Wedding bouquets, we love you SO MUCH that it was almost impossible narrowing down this list of Ruffled’s Best of Bouquets for 2016. Seriously. Make sure to pin your favorites or let us know your favorite in the comments! Also, be sure to check out Best of 2016: Fashion and Best of 2016: Ceremonies if you haven’t already.
If you follow us on Instagram (and if you don’t, here’s a handy little link here), you may already be familiar with our #ruffledblooms hashtag. If you take a peek, you can see all sorts of inspiring bouquets, ceremony decor, centerpieces, and so much more in one space from the best floral designers. In celebration of all the gorgeous arrangements we’ve seen, we’ve compiled some of our favorites so far to share today, so get ready to be inspired by these beauties.
Want to show off your floral design work? Be sure to tag us #ruffledblooms to be featured on our feed!
What would a Best Of list be without mentioning bouquets? No matter how many we see over the years, they’re all unique snowflakes full of their own distinct beauty, so you can imagine how difficult it was to compile this list of 2015’s Best Bouquets. In no particular order, here’s our mix of our favorite + the most popular bouquets:
The light colors of the bouquet in this wedding photographed by High Five For Love Photography won us over.
We love the use of poppies in the bouquet from this vow renewal photographed by Delbarr Moradi with floral design by Amanda Luu Floral Design.
Bouquets are perhaps the most iconic aspect of a wedding day, and this past year we’ve seen some absolute show-stoppers. This list was nearly impossible to pare down; we had so many great contenders this year! In no particular order, here are some of our personal favorites and some of the big hitters on Pinterest:
Few things perk up my day as much as upbeat, modern wedding styling, so I’m sure you can imagine my delight when we came across this stunner from Angel He Photography, Showorks Events, and Oh Hello Events. On top of its fresh and organic styling, it has a color palette I can’t seem to get enough of, mixing navy, copper, and soft greens to create an aesthetic that makes our hearts sing.
From the photographer, Angel He: This wedding editorial focuses on what happens when a certain kind of gorgeous light touches various textures within the fresh and new Epicurean Hotel in Tampa, Florida. Our design team sought out natural, reclaimed wood textures and incorporated mixed metallics and Edison bulbs to highlight the delight in the wedding party enjoying the tablescape.
Our models were authentic friends and the bride and groom reveled in the small, sweet moments of the editorial – including being surrounded by the warmth of those they love. The photos showcases multiple locations within the Epicurean, including a swanky rooftop bar, and the sweetest of cake shops, Chocolate Pi. The story is simply a romantic, intimate wedding party and the best our city has to offer in design and service.
Shoot Location: Tampa, FL / Photographer: Angel He Photography / Event Design, Flowers, and Light Design: Showorks Events / Event Design, Stationery, and Event Coordination: Oh Hello Events / Venue and Accommodations: Epicurean Hotel / Wedding Dress: Malindy Elene Bridal / Shoes and Jewelry: Navy Hyde Park / Menswear, Bridesmaids’ Dresses, and Bridesmaids’ Jewelry: La France / Hair: Michelle Nelson / Makeup: B.MOORE ARTISTRY / Bow Ties: Ella Bing / Caterer: Elevage / Wedding Cake and Sweets: Chocolate Pi / Bar Tending: Edge / Tableware: Sassy Settings / Wood Decor and Cake Topper: Z Create Design / Wedding Invitation Printing: Invitation Consultants
One of our favorite things about this styled shoot from the wonderful Photo by Betsy, Bricolage Curated Florals, and Olive & Rye is how it shows you don’t need a ton of color to give off a feeling of spring. Sure, we love loud punches of color, but the crisp white and green color palette in this wedding inspiration makes us feel refreshed, inspired, and helps us focus on the love between the bride and groom.
From the photographer, Photo by Betsy: This Nordic-inspired Spring shoot was brought on simply by the idea of a “simple” wedding. I wanted to photograph something clean, sweet, and clear. For place mats, we gathered white/off-white records. The place “cards” are found river rocks marked just by using a white sharpie paint pen tied with a thin piece of twine around them for a simple frill. 2Tarts Bakery in New Braunfels contributed a smooth two-tiered white cake, creme brûlée macaroons and jam thumbprint cookies (placed on a vintage hand drum).
With a flower-adorned passed-down ladder and old photos of family members in love, we tied in personal touches. For smaller details, the bride wore a brown beaded belt from Anthropologie and the groom wore a precious ivory whale tie clip from J. Crew. We had so much fun celebrating the couple’s love and gawking at every simple touch from the shoot’s designer.
Shoot Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Photo by Betsy / Event Design: Olive & Rye (julieoliveandrye @ gmail.com) / Floral Design: Bricolage Curated Florals / Venue: 718 Studios / Wedding Dress: Serendipity Bridal / Jewelry: Olive / Tie Clip: J. Crew / Wedding Cake: 2Tarts Bakery
If you think there aren’t many places more stunning to marry in than Hawaii, then you’d be right – just ask the bride and groom from today’s wedding, shot by photographer Austin Gros. The beauty of the day was only heightened by bride Leah’s Ulla-Maija lace wedding gown and protea-filled floral design from Passion Roots.
From the bride, Leah: I wanted to get married on ‘Oahu where I grew up, outside under a big tree, but my husband wanted to get married where he was from in Lincoln, Nebraska in a Catholic church. We compromised and got married on ‘Oahu in a Catholic church and had the reception in a botanical garden. We had our reception at a botanical garden and set up long rows of tables and chairs under a big Monkeypod tree. Besides the lush botanicals, the venue features roaming peacocks, and even a natural waterfall at the end of the property where guests can swim in a postcard-perfect setting. All this fit with our idea of an old world, exotic, nature experience amongst our close family and friends.
