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Surprise Greenhouse Proposal

Photos By: Simply Rosie

What better way to sweeten up your Thursday than with a surprise proposal? Simply Rosie recently photographed her own niece’s carefully coordinated proposal to beau Connor, and we’re thrilled to see that everything went off without a hitch. Side note, how amazing is that botanical book page backdrop?!

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From the photographer, Rosie: Connor and Jewel have been in a long distance relationship for a few years now. Connor lives in Texas, Jewel lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They met at a Bible camp where they both served as counselors! Connor emailed me asking to help organize a surprise visit and wanted me to be there with the camera. He also informed me he’d be asking her to marry him! Since Jewel is my niece, I jumped on board and started planning a Sugar Blossom Design shoot with Kelli, and we asked Jewel to model. She was not expecting to see Connor till the following month when she would be visiting him in Texas.

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peony bouquets - photo by Simply Rosie http://ruffledblog.com/surprise-greenhouse-proposal

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surprise greenhouse proposal - photo by Simply Rosie http://ruffledblog.com/surprise-greenhouse-proposal

surprise proposal - photo by Simply Rosie http://ruffledblog.com/surprise-greenhouse-proposal

surprise greenhouse proposal - photo by Simply Rosie http://ruffledblog.com/surprise-greenhouse-proposal

surprise greenhouse proposal - photo by Simply Rosie http://ruffledblog.com/surprise-greenhouse-proposal

surprise greenhouse proposal - photo by Simply Rosie http://ruffledblog.com/surprise-greenhouse-proposal

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Since it was still chilly outside, we met at a greenhouse and set up for the shoot. A very unsuspecting Jewel and her sister arrived to model. Everything played out perfectly and as Jewel was faced the other direction while I was shooting her and some flowers, Connor entered the greenhouse. I believe the pictures tell the rest of the story better then words can! He went down on one knee after the initial shock of him being there, tears and lots of laughter, and a definite YES from Jewel followed! Well done Connor! They are planning a wedding for this August here in Manitoba.

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surprise greenhouse proposal - photo by Simply Rosie http://ruffledblog.com/surprise-greenhouse-proposal

engagement rings - photo by Simply Rosie http://ruffledblog.com/surprise-greenhouse-proposal

botanical photo backdrops - photo by Simply Rosie http://ruffledblog.com/surprise-greenhouse-proposal

engagement session - photo by Simply Rosie http://ruffledblog.com/surprise-greenhouse-proposal

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Shoot Location: Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, Canada / Photographer: Simply Rosie / Planning, Design, and Jewelry: Sugar Blossom Design / Floral Arrangements: Academy Florist / Venue: Jeffries Nurseries

Melbourne Town Hall Wedding

Photos By: Louisa Bailey

Whenever Louisa Bailey and Cecilia Fox combine forces for a wedding, we know we’re in for a treat. Erin and Chris’ wedding was personal, intimate, filled with gorgeous flowers, and bucked tradition in the best ways possible. Can you believe how gorgeous these poppy bouquets are?

Melbourne Town Hall wedding - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

From the bride, Erin: It was really important to Chris and I to make the day really inclusive for everybody that was there. It was for this reason we didn’t want to have a big guest list or formal bridal party and do a lot of the more “traditional” things that can sometimes make a wedding feel more like a performance than a celebration. We wanted our ceremony to just flow into the rest of our day and immediately be celebrating with all of our friends straight after rather than leaving to do photos. We wanted the whole day to feel intimate and let our guests know how important they all were to us.

wedding first looks - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

wedding first looks - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

bridesmaid bouquets - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

orange bridesmaid dress - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

summer floral arrangements - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

unique wedding portrait - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

wedding portraits - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

Chris and I got married on our anniversary, which made it a winter wedding. As it was towards the end of winter we tried to incorporate a concept of “winter coming into spring,” with colourful spring blooms and fresh fruit popping against the cozy wintery feel of Hare & Grace. Melanie from Cecilia Fox was amazing and I really let her do her thing, she is so talented and I was astonished at how beautiful everything was on the day. Chris and I wanted a really cozy, intimate venue and the quality of food and drinks were paramount! As soon as we found Hare & Grace we knew it was perfect. Jess and her team were so helpful in making sure everything was just right and were happy to accommodate any requests we had. We had rave reviews on the food – and rightly so!

