If noshing on delicious foods and embracing farm life sounds like your idea of a good time, you’re sure to love this wedding shoot from Shots by Cheyenne, Nashville Event Planning, and Petals and Fields. Here, vegetables have a starring role not only in the dishes, but also in the centerpieces, table runner, and bouquets. We’re ready to see radishes make more appearances in floral arrangements from here on out!
Last week we shared an inspiring wedding shoot in an orange grove, and today we’re bringing you a real wedding in one! Fondly Forever Photography and Hello Gem Events worked together on Becca and Michael’s big day, which took place completely outdoors and embraces the epitome of “California cool.”
From the bride, Becca: Most importantly we wanted our guests to experience the beauty and warmth that we feel each time we visit our family ranch. Using this as our vision led us to make a number of design decisions alongside our wonderful planners Hello Gem such as: having all three parts of the wedding completely outdoors from the cocktail hour in the middle of the orange grove to the reception in a field under the stars. We felt this vision really came to life in many ways – our bartenders, for example, embraced the cocktail hour in the grove, spontaneously picking oranges from the tree and making fresh screwdrivers for guests!
Event Planning, Decor, Floral Design, and Invitations
Hair and Makeup
Catering and Desserts
Rentals and Lighting
Today’s shoot is one of those that just stops us immediately in our tracks. The delicate blush pink and neutral palette paired with the organic floral design and the beautiful images from Tamara Gruner Photography all add up to pure magic that we couldn’t possibly resist! And the bride’s bouquet with a hint of artichoke styled by Bare Root Flora? Utter brilliance.
From the stylist and florist, Robyn of Bare Root Flora: The inspiration for our shoot was a desire for a sense of feminine romance. We chose a sophisticated, elegant color palette of blushes, greys and golds that married beautifully with the pines and dramatic desert rocks of Castlewood Canyon, where we set our scene. A stormy, grey day was the perfect complement to the look.
We kept the look on our beautiful bride simple and natural, with loose, flowy hair and soft makeup. Her two-piece gown from Emma & Grace was dreamy and romantic while still feeling fresh and contemporary. We wanted the flowers to capture the same romantic, organic feeling. Bare Root Flora paired textural dried artichokes with soft garden roses, chocolate Queen Anne’s lace, sweet astrantia, soft silver tree protea and lush foliage and grasses in a loose and lovely bouquet finished in blush silk ribbons from Silk & Willow.
We wanted the accompanying tablescape to be an extension of this dreamy, romantic aesthetic. The table was set with gorgeous silk runners from Silk & Willow, which echoed the wind and the colors in the canyon. The napkin detail was a particularly lovely focal point for the table, which was set with romantic tableware from Anthropologie. The hand lettered place cards from Miya at Layers of Loveliness were the perfect finishing touch. The finished look was just what we wanted, dreamy and romantic but with an almost effortless sense of sophistication.
Photography, Event Planning, and Tabletop Styling
Event Styling and Floral Design
Table Runner, Silk, and Ribbon
Stationery and Calligraphy
A little bit woodland nymph, a little bit astrological babe — this shoot from Dawn Photography and Good Seed Florals delves into these mindsets and brings forth one seriously stunning result. There are travel inspired details everywhere you look, and we love the photographer’s advice to decorate your wedding with things that carry special meaning in your own life. It’s the best way to ensure your day is both personal and memorable for your special guests and loved ones!
From the photographer, Dawn Photography: When I began planning this Galileo Inspired Wedding, I was drawn to bring in organic, natural and nostalgic pieces. The vintage compasses and telescope, the deep blues, greens and golds that decorated the tables, the beautiful tree that completely draped over the entire wedding. The bouquet was created with such organic and natural pieces, including artichokes, air plants, and blackberries. The decor was collaborated by so many wonderful vendors to tie in this theme. The bride in the photos created the incredible backdrop, the painted compasses and the other signage.
