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Martin Johnson House San Diego Wedding

Rustic Weddings

This beachy San Diego wedding shot by Marissa Rodriguez was handcrafted by the bride and groom, and amongst the fun little details there were artichokes! They used them throughout their decor, mixing natural elements and vintage finds. They also used river rocks for guests to leave them a message; at the end of the day they had a fun guestbook to bring home! They also used wine bottles as part of their centerpieces. A long time ago I shared this DIY on a quick dripping candle effect that is worth a peek!

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Wedding Vendors and Venue (La Jolla, CA):

Venue: Martin Johnson House at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography / Photographer: Marissa Rodriguez / Florist: Tarah Henderson

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Clematis – Spring Wedding Flowers

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Calling all spring and summer brides! This post is for you. Honey of a Thousand Flowers is back this week with a bloom that evokes the airy mood that sunny days are made of. This white on white floral arrangement is particularly gorgeous for a chic, vintage-inspired day. I will let Sarah take it from here:

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From Sarah: Clematis is a charming spring and early summer flowering vine. There are many different varieties; some look innocent and sweet, and others look like they might contain venom. This four-petal variety is called Montana. Clematis come in white, shades of pink, lavender, and deep purple and burgundies.

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These arrangements consist of mostly clematis, but also have eucalyptus, viburnum, and wild sweet pea in them. These all white arrangements could translate in several different environments, a backyard wedding, a beach wedding, or maybe an upscale affair in an art gallery.

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Both the vines and the blooms are delicate, and are probably best used in arrangements where they are in water. Their vines are perfect to wrap around containers and other flowers or leave trailing out of centerpieces. May-July is their peak season, and occasionally they are available for fall brides too.

All photos by Sarah Winward.

Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a member of Blue Label and is based out of Utah, but loves to travel!

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Bluemont Vineyard Wedding

Rustic Weddings

I can’t think of a better way to start this Wednesday than with the always gorgeous photos by Ash Imagery. Gloria and Ryan are the epitome of effortless chic. Proof of the fact that their wedding day was entirely handmade, and yes, that includes their luscious floral arrangements. Many more images to gush over right here.

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Bluemont Vineyard Chic wedding by Ash Imagery

From Gloria, the bride: We knew from the start that we wanted to have the wedding in a Virginia vineyard, since we have close ties to the state and love the relaxed environment of a vineyard. Bluemont was the perfect setting! After experiencing the amazing view there we just set out to create a wedding that would complement the natural beauty of the location. We wanted simple, homemade, and relaxed style.
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Ash Imagery. Gloria and Ryan are the epitome of effortless chic. Proof of the fact that their wedding day was entirely handmade, and yes, that includes their luscious floral arrangements. Many more images to gush over right View all images from this wedding in the gallery

For inspiration, I looked for colors that would naturally occur in early Virginia autumn. Since we also wanted that relaxed feel, we didn’t restrict the theme or color scheme too much. In the end, we used a color palette of burgundy, rose, peach, and champagne as a reference point.

Many of the flowers came from local farms and were seasonal – dahlias, zinnias, and amaranthus, for example. All of the flower displays were made through community effort in my mom’s kitchen, and the bouquets were hand-tied. My wedding cake was baked, assembled, and decorated by my bridesmaids. We did our music mix ourselves (with the help of one of our groomsmen) and played it on a laptop hooked up to speakers. We also made our invitations and place cards, which doubled as favors, by hand. Overall, everything was a group effort, which we really loved because it shows how much we rely on our friends and family every day!

We took a tour of Virginia vineyards, knowing that we would love an outdoor ceremony with a reception space nearby. Bluemont Vineyard in Bluemont, VA was the one we settled on – their view from the ceremony location was unparalleled, and it didn’t hurt that their wines were delicious as well. The Stable, the reception was held in, is a converted horse stable with beautiful wooden walls and a rustic feel.

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to ask for help! I wouldn’t have been able to do so many DIY things with the wedding while still staying sane without an incredible amount of help from friends and family. Ryan and I also lifted equal loads throughout the planning process – although I had a ton of ideas about what we could do, he was a great sounding board for them and helped do a lot of legwork to make it all happen.

In the end, we had a lot of fun with everyone involved in making all of the little details; the journey was just as rewarding as the actual day of the wedding.

Wedding Songs:

Processional: Your Song, by Elton John
Recessional: You’re My Best Friend, by Queen
First Dance: I Do, by Colbie Caillat

Wedding Vendors (Bluemont, Virginia + Philadelphia, PA):

Ceremony and reception locations: Bluemont Vineyard / Flowers: Whole Foods in Fair Lakes, VA / Photographer: Michael Smith from Ash Imagery / Wedding Dress: Allure Couture, style C161 / Shoes: Isola, Dolce pumps / Jewelry: earrings borrowed from a friend, hair clip purchased from Etsy seller silverpencils / Makeup: MAC stylist in Fair Oaks Mall / Bridesmaid Dresses: Each bridesmaid picked out a chiffon, knee length dress from the color palette – Jim Hjelm, Venus Bridal, and Donna Morgan / Bridesmaid necklaces: Etsy seller David Verbena / Groom’s suit: Gino Valentino suit from Amazon.com / Caterer: Celebrations Catering / Cake topper: Etsy seller Beck Kazana / Wedding invitations: handmade

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