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Christine & Tyler’s Eco-friendly Autumn Wedding

The gorgeous hues of purple and green from this Autumn wedding sent over from  Ashleigh Taylor Photography, made for a beautiful eco-chic celebration. Conservation was a very important theme for the couple, Christine and Tyler so they chose to have their wedding at the beautiful Temescal Gateway Park in Pacific Palisades, CA. Temescal park happens to be one of our favorite places in Los Angeles for hiking and enjoying nature and panoramic views of the city. It’s truly beautiful! <!–more–>

All the profits from Christine and Tyler’s wedding went back into funding for the park and conserving the surrounding environment. What an impressive and generous idea! We love this couple’s sustainable values, and the gorgeous wedding that reflected their unique personalities.

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The different hues of purples and blues were stunning against her chic white dress.

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The ceremony was intimate and naturally decorated by the beauty of the Park.

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The couple used baby pictures and simple flower arrangements as their center pieces.

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Growing more popular, and taller!, are the tiers of cupcakes and small deserts in place of a cake.

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Summer & Derek’s Mod Glamorous Wedding

A glam celebration with touches of ’40s and ’50s style

Summer and Derek’s wedding at the Wayfarer’s Chapel in Rancho Palos Verdes, California, was an elegant mix of modern style and old-school glamour. The palette of deep magentas and violets perfectly complemented the lacy, vintage-style wedding dress by Jim Hjelm and bridesmaids dresses by After Six. White phalaenopsis orchids, white ostrich feathers, and crystals finished off the stylish look of the day. These pics were taken by our uber-talented dear friend Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography. <!–more–>

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Summer glammed up her David’s Bridal shoes with a pair of sparkly vintage clip-on earrings.

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After the bride got ready at a friend’s house, Laura snapped this great shot in front of a funky yellow wall.

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All it takes to turn these groomsmen into cool cats is some mod checkered socks and shades.

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We *love* a couple with a great sense of humor! And these guys have got it…they donned fake moustaches for their formal bridal party pics!

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Love, hugs and big thanks to Los Angeles wedding photographer Laura Grier for sharing her beautiful photography with us, and to Summer and Derek for generously allowing us to admire their beautiful day!

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Heather & Joe’s Pretty in Pink Valentine’s Wedding

A love-themed February wedding on a doubly romantic special day

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Heather & Joe weren’t just celebrating their wedding on February 14th…they were also marking the anniversary of their very first date, and Valentine’s day. How romantic! The day’s events were set against the backdrop of California’s Fallbrook Hills, and were flawlessly coordinated by Alicia Harden of In the Now, and photographed by the talented Adrienne Gunde, who was kind enough to share these stunning photos with us. <!–more–>

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The day’s theme was — what else? — Love. So each of the tables was named after the word “love” in a different language.

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A gorgeous dessert table featured heart-shaped donuts, lollipops, white-chocolate covered pretzels, and tiny confetti heart candies.

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Guests were asked to fill out these nostalgic Valentine’s Day cards, and slip them into the pages of the pretty pink guestbook above.

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Many thanks to Heather and Joe, and congratulations on your super-romantic wedding! And a big hug to Adrienne Gunde for taking such lovely photos and sharing them with Recycled Bride.

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Cher and Ian’s Beautiful Bold & Blue Wedding

An extraordinarily pretty weekend-long celebration with unique blue-hued details

A few weeks ago, the incredible wedding photographer Laura Grier and I were catching up over sushi and sake, and she told me all about today’s gorgeous wedding. Laura wasn’t just the photographer at this even, she was also doing double duty a bridesmaid — all while wearing a blue corset and tutu! Sound interesting? It gets better… <!–more–>

Cher, who happens to be a doctor of emergency medicine (only in Beverly Hills could an ER doc be such a total babe!), married her adorable marketing exec groom Ian, at the Shady Oaks Winery in Napa Valley, CA. The entire bridal party spent the weekend at the winery’s main estate, enjoying croquet tournaments, wine and cheese tastings, pool parties and more. The wedding was filled with amazing personalized and creative details, from Cher’s layered blue petticoats to plantable wildflower seed-infused paper programs to centerpieces made of books, apples and flowers. A million thanks to Laura and her Beautiful Day Photography for sharing the fun with us!

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Behold! Cher’s jaw-dropping Carolina Herrera wedding dress.

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Matching blue robes for the bridesmaids made getting ready fun, and the robes doubled as bridal party gifts.

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Yes, Cher is an actual ER doctor. I consider it a feat if I manage to get out the door wearing matching socks. Meanwhile, Cher is off saving lives while looking like this. Pretty darned impressive, no?

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A rare glimpse of Laura in front of the camera!

