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Oh Maxit Flower Design, what you can do with flowers brings happy tears to our eyes. One look at the careful but relaxed blend of fuchsia, light pink, and peach blooms in this styled shoot, and we were completely smitten. Jackie Ray Photography worked her wonders behind the camera, providing us with this gorgeous eye candy!

Texas backyard wedding ideas - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

From the photographer, Jackie Ray Photography: Part of the styled shoot was inspired by a past bride and groom of mine. Their wedding was amazing, but their bride and groom portraits got rained out! So I contacted them and invited them to be our models for this styled shoot. Our location was at The Prairie by Rachel Ashwell, which was also the inspiration. We combined the natural and eclectic feel of shabby chic with the brides blush princess styled dress and groom’s classic tux. I loved to juxtapose these two styles because the formal attire balances with the weathered and natural elements of shabby chic.

black pink invitations - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

romantic wedding details - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

fuchsia bouquet flowers - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

groom looks - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

greenhouse portraits - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

wedding flowers - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

greenhouse wedding portraits - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

fuchsia centerpieces - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

Our detail inspirations were rose gold metallic, grey, whites, and creams, with a pop of a strong raspberry color. We gold leafed objects and used gold to accentuate the “formal” aspect of the shoot. The same rang true with the floral. Maria used leaves from her own garden coupled with peonies to create the formal combined with natural and eclectic. The cake is a white simple cake with a slight ribbed texture. There are small cracks in the icing to create that weathered effect. I loved the natural wooden candle holders! They really bring an earthy aspect to the tablescape.

bridal portraits - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

groom boutonnieres - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

pear place settings - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

boxed centerpieces - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

table number ideas - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

balloon wedding portraits - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

leafy boutonniere - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

pear place settings - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

fuchsia bouquets - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

Texas wedding ideas - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

wedding cakes - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas

Texas backyard wedding ideas - photo by Jackie Ray Photography http://ruffledblog.com/texas-backyard-wedding-ideas


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Shoot Location: Round Top, TX / Photographer: Jackie Ray Photography / Flowers: Maxit Flower Design / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals / Shoes: Michael Kors / Groom’s Tuxedo: Calvin Klein / Wedding Cake: Grandough Baking Co. / Champagne and Blush Wine Glasses: Anthropologie / Plates: Bed Bath & Beyond / Mr & Mrs Banner: Franny Chicago / Balloon Tassels: Pomsetc / Wooden Natural Candles: Nature Bound / Invitations: Julie Pelosi

Australian Polo Club Wedding

Photos By: Lara Hotz

Prepare yourself, dear readers, because you’re about to have your socks knocked off by this wedding at one of our new favorite venues, Sydney Polo Club, photographed by none other than Lara Hotz. Jam-packed with color, poms, amazing flowers from The Sisters, and a dress to die for, we guarantee you won’t be able to make it through without smiling from ear to ear!

Australian Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

From the couple, Gena and Tony: Our wedding was at the Sydney Polo Club, about an hour away from where we live. We wanted to have something a bit out of the ordinary (this can be hard with a big Jewish wedding but we knew we did not want a hotel reception room) and not expect people to have to travel too far. We had our ceremony and dance floor inside the barn on the farm and connected a marquee to the side where the guests were seated. The barn doors slid open to connect the two spaces. We wanted a relaxed feel while still observing the traditional side. We wanted it to be a little rustic, a little Mexican fiesta and a big colourful party. We didn’t have a colour scheme — rather every colour imaginable! If you would like a description it would have to be “a Mexican Fiesta in a barn.” We spent many hours making our own decorations, including: cutting & gluing 1200 coloured ribbons to make the chair decorations as well as emptying 60 cans of limited edition Andy Warhol Campbells soup cans to serve as flower holders for the table.