Melbourne Town Hall wedding - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

wedding portraits - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

bridal processional - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

The best moment for me was when Chris and I got our first look together in the Botanic Gardens. After a bit of a stressful morning apart, the relief we both felt once we saw each other was enormous. It felt like “Oh, now you’re here I can handle everything, we can handle everything together.” Having the time together before the I Do’s was amazing, everybody should do it. In lieu of Bonbonierres (which can often be something the guests will throw out not long after), Chris and I made a donation to the Cancer Council who kindly provided us with daffodil pins for all our guests. We pinned them to the name cards on the tables. It was nice to know that we had helped a charity very close to our hearts and also special to us personally as our relationship started at a Cancer Council fundraiser event!

summer wedding receptions - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

summer tablescapes - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

Melbourne Town Hall wedding - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

summer wedding centerpieces - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I really wanted to savour the experience of the day and have the focus be on our guests. I committed to not doing any DIY (except the name cards!) as I had learnt from our engagement party that it is quite stressful. We made sure to select vendors who we totally trusted, with a body of work we loved and just let them do what they do best. I think some of the best advice we were given is to take some time with each other, really appreciate what you are doing. Even if it’s for 30 seconds and it’s just the two of you sitting in silence – take those moments whenever you can. The day goes by so fast and at the end of it, the whole thing is simply about the two of you saying “we are going to be together forever.” Nothing else matters more than that.

fruit centerpieces - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

ombre fruit centerpieces - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

wedding guestbook ideas - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

newlyweds dancing - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding

guestbook signing - photo by Louisa Bailey http://ruffledblog.com/melbourne-town-hall-wedding


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Wedding Location: Melbourne, VIC, Australia / Photographer: Louisa Bailey / Event Planning, Styling, and Floral Design: Cecilia Fox / Ceremony Venue: Melbourne Town Hall / Reception Venue and Caterer: Hare & Grace / Wedding Dress: Lisa Ho / Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair: Wendy Bunnett /hair / Makeup: Ashleigh Gaitz / Bridesmaid Dress: Carla Zampatti / Suits: Rhodes & Beckett / Groom’s Shoes: Loake Shoemakers / Cheese Cake: Calendar Cheese Co / Band: The White Tree Band / Celebrant: Jason Tuazon-McCheyne / Stationery: Puddleduck Paper Co






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Tuscany Inspired Wedding Ideas

Photos By: Starfish Studios

While a trip to Tuscany may not be in the budget right now, who says we can’t enjoy its effortless aesthetic by way of a charming styled shoot? Starfish Studios, Oscar Herrera Vintage Floral Design, and Unearthed Vintage of Florida recently collaborated on this sunny shoot heavy on Italian inspiration and gorgeous ideas for you to ooh and ahh over.

Tuscany inspired wedding ideas - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

From the photographer, Starfish Studios: Whenever I picture a dream destination wedding, the first picture that pops into my mind is Tuscany. Since a trip to Tuscany was not in the cards, we brought Tuscany to us in the Redlands in South Florida. The gorgeous venue, Estancia Culinaria has all of the elements of what you would find in Tuscany. The golden light, gorgeous trees and the fragrant air. Katie from Unearthed Vintage wanted to enhance that by adding a stylish homage like a gelato bar and other amazing vintage finds.

Tuscany inspired wedding ideas - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

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hand lettered invitations - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

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wedding paper goods - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

bride and groom - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

Tuscany inspired wedding ideas - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

Tuscany inspired wedding ideas - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

The flowers and color choice of rose and blush pinks from Oscar Herrera Floral Design worked perfectly alongside the woods, gold and rust that were featured throughout the shoot. Janderyn from Earth and Sugar encompassed the feeling of the inspirational shoot into a four tier cake with gold foil and beautiful sugar flowers. Our beautiful bride was dressed in a soft romantic gown from Sasha’s Bridal Boutique. The gorgeous light and the feeling of Tuscany was brought to life through the camera lens of Dan from Starfish Studios.

Tuscany inspired wedding ideas - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

tuscany wedding ideas - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

gelato bar - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

rustic place setting - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

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cake tables - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas

peach gold cakes - photo by Starfish Studios http://ruffledblog.com/tuscany-inspired-wedding-ideas


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Shoot Location: Redland, FL / Photographer: Starfish Studios / Floral Design: Oscar Herrera Vintage Floral Design / Vintage Rentals and Styling: Unearthed Vintage / Venue: Estancia Culinaria / Wedding Dress: Sasha’s Bridal Boutique / Hair: Kristen Russel (hairbykristen @ live.com) / Makeup: Ninfa Domenique Makeup Artist / Wedding Cake and Desserts: Earth and Sugar / Stationery, Menus, Art and Calligraphy: Shannon Kirsten

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