I may perhaps be biased because poppies are my favorite flower, but this styled shoot from Hillary Muelleck Photography and Wildflowers by Design uses them so beautifully it’s just impossible to resist. Soft, timeless, and romantic, every scene serves up great inspiration for anyone hoping to create garden wedding perfection. Let’s take a peek!
There’s no better way to come back from the weekend than by ogling some seriously pretty design, and we’ve got Julie Wilhite, Bird Dog Wedding, and Davy Gray to thank for today’s. With a perfectly airy bouquet peppered with poppies and a sweet ceremony tree covered in greenery and more flowers, our crush isn’t going away any time soon!
We were sold on this shoot as soon as we heard the words “pink is used as a neutral.” Jessica Gold Photography, Shannon Schultz Events, and R Love Floral worked together on this whimsical scene full of bright, fun colors, making us ever so ready for summer. We’re off to find recipes for those yummy cookie shot glasses!
Christina Bernales, you’ve sure got a winner here. Phoebe and Adrien’s wedding day was the perfect garden wedding — relaxed, intimate, and surrounded by the best that nature has to offer. We adore that the entire reception was filled with hanging light bulbs at every turn! Let’s Pretend Catering and In Full Bloom were brilliant as the coordinator and florist, respectively.
From the bride, Phoebe: The style was rustic chic with bits of our personalities and things that were special to us as a couple sprinkled throughout. We wanted it to be laid back and fun, but when you stepped back you could see how romantic everything was. We had greys, blues, & beige as a base tone with pops of bright colors from the royal blue vases to the bright yellow sunflowers and splashes of red, green and white. We built our own giant sized Polaroid frame out of a dry erase board for people to take photos and write messages on. We also hand wrote out table place cards and table numbers on thick kraft paper which became part of an table seating display built in collaboration with our amazing florist.
There were so many beautiful flowers used on the day. Not one arrangement on the table was alike, which, along with my lack of flower knowledge, makes it hard to remember what type of flower was in each! For my bouquet I really wanted that flowing look as apposed to a tight bouquet. There were ranunculus, poppies, and roses, just to name a few, with splashes of little yellow flowers with bright green leaves. The florist did an incredible job. It was perfect.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? There will always be something to do, so the sooner you get stuff done, the sooner you can sit back and relish those moments like discovering your dress, instead of worrying about the next thing you have to do. Have fun, have a sense of humor, and when things get stressful have a margarita. This is a celebration if you caught up in all the minuet details you’ll forget that. Your day goes by fast, so don’t sweat the small stuff and you will never notice if the napkins were square instead of rectangular.
Bridesmaid Processional: “Little Wing,” Jimi Hendrix
Bride’s Processional: “Angel,” Jimi Hendrix
First Dance: “Harvest Moon,” Neil Young
Father/Daughter Dance: “It’s a Great Day to be Alive,” Travis Tritt
Mother/Son Dance: “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys,” Waylon Jennings
Wedding Coordination and Catering
Hair and Makeup
Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music
Rentals, Lighting, and Linens
Wedding Invitations and Stationery Design
nbarrett photography never disappoints, and this garden wedding at Dallas Arboretum just proves our point. Bride Elizabeth stuns in her Vera Wang wedding gown and veil, and her bouquet arranged by Bows and Arrows? Out of this universe. Throw in some centerpieces with a bit of cactus and you’ve got a seriously stylish garden affair with a bit of Mexican resort influence that we just can’t stop loving.
From the bride, Elizabeth: The venue set the tone for our outdoor Spring wedding. The DeGolyer Estate at the Dallas Arboretum is a Spanish Colonial-style home in the middle of lush, beautiful gardens overlooking White Rock Lake. We wanted our guests to feel like they were at a resort in Mexico. I chose nude-blush table linens and white napkins to be a neutral base for all of my floral arrangements that were a wild mix of vibrant reds, pinks, and oranges.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Think about your guests and do something that sets your wedding apart from others – we passed tequila shots in vintage shot glasses to start the night off. More than anything, we wanted our guests to have the best time.
Wedding Dress and Veil
You just can’t top a backyard wedding in Malibu, can you? Zoom Theory and The Little Branch were part of the talented team on hand for Kayla and Jakob’s wedding day, which was full of bohemian details and sweet personal touches, made all the more special by the whole thing taking place at the groom’s childhood home.
From the bride, Kayla: We wanted something really intimate and down to earth with a bohemian feel to it. We focused on having amazing food, good music and great people. We wanted to get married somewhere that would have meaning for us and were so lucky to be able to have the wedding at my husband’s childhood home. It was really important to us to keep things intimate and only have our closest family and friends there to celebrate with us.
Flower recipe: I wanted the flowers to feel very relaxed and romantic – nothing too fussy. So we went with loose, organic feeling bouquets. All of the bridesmaids’ bouquets were in the same style and colour palette but each was unique. The bouquets had peonies, ranunculus, poppies, and garden roses, with lots of greenery. We also had small potted succulents and single blooms of peonies, and pink mink protea on the tables.
As far as a theme, I really wanted to emphasize a boho vibe with gold metallics. We ended up with a few odd gold touches, like the rose gold cutlery, gold sandals for the bridesmaids, gold handwritten place cards, and the variety of brass and gold vases, urns and mercury votives on the tables and here and there around the yard. Lighting was really important to us as well, and the hundreds of twinkle lights and market place stringers, together with the mason jars with candles we had around the yard really made for a warm and romantic feel. We wanted to do as much as we could on our own. The family recently had to cut down a large tree in the yard because it was leaning on the house, and so they had these great stumps from that Jake’s brother made into stools, and his brother also made a very large wood table that made the most beautiful dessert table. We had a work day where our extended family came over and helped with gardening, painting some of the outdoor furniture a bright and cheery yellow, and Jake’s uncle built the swing that you’ll see in many of the photos and got each member of the family to put in one nail, so it was a group effort. Jake’s grandma did our chalkboard seating chart, and his mom contributed the pieces of amethyst that were at each place setting and served as our wedding favours. We ordered the arch for our ceremony off of Etsy, but it was my mom and Jake’s brother that made sure it was anchored and would look stunning on the day by cementing the feet of it into planters and then planting flowers to give it a natural look. I got overly ambitious and decided to attempt to calligrapher all of the envelopes to our wedding invitations and write the place cards myself.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Our advice would be to try to enjoy the planning process and make it your own. We liked to choose a few details that were very important to us and focus on those and let the other details fall into that same theme. We would also say, that sometimes less is more.
My husband was largely in charge of the playlist and we really wanted to have more classic music. We had the odd newer song in the mix, but we had a lot of Rod Stewart, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Elvis, Sam Cooke, Van Morrison, Cat Stevens, etc. A year or so ago, we, along with Jake’s siblings, became huge fans of Smooth Hound Smith, a folk and blues duo now based out of Nashville and were so fortunate to have them play at the wedding as well.
Processional: “At Last,” Etta James
First Dance: “Love Me Tender,” Elvis
Father/Daughter and Mother/Son Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra
Last Song: “Dancing in the Moonlight,” Toploader
I think photographer Julie Cate said it best when she summed up Caitlin and Simon’s wedding day: “It was a beautiful and simple affair filled with love.” There’s so much love to be seen in this wedding, it feels like it simply jumps out of the screen at times. The couple had an utterly serene ceremony in a park pavilion, surrounded by those who mean the most to them, followed by a restaurant reception with the yummiest food Denver had to provide!
From the bride, Caitlin: When Simon and I first started planning our wedding, one thing we both felt strongly about was that we wanted it to feel private and personal. I come from a large, wonderful family, and while the idea of a huge raucous wedding is thrilling for some (and definitely fun to attend!), planning an event like that left us feeling drained and a little sad, which was not how we wanted to enter the next chapter of our lives together! After some wistful Google searching for “beautiful courthouses” to elope to, and a more serious follow-up conversation, we decided to scrap our plans to get married in South Florida where I’m from, and instead looked westward. Believe it or not, my internet search (and the resulting wedding photography) lead us to Cheesman Park in Denver, Colorado. We were struck by the classic yet ethereal pavilion and its beautiful park setting, and we just knew that a relaxed but intimate ceremony in such a picturesque public space would feel more like “us”. Having both spent plenty of time in Colorado in the past, and with an aunt and uncle living in Denver, it was a destination wedding that felt like home.
