GSS Tips About Floral and Design :: Green Speak :: Eco-Friendly Designs

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Ask anyone in town, who’s got the trees, Mitsumata, Manzanita, Birch and Curly Willow? Who has the most fence wood?

Talking people into going green has been our passion for several years.  Looking back a few years ago at Kathryn and Jack’s vision for their wedding makes me proud to say that green is in and here to stay. The entire wedding was presented in recycled fence wood we picked up for 4 months.  We then transformed the old wood into different configurations of boxes, including the cake stands and pews!  We’ve seen it, done it and it works.  Of course, having your wedding at Marie Gabrielle is a huge plus, with all of the Jan Barboglio décor, fountain and gardens.

All of the browns, copper, creams and gorgeous picture windows make it a perfect setting already. Kathryn’s choice was all white floral, tulips, hydrangeas, baby’s breath and of course, peonies!  We used many textures and only the natural greenery to the centerpieces in the boxes.  All of the wood, metal and glass worked perfectly well in harmony.

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We have used the boxes multiple times since then, and let others use them as well. Picking up on the venues décor, and enhancing it should be your main thought in designing your own wedding.  Whether you are getting married in a garden setting or in a beautiful ballroom, pay close attention to all of the colors in the room and find the best match in your color palette to blend with it. In planning your green wedding, there are now endless resources online just waiting to be found!  We can also take example from the amazing Royal Wedding; in that green was also the new couple’s theme for their wedding, setting a wonderful example for the world.

All above images courtesy of Jennifer Yarbro


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GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Coral and Green

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  We’re totally digging this bright and lively Coral and Green inspiration board!  We love how great these bright colors compliment each other without being too overpowering.  This board SCREAMS Spring wedding!

Coral Peep Toe Pumps:  Image Courtesy of Mark Davidson Photography

Coral and Green Wedding Invitations:  Sugar River Stationers

Green Bridesmaid Dress:  Alfred Angelo

Coral and Green Reception Decor:  Image Courtesy of Anne Marie Photography

Coral and Green Centerpiece:  Violet’s Flowers              Image Courtesy of Jacki V. Photography

Coral and Green Menu Card:  Image Courtesy of Lauren Brooks Photography

Coral and Green Wedding Cake:  Image Courtesy of Pen Carlson Photography

Black Tuxedo with Green Necktie and Coral and Green Boutonniere:  Clementine Floral               Image Courtesy of Brian Phillips Photography

Coral and Green Bridal Bouquet:  Kaleidoscope Flowers          Image Courtesy of Dia Rao Photography

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GSS Inspiration Board :: Lime, Lilac, & Khaki

Happy Monday, Lovelies!  We hope you all have stayed warm and safe during the “Artic Blast” most of us received this past week.  These frigid temperatures have us urning for Spring…  With that said, we’re loving this gorgeous Spring wedding inspiration board featuring the color palette of Lime Green, Lilac Purple, and Khaki.  It’s so light, airy and oh so spring-y!  Springtime, hurry up and get here! :)

Lime and Lilac Menu Card:  Jennifer Carroll Designs            Image Courtesy of  Jen Fariello Photography

Lime and Lilac Bridal Bouquet:  Fremont Flower Pavillion          Image Courtesy of Jonathan Canlas Photography

Lime and Lilac Wedding Programs:  The Paper Place          Image Courtesy of John Bamber Photography

Lime and Lilac Chair Decorations: Image Courtesy of  Jen Fariello Photography

Khaki Bridesmaids Dress:  Lela Rose via Dessy

Lime and Lilac Escort Board:  Image Courtesy of Greg Gibson Photography

Lime and Lilac Floral Decoration:  Courtney Lambert Florals          Image Courtesy of Kortnee Kate Photography

Lime and Lilac Necktie with Khaki Suit:  Just Add Water Florists             Image Courtesy of Shawna Noel Photography

Lime and Lilac Centerpieces:  Flower Hardware          Image Courtesy of  Morris Weintraub Photography

Lilac Wedding Favors: Image Courtesy of  Amy Carroll Photography

Lime and Lilac Wedding Cake:  Truli Confectionary Arts        Image Courtesy of  Antonis Achilleos Photography

