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Greenhouse Garden Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Calling all lovers of sophistication and elegance — this next styled shoot is right up your alley. Melissa Jill Photography and Sarah’s Garden relied on some of nature’s best offerings to decorate this wedding scene, and the resulting mix of breathy greenery and bright parrot tulips is too beautiful to ignore. Best of all? The models are none other than a real-life married couple, Sonny and Khristine.

greenhouse garden wedding inspiration - photo by Melissa Jill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/greenhouse-garden-wedding-inspiration

From the photographer, Melissa Jill Photography: The inspiration for this wedding shoot was simple, sleek elegance juxtaposed with living, botanical beauty. Our aim was to create inspiration for the couple that wants something different than soft pastels. The result is ultra feminine, yet still sophisticated. We turned our attention to nature’s lush and beautiful creations: ferns, succulents, tillandsias, and the giant Gum tree. We were also inspired by the love and happiness shared by our models, real life husband and wife Sonny and Khristine, as they spent the afternoon walking the gorgeous grounds of the 90-year-old Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

orange wedding bouquet - photo by Melissa Jill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/greenhouse-garden-wedding-inspiration

greenhouse garden wedding inspiration - photo by Melissa Jill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/greenhouse-garden-wedding-inspiration

greenhouse garden wedding inspiration - photo by Melissa Jill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/greenhouse-garden-wedding-inspiration

greenhouse garden wedding inspiration - photo by Melissa Jill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/greenhouse-garden-wedding-inspiration

chic groom looks - photo by Melissa Jill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/greenhouse-garden-wedding-inspiration

greenhouse garden wedding inspiration - photo by Melissa Jill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/greenhouse-garden-wedding-inspiration

greenhouse garden wedding inspiration - photo by Melissa Jill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/greenhouse-garden-wedding-inspiration

greenhouse garden wedding inspiration - photo by Melissa Jill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/greenhouse-garden-wedding-inspiration

orange parrot tulips - photo by Melissa Jill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/greenhouse-garden-wedding-inspiration

greenhouse garden wedding inspiration - photo by Melissa Jill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/greenhouse-garden-wedding-inspiration

wedding succulents - photo by Melissa Jill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/greenhouse-garden-wedding-inspiration

greenhouse garden wedding inspiration - photo by Melissa Jill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/greenhouse-garden-wedding-inspiration

greenhouse garden wedding inspiration - photo by Melissa Jill Photography http://ruffledblog.com/greenhouse-garden-wedding-inspiration

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Melissa Jill Photography

Styling and Floral Design:

Sarah's Garden

Venue:

Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Wedding Dress:

Houghton "Angie"

Bridal Store:

The Dress Theory

Hair:

Emily Hughes

Makeup:

Arielle Rondeau

Ribbon:

Frou Frou Chic

Film Lab:

PhotoVision

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Glam Handcrafted Virginia Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Our wedding for today was a true family affair. It took place on the groom’s family’s property, and both sides pitched in to ensure a carefully curated and stress-free day. Kaytee Lauren and Ballenger & Co Florals were a team to remember working on photography and floral design respectively!

glam handcrafted Virginia wedding - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

From the bride, Christine: The location of our wedding was of special significance to us, because it’s Joel’s family home. Two of his other siblings have been married on the property, and it has been so fun to see how each family wedding has been so distinct, yet still so familiar and sweet. The best part of the wedding preparation process was both of our families. Since the wedding was taking place on the family property, everyone was pitching in. Have family everywhere meant that I never had to stress about things getting done, there was always someone was on top of it. I couldn’t have asked for a more supportive family to help us achieve our dream wedding.

sequined bridesmaid dresses - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

wedding bouquet with anemones - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding
Bouquet recipe: Roses, Texas Roses, Peonies, Anemones, eucalyptus.

wedding rings - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

glam handcrafted Virginia wedding - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

glam handcrafted Virginia wedding - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

Joel and I spent about a week at our brother and sister in-law’s house working on decorations. We scraped, cleaned, and spray painted all of the gold bottles. All of my DIY projects were fun and exhausting. My mother, who is a professional graphic designer, designed the programs and menus. It was fun spending time with her getting the look just right. Joel and I spent hours and hours cutting each program into a circle, gluing them to a stick, and applying gold leaf.

glam handcrafted Virginia wedding - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

wedding ceremony decor - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

wedding ceremony - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

ceremony recessional - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

The food was really important to both of us. We decided to forgo the traditional chicken or steak dinner for something that reflected our personalities. Shortly after Joel and I first started dating, we became Eggs Benedict connoisseurs. Throughout our relationship, we’ve hunted Eggs Benedict wherever we go. Before we go on any trip we Google search “the best Eggs Benedict” in that area and go out of our way to get it, so we decided to do breakfast for dinner. The catering company, Savoir Fare, told us they were so excited to be catering a wedding that wasn’t chicken or steak! They loved the breakfast for dinner idea and jumped on board creating a fabulous spread. Joel doesn’t like sweets so we opted out of a traditional wedding cake and served waffles for dessert.

backyard wedding sweetheart table - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

glam handcrafted Virginia wedding - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

glam handcrafted Virginia wedding - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

gold and green reception - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

garden place setting - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

glam handcrafted Virginia wedding - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Be confident in your choices, be gentle with your family, and be patient with each other.

