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June 24, 2020 - 9 comments

Best Boho Wedding Inspiration

It's no secret that boho weddings are our speciality. We've been lucky to plan these laid-back festival-style weddings all over the world and we wanted to give you a round up of some of our favorites. Today, we're sharing our Best Boho Wedding Inspiration with you and we hope you enjoy!

WeddingChella

Camp wedding at under canvas moab

I'm sure you've seen these incredible photos of WeddingChella float around the internet by now. This 4-day wedding festival took place at Under Canvas Moab and was #weddinggoals for generations of brides and grooms to come! With live bands, all-you-can-eat snack bars and a DIY beer tap wall this boho wedding was the ultimate dream. See the more photos here and on Green Wedding Shoes. Photos by Laura Goldenberger

Beer tap wall for boho wedding

Diamond ceremony arch boho wedding

Modern Boho Wedding

Long table with green and amber glasses and modern minimalist florals

This wedding took place at Rimrock Ranch in Joshua Tree, CA. While the venue naturally has an eclectic boho vibe to it, the couple wanted to modernize it a bit and so we did! With florals that were more like live art and a food service that resembled a show, guests were in for a treat at this modern boho wedding. See the full blog post here! Photos by Olivia and Dan

Simple minimalist wedding cake with delicate flowers

Edgy Boho Wedding

Edgy boho wedding sweetheart table with floral half moon arch

A little bit of pretty mixed with a little bit of badass, I bring you the best edgy boho wedding! We're obsessed with this alternative wedding that took place at Matteis Tavern in Los Olivos, CA. The couple want their reception to feel less formal and more like a big party. As their wedding planners, we were up for the challenge and decided to sprinkle a mix of long tables as well as tall cocktail tables. Guests weren't assigned seats which made for a really fun party-feel reception! Photos by Pretty Branch.

Boho wedding ceremony with half moon floral arch

Alternative bride with leather jacket and sparkly star dress

Smoky Mountain Boho Wedding

Boho wedding ceremony at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains

Brace yourself, this is a dream wedding! This festival-style wedding weekend took place at another Under Canvas property. This time we were in the Great Smoky Mountains. Ooh la la did this group have a good time! With a live band under the stars and unlimited food and drinks, guests will talk about this wedding for years to come. Photos by Lauren Mihae. See the full blog post here!

Boho wedding tablescape

Boho wedding reception at Under Canvas Smoky Mountains

Max Patch Tennessee Wedding

Need help planning and designing your own Boho Wedding? Send us an inquiry! We have teams in Los Angeles, Nashville and Maine.

December 27, 2019 - 5 comments

The TRUTH behind Destination Weddings

I've been torn about sharing this because, well, most of you who follow me might think I have the most fun and glamorous job ever: Destination Wedding Planner. I'm not saying it's not true at times but holy smokes, there's a lot more to it than airport lounges and wine tastings.

Intimate ceremony on the cliffside in Croatia at private AirBnB. Dusty blue bridesmaids dresses and deep v-neck bridal gown. Groom in white tux.

The destination wedding trend

More and more couples are looking for nature-inspired places where no other couple has been before in order to have a unique and experiential wedding day. I don't blame them. Who wants to share the same wedding venue as their best friend? No one. This is also true for wedding vendors. They are excited to work if new cities, remote areas and places they have never photographed before and can now add to their portfolio.

Over the last few years, I've seen wedding professionals of all sorts change their Instagram bio to stuff like "will travel for free", "always up for a destination adventure", "based in LA but will travel anywhere". Hey, I 100% did that too but boy do I wish I knew a little more about what that actually meant.

Pricing yourself correctly

Pricing will forever be a hot topic in the wedding industry. As solopreneurs and small businesses, we constantly struggle with finding our perfect price point. For whatever reason, we also struggle with feeling guilty when we choose to charge more than the average vendor in our category. Here's the thing, if you're diving into the destination wedding world, not only should you be charging your standard rates but you should also be taking into considering the following expenses:

  • International Health Insurance
  • Car Rental fee + proper insurance ($250+ for one week)
  • Vaccines (I just got Hepatitis A&B and it was $100 for 1/3 shots)
  • Accommodations for more than just the 2 days around the wedding
  • Flights ($800+ for international)
  • Checked bag fees ($50-$100 per bag per flight)
  • Meals
  • International plug converters ($20-$50)
  • Sim card for your phone + international plan ($100+)

On top of these expenses, if you're choosing to fly all the way to Iceland for a wedding, you're probably going to want to spend more than 2 days there. While you can't have your client pay for your pre and post wedding activities, you may want to make sure you have enough money to do fun stuff while you're there!

So, with all of these expenses, offering a free service in exchange for your travel feels covered by the clients, might not be a very viable solution. Trust me, I tried it. Sure, you get to experience an amazing new country with some paid expenses but while you're out there you're still working hard and going home with a lot less money that you started with. From here on out, I charge a fee for my services + travel. It's not cheap!

