GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

GSS’s Things We LOVE :: So-Called “Ugly” Wedding Flowers

Image credits:  Left to Right:  Pacific Weddings, pd Bloom Let’s face it – In the past several years, floral stems such as Carnations and Baby’s Breath have had a bad wrap. Considered cheap, tacky, or downright ugly by some, these little guys have been virtually shunned by brides and wedding professionals alike…. Until now!  These so-called “ugly” flowers are making a comeback!  Jen even blogged about it earlier this year in her 2012 Wedding Trend Predictions. (Click here … [Read More…]

GSS Featured Wedding Professional :: Lauren Larsen Photography :: Lindsay and Natalie’s Engagement Session

We have a treat for you today! Lauren Larsen and her fantastic photography is joining us. We sent Lauren and email when we spotted this session pop up in our google reader and she kindly obliged to let us share it with all of YOU! This session is so rich in color and warm. Thank you for sharing Lindsay and Natalie’s engagement session…it is stunning! Thank you again, Lauren for sharing this incredible engagement session with us…it was a real … [Read More…]

Time for a Change :: Wedding Transition Outfits

Transition #1 :: The Party So you found the absolute most ravishing wedding gown possible? Now you want to dance at your wedding reception without worrying your guests will step on your fabulous wedding dress. Why not make a quick switch into one of these fun spunky dresses? These options still say, “Here comes the bride”, but they also scream, “I am fun and I want to dance the night away!” Transition #2 :: The Grand Exit Back in the “olden days”, it was standard practice for the … [Read More…]

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Navy Blue & Hot Pink

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  We know that most girls have loved pink since they were little.  But it can be tricky to incorporate pink into your wedding palette without it being overwhelming or tacky.  However, if you pair it with the right color, pink can be fabulous!  We love the contrast of the bright, vibrant,  hot pink and the dark, classy, soothing navy blue.  This color combination is perfect for a spring or summer wedding! Navy Blue and Hot Pink Wedding Invitations:  … [Read More…]

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GSS Fun Finds :: Romantic Wedding Dresses :: Claire Pettibone Bridal Gowns

Wedding dress trends are changing. Brides are sophisticated, smart, stylish and know what they want. We are seeing more form-fitting, lace overlays, and purely romantic wedding gowns. When we think of romantic wedding dresses, we think Claire Pettibone! Seriously, these dresses are made to be worn by a stylish bride who loves to feel pretty and has a super sense for romance. The spring 2012 collection does not disappoint. Every single dress we saw was amazing.

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Brigitte :: Silk white capped sleeved V-neck lace gown with silver guipure belt over full lace skirt lined in pearl silk

Fleur de Jour :: Beige toile cotton strapless gown with French pink and green embroidered overlay with ruffled sleeve bolero

Frederique :: Ivory strapless satin jaquered mermaid silhouette with ivory.silver crocheted lace trim

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Toulouse :: Ivory embroidery lined in platinum silk with sweetheart neckline and silk bows and silver flowers at the hips.

Versailles :: Ivory jeweled flowers and embroidered tulle over silk charmeuse with embroidered antique gold guipure waist

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Genevieve :: Capped sleeve sweetheart neckline gold embroidery inlaid with rose silk velvet

Jolie :: Gold silk chiffon cross back sheath with rose gold guipure straps and floral embellishment

Lumiere :: Slate blue beaded lace sheath wit sheer back and silver guipure embellishments lined in pearl silk

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Provence :: Beige cotton toile trimmed in French gold embroidery with velvet inserts

Sophie :: Ivory illusion tulle bodice with Chantilly lace, toile buttons and linen hi-lo skirt trimmed with guipure lace.

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Amelie :: Hi-lo cotton bubble skirt lined in toile with tulle overlay and toile sash

Chateau Marmont :: Ivirt embroidery over cotton with silk bows, beaded lace bodice with guipure edged tulle overlay

Belle :: Ivory short sleeve jeweled flower vine bodice with tulle ribbon skirt trimmed with silver guipure and blue silk ribbon.


After visiting the blog for Claire Pettibone, we found out that the king of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg’s bride was wearing one of her gowns … Sky Between the Branches.