I sometimes hear people talk about weddings as an opportunity for the bride to be a “princess for the day”, but we didn’t want to feel like we were playing a part on such an important day. We wanted it to feel special, yes, but not fake. Simon and I are both pretty un-fancy, and I think our wedding reflects our more relaxed tastes. We love brunch, nature, and our wonderful family and friends, and those three things were pretty much our guiding principals for the big day! The pavilion at Cheesman is so lovely it doesn’t really require any decoration, but the twig-back chairs and fresh-from-the-garden looking flowers helped bring the outside in. A local musician, Frank Lynn, did an amazing job, and walking in to The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” on violin is a great memory. Most of all, it was the ceremony itself that made it such a fantastic day. Simon’s brother was his best man, and my sister was my matron of honor. My dad got ordained so he could marry us, and I couldn’t imagine him creating a more personal or touching ceremony. Two of our best friends did favorite readings from E.E. Cummings and Jonathan Safran Foer, and Simon and I exchanged vows we wrote together on my parents’ back patio. It couldn’t have been more lovely.
We followed up our ceremony with an amazing family-style brunch at The Kitchen in downtown Denver. Maybe I’m biased since we had our reception there, but I think they do phenomenal food, and their “community through food” philosophy is right up our alley. All together, 37 of our closest friends and family traveled from around the world to celebrate with us, with some of Simon’s family and friends coming all the way from England and New Zealand. With such a small group, we had plenty of time to enjoy our guests and really take in the day with them. All the great toasts, big laughs, beautiful flowers, delicious food… it was pretty much perfect, and definitely the celebration we had hoped for.
When your mother owns a successful vintage rental company, Revive Vintage Rentals, it’s all but a guarantee that your wedding is going to be extra special. Carly and Jacob’s wedding was filled to the brim with beautiful details, bright floral decor, eye-catching calligraphy, and of course, the most perfect vintage rentals. No one could do this wedding better justice than Jessica Scott Photography and Fresh Urban Flowers!
From the bride, Carly: Our first decision was to have the wedding at my family’s ranch near Stonewall, Texas. The ranch belonged to my grandfather and his brothers and now it has been passed down through the family. It was such a blessing to get married on land that meant so much to me and my family. My mom and I did all designing and planning, and throughout the process we wanted an Elegant Organic Garden Party feel – full of pretty details, but still an intimate family affair.
Flower recipe: Some of the flowers that we used: poppies, garden roses, anemone, parrot tulip, ranunculus, rose, peony, dahlia. We wanted to do something a little different for the bridesmaids, so instead of traditional bouquets, we decided to tie floral arrangements onto antique books. We spent months tracking down antique copies of my bridesmaids’ favorite books and Sarah, with Fresh Urban Flowers, made perfect arrangements to complement the books.
My mom is a talented designer, and together we dreamed of what we called a modern, organic garden party. We used poppy red and jadeite green as a color scheme with gilded gold accents. We spent about a year searching Texas antique stores for vintage jadeite pieces and vintage mirrored trays (the kind that women once used on their dressing tables), which we used as centerpieces on some of the tables. On the reception tent walls, my parents installed stained pallet walls where we hung canvas and vintage European style mirrors and frames. Whitney Farnsworth, our calligrapher, did beautiful work writing some of our favorite verses and quotes on the mirrors. We also installed living walls with ferns surrounding the reception tent – we loved the idea of incorporating lush green ferns into the wedding decor.
My mom and I also spent all year collecting vintage books in the jadeite green and gold colors that were used on the tables. We added the poppy color with hand-dyed crochet table runners to our vintage farm tables. Due to the high chance of rain, we had to use a tent for the main reception area. We still wanted to extend the space to incorporate the land, so we placed our dance floor outside of the tent and added vintage seating areas outside from Revive Vintage Rentals. Additionally, we built three 20 foot tall rebar trees that gave the outdoors area lighting and a unique architectural element. The week of the wedding, floods and tornados almost took out the reception tent and many of the details we built, including the living fern walls. While all of these projects took a lot of time, it was so fun to be able to work together with my family and Jacob to hand-create details for the wedding.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? From the beginning of wedding planning, decide what details and elements of your wedding are important to you and what is lower on the priority list – it makes it much less stressful for you and the people helping you. I knew that photography, paper products (our beautiful invitation suite was designed and painted by Whitney Farnsworth), and the decor details were a priority to me. This is also true for between the bride and groom – talk about what elements are important to each of you and make it a priority to incorporate personalities into your day. And lastly, enjoy the planning process. Although it can be stressful and overwhelming, it is a special time for you and your family to create something beautiful.
Our ceremony was held on a hilltop at my family ranch with a fantastic view. We wanted the songs to cause people to look out and enjoy and marvel at God’s creation. Jacob plays cello at his church, so we asked the rest of the guy he plays with to come play for the ceremony. The instruments included a guitar, french horn, and a mandolin, which was unconventional but perfect.
Bridal Party and Family Processional: “How Great the Father’s Love”
Bride’s Processional: “Great is Thy Faithfulness”
Recessional: “September,” Earth, Wind & Fire
First Dance: “Paris in June,” JohnnySwim
Father/Daughter Dance: “Save the Last Dance for Me,” Michael Bublé
Mother/Son Dance: “Miracles,” Coldplay
Wedding Design and Planning
Hair and Makeup
Catering and Treats
Wedding Cake and Individual Cakes
Vintage Rentals and Design
Wedding Invitations and Calligraphy
There’s something about using cobalt blue in wedding decor that makes us unbelievably cheery — it’s a bold choice that always seems to come across beautifully in images. Alexandra Wallace photographed the wedding of Rachel and Zach, a couple who wanted their day to be “artsy and a wee bit nerdy.” The two even did a choreographed dance at the end of the reception!
From the bride, Rachel: From the very beginning I knew I wanted vintage, artsy, and a wee bit nerdy. My husband happily agreed. I think our photographer Alexandra Wallace described it best with eclectic — I’d also use colorful, bright, and unique.
My dress was designed by me, inspired by a designer dress I saw on Pinterest. It was constructed by a family friend, Ruth Franklin, myself, and my mom, Victoria Humbles. My garters were made by my friend and bridesmaid, Bridget Huffer. My bridesmaids’ hairpieces were made by me, as were the groomsmen’s boutonnieres; table numbers were constructed by me, and my husband Zach came up with the phrases based on our relationship corresponding with each number. We both spray-painted little dinosaur figures silver. These sat upon vintage books that were all from my personal collection. I also hand-wrote and painted place cards for every guest. Zach and I painted and constructed the octahedron strands that hung from the gazebo. Zach constructed the giant paper flowers. I painted a “me and you” sign that was at the guest book table, the guest book being a print found on Etsy, adhered to a wooden frame, found at Michael’s Craft Store. There were also little chalkboards that I hand-wrote notes on to correspond with the types of beer we served, among others.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy EVERY minute. Make it fun, make it about YOU TWO! I read about a wedding where the bride said, don’t worry if something isn’t exactly right. That was huge for me! We did so much ourselves I wanted everything to be spit spot, but it wasn’t perfect. And honestly I think it turned out even better. Also, elope. ;)
Bridal Party Processional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Bride’s Processional: “Child,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Recessional: “Throne Room/End Title” from Star Wars
Reception Entrance: “Imperial March” from Star Wars
First Dance: “Out of My League,” Fitz and the Tantrums
Father/Daughter Dance: “Look What You Done for Me,” Al Green
Mother/Son Dance: “My Wish,” Rascal Flatts
Everything was played at the reception, from Flogging Molly to Frank Sinatra, from Freddie King to the Rolling Stones, not to mention Chuck Berry, James Brown, and The Gap Band.