wedding flowers - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

unique boutonniere ideas - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

bride getting ready - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

Australian Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

pom pom bouquets - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

The first time Tony and I met, I wore a giant green crayon in my hair – it was a hairclip I had made at the time. We always refer to this moment and Tony says it was that crayon in my hair that caught his attention and thought, “Who is that girl with the green crayon.” I decided that as a surprise, I would make him, his groomsmen & his dad, a green crayon boutonniere. I made them out of resin and polished them so that they actually looked like a real shiny wax crayon. I then sent them to the florist with some brightly coloured baby pom poms and the result was amazing- the flower were perfect and the addition of the tiny pom poms tied in nicely with not only my head piece but the overall collection of colour and pom pom garlands around the barn. Not to forget the pom poms that were included in my bouquet!

colorful yarmulkes - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

colorful wedding decor - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

colorful ceremony decor - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

wedding processionals - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

wedding recessionals - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

The fabulous florists, ‘The Sisters’ created the most beautiful sculptural floral creations. I wanted to have a very low collection of flowers down the centre of the long tables as to not block off ones view. The florists did this beautifully and scattered the rest of my pom poms, a little bit of glitter confetti, candles and a few stems in bottles and Campbell soup cans to fill the space. We also decided to have some hanging flowers down the side of the marquee, as well as some floral garlands in the barn. It was all done so tastefully and I couldn’t have been happier. When I saw my bouquet on the morning of wedding I actually squealed with joy. It was perfect and contained every bold and bright flower I had wanted from chrysanthemums to tulips, dahlias and asters. Combined beautifully with the ribbons from the chair decorations tied into the bottom & some pom poms on wire popping out amongst the flowers. All in all, an explosion of colour, a fiesta of flowers!

confetti weddings - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

bride and groom - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

bridal portraits - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

hanging flower decorations - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

Australian Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

hanging flower displays - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

colorful centerpiece ideas - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

Australian Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t let the things you cannot control affect you! Like the rain! Often things end up being even more beautiful when you don’t plan it in your head. Although I had visualized walking out the barn and down the aisle onto the grass, having it inside because of the rain was truly gorgeous and intimate surrounded closely by everyone. The music was loud, the colourful ribbons and pom pom garlands were perfect set amongst the chandelier and together with chuppah (Jewish canopy under which we are married) it all resulted in a magical moment. Lastly, the day goes by so quickly so just take a deep breath and take in each moment as much as you can. All that planning, thinking, organising for your wedding day is part of the process too so enjoy the whole journey as much as you can. Try not to stress because its just one day and its a happy day. Just enjoy being in that beautiful dress, surrounded by your loved ones!

Australian Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

color filled receptions - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

couples dancing - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding

Australian Polo Club wedding - photo by Lara Hotz http://ruffledblog.com/australian-polo-club-wedding


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Wedding Music:
Our song was “Wait” by M83, a beautiful and tear jerking moment. It was so powerful and many people said it felt like a real live video clip. We chose not to have a first dance but rather we dedicated a song to my dad who passed away when I was younger. I have memories of him listening to “I Wonder” by Rodriguez and so we got the band to learn this song and invited everyone onto the dance floor to enjoy the moment together.

Wedding Location: Richmond, NSW, Australia / Photographer: Lara Hotz / Event Planning: Styled by Sting / Flowers: The Sisters / Venue: Sydney Polo Club / Wedding Dress and Veil: Jane Hill / Wedding Shoes: Ebony M / Pom-pom crown handmade with pom-poms from: iammie / Rings: King St Design, Amy Robson / Hair: Jessica Di Donato / Makeup: Cassie Mendoza-Jones / Groom’s Suit and Tie: P.Johnson / Groom’s Shoes: Clarks / Caterer: Amaze In Taste / Music: Furnace & The Fundamentals / Balloons: Bespoke Balloonery / Tissue Paper Garlands: Studio Mucci / Papel Picado: Vintagebabydoll / Stamps: Yellow Fish Paperie / Celebrant: Rabbi Ritchie Moss / Transportation: Kombi Style / Wedding Invitations: Invitation Tea Towels / Cinematographer: The White Tree






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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?!

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

surprise propsals - 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

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