With the wedding taking place in Hawai’i at a botanical garden, I pulled together the history of explorer Captain James Cook and our affinity for the natural sciences to create a scene that featured: nautical décor, a vintage globe, antique and aged wood accents, a cake decorated with black pearls, a garland made out of their oyster shells, and lush natural looking centerpieces. Together with the blush, nude, grey and gold color scheme, one’s imagination could’ve described the whole scene as a garden party, thrown by Captain Cook’s wife with things collected from the ship and garden. A real eclectic, whimsical mix that added to the botanical ambiance.
The surroundings and flower decorations were important to my husband and I, as I am a biologist and my husband an entomologist. Naturally, this part of the wedding planning was a big deal. When one works in the flower industry it is actually quite difficult to narrow down your favorites. All I could commit to was a King Protea in my bridal bouquet. The flower seemed to go with the large bloom featured in the lace in my dress. Plus, the protea held a special meaning – centered around a beetle pollination expedition to Cape Town, South Africa’s Kirstenboch Botanical Gardens with my bridesmaid, Cari.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? People will invite themselves. So, have a response prepared like, “We are still working on the guest list.” This lets them know not to be presumptuous in a polite way. Remember to say thank you to those who have helped you. On the day of your wedding, empty your mind of any expectations; of how things should look, etc. Just like clearing cache on a computer. The void of expectations will help you maintain joy throughout the day and not get bothered by the things that don’t work out the way you planned; all the while helping you to remember that this is a party you’ve planned and to focus on the fact that you will be spending your life together. Wait a week or two before you leave for your honeymoon, because you will be exhausted after your wedding is done. Waiting will help you enjoy it better and be more willing to explore the wherever you go, rather than staying in the hotel the whole time. Unless that’s all you want to do, in which case don’t go anywhere far or expensive – just spend it all on a super luxurious hotel room.
o We decided to make our own playlists for the Cocktail Hour, Dinner and Dancing portions of the evening and hooked up an iPod to rented speakers.
Bridal Party Processional: “Psalm,” M. Ward
Bridal Processional: “Ave Maria,” Franz Schubert
Recessional: “Oh Happy Day,” edited from the Sister Act 2 Soundtrack
First Dance: “Sweet Disposition,” The Temper Tramp
Wedding Location: Hale’iwa, Oahu, HI / Photographer: Austin Gros / Floral Design: Passion Roots / Ceremony Venue: Saint Joachim Catholic Mission Church, Punalu’u, HI / Reception Venue: Waimea Valley Botanical Garden and Arboretum, Hale’iwa, HI / Wedding Dress: Ulla-Maija/Anna Maier “Bianca,” purchased at Gabrielle’s Bridal Atelier / Shoes: Nina Shoes / Bracelet: Kate Spade / Engagement Ring: Memoire / Hair and Makeup: Amanda Gros / Groom’s Suit: Black Lapel / Groom’s Shoes: Bloomingdales / Caterer: Ke Nui Kitchen at Waimea Valley / Wedding Cake: The four tiered cake was made by me via Martha Stewart inspiration. It was only for display, and the actual cake was sheet cake cut up in the kitchen and served to guests on plates / Sheet Cake: Dee Lite Bakery / Tables and Chairs: Royal Party Rentals / Sound Equipment Rentals: Subsidiary of Waimea Valley Botanical Garden and Arboretum
What yearly wedding wrap-up would be complete without one of our very favorite wedding details, the bouquet? We’ve had some true stunners this year – in fact, it was so difficult to narrow it down to 10 that we had to include one extra! And of course you can follow us our board on Pinterest for so much more. Let’s take a peek at some of our favorite floral designs and most popular bouquets this year:
The emergence of springs means the debut of flowers we haven’t seen in months — and the blush pink hues and ivory blooms you see here top our list for warm weather floral favorites. Florist Petal Pixie and photographer Tonya Peterson came together to showcase this fluffy, showstopping bouquet, along with two options for matching boutonnieres.
We’ve covered some of our best hits from ceremonies, receptions and DIY tutorials, but what’s a Best Of Weddings list without looking at some incredible bouquet arrangements? 2012 was especially full of endless floral beauty, so we’ve compiled some our top 10 favorites here, in no particular order:
We don’t quite know how she does it, but whenever we see images from Alea Lovely, they look straight out of a dream. This day-after shoot from a destination wedding in Mexico is no exception — from the bride’s gauzy gown to the groom’s all-white attire, this couple popped straight out of our daydreams and into our inbox!
From the bride, Lynette: We had a wedding for our families about one month before our wedding in Tulum, Mexico, and we wanted to make sure our Mexico wedding was just perfect and personal for us- everything we had pictured for our wedding day. So, this in itself was a bit of a unique situation, since for the last 6 months or so prior to mid September, we had been planning two weddings, one three day, 350 person multicultural wedding and one destination wedding. We figured that since our families got the wedding of their dreams, that we were fully entitled to the wedding of our dreams! Ever since Omar and I were engaged, we had envisioned an intimate wedding at a private estate situated on the beach with our closest friends. I wanted to find a location that was easy to access from the US (so that our friends would go) and actually made a list of descriptive adjectives we had in mind when we set out to find the perfect venue. We made a list entitiled “Vibe we are going for: beach, outdoors, romantic, floral, chic, spiritual, hippy, exotic, laid-back, fun, playful, party, Zen”.