From the photographer, Alexandra Wallace: Rachel and Zach are no cookie-cutter couple, and their wedding was no Pinterest copy-and-paste affair! The day started with Rachel putting on her completely custom-made dress; a project taken on by a family friend, her mother, and herself. As the final touches approached, Rachel’s mother presented her with a locket – inside, a note, and a piece of her own wedding dress from over thirty years ago. The wedding celebration took place at the historic Jack House in downtown San Luis Obispo. Rachel donned a flower crown hand-crafted by her cousin, and guests were led to the gazebo to watch Rachel and Zach exchange vows [in front of a custom hanging backdrop!], and then walk down the aisle as husband and wife to the end title theme from Star Wars. Reception decor was in grey, cobalt blue, with hints of mustard yellow. Decorations were a mix of vintage, geometric shapes, and a bit of woodland inspiration. As Rachel said, “The fact that we don’t have one theme per se is very much us. There’s a bit of classic charm and a bit of geek chic – I must admit Doctor Who was an inspiration for the colors!” Dinner was cooked by family, and the evening was spent with dancing – including a wonderfully non-traditional, choreographed first dance by the newlyweds! [Did I mention Rachel works in theater??] As a parting gift, guests were each given a small succulent plant, representing life and longevity in harsh conditions.
Few details make more of an impact on a wedding day than striking floral design, and Megan and Brad’s big day photographed by Sara & Rocky Photography had no shortage of it. The Southern Table filled the event with soft pink, fuchsia, and bright orange blooms, and used simple greenery runners on the reception tables to add the perfect bit of simplicity.
Wedding Invitation Design
Wedding Invitation Printing
Pastels mixed with bright spring colors and watercolor elements? Love, love, love. That was the basis for today’s styled shoot from Alexis June Weddings, H&H Weddings, and L’Oasis Floral Design, featuring two sweet grooms-to-be at their engagement shower. Shower or not, this shoot has no shortage of great spring wedding ideas for couples everywhere!
From the event designer, H&H Weddings: Perfect spring & summer inspiration seems simple enough, right? Pastels paired with light, lush blooms and bubbly cocktails tend to set the tone for the thawing season. When we started to think about producing a spring inspired shoot at the Kings County Distillery with two grooms-to-be, we realized how many stereotypes we’d have to bend (or break all together).
Of course, when you think traditionally about men in a whiskey distillery, it brings up images of rich mahogany, rocks glasses, plaid, tweed; typical elements of fall décor. So what were we to do? We settled on throwing all of those ideas out the window. Starting with watercolor as the basis for this shoot, we sought to incorporate the light pattern into as many facets of this shoot as possible. My unbearably talented friend, Gina Paola Design, created a watercolor pattern that we used for a backdrop, bottle bands, as an accent on the Octavia & Brown bar cart, and in the tablescape. These hues lightened up the distillery immensely.
From there, we chose bright blooms and spring-ready place settings, accented with gold. Though this could have felt overly feminine, we used a sturdy table and whiskey bottles to add masculine elements. I wanted to play with attire, as this was an engagement brunch of sorts, so formal wear was unnecessary. The floral blazer is a statement piece for sure. Vito donned it perfectly with a lavender button down and slim grey chinos. Jeff’s ensemble was meant to compliment Vito’s, so we used coral and leaf green for his outfit. Jewelry was kept to a minimum, as was hair and makeup, though Justine & Holly knocked the hair out of the park. Our scrumptious food was provided by the lovely ladies of Atelier Roquette. Yes, the food tasted just as beautiful as it looks! As a dessert element, I wanted to stray away from the macaron scene. When the idea of watercolor cookies came up, we couldn’t resist! April Preston Design won our hearts over with these stunning pieces of art! We almost didn’t want to eat them. Almost. The barrel room and seating vignette really brought light to how stunning the Kings County Distillery is. We were lucky to be able to showcase its versatility!
Wedding Planning + Design
Hair + Makeup
We’re super excited to share today’s shoot with you, put together by the wonderful Amy Nicole Photography and Violet Floral Design. This duo dreamed up a few different bridesmaid looks in monochrome palettes — a pink, a purple, and a green — with makeup, hair, and flowers to complement each one. While these are great ideas for bridesmaids, we also love that they’d work perfectly for a bride who’s open to some fun color for her own wedding look!
From the photographer, Amy Nicole Photography: Tricia Egan of Violet Floral Design and I envisioned a monochromatic shoot with three different color families to inspire some different bridesmaid looks + styles + approaches. We chose the color families Green shades, Purple shades and Peach/Pink shades and then selected a bridesmaid dress, hair and makeup looks, fresh florals, and hand painted canvas backgrounds (by us!) that all kept within each color family. Each model has a different style; Boho, Preppy and Vintage. See below for the details from each color.
Bouquet Recipe: Peonies, Garden Roses, Poppies, Ranunculus.
Our Preppy Peach bridesmaid wore a Posy by Kirribilla gown in the style “Willa.” Her hair was done in a classic chic french twist with a fresh peony garnish, she wore Stella and Dot jewels, and she had fizzy peach cheeks, bright eye color and a light coral lip.
Bouquet Recipe: Hellebores, Poppies, Ranunculus, Victoria, Astilbe, Frilly Tulips.
Our Boho Green bridesmaid wore the Papercrown “Breanna” dress in Dusty Aqua crepe fabric. She wore a loose side braid with florals intertwined, and had a gray eyeshadow with a punch of blush and a Raspberry lip.
Bouquet Recipe: Lilac, Ranunculus, Sweet Pea, Triple Tulips.
The Vintage Purple bridesmaid wore Adrianna Papell’s “Beaded Art Nouveau Blouson” gown. Her hair was styled in finger waves pinned to the side, and she was done up with dramatic plum eyes, bronzed cheeks with a soft blush lip.
We love Alkesta and Curt’s wedding from Korie Lynn Photography because it fuses together many of our favorite things: nontraditional ideas, bohemian ease, a bit of Wes Anderson cheekiness, and intricate floral arrangements by The Moss & Rose. The bouquets alone had at least 20 different types of flowers and foliage in each arrangement – talk about botanical heaven!
From the florist, The Moss & Rose: Translating Wes Anderson’s style into flowers without going too bohemian or woodsy took a while to think through. What we finally settled on was an eclectic, bright, very detailed flower style, with a tiny bit of woodland feel against a very clean, modern backdrop of The Grove.
The bouquets were intense! There were upwards of 20 or more flower and foliage varieties in each bouquet! The bougainvillea in the bridesmaids bouquets was a fun locally sourced addition – they were bright, brought in the perfect melon tones, and provided a unique texture. The ferns added a fresh look and a bit of woodland, and the poppies helped give the electric, story book feel. We added in more poppies for Alkesta’s bouquet, some airy white astilbe, dripping peiris, and snow white nerine lily and some roses from my garden to add scent and a magical element.
The tables had white linen and white milk glass vases, which created the ideal backdrop for the bunches of brightly colored flowers. The high diversity of flowers types within each arrangement provided the more detailed look. The ferns and the wooden table numbers added the woodsy aspect. The American grown roses from Peterkort Roses really opened up to help give an bold, but whimsical look!
The flower wall was something we thought up as an unique piece to round out the reception decor. The aim was to create a living wall paper -something that had a cleaner feel than a traditional flower wall, while also allowing the details of each flower to be highlighted. It had hints of woodland and bohemian, while still holding to the themes of modern, bright, and eclectic.
If ever I could step inside a styled wedding shoot, I’d pick this one from Veronica Varos Photography. It’s the ultimate bohemian fairytale with enough flowers from Mt. Lebanon Floral to last a lifetime, and the perfect unique venue, Iron Eden, whose iron pieces provide a stark contrast to the soft beauty of the gowns and floral details. This here is true love.
From Ansley, owner at Bliss Events Ltd.: We “described the inspiration for the shoot as ‘Eclectic, Edgy & Bohemia.’ Iron Eden is the perfect description of our shoot as Eden means, ‘any place of complete delight, bliss and peace.’ Personally, I loved the fact that we all wanted to create a dream.”
Floral details: Lyra’s (brunette model) bouquet – Juliet garden roses, white poppies, pink astilbe, plum foliage, veronica, jasmine, succulents, blue thistle, eryngium; Aubrey’s (red head model) bouquet – White peonies, poppies, white clematis, sweet peas, pink astilbe, and jasmine.
