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20 Aug

Destination I Do

A special thank you to: 
Concept & Design: Gather Events & Occasions
Photography: John Schnack Photography
Produced by: Be Inspired Public Relations
Floral Design: The Velvet Garden
Furniture: Found Vintage Rentals
Food: Contemporary Catering
Cakes: A Wish And A Whisk Cakes
Venue: Smoky Hollow Studios
Hair/Makeup: 10.11. Makeup Artistry and Hair Styling
Stationery: Wiley Valentine
Bride's Dress: Kirstie Kelly Collections
Bridesmaid Dresses: Donna Morgan
Bride's Jewelry: Desla Courtesy of Two's Company
Groom's Suits: Express
Groom's Ties: The Grunion Run Groomsmen Shop
Vintage Stamps: Underwood Letterpress
Cocktails: ONEHOPE Weddings
Dining Ware: West Elm


17 Feb

Inspired by This Colorful Destination I Do Shoot

This was such a fun shoot to be a part of!  Not only was the team of vendors we collaborated with beyond incredible and talented, but the inspiration was so bright and playful that we couldn’t wait to see what Beth Helmstetter came up with!  We headed up to Malibu to shoot on the sand with one of our faves, Braedon Flynn, who captured everything on film.  The entire shoot had a cool vintage, Endless Summer vibe with colored adirondack chairs, huge yellow striped beach umbrellas, and the perfect turquoise beach cruiser.  The bride wore one short and one long Kirstie Kelly wedding gown and the bridesmaids wore fun, mismatched ModCloth dresses that went along perfectly with all the bright, gorgeous florals by Dolce Designs Studio.  We can never get enough of big, beautiful peonies over here!

Be Prepared to Be Inspired…





22 Jan

Inspired by This Tropical Wedding Shoot

When we started brainstorming for this shoot for Rue Magazine, we knew we wanted to create an event that captured the essence of summer.  Gather Events created a design that was rich with lush florals and a playful yet elegant color palette that made our vision come to life!  We decided that the Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica would be the perfect setting with its pool deck brimming with tropical greenery and hints of an exotic vacation.  One of our favorite trends happening right now is the hot pink and purple pops of Bougainvillea and Jacaranda so we had Aly Morford from The Vine’s Leaf create a showstopping ceremony altar overflowing with both.  The intimate ceremony space was filled with earthy wooden and glass vessels and woven baskets from Found Rentals while the vintage wire chairs were accented with tropical fanning leaves to add a pop of greenery.  Vibrant floral rugs and ikat patterned pillows from Lulu and Georgia were offset by lovely vintage furniture pieces throughout.  Gather described the romantic lounge cabana set off to the side as a “respite from the summer sun and a perfect nook for the love birds to sneak in a kiss”.  Moving to the reception, the focus of the dinner table was an overgrown floral centerpiece conveying summer’s freshness and abundance complete with real grapefruit accents!  On the menu, the food and drinks are as colorful and refreshing as the florals, with an added hint of Mediterranean spice. Contemporary Catering created a delicious assortment with everything from a honey glazed laughing bird shrimp as the amuse bouche to a Lavender Berry Sparkler specialty cocktail with One Hope Wedding’s Sparkling Wine.  The paper goods, by Wiley Valentine, incorporated the ikat print to tie everything together as well as a dip-dyed napkin with the menu printed directly on to serve as a keepsake for guests.  Gather Event’s advice for a summer wedding?  “Create a relaxed, carefree vibe to keep your guests comfortable, incorporate a seasonal menu to keep things fresh and delicious, and add a healthy dose of eye-popping hues to keep it lively.  Turn up the color, it’s time for summer!”

Be Prepared to Be Inspired…



You can also see our shoot on Green Wedding Shoes today!!



And don’t forget to check out all of Rue Magazine’s latest issue with a familiar shoot on the cover!