It was really important for me to choose a place that definitely had abundant natural beauty and spiritual energy, and then Tulum popped up in my online searches. It was the perfect location because we were getting married in 2012 (for those of you who know about Mayan Prophecy and the upcoming “shift in consciousness”). The name of the house we rented was Casa Chic. Loved the place because it was rustic and natural but modern and glam all at the same time.
I found a reputable wedding planner in the area, Leanne Marie Weddings, who had a lovely local assistant, Maju, and a network of vendors and contacts in the Riviera Maya. We couldn’t have done without these ladies, the vendors and services they all brought together was outstanding! I was so concerned that the Tulum wedding would fall to the sidelines because we were so focused on the traditional family wedding, so I just had to trust that everything was going to come together. It was amazing to see it play out perfectly!
My dress was flowy and light -a stark contrast to my stunning, albeit heavily beaded and just plain HEAVY dress from the family wedding. I had a lot of fun picking out statement accessories for a simple canvas. I felt lucky that I got to meet many great women at bridal stores with lots of style because they connected me with a lot of designers and ideas for inspiration. It felt special to top off my look with my mom’s diamond and pearl earrings. I just felt like a goddess that day, which is exactly how I wanted to feel on my wedding day! When Omar saw me for the first time in my gown and finished look he said, “This is exactly how I pictured you to look on our wedding day”.
One of my favorite moments was a surprise guitar serenade to “Maps” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on the beach during Omar’s vows, accompanied by my dear friend Amanda McAllister, an opera singer in LA. There was also fire dancer and drum show and then we finished off our first dance with fireworks!
We were surrounded by 20 of our dearest friends, who have come into our lives over the last 10 years of our “dating” relationship, many of whom were special to us before we even met. It felt incredible to have everyone there, having a blast, dancing, eating amazing food, enjoying the stunning ocean, the sound of the waves, great music, celebrating our love, and enjoying the present moment. And Alea Lovely was there to capture it all!
In our busy adult lives its rare that large groups of friends get the space and opportunity to be able to share experiences like this with each other (weddings are the perfect time for this) it was the perfect week and the rest of my life with the one I love will always be a Honeymoon!
Wedding Location: Tulum, Mexico / Wedding Photographer: Alea Lovely / Ceremony Venue: Hechizo / Reception Venue: Casa Chic / Wedding Planning and Design: LM Weddings / Decor: Floreria Jardin & Artevelas / Wedding Dress: Saja / Hair Accessory: Claire Pettibone / Bride’s Belt: Ranjana Khan / Shoes: Paris by Debra Moreland / Hair and Makeup: MVP Hair and Makeup / Music: BOLE / DJ: Mood Events / Videographer: Cinematic Riveria Maya
When we think of All-Star teams of wedding professionals, the lineup would run something like this styled shoot for Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Magazine. With images from Leo Patrone, flowers from Honey of a Thousand Flowers, Emily Brooks Floral Design, La Fleur, and Artisan Bloom, and styling from Saucy & Kitsch, this shoot is sure to inspire any bride currently planning her own wedding.
From Samantha Gardner and Tessa Woolf of Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Magazine: When dreaming up this feature for the summer/fall issue of Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom magazine, we were inspired by “the language of flowers” — we wanted to showcase blooms and greenery rich in symbolism and history. After all, the flowers brides carried were originally meant to each have meaning, not simply be a pretty posy.
We envisioned our model as the beautiful bookish type, sitting at a stately desk, studying flowers, herbs, and all things botanical. The Washington School House Hotel in Park City, Utah was the perfect location to execute our “educational” photo shoot. First built in 1889, it’s one of the last surviving original school houses in the U.S. and one of the oldest historical buildings in Park City. The hotel features the school’s original quarried limestone exterior, but the interior has been renovated to be a luxe urban-mountain retreat and boutique hotel.
To bring our inspiration to life, we teamed up with photographer Leo Patrone, event designers and stylists Saucy & Kitsch, and florists Honey of a Thousand Flowers, Emily Brooks Floral Design, La Fleur, and Artisan Bloom. With four gorgeous bouquets, props galore, and three little white dresses, we got to work. We set up shop in the hotel’s historic living room, featuring 16-foot ceilings, original antiques, a cozy fireplace, and a massive antler chandelier lacquered in white and layered with crystals. The posh setting and all-white atmosphere created a cool, serene backdrop for the photo shoot.
Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers created a lush bouquet of garden roses. Garden roses have been around since ancient times (paintings of the flowers dating back to the 14th century have been found in the Middle East), long before the modern day hybrid tea rose was introduced in the 19th century. Kellie Jackstien of Artisan Bloom mixed vibrant flowers including coral peonies, miniature green hydrangea, purple veronica and anemone, green and white parrot tulips, and yellow and red and green variegated ranunculus with French pussy willow for a colorful bouquet. Peonies are said to represent bashfulness but are also symbolic of devotion. Pussy willow branches come from willow trees which are associated with new beginnings.
Natalie Bernhisel-Robinson of La Fleur clustered spiked thistle, smooth succulents, soft hydrangea, paper-thin ranunculus, refined orchids, and delicate maidenhair fern for a texture-rich bouquet. Thistle is an ancient Celtic symbol of a noble birth and character. Throughout history, the meanings of orchids have included love, beauty, and strength. Florist and garden designer Emily Brooks Wayment of Emily Brooks Floral Design dreamed up an architectural bouquet including ranunculus, lotus pods, Green Eye roses, astilbe, lisianthus, hanging amaranthus, star of Bethlehem, and more. Ranunculus was first discovered in Persian gardens in the 1600s by an English traveler who shipped the blooms back to England, where they were welcomed with enthusiasm. Star of Bethlehem symbolizes hope, reconciliation, guidance, and purity.