From Carmel, owner at Mt. Lebanon Floral: I knew that head wreaths were going to play a part. I wanted that vibe to be represented, to be eclectic and loose and to illustrate that a wedding can be part fantasy and part reality; fantasy but not the princess look. I wanted to reach the bride who cannot be pigeon-holed. I visualized bold and textured and soft at the same time. That’s why so many different textures came through in the final product. Even the location supported this with a sort of ‘nest theme’, an iron nest. It shouts ‘one of a kind’, even the gold dress underlines that. Our teamwork was flawless. I think people want something new, more free form, more organic. To me, it’s fantasy. It’s for a girl who really, on that day, is living a little bit of a fantasy. It’s magical, almost Mid Summer Nights Dream like. It’s the day that you should absolutely be able to live a fantasy. If not then, when?
From Erin, owner of Glitter & Grit: For the shoot I chose gowns by Lindee Daniel, who is the epitome of eco luxury. Her designs evoke elegance with an edge by weaving together sustainable fabrics and endless details. Her gowns are created in Los Angeles, using exquisite and exclusive wild and peace (cruelty-free) silks, organic cottons, and other natural fabrics. Colors are either from the natural color of the fiber, or by a natural dyeing process. The sleek designs of Nicole Miller are a perfect fit for the no-fuss bride. Look for vintage-inspired pieces with lace, beading, and magnificent draping from Nicole Miller. Her gowns provide versatility for any bride while remaining effortlessly chic. The Nicole Miller Bridal Collection is handmade in New York and are made of the best quality fabrics.
Shoot Location: Pittsburgh, PA / Photographer: Veronica Varos Photography / Event and Floral Design: Mt. Lebanon Floral / Venue and Furniture Rentals: Iron Eden / Wedding Dress: Lindee Daniel and Nicole Miller via Glitter & Grit / Jewelry: Caesar’s Designs / Vintage Rentals: bVintage by Bliss Events Ltd. / Tableware Rentals: All Occasions Party Rental / Linens: Lendable Linens / Models: Aubrey Borowitz and Lyra Bennett / Floral Supplies: BW Wholesale Florist / Photo Assistant: Mandy Fierens
What’s a wedding without a bit of rain for good luck? Some late summer showers were in store for Lindsey and Cameron’s wedding day, but the pair didn’t let it dampen their excitement in the slightest. Of course, it likely helped that they had an amazing team of vendors by their side – including Teale Photography, Marilisa Schachinger with Chancey Charm, and Amy Osaba, who made this dream day something special to remember for always.
From the bride, Lindsey: When we began wedding planning I knew I wanted two things: I wanted tons of greens with vivid flowers and I wanted a wedding that showed God’s grace and faithfulness in Cam and my relationship. My flowers were my most important factor in my wedding budget. I knew I wanted to use Amy Osaba long before I was engaged. She is brilliant! I wanted to stay away from the blush tones that have been used so often lately. It is absolutely stunning, but I wanted something different, joyful, whimsical, romantic, and fun! Our wonderful planner, Marilisa Schachinger and Amy Osaba along with Tracy at Crush Rentals worked together to perfectly piece together my dream style!! The entire day felt like we were in a beautiful secret garden.
While I would never wish it to rain on someone’s wedding day, it makes for the most romantic, beautiful pictures! It poured on our wedding day up until our ceremony. It literally stopped raining as I began to walk down the aisle! I had always said I would not want it to rain on our wedding day, but if it did, I would not allow it to take away from the meaning of the day. I held to that the entire day, and I can honestly say it did not even phase me in the slightest. After all, it’s supposed to be a blessing to have rain on your wedding day right? I feel that the rain added to the secret garden feel that I LOVED for our wedding!!
Cam and I are high school sweethearts. We began dating the last day of school my freshman year of high school. We have learned so incredibly much from our relationship and grown together over the years. We have seen the Lord work in such amazing ways in our lives and in each others lives. God is faithful; God is good. These are the things we wanted displayed and remembered most about our wedding. We incorporated our beliefs by having worship music played, paying together (without Cam seeing me) before the wedding, have a moment of prayer during the ceremony with our closest family and friends, and receiving communion as the first thing we did as a married couple. One of my best friends, Allee, made our save the dates, invitations, programs, welcome signs, table numbers, decor signs, table and table assignment display. — needless to say she was a gem with all of her help!! We are so incredibly thankful for all she did for us!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Enjoy every second of planning! – it seriously is one of the most joyful times of life :) Don’t fret over the small details that no one will notice. Appreciate others’ advice but hold true to what you want; you only get this day once! Amidst all the chaos of planning and preparing for this special day, remember what marriage means to you!
Oh man, Paul Taylor Smith played our ceremony and cocktail hour music, and he totally set the mood of the wedding. He was beyond incredible and I would highly recommend him to anyone!
Prelude: “How He Loves,” David Crowder; “Marry Me,” Train; “Here’s My Heart,” David Crowder; “Holy Wedding Day,” City Harmonic
Bridal Party Processional: “A Place Only You Can Go,” Needtobreathe; “Hallelujah,” Jeff Buckley
Bride’s Processional: “Always Forever,” Phil Whikham
Recessional: “I Will Wait,” Mumford and Sons
First Dance: “Angel,” Jack Johnson
Wedding Location: Highlands, NC / Photographer: Teale Photography / Planner: Marilisa Schachinger with Chancey Charm (highly recommend, she was our greatest blessing throughout planning!!) / Florist: Amy Osaba / Venue and Caterer: Old Edwards Inn / Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige / Accessories: my Papaw gave me my Nana’s beautiful “party ring” as a wedding gift to wear on my wedding day / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Jenny Yoo’s “Anabelle” from Kelly’s Closet in Atlanta / Groom and Groomsmen Suits: Ralph Lauren / Wedding Cake: Artista Cakes / Band: The Park Band / Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: Paul Taylor Smith / Rentals: Crush Event Rentals / Minister: Dr. Steve Gouge (my great uncle who also married my parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, and cousins) / Videographer: Limestone Film / Transportation: Bob Dunn and Old Edwards Inn / Afterparty: Ugly Dog Pub
Today’s bride and groom implemented what’s sure to be a new favorite activity into their wedding ceremony — potting their first plant as newlyweds. Bride Chelle is an organic gardener, so it makes sense that the couple’s wedding day would be full of warm tones, lush greenery, and beautiful flowers from I Bloom. Thanks to Mullers Photography for capturing the wedding day!
From the bride, Chelle: I love gardening and we love being out of doors, so we wanted to have a very organic bright feeling. My bouquet was at least half edible plant based (apples, chamomile, kale, berries, etc) by request, and I basically left the specific color choices up to I Bloom. I just said warm colors, and gave a few flower/plant suggestions. My mom painted the figures for the guest table and cake toppers from scratch, and we got a handmade guest book for people to do the Polaroids. The table name cards were Polaroid themed as well. The theme was mainly just making memories and having a very organic, warm, comfortable feel to the day. I always wanted to marry outside, preferably in a garden. Lucile’s was the first and only place I visited, and the courtyard garden, and elegant inside space, was perfect. I am an organic gardener, and wanted the ceremony to have that kind of warm, welcoming and bright feeling. I also wanted to have a “old” feeling to the event, not necessarily vintage but just a feeling that this was part of a long tradition. The cobblestone and ivy colored brick walls outside really embodied that tone.
I didn’t really have a traditional color scheme planned, it kind of just pieced itself together. I wanted warm colors for the bouquet, peaches, pinks, reds, purples. I knew that I wanted bright green napkins for the table to go with the stained glass, and also green’s my favorite color. The week before the wedding Jerrod decided he wanted a red tie, so we bought red bow ties as well for the boys. I know it sounds crazy, but I kind of went about all this organically as things came up! One thing that definitely was planned, was the guest book idea – to buy a polaroid and have people take photos of themselves along with the notes. They ended up taking a lot of other ones too, and we pasted those into the book – the perfect keepsake. Also, the wooden figurines for the guest table and the cake were painted by my mother.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Keep an eye out for ideas, but take your time. I had almost zero stress because two big decisions were made well and early on – location and photographers. Focus on these two, and your florist and after that it’s really just about having fun. I planned a few key things for the event from the beginning, as I had them already in mind for some time, but other than that everything just unfolded gradually. Even things like Jerrod’s tie, and the boys’ bow ties, or the polaroid name cards were only planned a week out from the wedding date, and on an unrelated errand I ran over the weekend. So one example, is that I had no idea what to use for the place cards, and nothing had felt right so far. I was at Target and happened to see a set of polaroid blank cards on clearance for a few bucks. They were beautiful and perfect for our polaroid guest book theme! If you have an open mind, and aren’t too rigid about your requirements, there will be so many things that present themselves to you. Just trust your gut!
Processional: Debussey Arabesque No 1 in E Major
The recessional was cheering and flower petal throwing by our family… :D
First Dance: “What We Do,” Troubled Hubble
Father/Daughter Dance: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power
Mother/Son Dance: “Mother & Child Reunion,” Paul Simon
Wedding Location: Omaha, NE / Photographer: Mullers Photography / Flowers: I Bloom / Venue: Lucile’s Old Market / Wedding Dress and Veil: David’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Bloom / Dress Hanger: AntoArts / Hair: Lexi Lanka / Makeup: Ashley Gaa / Groom’s Suit: Indochino / Caterer: Hap Abraham Catering / Wedding Cake: Whole Foods
If we ever wondered whether or not there’s anything prettier than Miami in the summer, these film images from Melanie Gabrielle Photography clears up the answer pretty quickly. Kiss the Planner and Anthology Co. collaborated to bring together a styled shoot full of citrus-y summer hues, vintage lace, and a touch of traditional Miami flair — obviously, the result is one you’ll just have to see for yourself.
From the photographer, Melanie Gabrielle Photography: This shoot was inspired by the beauty and romanticism of Spain. The tones of the citrus gardens and the vibrant shades of red wine created the perfect color palette for Anthology Co. and her perfectly gorgeous florals. The wild, romantic nature of the arrangements added a bit of whimsy to the tablescape, and paired with the flickering candlelight, the mood for the evening was set. The hand painted tiles, iron arches, and romantic pathways of Villa Woodbine created the perfect setting for a romantic Spanish style wedding. Using the hand painted tiles, Earth and Sugar created one of the most beautiful and unique cakes I have ever seen. The delicate lace in the dress and veil remind me of the beautiful Spanish lace found throughout the country. Spain is such a breathtakingly romantic country, and it is truly inspiring.
From the event designer, Aviva of Kiss the Planner: Villa Woodbine in Miami is a magnificent venue that encapsulates old world charm and natural European beauty. There were a number of things located both outside and inside the venue walls that inspired the design elements used in our rustic Spanish inspiration shoot. Upon doing a site inspection, Veronica, our talented floral designer was captivated by the patterns and colors in the ceramic mosaic tiles on the staircase, as well as the staircase’s black wrought iron scrollwork and metal star light fixture hanging at the top. Elements of these were recreated on the lovely cake and in the fresh tablescape in the garden under the giant oak trees. Also lovely, the gown and veil, rentals items, invitation and food items were consistent with the European rustic elegance and charm that encompasses the very special venue. It was a privilege to work with such a talented team of vendors and am grateful for the magnificent photos capture by Melanie Gabrielle.
Shoot Location: Miami, FL / Photographer: Melanie Gabrielle Photography / Event Planner: Kiss the Planner / Floral Design: Anthology Co. / Venue: Villa Woodbine / Wedding Dress, Veil and Jewelry: Bacio Bacio (Wellington, FL) / Makeup: Makeup Artistry by Hiara / Caterer: Bill Hansen Catering / Wedding Cake: Earth and Sugar / Rentals: The Salvage Snob / Linens and Coverings: Atlas Party and Event Rental / Wedding Invitations: Artistic Calligraphy
Whenever Louisa Bailey and Cecilia Fox combine forces for a wedding, we know we’re in for a treat. Erin and Chris’ wedding was personal, intimate, filled with gorgeous flowers, and bucked tradition in the best ways possible. Can you believe how gorgeous these poppy bouquets are?
From the bride, Erin: It was really important to Chris and I to make the day really inclusive for everybody that was there. It was for this reason we didn’t want to have a big guest list or formal bridal party and do a lot of the more “traditional” things that can sometimes make a wedding feel more like a performance than a celebration. We wanted our ceremony to just flow into the rest of our day and immediately be celebrating with all of our friends straight after rather than leaving to do photos. We wanted the whole day to feel intimate and let our guests know how important they all were to us.
Chris and I got married on our anniversary, which made it a winter wedding. As it was towards the end of winter we tried to incorporate a concept of “winter coming into spring,” with colourful spring blooms and fresh fruit popping against the cozy wintery feel of Hare & Grace. Melanie from Cecilia Fox was amazing and I really let her do her thing, she is so talented and I was astonished at how beautiful everything was on the day. Chris and I wanted a really cozy, intimate venue and the quality of food and drinks were paramount! As soon as we found Hare & Grace we knew it was perfect. Jess and her team were so helpful in making sure everything was just right and were happy to accommodate any requests we had. We had rave reviews on the food – and rightly so!
The best moment for me was when Chris and I got our first look together in the Botanic Gardens. After a bit of a stressful morning apart, the relief we both felt once we saw each other was enormous. It felt like “Oh, now you’re here I can handle everything, we can handle everything together.” Having the time together before the I Do’s was amazing, everybody should do it. In lieu of Bonbonierres (which can often be something the guests will throw out not long after), Chris and I made a donation to the Cancer Council who kindly provided us with daffodil pins for all our guests. We pinned them to the name cards on the tables. It was nice to know that we had helped a charity very close to our hearts and also special to us personally as our relationship started at a Cancer Council fundraiser event!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I really wanted to savour the experience of the day and have the focus be on our guests. I committed to not doing any DIY (except the name cards!) as I had learnt from our engagement party that it is quite stressful. We made sure to select vendors who we totally trusted, with a body of work we loved and just let them do what they do best. I think some of the best advice we were given is to take some time with each other, really appreciate what you are doing. Even if it’s for 30 seconds and it’s just the two of you sitting in silence – take those moments whenever you can. The day goes by so fast and at the end of it, the whole thing is simply about the two of you saying “we are going to be together forever.” Nothing else matters more than that.
Wedding Location: Melbourne, VIC, Australia / Photographer: Louisa Bailey / Event Planning, Styling, and Floral Design: Cecilia Fox / Ceremony Venue: Melbourne Town Hall / Reception Venue and Caterer: Hare & Grace / Wedding Dress: Lisa Ho / Wedding Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair: Wendy Bunnett /hair / Makeup: Ashleigh Gaitz / Bridesmaid Dress: Carla Zampatti / Suits: Rhodes & Beckett / Groom’s Shoes: Loake Shoemakers / Cheese Cake: Calendar Cheese Co / Band: The White Tree Band / Celebrant: Jason Tuazon-McCheyne / Stationery: Puddleduck Paper Co
What could be more romantic than filling your wedding day with subtle nods to how you and your love met? In Minh and Jimmy’s case, the two met while working at a small tea shop in California, so they added darling details like a tea bag seating chart and glass teapot centerpieces. Thanks to Sarina Love Photography, Bzzy Bee, and Isari Flower Studio for sharing your work on this one!
From the bride, Minh: This love story started when I was an undergrad trying to pay for tuition and books, and all I wanted from a job was the paycheck. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that I would meet my future husband at a small tea shop in San Jose, CA. Jimmy and I hit it off instantly, and although we were both diligently pursuing our degrees, work was always something we looked forward to, which can be a rarity in the retail world. It was only a matter of time until we were a couple, and without realizing it, months turned into years, and our relationship evolved so much more than boyfriend/girlfriend. Not only did I get that paycheck, but I left with so much more, my soul mate. When Jimmy popped the question, a rush of excitement came over me. Not only would I be spending the rest of my life with the love of my life, but I was so excited to jump feet first into wedding planning. I can’t say that we had an immediate vision of what our special day would be like, but we both knew that we wanted it to be fun, easygoing and very “us.”
Enter Y-Co Nguyen-Viveros and her fabulous team at Bzzy Bee. We were having a hard time settling on a theme for our wedding and Y-Co suggested that we start from the very beginning. With that suggestion, I had what Oprah would call an “Ah Hah!” moment and Y-Co and I started planning our tea themed wedding. From there, the ideas started rolling in and we found cute ways to incorporate our theme without over-steeping our guests in tea. As a long time crafter (just call me Minh-tha Stewart), I jumped at the opportunity to make our table numbers and origami tea bag escort cards. The overall look showcased many handcrafted elements that were beautifully contrasted by rustic, simple surroundings.
At the forefront of the color palette was a bright tangerine, supported by soft neutrals of light grey, mint and burlap. Our tables were dressed simply but elegantly with ivory linens, with a custom Mad Lib at each setting. On top of the burlap and lace runner sat whimsical floral arrangements designed by Isari Flower Studio. The florals were displayed in tea tins that Jimmy and I had collected from our friends and family, we love up-cycling! To complete our centerpiece, we purchased glass teapots and tea blossoms from the store in which it all began, they doubled as keepsakes that our guests loved. I also made an orange and white feather lei that I wore during the hula. It was always a dream of mine to make and present my husband with a feather lei on our wedding day. The lei itself is made from over 2000 individual feathers, but contains my hopes/dreams for our future and, above all, my love.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? 1. At the very least hire a day of coordinator for your big day! Ours played an instrumental role in the execution of our wedding, it was the best day of our lives! 2. Have faith that everything will work out and take time to soak it all in. It was thrilling to see all the work we put into the wedding come finally come together, it was all worth it!
Bridal Party Processional: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Bride’s Processional: “At Last,” Etta James
Recessional: “Marry You,” Bruno Mars
First Dance: “A Little Less Conversation,” Elvis
Wedding Location: San Diego, CA / Photographer: Sarina Love Photography / Event Design and Planning: Bzzy Bee / Flowers: Isari Flower Studio / Venue and Caterer: Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa / Wedding Dress and Veil: Nicole Miller via Nordstrom / Hair and Makeup: Susie Chhuor Studios / Wedding Shoes: Tory Burch via Neiman Marcus / Bridal Belt: DIY by bridesmaid & her mother / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Donna Morgan / Bride and Bridesmaid Robes: ComfyClothing / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen Suits: Jos A Bank / Wedding Cake: Flour Power / DJ: Playtime Attractions / Officiant: Mary Bowerman / Photobooth: Pixster / Wedding Invitations: Minted
I can never say it enough — we love our creative brides and grooms. Monica and Juan’s Texas wedding was full of color and fiesta-themed accents, from the papel picado designed by the groom to the Mexican inspired table runners for the reception. Ivy Weddings and Petals Ink Florist were the perfect team to capture the day and deck it out in stunning floral design!
From the bride, Monica: My husband and I both knew that we wanted something fun and casual to celebrate our big day. We wanted to create a memorable day for not only ourselves, but for our loved ones as well! We chose Zilker Clubhouse as our venue for its laid back Austin vibe, and its stunning Austin view. We provided a photo booth with plenty of props and my father made lawn games for our guests to enjoy. My husband and I pored over idea after idea. We chose our ceremony readings and marriage vows very carefully. We worked a lot of late hours throughout the process and in the end, we feel that our guests had as much fun at our wedding as we had fun planning! Some of the best words to describe the look of our wedding would be bright, bold, and fun. We went with a “fiesta” theme that included colors such as purple, pink, orange, yellow, aqua, and green. We didn’t shy away from color, that’s for sure! But we were also careful not to work against what natural beauty our venue had to offer. I gave a color swatch to my bridesmaids and asked them to pick a dress that closely matched the fabric color and I made sure to coordinate their shoe colors to match the groomsmen’s ties.
My husband worked from a few designs he saw online to create our “papel picado” wedding invitations. He even included our dog in the design! He spent a few hours at a laser cutting studio (MakeATX) creating our invitations. For groomsmen’s gifts he created an individual emblem for each groomsman which he had etched onto the glass of the beer growlers he got each of them. Instead of using real flowers for decorations, we decided to hand-make hundreds of tissue paper pom-poms to hang around the venue, individually and as garland. My husband created our “love birds” cake toppers from clay and we decorated them to look like what we’d be wearing on our wedding day. My mother and her friend sewed every table runner from the fabric she bought in Mexico. We wanted to incorporate this beautiful city where we fell in love so instead of traditional table numbers we chose Austin landmarks and a bunch of our favorite places to designate sitting. For example, some of our guests sat at “The State Capitol” table or the “Barton Springs” table. We used pictures of each venue or location, and printed them onto paper specifically made for table tents. For the guest name cards we used blank business cards to print their names. The business cards can be bought with the perforations already created so they were easy and quick to cut apart.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Practical Advice: It sounds cliché but don’t sweat the small stuff. There are many things that you can’t control and that’s okay! “…every little thing is gonna be alright…” Advice from the Heart: You will receive plenty of solicited and unsolicited advice. Some of it will be helpful but it can get to be overwhelming. There will be a lot of opinions about how you “should” be doing something. And someone is bound to get upset. Please remember that, ultimately, your wedding day is about you (the couple)! Do what feels right for your wedding!
Bridal Party Processional: “I’m Yours,” Vitamin String Quartet (Jason Mraz)
Bride’s Processional: “Longing to Belong,” Eddie Vedder
Recessional: “When We’re Together,” Joshua Radin
First Dance: “I Got You,” Jack Johnson
Aside from the key songs that we chose, we didn’t really play too much with the reception music. Our friend Rob was the DJ and he did a great job of feeling out the crowd and playing songs that everyone enjoyed!
Wedding Location: Austin, TX / Photographer: Ivy Weddings / Event Coordination: Heather Darby and Andrea Gamse / Florist: Petals Ink Florist / Venue: Zilker Park Clubhouse / Wedding Dress: Celina Menchaca (Friend of the Bride) / Wedding Shoes: Nina “Electra” / Hair and Makeup: Milk and Honey Salon / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Calvin Klein, Men’s Wearhouse, Al’s Formalwear / Caterer: EnShanta / Wedding Cake: Sugar Mamas Bakeshop and Upper Crust Bakery / Cake Topper: Groom / MC: Rob Surrago / Rentals: American Party Rental / Officiant: Steven Ross / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the groom and MakeATX / Paper Goods: Amols and Alamo Fiesta / Transportation: Limos of Austin
When you have a bride who’s a mastermind of wedding day paper goods, it should come as little shock that her own wedding day will be a truly shining event. When Liz of Liddabits started planning her wedding, she knew it would be full of bright color, curated design elements, and heaps of brilliant flowers and styling from Juli Vaughn Designs. Thanks to Tulle & Grace for capturing it all!
From the bride, Liz: We wanted casual and colorful. Southern backyard wedding, but in a big bright and funky way. I’m a graphic designer in the wedding paper goods industry, so we knew it would have a LOT of Liddabits paper touches. We also knew I wouldn’t be able to choose just one or two colors, and at the end of the day I narrowed it down to a color collection. As long as a piece fit into/coordinated with that range we approved it. Our florist/designer helped us pull it together by defining our wedding characteristics as milk glass, bright colors, wooden/rustic finishes, pops of gold and a little bit of a geometric/triangle motif.
Bouquet recipe: Yellow poppy, Coral Charm Peonies, Sarah Bernhardt Peonies, Juliet Garden Roses, Peach Campanella Garden Roses, Hot Pink Freesia, Ranunculus, Orange Pincushion Protea, Succulents, Parrot Tulips, Sage, Lamb’s Ear.
My creativity comes from my mom, and since we had the wedding in our backyard, we tackled as much of the event design as possible ourselves including: My husband, father and brother all built our dance floor out of 4×8 sheets of plywood with framing on the underside. We painted each board a different color and then shellac’d it. Beer Bottle Art Installation – I had this concept early enough in our engagement that it was able to be executed. My husband loves beer and I wanted at least one conversation piece / stunner that really incorporated both of us. We saved a few hundred beer bottles, added twine hooks to the top with hot glue, painted a few of them to add some pop, de-labeled the ones that weren’t as colorful or pretty, and then hung them from fishing line through eye hooks. It was exactly what I envisioned in my head, my favorite piece from the wedding, and we saved half of it and now have it hanging in my parents living room! Two tone tables – The property is also home to an old swimming hole (where my best friends grandparents met in the late 40s!) and as a result we were able to scrounge up some vintage farm tables and paint the bottoms of them. They were in rough shape, but since it was only for one day and not for our guests to sit at they worked perfectly. Confetti tossers – we cut, taped, stuffed and glued our own confetti tossers for our exit. They were an homage to our engagement pictures where Whitney came up with the original giant tissue paper triangle confetti idea, and we loved them so much that we heavily leaned on the concept for most of our wedding design theme!
Our ceremony yay flags were very significant to me… when I started my company I made banners and flags and a vendor told me about how she made them for her daughter’s wedding and they used them at the ceremony. I shared that same story with other vendors and got so excited about the idea of everyone you love, looking at you and waving a yay flag, but not making a peep! Talk about emotional (in a happy way)! When my dad and I were about to walk down the aisle we were “hiding” behind some grape vines. When we turned the corner we were a good 100 feet from the last row of chairs. Everyone was turned around, waving their flags at us walking down the aisle. Before that I had kind of forgotten about this special moment that I was so excited about in the past, and it totally made me break down into tears, in that I-have-been-so-exhausted-and-it’s-finally-here-and-it’s-perfect-and-I’m-so-happy, good kind of way. Luckily I had armed my dad with a code word in case I started crying (a code word that would make me laugh immediately – let’s just say another word for breaking wind). The code word worked and I cry-giggled my way down the aisle.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to do something that’s you, even if it’s not traditional or your family thinks you’re crazy. The people there love you and they’ll embrace it! Also, everyone freaks out about something at some point, so don’t be surprised when it happens, just breath, and know that in a few days they will be over it. And finally, one of my planner friends gave me this advice about 10 days before our wedding. Something will go wrong, to be exact, three things will go wrong. So when the first thing happens, and you get a little frustrated, just say, okay that’s #1, now there are only two more! I did this and it kept me and my mom from losing it, and looking back they were SO insignificant to the overall day that they weren’t even missed/noticed. My husband’s answer when I asked him was “talk to each other” which I interpreted to mean tell your fiance what’s going on and what the plans are – he probably wants to be more involved than you think.
I am a control freak and wanted to be in the know about every detail of our wedding, but the one thing Danny insisted on (for three years before we were even engaged) was that our first dance song be a surprise that he picked out. I was completely ok with it… sort of (I had my mom and my VIP bridesmaid confirm that it was a decent selection), and up until the moment the song started I had no idea what it was. “Sleep Walk” by Santo & Johnny was a song we always danced to at weddings when we heard it, and both knew the tune of, but I never knew the name of it. It was a perfect, lovely song, with no words, and I’m so glad that we had a moment that was just Danny’s doing.
Father/Daughter Dance: “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
Parents/Daughter Dance: “Happy,” Pharrell
Wedding Location: Aiken, SC / Photographer: Tulle & Grace / Event Design, Styling, Wedding Invitations, and Paper Goods: Bride, Liddabits / Floral Design and Styling: Juli Vaughn Designs / Day-Of Coordinator: Jenna Chancey of Signature Weddings & Events / Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang / Hair and Makeup: Power Cuts / Groomsmen’s Ties: Me and Matilda / Caterer: Berry’s Catering, Augusta GA / Wedding Cake: Heather Ulmer / Ceremony Musicians: Corelli String Quartet / Post Ceremony Musicians: Andy Fentem and Augusta Jones / DJ: Ed Girardeau
What better way to kick off the week than with a glittery and whimsical wedding at Webb Barn? We couldn’t contain our glee when we saw this wedding from Michelle Gardella, Petal Floral Design, and Heidi Chronister and Jen Strunk, which is packed to the gills with design inspiration and creative ideas for everyone.
From the bride, Erin: My husband and I are wedding photographers so we attend a lot of weddings every year. We knew when we started planning our own wedding that we didn’t want it to be like every one that we go to and see on the internet, and we didn’t want to do anything because we felt like it was something we HAD to do. We wanted our day to be fun, original, comfortable, and above all personal. We wanted our guests to walk in, feel at home and see both of us in all of our details and know that everything we brought in was thought out and had a reason for being there. I have a degree in art so the watercolor was very important to me, and Peter is a cyclist (he rode his bicycle across the country last summer!) so we tried to incorporate that as much as we could – thats why our family friend Dave made us the gorgeous bicycle wheel chandelier and we had bike details everywhere!! Style-wise we wanted it to be rustic (but not too rustic), elegant, relaxed and fun. We just wanted all of our guests to enjoy being there!
Our wedding was fun, comfortable, elegant, rustic – I changed my color scheme about a hundred times prior to the wedding but in the end it was mint green watercolor and gold glitter. Basically everything at the wedding was a DIY project! Everyone said it would be too much work but it was really important to us to have everything be personal and handmade. My sisters and mom and I worked so hard on everything to have it done in time! In addition to all of the handmade things, sentimental things were very important to us. All of the lace used belonged to our grandparents, the typewriter belongs to my grandmother, the table that the cakes were on belongs to my grandmother, the trunk used for cards was given to me by my grandmother, the glass bottles everywhere are from our grandparents houses and attics, the ladders that held our escort cards belonged to each of our grandfathers, the old books on the tables belonged to our grandparents, the watering can belonged to Peters grandfather.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? HAVE FUN! So many people get stressed out and worry about small, unimportant things. Your wedding is about you two as a couple and nothing else. If something is out of place or if a floral arrangement goes missing – chances are no one will even notice except for you! We are very laid back people and we made a conscious decision prior to the wedding to not worry about anything and so on our wedding day, we just relaxed and had fun. It was amazing! Also, don’t feel like you have to do anything you don’t want to do, just because it’s a ‘wedding’ and you feel like you should. We didn’t cut the cake, I didn’t throw my bouquet, and we didn’t introduce our bridal party at the reception – simply because we didn’t want to! It’s about you two and celebrating your love, and that’s all. Don’t worry about what anyone else will think!
Processional: “A Thousand Years,” The Piano Guys
Communion: “Swans and the Swimming,” Iron and Wine
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
First Dance: “This I Promise You,” N’SYNC – I begged Peter to let us dance to NSYNC as our first dance for months and he kept refusing until the rehearsal dinner! Everyone was surprised and it was absolutely perfect for us – boy bands are our guilty pleasure!
Wedding Location: Wethersfield, CT / Photographer: Michelle Gardella / Flowers: Petal Floral Design / Day of Coordinator: Heidi Chronister and Jen Strunk / Venue: The Webb Barn / Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye via Everthine Bridal Boutique / Belt, Hair Flowers, and Bracelet: Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge / Earrings: BaubleBar / Hair: Angela Cimino / Makeup: Jennie Fresa / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers / Ties: The Tie Bar / Caterer: Impressive Catering Services / Wedding Cakes: Bride’s sister / DJ: Rich Gumpert of Powerstations Events / Wedding Invitations: Bride / Videographer: Dustin & Rochelle Schultz of The Union Productions
One of our favorite recent trends over the past few years is seeing non-traditional sites pop up as wedding venues. Jennifer and George latched onto this idea and chose Georgia’s Railroad Museum as the perfect location for their wedding reception. The couple effortlessly blended their styles for a chic wedding day, all captured and styled by Tory Williams and Morgan Gallo Events.
From the bride, Jennifer: George and I both have an appreciation for art and history, so we knew we wanted to incorporate these elements into the wedding. We chose Savannah for the location because we had both attended SCAD and because the laid-back vibe of the city mixed with with beautiful historic architecture gave the perfect feel. We loved the idea of mixing the soft colors and fluid designs of the art nouveau period (which I love) with turn of the century industrial feeling (which fits George’s aesthetic). We kept this mix in mind when we chose our locations.
Since both George and I are designers, we knew we wanted to incorporate as many personal details into the wedding as we could. One of the things we love to do together is to visit museums. In fact, George proposed to me at my favorite museum, the Met. To incorporate this we chose a work of art for each guest and printed special postcards which included the date and museum where we saw each piece. We used these for the RSVP cards as well as the escort cards. We also used the names of our favorite museums as the table names. George designed the table names to look like vintage subway signs, printed them out, and used a transfer technique to put them on wood panels. We also wanted to make sure our photo both had an artistic and original spin – we created our own props from some of our favorite paintings.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Keep a budget sheet that both of you have access to. Have an idea of what you would like, but be flexible.
