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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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Love vs. Design + Giveaway!

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Where to begin with this handmade wedding sent from Ulmer Studios? The bride worked with event stylist Megan Byrd to execute every detail to perfection, from the incredible bouquets and boutonnieres right down to the library book centerpieces. For the favors, Carly even baked lemon poppy seed muffins for the guests to take home in sweet little paper bags!

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From the bride, Carly: I made all of the table squares, and collected the frames, vases, trays, silver sets and knick knacks from various antique and thrift shops and yard sales. Megan completely styled everything on the day of and made the burlap runner for the head table. The birdcage photo holder was also hers. She also did all the flowers, including the bridesmaids bouquets and boutonnieres. I collected vintage brooches for almost a year and used floral wire to make stems to put my bouquet together on top of silk hydrangeas. A few of the pieces were family heirlooms. My shoe clips were a pair of earrings I picked up at an antique shop. For the guest book, we chose to do the guest box, and used scrapbooking paper for guests to write little messages on. It’s still so neat to look back and see what people wrote to us.


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I almost forgot the books! I am a school teacher so we wanted make it personal so we rented the books from the library! I think we had something close to 150. It was a hilarious process. We went up and down the aisles picking only pretty, vintage, books and ones with romantic titles. Megan picked the letters and used twine to hang them on the back of our chairs. The favor bags were regular brown paper sacks that I stamped with our wedding stamps and clipped with stamped clothes pins. My mom and I baked the lemon poppy seed muffins the day before the wedding. I made Andrew muffins every morning in high schools, so we thought they would be a perfect favor. Lemon poppy seed is his favorite. Our day-of coordinator was Gilda York. She’s very thorough. The day went so smoothly under her direction. The guys outfits were from her shop, Ambassadors Formal Wear. Kerry Luna was our music guy. He was so flexible and helpful when it came to picking songs for then different events and back ground music.


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As far as my favorite parts of the day, the first look is certainly at the top. Just the way Andrew looked at me and couldn’t even put together a full sentence was an amazing moment. I thought I was holding it together until his reaction got to me. I felt so blessed and full of gratitude. Those were surely the happiest tears I have ever cried. It was a truly priceless experience, just being able to revel in the emotion of being together and in love on the biggest, and most exciting day of our lives.


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Our first dance was pretty magical. We’d gone back and forth about which song to choose and what we wanted… Something new, something old, something R&B, something traditional… We literally changed the song the day of the wedding. We chose Stay With You by John Legend on a whim, and it was absolutely perfect. It was like one of those movie scenes. Everything else faded and we were the only people there. I still get chills when I hear it.


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The send off at the end of the night was a ton of fun! Our venue had a rule against open flames, so sparklers were not an option. I was trying to come up with something to go with the mason jar candles people would have to hold. (There was no light on the side of the house where we would be leaving from.) Then it hit me: Wedding bells! Just not the traditional kind. They were so festive and as silly as it sounds, running through all of your friends, congratulating you and ringing bells, is a super fun way to end your wedding night!


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Wedding Vendors (Franklin, TN):

Wedding Venue: Carnton Plantation / Wedding Photographer: Ulmer Studios / Event Stylist: bride and Megan Byrd / Day-of Coordination: Gilda York / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Urban Outfitters / Wedding Cakes and Cupcakes: Publix / Cake Topper: Vintage / Rentals: Music City Tents / Music: Kerry Luna

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