Intimate wedding in Croatia on the rocky cliffside. Bridesmaids in dusty blue dresses. Bride with dried bouquet and the adriatic sea behind them

New cultures + laws

Something I was very naive about when I first started doing destination weddings was how different wedding planning became from one country to the next. Not only was the marriage license process a lot different but the way you actually contact wedding vendors is not always like we do here in the US and Canada.

I remember once reaching out to 3 florists over email for a wedding in Croatia and receiving a very rude message through WhatsApp from one of the florists saying something along the lines of "how dare you contact my florist friends, we all work together and if you reach out to me first I will work with you on this proposal but now I will not because you reached out to other people". Wow. So I guess we don't have get to choose between more than one florist?

On the other hand, we hired an officiant in Croatia who was so incredibly helpful when it came to sourcing vendors! I also reached out to a local wedding planner to get her option on a few venues. If she would have charged me a consulting fee, I would have 100% given it to her.

Groom helping bride down the rocky cliffs of Croatia after intimate wedding ceremony with 15 guests.

The perks

I sound like such a negative Nancy about destination weddings but I really just want to be real with you. It's not always as glamorous as it looks like on Instagram. Also keep in mind that travel time + jet lag are REAL and huge time sucks. It takes me weeks to recover from my destination weddings which means I can't book as many "full price local weddings".

That being said, having a job that allows you to travel the world is incredible. I try to take time on every trip to say a silent "thank you" to the universe for allowing me to do this. If the right opportunity arises, I will continue to take on destination weddings but will always crunch numbers before I agree. You have to make work for you lifestyle!

bride and groom at sunset in Croatia. Intimate wedding ceremony on the rock cliffs near Dubrovnik with only 15 guests. Destination wedding planner 'Cause We Can Events

Choosing your wedding vendors

Lastly, a quick word to all you fun couples who are scrolling through IG looking for their dream wedding vendors. Do try to find someone who is well traveled and has some experience with destination weddings, especially when it comes to your wedding planner. The reason I say this is because a lot of your vendors (both local and destination) will be asking your planner ALL SORTS of questions and he/she need to have enough knowledge to advise you properly.

 

So I hope this didn't scare you off from becoming a destination wedding vendor but I do hope it made you re-think a few things, including your pricing structure. You are SO worth the knowledge and expertise you bring to your clients' destination wedding. Charge your worth, friend!

Photos by Laura Goldenberger

January 29, 2018 - 15 comments

The Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat in New Orleans

Last week, myself and over 100 other amazing entrepreneurs and small business owners gathered at the Portchartrain Hotel in New Orleans for the annual Rising Tide Society Leaders Retreat. The retreat was both inspirational and motivating. It was an incredible feeling to be in a room with hundreds of go-getters and talented people. During the retreat down-time, fellow leaders Lauren, Lara and I tried to see as much as New Orleans as we could in just a few hours.

Exploring New Orleans

Rising tide Society Leaders Retreat in New Orleans.

Horse carriages in New Orleans right before Mardi Gras

Lara Gabrielson Arizona Photographer in New Orleans

Best place for beignets

You can't visit NOLA without eating a million beignets and tasting the infamous chicory coffee at Cafe du Monde. Since both Lauren and Lara are photographers, I couldn't resist posing for a few photos in front of some of the traditional New Orleans houses. Some of these houses were getting ready for Mardi Gras which starts this week!

Chicory coffee is New Orleans at Cafe du Monde

Beignets from Cafe du Monde in New Orleans with powdered sugar

Arizona photographer Lara Gabrielson posing in New Orleans

Gabrielle Norton posing in front of pink house in New Orleans with green smoothie

Although we only spent about 48 hours in beautiful New Orleans, we got to see some of the key parts of this city. I'm really looking forward to going back checking out the local wedding venues like, Race & Religious which I have been DYING to visit! What else should we see on our next visit there?

Photographer Lauren Renee

 

April 18, 2017 - 6 comments

Top 4 Venues for Adventurous Weddings

If you've browsed through our website, you may have noticed that Adventurous Weddings are kind of our jam. I didn't set out to specialize in this type of wedding but holy smokes do I love it! A whole weekend of music, food and nature? Sign me up! So, if you're just starting your search for an Adventurous Style Wedding venue, I have a few places in mind that you might like to check out.

1.Moab Under Canvas, Utah

best desert wedding venue moab under canvas utah

A gateway to two stunning National Parks, Moab Under Canvas offers the perfect mix of wilderness and comfort. Your guests can venture to Canyonlands National Park for the euphoric, top-of-the-world sensation and can come back to their cushy teepee for the ultimate glamping experience.