Smart, sophisticated, knows what she wants, and not afraid to show her personal style. – claire pettibone blog


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GSS Wedding Trends :: A Recipe for a Beautiful Spring Wedding

I am starting this year with a blog post about designing your Spring wedding with careful planning and designing in mind.  After reading many articles online and in magazines about what is hot for Spring 2012, I have come to the conclusion that we are looking at very high expectations from our brides!  AND THEY WANT TO PERSONALIZE THEIR WEDDINGS! Floral design, photography, cake design, invitations…the list goes on!!  An educated bride is going to want to incorporate her vision from the “Save the Date” to her eventual wedding day departure.  Adding your personal touch is paramount!

Below are Pantone’s Spring 2012 colors to guide you, any version or hue of these colors will been prominent this year.  I highly recommend using gray as your base color and build around it, starting with the suits for the gentlemen!

FOR THE BRIDE: Bouquet of all white Peony’s for the bride…classic and timeless, bling out he bouquet with any jewelry of your choice that compliments your wedding dress.

Image source :: Photo by Darin Fong

Image Source :: Photo Credit: Sidra Forman photographed by Kate Headley Photography

Centerpiece Advice: Forsythia, Dogwood, Apple, Cherry…you name it!  Take full advantage of what is only available once a year.  If your venue has tall ceilings, compliment them with tall branches with delicate buds.  Incorporate them into your invitation, décor and cake!

Image source Left, Top Right, Bottom Right

Other flowers to finish out your décor:  seasonal, PINK, yes, PINK Dogwood (must be special ordered and it goes fast!) Melba double tulips, white Majolika spray roses and Peachy Isle spry roses with accents of delicate Queen Anne’s Lace and every bride’s favorite…Peony!  Now you have the ingredients.  Let’s put them all together! THIS should be your baseline color.  Flowers that come in this grayish-silver would be Dusty Miller, Lamb’s Ear, Eucalyptus, Sage, Succulents (many varieties), and Silver Tree!

With bride’s taking on an active part in personalizing their weddings with ideas from DIY Brides, to ETSY, and many other online idea sites, the trick is helping them choose just enough to have a meaningful impact.

I personally like to recommend making your sign in table a place for people to have a moment to reflect on your relationship.  Pictures of you and your fiancée through the years or of your time spent during your relationship, places you have been always makes me smile and gives me a moment to think of how awesome it is to be a part of your lives.

Take in the feel of your room where your reception will take place.  Choose containers that fit the room.  If you are in a grand traditional ballroom, use silver, gold or platinum.  These are basic elements that should be found in the room in chandeliers, other light fixtures, carpet, etc…

Accent the reception with soft candle light and don’t forget to pin spot your centerpieces for maximum impact on your décor.  Use the “house” linens to save costs.

If you are in a lofty art space or gallery, choose containers that are more minimal or geometric to bring in the MOD!

Be smart this year and take a few moments to consider the BIG picture.  2012 is going to be an amazing year with fully educated brides!!

Welcome in 2012 with all of the excitement of starting this new chapter in your life!

Peace and Love!





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GSS Wedding Trend :: We’re Seeing a Pattern Here :: Pattern Ideas for Weddings

We are visual people and incorporating a pattern into our day is something that can truly show your style to your guests. If you are crazy about polka dots, mad about stripes, or in love with a classic damask pattern, you should do it! We love finding ideas in trends and wedding inspiration and patterns are fun. Yesterday we brought you a gorgeous wedding inspiration board with a chevron pattern scattered throughout. You can bring the pattern in from a the decor to the invitations. There are absolutely no rules! The only rule we say you follow for your wedding is to make it uniquely perfect and YOU!

Classic stripes can be brought into your design with your wedding stationary.

Dare to do damask? An experienced cake artist can cover your desires for that one.

Is whimsical and fun polka dotting your style? Add it to your attire or your wedding dress.

Patterns are everywhere. Plaids, argyles, damasks, stripes, and dots! The first thing we thing when are planning is “what are my colors going to be?” – now imagine thinking…” I know I want polka dots”. Have fun and happy wedding planning!

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GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

This week we covered a great wedding trend, brought you a stunning inspiration board and a fabulous California wedding. The weather has a chill in the air and for some states the wedding season is coming to a close. Brides and grooms that are newly engaged or planning an engagement soon, we thank you for visiting our site for all things wedding. Finding inspiration and great wedding trends is just a few clicks away.

