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Wedding Design

Last week we shared a glance of how amazing ferns and other foliage can look on tablescapes. Much to my delight, Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is shining the light on these non-floral pretties. These large scale centerpieces are not only impressive, but can also be made on a budget. View more images from the branch and foliage centerpieces in the gallery.

fern foliage and branch wedding ideas

From Sarah: It may seem funny to start talking about spring right now, but the fact of the matter is, there are plenty of brides right now who are sifting through fall inspiration boards while trying to plan their spring 2013 weddings. This is for you!

large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage
large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage

Spring weddings are such an indulgence. Everyone jumps at the chance to wear light airy and bright colors as soon as they can. Spring bulbs are bright and cheery, and I we want to use all of the pastel and bright colors that are finally available. In our haste to use all things spring I think color palettes sometimes get circus-y rather than showing how delicate the season is. So, today I have a subdued spring color palette that still evokes the light and airy qualities we love about spring. Spring is colorful, but I like the idea of indulging in the muddy colors that are surrounding you in the early spring. The wet leaves and moss that have been hiding under snow all winter show themselves, and that was the real inspiration for this arrangement- the putty colored greens, and the robin egg blue that has a hint of gray. Ferns (as demonstrated by Hey Look’s tablescape) may be enough for your entire tablescape. Here I mixed them with a few other spring flowers, bulbs, and different kinds of moss.
large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage
large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage


foliage can look on tablescapes. Much to my delight, Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is shining the light on these non-floral pretties. These large scale centerpieces are not only impressive, but can also be made on a budget. View more images from the branch and foliage centerpieces in the View all images in the gallery

I kept these arrangements very simple. A lot of times earthy brides get scared when they hear the words “big arrangements” because they don’t want anything too complex or flowery. Sticking to things with natural textures like the branches or grasses will allow you to use scale to wow your guests while still keeping things natural and simple.

All photos by Sarah Winward.

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West Sussex 1950s Wedding

Vintage Weddings

It may be this gorgeous bride’s gown, or her bridesmaids’ twirling petticoats or the simple fact that this English wedding is jam packed with beautiful images and details from end to end, shot by Joanna Brown Photography. Something tells me there will be a pinning frenzy this morning — be sure to follow us on Pinterest if you don’t already. Oodles more in the photo gallery.

From Megan, the bride: We wanted something vintage, country and relaxed. We imagined floral patterns and pastel blues, 50s dresses and ivory lace, country barns and rolling hills. We wanted social food and lots if wine! We wanted a big, gorgeous party.

West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding
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I wanted a vintage style dress and had appointments booked at various cool vintage shops in London…however, as I was waiting for these appointments I thought I’d pop into a bridal shop in the city I work, Chichester. I saw on their website that they had a dress I had seen, cut out and loved in a bridal magazine. I tried on a few other options while I was there but there was nothing to compare to ‘the one’. I wanted lace and a ballerina length tulle skirt – I didn’t think it actually existed. This dress was exactly what I wanted. It was really different, still had a vintage vibe and was brand shiny new.

West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding
West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding

We designed and made all our own stationery. Mike created the beautiful vintage rose pattern we used on his computer – I had seen a lot of rose patterns I liked so we designed something that reflected those. We then used recycled manila card to give that rustic, country feel. I order all my card from Eco-Craft. I used pinking shears to cut everything out before I stuck it onto the manila card. For the save the date cards and place names we used parcel tags with twine tied in a bow. We even designed a cool little old fashioned ticket stub as a free drinks token for the evening guests. We carried our rose pattern across everything – the save the date cards, the invites, the table names, the place names, the table plan, the drinks tokens, the reserved signs on the seats and the thank you cards.

West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding
West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding

Vintage, English country wedding, relaxed describes our wedding perfectly. We themed the wedding around a gorgeous vintage rose pattern that Mike created based on rose patterns I’d seen on various fabrics. He spent a lot of time on his graphic design computer software trying to recreate what I had in my mind. In the end it was perfect – a vintage rose on a pale blue background with white polka dots. We used this pattern across everything and handmade it all – the save the date cards, the invites, the table names, the table plan, the place names, the labels for the favours, drinks tokens and the thank you cards. This pattern became the basis for everything – our theme was based entirely around it. The pale blue background we used influenced the groomsmen’s ties, the flowers (blue hydrangeas), the neck ties the caterers wore etc. We then took the rose theme through to the bridesmaid dresses, my accessories, the table plan board and more. I spent a good few months hitting the flea markets and started collecting vintage tea cups and saucers, as well as vintage vases and jugs – our florist put flowers in these and they formed our table centrepieces. We also collected a load of glass jars, put candles in them and tied twine and floral ribbons around them to decorate the venue.

