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Minimalistic Wedding Jewelry From GLDN That You’ll Want To Rewear

July 7, 2022 | riley

So you’ve found your dream dress, survived months of planning, and now the big day is quickly approaching. It’s finally time to start thinking about those finishing touches that will make your wedding look perfect–like accessories. If you’re looking for elegant but minimalistic wedding jewelry that you can rewear after your special day, you’re in luck. GLDN has created timeless pieces that are affordable, meaningful, and easy to style.

Elegant Minimalistic Wedding Jewelry

When most people shop for wedding jewelry, they aren’t thinking beyond their wedding day. They choose pieces that will most likely never be worn again–or at least only on special occasions. But we’re firm believers that your wedding accessories should stand the test of time. You should choose pieces that speak to your personal style and fit with your everyday wardrobe.  GLDN’s new bridal line is just that. From earrings to necklaces to rings, you can create a cohesive head-to-toe wedding day look with jewelry you’ll want to wear time and time again.

Bridal Earrings

Wearing your hair in an updo and want a small earring that will stand out without weighing you down? Try out their double pearl Sequana drop chain earrings. If you’re looking for something that you can add to your everyday stack, opt for the delicate Davina link earrings. 

Bridal Necklaces

Necklaces are one of the easiest ways to add personalization to your special day. Every GLDN customized piece is handmade and engraved to order. Whether it’s the initials of your significant other on the Micro Heart Locket or the Flora pendant with florals that match your bouquet, every time that you put the necklace on, you’ll be reminded of one of the most magical days of your life. 

Bridal Bracelets

No matter what you’re wearing on your wedding day–whether it be a ballgown, form-fitting fit-and-flare, or a pantsuit–a dainty bracelet is an easy accessory to add for a sophisticated touch. Much like the necklaces, you can customize the look with the Basquiat Bar bracelet. Add your wedding date, which will make for beautiful close-up photos with your bouquet. 

Bridal Rings

Your wedding ring is arguably the most important piece of jewelry you will ever own. But you don’t have to leave your other fingers bare on your wedding day. From super dainty stackable pieces to bold floral bands, GLDN offers a huge variety of rings you’ll never want to take off. They even have affordable handmade wedding band options for couples to choose from, too. 

Treat Your Bridesmaids

Still looking for a wedding party gift? Consider getting your bridesmaids matching GLDN jewelry to coordinate with your own.  Your bridesmaids will love both the thought behind it and the functionality. And every time they wear their pieces, they’ll be reminded of just how much they enjoyed your special day.

Ready To Shop For Your Own Minimalistic Wedding Jewelry From GLDN?

GLDN’s wide variety of classic, elegant styles is perfect for your special day and days beyond. To create a cohesive look that won’t break the bank, head to GLDN and shop their beautiful new bridal line.

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Chic Four Seasons Los Angeles Wedding

July 6, 2022 | justine

After seven years of dating, building a thriving business together, and an elaborate surprise proposal, Gretchen and Megan finally tied the knot after having to postpone their wedding plans due to the pandemic. It was a long three-year wait for the pair, but it was definitely worth it. A classic black and white color palette with pops of gold, sleek decor, and two show-stopping outfit changes—the pair wanted a black-tie meets Met Gala aesthetic, and they absolutely nailed it! With the help of their planner Abby and Caroline Events, every moment of their Four Seasons Los Angeles wedding was unique to them and perfectly aligned with their vision. 

Tucked away in an exclusive landscaped area of the hotel under towering palm trees and the golden California sun, the pair exchanged heartfelt vows in a private garden ceremony. Lush florals behind the last row of chairs made a romantic first impression, while a minimal candle-lined aisle drew the eye straight to the white floral installation adorning the black arch. Kicking off their reception in an epic way, the couple was then escorted by the Aqualillies in gold leotards carrying black parasols. White florals, candles in glass cylinders, and gold flatware popped against black linen, giving a modern edge to their elegant reception. 

In addition to the stunning details, the brides’ stylish complementing attire stole the show. Gretchen’s two-piece ensemble was a work of art, while Megan’s plunge gown with a feather hem brought the old Hollywood glamour. The pair later changed into sparkly mini-dresses, perfect for their fun after-party. Every single element was unique and meaningful to the couple– from incorporating butterflies into their celebration to the late-night In-N-Out burgers. Scroll through these beautiful photos captured by John & Joseph Photography and learn more about their incredible wedding story. 

The Couple:

Gretchen and Megan

The Wedding:

Four Seasons Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States

Why A Four Seasons Los Angeles Wedding

We have always had a special connection with our venue, and if you have ever been to a Four Seasons property, they always make you feel like you are family. We quite literally married the two. We wanted all our guests to feel the magic as well.