GSS Featured Wedding :: Liz & Nathan’s Botanical Garden Wedding :: Gabriel Harber Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  Today’s featured wedding comes from Gabriel of Gabriel Harber Photography. He is a Oakland/San Fransisco, California based wedding photographer.  Gabriel has been more than accommodating to GSS on this feature.  Thank you!  Liz and Nathan were married at University of California Botanical Garden at Berkley, California on July 31, 2011.  Liz was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:  (Side Note:  I have to say that Liz has some of the most … [Read More…]

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Nude & Blush :: A Neutral Wedding

Over the past year, there has been a rise in the trend of having an almost completely neutral wedding color palette.    We are totally on board with this trend as it makes for a very romantic and vintage feel.  But if you think a totally neutral palette is a little bland, you can add in a little color.  We chose to add in the color Blush.  It’s so soft and subtle and compliments the neutral colors so perfectly.  Mix these colors together and you’ve got yourself a gorgeous color … [Read More…]

GSS Wedding Trend :: Bridal Cuffs!

Accessorizing a clean, effortless wedding dress with a statement necklace has been a popular trend this year.  But if you’re not a necklace-wearing type of bride, maybe you’d be interested in jazzing up your wedding day look with some bridal cuffs instead.  We’ve found some gorgeous options for your viewing pleasure.  Etsy has a plethora of bridal cuff options and Johanna Johnson has some designs that will knock your socks off too.  But just keep in mind, if your dress has elaborate … [Read More…]

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GSS’s Things We LOVE :: Dashing Wedding Sashes!

Our weekly find started by looking for custom sashes for your wedding dress. You can definitely dress up your gown by adding an accessory that is sure to have your guests talking. Add a splash of color or keep it simple with beads. Either way, this is a great addition for an art deco inspired piece. These sashes bring a fun, romantic whimsical feel to any dress. Add it to a simple gown to dress it up!

We found a great wedding find for you…..where else? ETSY!! Venust Bridal Designs gives a vintage edge to bridal couture. They create glamorous sashes, hair pieces, florals and inspired accessories as well as curate true vintage pieces. Get something old and something new together. Custom designs are their specialty. Bridal Sashes, Crystal Sashes, Floral Wedding Belts, and Custom Made Wedding Accessories. Art deco style, vintage bridal fascinators, floral and feather hair accessories with vintage style for your special occasion. Many of their items are made with true vintage pieces, you get something old and something new at the same time!

1. Beautiful.
Etymology: Venust \Ve*nust”\, adjective. [Latin expression venustus, from Venus the goddess of love.]. (Websters 1913)

These can even be used for your bridesmaids to add a great expression to their dresses!

[left] This elegant bridal sash has a large hand cut and curled bloom in a textured eggshell hue. Adorned with a vintage reclaimed pearl cluster center. It is attached to a long 90 inch ivory satin ribbon. The bloom is 4 inches in diameter. Can be created in white or ivory sheer voile or textured eggshell voile.

[right] This deco inspired sash has a symmetrical beaded design set on a tonal ribbon. The rhinestone portion is set on a champagne ribbon and then backed with a wide ivory satin ribbon. The crystal portion is 10 inches by 1.5 inches. The ivory satin sash is 2.25 inches wide and 110 inches long.

Don’t just take our word for it, visit this fun Etsy shop yourself! Here is the link.


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Alfred Angelo :: HUGE SALE :: Ends Tomorrow!!!

Good Evening, Lovelies!  We know we’ve already shown you some yummy goodies today from J Dot Designs, but we ran across these ads from Alfred Angelo and just had to share them!  Every year around October Alfred Angelo starts their end of the year sample sale on all of the discontinued designs.  Now, that it’s actually the end of the year, they are slashing their prices even further by taking and ADDITIONAL 50% OFF already reduced prices on these dresses!!! The sale ends tomorrow, Thursday, December 31st.  So hurry!!!  They also are running another sale in addition to the sample sale.  This sale runs until Friday, January 15th.  You can save up to $350 on your regularly priced wedding gown, $20 off on every bridesmaids & special occasion dresses, and 10% off on all flower girl dresses!  Ladies, jump on these sales while they last! 

Side Note:  Alfred Angelo gowns are absolutely stunning and extremely affordable.  Melissa Rycroft, from the Bachelor, Dancing WithThe Stars, Good Morning America, & former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader, recently wore an Alfred Angelo gown for her wedding in Mexico this month.

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