All of the amazing vendors who got together for this Inspired Wedding were all wanting to show how Out of the Box weddings can be so beautiful, fun and personal. Brides, my advice to you is to decorate your wedding with things that have meaning in your life. Make it your own! It’ll be so much more amazing if it’s from the heart!
Signage, Painted Globes, and Backdrop
Compass and Telescope
A garden wedding is a treat any time of the year, though it certainly shines best when surrounded by blooming flowers and great agricultural details, like in this shoot from Simply Rose Photography, Weddings by Journey, and Greenstems. Deep purple and gold come together to make a rich color palette, which serves as a perfect contrast to the bride’s wispy and romantic wedding gown!
From the photographer, Rose of Simply Rose Photography: The main inspiration for this shoot was a deep purple colour combined with some rustic food elements like artichokes, berries and grapes. The concept was developed by myself to include some rich tones that would be offset by an outdoor garden location that could be fitting any time of the year. Gold was added as a small accent in some of the decor and the cake.The scene starts off with the elegant tablescape of gold charger plates with gold-trimmed china along with a matching set of cutlery. A menu card with a small greenery sprig completes the place setting simply yet elegantly. Each setting has two glasses; one purple tall-stemmed goblet and a smaller vintage drinking glass. The floral runner was designed with the purple theme in mind as well as pulling together some the savory components in the charcuterie platters for an organic and rustic but elevated centerpiece. Interspersed throughout the runner are tall mercury candlesticks and smaller gold goblets of flower arrangements. Everything was set on a heavy charred oak table with matching benches and purple seating pillows for each setting.
The table was shot in two segments; one with the simple place setting and one with personal charcuterie platters and a signature drink, both designed by Railtown Catering. They worked with the colour palette to create a savory component to the shoot that meshed well with the organic feel of the florals and surroundings. The artisan antipasto platters featured Italian and Spanish meats such as salamis, prosciutto and mortadella, imported cheeses, marinated, grilled and chilled Mediterranean vegetables with raw vegetables and a house made sourdough. The signature drink (The Winter Wedding specialty cocktail) comprised of local wallflower gin, creme de cassis, fresh pressed beet and apple juice, rose water, nectar and topped with a sparking rose wine.
The goal for the bridal styling was simple while incorporating some of the purple palette without being too overpowering. The bride’s (model’s name was Anjani Varma) Ellebay gown (Gabrielle) was just the right amount of appeal suitable for a garden wedding so we kept her hair loose and the jewelry minimal to earrings, a bracelet and a ring from Gorjana. A skinny belt was added to accessorize the dress. The groom (model’s name was Owen Unruh, represented by Charles Stuart International) showcased a suit from Topman that featured a bit of purple in the suit jacket and it was paired with a purple tie for a little pop of colour. The bouquet was loose, organic and asymmetrical with quicksand roses, purple anenomes, artichokes, tulips, proteas and a host of greenery from maidenferns to olive foliage.
The final component of the shoot was the cake and savory display located in a stone hearth featuring a beautiful assortment of purple and green edibles along with a larger version of the charcuterie platter as well as the signature cocktail. Here, the golden plum concept comes together in the cake and decor items along with the garden element of the stone backdrop. The colours are rich and inviting. Some floral branches lean towards the cake, mimicking the shape of the arch. For the final few shots, the top tier of the cake was cut to reveal a bit of complimentary colour inside.
Wedding Belt + Earrings
Hair + Makeup
Signature Drink + Charcuterie
If you’ve ever wanted to see a monochrome wedding done right, today’s your day. Rebecca and Sam chose a color palette of rich greens with just a hint of blues to produce a relaxing, calm, and at-home feeling on their wedding day. White Rabbit Studios was behind the camera while Kris Clark of Sugar Rock Events helped the couple plan their ideal day.
