GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

FREE Printable Garden Stripes Invitation Suite!!

We stumbled across these adorable printable invitations on J. Bartyn Design & Manfacturing’s website.  We love the stripes (who doesn’t?!) and the fact that they can be used for any event, not just weddings.  So, if you’re looking for the perfect bridal or baby shower luncheon or wedding invitations with coordinating table numbers, etc. – Then these are perfect for you!  And they come in four fabulous color combinations:  Apple Green & Black,  Grapefruit & California Poppy, … [Read More…]

GSS’s REAL Wedding :: Happy Anniversary to Tamra and Tyler :: Amy Karp Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  We have a special treat for you today… You see, today is mine and Tyler’s three-year anniversary!  So, I’m going to get a little personal and do a short feature on our wedding.  Just because I’m in a reminiscent kind of mood and I felt like sharing.  By no means was our wedding anything extravagant, but it suited us just fine and most important everyone in attendance had a blast.  (And for those of you who don’t know, Amy was our wedding photographer!  To … [Read More…]

GSS Fun Finds :: Great Wedding Toasts

Everyone asked to speak at a wedding to toast the special couple has a huge role. We found a few snippets for you to mold your speech if your friends ask you to toast them in their happily ever after. image by Steve Koo Using a few stories to memorialize your relationship is always a plus. Add a few of these to round out your great wedding speech! Here’s to the groom, a man who kept his head even while he lost his heart. Here’s to the new husband, and here’s to the new wife, may they … [Read More…]

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Mustard Yellow & Teal Blue

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!! We hope you had a fabulous weekend.  Today, we’re featuring the gorgeous color palette of Mustard Yellow and Teal Blue.  These colors are so bright and lively and we just love how well they compliment each other.  We absolutely adore this palette!  This beautiful and vibrant wedding color palette would be the perfect pair for a Spring or Summer wedding! Yellow and Teal Bouquet:  JL Designs            Image Courtesy of Aaron Shintaku … [Read More…]

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GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

Hellooooo Friday! We wish all the wedding couples a fabulous wedding this weekend and just to recap on what we brought you in wedding trends and inspiration this week, check out the posts below :


GSS’s Things We LOVE :: Personalized Bridal Clutches by ANGEE W.!

A couple of years ago we introduced you to the fabulous clutches created by ANGEE W. (Click here to see that post.)  Just when we thought their clutches couldn’t get any better-  we’ve now learned that ANGEE W. has started personalizing some of their bridal clutches with images of you and your fiance!  She can include your engagement photo or a photo that you treasure onto the lining of your ANGEE W. clutch bag.  The personalized photo lining service will integrate your treasured … [Read More…]

GSS Featured Wedding :: Savanna & Aaron’s Country Chic Wedding :: MJ Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Mindy Cowart of MJ Photography, an East Texas based wedding photographer.   Mindy has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature. Savanna and Aaron were married on April 16, 2011 in a beautiful ceremony at the Stone Oak Ranch in Murchison, Texas.  Savanna was kind enough to answer a few questions for us: How did you and Aaron meet? … [Read More…]

Reception Table Numbering :: Vintage Flash Cards

Looking for cute ideas in wedding trends and inspiration? Don’t know what to do to get your guests to their table at your wedding? Check out this super cute escort card idea. You can use vintage flash cards. We can’t guarantee some folks won’t end up at the right table if you add any long-division or difficult math problems. So keep it simple and fun! We found this wonderful idea of using vintage flash cards as escort cards and table numbers on photographer, Kelly Prizel’s website.  We … [Read More…]

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Mint Green & Gold

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!  We’re loving the pretty pastels that are associated with Spring right now.  So we decided to create this Mint Green and Gold wedding inspiration board.  Combining the soft color of Mint with the brilliance of Gold is so sheek and elegant.  This board oozes luxury and sophistication and we’re LOVING it! Gold Tablescape:  Image Courtesy of Laura Negri Photography Gold and Mint Green Ring:  Image Courtesy of Amazon Antiqued Gold Frame Escort … [Read More…]

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GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

Its Friday – that means its time for a lot of brides to marry their groom this weekend. So Happy Wedding Day to all you fantastic couples! This week in weddings we brought you a spectacular feature, a great way to show off your style and keep your feet dry during the April Showers and a drool-worthy wedding inspiration board. Check it out and see you next week!