A Mishap With The Ceremony Altar

Our ceremony altar did not arrive until moments before our ceremony. It was placed on the wrong delivery truck that took it out to the Valley. If you know anything about traffic in LA on a Friday evening, it is truly a miracle the altar even arrived at our venue. Chelsea from Rolling Hills Flower Mart and her team decorated the altar minutes before our ceremony started. We had no idea at the time what was happening, which shows how professional her team is and how they can work under enormous pressure to complete a flower design.

Saying Their Vows To Each Other Was The Most Memorable Moment Of Their Wedding Day

The most memorable part of the day was saying my vows to Gretchen. I did a lot of prep for this moment and took my time to thoughtfully curate what ten years of our relationship have meant to me. I also loved hearing Gretchen’s vows. I loved that we wrote our own and put our own individual styles on them. It felt really special to read these out loud in front of our friends and family. 

Personalizing Their Ceremony By Putting Their Own Twist On Traditional Elements

To kick off the evening, we offered pre-ceremony champagne and Arnold Palmer’s to our guests as they arrived. We customized every aspect of our ceremony. We had one of our best friend’s officiate the wedding, Sheera Goren. She had us individually fill out a detailed questionnaire early in the wedding process, which she used to create her monologue and structure of the ceremony. We wanted the ceremony to have some traditional aspects but with our own twist. We had our friend and mentor Angela Manuel Davis deliver a blessing during the ceremony and wrote our own vows. We released 15 dozen live butterflies after we said I do. We love the symbolism of butterflies. We joke that my wife, Gretchen, is the butterfly whisperer because they seem to land on her daily. We loved how we incorporated them throughout the wedding story, from the butterfly stamps on our formal wedding invitations to our custom butterfly escort display wall

They Made Their Wedding Day 100% About Them And Their Love Story

Megan: I am most proud that we stayed 100% true to ourselves and us as a couple. We didn’t let any outside voices pressure us into doing things super traditionally, and I loved that we put our own twist on everything. Our wedding absolutely felt like Gretchen and Megan. 
Gretchen: I am most proud of how we integrated our personalities individually and together in the design and execution of our big day. It was a profound moment for me when all the elements came together, and we were actually getting married. It was so much fun and felt just as I imagined it would. 

Wedding Planning Advice: Don’t Worry About Following Tradition, Choose What’s Important For You And Your Partner

Gretchen: It is ok to do things your way. We were 100% true to ourselves and didn’t let anyone tell us how to feel about wedding planning. We also weren’t married to wedding trends. We brought back the sweetheart table because we didn’t want to sit with anyone else. Whatever you choose or don’t, do it for you and your partner.
Megan: Spend your money and your time in the places that will be the most impactful. We knew we would be there most of the time, so we wanted to make sure a lot of the experiences happened here.

Creative And Fun Ways They Entertained Their Guests

We surprised everyone with a performance by the Aqualillies after the ceremony. We were not the type of couple to do a full-on first dance, but we surprised everyone again when the Aqualillies escorted us into the ballroom for our grand entrance. We did a quick little twirl and invited all our guests to meet us on the dance floor. It was such a fun, unique activation to get the party started. We did a second entrance in our party dresses with bottle boys carrying Don Julio 1942 (Gretchen’s brother and our friend Kevin). To be extra over the top, we entered to non-heated firework sparklers and had a bar cart of tequila watermelon shooters brought out to guests on the dance floor. It was lit! 

The Wedding Team:

Photography – John & Joseph
Event Planning – Abby and Caroline Events
Venue + Catering – Four Seasons Los Angeles
Floral Design – Rolling Hills Flower Mart
Cake – The Butter End
DJ + MC –  Vox DJs
Live Music – De Bois Entertainment 
Performers – The Aqualilies
Videography – John & Joseph
Invitation Design – Emily J. Snyder
Hair & Makeup Artist – Trace Watkins
Wedding Attire – Naeem Khan + Toni Maticevski
Bridal Stylist –  The Bold & Bridal
Rings – Happy Jeweler
Rentals – Theoni Collection

 

Congratulations to Megan and Gretchen on their chic Four Seasons Los Angeles wedding. And big thanks to John & Joseph Photography for capturing the love and excitement on the happiest day of their lives.

One of the best things about an LGBTQ+ wedding like this one is that you can reinvent traditions so you can make your big day truly your own. From putting a modern spin to the ceremony or adding an element of surprise during the reception, your wedding should ultimately reflect your and your partner’s personality and relationship.