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The wedding’s butterfly theme honored Cher’s late mother, an accomplished artist and photographer.

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Seersucker suits looked super cool on even the littlest member of the bridal party.

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The most fun and flirty bridesmaids dresses ever.

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Bottles of fresh pressed olive oil were wedding favors.

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Sarah & Brad’s Eco Tropical Fairy Tale

A sustainable San Diego wedding filled with exotic succulents and DIY details

Sarah and Brad always thought they’d get married in Hawaii. But when they found Paradise Gardens, they realized that they could achieve their vision of getting married in a tropical paradise right in their hometown of San Diego. Skipping all that travel would make their wedding more sustainable, and give Sarah the chance to DIY most of the details, and throw crafting parties with family and friends to make her favors, escort cards and centerpieces. The gorgeous succulent bouquets and other floral details are by Cherry Blossom Floral Designs. The succulent-dotted cupcake tower is by Elegance on Display. The music that kept Sarah and Brad’s guests dancing all night was by their friends from the band Traildriver, and these fabulous photos were taken by  Laura Christin.

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Sarah’s vision for a palette of lavender, green, and silver is pulled together perfectly in these gorgeous bouquets, that feature sustainable succulents.

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One of Sarah’s hobbies is making “cactus pizzas” — bowls arranged with a variety of succulents and cacti. So she decided to make the centerpieces herself, and let guests take them home as momentos. This is a budget-friendly, zero-waste way to do centerpieces!

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Favors were bags filled with personalized lavender and silver M&Ms. Sarah’s sister ordered them, and threw a favor-assembling party where they put the bags together.

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Whitney and John’s Eco-Chic Vegas Vows

A destination wedding at a Nevada nature preserve is full of sweet personal details

Whitney and John knew they wanted a destination wedding in Vegas that wouldn’t feel like a typical Vegas wedding at all. So they chose to have both ceremony and reception at the gorgeous Springs Preserve, a 180-acre cultural institution dedicated to sustainability and dotted with environmentally friendly LEED buildings. With a beautiful jewel-toned palette, sophisticated floral design, and tons of personalized details, the look of this wedding is modern, chic, and unforgettable. Talented photographer Chelsea Nicole captured every perfect moment. <!–more–>

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Whitney is wearing a Vera Wang wedding dress. For her something blue, she had her cobbler paint the soles of her Stewart Weitzman shoes. The deep cobalt color even matches the beautiful jewel tone palette of the rest of the wedding.

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All invitations and stationery are by the incomparable Bella Figura, an eco letterpress located in upstate New York that produces some of the most elegant and innovative sustainable wedding stationery in the world.

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The bride and groom were so excited for their honeymoon in Africa, which would include everything from Ugandan mountain gorillas to beach time in the Maldives, that they named their tables after different destinations on their itinerary.

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Flip-flops were given as a wedding favor to encourage guests to get up and dance.

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Whitney loved the different laces of her Vera Wang gown so much that she had them etched in icing on the wedding cake. Each layer of cake featured a different lace, recreated in buttercream.

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Thanks to Chelsea Nicole and the happy couple for sharing these beautiful photos with us!

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Robin & Ken’s Eco-Chic Destination Wedding

A botanist and a biologist get married at an organic farm resort

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Robin and Ken are from Toronto, but when it came time to plan a green wedding that expressed their love of nature and each other, they chose to get married in Cherry Valley, California. Their venue, the Highland Springs Resort, features lush natural landscapes, an all organic farm, thousand year old oak trees, olive groves, and vast fields of lavender, rosemary, and peppermint. Wedding planner LaDawn Williams from Platinum Lining Events was the creative force that helped Robin and Ken achieve their dream day. And talented LA-based photog Desi Baytan captured every impossibly beautiful and romantic moment.

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Look at the gorgeous lines in bottom left photo, where the bride is putting her shoes on. Beautiful! Robin is a botanist, so she loves plants and trees. Her bouquet and other wedding flowers were organic, created by Irises Designs. Ken’s a Biology professor who loves animals and has a special thing for hummingbirds. Wait until you see how they incorporated their favorite elements of nature into the reception…

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The blush-colored gown, hair rosettes, and brooch details give Robin’s classically stylish look an earthy, vintage appeal. Also, she kind of reminds me of Kate Winslet. Which I mean as a ginormous compliment, since I think KW is beautiful and always rocks the red carpet with the most elegant and feminine looks.

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The couple wanted a photojournalistic style, but photographer Desi Baytan convinced them to have a frolic and some posed portraits among the herb fields, resulting in the spectacularly beautiful images below.

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The ceremony was set in the middle of the lavendar fields, and decorated with only streamers and wooden chairs.