Shoot Location: Park City, UT / Photographer: Leo Patrone / Creative Director: Samantha Gardner of Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Magazine / Shoot Editor and Wardrobe Stylist: Tessa Woolf of Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Magazine / Prop Stylists: Saucy & Kitsch / Flowers: Honey of a Thousand Flowers, Emily Brooks Floral Design, La Fleur, and Artisan Bloom / Dresses: Betsy Couture, Ivy & Aster, and Modern Trousseau via Lily & Iris / Jewelry: Katie Waltman Jewelry and Lanny Barnard Gallery / Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair and Makeup: Gabby Gabbitas / Shoot Venue: Washington School House Hotel
We love opening our inbox to see drop dead gorgeousness submitted to us by none other than the bride herself! Rachel and Scott married in Queensland with a truly handmade affair captured to perfection by Trigger Happy Images. We admire Rachel’s advice of looking outside the box for non-wedding vendors to help scrimp and save in various areas of your budget!
From the bride, Rachel: As Scott is British and I am Australian, our first decision was where to hold the wedding. In the end we decided to hold it in Australia as this is where we are currently living, but thought it was be amazing to have an English garden themed wedding. We had an amazing group of family and friends that came all the way from the UK for the day, so we wanted to make it a day everyone would all enjoy and remember. The Gold Coast Botanic Gardens were exactly what we were looking for. There was a huge fig tree right by the water, and a natural bamboo archway leading down to it. Perfect!
From the very beginning we decided that we would have a DIY wedding. We had a small budget, but also wanted it to be personalised and reflect us a couple. We wanted each of the bridal party to have quirky accessories that suited them. I chose different earrings and brooches for the girls that suited them, and Scott picked watches and socks for the boys.
We collected jam jars for months for decor and for drinks at the ceremony! DIY elements included our invites, decorations, bouquets, guestbook, and sashes for the bridesmaid dresses. Making our invites was super fun! We love photos, so created a photographic invite, with pics of ourselves. We then had the formal invite details on the back, and stitched both sides together, and tied each invite with twine and a postage tag with the guests name hand written.
For the ceremony we collected the decorations all throughout our engagement. Lanterns, vintage lace from my grandma’s glory box, bunting. We had our English guests bring fondant fancies & party rings, and we made jugs of pims and lemonade, and iced apple & cinnamon tea for refreshments afterwards.
Our main advice for other couples would be to do as much as you can by yourselves, it makes it personal and from the heart. Look for non bridal suppliers to save where you can. Wedding dress, bridal party outfits, flowers from wholesalers – you can find amazing things when you think outside the box!
Wedding Vendors (Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia):
Ceremony Location: Gold Coast Regional Botanic Gardens / Reception Location: The Garlic Clove / Wedding Photographer: Trigger Happy Images / Ceremony Decor: Original Occasions / Wedding Flowers: Bride and bridesmaids / Wedding Dress: Sue Wong / Wedding Shoes: Wittner / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ASOS / Hair: Candy Hairdressing / Makeup: Lea Beauty / Groom’s Shirt: ASOS / Groom’s Trousers and Bow Tie: Roger David / Wedding Cake: My Little Cupcake Empire / String Trio: Tonic / Stationery: Bride and Groom / Celebrant: Clarah Luxford / Transportation: Byron Bay Retro Cars
Piggybacking on all the great ideas to be found in this morning’s Vintage Film Love Shoot, Event Designer Gianna SanFilippo of Chic Celebrations, with gorgeous florals by Heavenly Blooms and photographer Krista Mason, along with a dream team of vendors, created this drop dead gorgeous wedding shoot inspired by film and lace. You’ve seen the engagement inspiration, now they are going to show us the transformation to a wedding:
Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):
Event Venue: Monk Space / Wedding Photographer: Krista Mason / Event Designer: Gianna SanFilippo of Chic Celebrations / Wedding Flowers: Heavenly Blooms / Wedding Cupcakes: Cupcakes Couture / Furniture Rentals: Found Vintage Rentals / Flatware, China, Glassware: Casa de Perrin / Wedding Invitations: AzulSahara / Calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher / Napkins: La Tavola Linens
Spring is a season that just begs to see bright and fun fabrics, so we were understandably excited to see this cheery gingham bouquet inspiration created by Karin Woodward of Haute Horticulture and shot by Annabella Charles Photography. We’re particularly fond of the hodgepodge of different flowers in varying shades of pink, and not to mention that scrumptious-looking strawberry and whipped cream cake!
All of the above flowers:
Pink: Hydrangea, Sweet Pea, Tulips, Waxflower, Hyacinth, and includes extra Green Hellebore, Pink Jasmine Vine, Double Knock Out Roses (from my garden) in hot pink, and Honeysuckle vine.
From the event stylist, Karin of Haute Horticulture: We took 5 “bridesmaid’s” bouquets different flowers… same colors. We then recycled them and made the “bridal” bouquet. We took Pink Gingham fabric from the local fabric store and tied a giant bow around the bouquet instead of ribbon. The fabric actually holds a big bow much better than ribbon and is super cute. We then made a cute summertime cake with whipped cream and strawberries instead of icing.
The Button Hole (Boutonniere) was made from Green Hellebore and Waxflower.
