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Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap Ups

November came and went, and here we are signing off for the first weekend of December! We’ve been finding so many amazing inspiration for wedding from non-wedding related pins on Pinterest. We love the idea of this DIY wall art on canvas. On the canvas pictured below is an E.E.Cummings poem (I Carry Your Heart With Me), which is so fitting for the ceremony, but it would be just as sweet with your own vows. Be sure to follow us for more ideas!

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In case you missed any of this week’s features, here’s a quick recap:

Sarasota Romantic Fall Wedding
DIY Rustic Summer Wedding
Autumnal Mackinac Island Wedding
Carnival-Themed DC Wedding
Vintage Frontier Wedding
Vintage State Park Wedding
Dreamy Fall Inspiration Shoot
Rhode Island Coastal Wedding

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We’d like to offer a big open-armed welcome to our newest Blue Label vendors!

Portrait-based photographer Sherri J Photography (Los Angeles + Santa Barbara)
Dramatic yet balanced floral design from Hana Floral Design (Connecticut)
One-stop-shop wedding vendors Wylie Weddings (San Francisco Bay Area)
Vintage decor rental company Period Charm Rentals (Dallas)
Non-traditional fine art photographer Alessandro Roncaglione (Italy)
Divine Tuscan rental villa Podere Palazzo (Italy)
Reconstructed vintage bridal gowns and more from Daughters of Simone (Online)
Husband and wife team stationery studio Papillon Press (Ontario, Canada)
Event stylist and planning boutique Desiree Spinner Events (Cape Cod)
Inspiring documentary wedding photography from The Studio Nouveau (Boston)
Boudoir photography by The Studio Nouveau Boudoir (Boston)
Photojournalistic wedding photographer Tyra Bleek Photography (Boston)

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Budget Friendly Branch Arrangements

Wedding Design

Being a wedding blogger, I can’t help but mentally collect oodles of dream wedding scenarios. In these picture perfect settings, florals of all shapes and sizes are present in every.single.one of them. Large floral arrangements are infamous for blowing budgets, but our floral expert Sarah of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is here to show you an utterly gorgeous floral arrangement that is as pretty as it is wallet-friendly. Thank you Jessica Peterson for the images.

Wild grasses, Crab apple branches, cherry branches, coleus foliage large centerpieces Honey of a Thousand Flowers

From Sarah: it seems that we are putting flowers in just about anything that will hold them these days. I have flowers at my house in everything from clay pots to coffee dispensers to doll heads at my house. In this movement of being inventive with our containers, it seems that we are using a lot of smaller containers for arrangements. I love small arrangements, they are delicate, and they look great in clusters. But! I am a sucker for big arrangements too. Big statements pieces are important to wedding décor. Even if all of your other arrangements are small, it is important to have at least one large scale arrangement on display to set the mood. Once you have created an environment for your wedding with the big pieces, any small pieces on tables will be icing on the cake. The problem for most brides is that these big arrangements are budget drains. But they don’t have to be!

Wild grasses, Crab apple branches, cherry branches, coleus foliage large centerpieces Honey of a Thousand Flowers

Branches or woody greens of some sort are usually used as the base for larger arrangements to begin with. But aren’t they pretty by themselves? Just about any branch will make a gorgeous large scale arrangement. Here I have used crab apples and cherries in one, and wild grass plumes in another. I think any arrangement looks best on a pedestal. Throw these pieces on a wooden pedestal and stick them on either side of you for your ceremony, or at the entrance to your venue and you are good to go!

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.

Wild grasses, Crab apple branches, cherry branches, coleus foliage large centerpieces Honey of a Thousand Flowers

View all floral arrangements in the gallery

In these arrangements: Wild grasses, Crab apple branches, cherry branches, coleus foliage.

Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a member of Blue Label and is available for weddings worldwide.

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Rhode Island Coastal Wedding

Beach Weddings

New England, you kill us with your gorgeous backdrops. This beauty from Rebecca Hansen is a perfect example of what can happen when two artists get hitched. Creativity pops out of every corner of this celebration, which happens to have one of the most gorgeous settings we’ve seen all year. Don’t miss the gallery for more rocky coastal beauty!

rustic rhode island coastal wedding by rebecca hansen

From the bride, Brooke: We were looking for something that was natural, relaxed, rustic, and slightly eclectic. We sort of had a color scheme: coral, navy, and grey but it was pretty loose and we incorporated other colors throughout. We collected mason jars for the centerpieces, made pom-pom garlands, made the wedding invites, program, and menu cards, hand painted signs, and created a collaborative art piece for the take home gift (because we are both artists).

rhode island coastal wedding by rebecca hansen

rustic rhode island coastal wedding by rebecca hansen

rhode island coastal wedding by rebecca hansen

rustic rhode island coastal wedding by rebecca hansen

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Follow your vision for your wedding but don’t be too rigid, have fun with it!

rustic rhode island coastal wedding by rebecca hansen

Rhode Island wedding by Rebecca Hansen

rhode island coastal wedding by rebecca hansen

rustic rhode island coastal wedding by rebecca hansen

Rebecca Hansen is a perfect example of what can happen when two artists get hitched. Creativity pops out of every corner of this celebration, which happens to have one of the most gorgeous settings we’ve seen all year. Don’t miss the View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding music:
Recessional: “Walking on a Dream,” Empire of the Sun
First Dance: “Skinny Love,” Bon Iver

Wedding vendors (Bristol, RI):

Wedding venue: Mt. Hope Farm / Wedding photographer: Rebecca Hansen / Wedding flowers: Robin Hollow Farms / Wedding gown: Nicole Miller / Bride’s headband: Eddera Paris / Bride’s shoes: J. Crew / Bride’s necklace: COATT / Groom’s suit and shoes: Hugo Boss / Groom’s tie and shirt: Paul Smith / Musician: Scott R. Arrington / Wedding caterer: Russell Morin / Wedding cakes: Sin Bakery and Pastiche Bakery / Wedding invitations: made by bride and groom / Transportation: School Bus from Fisher Bus Inc.

Rebecca Hansen is a member of wedding vendor guide, Blue Label. Click here to view her portfolio.

The bride, Brooke, is selling her wedding gown! Click HERE to view her listing.

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