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We thought we’d leave you with bit more inspiration for your weekend, and this week’s color card is drenched in rich green hues. A whimsical forest fête by a lake is something I’d love to attend right at this moment. With a cocktail glass in one hand and a fabulous clutch on the other, feasting my eyes on fern and feathery details.

Colors: emerald, olive, lace and birch

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In case you missed any of our features from this week…

A woodsy wedding with two high school sweethearts
This colorful Santa Margarita wedding
Vancouver wedding in Stanley Park
Wedding albums from our sponsor Muujee
An orange and teal travel-inspired shoot
Home decor and personal style goods from zhush.com
A wintry Alberta wedding
DIY tutorial on photo canvas art
A handmade plantation wedding
Love vs Design stationery feature and giveaway
Styled shoot based on The Owl and the Pussycat
An English countryside wedding from Joanna Brown

This week in Recycle Your Wedding

BHLDN Crepe De Chine Gown
25 Floral China Teacups
Crochet doily ring pillow
45 Crochet votives from BHLDN
10 Burlap table runners
Wooden framed chalkboard table numbers

And last but not least, the winner of our Love vs Design giveaway is… Jared, comment #133. Congratulations, Jared!! We’ll be in touch shortly with more details.

Happy weekend, all!

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Concertina Press

Sailboats, waves, octopus and jellyfish are just a few of the amazing seaworthy designs featured in Concertina Press’s line of vintage inspired nautical wedding invitations and stationery.

“Ruth is an exceptional artist and artisan! She was very prompt to stay in communication with me throughout my ordering process. She worked with me to make sure that all my needs were met exactly. It was so comforting to work with her through the stressful process of ordering the perfect wedding invitations! I absolutely LOVE the way her products turned out, and cannot wait to send them to all my guests! Thank you SO MUCH Ruth, your kindness and professionalism have helped me more than you know!” ” – Emily D.

After living in the small town of Woods Hole on Cape Cod for nearly 11 years, Ruth, the owner and designer of Concertina Press, moved down to the sunny East coast of Florida to be closer to family. Her Cape Cod map save the date is still widely popular with couples getting married on the Cape, along with the matching wedding invitation. Since moving south she’s added more tropical designs including seahorses, sand dollars and waves.

Ruth takes pride in customer service, and making the online ordering process as easy as possible while still remaining personalized. You can purchase samples of any of her invitations online, or contact her directly with any questions or for a quote.

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English Country Wedding

Vintage Weddings

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This wedding sent by Joanna Brown of Browns Photography packs a serious punch. Not only is this sweet couple deeply in love, but they also have a taste for some awesome decor — how great is that reception tepee tent? Not to mention the precious Mr. and Mrs. tent as well! Make sure you settle in for this one… if you’re anything like us you’ll take a while to pore over these pictures!

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From the bride, Kelly: We wanted a relaxed day without too many formalities where everyone could hang out and most importantly have fun. Also, I get bored easily so we wanted to have loads of stuff going on (we had fireworks, fancy dress photobooth, a DJ, an awesome band, a lindy hop dance lesson, old black and white movies, a cake competition and a hot tub (obviously!)). I guess it was inspired by all these festival/country house parties we go to a lot, events like the Last Tuesday Society , Wyndstock and Secret Cinema. I basically ripped off all the bits I loved best about them! I work in publishing so the wedding quickly took a literary theme too – all our stationary was library-ish and the table’s were named after our favourite books. My obsession with the mid 20th century meant it was always going to have a vintage vibe too. I think it was very English.

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[I’d describe my wedding as] English country house party. Quirky. Vintage inspired. Literary. untraditional, fun (I hope!)

As above, I was inspired by the trend for quirky, vintage-y house parties so it had, I like to think, a mid-century country house party, but in tipis with a hot tub! We didn’t really have a colour scheme but we did try to work with the spring colours generally around – primrose, greys and wisteria blues.

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I tried to do as much DIY as possibly. I made all the stationery myself. I typed all the invites on my 1940s typewriter which was a real mission! They were supposed to look like library cards. My step dad made the table plan. It was supposed to look like old library cataloguing draws and I made escort cards to look like cataloguing cards with the cataloguing number and book (which was the name of the table) on them. I got an old date stamp to stamp them all with (we used this on the order of service too). I made all the orders of service stealthily on my work printers! Henry and I made all the signs and i spent what felt like forever making paper pom poms and super gluing bunting out of old lace curtains from ebay because I didn’t have a sewing machine. We used a 1960s typewriter for the guestbook. My mum made the bridesmaid dresses by taking apart one of my favorite dresses which I’d found in vintage store Beyond Retro. We arranged all the flowers for the venue ourselves using flowers from my mother in law’s gorgeous garden and supplementing them with wild flowers from a brilliant florist call The Wilde Bunch.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now?

I REALLY wish we’d had an event manager on the day. I event manage as part of my day to day job so thought it would be easy but I was so wrong! With so much going on on the day I don’t think I really relaxed until about 10pm, which was fine but it would have been nice to leave it to someone else by that point, especially when the band came up to me during dinner and asked for money to go down the pub!

Other than that, if you’re going to DIY start early – especially invites. I had no life for about 3 months doing those! Don;t be afraid to ask for help. Everyone loves weddings and are probably desperate to help you. I was overwhelmed with offers of support. I also think if people invest time in a day they have loads more fun.