Wedding Vendors (Memphis, TN):
When we saw this wedding bouquet from DeFiore Photography and Hana Style Designs, we just knew we had to share it. Carnations are often left aside in lieus of more glamorous bloms, but this fluffy bouquet make is proof carnations can have a space in the stylish scene too – like in this post we shared a few days ago. Read on for more inspiration behind this lovely greenhouse shoot:
From the photographer, Danielle: As spring looms, I tend to think about blooming flowers, feminine essence and the return of light. In fact, spring was the inspirations for my recent shoot at Bath Gardens with Brittany from Hanna Style Designs and Keegan Steele from Steele the Spotlight. It was so much fun playing with light, color and fresh combinations right before the spring wedding season! The ivories, light peaches and coral colors add a great backdrop that helps the navy pop, providing amazing detail to a simple bouquet while keeping it fresh, light and naturally feminine. Carnations, although an uncommon wedding flower choice, really offers a delicate softness to the arrangement and gives it a rustic feel.
Flower used in these arrangements:
4. Seeded Eucalyptus
Wedding Vendors (Colorado):
Our friend and floral design Janie Medley – who you may also know her for her blog, The Bride’s Cafe, is back with us today to share another stunning floral bouquet! Keep reading to learn more about the flowers and greenery used in arranging this gorgeous, fluffy flower arrangement. Photos by the amazing Amelia Johnson.
From Janie Medley: The best time to purchase ranunculus is now… January through May. This time of the year is when they are in abundance and you can find them in so many yummy and vibrant colors. You will not be able to get them during the hottest months of the summer and you will see certain colors slowly start coming to the market in the fall.
Tulips can be purchased year round, however, you can’t get all varieties during the year. As with
ranunculus, the best time to purchase them are now. There is an abundance of colors and varieties at the market.
Sweet peas are available from December through May. White Scabiosa – you can find this flower year round but all colors may not be available.
Maidenhair fern, seeded eucalyptus, Queen Anne’s lace are in season year round.
I’m in utter heaven with this styled shoot from Jaclyn Davis — total floral heaven. Peachy floral arrangements never get old for me, and these vintage dresses in sorbet colors are the perfect match. They’d make such great bridesmaids dresses! Continue on to see some serious perfection styled by Flora Bond and florals by Lemon Blossom Designs:
From the stylist, Nicole of Flora Bond and Laura of Lemon Blossom Designs: For this shoot, we created a sweet rustic-meets-Anthropologie ambiance, with vintage flowing dresses in pinks and ivories and accessories with pretty pleats and ruffles. The entire color palette included mint blue as the base color and was accented by pops of peach, orange, yellow, pink, coral, red, and burgundy. For the table flowers, a blue wooden fruit compote complimented the flowers and created the organic flowing arrangement out of dogwood foliage, passion vine, green apples, cafe au lait dinnerplate dahlias, fresh cut garden roses, sweet ranunculus, and persimmon fruit. Persimmon fruit was placed loosely around the arrangement and dahlias graced the vintage dinner plates. Blowing in the wind above the table were handmade chandeliers made of vintage wallpapers in blues, and naturals.
Location: Idaho countryside / Photographer: Jaclyn Davis / Event Stylist: Flora Bond / Makeup and Hair: The Twisted Crown / Desserts: The Caramel Tree / Florist: Lemon Blossom Designs / Vintage Wedding Dresses and Accessories: Flora Bond / Stationery: Martha Hatfield (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The flowers from this Pasadena wedding shot by Alders Photography are sending us completely over the moon. No matter how many stunning boutonnieres, arrangements, and centerpieces we see here at Ruffled, sometimes you just can’t beat a fluffy pink bouquet. Make sure you read on to find out how this gorgeous couple met — talk about one serious love connection. It’s one of those love stories you would only think it existed in movies.
From the bride, Mouna: Zak is from Ohio, I am from California. One day, late 2006, Zak searched his last name on Facebook to see if there were any other Salahiehs living in the US and my name showed up. At first, our instinct was to trace back whether we were related. After all, Salahieh is not a common name in the US. It turns out, Salahieh was common in Syria, our home country. Same last name, both from Syria, but not related! After a few months of e-mails, and sleepless AIM chats, we realized that our relationship was more than just “Hello.” Zak flew out to California to see if our relationship would take off upon meeting. Lo & behold, it did!
After visits back & forth, Zak moved to California. A few months later we got engaged, & a year later we got married. Old Town Pasadena is a special place for us where we’d often go on dates. Cafe Santorini was one of those dates! The food is amazing! We later learned about the reception hall The Rococo Room. We felt it was a perfect fit for our wedding. Our most vivid memory from the wedding day was our entrance. We walked in to The Cinematic Orchestra’s “That Home.”
Any advice for future brides? Biggest advice is to just go out there and have a good time. Don’t get too caught up with the details. Your wedding day goes by so fast so try to take it easy & enjoy every moment. Keep in mind that you are celebrating with your closest friends & family so there’s no reason to be nervous. Even if something goes wrong, just make the best out of it, let loose & dance!
Wedding Vendors (Pasadena, CA):
Reception Venue: The Rococo Room of Cafe Santorini / Wedding Photographer: Alders Photography / Wedding Dress: Karoza Designs / Wedding Flowers: Jabe’s Events and Party Rentals / Wedding Cake: Vanilla Bakeshop / Bride’s Hair: Aline Dera / DJ: DJ Nedal
Winter brides, meet your new best friend: Amaryllis. This bloom has a silky feathery texture, which reminds us of stylish floral sashes on wedding gowns. We will leave with you Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers and her inspiration with this bloom:
Inspiration board credits, clockwise: Alder Manor wedding shot by Brookelyn Photography; Kelmscott Manor; mercury glass vases from Horchow; Alder Manor photoshoot by Readyluck; Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland
From Sarah Winward: I love the idea of a cozy winter wedding in a historic building. Perhaps the environment is a bit dark with only some chandeliers and windows for light… we would use lots of candles in tarnished candlesticks to make the tables glow. In this centerpiece arrangement rich orange and blues are contrasted with flowers that are a true white, a perfect color combination to match the moody but elegant venue. Amaryllis are a wonderful flower for winter weddings, they are large, and have a shape similar to a lily, with several blooms on each stem. Privet berry, kumquat and ranunculus (a few of my winter staples).
We’ve got even more 2011 goodness with a special focus on a few of our favorite wedding bouquets of the year! It was terribly difficult to narrow down our selections to only a handful, but be sure to see even more floral beauty in the galleries. Without further ado, and in no particular order, here are some stunners:
7. New Mexico wedding captured by Clary Photo. Flowers by mother of the groom.
Delve into a sea of pretty blooms here in the gallery.
Peonies are truly a perennial wedding favorite. They’re fluffy, colorful, and can be utilized in so many different ways to liven up a bouquet. The always-incredible Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers has more than a few ideas of how to work the Red Charm variety into your floral arrangements that are sure to be crowd-pleasers. Without further ado, here’s Sarah:
From Sarah: Everyone loves peonies. I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t love them, and I dread the day I may meet such a person. Peonies are lush and charming, seeing or smelling one seems to evoke images of country cottages with pathways lined with them.
Peonies begin blooming in the late spring and continue into early summer. They are available again as cut flowers beginning in late fall and into winter. This variety is called Red Charm. Red Charm peonies are the most gorgeous velvety rich shade of red. I love them used with darker colors when they are available in the fall, and used as deeper accent to colorful palette in the spring. Most peonies are very delicate and are fairly fickle as cut flowers if they are out of water in bouquets, but the red charm is another story. It has a strong stem, and the blooms are hearty. Their large blooms are surprisingly heavy, too. They can last a couple of days out of water if the weather isn’t too hot.
This arrangement shows the richness that the peony can bring to a dark color palette, perfect for a fall or winter wedding. Other flowers used in this bouquet were dahlia, ornamental peppers, smoke bush, rosemary, and fall leaves berries.
Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a member of Blue Label and is available for weddings worldwide.
This wedding is one incredible example of city chic style. Millie and Joseph married at The Standard Hotel in New York City, and had a reception full of utterly sweet vintage details designed by none other than Hatch Creative Studio. Both bride and groom are filmmakers by trade, so we knew their wedding would be ridiculously creative. Big thanks to Clayton Austin for sharing this beautiful city wedding with us!
From the bride, Millie: Joe and I are visual people (filmmakers by trade); we felt the aesthetic of the wedding should reflect our love of both vintage and modern. We wanted as intimate and personal an experience as possible: our guest list was 60.
I handwrote notes to each of our guests, letting them know how much we appreciated their presence that day. Joe’s brother Mike helped me tie each note up with twine, a clothespin, and a Photoshopped image of Joe and me together as children. The notes were waiting for each guest at their place settings at the reception.
Joe and his sister Sarah put together a video piece in which he talked about our relationship and what I meant to him. Unbeknownst to me, he’d been working on this project for months while I was out of the apartment or asleep. I bawled when I saw it for the first time. We thought it might be fun to share it with our guests.
We also showed a compilation of clips from our favorite movies, and a funny video piece our friend Tim made about Joe. We connected my laptop to the projector and used Skype to call our friend Max into the storytelling hour of the reception. It was a great way to involve Max, who would have loved to be present in person but lives in Sydney, Australia. We were thrilled to book The Standard New York as our reception venue: in addition to its sharp and eye-catching design, it happens to overlook the High Line, the park in which Joe asked me to marry him.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t be overly concerned with convention. Your day can be whatever you want it to be.
Wedding Vendors (NYC):
Ceremony Venue: Church of St. Ignatius Loyola / Reception Venue: The Standard Hotel NY / Photographer: Clayton Austin Love Stories / Wedding planner or event designer: Wedding planner: Gigi Dement / Event designer and Florist: Hatch Creative Studio / Wedding Dress, Veil, Shoes and other accessories: I bought my dress (from the WToo Collection: Marguerite) and accessories at Lovely Bridal / Shoes: Badgley Mischka / Hair: Emma Heser @ Cutler 57 / Makeup: their own / Caterer: In-house catering at The Standard New York / Wedding Dessert: Assorted pies from Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn, NY; cupcakes and banana pudding from Magnolia Bakery / Wedding invitations: Swiss Cottage Designs / Videographer: we asked some of our friends/guests (also filmmakers) to shoot the ceremony and reception on 4 different HD and Super 8 cameras.
If courthouse wedding elicits a vision of underplanned simplicity for you, prepare to have your mind utterly blown. In the midst of wedding planning, Chelsea and Nate had a change of heart and decided to elope to their local county courthouse, bringing along the awesome Kat Braman to photograph the results. Their day was just as beautiful as any other I’ve seen!
From the photographer, Kat: Chelsea and Nate originally planned on getting married in Florida and decided to elope instead. Chelsea emailed me and asked me to pick their wedding date. They ended up inviting their closest family and friends to their elopement and created a beautiful wedding exactly like them: warm, intimate, fun and completely stylish. I was so honored to be there to document their unique date; My favorite moment was the elevator ride with 2 convicts in orange jumpsuits on the way to the ceremony. We weren’t sure what the Courthouse would say when 20+ people showed up to witness a wedding, but everything worked out exactly how Chelsea and Nate wanted it.
From the bride, Chelsea: We decided early on that we weren’t interested in having a traditional wedding and since neither of us were keen on being the center of attention, a courthouse elopement seemed fitting. We wanted our day to feel spontaneous and intimate with a vintage feel to match the character of the 81 year old courthouse. From the borrowed jewelry, to the look of handpicked flowers, to the cupcake shop that we walked to after the ceremony –we wanted to create a day that felt effortless.
I’d describe our wedding as simple and organic with some vintage flair. We started with neutrals and earth tones – whites, beiges, greens, and greys – and added pops of blue and red to match the beautiful painted ceilings of the courthouse. Initially I got a little DIY crazy (like all brides do) and eventually limited myself to 2 projects – the hair piece I wore and the magnets that we gave to our guests – with other mini projects sprinkled in.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Since I did all the planning myself it was really important for me to prioritize. Make a list of what’s most important and focus on those things. Also, find a photographer that shares your same vision. Those photos might last longer than your memories so make sure they’re going to capture your day the way you envision.
Wedding vendors (Asheville, NC):
Ceremony venue: Buncombe County Courthouse / Reception venue: The Market Place / Wedding Photographer: Kat Braman Photography / Wedding dress: Calypso St. Barth / Bride’s sweater: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids’ dresses: chosen by bridesmaids / Bride’s shoes: Loeffler Randall / Groom’s suit: J. Crew / Wedding flowers: Blossoms at Biltmore Park / Wedding hair: Bliss Salon / Wedding invitations: e.m. papers / Wedding cupcakes: The Sisters McMullen Cupcake Corner / Hair accessories: made by bride
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This wedding brings together the best of all words — one part rustic, one part vintage, and just enough femininity to set our hearts aflutter. How absolutely adorable is the bride’s setup of shoes for the day? There’s something to be said for preparedness! Don’t miss the gallery to check out more images from the fabulous Michele M. Waite!
From the bride, Carly: We wanted our wedding to feel cozy and warm, not too fancy, but still with a little luxury. The rustic charm and outdoorsy feeling of Willows Lodge is one of the reasons we chose it.
Rustic, Vintage, Spring, Earthy, Lovely, and Sweet describe our day. Our color scheme was peach with pale blue and mint. We also used beige/champagne as a neutral. I also love patterns and fabrics, so I used a lot of those too.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t be overly stressed about details, they may seem important now but they won’t be high on your priority list on the day of… and delegate tasks for the day of and allow yourself to enjoy your day!
Processional: Michael Buble, “Everything”
Recessional: The Temptations, “My Girl”
Wedding vendors (Woodinville, WA):
Wedding venue: Willows Lodge / Wedding photographer: Michele M. Waite / Wedding flowers: Fleurt / Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander / Ceremony shoes: Bourne / Reception shoes: Daniblack / “Later on” shoes: Seychelles / Rain boots: Dav / Hair accessories and lace gloves: BHLDN / Earrings and right-hand ring: Anthropologie / Necklace: Terrain / Hair and makeup: Ola Salon / Bridesmaids’ dresses: chosen by bridesmaids / Groom’s suit: J. Crew / Ties: Tie Obsessed / Groom’s shoes: Santoni / Wedding musician: Joe Pereira / Wedding catering: The Barking Frog at Willows Lodge / Desserts: Top Pot / Cake topper: Lollipop Workshop / “Be Calm and Marry On” sign: And the Sign Says / Wedding invitations: designed by bride
Wedding photographer Jen Huang has all but perfected the art of the wedding portrait. Kevin and Tinwin married in Wente Vineyards in Livermore, CA, with a color scheme of every pastel under the sun. There’s more where these came from, so don’t miss the gallery!
From the photographer, Jen: Kevin and Tinwin put together their beautiful candy table and had lavender with different colored ties to represent which entree the guest would be having. Small votives inside paper bags served as table numbers and a “just married” banner by Purple Peony couture, a paper parasol, and hand made mustaches were used for their bridal portraits.
Says the bride, Tinwin: Our vision was a spring garden and wine country themed wedding. Our colors were light peach, gray, taupe, light green, white, and yellow.
Tinwin’s words of advice for future brides: Everything will go by super fast — try to enjoy the process and don’t get overwhelmed in the details!
Wedding Vendors (Livermore, CA):
Ceremony and reception venue: Wente Vineyards / Wedding photographer: Jen Huang / Wedding dress: Monique Lhuillier / Wedding shoes: Badgley Mishcka and Caparros / Necklace: Nordstrom / Bracelet : J. Crew / Wedding hair: Misty Spinney / Makeup: Julie Dy / Wedding flowers: Floral Design Studio / Bridesmaid’s dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s suit: J. Crew / Wedding musician: RockIt Entertainment / Wedding catering: Wente Vineyards / Wedding invitations: designed by bride’s friend, Tiffany Webster / Transportation: Polly Martini Limos
Occasionally, it gets difficult for us to stop staring at a wedding. This couldn’t be more fitting for this Ojai wedding sent to us by Vikki of All You Need is Love Events. Kristin and Josh are one couple clearly smitten with each other, as you’ll easily see from their wedding day pictures. The bride’s blusher veil, her Rivini gown, and the Ojai Valley Inn’s lush grounds are only made that much more beautiful by the prowess of photographers Michael and Anna Costa. Check out the rest of the images in the gallery!