GSS Featured Wedding :: Kelli & Jason’s Romantic Black & White Wedding :: Pam Cooley Photography

Today’s featured wedding comes from Pam Cooley of Pam Cooley Photography. She is an Illinois based wedding photographer. Pam has been so accommodating to GSS on this feature.  Thank you!  Kelli and Jason were married on May 21, 2011 in Peoria, Illinois.  Kelli was kind enough to answer a few questions for us: How did you and Jason meet?  We met freshman year of college.   I think the second week into school. :) How long have you been together?  We have been … [Read More…]

April Showers :: Brings Brides in Rain Boots!!!

We all know the old saying “April Showers Brings May Flowers.”  Many brides choose a Spring wedding date (March, April, May)… And with Spring, there’s a good chance of having rain on your wedding day.  But don’t let a little rain dampen your day!  Choose to have a little fun with it like the brides below! :) And we’ve saved the best for last!  These last two pictures just makes our hearts smile: Photography Credits: Aaron Shintaku … [Read More…]

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Robin’s Egg Blue & Rose

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  It’s Easter Week!!!  We just love the soft pastel shades associated with Easter.  So we thought we’d make a pretty pastel inspiration board using Robin’s Egg Blue and Rose.  Normally when you hear the color combination blue and pink you might associate it with a baby shower, not  a wedding.  But if you choose the right shades and/or hues of these colors, you can create the most beautiful palette for your wedding.  This Robin’s Egg Blue and Rosey Pink board is so … [Read More…]

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Viewers Choice for Favorite Wedding Post of 2011 :: Akata & Avaneesh’s Lavish Indian Wedding

The results are in. You, our readers, have spoken. Akata and Aveneesh’s Lavish Indian Wedding was your favorite. In honor of the winner, we want to recognize them by posting an encore of this wedding. Couples gain a ton of inspiration from real weddings and we are so happy to share these with all of you! All of the finalist’s posts were incredible and thank you all for voting!

This featured wedding comes from Ben Sassani of Sassani Photography. He is a Houston, Texas based wedding photographer. Ben has been so accommodating to GSS on this feature. Thank you! We also want to give a shout out to the AH-Mazing Amber Strickler of Zasey Photography for second shooting on this gorgeous wedding!

Akata and Avaneesh were married at The Hilton Post Oak in Houston, Texas on May 28, 2011. Akata and Avanessh were kind enough to answer a few questions for us:

What sold you on your wedding venue? We needed a place that could fit 600 people, a nice location, and guest accomodations. We found it at the Hilton Post Oak in Houston, TX!

How long have you been together? A little over 2 years.



 How did Avaneesh propose? Avaneesh surprised me with a trip to Nassau, Bahamas. He rented a private boat and had the captain take us to the uninhabited Rose Island (named for the color of its sand-pink, aka my favorite color!). As the sun was setting, he got down on one knee and proposed!



What was your favorite part of your big day?

Akata: At the end of the reception, when I finally danced with Avaneesh, as my husband, to a song that describes everything he is to me. “The Truth” by India.Arie.

Avaneesh: Akata’s wedding entrance. In traditional Indian wedding custom, the groom is shielded (by way of holding a drape in front of him) from watching the bride’s entrance to the mandap where he is waiting. This is done so that everyone except the groom can watch her graceful entrance while he sits in anticipation (yes, it’s very mean). So while this was happening, my sister (who was holding the drape) was giving me a play-by-play so that I could have some idea of what was going on. Then all of a sudden my sister gasps and says “she’s crying, it’s so cute!” and then starts crying herself. Then I hear of a chorus of guests break out into sniffles as they join Akata in her tears of joy. I almost started crying as I was overwhelmed with joy myself…but luckily I was able to hold it back and saved myself from being laughed at by my groomsmen! I understood where Akata was coming from at that moment as I too had been waiting more than two years from the day I fell in love with her for this very day and it was finally here.