From the bride, Rebecca: I wanted our wedding to represent us. I envisioned a laidback, relaxed wedding with a focus on décor and design. I’m an interior designer, so the décor was the most important part to me. I knew I wanted to incorporate vintage items because the majority of the furniture in our home is vintage. Our house is extremely colorful, and I carried that through to our wedding. Our home is decorated in blues and greens, which are the same colors used in the wedding. For our color scheme, I used the same colors that are in our house – blues and greens. I would describe our wedding as vintage mismatched. Some people looked at me like I was crazy when I mentioned that I didn’t want anything to match, but thankfully the vendors we chose all understood the vision for the day.
I LOVE working on crafts and projects. I always have multiple projects going on at the same time, and our wedding day was no exception! DIY projects that I tackled were the save the dates, invitations and programs, all the flowers, my veil, church wreath, cake toppers, signage, and ribbon wands for our departure. I made paper flowers for the bouquets and backdrop. This was definitely the most time consuming project! I started on the flowers as soon as we got engaged and kept making flowers for about 7 months. My bridesmaid, Melissa, was huge help! We made about 60 flowers in one weekend! Sam also was great at making flowers! He made all the boutonnieres for the groomsmen.
My sister, Megan, helped with the invitations. She drew the border that was used on the invitations and several signs. She also drew the map that was included with the invitations. My friend, Ashley, offered to make the bride and groom couple cake toppers. Sam wanted our dog, Finn, to be included on the cake, so he made the tiny Finn topper to go with the bride and groom. I made the state shaped cake toppers to represent our home towns and states. My hardest DIY project was the veil. I read a couple tutorials on making your own veil and it seemed easy enough and a huge money saver. I’m sure this would have been a very easy project for someone who is great at sewing, but I am not that person! Both my parents are very talented at sewing, and my mom was able to help me with some of the more challenging aspects of this project.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Hire a wedding coordinator! Hiring Kris from Sugar Rock Events was the best decision I made! She made the whole day run smoothly, and I didn’t have to worry about a thing! I’ve been to weddings where the bride’s mom and/or aunt are acting as wedding coordinators, but coordinating is a full time job and I wanted our family to be guests at our wedding instead of worrying about tons of details. Planning our wedding was so fun and not the least bit stressful, which is in large part, due to Sugar Rock Events. If you are planning any DIY projects, start working on them WAY in advance! My goal was to have every project complete one month before the wedding, which I didn’t quite make. I ended up finishing everything two weeks before the wedding, and I’m so glad I didn’t have any last minute details or projects in the days leading up to the wedding. I was able to relax and enjoy being a bride!
Bridal Party Processional: “Such Great Heights,” Iron and Wine
Bridal Processional: “Perfect For Me,” Ron Pope
Interlude: “Three Rounds and a Sound,” Blind Pilot
Recessional: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes
We aren’t really dancing people, so instead of a First Dance we wanted to do something that was more representational of our relationship. A typical weekday for us consists of Sam playing the guitar while we sing together. It took MONTHS of convincing, but Sam finally agreed to sing together at the reception. We sang “Cake and Eggs” by Deer Tick and Sam played the guitar.
Wedding Location: Mooresville, AL / Photographer: White Rabbit Studios / Film Developing: Indie Film Lab / Wedding Planner: Kris Clark of Sugar Rock Events / Flowers: DIY / Ceremony Venue: Old Brick Church / Reception Venue and Caterer: Limestone Bay / Wedding Dress: Watters via Finery / Dress Alterations: Alison Anne Bridal (alisonannebridal @ gmail.com) / Wedding Veil: DIY / Wedding Shoes: David Tate / Hair: Laurie Brandon / Makeup: Made Ya Blush / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: David’s Bridal, Madison Town and Country, and Maykool / Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse / Finn’s Bow Tie: LA Dog Store / Wedding Cake: Gabby Million of Grounded Cake / Pies: Mason Dixon Bakery / Ceremony Musician: Sound Impact / Ceremony Rentals and Decor: Vintage on Macon / Rentals: Mullins / Game Rentals: Party Plus / Transportation: Coats Classic Cars / Videographer: Southern Wedding Films / Wedding Invitations: DIY printed at Smart Press
We just may have found a new favorite venue in Utah’s Sundance Resort – just take one look at these images from Blush Photography and you’ll know why. It was love at first sight for Erica and Jake too, who planned a “forest elegance experience” with the help of Petal Pixie. You knocked this one out of the park, ladies and gents!