glam handcrafted Virginia wedding - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

sweetheart table - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

one tiered wedding cake - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

glam handcrafted Virginia wedding - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

glam tented reception - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

glam handcrafted Virginia wedding - photo by Kaytee Lauren http://ruffledblog.com/glam-handcrafted-virginia-wedding

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “Buon Giorno Principessa,” Nicola Piovani
Recessional: “Diggin’ Up the Heart,” Brandon Flowers
First Dance: “Who Am I,” Will Young
Father/Daughter Dance: “Little Wonders,” Rob Thomas
Mother/Son Dance: “You Are my Sunshine,” Frank Sinatra

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Kaytee Lauren

Florist:

Ballenger & Co Florals

Venue:

Private Residence

Wedding Dress:

"Carmen" by Maggie Sottero

Bridal Store:

Bridal Boutique of Lewisville

Wedding Shoes:

Enzo Angiolini

Jewelry:

Etsy

Bridesmaid Dresses:

Nordstrom, Etsy, John Lewis, Bloomingdale's, Amazon

Bridesmaid Shoes:

Forever 21

Groom + Groomsmen Attire:

The Black Tux

Catering + Wedding Cake:

Savoir Faire Catering

Cake:

Harris Teeter

DJ:

Seth Olmstead DJ

Tent, Chairs, Barrels + Linens:

Grant Event Rentals

Gold Frames:

Hobby Lobby

Photo Booth:

NOVA Photo Booth Rentals

Videography:

Distant Moon Media

Wedding Invitations:

Minted

Logo, Signs, Menus + Programs:

Suzanne Reid Design

Photos by:

Kaytee Lauren

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Coke Escort Cards + Share a Coke Giveaway Reminder!

DIY Projects, Giveaways

Few things are as versatile and classic in any wedding than those iconic Coke bottles. When released their customizable online store, we were giddy to get our hands on a big box of bottles with our names on them. And what better favor, place card or escort card table can you have than one that combines pretty and practical? Our DIY resident Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate created this table seating arrangement with copper tags (!!!), beautifully captured by Laura Sumrak.

To celebrate the new feature, is offering a ginormous giveaway that makes us jealous of our readers – the giveaway package includes two round-trip flights on United Airlines to anywhere in the continental U.S., Caribbean, Mexico, Central America or Hawaii and a $500 Visa gift card, a total of a $1700 value. It’s a biggie, so take a look below at how to enter for a chance to win. We wish we could enter, so be sure to enter and tell your friends too! The giveaway has been extended till August 10, so you have extra time to enter again!

Share a Coke Escort Cards - by Kathryn Godwin for Ruffled - photo Laura Sumrak

Share a Coke Escort Cards - by Kathryn Godwin for Ruffled - photo Laura Sumrak

Share a Coke Escort Cards - by Kathryn Godwin for Ruffled - photo Laura Sumrak

Share a Coke Escort Cards - by Kathryn Godwin for Ruffled - photo Laura Sumrak

Share a Coke Escort Cards - by Kathryn Godwin for Ruffled - photo Laura Sumrak

Supplies

  • Standard Printer Paper
  • Cardstock 110lb.
  • Jute
  • Copper Tag (can also use paper tags if preferred)
  • Tacky Glue
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Scissors
  • Babies Breath

Share a Coke Escort Cards - by Kathryn Godwin for Ruffled - photo Laura Sumrak

Share a Coke Escort Cards - by Kathryn Godwin for Ruffled - photo Laura Sumrak

Share a Coke Escort Cards - by Kathryn Godwin for Ruffled - photo Laura Sumrak

1. Print table numbers in preferred font (we used Hardwood LP Std) at 150 font size, this will act as a template for cutting.
2. Stack printed paper over cardstock, you can tape the edges together to secure in place. Use an x-acto to cut around the letters.
3. Dab tacky glue to the backside of the number, smooth with a finger or paintbrush.
4. Gently press paper number to center of copper tag.
5. Cut a length of twine about 10″ long, this will provide enough extra to work with, and can be trimmed later.
6. Wrap jute around top of Coke bottle several times, thread tag onto jute and double knot. Before tightening knot fully, tuck a sprig of babies breath into the knot. Trim ends of jute to preferred length.

Share a Coke Escort Cards - by Kathryn Godwin for Ruffled - photo Laura Sumrak

Share a Coke Escort Cards - by Kathryn Godwin for Ruffled - photo Laura Sumrak

To enter giveaway for a chance to win, here’s what you need to do:

  • Follow @ruffledblog on Instagram and tag a friend who you’d share the prizes with – two round trip flights to anywhere in the continental U.S., Caribbean, Mexico, Central America or Hawaii plus a $500 Visa gift card! Follow this link to comment + tag a friend.
  • Use #ShareaCoke in your tags
  • One comment with a tagged friend + #ShareaCoke hashtag = one valid entry
  • Participants can tag as many different friends as they’d like to increase chances of winning

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Winner will be chosen at random and announced on our Instagram page on August 1, 2015. Good luck, guys!

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Laura Sumrak

DIY and Styling:

Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate

Photos by:

Laura Sumrak

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