Akata, what was your “something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue”?  Because I had so many events for my wedding, I spread them out throughout the 3 days. My something old was a necklace my grandmother left me; I wore it to my first event, the Mehndi. For my something new, I had all my new outfits from India. My something borrowed was the necklace my grandmother gave to my mother to wear at her wedding. I wore the same necklace for my wedding. My something blue was Avaneesh! His outfit for our reception was an elegant blue Indian outfit.



 Akata, your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? Well we were having a traditional Indian wedding with all the pre-wedding events and the wedding and reception. I needed to buy 5 Indian outfits. My family and I traveled to India for 2 weeks and purchase all of my outfits in Mumbai. I knew my wedding outfit was the “one” because when I saw it, I immediately pictured myself walking down the aisle in it. I hadn’t felt that way about any other outfit I had seen.















 What song did you dance to for your first dance? Our first dance was to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz & Colbie Calliat

 How did you choose your wedding color palette? Many traditional Indian weddings have gold, white and maroon or red as wedding colors so that was the easy part. For our reception, I wanted colors that represented Avaneesh and I. I love the color plum pink! I had always imagined that plum pink and snow white would somehow be incorporated into my reception colors. When Avaneesh and I went to India to do our wedding shopping, we both found the perfect reception outfits–mine was a dark plum pink and his was a royal blue. So, our color palette included different hues of pink and blue with snow white and silver accents to give an icy white look.




 Do you have any advice for bride and grooms that are in the planning process? Plan ahead!  Regardless of how much time you have (or don’t have), it’s important to move quickly on the decisions you have made and make a timely, sound decisions on those you haven’t.  In a city the size of Houston, there are hundreds (possibly thousands) of weddings year-round, so if you have a particular venue, photographer, make-up artist, etc. in-mind, then book them quickly because if you wait too long, you’re most likely going to be searching for the next-best option.  Also, most vendors require non-refundable deposits, so make sure you are completely sold on the vendor before signing any contract or paying any deposit because that money is not coming back.  I feel that some couples make decisions too quickly without having done the proper research and end up regretting it.  Some even take the loss (which can be in the thousands) and sign with another vendor they liked better.  Take your time in making decisions but make sure they are YOUR decisions.  It is okay to include family members and/or friends in the process but keep in mind that this is your wedding and you make the decisions!  Also, be as organized as possible.  We used Google applications (email, calendar, documents) to stay organized and to collaborate with our family members who were helping us.  If you have a large family, use them :)   Assign roles and responsibilities early on so everyone knows what’s expected of them on the Big Day.



Venue: Hilton Post Oak in Houston, TX

Dress: Bawree in Santacruz, Mumbai, India

Cake: We opted out of a cake and used that money to make our wedding even more special to us.

Floral: I ordered them from Sam’s Club and my sisters and cousins made my and my bridesmaids bouquets.

Linens: Mandap Creations for ALL of our decorations

Catering: Bombay Brasserie

DJ/Band: DJ Yogi Goyal

Videographer: A&A Video

Invitations/Wedding Stationery: I bought them from a small invitation shop in Mumbai. I cannot remember the name!

Event Planner: Avaneesh and I were the only planners for our wedding. He was amazing throughout the process!

Thank you so much, Ben, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! Please stop by his website and blog and show him some love! And thank you, Akata & Avaneesh, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you both a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!! May every day be better than the last!

If you have an engagement, wedding, day after, or anniversary session that you would like featured- Please send it to us at We HEART submissions!


Favorite Wedding Post from 2011

  • Akata & Avaneesh’s Lavish Indian Wedding (49%, 660 Votes)
  • Madelyn & Justin’s Romantic Vintage Modern Inspired Anniversary Session (33%, 451 Votes)
  • Tamara & Mike’s Dallas Wedding (9%, 117 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,347

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GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

This week we really brought some nuptial goodness. To recap, a military wedding, trends in floral designs, wedding favors, and even a VERY unique PLAID inspiration board. Can’t wait to catch up? Scroll down for all of this goodness!

