This Kansas City Wedding at Californos is Modern DIY Magic

May 24, 2018 | juliette

Emily and Alex own the Gaston Made home goods business so, naturally, they made nearly every detail of their wedding at Californos — spoiler alert: it’s all magical! Although they live in Dallas, they traveled back to their hometown of Kansas City to have their wedding in the neighborhood where they first confessed their love to each other. The upscale bistro offered a cozy outdoor ceremony space and an industrial vibe for the reception, which worked perfectly for their modern design. To round out their DIY work, they brought in their talented friends Erin Walsh to design the florals and The Color Condition to create the most stunning streamer installation for their reception. Needless to say, you’re going to want to pin every adorable wood planter, every geometric accent, and every upcycled candle holder that Lindsey Baker Photography captured because the artistry and creativity in this wedding are out of control!

The Couple:

Emily and Alex

The Wedding:

Californos, Kansas City, Missouri

We live in Dallas but decided to have our wedding back home in Kansas City, so we needed an all-inclusive venue to keep the long-distance planning simple. Californos provided the ceremony and reception space, the bar, the food, and an onsite planner. It also happened to be in the neighborhood where we first told each other we loved each other, so literally, every box was checked.

From the groom: The most memorable moment for me was, hands down, seeing Emily for the first time. We had been apart all day and it wasn’t until we were together that everything felt real. All my worries went away because I knew I was doing this with her, and there was no one else I’d rather be with for the rest of my life.

From the bride: Walking down the aisle with my Dad was the time-stopping moment for me. It was like the whole world turned down to a slow spin as the day unfolded before me. I saw every single person we loved and shared our lives with looking back at me. I saw all of the little things come together, and I saw Alex and Artie (our pup) standing at the altar. I just kept thinking, this is magic, this is pure life and love and magic and I will never ever forget this moment.

Advice from the groom: Decision fatigue is a real thing. Sometimes you just have to close your eyes, point, and let fate decide.

Advice from the bride: Keep a healthy perspective. Talk with your partner and promise to support each other in this one fundamental principle before you start planning. It’s so easy to get swept away in all the decisions, believing each one is the most important one you’ll ever make. Putting that kind of pressure on yourself is crazy! It’s vital to remember that it’s just one day, and ultimately it’s what happens after the wedding that you should be most excited about.

We DIY-ed everything. We run a small business making home goods (complete with a fully stocked woodshop and studio) and are blessed to have a talented group of friends. We couldn’t justify buying anything we could make ourselves! We crafted all the centerpieces and favors and tapped friends to do the flowers and reception decor.

Processional – “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses
Recessional – “Love You Madly” by Cake
First Dance – “Weathered” by Jack Garratt

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Lindsey Baker Photography
Event Planning, Decor, and Favors – Gaston Made
Venue – Californos
Floral Design – Erin Walsh
Reception Streamers – The Color Condition
Cake – Californos
DJ – Martin Bush
Wedding Dress – BRIDE
Groomsmen’s Apparel – The Black Tux


Congratulations to Emily and Alex, and a special thanks to Junebug member Lindsey Baker Photography for sharing this phenomenal Californos wedding with us! Love the idea of getting married at a restaurant? Then you’ve got to see this modern chic NYC wedding at PUBLIC Restaurant!

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2018 Groom Style Trends

May 23, 2018 | nicole

After sharing our favorite 2018 bridal trends we thought, why should girls have all the fun? With so many amazing groom suits, groom tuxedoes, and ties available, there’s no reason men’s wedding day attire should be boring! To help upcoming grooms spice up their look, we’ve rounded up our favorite 2018 groom style trends and there’s no shortage of color, pattern or style!

Blush Groom Suits

photo by Jordan Voth; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Peyton Rainey Photography

photo by Lott’s, groomwear by L’atelier Amsterdam; see more from this wedding here!



Two-Tone Tuxedo Jackets

photo by Miks Sels Photography, groomswear by Lucia Rocio, floral design by Feja; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Heirlume Photography, groomswear by TopShop, floral design by Birch & Bone; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Alexandria Monette Photography, groomswear by The Black Tux, floral design by California & Florist; see more from this wedding here!



’70s-Inspired Ties

photo by Lindsey Paradiso Photography, groomswear by Men’s Wearhouse; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Misty McClendon Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Shanna M. Photography, groomswear by Blank Label, floral design by Compass Rose Floral; see more from this wedding here!



Earth Tones

photo by Kartsie Photography; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Tricia Victoria & Co. Photography and Nathan Walker Photography, groomswear by SUITS by Curtis Eliot; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Matt Lien, groomswear by ASOS; see more from this wedding here!



Tropical Details

photo by Paulina Weddings, groomswear by Neck & Tie Co; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Heirlume Photography, groomswear by TopShop, floral design by Birch & Bone; see more from this wedding here!

photo by Lisa Woods Photography; see more from this wedding here!



