Moody Forest Wedding Inspiration

Simplicity and working with nature are two of our favorite things. Michael Radford and Amanda from Mandolin Flowers worked together to create this moody forest wedding inspiration by perfectly combining these two elements.

From Michael Radford:

Our shoot took place in a moody, enchanted forest hidden in the midst of San Francisco. I chose this inspiring location, because there is something timeless about a bride, her veil and beautiful florals, which contrast so well when surrounded by nature’s greens. Amanda from Mandolin Flowers was able to create a piece that popped plum, which also offered a contrasting touch to Alexandra Grecco’s enchanting and timeless handmade chiffon gown. The location and all of the elements, in combination with simplistic calligraphy by Tessa Shane, offers inspiration for the San Fransisco Bride and Groom who want a quick escape from the modern, city wedding.

From Amanda of Mandolin Flowers:

For floral inspiration we heavily relied on the beauty of our surroundings, incredibly enchanting and moody. After visiting the location and being surrounded by a never-ending variety of lush greens, I knew the soft plum hellebore would be just the flower to deepen the color palette. It feels like this setting and this collaboration captures the anticipation so many brides experience on their wedding day, an anticipation and feeling of joy that Michael Radford captures so effortlessly in his photography.

Photographer: Michael Radford | Florals / Styling: Amanda of Mandolin Flowers | Hair Styling: Ashley Smith | Makeup: Priscilla Francine | Paper goods / Calligraphy: Tessa Shane | Location: Mt. Davidson, San Francisco | Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Model: Courtney Paige Nelson of Scout Models

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09.24.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

DIY Gold Stitch Updo


We loved featuring some new wedding ideas from Lora and Eric Kelley, and we can’t get over this amazing updo that Lora Kelley styled. Today we’re excited to show you how you can recreate this unique wedding hairstyle for your own big day! Keep reading for the full tutorial.

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DIY Gold Stitched Updo by Lora Kelley from East West on Vimeo.


1. Curl the hair (spraying pieces with hot sets by redken) + clip into place
2. Take the hair down and tousle
3. Tease the hair at the root and ends, and clip up the top piece
4. Use clear fishing line + plastic needle to sew pieces up
5. Finish off by using a colored thread (gold pictured) I thought neon would be fun, too!
6. Loosen up by tugging on pieces to get the effect you want
7. Spray that hair! (using Redken Forceful)

Hair and make­up: Lora Kelley  | Photography: Eric Kelley  | Video: Caleb Jordan Lee with East West  | Shirt: Need Supply | Earrings: Net­a­porter | Necklace: Catbird NYC  | Fishing Thread/Sewing Needle/Gold thread: Michael’s

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09.23.14 / DIY Wedding Blog, DIY Weddings, Featured

Elegant Green, White, and Mauve Wedding Ideas

You in the End from East West on Vimeo.

From Lora Kelley:
In the beginning, there was an idea for a dress,  a cement in­laid table at one of my favorite local shops, an ethereal venue, and a dear creative friend and and my husband, who loves to capture light and essence and beauty. It all demanded to be materialized.

Life calls us to create, to usher forth beauty, to play with ideas, to reminisce and to project. It calls us to collaborate, to push ourselves, to take time, to plan, to demonstrate and to do things because a small desire inside of us says… yes. please. yes. We want to be known.

Where is joy? Where is beauty? When we see what our eyes are made to see and do what our hands were made to do, when we think the way our minds were made to think..and when we love. As Augustine says, “Love is the beauty of the soul.”

Creative Direction + Design: Lora Kelley | Floral Design + Styling: Mallory Joyce  | Photographer: Eric Kelley  | Video: East West  | Table + Chairs (all items on the table): Roxie Daisy  | Plates + Paper placemats: Roxie Daisy  | Glasses + Flatware: Roxie Daisy | Cheese plate + accessories: Roxie Daisy  | Paper suite + Calligraphy: Stephanie Fishwick  | Venue: Veralum | Dress: Designed by Lora Kelley  // Custom made and hand­crafted by Stepha O’brien  | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Jewelry: Net­a­porter  | Hair and make­up: Lora Kelley 

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09.22.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Top 10 Most Pinned Wedding Bouquets

Top10BouquetsAs a team of creative professionals, who are basically obsessed with weddings, wedding bouquets never get old. Similar to snowflakes, every bouquet is different! We adore the fleeting nature of flowers, the elegance they instantly create, and the fact that they’re portable sculptures. We love seeing the different creations our favorite floral designers and stylists have assembled over the years, and these are just a few of the hundreds that we’ve featured. So, we gathered the top 10 most repinned bouquets from our Pinterest to inspire you for your own wedding!

1. Probably our favorite, and definitely your favorite bouquet that we’ve featured is this luxurious sherbet-colored beauty from Twigss floral. See the full wedding here.

colorful-fall-inspired-wedding-bouquets2. If you’re ever looking for floral inspiration, look no further than Sarah Winward. She absolutely killed it with this colorful California wedding. I mean..look at those colors and textures!

red-and-pink-wedding-bouquet13. This bouquet from Amy Osaba has been re-pinned more than any other from our Pinterest, and we still adore it all this time after it was originally posted. Don’t you just love the addition of that deep eggplant color to balance out the pink? We do!

hellebore-purple-bouquet-clematis14. Speaking of purple, you all loved this deep purple hellebore bouquet from Kelly Kaufman Design which was originally part of a shoot we did with Freixenet.

unique-spring-wedding-bouquets5. These lovely and delicate bouquets by Cloth of Gold  still top our list of all time favorite bouquets! See the full shoot here.

spring-outdoor-wedding-bouquet6. And we always love a classic white wedding bouquet, and this beauty from Joy Thigpen is probably our favorite! You can see more of this white wedding shoot here.

modern-elegant-cascading-wedding-bouquet7. Joy always creates stunning, and show-stopping bouquets and these trailing florals are no exception. You can visit the original post to see more of this stunning wedding in Barcelona.

2013_01_23_figueroa_01418. This beautiful, poppy-filled, bouquet has been an all-time favorite on Pinterest. We love the vibrant colors and stunning blooms that Kelly Kaufman Design put together for this lovely shoot.

winter-green-wedding-wedding-bouquets9. Sarah Winward finds inspiration in the everyday, and when she passed a field of snowberry, she knew what she had to do with it: create a beautiful shoot. Part of the result was this stunning bouquet!

peach-wedding-bouquets10. And finally, we wrap up our top 10 wedding bouquets with this stunner from Southern Blooms. This draping bouquet is perfect for a bride looking for a more organic twist on a traditional round design.

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09.19.14 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog