Is there any better way to kick off #WeddingWednesday than with a tropical destination wedding in Dominican Republic? This beautiful celebration from Asia Pimentel Photography, Irosca Gonzalez Wedding & Events Planner, and TRES EVENTOS is chock full of blooming flowers, a poolside ceremony, and a cake you’ll just have to see to believe.
Imagine this scenario: Izzy Hudgins Photography and French Knot Studios are all set to make your dream elopement come true, when Hurricane Matthew peeps his head in. It didn’t deter Brenna and Alexis’ plans, as the couple made their way from Charlotte to Savannah in order to say “I Do” in pre-storm winds. Thank goodness for their uplifting wedding mantra, “love weathers all storms!”
Event and Floral Design
Charcuterie and Champagne
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.
W&E Photographie recently made their way to Bridgestreet Loft for the wedding of Katelyn and Tim, where the couple met with friends and family to celebrate their journey so far and the future. Kalee Baker Events and Marked worked their magic to bring the couple’s vision to life, putting together incredible floral displays and a day no guest will be able to forget anytime soon.
From the photographers, W&E Photographie: These guys truly outdid themselves! They put together a vendor dream team. Bridgestreet Loft is one of our favorite Birmingham venues because, well, those white walls are what my dreams are made of. It’s a blank slate for anything. Katelyn & Tim chose to utilize Laura McCarty’s killer flower skills to add amazing focal points. Not one, but TWO hanging floral installations popped against the white washed brick interior.
Tim & Katelyn opted to do a “ring warming” ceremony. It’s a tradition where the couples rings are passed down each row while their guests are asked to silently say a prayer or blessing for the couple as the ring comes to them. It was such a sweet way to allow the guests to participate in their union. Some of our favorite moments that day happened during Katelyn & Tim’s first look. Tim surprised Katelyn with a bouquet that he made with the help of Laura, their florist. He’d always enjoyed giving Katelyn flowers throughout their dating years, so he wanted to give her a handmade gift of flowers on their wedding day. Swoon! Also, the couple’s kitty, Fitz, got to make an appearance at the first look, as well.
Not only was this wedding straight up beautiful, it was loads of FUN. Cocktail hour was made complete with a “selfie station” and coloring pages of landmarks & locations special to the couple. I’m sure you’re beginning to pick up on the fact that Tim & Katelyn just might be two of the most thoughtful and sentimental people around.
Hair and Makeup
Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods
Today’s event is inspired by flowers, and we can’t imagine a better inspiration point. The Big Fake Wedding went to Minneapolis-St. Paul and put together beautiful scenes spanning from soft and romantic to bold and tropical, just so long as they were full of floral elements. Don’t miss out on the eye-catching lounge area, brimming with wooden details and greenery!
Above image by A.R.T. Photography
Above images by Allison Hopperstad Photography
Above image by A.R.T. Photography
Above images by Allison Hopperstad Photography
Above image by Callie V Photography
Above images by Allison Hopperstad Photography
Be sure to watch the behind-the-scenes video from Acowsay Weddings:
Floral Graffiti Inspiration board photo credits, from left to right, top to bottom:
Mandy Kellogg Rye, Rustic White, Amy Merrick, designlovefest, Claudia Rose Carter, Miss Wyolene, Jonathan Saunders, Peggy Porschen | Board Curator: Ashley Buzzy Lettering + Press
Floral + Event Design: Bouquets, Boutonnieres + Tables 1, 5, 9, 11
Floral + Event Design: Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 2, 6
Floral + Event Design: Head Table + Tables 3, 7, 10, 12
Bachelor Party + Rehearsal Dinner Venue
Wedding Venue + Catering
DJ + Emcee, Magician
Aerial Arts Experience
Vintage Rentals + Tables 4, 8
Lighting + Draping
Slow Motion Video Booth
Invitations: Folk + Floral
Invitations + Personal Stamps: Vibrant Brush Calligraphy
Invitations + Programs: Graphic + Rustic Floral Suite
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While we always welcome color here at Ruffled, sometimes there’s nothing like the freshness of an all-white bouquet. Today’s team of Les Amis Photo and Il Profumo dei Fiori created an array of blooms that are great for not just cooler weather, but all year round. The best part? We’ve got the deets on all the flowers used, so you can recreate your own arrangement!
I don’t know what it is about hanging flower decorations, but I never seem to tire of them. They make a winning ceremony backdrop, and we love how they were implemented for today’s wedding at MyMoon from Rebecca Yale Photography and Designs by Ahn! Jannie and Ivan’s day was full of personal details perfectly suited to this self-titled opposites-attract couple.
From the bride, Jannie: Ivan and I first met at a Summer job in 2003. We were really good friends for about 4 years before we started dating in 2007. I hear a lot of people say “I married my best friend” but it really hits home for us because we were truly just best friends before we even considered dating. Having that foundation really helped us get this far. Another thing I hear a lot is that opposites attract. Ivan’s quiet and quite honestly a bit of a dork – haha. I’m the opposite. I’m very vocal and very outgoing. Sort of a introvert/extrovert situation here, but I think we complement each other and help each other learn and grow. In the beginning of 2013 he went on a 6 month assignment in India for work. Halfway through, we had planned to meet in Japan for a vacation. During a visit to Japan’s annual winter light show called Nabano no Sato, where millions of LED lights cover the whole park, he surprised me with the ring. The location and atmosphere was perfect.
Planning for the wedding very nearly drove the both of us bonkers. We were looking to purchase a home and planning the wedding at the same time which was probably not the smartest thing to do, but I’d like to think of it as us trying to be overachievers. Overall, I think we went through what most couples go through. We cried over our lost weekends, had little voices nagging at us all hours of the day about what still needs to be done, sleepless nights, and feeling the need to bury our heads in the ground. It was quite the experience with lots of ups and downs, but we survived it. The night was amazing. Being surrounded by all our friends and family and having the time of our lives. What we went through leading up to it, it was all worth it. We went from acquaintances, buddies, best friends, girlfriend/boyfriend, and then finally this last title, husband and wife. Still feels a bit foreign on my tongue (or typing it). I may still stumble over the word “husband,” but I have no trouble calling him what he will always be to me: “my best friend.”
From the bride, Rebecca Yale Photography: Jannie and Ivan’s wedding was a lovely intimate affair at My Moon Restaurant in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Jannie and Ivan were the masters of DIY and brought together so many personal touches like the feathered escort cards Jannie made herself to the hundreds of books stacked on the tables as centerpieces, which Jannie got from the publishing house she works at. The morning started off with a beautiful tea ceremony at an air bnb rental (which is such a great idea for a getting ready space) then off to Prospect Park for portraits and then a beautiful outdoor Ceremony at My Moon followed by dinner and dancing inside the restaurant.
If you love a garden wedding but the weather outside isn’t the best, or if you don’t want to worry about having a backup plan for rain, we wholly support the brilliant idea of bringing the garden inside for a botanical inspired reception. Michelle and Tremayne did just this after ten years of dating, and brought along Wesley Vorster Photography to capture the incredible flower-filled day. Get ready for some pretty!
From the bride, Michelle: Tremayne and I dated for 10 (TEN!!) years before we tied the knot in October last year, 8 of them being long distance. We wanted to do something eclectic, yet true to our personalities. Something close to nature, extremely romantic, but also a bit out of the ordinary and untamed! I’ve never been a follower of trends, and wanted to put my own stamp on our wedding. Since Tremayne is a winemaker, we felt that it was only fitting to be married in the Winelands, close to our home.
We had an intimate wedding of 68 people which included close friends and family. We had many family and friends who came from afar who we hadn’t seen in ages, so we chose to have a weekend affair and started the celebrations on Friday night. For the day, we wanted to relax with our loved ones, have plenty of food, wine and a massive party! A day to celebrate our relationship and the road we’d travelled. We didn’t really plan for a theme as such, but just styled our day according to what we loved.
I decided on the colour palette one day when I’d picked roses and olive branches from our garden at home, I loved the mix of peaches, creams, blush pinks, greens and the punches of red. I just loved how the colours complemented each other! The amazing Anli Wahl helped us bring our out-of-the-box vision to life and hung lush green kokkedamas (hanging plants) and terrariums filled with moss & ferns from the ceiling, to bring the ‘outside in’. As family is terribly important to both of us, I wanted to incorporate my late grandmother’s 50 year old olive green wallpaper as a runner on the tables as an ode to her, which we found in her home when we were clearing up her belongings after she’d passed. We combined it with gold tones, crystal vases and lots of flowing greenery, texture, garden roses in tones of peach, soft pink and a touch of red. My cascading, over-the-top, loose bouquet, floral headpiece, red lips (which I’m rarely seen without) and Tremayne’s check shirt brought everything together! Attached to my bouquet was my mom’s gold locket, with pictures of my late grandparents. On the mantelpiece, we placed candles which represented loved ones who had passed.
The day as a whole was emotional, joyous and full of love. Having a delicious breakfast with my bridesmaids and mom, our drive from Riebeek Kasteel to Roodezand, seeing our venue for the first time had me on the brink of tears, Tremayne sending me the most beautiful bouquet of roses with a bottle of champagne while we were getting ready. My mom putting my lace veil on for me. My Dad’s tearful face when I stepped out to meet my family before my Dad and I taking a long walk across the lawn while the Verve’s instrumental version of Bittersweet Symphony played. The moment I caught Tremayne’s eye from across the garden, walking towards him and knowing that we’d made it. Squeezing my mom’s hand before my Dad lifted my veil, to say goodbye. And of course, the speeches!
Venue, Coordination, and Catering
Groom and Groomsmen Attire
If you love the “bohemian flower child” trend that’s been going around as much as we do, this wedding will be right up your alley. I Love Wednesdays and The Style Co, two of New South Wale’s best wedding vendors, brought together Anthea and Brad’s wedding day in a most brilliant way, with plenty of bright and fun details, graphic design ideas, and some of the most incredible flowers we’ve seen so far this year.
From the photographer, Len of I Love Wednesdays: Anthea & Brad’s wedding was a cacophony of flowers and just a crazy celebration filled with love. I love that their families were so involved in their day and how wonderfully put together their whole day was. They had just a teeny bridal party of Brad’s best friend & Anthea’s sister. They really wanted their ceremony to be relaxed and for everyone to be able to enjoy having a sip of bubbly and eating some refreshing fruit in the heat at the beautiful Lindsey House. That mood also translated to their reception at Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel, with every little detail thought out, and a beautiful bold colour palette to bring the fun. The wonderful ladies at The Style Co handled all the styling for the day.
Wedding Location: Watsons Bay, NSW, Australia / Photographer: I Love Wednesdays / Event Design, Styling, and Floral Design: The Style Co / Ceremony Venue: Lindesay House / Reception Venue: Watsons Bay Boutique Hotel / Hair: Ardino Salon / Makeup: Alex Divanis / Wedding Cake: Black Star Pastry / Beverage Caterers: Black & White Caterers / Ceremony & PDD Musicians: The Yellow Canvas / Reception Band: Grover / MC: Friends of the couple / Celebrant: A Perfect Ceremony / Videographer: Chasing Summer / Transportation: Rolls Royce Hire, Luxury Wedding cars, and Bendy Bus Sydney
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:
You know those weddings where you can just sense that everything came together perfectly – so perfectly that the whole day seems like a dream? Well, that’s the feeling we get when we pore over this wedding from Amy Arrington (though we suspect her dreamy film images play a big part). Signature Weddings and The Perfect Poppy made Kimberly and David’s wedding a truly special one, with romantic touches and relaxed elegance for us all to admire.
From the bride, Kimberly: We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of us and a true celebration of love, family, and friends. We focused on keeping everything fun and relaxed and making sure that our guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We were inspired by our beautiful venue and the storybook feel that it had and included details that hinted at our personalities and interests. Our main goal was to create a day that was filled with love and laughter and all of our family and friends creating happy memories together.
Some words that kept coming up while planning our wedding were “fairytale adventure”. David and I met at Disney World and were long distance for almost four years, which led to many adventures. It seemed natural to theme our wedding to one of things that was involved in building our relationship. The colors we chose were pinks and greens, which are a combination of our favorite colors. We worked together on making the signs for the bar and the guestbook and favor table and on painting the gold giraffe and bear figurines. One of my favorite decorations were the little robots that we had placed on the cake & pie table. Our first date was on March 14th – aka Pi Day – so we have always had a little joke about us and pie/pi. David also loves robots (he built one in school!) so the figurines were an adorable addition to our day.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Relax and have fun! David and I made sure to not take anything too seriously and to just have fun with every bit of the process. Focus on choosing vendors who you feel you can trust to execute your wedding the way you envision it and take their advice. Stay open to new ideas and different possibilities.
I loved all of the music at our wedding, but my favorite has to be our first dance song. We surprised our guests with a choreographed waltz to The Sleeping Beauty Suite and it was such a great moment to hear everyone gasp when we did our first big move! It is definitely an experience that we will never forget.
Processional: “I Choose You,” The Piano Tribute Players
Bride’s Processional: “I See the Light,” from Disney’s Tangled (Piano Mix) by Joel Rosenberger
Recessional: “Best Day of My Life,” American Authors
First Dance: “The Sleeping Beauty Suite,” Weiner Philharmonic and James Levine
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Wish,” Rascal Flatts
Mother/Son Dance: “That’s Amore,” James Marsden (Enchanted Soundtrack)
Wedding Location: Newnan, GA / Photographer: Amy Arrington / Coordinator: Corrie Kirk of Signature Weddings / Florist: The Perfect Poppy / Venue: Dunaway Gardens / Wedding Dress: Bliss by Monique Lhuillier via Solutions Bridal in Orlando, FL / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: WToo and Love Lane from Bella Bridesmaid in Orlando, Fl / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Savvi Formalwear / Caterer: Mac the Cheese Food Truck & Catering / Wedding Cake: Bliss / DJ: DJ Chuck Walls / Wooden Robots: Painted Turtle Wooden Toys / Wedding Invitations: elli
We may have seen our fair share of bridal sessions here at Ruffled, but whenever there’s a backdrop as pretty as this one, it’s hard not to get excited all over again. While this floral garland is perfect for this bridal shoot, it could also work wonders as a ceremony backdrop on the actual wedding day. Thank you Lindsey Orton Photography and Lizy’s Lillies for your work on this one!
From the photographer, Lindsey Orton Photography: We really wanted to give brides inspiration on what they could do for a great statement piece or backdrop for a ceremony. They could even use it for a reception or photo booth. We just loved the idea of falling blooms, almost like rain! We wanted it to be very natural, airy, and organic. We tried to keep a soft and feminine color scheme, which is why we chose the soft blush wedding dress.
Shoot Location: Provo, UT / Photographer: Lindsey Orton Photography / Flowers: Lizy’s Lillies / Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall Designs via Alta Moda Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Versa Artistry / Model: Kenzie Bess
Autumn may be known for its rich berry tones, oranges, and greens, but we believe a wedding bouquet should never fall under any such limitations. So naturally, when we saw this stunning bouquet from Wilder Floral Co. filled with peach and ivory hues, we knew it would be worth sharing for some floral inspiration goodness. Thank you to Alexandra Wallace for capturing the beautiful session!
From the photographer, Alexandra Wallace: When I first saw Villa Angeli, it was last August, just after it had been built. This is not a word I use often to describe anything, but it was breathtaking. Perched on a high hill in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, nestled in the Stolpman Vineyards, it has an elegant Italian charm that is completely irresistible.
I’ve been incredibly lucky to make several trips to it since that first time, and in this most recent collaboration, I wanted to take full advantage of the gorgeous scenery the walls [and floors!] the villa has to offer. With Kirstie Kelly’s showstopper ‘Azalea’ gown, and some top notch floral design from San Luis Obispo’s Wilder Floral Co., this inspiration shoot was oozing elegance from start to finish.
Shoot Location: Solvang, CA / Photographer: Alexandra Wallace / Floral Design: Wilder Floral Co. / Venue: Villa Angeli at Stolpman Vineyards / Wedding Dress: Kirstie Kelly Couture / Wedding Veil: Melinda Rose Design / Hair and Makeup: Ariel Lizarraga / Model: Jianni Le Lewis
There’s no better way to cheer up my day than with some breathtaking floral design, and Forbesfield Flowers delivered just that in this styled inspiration shoot from Wales. Ryan Welch Photography worked his magic behind the camera, bringing his fashion photography expertise to make this wedding shoot something special to remember!
From Beth of Forbesfield Flowers: Ryan and I met a few years back thanks to a mutual bride and we immediately established a shared ideal on aesthetics, especially in relation to weddings and all they involve. It was only recently, when I moved my business from a retail shop to a studio space on the balcony of a Victorian arcade, that we realised we had the perfect location for a photo shoot. The idea took flight from there.
Working in careers saturated in weddings, the vision and inspiration for this shoot, rather peculiarly, came as much from what we didn’t want as what we did want. We knew that we did not want to go down a well trodden path and felt that we had to offer something new and alternative to make it worth doing. Classic luxury has long since been out of fashion with weddings and so this was the starting point. So, out were apple-cheeked, pink-lipped, blushing brides and in were vamp-lipped, heavily styled locks and sultry attitudes. Out were ‘freshly picked from the garden’ flowers and in were dense, decadent, showy floral creations. We were looking to create the luxury and opulence that many modern brides dismiss in favour of a DIY look, and show them that luxury does not mean tacky or camp. The indulgent elements were brought in from the flowers, hair, makeup and dresses whilst the pared back, spartan backdrop gives a cool, modern edge.
Ryan clearly brings his fashion photography back ground to the shoot, moving away from the usual wedding photography style and bringing something that appears more at home in a glossy, fashion magazine. Bring into this the metallics used in both the cake and invitations and the scene is set for a wedding that takes place amidst exquisite luxury and crumbling grandeur. Strangely, it is the proximity of two such diverse aesthetics that creates a bewitching, enchanting quality to the final photographs. The final product is the vision recognised and at its most simple can be describes as “classic luxury goes modern.”
Shoot Location: Cardiff, Wales, UK / Photographer: Ryan Welch Photography / Floral Design: Forbesfield Flowers / Venue: Forbesfield Flowers Studio / Dresses: High Society / Hair: Zoe of Ken Picton Salon / Makeup: Emily Porter Makeup / Wedding Cake: Little Cake Cupboard / Crockery and Silverware: The Potted Pig / Stationery: Dippy Egg
Any time we see a wedding from Cedarwood Weddings, we know we’re in for a treat. Lauren and Rhett’s wedding didn’t disappoint, and was filled to the brim with stunning proteas, eye-catching design, and some of the most gorgeous scenery we’ve seen in quite a while, all captured by the wonderful Brad & Jen.
From the bride, Lauren: We envisioned something very natural, whimsical and free-flowing. Our wedding was kind of an on-going project that would change as we made decisions. We knew off the bat that we wanted a very nature oriented look of the wedding and that we didn’t necessarily want a primary color but more of a very light color scheme overall. We did make our own wedding favors but other than that Cedarwood handled a lot of the little details that made our day so lovely! I requested a lot of wild flowers, (no formal looking flowers were really used) there were lots of succulents and a couple roses thrown into my bouquet as well.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I think the main thing is just to keep taking time out for each other and not to lose sight of what it’s really all about; a lifelong commitment to one another. Also, it’s one of those things that you don’t want to “over plan” for and stress about because that’s not going to get you there any sooner. We would make little weekly/monthly goals and let the rest fall into place as time went on. It was a blast and Rhett was so much help! Enjoy the details! Don’t skimp on the photography!
Wedding Location: Nashville, TN / Photographer: Brad & Jen / Event Design, Styling, and Floral Design: Cedarwood Weddings / Venue: Historic Cedarwood / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals / Groom’s Suit: Egara / Caterer: A Dream Come True Catering and Events / Wedding Cake: Patty Cakes / Ceremony Music: Chris Marks / Reception Music: Jace Aaron Entertainment / Wedding Invitations and Paper Goods: Designs in Paper
Weddings are always cause for celebration, but Ning and Alex’s wedding may have been one of the most jubilant weddings we’ve seen – due in no small part to the fact that the groom had a freak skiing accident and nearly lost his life a few months before the big day. Family and friends came together to celebrate life and love decked out to its finest by Steven Bruce Design, and Pat Furey was there to capture it all!
From the bride, Ning: My (now) husband and I wanted a fun, low-key wedding, with an aesthetic I like to call “rustic chic.” It really highlighted the venue’s beautiful juxtaposition between natural elements of the waterfall and use of wood with a modern touch from the cool fixtures and funky furniture. Neither of us wanted anything extravagant or over-the-top, but wanted our guests to feel warm and welcomed to our big day.
Our guests and we have used the words “warm,” “colorful,” “organic” to describe our wedding. We wanted to have a color palette for our wedding party that would highlight the flowers and other colorful elements that our florist provided. That being said, we chose gray for our wedding parties to wear–any shade and style to allow our wedding party to express their style and be comfortable in what they wore. We added touches of green to the color scheme because gray and green complement each other so well, plus my husband’s eyes are green. :) As for DIY projects, we ordered wildflower seed paper for our escort cards, printed and cut them out at home to be displayed on shepherd hooks in beautiful repurposed wine boxes that our florist had. We also had my cousin write the program, donation sign, and card basket in her beautiful handwriting on chalkboards. For the flowers, we emphasized whatever was in season, focusing on peonies. We also added a personal touch with little toy dinosaurs in the boutonnieres and hidden in the bridal bouquet.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy the planning process, as stressful as it may get. It’s all worth it in the end. Try to express who you are as a couple in your wedding, but don’t get too caught up in the details.
Processional and Recessional: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes
Wedding Party Entrance: “Happy,” Pharell
First Dance: “I Will Follow You Into the Dark,” Death Cab for Cutie
Wedding Location: Beacon, NY / Photographer: Pat Furey / Florist: Steven Bruce Design / Venue, Caterer, and Wedding Cake: The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls / Wedding Dress and Veil: Vera Wang / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Jewelry: Tejani Jewelers and borrowed from family :) / Groom’s Suit: My Suit / Groom’s Cake: Lulu Cake Boutique / Music: The Silk Band of Time Machine Entertainment / Wedding Gift Bag Favors: Gourmetibles and Beacon Bath and Bubble / Wedding Invitations: Grey Snail Press / Transportation: JTR Transportation
It’s no surprise that the ultimate bridal show alternative would make its way back to New York for The 2nd New York City NotWedding this past April. The event made use of some of New York’s finest wedding vendors and professionals, including Jessica Oh Photography, Martina Micko Photo, and Tami Melissa Photography who jumped behind their cameras to capture every bit of the day!
And of course, don’t miss the film from Kiss the Bride:
Location: New York City, NY / Photography and Save The Date Shoot: Jessica Oh Photography / Photography and Styled Shoot: Martina Micko Photo / Photography and Rehearsal Dinner Photos: Tami Melissa Photography / Day-Of Coordination: Color Pop Events / Event Design: Tables 1, 6, & Head Table: Gilded Lilly Events, Tables 3, 5 and Ceremony Backdrop: Experience Events, Tables 2, 8, Bar & Entry Decor: Lollipops And Lemondrops, Tables 4, 7, and Personal Flowers: Rose Red and Lavender / Venue, Catering and Wedding Cake: Wythe Hotel / Wedding Dress: Saja Wedding / Jewelry: Vena Amoris Jewelry / Hair Accessories: Tiane Novati Modiste / Bridesmaid Attire: Little Borrowed Dress / Videographer: Kiss The Bride Films / National Linen Vendor: Linen Tablecloth / Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Company / Invitations and Paper Accents: Makr / Invitations and Menus: Mia Maria Design / Invitations and Programs: Art Paper Scissors / String Quartet: New York Virtuosi / Wedding Website Builder: Squarespace / DJ: Superlative Staff Events DJ Fataah / Poetry Booth: The Haiku Guys / Rehearsal Dinner: The Ides (At Wythe Hotel) / Ice Cream Bar: Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop / National Travel Vendor: Bliss BY Luxury Concierge Travel / Media Partners: National Magazine Partner: Flower Magazine; Regional Magazine Partner: Wellwed Magazine – Hamptons, WellWed Magazine – New York, Penny and Mary, and Love Inc. Magazine
Wedding portraits in an abandoned greenhouse – be still, my beating heart. After their portraits, Becky and Jose made their way to their ceremony site under the trees, where they exchanged vows before dancing the night away with friends and family. Flora + Fauna was on hand to document every moment, each detail prettier than the next!
From the bride, Becky: Our vision was for our wedding to be a reflection of who we are. We wanted our wedding to be a comfortable and welcoming experience for all our guest. We envisioned a romantic wedding outside in the fresh air on a beautiful piece of property surrounded by our family and close friends. We were married on the property of The Glen Venue at the Linwood House. It was a beautiful house that dates back to the late 1800s, sitting on a huge piece of property with blooming camellias and an orange grove full of fruit. We were married under a row of gorgeous magnolia trees with white fabric swaying in the trees, while standing on a hand woven rug that Jose’s parents had purchased many years ago while in Turkey. We asked one of our closest friends to officiate our nuptials which made the ceremony feel very intimate and special for us.
The flowers were one of the most important décor elements for me. I wanted free flowing and natural arrangements with dark burgundy, purples of all shades with accents of white and pink. The day before the wedding my dear friend and I went to a local farm (Down to Earth) to pick up the Zinnias that were used. The loropetalum came from my yard and the rest were from a wholesale florist in town. I splurged on flowers like garden and spray roses and saved money by using the loropetalum and other greenery like Silver Dollar Eucalyptus and Plumosa Fern.
We wanted to be involved in every little detail, hand crafted by us, our family and our friends. Everything at our wedding was DIY which made it so special and heartfelt. The six months leading to the wedding I hunted for containers for the flower arrangements and flatware to be used for our guest. The place settings at our sweetheart table were all things I had collected over the years. I refinished furniture that was used as our cake table and beverage bar. Jose and his brother built the bar out of pallets and reclaimed wood. Jose and I designed our invitations and paper goods. My mom crocheted all the hanging jars throughout the venue and made the shawl I wore. My close friends played a huge role in the setup of the day and making sure everything was beautiful. From the flowers to the day of coordinating, without them our wedding would not have been what we had envisioned. Our cakes and catering were even done by our friend’s parents. It was definitely a family affair! I worked closely with friends and family setting up the venue to the very moment I had to stop and get ready for the big day. I turned over the rest of my décor duties and trusted everything would turn out as beautiful as I imagined which it did. When Jose and I walked out of the house as they pronounced us husband and wife it was so much to take in, we are very grateful to everyone that helped and made our wedding dream come true.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? My biggest piece of advice I would give any couple planning their wedding would be to enjoy the process. We were engaged for only 6 short months but those months leading to our big day were magical and so much fun. Our family and friends put together some really fun gatherings for us. There was so much excitement it the air and although there were some big decision still to be made, we tried our best to take full advantage of it. So as hard as it may be at times try to go with the flow and soak in every little moment.
Bridal Party Processional: “Instrumental,” Jose Gonzalez
Bride’s Processional: “Heartbeats,” Jose Gonzalez
First Dance: “For You,” Angus & Julia Stone
Wedding Location: Glen St. Mary, FL / Photographer: Flora + Fauna / Furniture, Invitations, Paper Goods, Décor, Flowers: Bride, b-real happy / Venue: The Glen Venue / Wedding Dress: Bride’s grandmother’s, redesigned with the help of Martha Shump Designs / Veil: Martha Shump Designs / Wedding Shoes: Anthropologie / Necklace: Bride’s sister’s that her husband gave her on their wedding day / Bride’s Wedding Rings: Catbird / Purse: Anthropologie / Bridesmaids’ Dress: Dillards / Hair and Makeup: Sara Jane at Modern Classic Beauty / Groom’s Jacket: Express / Groom’s Pants: Banana Republic / Bow Tie: vintage / Caterer: Larry Balch / Wedding Cakes: Lee Harris / DJ: Kevin Snow / Musician: Goliath Flores
How absolutely incredible is this reception space, Camarillo’s own Institution Ale Co.? The microbrewery served as the inspiration behind today’s styled shoot, lovingly put together by Shindig Fancy and These Buds A Blooming and photographed by Lavender & Twine. The result is about what you’d imagine – a perfect blend of masculine-meets-feminine decor with plenty of romantic details and floral arrangements thrown in for good measure.
From Crystal of Shindig Fancy: The inspiration for this shoot was the ever-growing American Craft Brewing industry. The guys over at Institution Ale Co. were gracious enough to host us in their new industrial space in Camarillo, CA. Another big inspiration was the increasing personalization of weddings in the past few of years where couples are using their big day to showcase their personal styles and interests. One of these interests comes in the form of customizing the bar menu to their taste. If the venue permits, beer enthusiasts are choosing to forgo the corporate cans and bottles to bring in a keg or two from their favorite local Microbrewery.
Beer drinking guests will be grateful to have a tasty libation to sip on throughout the night, but what about the non-beer drinkers you may ask? Taking the theme a little farther, we also decided to create The Whiskey Bean, a signature drink using the microbrew as one of the main ingredients, one that pleases the taste buds of non-beer drinking guest as well. Our ‘couple’ eloped and then returned home to host a lovely reception for their closest friends and family in their local brewery.
Shoot Location: Camarillo, CA / Photographer: Lavender & Twine / Event Design, Wardrobe Styling, and Coordination: Shindig Fancy / Floral Design: These Buds A Blooming / Venue: Institution Ale Co. / Dresses and Bridesmaid’s Hairpiece: Designed by Shindig Fancy and bespoke by Eliseo Apolinar / Bride’s Hairpiece: Heavenly Avonlee / Hair: Meghan Kuligowski of Jamie’s Hair Design and Abby Milam of Joseph Martin Salon – Rodeo Collection / Makeup: Crystal Robinson / Wedding Cake: The Sugar Lab / Rentals: Borrowed Rentals / Invitations and Stationery: Umama
Bright colors, farm tables, rocking chairs, comfort food — all the fixin’s of a quality Southern wedding, and all can be seen in Emily and Max’s South Carolina wedding. A top-tier team of vendors came together to make this beauty happen, including Tim Willoughby, OOH Events, Branch Design Studio, and, of course, a guest appearance of the couple’s beloved pug, Winston.
From the bride, Emily: I envisioned my wedding to be if Kate Spade and Jonathan Adler had a love child and it came out speaking with a Southern twang. We wanted it to be Southern and laid back with bright colors, good food, and music that made everyone want to dance! To add to the Spanish moss and marsh scenery at the Creek Club, we had farm tables, mason jars, and comfort food (pulled pork sliders, ham biscuits, shrimp & grits) to bring in the southern vibe and open seating, food stations, rocking chairs, and a photo booth on the porch to create a laid back atmosphere for our guests. But most importantly we wanted it to represent us, so we wrote our own vows, our reading was an “Ode to Emily & Max” which Max’s sister wrote versus a traditional reading, and our pug Winston was in the wedding. I wanted people to come to our wedding and go ‘this is so Max & Emily.’
Our color scheme was mint & shades of coral. We wanted the colors to pop but also be subtle – like how my bridesmaid’s dresses were neutral champagne, but they all had mint necklaces and bright reds and corals in the bouquets. My mother found the perfect mint fabric and made custom runners for all of the farm tables and made pillows for the rocking chairs out of fabric that was the print from the back of our wedding invitations (which was a handpainted print by Lucky Pennie Paperie). My mother also made my veil. I wanted badly to wear something of hers on my wedding day and she had this gorgeous cap veil with an adorable bow on the top, but unfortunately the veil’s tulle and lace had yellowed over time. Being her crafty self, my mom used the bow from her veil, which was still a beautiful ivory color, and attached it to the veil she made for me.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Invest in a photographer. Our photos captured so many moments, embraces, and laughs that I will never want to forget. Tim Willoughby’s images evoke emotions and really transport you to that moment in time. Also make an effort into planning the day getting ready to be a relaxing and fun experience. I had my best friends, close family, and dog along with a spread of food, plenty of champagne, and 80s music playing. I was relaxed and happy.
Processional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles
First Dance: “Crazy Love,” Van Morrison
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Girl,” The Temptations
For our ceremony music, I wanted a flamenco/Spanish guitar player. I envisioned this sort of Woody Allen movie scenario. Luckily Nikolai Shiviaz was the perfect musician. He played “Here Comes the Sun” for the processional and more upbeat sambas and Spanish jazz during the cocktail hour. Our band MVP was amazing. They played everything from Motown to Beyonce.
Wedding Location: Mount Pleasant, SC / Photographer: Tim Willoughby / Event Design, Decor and Coordination: OOH Events / Flowers: Branch Design Studio / Wedding Venue: Creek Club at I’on / Wedding Dress: J Majors, Charlotte NC / Wedding Veil: Made by bride’s mother / Makeup: Elina Mille of Bellelina / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan / Cake: D’Lish / Ceremony Music: Nikolai Svishev / Band: MVP with East Coast Entertainment / Wedding Invitations: Lucky Pennie Paperie
As we all pretty much know by now, anything Bows + Arrows touches turns instantly to gold – or in this case, technicolor citrus tones that are only amplified by the beautiful photography of Ben Q. Photography. There are many parts of this shoot we love (and want to recreate for our next parties), but how particularly amazing is that streamer backdrop from The Color Condition?
Shoot Location: Dallas, TX / Photographer: Ben Q. Photography / Floral Design: Bows + Arrows / Wedding Dress: La Marque Dallas / Hair and Makeup: Beauty and the Blush / Wedding Cake: Layered Bake Shop / Backdrop: The Color Condition / Rentals: Perch Decor / Stationery: Sweet Magnolia Paper
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
When a wedding photographer elopes to Portland to exchange vows in the woods and take some seriously stunning portraits by the water, you know it’s going to be good. With Dylan and Sara Photography behind the images from Jameykay and Arlie’s sweet elopement, we weren’t disappointed in the slightest. Be sure to take note of the flowers from Floral Designs by Alicia, including Jameykay’s incredible floral crown!
From the bride, Jameykay: We really went with what felt true to ourselves which is vintage oriented. The style and art of the 20s really spoke to us when it came to putting our elopement together. My vintage engagement ring is an art deco style so we ran with it!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Your wedding is your own. Don’t be afraid to take a leap and get what you want but keep your new future together in mind when planning. Always be gracious towards others even if something isn’t going quite right. Kindness is the best language to speak because it takes you a whole lot further. On your wedding day, suddenly all of the imperfections are creating the perfect day. We did our wedding how we wanted and we have no regrets. I feel that was the best first step we could have taken in our new life together.
Location: Portland, OR / Wedding Photographer: Dylan and Sara Photography / Florist: Floral Designs by Alicia / Venue: Hoyt Arboretum and The Portland Grill / Wedding Dress: Bespoke by Liz White Designs Couture / Fur Collar and Groom’s Tie: Living Threads Vintage / Officiant: Anthony Behrens, The Oregon Wedding Judge / Wedding Announcements: Samantha Urbanick, Hand Deliver Press
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:
If I had to imagine the most romantic, natural wedding possible, it’d look something like Tor and Alper’s wedding in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Also, it doesn’t hurt that their wedding was full of some of the industry’s leading pros, including Sean Flanigan, Honey of a Thousand Flowers, and Jenny Packham. Get ready to have this wedding floor you:
From the bride, Tor: We wanted the day to be a merging of our love in the company of all people we love. Since Alper and I got engaged while on a forest-y hike, we knew we wanted to get married outdoors so Nestldown became the perfect venue for us. The only other main ingredient that I really wanted were beautiful florals because I grew up on a flower farm and love flowers. Yes, flowers were more important than even my wedding dress.
We nicknamed our wedding The Little Black Diamond Wedding Adventure after my engagement ring which is just a single black diamond and the lifelong adventure Alper and I were about to embark upon. Since Alper and I are both art directors, we were excited to design the invitations and all the printed matter we needed for the day. I knew I had to have gems at the wedding after seeing this inspiration post. The escort cards were all cut into the shape of Settlers of Catan game pieces since it’s one of our favorite games. And my mom made us three quilts we used during the cocktail hour.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t do something just because of tradition. If you don’t like cake, don’t have a cake. Well, it’s hard not to like cake but what I mean to say is that if root beer floats are more your thing, have floats instead of cake. Who says you can’t cut a root beer float? Make the day about all the things you and your other half love, and if you can’t make that happen, elope.
Processional: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
First Dance: “Hawaiian Wedding Song,” Elvis
Father/Daughter Dance: “Aloha ‘Oe,” Johnny Cash
Mother/Son Dance: “Hang On Little Tomato,” Pink Martini
Wedding Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, Los Gatos, CA / Photographer: Sean Flanigan / Floral Design: Honey of a Thousand Flowers / Wedding Venue: Nestldown / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham “Aspen” / Groom’s Suit: Gucci / Wedding Caterer: Le Papillon / Pie: Pie Friday / DJ: Josh Olds of Boutique DJs / Favors: Craftsman and Wolves / Photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth / Invitations and Paper Goods: Bride and Groom (Tor Weeks and Alper Kologlu) / Letterpress Printing: RebPeters Press / Digital Printing: ScanArt / Transportation: Corinthian Transportation
There is just something about seeing a bride in a floral crown that I totally adore. They’re so romantic and ethereal, and look great with virtually any hairstyle. For those of you who are equally as smitten as I am with these pretty head pieces, it’s our lucky day! Audrey of French Knot Studios is here to share an easy floral crown DIY with the steps perfectly documented by Izzy Hudgins Photography.
From Audrey of French Knot Studios: Izzy and I have been obsessed with floral crowns for quite awhile, so we decided it was high time we made some of our own. FiftyFlowers.com has a beautiful selection of flowers and lots of help for the DIY bride. We selected their white garden roses. I love how closely they resemble a peony but are available year-round and are much more budget friendly. Of course, we couldn’t just do roses, it’s more visually interesting with variety. So I headed to my garden for the giant yellow dahlia and bright zinnias, while Izzy raided my studio and found some pheasant feathers.
Making floral crowns is really easy, and doesn’t have many rules. The only major rule is to use hardy flowers. The crowns will be without water and on your head, a hot spot, for most of the day. Delicate blooms like sweet peas and ranunculus just won’t be able to take it, and will wilt quickly. But roses, anything in the mum family, dahlias, and zinnias, can all take the heat and lack of water for several hours.
Start with a sturdy florist wire (about 22-24 gauge) and bend it around your head. I recommend going a little bit bigger than your head, the flowers will take up some room and you want it to sit pretty low. It’s much easier to take up some slack by bending the wire when you are done than to add more length. After you’ve secured your circle, select your first bloom, cut the stem so it’s only about 3 inches long, and attach with florist tape. Florist tape is genius! The tape will stick to either side of itself and won’t become useless if it gets damp. Stretch slightly to get the sticky to activate and wrap it around your stem and the wire. Continue adding flowers and leaves as you see fit. Then tuck in feathers or butterflies, or any other fun baubles you have lying around. Also note, you don’t have to put the flowers all the way around. This enters the world of flower halo and less flower crown. Besides, asymmetry is fun and much easier to accomplish! When you have added enough flowers to your liking (or have run out) simply cover the remaining wire with ribbon.
It is best to make the crown the day you need it, but if it must be done the day before, spritz it lightly with water, and place it in a loose fitting plastic bag or a really big plastic container and place it in your fridge. Ideally your fridge will be absent of all fruit and vegetable matter. The gasses released as these healthy foods decompose is harmful to flowers and will wilt them very quickly. The plastic barrier will help protect your beautiful work. When you are ready to wear your gorgeous creation, be sure you have plenty of bobby pins to secure it properly, these crowns can get heavy. Although flowers in your hair is extremely popular for weddings, Izzy and I recommend wearing them for any occasion. In our case, it was a Monday while running errands. Grocery shopping has never been quite so glamorous! Enjoy making your crowns and we hope you will share your pictures and where you wore them.
Snapdragons, dahlias, and ranunculus – flowers that make my heart beat a little faster whenever I see them. Kae + Ales and Linnea Paulina Photography brought these beauties to their full potential with this stunning styled shoot, perfect for late summer days.
From the photographer, Linnea Paulina: For this shoot we were inspired by summer dahlias and snapdragons, and the rustic warmth of a garden at sunset. We wanted to create a simple place setting that would inspire Ruffled brides to carry over bright colors in their florals over to their place setting, and plates. Our color palette of bright corals, soft pinks, and orange hues contrasted with the weathered wooden table and made each detail pop. This shoot shows that an emphasis on simple details enhances focus and creates a beautiful experience.