Looking for more ideas for your 2018 groom style? Check out these great looking grooms!

2017 Fall Wedding Trends for Men

33 Times Patterned Groomswear Stole the Show + Styles You Can Shop

Patterned Ties for Every Groom Style

Unique Groom Style Ideas for Well-Dressed Guys

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Earthy Boho Riverwood Mansion Wedding in Nashville, TN

May 23, 2018 | juliette

With a wedding planner bride and Cody & Allison Photography capturing every moment, it’s no wonder this Riverwood Mansion wedding immediately captured our hearts! Jacey and Dylan chose a classic autumnal color palette and a variety of textures, such as wood, slate, marble, and gemstones, to evoke an earthy elegance that looked perfectly intentional yet totally effortless. The organic floral design was one of the highlights of the day, featuring vibrant orange blooms mixed with neutral berries inside lush greenery. Jacey even took the mismatched bridesmaids trend to another level by letting each bridesmaid not only choose her own vintage-inspired dress but also create her own bouquet. Altogether, the details were visually captivating, but none so much as Jacey’s boho-glam bridal look, which featured a stunning Rue De Seine cut-out lace gown, bold makeup, and striking protea bouquet.

The Couple:

Jacey and Dylan

The Wedding:

Riverwood Mansion, Nashville, Tennessee

Our best advice is to create the wedding you envision as a couple! Just because everyone else is doing something doesn’t mean you have to do it. Your wedding is just that, yours! And it is important that you create the vibe and details that the two of you want as a couple. Also, trust your team. Especially the vendors, family, and friends you have chosen to be apart of your big day. You chose them for a reason, and it is important that you put trust in them to help you!

Our floral was a collaboration project. It was somewhat DIY with a lot of help from my talented friend, Cameron Creasy! My mom and I bought all the floral wholesale at Import Flowers in Nashville. We honestly walked in and started filling buckets with anything we thought looked pretty. It was so much fun, and truly helped give us a better visual of all the colors!

The bridesmaids created all of their own bouquets. I wanted them to have fun with it. They ended up going with a very organic bouquet and it was perfect. Cameron pretty much did everything else from the boutonnieres to the reception tables and the ceremony backdrop. I gave him an idea of the design I wanted, and he captured every detail perfectly. He really understood our love for natural elements!

With Jacey being a wedding planner and event director, she had worked a hundred or so weddings prior to our own. With this being so, we wanted our ceremony to be different than that of others she had seen while still being unique to ourselves. We decided to go non-traditional, which allowed us to create a ceremony that best showcased our personalities and who we are as a couple. We knew we wanted to write our own vows, and we wanted our officiant to be someone articulate and entertaining who could relay our story to all of our guests. Which is why we chose one of our dear friends to officiant our wedding. He truly captured the story we wanted to tell better than we could’ve imagined.

We absolutely loved our photographers, Cody and Allison! Upon first meeting them for dinner and a puppy play date, we knew we would love them. They were able to make us feel so comfortable on our big day, and were just a joy to be around! We wouldn’t have wanted anyone else to capture our special day and are looking forward to our future puppy play dates with them! 

When selecting colors, we wanted to choose shades that were timeless while also representing us and the things we love. We both love the color green, especially darker shades like hunter and olive, so we knew green would be one of our main colors. Other than that our palette consisted of neutral, earthy tones. Essentially any color you’d see outside on a fall day belonged in our color palette. We included a lot of natural elements like wood, slate, marble, and gemstones for decor and accent pieces. It really helped to bring the whole style of the wedding together.

Dancing with our closest friends and our lovely family was the most memorable moment of the day! We absolutely love to dance! Even though we surely make fools of ourselves we know how to let loose and boogie! We danced all night to Motown and rat-pack style music. There was no better way to end the night than dancing the night away, being surrounded by so much love and happiness! Grandparents, parents, nephews, nieces, you name whoever and they were getting down! Everyone had an absolute blast. Grandmother almost broke into tears as we had to drag her away from the dance floor when the night ended. I know we definitely didn’t want the celebration to end! 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Cody & Allison Photography
Venue – Riverwood Mansion
Catering and Cake – 8 Lavender Lane
DJ – DJ Chris Faulk
Live Music – Wedding Musicians Company
Stationery – Minted
Makeup Artist and Hair Styling – Chelsea Rotella
Wedding Dress – Rue De Seine via The Dress Theory Nashville
Rings – Jared and Rustic and Main
Rentals – Grand Central Party Rental
Favors – 8 Lavender Lane


Congratulations to Jacey and Dylan, and a huge shoutout to Junebug member Cody & Allison Photography for sharing this Riverwood Mansion wedding with us! Want to see more from this talented team? This Ace Hotel Palm Springs wedding gives us retro California vibes!

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