West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding
West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding

We’re not religious so churches were out and we wanted to have one venue for the whole day – have the ceremony and the reception all in one place. We were also really keen to have exclusive use. I wanted to have as raucous as party as possible and not annoy anyone. We didn’t want a hotel wedding – you tend to just pick a package and I wanted much more flexibility to do exactly what we wanted to do. Food was also massively important to us – we wanted to have tapas for the wedding breakfast and a huge paella outside in the evening. Most hotels only give you a couple of meat and veg options – we wanted to pick our own caterer and have them produce a Spanish feast. This led us to explore converted barns. We live in Sussex in the UK which has the most gorgeous countryside. There are a few barn venues in the area – some were too rustic (hay still in the back) and some were too slick (more hotel in feel than country barn). Then we found Upwaltham Barns which must be the most beautiful wedding venue in the UK (but I would say that).

West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding
West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If you’re going to make the stationery yourself for that lovely homemade touch, start early – it takes ages! In fact…maybe don’t bother at all. It wipes out your evenings for months. And never, ever scrim on the photographer – all you’ll have left after the event is the photos, they need to be perfect. We found Joanna Brown, a photographer we loved – we became massive fans of her work and would admire her photos on a daily basis. She’s an artist and the best money we spent. Everyone is talking about how gorgeous our photos are.

West Sussex England 1950 vintage wedding


Joanna Brown Photography. Something tells me there will be a pinning frenzy this morning — be sure to follow us on Pinterest if you don’t already. Oodles more in the View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Songs:
We chose Celtic harp music for the ceremony – Aran Boat Song and music by Turlough O’Carolan. I really wanted something upbeat and happy for the first dance so we went for Jennifer Hudson’s Dressed Up in Love. It’s such a happy song and makes me grin every time I hear it. It’s also impossible not to dance to.

Wedding Vendors (West Sussex, England):

Ceremony and reception locations: Upwaltham Barns / Florist: Barbara Mole of Miss Mole’s Flower Emporium / Photographer: Joanna Brown of Joanna Brown Photography / Wedding Dress, Veil, Shoes and other accessories: Novia D’Art and I bought it from Proposals in Chichester, UK / Birdcage veil: Lilly Lewis / Wedding Shoes: Rachel Simpson/ Earrings: Eclectic Eccentric / Hair: Jean-Yves Aubin / Bridesmaid Dresses: 1950s style circle dresses from Vivien of Holloway / Groom’s suit: three piece suit from Marks and Spencers / Groom’s tie: Topman Band/Musician: During the ceremony and drinks reception we had Lieshja play the harp. My parents are Welsh and Irish so I really wanted some Celtic music at the wedding. Liehsja played the most beautiful Celtic harp music. / Caterer: Buns to Banquets / Wedding cake and dessert: four tiered luxury champagne and strawberry cheesecake from The English Cheesecake Company / Wedding invitations: DIY / Videographer: Jonathan Nicol of Other Finger Films

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DIY Weddings

Wedding Wednesday indeed. As we wave hello to the weekend ahead of us, this midweek giddiness also means we’re only halfway through sharing the weddings I have lined up this week! Jessica Hill Photography shot a woodsy wedding full of whimsy in Oregon. I’m convinced this is the it state for magical backdrops, but you tell me. Isn’t it gorg? View more.

Oxbow Park Forest wedding

Oxbow Park Forest wedding

Oxbow Park Forest wedding

Oxbow Park Forest wedding

Oxbow Park Forest wedding

Jessica Hill Photography shot a woodsy wedding full of whimsy in Oregon. I’m convinced this is the it state for magical backdrops, but you tell me. Isn’t it gorg? View all images in the gallery

Woodsy, whimsical and oh so lovely, Annie and Evan’s wedding was a dream in the Oxbow Park. With the talented help from Rachelle and her crew at Champagne Events the ceremony and reception was a wonderful compliment to a perfect love. The sweet woodsy details were all DIY with love, including the vintage kerchief flags, framed water-colored table decorations with lovely flower arrangements from Swan Island Dahlias & Dancing Moon Farms. Phresh Organics created a yummy southern-inspired menu.

Enjoying pretty much everything outdoors, Annie and Evan wanted to create a theme inspired by “old timey” things and the Disney movie Bambi; producing a magical meal in the woods for their friends and family. Using an array of pastel colors, coral pink, golden yellow, and teal green, helped to create their dream vintage wedding. Music and entertainment filled their reception with their favorite folk and banjo cover songs. Annie and Evan danced their first song together as husband and wife to Otis Redding “You Send Me”.

Wedding Vendors and Venue (Oregon):

Ceremony: Oxbow Regional Park / Reception: Gilt Club / Photographer: Jessica Hill Photography / Wedding Consultant: Rachelle Bell of Champagne Weddings and Events / Flowers: Swan Island Dahlias, Dancing Moon Farms / Rings: Annie’s ring from Twist designed by Cathy Waterman, Evan’s ring from Fred Myer Jewelers / Wedding Gown: Vintage, found at Bride’s Mother’s house / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Ties: Pierrepont Hicks / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: BHLDN / Mini Pies: The Pie Spot / Music/Entertainment: Dick Weissman / Paper Goods: Annie drew and designed the invitations, save the dates, and programs. Bradley DiFoggio added text to the illustrations.

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