GSS Featured Wedding :: Ashlin & Steve’s New York Military Wedding :: Kassie Moore Photography

Today’s fabulous featured wedding comes from Kassie of Kassie Moore Photography.  Kassie is a Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas based wedding photographer.  Kassie has been so sweet and accommodating to GSS and we have truly enjoyed working with her on this feature. Ashlin and Steve were married on December 3, 2011 at the Merchant Marine Academy in Long Island, New York.  Kassie even took the time to tell us a little bit about the wedding day: “The weather was crisp and gorgeous! It was … [Read More…]


Winter Wedding Favor Greatness :: Hot Chocolate on a Stick!

Even though we live in Texas, it does get a little chilly here…  So we thought we’d feature some fun hot chocolate type wedding favors for you!  We found these super adorable and YUMMY hot chocolate on a stick favors over at Make and Takes.  These are super fun- and hey- if it ends up being 70 degrees for your January wedding, (Which isn’t unheard of in Texas… One day it’s 40 degrees and the very next day it may be 70.  Seriously.  Texas has crazy weather!) don’t fret because these … [Read More…]


GSS Inspiration Board :: PLAID!!!

Happy Monday, Lovelies!  We have such a fun inspiration board for you today.  Last year, Plaid made a huge comeback in the fashion industry and it’s slowly creeping into the wedding industry scene now.  With that said, check out this super cute Plaid inspiration board we put together for you! White Bridal Bouquet:  JL Designs Plaid Peep Toe Pumps:  Kate Spade Plaid Bow Tie:  Image Courtesy of Jagger Photography Plaid Wedding Cake:  Whipped Bakeshop Plaid Wedding … [Read More…]


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 … [Read More…]


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GSS Featured Wedding Tip :: To Look or Not to Look :: Seeing Each Other BEFORE the Ceremony

Couples seeing each other before the ceremony is something couples debate fairly often. As a wedding professional, I can attest to this superstitious debate tugging at the minds of many pre-wedding couples. To see each other or not.

We found an article on snopes (and you know snopes has to be accurate, right?) breaking apart the tradition ::

modern custom dictates that bride and groom not see each other before the ceremony. Why this is so is a bit of a mystery, with the most popular guess so far postulating that the build-up to the lady’s unveiling at the altar possibly keeps the groom from getting cold feet and rethinking the whole matter. Another explanation speculates that this custom is in some way related to primitive seclusion rites in which a betrothed girl cannot be seen by anyone prior to her wedding lest she pass ill luck to others. (The betrothed are regarded as occupying an in-between stage in life and thus one fraught with potential danger because of its uncertainty.)

images by Amy Karp Photographer

So, lets look at a couple positives from choosing to see each other before…

The big reveal :: This very special romantic moment happens while the couple is alone and they can exchange words and physically touch each other and not hold back and emotion.

The formal wedding portraits :: If your wedding photographer does formal portraits during the day, a lot of them can be accomplished now before the ceremony and after the ceremony, less time for this event and more time at the wedding reception.

From a photographers point a view, Wedding Photojournalist Association ::

No matter where they are when they see one another, it is a wonderfully romantic moment. Having this time to be together can help diminish the stresses of the day. The couple can focus on what’s really important, as opposed to the many details that must fall into place. As a result, they’re love for one another takes center stage. And this can happen no matter what the setting. This definitely comes across in the photographs.

Which ever route you decide to take, make sure you are doing it on your terms. Your wedding day can be however you like it to be. Its a beautiful and special moment whether you choose to see each other before or after you exchange wedding vows.

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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 Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

This week was a fun week filled with DIY (do it yourself) wedding projects, Halloween inspired boards, a wedding on a Texas Ranch and even fun wedding day portraits in a Pumpkin Patch. Its Friday and our weekly recap has arrived. The temperatures are dropping so stay warm! To those couples getting married this weekend, we are so excited for you!