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Casual Beauty – A WPW Double Header

Sean Flanigan’s pics of relaxed weddings are so nice, I blogged ‘em twice

Can a wedding can be fabulous without being fancy? Sure thing. And these photos by uber-talented wedding photog Sean Flanigan prove it. Sean attracts lots of clients who’ve planned laid-back wedding masterpieces, full of effortless beauty and whimsical touches. And he captures it all with an eye for the small, magical moments and details that truly make a wedding special.  <!–more–> You won’t find any 12-tiered cakes or cathedral trains at these affairs — just real people celebrating unforgettable moments with impeccable, casual style.

First, have a gander at Stephanie and Danny’s Seattle wedding. I’m so in love with these images that I’ve written about them before, for Groom’s Week on Dog ‘n Bird. Prepare to oooh and aaaah…

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Elizabeth and Lowell’s Forest Fairy Tale Wedding

A lush forest wedding filled with cute and quirky details in Washington State

Elizabeth and Lowell’s wedding, as photographed by the mindblowingly talented Sean Flanigan, is like a Tim Burton movie if Tim Burton movies were joyful and light instead of dark and goth-y. Every detail, from Elizabeth’s romantic Nicole Miller dress and sparkly accessories to the handmade programs and placecards, looks like it comes from an artfully woven fairy tale about a fair maiden and her creatively-vested prince. Held in Kitsap Memorial State Park in Washington, this wedding has such a sweet, playful quality to it…I hope you’re as inspired by it as I was! <!–more–>

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Wedding Porn Wednesday Double Header!

Two weddings. One venue. And one talented photographer to capture it all.

We’re doubling your pleasure this week with not one but two incredible real weddings that inspire and delight. They were both photographed by the amazing Annie McElwain and held at Culver City’s Smog Shoppe, one of my favorite venues anywhere, period. Smog Shoppe isn’t just a beautiful urban oasis, it’s also one of the most sustainably designed event spaces in the country, so cheers to both of these couples for making a great green venue choice. <!–more–>

First wedding up: Katie and Josh’s Eco-Modern-Yet-Retro-Purple-and-Green-and-Pink Masterpiece! Catchy title, isn’t it? But watch how this wedding combines a variety of colors and disparate stylistic influences into a perfectly put-together, eco-chic event.

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Katie wore the iconic Monique Lhuillier Scarlet wedding dress. If you’ve never seen it, prepare to be dazzled by the view from the back.

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Their save-the-dates were actual vinyl records! And the unique 60s-style invites are so much fun. Check out how much the illustration actually looks like Josh and Katie!

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Uh-huh. I told you about the back of that dress. And Katie’s taste in shoes ain’t too shabby either.

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I am so glad that this wedding led me to discover their florist, Gilly Flowers. These arrangements of cacti and succulents and crazy-gorgeous unidentified plants are just too fabulous. Welcome to the future of eco-chic florals!

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Loving this  palette of rich purples, soft blushy pinks, and vibrant green. Together, these colors are soooooo elegant!

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That cake might look white, but it’s actually green! It’s organic, gluten, and sugar free. Don’t you just love when something that looks and tastes great is also good for you and the planet?

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Can’t. Get over. The centerpieces.

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Congratulations to Katie and Josh on creating such a gorgeous and eco-friendly wedding day!

Below is a sneak peek of tomorrow’s Part 2, Stephanie and Dave’s Gourmand’s Paradise Wedding. Just wait until you see how they transformed Smog Shoppe to look entirely different than it did for Katie and Dave, and get ready to drool over their incredible fruit and vegetable tablescapes. And oh, the food! Stephanie is a chef, so the eating was good at this wedding, and the pictures are so gorgeous that you can practically taste it!

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Vendor info for Katie & Josh’s Eco-Retro wedding:

Wedding Planner: Camilla Ghedini / Florist: Gilly Flowers / Photography: Annie McElwain / Caterer:Eco-Caters / Hair and Makeup: Rebecca DuMoulin (brooklynhair@gmail.com) / Rabbi: Rabbi Jay Levi / DJ: Howie Pyro (googoomuck13@gmail.com): Video DJ: Chris Holmes (ashtarchris@hotmail.com) / Venue: The Smog Shoppe / Rentals: Town and Country Event Rentals Invitations, Save the Dates, Place Cards, and Table Numbers: Michael Kendrick (if anyone should ask for his info, please let Katie know in the comment section) / Cake: The Cake Divas (organic, gluten free, sugar free) / Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Wedding Shoes: Lanvin / Groom’s Suit: J. Lindeberg / Shoes: Barney’s New York / Bridemaids Dresses: Diane Von Furstenberg