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Garden Tea Time Wedding

Garden Weddings

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Today’s wedding from Wildflowers Photography is stuffed to the brim with love, and it shows in every aspect of the wedding day. With a focus on family heirlooms, recycling, and some inspiration from butterflies, Alicia and Chris (who are also photographers) had a wedding reception that no one in their circle will forget any time soon! Be sure to keep an eye out for the amazing flowers, all of which came from the newlyweds’ very own garden.

newlyweds by water

From the bride, Alicia: We started our planning with a couple of themes that we love, a little Alice in Wonderland, and a little Pride & Prejudice. In the end, we decided to just make the wedding represent us as a couple instead of a specific theme. I also wanted all of our decor to either be vintage or handmade.


vintage doily decor

vintage index cards recipe box guest bookbutterfly flower centerpieces

bridesmaids showing shoes

white daisiesorganic wedding centerpieces

vintage furniture decor

We like to think that our wedding reception was a lot like our home decor, on a much grander scale. We tend to refer to our decorating style as “vintage rustic glam”, and I think our reception was somewhere along those lines as well. Our colors were peacock blue and pink, with dashes of yellow, purple, and all the other colors of our garden. We considered renting furniture and decor from a vintage rental company, but felt that would be silly since I have been collecting vintage furniture and decor for so many years. The morning of the wedding reception, we loaded up a moving van with the help of our good friend Mike, and set up a good portion of our furniture and decorations from home at the reception location.


pink feather bouquets

newlyweds with horsevintage table numbers

eco-friendly wedding signs

wedding menus fansorganic flowers in bottles
dream cottage wedding venue
newlyweds with horses

bunting with picturesantique reception furniture

vintage dollhouse dolls

story time sign

One thing that we were really set on having was a lot of mix and match vintage china. We originally considered renting china, but decided that we would like to have our own set of mixed vintage china anyway. We spent many weekends scouring thrift stores and estate sales until we had purchased around 300 plates and enough tea cups for all of the guests as well. Eventually we plan to sort through some of it and pare down our collection a little!

newlyweds first kisspink feather bouquets

moss wrapped napkins

newlyweds under arbor

vintage centerpiece decorantique trunk decor

english tea receptions

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make a list of the projects you want to make, and prioritize them into “must haves” and “nice to have”. There were a few other projects on my “nice to have” list that got dropped once we got too close to the big day and I was running low on time. Be sure that all of the projects you take on make sense for your wedding and the guests you plan to invite. If you won’t have any trouble with people seating themselves, escort cards and place cards are a lot of work if they aren’t needed. As wedding photographers ourselves, we often see a lot of wedding programs go unused. If you are going to go to the trouble of making programs, be sure someone passes them out! Also, be sure to utilize Etsy! I had originally planned to make my own cake decorations, but ended up ordering some amazing edible butterflies from Etsy. I just loved them, and would not have been able to make something like that myself. I was also able to find cufflinks on Etsy for Chris that I had custom made to match our logo for our own photography company! They turned out so cute!


butterly wedding cakes

butterfly wedding decorvintage reception furniture

newlyweds first dance

newlyweds rice toss


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Wedding Music:
Reception Entrance: Marriage of Figaro
First Dance: Pachelbel’s Canon in D

Wedding Location: Palos Verdes, CA / Wedding Venue: South Coast Botanic Garden / Wedding Photographer: Wildflowers Photography / Wedding Coordinator: A Regal Affair / Wedding Dress: Demetrios / Bride’s Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: Pemberley Heirlooms / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: H&M / Groom’s Apparel: Giorgio Ferraro / Groomsmen’s Outfits: Macy’s / Groomsmen’s Suspenders: American Apparel / Groom’s Cufflinks: Bragging Bags / Wedding Caterer: Critic’s Choice Catering / Wedding Cake: Pacific Patisserie / Edible Butterflies: Sugar Robot / String Quartet: Innocenti Strings / DJ: Eric Von Bryant / Rentals: Vini’s Party Rentals / Jewelry and photo art prints: Pemberley Heirlooms on Etsy

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Callista & Co. is a boutique company taking on a select number of events per year to ensure every detail is planned to perfection and every client receives the dedication they deserve.