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Things We LOVE :: FREE Customizable Black & White Wedding Stationery Printables!!!

e.m. papers has created a beautiful set of vintage inspired black and white wedding stationery that you can download for FREE!  All items are fully customizeable and printable, which will save you a TON of money!  Click here to go to their site and download these goodies! Here’s a bit more about everything that comes in this free downloadable package via e.m. paper’s website: This black and white, download and print Wedding Invitation Kit contains an editable PDF template for every piece … [Read More…]

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GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Orange & Black :: Halloween Inspired Wedding

Happy Monday, Lovelies!!!  We hope you enjoyed your weekend!  We imagine most of you put on your scariest, silliest or sexiest costumes and partied it up.  We LOVE Halloween!  (Who doesn’t?!)  So we thought it would be fun to put together an Orange and Black Halloween inspired wedding inspiration board.  We think it turned out beautifully, if we do say so ourselves!  HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!! Black Bridesmaids Dresses with Orange Bouquets:  Dahlia Designs          … [Read More…]

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GSS Featured Wedding :: Melanie & Wes’s Texas Ranch Wedding :: Ashgene Photography

Happy Hump Day, Lovelies!!!  Today’s featured wedding comes from Ashley of Ashgene Photography. She is a Texas based wedding photographer.  Ashley has been so accommodating to GSS on this feature.  Thank you!  Melanie and Wes were married at Melanie’s family’s ranch in Seguin, Texas on April 23, 2011.  Melanie was kind enough to answer a few questions for us: How did you and Wes meet?  Wes & I went to Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin, Texas … [Read More…]

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GSS Featured Wedding Portraits :: Fall and PUMPKINS! :: Bobbi Ryan Photography

Happy Thursday Lovelies!! This week was Halloween week…. but some of us are still sneaking treats out of kiddos buckets from trick or treating (myself included). With fall in the air we are seeing pumpkins everywhere. We saw these fun portraits from a wedding submitted to us on Two Bright Lights from Bobbi Ryan Photography and wanted to share the fall inspiration with you. This session incorporated pumpkins and we definitely know what time of year the portraits were taken. That makes them … [Read More…]

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GSS Weekly Recap :: Weddings Revisited

This week, we brought you a fun trend for a wedding DIY project, a gorgeous black, white and red inspiration board and some lovely day after wedding portraits. We even had a giveaway…..The winner will be announced on our Facebook Page in just a few minutes, so stay tuned!!

GSS’s Things We LOVE :: DIY Paint Chip Wedding Details!

If you have the time, patience and creativity-  Doing DIY projects can save money and add those sweet personal touches  to your wedding.  We found these brilliant paint chip details over at My Hands Made It.  These were used for a housewarming party, but can definitely be altered to fit a wedding, a shower or any other celebratory gathering for that matter!  Just head down to your local Home Depot, Lowe’s or a paint store like Sherwin Williams and pick up some paint chips to match your wedding color palette.  Then follow along with the tutorials linked below: DIY Paint Chip Invitations (We think these would make a perfect Save the Date!): Click here for the [read more]


GSS Featured Session :: Underwater Trash the Dress Session :: Amy Karp Photography

You’re in for a treat today!!!   Today’s fabulous featured session comes from our very own Amy Karp!!!  I’ve been hounding Amy for a while now to let me feature these amazing Day After/Trash the Dress underwater images- And she FINALLY gave in!  YAY! Amy Karp Photography is a Dallas, Texas based wedding photographer.  One of the sweet subjects from these images, Vanja (the bride in the first [read more]


GSS Giveaway :: Cahoots Handbag!!

Our post is a little later than we usually post, but believe us….its totally worth it!! We are so excited to partner with Cahoots Handbags and offer you this awesome clutch as a giveaway! Yep….you read that right! A giveaway. How would you like to have this gorgeous custom clutch all to yourself?? All you need to do is head on over to our Facebook Fan Page and tell us the most obscure or random item you have ever found in your [read more]

GSS Wedding Inspiration Board :: Red, Black & White :: Argyle!

We love how classy and sophisticated a classic Black and White wedding can be.  But why not add just a small pop of Red and maybe even throw in a little Argyle theme?  That would make your Black and White color palette so fun and little sassy!  LOVE LOVE LOVE this board!  If you have a theme or color combination you’d like to see featured on Groom Sold Separately, send it to us at! [read more]

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