From the bride, Erica: I’m from Utah, Jake is from Illinois and we are both New York transplants who seriously needed a break from the concrete jungle to go back to our more outdoorsy roots. We envisioned a rustic forest wedding surrounded by beautiful mountains, crisp, fresh air and most importantly our family and friends. Sundance is an inspiring place where we know our love will forever stay tucked in between all the mountains and trees. To kick off the weekend festivities at Sundance, we planned a lovely outdoor welcome brunch with just parents and siblings and followed it with a relaxed outdoor BBQ rehearsal dinner. Those two events really set the tone and gave everyone, including Jake and me, a chance to talk and relax before the big day.
Flower recipe: I remember telling our florist that I wanted the bouquets to look like we had all run into a field and picked fresh flowers. The bouquets stay true to the nude palette but each have some oranges and purples thrown in to brighten things up. Dahlias, roses, stock, anemone, thistle, succulents, protea, air plants, moss, artichokes, and ranunculus (in my bouquet and hairpiece).
Choosing vendors was a fun experience for me and when we saw Kim’s company, Petal Pixie, and her Hidden Forest shoot we didn’t have to look any further. After one conversation we knew that she would understand our vision of creating a rustic, forest elegant experience. The beauty in a forest is the unique details of every tree, flower, shrub and root and that’s the concept we wanted to create with the wedding. We chose to forgo the idea of “a wedding color” in favor of the mismatched approach. Every table had a different arrangement of flowers, succulents, lanterns, mosses and vases, all the groomsmen and bridesmaids had a different outfit based on a common idea and it all worked together beautifully!
Another key component of our wedding was the photography. We wanted a personal and artistic approach to preserving our wedding. Our wonderful photographer, Brooke Davis – Blush Photography, embodied this idea completely. During our engagement shoot she had us running through the woods so it came as no surprise that after the ceremony she took us up a mountain trail – high heels, dress, suit and all – we hiked up a dirt path through the pine trees to get the perfect shot and one of our favorite memories. For me, the bride, the planning experience was so enjoyable that I even opened up my own forest wedding decor shop on Etsy called Fir and Forest. Every time I make an item for someone’s wedding, I get to relive a little bit of our own perfect day.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t forget to have a moment of Zen along the way. It’s important to take a moment to breathe and remember that everything will all come together in the end. The most stressful part for us was the logistics. We had a lot of guests traveling, but also we were planning a Utah wedding from New York and even from out of the country for a few months – it’s quite a task planning a wedding from India – but in the end, it’s just all part of the adventure! We did a brainstorming session at the venue with our florist and coordinator, Kim, from Petal Pixie and we were immediately on the same page. Find vendors who understand your vision, will listen to what you do and don’t like and will take it to the next level and make it more unique and special than you ever thought. Have a blast with your photos and do something unexpected. One of my favorite parts of the entire weekend was running off to do our shots together right after the ceremony. We found a path in the forest where the sun was seeping through the trees and hiked all around (heels and all) while our photographer, Brooke, took some magical shots. We ran free until we were out of breath, got covered with dirt and pine needles and it… was…. fabulous. I’ll never forget it. Keep it real. We tried our hardest to plan from the perspective of our family and friends and think how each decision would effect them. We stayed true to ourselves, but always had everyone’s feelings on our mind and heart.