From the bride, Kristin: Location was the biggest decision of our wedding because we wanted the feel of the wedding and designs to integrate naturally with our location rather than trying to overlay our ideas onto the venue. We chose the Ojai Valley Inn for the natural beauty, the classic, rustic, and elegant architecture, and exceptional service and food. We chose colors to reflect the beauty of the Ojai Valley and surrounding mountains and the famed Pink Moment when the sun goes down and reflects off the mountains — which we planned for right after the ceremony. Design-wise we went with a classic, vintage feel to match the Spanish Colonial style of the Ojai Valley Inn, built in the 1920s.
The groom wore a dark navy suit and a pale pink button-down made especially for him by Brooks Brothers. The reversible custom bow tie was made for him by Figs, and incorporated the grays, blues, and pinks used elsewhere in the color palette. He bought his brown monk-strap shoes in downtown LA and stressed them to an oxblood color using black shoe polish and a scrub brush. I wore a French lace, strapless Rivini dress with an organza silk empire bow that draped wide all the way down the back past the train. My shoes were covered in Swarovski crystals. My veil was an original half duster in front and back. I borrowed her vintage cream-colored Spanish shawl from my friend and stylist/designer, Allison Leach. I wore a bright blue vintage brooch by Harlow Jewelry, re-appropriated as a necklace.
All You Need is Love Events. Kristin and Josh are one couple clearly smitten with each other, as you’ll easily see from their wedding day pictures. The bride’s blusher veil, her Rivini gown, and the Ojai Valley Inn’s lush grounds are only made that much more beautiful by the prowess of photographers Michael and Anna Costa. Check out the rest of the images in the View more images from this wedding
Wedding vendors (Ojai, California):
Wedding Venue: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa / Wedding coordinator: All You Need is Love Events / Photographer: Michael and Anna Costa / Makeup: Christian McNally / Hair: Lauren Pass / Caterer: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa / Wedding DJ: Wayne Foster Band / Wedding dress: Rivini / Floral design: Holly Flora / Groom’s suit: Brooks Brothers / Jewelry: Sharron Hussey and Harlow Jewelry / Officiant: Barbara Patterson / Stylist: Allison Leach Design / Linen and Chair Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Trent Bailey Photography sent us this sweet snippet of summer by sharing the chic courthouse wedding of David and Raena in NYC last summer. Could this bride be more adorable in her Betsey Johnson dress? And those flowers… oh, those flowers from Poppies & Posies are just be-yond. All the more proof that weddings come in all shapes and sizes, but little, sweet touches help to make any special day all the more lovely.
Wedding Vendors (New York, NY):
Simple, unique weddings turn my insides into romantic mush and when the bride and groom are this indie-chic and gorgeous, well I’m just a puddle of love. Sharisa and Rex married in a simple ceremony at the Mesa LDS Temple this fall. They decided to skip the full reception and instead launched straight off to celebrate together on their honeymoon. How sweet! Luckily, they took the time to get some amazing portraits together, shot by the super-talented Lang Photographers, to document their sweet and stylish day. Oh, and that dress… that dress! There are no words. It makes the fashionista in me melt.
Wedding Vendors (Mesa, AZ):
Photographers: Lang Photographers / Flowers: Ellen Fukumoto of The Wright House / Wedding dress: Custom-made by Suzanne Novak at Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique (Gilbert, AZ) / Necklace: Karen Doane of Vestige Jewelry / Hair: Kristi Allen of Habit Salon / Makeup: Molly Hutchins / Bride’s shoes: Aldo / Earrings: Anthropologie
Today’s wedding is so full of whimsy and design, you’re sure to find something to inspire your next event. The bride made all of the fabric and button flowers and they could not be any more stunning! Every element helps to support their tea party theme and infuse the day with fantasy. And, of course, the whole day is captured beautifully by the ever amazing, Our Labor of Love.
From the bride. We had gone to a few wedding expos and found absolutely nothing that appealed to us at any of them. My husband and I were sitting on a balcony at the Fox Theater in Atlanta overlooking an expo and I mused that whenever I thought about our wedding, I envisioned a tea party. It kind of ran from there. After falling in love with some dresses, we decided to narrow it down to a 1930s tea party and encouraged all of the guests to dress period.
Our color scheme was plum, light tiffany/robin’s egg blue, cream, and antique gold. I’m a graphic designer by trade and had everything pantone matched, from my shoes to my hair.
The flowers were made of felt and were cut, embroidered and built by hand. I sculpted the cake topper out of sculpy to fit into a teacup we got from crate and barrel that happened to be the proper color. The buttons on the flowers, the tea sets for the centerpieces and the linens were all antiques donated from both families. We also had a wall of old wedding pictures from both families.
The biggest DIY had to be the stationery. I designed the save the dates, invitations, programs, thank you cards, and guest book pages by hand. We rented a letter press to print everything completely by hand. I loved the process so much that I started a business doing handmade wedding stationery.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Two things: 1. Do not skimp on photography. The number one thing I heard from everyone I talked to is how disappointed they were with their wedding photos. I was determined to not let that happen to me.
2. Make use of family heirlooms as decoration! We got so many compliments on how touching/sweet it was to include all of the old linens, tea sets, and such. That was just a bonus on top of saving tons of money.
Wedding Vendors (location: Atlanta, GA):
Ceremony and reception location(s): King Plow Event Gallery / Photographer: Our Labor of Love / Wedding Dress: Friend, Caye Shoals / Felt Bouquet: DIY / Veil: made by bride with Little Miss Dress Up fascinator / Hair: Malaika and Melanie from Helmet Midtown / Bridesmaid Dresses: Caye Shoals / Groom’s suit: Duchess Clothier / Caterer: Bold American / Wedding Cake: Highland Bakery / Wedding Invitations: the bride, la Salope Grafique