonus: every purchase includes free shipping.
Are there other perks?
Buying an engagement ring is an exciting experience, but you also have to think about logistics. What happens if an accent stone falls out? Or you receive your ring in the mail and it doesn’t fit? Finding a jeweler who has you covered will make you feel secure in your purchase. At Clean Origin, each item comes with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty and all lab-grown diamonds come with an independent lab certification. If you receive your ring and it doesn’t fit, you can send it back for one free resizing. And if you end up wanting a different style altogether, you have 100 days to return any purchased items. With so many perks and benefits to these gorgeous lab-grown diamonds, what’s there to lose?
Now that you’ve got the basics down, you can see that Clean Origin is a great place to start! Head over to Clean Origin today to find your perfect vintage style ring that you will love for a lifetime!
A lakeside elopement in the French Alps? Sign us up! This beautiful shoot from Katja & Simon is a boho lovers dream! We seriously cannot think of a more breath-taking location to say your “I do”s.
For this boho/folk shoot, we wanted to combine modernity with the authenticity and the class of a traditional French wedding. Nature was the original inspiration: the rocky landscape, the berries’ colors, the stunning view by the lake, the wooden chalet where cozy meets wild. From the champagne cocktails to the rustic wedding cake or the boho ceremony by the lake, our beautiful couple of lovers had the perfect wedding day. We included a lot of local greenery to the flower arrangements. The bouquet is wild and big, with big red flowers to add a bit of color. The most interesting design is probably the ceremony arch at the lake, made of birch branches found in the woods, combined with a lot of wild greenery and even branches of raspberries at the bottom.
Photography | Katja & Simon | Ceremony Venue | Lac de Montriond | Reception Venue | La Ferme Du Lac Vert | Planning | Darling Folk | Florals | Sonya Flowers | Stationery | Cotton Bird | Videography | JUST GO WEDDING | Cake | LE CACEN | Drinks | FEURSTY | Wedding Dress | ENVY ROOM | Groom’s Bow Tie | MARIE LLEDO | Makeup | La P’tite Parenthèse | Hair | AUREA MAKE UP ART | Groom’s Attire | samson paris | Submitted via Matchology