Anybody on the lookout for bridesmaid gifts this spring? We recently discovered that our friends at Darby Smart (recall their DIY kits) not only offer up a way to craft basically every gift imaginable, but they also have items made for you (good for the bride on a timeframe, yeah?) all ready for giving. Right now they have 9 unique gift ideas up for grabs. Here are our top picks:
Darling packaging, clever names like Rooftop Socialite and Surf Siren to match up to your bridesmaids’ personalities, and fresh, modern scents from a SF-based luxury fragrance brand = all reasons these little gifts top our list of faves. (Srsly, Sugar Bandit? Want.) Why not combine these with one of the other customizable ideas below too?
Have we convinced you yet that the desert always, always makes a spectacular wedding backdrop? This pastel inspiration Layered Vintage dreamed up is based on one simple concept: sometimes things can be the most beautiful in their natural form. So true and so happy Whiskers and Willow Photography sent these images to share in their tribute to nature:
Evidence of a fantastic setting: when you can set your gorgy marbled invites RIGHT on the wild earth.
Inspired by all things that come from the earth, we put together wedding inspiration for the adventurous and romantic couple who love to explore the outdoors together. The desert in Southern California is rich with cacti and shrubs sprouting between jagged rocks. We brought in soft and pretty wedding details to complement the rugged elements.
Her hair! What a dream.
Sky blue, pale purple, gray toned whites, and other muted tones made up the whimsical color story.
Don’t you love the subtle marble peeking through here too?
Okay, how did you guys ever leave this landscape?! Great work, team!
Spring isn’t *just* about pastels and sunshine, as much as we’re head over heels for both. Sure, that’s half the equation but the other half is made up of drizzly days and gardens emerging through unexpected storms, fresh and new. There’s often just as much gray as blue to be seen, and Elizabeth Ulrich Design + Chrissy of High Five For Love Photography both know and appreciate those April showers. Thus this moody, romantic spring vignette was born…
Absolutely stunning suite.
A few notes via Elizabeth Ulrich Design: This shoot was inspired by a more moody look at spring—the “in like a lion” version where budding blooms mix with grey days and tempestuous weather. The mix of dripping florals in deep hues of magenta and purple, black candles and stormy grey clay plates and velvet chairs gave the shoot a sultry feel. Elements like red wine, blackberries and dark honey—foods that are both sweet and sexy—added to the romance of the day.
Into spring but not so into pink? These arrangements by SOULflowers are sure to do the trick.
We’re pretty enamored with all the deep tones throughout this scene, and that satin box pleated skirt in blush by Erin Grey Couture is the ultimate contrast.
If you’re a fan of Kinfolk, you’re gonna love this editorial because as our title suggests, it was inspired by that very publication. (We get right to the point around here, obvs.) Aimi of Love in Photographs says, I’ve been super inspired by the lifestyle magazine and their emphasis on thoughtful yet simple design, casual entertaining, and slow living. I wanted to put together a styled shoot with this theme and contacted the amazing Lorraine of Harvesting Love Events—she found all the perfect vendors and styled this lovely shoot. Sold!
Aimi tells it, While planning the shoot we had ideas to use the open space/barn as a backdrop for the reception and found an incredible California oak tree which we hoped to use as the ceremony backdrop—but since it had been raining heavily that week, Lorraine opted to use the inside of the barn at the last minute and put together a simple and oh so romantic setting for the ceremony. Good move, Lorraine!
Doesn’t this couple totally look pulled from the pages of Kinfolk? Helps that Rose + Riley are indeed a real couple.
The pop of lavender with the roses that Petals of Love tucked into the design is a sweet way to add a little organic color, no?
A wild and simple bouquet to end on. Thanks to Aimi of Love in Photographs + everyone below for sharing.
We love when we ask brides what from their wedding was DIY and they respond with, What wasn’t?!. That’s how MUAH artist Carsen answered, since she’d created everything from hundreds of paper flowers to tassel garlands to the Los Angeles themed centerpieces for her + Darren’s day. They enlisted Carsen’s college friend and talented photog (who captured their cute e-sesh too) Mary Costa and kicked off the day with some adorable pre-wedding photos with the city behind them.
BTW, that amazing vintage birdcage veil our bride’s sporting? A $3 DIY. Yep. And THAT dress!
Pretty paper flowers for the altar backdrop.
Loved how each of the wedding songs were so carefully chosen:
Our music also had a thread the procession song Somebody To Love by Queen was sung by my dear friend since 7th grade; it represented Darren finding his love in LA. Then the recession song was My Girl by The Temptations, representing that he found his girl. Our first dance was choreographed to Ella Fitzgerald’s At Last to represent my voice in finding my special someone. My daddy-daughter dance was to Louie Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World because it was my late grandfather’s favorite song and one I grew up listening to with him, it marked his place there in my heart and also seemed like the only song fit to dance with my dad to.
C + D chose an LA venue so as east coast transplants they could show off their lives in Los Angeles. Carsen says, We made custom table numbers that were street signs representing different neighborhoods; the head table was Los Feliz because it was our favorite to live in and closest to the neighborhood Elysian is in. The escort cards were hand stamped tags that were hung over an illustrated map of Los Angeles. The succulent aisle arrangements represent the west coast and planting them became a hobby for me during the planning process. We hosted our rehearsal dinner at Golden Road in Glendale and our brunch in our friend’s backyard in Highland Park, so they whole weekend was in a 5 mile radius on the east side of LA which we have called home since 2010.
And one more fun fact: Carsen’s engagement ring was Darren’s grandmother’s from the 1920s, and just so happened to be Carsen’s birthstone AND it fit her without needing to be resized. Ah! Awesome.
Coachella and a wedding? Good vibe overload! Taking hints from the best of festival style—think feathers, vintage instruments, boho chic fashion, etc.—Nicole Alexandra Designs + the team below channeled Coachella for the desert-seeking, music-loving couple.
Obviously there is no better spot to say I Do festival style than at Joshua Tree National Park. The team stumbled across abandoned desert ruins while shooting too. PS: Kudos to Jodee Debes for capturing those Joshua Trees in all their glory.
Floral? Check. Lace? Check. Braid? Check. East Six sure covered their bases.
Final words from Jodee, As you can see, the talent was unreal for this shoot and so fun to work with! Totally channeling the positive energy right through the photos. Thanks to everyone credited below for this virtual desert getaway…