Bridal Party Processional: “Imagine (remix),” Blendcrafters
Bridal Processional: “Maybe I’m Amazed,” Paul McCartney
Recessional: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
First Dance: “I Will,” The Beatles
Father/Daughter Dance: “God Only Knows,” Beach Boys (my three older sisters and their husbands joined me on the dance floor)
Mother/Son Dance: “Just the Way You Are,” Billy Joel
Wedding Location: Savannah, GA / Photographer: Tory Williams / Event Planner: Morgan Gallo Events / Florist: Harvey Designs / Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Venue: Owens-Thomas House / Reception Venue: GA Railroad Museum / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Hair and Makeup: Beyond Beautiful by Heather / Groom and Groomsmen Attire: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer: Nick Mueller Catering / China: Lillian’s China / Rentals: Snyder Event Rentals / DJ: First City Events
What can you do with just one color? If you’re asking Sarah Park Events, the answer is “a whole heck of a lot.” We were absolutely blown away by Sarah’s shoot, which put varying shades of orange against a white background for a crisp monochrome look just in time for spring. Thank you to Sweet Root Village for capturing the images!
From the event designer, Sarah of Sarah Park Events: The idea behind this shoot was to take one main color and add different shades of the same color to come up with a monochromatic look. We decided to take the color orange and go crazy with it! Because we wanted to make the orange pop out, we found the most beautiful white showroom which was the perfect backdrop for our inspiration at Paisley & Jade’s showroom in Richmond, VA.
For the ceremony backdrop, I knew I wanted to go big so I went to the craft store, bought the biggest canvas they had and started painting flowers. To make it 3 dimensional, I had my lovely friends at Sweet Root Village jazz it up with orange flowers all over the canvas. Every design element worked so well together because we weren’t restricted to a certain shade of color. All it had to be was the color orange and we were good to go! Hoping to see more monochromatic weddings in the near future! We had a great time designing this wedding inspiration and now we’re all lovers of the color orange.
Shoot Location: Richmond, VA / Photographer and Floral Design: Sweet Root Village / Event Design, Styling, and Backdrop Painting: Sarah Park Events / Venue: Paisley & Jade Showroom / Wedding Dress: Blush by Hayley Paige via Garnish Boutique / Headpiece: Katie Burley Millinery / Hair: Melanie Medeiros / Makeup: Liz Wegrzyn / Wedding Cake: Sweet Fix / Vintage Rentals: Paisley & Jade / Stationery Design: Written Word Calligraphy & Design / Model: Anna Friedman
One sight of the floral arrangements from Anthomanic and we couldn’t help but fall in love with this styled shoot. Rachel May Photography and Amore Events by Cody wanted to imbue a wedding inspiration session with the classic elegance associated with Marie Antoinette and modern styling and bridal beauty. Really, it was impossible to resist the color palette of pinks and greens – don’t you agree?
From the event designer, Cody of Amore Events by Cody: With a hint of spring in the air, we said goodbye to the unkind winter and eagerly welcomed the coming of warmer weather with a stunning shoot. This styled shoot drew its inspiration from the glamour, whimsy, and femininity usually associated with Marie Antoinette.
Amore Events by Cody embraced the challenge of bringing the “Modern Marie” to life. Cody navigated away from a more classical look by balancing antique gold elements with pops of bold pinks to pull together this extravagant affair. The vision for this shoot really came alive with Anthomanic’s lavish and overflowing florals and greenery that adorned the bride and table spread. Rachel May Photography captured every detail with elegant but whimsical images that perfectly expose the stylish fun of this shoot. From the bright red hair and soft pink dress to the luxurious garden rose and anemone bouquet, these images embody the “Modern Marie” in all her glamour.
Shoot Location: Orange, VA / Photographer: Rachel May Photography / Event Design: Amore Events by Cody / Floral Design: Anthomanic / Venue: Inn at Westwood Farm / Wedding Dress: Bella Rosa Bridal / Makeup: Faces by Joy / Caterer: BBQ Exchange / Lighting: MS Events / Calligrapher: If So INKlined Calligraphy and Illustration
Bella Calla and Jordan Weiland Photography recently collaborated on a styled shoot to highlight some less-expected variations of spring bouquets and floral arrangements. Included in the list is a variety of blooms inspired by Pantone’s color of 2014, Radiant Orchid – and the beauty just keeps going from there!
From the florist, Lilli of Bella Calla: Bella Calla has created 3 look options for spring brides. We wanted to inspire spring brides to think outside the traditional box of white wedding flowers or pink mounds of hydrangea. The three looks we’ve come up with are inspired by very different ideas. The first, Pink Kumquat, is inspired by those first spring bulbs popping up through the ground. The second is inspired by Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid, is rich with varied shades of purples, minty silvery greens, full of texture, and very lush. The third, Lemons and Lace, is inspired by spring sunshine hitting wedding dresses in a window.
Pink Kumquat: This moment was inspired by those first spring flowers that pop their faces up in the garden. Ranunculus is the star here, supported by hyacinth, French heather, pincushions, poppies, anemones and paperwhites. The centerpiece is a growing wonderland of spring flowers in a ceramic container. The bouquet is a sweet mix of pinks, tart oranges, rich creams and pops of coral. Tiny yellow accents in the form of feverfew brighten the mix. The wrapping is raw silk in an antique gold. The boutonnieres are different, showing more than one option for brides who like to mix it up. The first, a succulent mixed with blushing bride protea and dusty miller, allows the guy to stay masculine while wearing the bout. The second, a soft, delicate ranunculus, matches the soft bouquet perfectly. The head piece, by Kitty Mae, matches the bouquet as well, mirroring the one perfect anemone.
Wild Orchid: The colors are a variety of purples from lavender to lilac, royal to eggplant. With the ombre of shades and the rich texture of greens, the designs look elegant, playful, and spring-inspired all at once. The glassware that accompanies the floral is a silver mercury glass, which adds a slightly vintage, but elegant touch to the tablescape. The bouquet, filled with orchids, tulips, green trick, seeded eucalyptus, and stock, has fun, organic texture and is wrapped in a soft pewter silk ribbon. The boutonniere is a bit of purple sea-holly, with seeded eucalyptus. It is masculine and playful. The centerpiece is a lushly overflowing mercury glass bowl. It’s filled with rich purples, soft lavenders, and silvery greens. The accompanying headband, by Kitty Mae Millinery, a handmade birdcage metal headpiece, has soft lavender silk flowers, ostrich feathers, and is made from silver wire.
Lemons and Lace: Vintage milk glass pieces with sunny yellow daisies, asters, and lovely poppies are the focus of this look. The tablescape is a cluster of truly vintage milk glass, pretty ceramic birds, a vintage piece of lace from an old wedding dress, and gold accents. The floral includes poppies, billy balls, feverfew, roses, asters, daisies, and some lovely ornamental white and green kale. The kale and poppies add a touch of blush color to the whites, and the gerbera daisies add a happy lemony yellow to the rest of the buttercream palate. The spunky boutonniere has a creamy yellow matsumoto aster and some craspedia. The bouquet is kale, daisies, asters, and feverfew wrapped in gingham and pearls.
It’s T minus one day till Valentine’s Day, and this sweetness shot by Kay English and designed by Reverie at the The Ashford Estate in New Jersey is just the ticket. Poppies are always one of my favorite blooms, so needless to say this bouquet is a dream!
These sherbet flowers are just what the doctored ordered this morning. Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers dreamed up of a spring flower guide, and these arrangements are it. Quintessentially dreamy. From Sarah: It happens every year during the middle-end of winter… everyone gets anxious for spring. Here is a bit of indulgence for you who may be getting antsy extra early. Spring is the perfect time for a wildly colorful wedding of peach and tangerine tones.
This color palette is fun and feminine, and can also easily be elegant if you pair these flowers with floor length dresses, some strappy heels and a dramatic venue. If the colors alone don’t make you drool, how about serving some sherbet for your desert?
Flowers used here were: roses, ranunculus, kumquat, poppy, peony and tulips.