If you have a back garden type wedding where you are doing everything yourself I really recommend booking yourself in for something the night before the wedding so you can take a step back from it all, relax and focus on what’s really important (especially then you find out the best men have run out of petrol on the Clifton Suspension Bridge and only made it in time because they managed to flag down an ice cream van).

Also, you can never have too many paper pom poms.

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Wedding Songs:
I walked in to Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve and out to The You and Me Song by The Wannadies. Both really 90s songs! They were played by the Bristol String Quartet. We really wanted to sing at the wedding so everyone sang Stand By Me by Ben E. King. I was worried it might not work or that people would think it was odd but afterwards people said how much they enjoyed it. We didn’t have a first dance.

Location: near Bristol, England / Wedding Photographer: Joanna Brown of Browns Photography / Ceremony: Mansion House / Reception: groom’s parent’s backyard / Florist: Wilde Bunch / Wedding Dress and veil: vintage from Fur Coat, No Knickers / Wedding Shoes: Vivienne Westwood’s Lady Dragon from ebay for £50 / Jewellery: Rust / Hair and makeup: Isabel While of Bridal Styling in Bristol / Bridesmaid Dresses: handmade by the bride’s mother / Groom’s suit: Henry wore a bespoke suit from Saville Row taylor Oliver Benjamin it was supposed to be a modern twist on a ‘50s style. All the other boys wore dark grey suits of their own. The bride made Liberty print handkerchiefs for them all / Band: Brassroots / DJ: Ollie Lyles / Ceremony Musican: Lindy hoppers were Hoppin Mad, String Quartet were the Bristol String Quartet / Caterer: Catering was Anne Guy / Dessert: Cake competition and caterer served them all for pudding / Wedding invitations: handmade by the bride / Transportation: We had a 1948 Bristol bus from Quantock Motor Services

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The Wedding Bliss Thailand

The Wedding Bliss is one of the leading destination wedding planners in Thailand. Our highly qualified team of wedding planners mainly focuses on top holiday destinations including Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, & Bangkok.

We believe in every couple’s uniqueness. Thus, we always make sure that every wedding concept is different, reflecting couple’s personalities and preferences. Our weddings are meant to be luxurious, fun, meaningful and have a distinctive character. We combine high international service standards with famous Thai hospitality to bring an unforgettable, timeless and stylish events to all our clients. We have hand-picked the best wedding vendors around Thailand and abroad to provide nothing but the finest products & services. Our wedding portfolios have been featured in many luxury magazines and online publications.

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The Owl and the Pussycat Wedding Inspiration

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“Adore” doesn’t even begin to cover how we feel about this styled shoot from Butterfly Petals and shot by Melissa Jill Photography. Amanda of Butterfly Petals pulled inspiration from Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat,” a darling children’s poem about an owl and a cat who fall in love despite their differences, and marry. Amanda translated the tale into an updated, colorful interpretation, complete with one sophisticated ‘cat’ and one cool bohemian ‘owl’!

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From the designer, Amanda Johnson of Butterfly Petals: This styled shoot was inspired by a vintage copy of the Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear (1871). The poem has an unlikely pairing: an owl and a cat. The owl serenades the cat, and she’s so entranced that they decide to run away and be married at once. What about a ring? Well, they borrow one from a friendly pig and are married by a turkey. Sure it’s a little “out there” but the core of the poem is about two souls finding each other even if they aren’t the perfect match.


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The end of the poem is lovely: “And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon.” Very romantic! I started to picture our couple; the “cat” sophisticated, polished and chic, her “owl” a bit bohemian. I snatched a few copies of the book. Once I started working with Melissa, Alexandra and Kelly, our favorite copy of the poem proved to be a more modern, brightly-colored version from the 60s. Its mod illustrations captured an emerging trend in weddings—sort of a retro throw back with tea-length dresses and beehive hairdos. Very Mad Men chic!


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We wanted to pop in popular colors like the oh-so-trendy Tangerine and the book brought in other popular shades, like aqua and fuchsia. I used the illustrations to further guide my detail choices: a fun, brightly colored runner captured the whimsical trees mentioned in the poem, the retro glass would look at home in a beatnik’s apartment, and the center of my table featured owl and pussycat planters straight from the 60s. The mismatched chairs were a thrift store find, as was the table and mismatched silverware. Finally, the very setting of our shoot played on the contrary nature of the poem—here we are in the middle of the Phoenix desert, yet we’re shooting on the edge of a marshy pond complete with ducks and cattails!


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Wedding Vendors (Phoenix, AZ):

Floral Designer: Amanda Johnson of Butterfly Petals / Venue: Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area / Wedding Photographer: Melissa Jill Photography / Wedding Invitations: Kelly Ashworth Design / Wedding Dress: Mariee / Personal Stylist: AVE Styles

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Damien Milan Photography

Typical of photographer Damien Milan’s work, is a magnetic intensity of closeness. There’s something about the way he captures a moment, something intoxicatingly real and raw. From the texture of landscape and dress, to the intimacy of pre-wedding preparatory steps, Damien’s approach is one of telling a story through detail – the quiet drama of technique and of tone.

Australia based, Damien and his partner Anastasia have an international scope and are available for booking in and around Europe to which they are already traveling every summer (June – September). If planning an international or destination wedding, consider the practicality and cost-saving of a trusted photographer already in situ.

By filling out this online form, couples planning a destination wedding in Europe this summer will even have a chance to receive 20% off their photography package.

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