Production: Be Inspired PR
Venue: Hotel Shangri-La
Photography: Caroline Tran
Concept/Event Design/Styling & Coordination: Gather Events
Floral Design: The Vine’s Leaf
Catering: Contemporary Catering
Wine: One Hope Weddings
Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals
Rugs & Pillows: Lulu & Georgia
Paper Goods: Wiley Valentine
Hair: Kacee Geoffroy
Makeup: Artistry by Danika
Wedding Dress: Kirstie Kelly
Bridesmaid Dress: Jenny Yoo
Hair Accessories: Petal and Thorn
Vintage Engagement Ring: Trumpet & Horn


02 Jul

Victorian Wedding Inspiration


1800s inspired wedding

This dreamy styled shoot from the recent Three Nails Photography workshop draws inspiration from the 1800′s era, with authentic vintage attire + props, like the bride’s lovely jacket, the groom’s awesome top hat + the 120-year-old farm chairs surrounding the reception table. This shoot shares so many great ideas for couples wanting a charming, vintage-inspired wedding. And wait until you see the insanely rad old barn wood wagon built by Hunter of Three Nails! Seriouslyso amazing!

bride wearing hat

1800s inspired bride

1800s inspired bride

1800's inspired bouquet

lace parasol

1800's groomsmen

vintage wedding invitation

1800s bride and groom

Loving the bride’s beautiful Kirstie Kelly dress!

1800s bride and groom

1800s bride and groom

And here’s the wagon!

1800s wedding

1800s wedding

1800s wedding

1800s wedding with horses

1800s bride

vintage tablescape

I’m kind of obsessed with the sea of vintage silver candlesticks on the reception table, provided by Pursuing Eden Vintage Rentals + the super pretty flowers from Tulip Floral!

fruit place setting

1800s inspired flowers

vintage silver table pieces

1800s inspired flowers

vintage romantic tablescape

wedding cake

vintage black umbrellas


17 Jun

Bold + Playful Summer Wedding Inspiration


bride and groom

If you’ve already clicked through the latest issue of Rue, you may have seen this absolutely gorgeous shoot conceptualized by the talented team at GATHER Events + produced by the lovely ladies from Be Inspired PR! I’m thrilled to be sharing more images from the shoot today here on GWS.

The pool deck at the Shangri-La Hotel in Santa Monica was the perfect backdrop for some playful + bright summer wedding inspiration. I am majorly loving the stunning florals created by The Vine’s Leaf – especially the use of bougainvillea in the ceremony design (reminds me of the gorgeous ceremony set up from this other recent feature!) So, so pretty!

From Be Inspired PR, From the beginning, we knew we wanted to create a wedding that captured the essence of summer. GATHER Events did just that when they came up with a playful yet elegant color palette and a design board full of lush florals. Summer weddings are all about embracing bold colors and patterns, rich florals and greenery and a playfulness that can only be found under the sun.

And everything is so gorgeously captured by the amazing Caroline Tran!



airplant boutonniere

airplant and fern bouquet

We brought in fun details to perfectly bring our vision to life – ikat pattern, water color details, bold pops of Bougainvillea and Jacaranda, accents of fresh grapefruit and earthy, wooden details. The wedding gown we chose from Kirstie Kelly perfectly embodied our “sweet with a touch of spice” vibe. We paired it with a punchy fuchsia bridesmaid gown from Jenny Yoo.

red flower bridal hair piece

bougainvillea altar



bougainvillea bouquet


emerald ring

ombre vase escort cards

The menu sounds so good, with yummy eats like a heirloom tomato salad with grilled watermelon + baby beets and harrisa-marinated lamb with candied kumquat! Great inspiration for alfresco dining at a summer wedding.

cocktail foods

bougainvillea chair decor

bougainvillea tablescape

gold silverware

mixed drinks


bougainvillea chair decor

I hope you enjoy this shoot as much as I do! See Rue issue twenty in it’s entirety here for tons of amazing inspiration ranging from fashion to interiors to recipes and more!