Pros:

  • You can have a multiple-day wedding/event
  • Bring in your own vendors
  • Accommodates 120+ guests on-site
  • Tons of daytime activities near by
  • Breathtaking views and natural beauty
  • No curfew
  • Cleaning staff on-site for tents/teepees

Challenges:

  • Very limited power and lighting (requires generator rental)
  • Limited cell service (I use radios for this venue)
  • Must bring in all rentals (tables, chairs, lighting, bar, etc.)
  • Set Up is logistically hard - PLEASE hire a Wedding Planner!
  • It's a little far from airports and about a 13 hour drive from Los Angeles

bride and groom with succulent wall desert wedding at moab under canvas desert

(Photos by Laura Goldenberger Photography) See this full wedding featured on Green Wedding Shoes

2. RimRock Ranch, Joshua Tree, CA

RimRock Ranch is where I got married in September 2017! The reason I chose this venue is because we can have it for 3 days, it's next to Joshua Tree National Park, our pups can attend and it has a few airports nearby. The sunrises and sunsets are incredible and I barely need any decor items because of the natural beauty and cool eclectic decor in this space.

joshua tree wedding venue desert rimrock ranch

Pros:

  • Can have multiple-day events
  • Rad owners - Gwen and Eric
  • Accommodations for 22 people
  • Tons of AirBnBs nearby
  • BYOV (bring your own vendors)
  • Dog-friendly
  • Near Pappy & Harriet's music venue

Challenges:

  • Caterer must be self-sufficient (food trucks are ideal)
  • Can get very hot - rent some parasols!
  • Requires a little more planning logistically
  • Rentals required

Boho wedding at Rimrock Ranch for two brides. Wicker chargers, blush goblet on long wood tables

(Photos by Amelia Lavoie)

3. Kiva Koffeehouse, Utah

Nestled in beautiful Escalante, Utah you'll find this friendly neighborhood Coffee Shop called Kiva Koffeehouse. Known for their homemade soups, fresh bread and hot coffee , they also offer their space for small, intimate weddings.

Intimate wedding set up inside the Kiva Koffeehouse in Escalante Utah.

Pros:

  • Very flexible and easy to work with - family-run
  • Access to their tables and chairs (cafe style)
  • On-site catering provided
  • Can bring in your own teepee for decor

Challenges:

  • Only two cottages available on-site
  • Rental can only start after 6pm (when the cafe closes)

No pets allowed

Bride and groom sitting outside the Kiva Koffeehouse on cute chairs they brought in as part of the wedding decor

(Photos by The Hendrys)

4. Black Rock Desert, Nevada

This location is way out there and not for the faint of heart. It will require a lot of imagination, money and patience but it will be SO worth it. We had the honor of planning a wedding on The Playa where the famous Burning Man festival happens every year and it was the wildest wedding ride we've ever been on!

Burning Man wedding on the Playa in Black Rock Desert

Pros:

  • Blank canvas
  • No curfew
  • Epic scenery
  • Extremely unique
  • BYO vendors

Challenges:

  • Requires permitting
  • Need to bring everything in (power, water, restrooms, lighting...)
  • Vendors come from further away which means a higher delivery fee
  • Weather can be unpredictable

Bride in Rue de Seine gown with bouquet with feathers walking down the aisle in front of teepee. Burning man wedding on the playa

(Photos by Melissa Gayle Photography)

There you have it friends, our top 4 favorite adventurous wedding venues! We hope these inspire you to get adventurous and find a unique spot surrounded by nature for your wedding. Need help planning? HOLLER at us!

November 14, 2016 - 9 comments

BTS Desert Sunrise Shoot

Joshua Tree photoshoot

November has just been full of adventure! From visiting my brother in Stillwater, Oklahoma for Homecoming to a girls' weekend getaway in Palm Springs, I just can't get enough! One of my favorite adventures happened last week when myself and a few other #bossladies headed to Rim Rock Ranch for some SkipBo and wine...oh yeah and a really cool sunrise styled shoot. Here are a few iPhone sneak peek photos.

Behind the Scenes Joshua Tree Wedding Planner

Bohemian bride at Rim Rock Ranch Joshua Tree

Photoshoot with bohemian bride in Joshua Tree

Wedding at Rim Rock Ranch Joshua Tree

Wedding at Rimrock Ranch Pioneertown

And now for a very special treat from one of my favorite videographers, Wandering Study. Click on the photo below to see a few magical seconds of the sun rising over the desert!

wedding ceremony set up at Rimrock Ranch Joshua Tree

Don't worry, we always make sure to play as hard as we work too. We spent a couple of hours exploring Pioneertown, enjoyed a hearty lunch at Papi's & Harriet's and took the obligatory "Face in the Hole" photo!

behind the scenes in pioneertown

Can't wait to share the REAL photos with you soon!

Venue Rim Rock Ranch // Photographer Red Anchor Photography // Videographer Wandering Study // Design + Styling by Us // Hair + Makeup Makeup by Emerald // Dress Dreamers and Lovers // Florals Flower Duet // Accessories Styled by TC // Arch BlueFish Event Rentals