Processional: Vivaldi’s Spring
Recessional: “Sevilla,” Albeniz
Father/Daughter Dance: “I Got a Name,” Jim Croce
Mother/Son Dance: “You Will Be On Your Way,” The Young Presidents (Jake’s band – written by him and his bandmate/one of our handsome groomsmen)
First Dance: “True Love Ways,” Buddy Holly
Since we are both musicians and it was important to incorporate music into the wedding as much as we could. Jake sang a song he wrote for me called “Love You Forever” during the reception – It was just the two of us in the middle of the room on the dance floor. So romantic!
Wedding Location: Sundance, UT / Photographer: Blush Photography / Event Design, Planning, and Floral Design: Petal Pixie / Venue, Caterer, and Rentals: Sundance Resort / Wedding Dress: BHLDN / Alterations: Pinpoint Bridal / Wedding Veil and Earrings: BHLDN / Hair: Kali Wengreen / Makeup: Jann Rupp / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie, BHLDN, Nordstrom, ASOS, Ruche / Groom’s Suit: Suit Supply / Ring: Family Heirloom (My great grandfather was a jeweler. He made this ring for my grandmother, passed to my parents lovingly who gave it to us) / Groom’s Ring: Pyxis Jewelry / Wedding Cake: Granite Bakery / Guitarist: Jon Yerby / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura
There’s such an air of romance in this styled shoot from Lauren Niles of The Regent at Stone House, we hardly know what to do with ourselves. Each detail, from the sweet floral crowns to the flower girl and ring bearer to the rowboat portraits, makes us long for simpler times and quality moments spent with the ones we love. Thank you to L. Hewitt Photography and Blush Florals for rounding out this gorgeous shoot!
From the photographer, Leah of L. Hewitt Photography: The Regent at Stone House is a new venue on a 19th century farm just north of Baltimore, Maryland. We this shoot to evoke the history and timeless romance of the venue. We wanted it to feel warm, relatable and romantic in a nostalgic way, from the playfulness of the ring bearer and the flower girl to picking and sharing wildflowers and spending a summer evening dining al fresco in the midst of a rolling country setting. I chose natural textured linens, distressed finishes and organically designed florals punctuated by fresh fruit. But, as a firm believer in high-low design, these raw elements were matched with rich, ornate touches, such as gold flatware, crystal stemware, chinois china, french cane back chairs and of course, the classic black and white tuxedo. You honestly can never go wrong with a black and white tuxedo (bow tie obviously required)!
We tied in the original 19th century owners of the farm, the Finney family, by giving our bride and groom the same name on the stationery, honoring the original Reverend Finney, by having them marry in front of an old chapel wall and highlighting the original door knocker with their name still engraved in it.
Wedding Location: Churchville, MD / Photographer: L. Hewitt Photography / Event Design and Planning: Lauren Niles for The Regent at Stone House / Floral Design: Blush Florals / Venue: The Regent at Stone House / Wedding Dress, Bridesmaids and Accessories: Garnish Boutique / Hair and Makeup: Robert Ashtin Salon / Flower Girl Dress: Pippy Lou / Tuxedos: K&B Bridals / Ring: Saxons / Dessert: La Cakerie / Rentals: DC Rental / Linens: Table Toppers / Stationery: Just Ink on Paper
The bride and groom from this morning’s wedding used, amongst other materials for their handmade decorations, artichokes. It blended with their rustic beach feel perfectly and is a much more affordable alternative to floral centerpieces. We’re going to show how they incorporated them in two different ways: in their ceremony decor and centerpieces. They’re the bee’s knees in bouquets, and can be used in a slew of ways for your wedding table too.
Artichokes as hanging bud vases:
They used them to decorate the ceremony aisle hanging from Shepard’s hooks. They turned the artichokes upside down, wrapped the stems with twine and added flowers at the top. They would look adorbs hanging from reception tables or altar too.
Artichokes as candle holders:
These barely need any instructions. After you cut one bottom flat for the base and hollow them to fit your tea lights, rinse them in lemon juice to avoid oxidation (thank you Bridal Cookie for the tip).
All photos by Marissa Rodriguez.