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Woodsy Tennessee Wedding

Rustic Weddings

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We’re wrapping up the day with this lovely ceremony + reception from Ariel Renae Photography, full of handcrafted wooden details, the majority of which were made by the groom and his father. We always love seeing what different couples do with the incredible Southall Eden venue in Tennessee!

newlyweds in field

From the Bride, Katie: The arbor, barnwood M’s, and cake stand were made by Jared’s dad out of the wood off an old barn we found out by our house. Bill, Jared’s dad, LOVES to do woodworking and he can make anything. I’m always asking him to make random things for me. So as a surprise, he and Jared handmade the arbor for us to get married under.

rustic wedding sign

white toms shoesbouquets in jars

white script invitations

white bridal bouquetsvintage inspired boutonnieres

bride praying before wedding

pink white bouquetspink white bouquets

newlyweds in barn

The planner and coordinator had told me that we would get married under the tree and they were going to hang mercury glass lanterns for decor, but instead, when we were going to take pictures I was totally surprised when I saw it and teared up a bit! Instead of a guest book, since we are moving to Boston I wanted to incorporate a suitcase. I had the guests write messages and “Send Some Love” on Tennessee postcards. Then place them in the suitcase. It turned out perfectly!

newlyweds under arbor

framed postcards sign

groom black suitromantic bridal beauty

rustic barn arbor

barnwood monograms decoroutdoor newlyweds hugging

pink white bouquets

tennessee postcards basket

ringbearer vintage attireflower paper centerpieces

gray pink bridesmaids

groom with dognewlyweds laughing

pink rustic receptions

As for my colors, I love the rustic elements of the farm and barn setting (wood texture, burlap, etc.) but wanted to soften it with light, airy colors of the taupe, blush, ivory, and silvery gray. And I am a fan of anything glam! That’s where the mercury glass came in. And I also love that it throws in a vintage vibe too. To top everything off, our getaway car was a vintage 1940 Ford that my best friend’s father has. I’m kind of like his other daughter so he was elated to let us use it for our exit!

couple walking through field

pink floral centerpiecestypography reception menu

reception sweethearts table

pink vintage decor

cake menuwhite tiered cake

vintage maroon ford

sparkler wedding exit


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Wedding Location: Franklin, TN / Wedding Venue: Southall Eden / Wedding Photographer: Ariel Renae Photography / Event Planner: Bridal Blueprints / Wedding Flowers: BellesFleurs / Wedding Cake: Dessert Designs

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This morning we showed a wedding design based entirely around wedding invitations, courtesy of Minted. If the inspiration design just wasn’t plenty to make you giddy, we have one more in store for you. Minted is giving away one $250 gift certificate towards any wedding suite.


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To enter, visit Minted and come back here to let us know in the comments section below which wedding invitations would you choose if you won. Hurry, because we are announcing the winner tomorrow – Friday June 29 in our Weekly Wrap Up.

Good luck!

View the entire feature above HERE, designed by Stylish Soiree and shot by Tinywater Photography.

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We are a specialty bridal boutique in Glendale, Arizona, where we strive to provide our brides with a genuine and unique, one-on-one experience.

In a relaxed and intimate setting, you will be surrounded by a full collection of high quality wedding dresses and a knowledgable staff of stylists to help bring your bridal fashion dreams to a reality.

From modern styles to timeless classics, our gowns are handpicked with our brides’ desires at the heart of it all. We understand shopping for a wedding dress is such a memorable occasion and we will make sure our brides not only enjoy themselves, but also walk away with the perfect dress and memories to last a life-time.

Located at 19420 N. 59th Ave. C-121, Glendale, AZ 85308

Phone: 623.825.4496

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