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GSS Inspiration Board :: Lemon & Lime

This Lemon Yellow and Lime Green inspiration board is so bright and lively and oh so refreshing!  When using fruit as a focal point for your wedding, the possibilities are endless!  We love the idea of using bottles of Sprite or 7-up as wedding favors for this lemon and lime theme!  This inspiration board makes us say “Ahhhhhhhhhh….” :)

Lemon Yellow Bridesmaid Dress:  Alfred Sung  found on

Boutonniere: Violet Designs          Image Courtesy of Liz Linder Photography

Lemon Centerpieces:  Natalini Flowers by Crispy           Image Courtesy of Bruce Forrester Photography

Lemon Yellow & Lime Green Wedding Program:  Paper Source            Image Courtesy of Bruce Forrester Photography

Lemon Yellow & Lime Green Menu and Lemon Placecard:  Paper Source            Image Courtesy of Bruce Forrester Photography

Bride & Groom with Lime Green Parasol:  Luna Photography

Lime Green Bridesmaid Dress:  Alfred Sung found on

Margaritas:  Image Courtesy of  Suzi Q. Varin of Q Weddings

Lemon & Lime Wedding Cake:  Martine’s              Image Courtesy of Red Tree Photography

Yellow Bouquet:  Image Found on Sugar Plum Invitations

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GSS Inspiration Board :: Summer “Crush” Wedding Orange Yellow & Green

We certainly have a “crush” on this board. It just screams summer time wedding fun. As we get closer to the warmer months, we are loving outdoor themed weddings with a fun flare. The bouquet below reminds us how the bride attracts all eyes on her and what says that better than carrying a bouquet of flocking butterflies? And Wheatgrass…you can’t have a greener wedding than growing it yourself! These fun escort cards placed in Wheatgrass are adorable! Why not bring that to your wedding tables as well? Keep growing these treasures and add some colorful Gerbera Daisies in for a pop of color. Pockets!!! We love pockets. Drop your handkerchief in one and you are good to go during your vows if you get a little teary eyed. Need a little more lip gloss for those romantic portraits with your photographer just after you are pronounced husband and wife? You have a pocket to discreetly place some in it. Grooms wearing seersucker makes us want to sip lemonade on the front porch of a southern plantation while watching a tennis match on the front lawn. Ok, maybe not that much, but it certainly makes us think summertime wedding with fabulous style. Don’t forget to add your Orange and Strawberry Crush for your guests…fun colors and refreshed guests :: win win!

Bridal Gown:  J Crew

Butterflie Bouquet:  Marth Stewart Weddings

Green Bridesmaid Dress and polka-dot scarf:  Banana Republic

Beaded and Rhinestone Bridal Headband:  Bethany Lorrelle’s Etsy Shop

Seersucker Suit:  Haspel

Wheatgrass Escort Cards:  Petals by Alice

Table Centerpieces:

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GSS Inspiration Board :: Apple Green & Navy

With the winter months upon us, we’re beginning to dream of spring and warmer months.  With that said, we’re absolutely loving combining a dark rich color with a bright vibrant color.  This navy and apple green inspiration board screams classy and fun!  We hope this has inspired you and much as it has us!

Bridesmaids Dress:  Alfred Angelo

Bouquet:  Image Courtesy of:  The Knot     Flowers:  Precious Petals Floral      Photography: Faith West Photography

Green & Navy Clutch:  ao3designs

Navy Clutch:  Cahoots Handbags

Green Clutch:  Cahoots Handbags

Navy Heels:  Christian Louboutin

Garter:  Julianne Smith

Placecard Holder:  Image Courtesy of The Knot

Boutonniere:   Image Courtesy of:  The Knot     Flowers:  Precious Petals Floral      Photography: Faith West Photography

Cake:  Susie’s Cakes       Photography:  David Jones Photography          Image Courtesy of:  The Knot

Gift Boxes:

Invitations:  Parallel 39

Neck Tie:  RabbitStop via

Wedding Dress with Navy Sash:  Sincerity Bridal

Postage Stamp:  Tailored Type via

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