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Intimate and Intentional Hurricane Ridge Wedding

July 4, 2022 | justine

When the pandemic hit, a lot of couples had to pivot and adjust their plans—but not Sarah and Justin. This couple wanted to tie the knot in 2021, and pushing through with their wedding wasn’t an easy decision to arrive at. Fully embracing their wedding journey despite the challenges, the couple pulled off an unforgettable and stunning celebration. Their Hurricane Ridge wedding is proof that all you need is an epic location, jaw-dropping views, and your closest loved ones to create the perfect wedding experience. 

On a cliff overlooking the ocean, the pair had the sweetest first look—what a beautiful way to start the day. After spending some alone time, the couple and their guests headed to Hurricane Ridge for their intimate ceremony. Surrounded by evergreen trees, misty fog, and mountains disappearing into the clouds, the couple exchanged vows against this magical backdrop with their loved ones and beloved dog as witness. Although their celebration was small, they put so much thought into every detail.

From the mobile drink bar and a neon sign to the stunning tablescape of muted floral clusters, rattan petal chargers, and gilded accents—the couple transformed their parents’ backyard into a cozy and whimsical reception venue. And in a picture-perfect moment to end their big day, the couple and their guests danced the night away under twinkling string lights. Everything about their wedding was intentional and full of love, and these gorgeous images by Northwest Focus Co. tell the full story of their special day.

Photographer and Junebug Member Northwest Focus Co.’s Insights On This Hurricane Ridge Wedding

Sarah and Justin thought of everything. When it came to the details, it was just flawless. They also had this reception at their family’s backyard and executed it so well that it looked like a full-on venue. I think it’s the perfect example of having an intimate wedding without skimping on anything you want. Even though it wasn’t a huge wedding, it felt very well done and showcased these two in the most stunning way.

The Couple:

Sarah and Justin

The Wedding:

Olympic National Park, Washington, United States

Family And Friends Made Their Celebration So Special

Having all our closest family and friends together made our day so special. Justin is from Tennessee, so much of his family flew up to celebrate with us. We had family and friends from all over the country—we felt so loved.

Advice From The Newlyweds: Enjoy Every Moment Of Your Big Day

It will go so quick and little things leading up to the big day might overwhelm you or stress you out, but what you have to remember is at the end of the day, regardless of if the linens are slightly off or it sprinkles rain, you get to marry your best friend and truly nothing else matters. Have fun, dance, eat, drink, and laugh! 

How The Couple Decided To Have Hurricane Ridge Wedding

We got engaged in February 2020, right before COVID hit. Our wedding planning was a little unique, as many couples experienced that year. We knew we wanted to get married in 2021 regardless of regulations or the number of guests who could attend. We looked at one venue and added all the costs—it wasn’t what we had envisioned. Scenery was super important to us, so we decided to get married on top of Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park with 38 of our closest family and friends. We then had our reception in my parents’ backyard in Sequim for 90 people. We wouldn’t have changed anything about it. It was so special to us.

A Meaningful And Thoughtful Gift From The Bride To Honor The Memory Of The Groom’s Mom

Justin’s mom passed away when he was really young. I knew I wanted to do something for the wedding to honor her and also respect him by not doing anything publicly to make him sad. He has always had a special connection to the stars. The night we got engaged, he saw a shooting star right afterward, and he told me he knew that was his mom’s way of blessing him. My gift to him was that I purchased and registered a star in his mom’s name.

Personal Touches They Added To Their Celebration

There were two things I knew I wanted—long dark wood farm tables and a pearl veil. We also had personalized napkins made with our dog on them!

DIY Seating Chart, Individual “Jarcuterie” And Thrifted Details

We DIY’d our seating chart and my aunts all made the “jarcuterie” for the wedding day. We also thrifted all the frames, candlesticks, and other decor.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Northwest Focus Co.
Event Planning – Floreātis Events
Ceremony Venue – Hurricane Ridge
Floral Design – Blushing Blooms Creative
Catering – Ulivo Pizzeria
Bar Cart – Hitched Mobile Bar
Cake – That Takes The Cake
Invitation Design – The Lettering Bee Co.
Makeup Artist – Kayla Kollection
Hair Styling – ChicStyles by Monique
Wedding Dress – Grace Loves Lace
Veil – BHLN
Bridesmaid Dresses – Show Me Your Mumu, Free People + Express
Groom’s Apparel – Indochino
Rentals – Olympic Farm Style Tables + BB Tabletop Rentals

 

Congratulations to Sarah and Justin on their intimate and intentional Hurricane Ridge wedding. And big thanks to photographer Northwest Focus Co. for beautifully capturing all the precious moments wedding planning couples want to use as inspiration.  

Sarah and Justin’s wedding proves that nature is the most stunning backdrop. Whether you’re looking for coastal views, a desert oasis, or snow-capped mountains, get inspired by these breathtaking national parks.

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