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Weekly Wrap Up + Winner!

Weekly Wrap Ups

We thought we’d leave you with bit more inspiration for your weekend, and this week’s color card is drenched in rich green hues. A whimsical forest fête by a lake is something I’d love to attend right at this moment. With a cocktail glass in one hand and a fabulous clutch on the other, feasting my eyes on fern and feathery details.

Colors: emerald, olive, lace and birch

emerald green fern and moss wedding inspiration chic

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In case you missed any of our features from this week…

A woodsy wedding with two high school sweethearts
This colorful Santa Margarita wedding
Vancouver wedding in Stanley Park
Wedding albums from our sponsor Muujee
An orange and teal travel-inspired shoot
Home decor and personal style goods from
A wintry Alberta wedding
DIY tutorial on photo canvas art
A handmade plantation wedding
Love vs Design stationery feature and giveaway
Styled shoot based on The Owl and the Pussycat
An English countryside wedding from Joanna Brown

This week in Recycle Your Wedding

BHLDN Crepe De Chine Gown
25 Floral China Teacups
Crochet doily ring pillow
45 Crochet votives from BHLDN
10 Burlap table runners
Wooden framed chalkboard table numbers

And last but not least, the winner of our Love vs Design giveaway is… Jared, comment #133. Congratulations, Jared!! We’ll be in touch shortly with more details.

Happy weekend, all!

Nostalgic Woodsy Wedding

Garden Weddings

This California wedding from Kate Harrison is like stepping into a woodland dream — moss and birch details, frilly flora, and of course, a knockout couple of newlyweds! Bride Whitney shines in a stunning Jenny Packham frock, which inspired much of the feel of her wedding. The couple’s inspiration also came from their incredible venue, Nestldown, and it’s easy to see why!

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woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

From the bride, Whitney: Our style was very much inspired by Nestldown, our venue, and for me, by the vintage-inspired dress that I had chosen. I was looking for elements that were rustic, vintage, and timeless. As we were planning, my biggest worry was that all our disparate elements wouldn’t come together as a whole, but it really did turn out wonderfully well. Everything was very fun and very personal. Both Ted and I felt that the entire day was a reflection of our personalities.

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

We wanted everything to be classic, vintage, and rustic. We went with white and black for our main colors, with green as well to reflect the outdoor setting. Our florist did a great job making our centerpieces natural and non-traditional. A friend of ours had cut a tree down in his yard and we incorporated slices of that tree into our centerpieces.

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

For our guestbook, we had an old-timey photo booth from Photo-matica, whom I can’t recommend enough — they are awesome. They printed out two photo strips, one for our guest book and the other for wedding favors for the guests. We had some wooden photo strip frames made through a vendor on and we painted them ourselves.

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

We also had three bars during cocktail hour — one for wine, one for beer, and one for mixed drinks. We made our own signage for the bars using large picture frames that Ted and I got from a flea market / antiques fair and used chalkboard paint to make huge framed chalkboards. I did the writing on the signs myself.

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Make sure you keep your wedding plans personal, and remember that weddings are a celebration — it’s all about having fun with the people you love! Also, the day goes by in a flash, so be sure to stop for a moment and savor it all.

woodsy outdoor wedding from kate harrison photography

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Pre-ceremony: J. S. Bach Goldberg Variations – Sally Christian, Piano
Processional: The Alchymist: Sarabande – Bouree by Handel
Bride’s Processional: The Alchymist: Prelude – Minuet by Handel
Recessional: Water Music Suite No. 3 in G Major – Presto followed by Water Music Suite No. 3 in G Major – Country Dance both by Handel
During cocktails and dinner we played songs by Benny Goodman and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.
First Dance: Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World sung and played on the ukulele by one of our groomsmen

Wedding Vendors (Campbell, CA):

Wedding Venue: Nestldown / Wedding Photographer: Kate Harrison / Event Planner: Downey Street Events / Event Designer: Eventscapes / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham / Wedding Shoes: Manolo Blahnik / Bride’s Veil: Sara Gabriel / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Priscilla of Boston / Makeup: Maria Lee Makeup / Groom’s Tuxedo: Gucci / Wedding Flowers: Isabella Sikaffy of Florabella Studios / Wedding Caterer: Thomas John Events / Wedding Cake: Studio Cake / Musicians: All-Star Jukebox / Photobooth: photo-matica / Invitation Printing: Dependable Letterpress / Transportation: Deep Limo and Corinthian Parking

Historic Cedarwood Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Karen of Historic Cedarwood and photographer Leslee Mitchell planned an entire styled shoot around Vera Wang’s “Harlow” gown, and it’s easy to see why — we could stare at it for days! Karen and Leslee brought in hints of white, green, and gray for this winter glam wedding shoot. We love the idea of providing a vodka bar for your guests, and offering hot cocoa as a yummy non-alcoholic option.

Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

From the stylists: Rustic can be glamorous. This barn wedding styled shoot by Leslee Mitchell and Cedarwood Weddings centers around the ballet-inspired Vera Wang gown, Harlow. Vera says, “The way a dancer can bring the crowd to its feet with a drawn-out, well-executed pirouette: that’s the excitement I wanted to capture with Harlow.” The bride’s bouquet is as dramatic as her wedding gown using white Anthuriums, Wax Flower and hanging Amaranthus.

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Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn WeddingRustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn WeddingRustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn WeddingRustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Our barn-loving Texas bride studied ballet for twelve years and always dreamed of a barn wedding. Using Cedarwood’s wedding barn as her rustic venue, we piled on sophisticated styling with a blend of glam and rustic décor. Fur covered Chiavari chair backs, birch and candles add a warmth to the space along with a softly lit altar of torn fabric and white flowers. Hot cocoa, vodka and sushi bars pamper guests. Living tree saplings are offered as “love grows” legacy favors. A wedding cake birch tree stand, paper goods featuring a birch design, hanging birch pole ‘chandeliers’ and a DIY birch garland tie together the birch and barn styling.

Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn WeddingRustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors (Nashville, TN):

Wedding Venue: Historic Cedarwood / Wedding Photographer: Leslee Mitchell / Event Styling, Floral Design, and Decor: Historic Cedarwood / Wedding Dress: “Harlow” by Vera Wang, from Ivory and White / Fashion Styling Assistant: Opulent Couturier / Hair and Makeup: Studio BBC Salon / Catering: A Dream Come True / Wedding Cake: Patty Cakes / Invitations and Paper Goods: Designs in Paper / Lighting: Uplight Events / Model: Janika Laine

Historic Cedarwood is a member of our wedding vendor guide Blue Label.

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Whim Hospitality

Since our launch in 2012, Whim Hospitality has set about distinguishing ourselves by offering unique products in a unique way. While we may offer traditional services – catering, event and tent rentals, florals and venue management – we are innovative by offering all of them. Whim has brought to the special events industry the uncommon experience of being able to work with a connected family of premier vendors.

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DIY Birch Bark Lamps

DIY Projects

I have no words to describe how excited I am to make this DIY project myself. If you loved these birch bark pendant lamps from this truly woodsy Michigan wedding, today you’re in luck. I will leave you with Nora, the bride: Our birch tree lanterns came from an idea that evolved down from hollowed-log lights we had seen in Finland and attempted to make them ourselves.


DIY birch bark lanternsBirch Bark Lampshades DIY
DIY birch bark lamps

DIY birch bark lanternsBark Lampshades DIY

View all lamps and more images from their wedding in the gallery!

Supply list:

  • twine or fishing line
  • bark
  • utility knife
  • leather punch
  • 60 watt lightbulbs
  • 14 gauge electrical wire and sockets or pendant lamp kits (available at local hardware stores or at Ikea)


From Nora: One of my brother’s neighbors peeled the birch bark off of a dead birch tree he had seen. Jared cut them to the right size we wanted, and using a leather punch he cut holes on each end of the “lampshade”. He then stitched the ends together with twine.

The lamps were wired together along a really long piece of 14 gauge lamp wire, outfitted with 60 watt incandescent bulbs. The birch bark lampshade was then tied to the pendant wire with the lightbulb suspended in the middle.

A few tips:

You can use hot glue instead of stitching the lampshade ends if you intend to use these them for decoration only without lightbulbs. Otherwise the hot glue bond may eventually loosen up with the heat from the lightbulb. If you plan on using this birch bark lampshade tutorial for your home, we recommend using a lightbulb wattage that you feel makes the most sense for the size shade you’ll be using. Birch bark can be found in the woods, and it’s free! If you’re getting birch bark from its natural source, rinse it with water and a splash of bleach before you bring it indoors, and let it dry. Another thing to note is that over time, birch bark will eventually dry out and crack. If you plan on using them for your house, consider applying a coat of acrylic clear matte medium. It’s a water based sealant, and it won’t yellow like polyurethane. If you live in an area where birch bark is not accessible, you can purchase birch veneer sheets anywhere online.

If you’re not familiar with wiring electrical cords, I recommend using pendant lamp kits. Each lamp will be lit independently, which means you could hang each lamp above a table! If you like these lamps but prefer a seamless look to them, you can use nylon fishing line instead of twine. Table lampshades will need a spider top fitter, available at lamp shade part stores like this one.

Using the same instructions + tips, you can use birch bark to wrap containers to use as centerpieces, make napkin rings, and votive holders! We’d love to see what you come up with!

All photos by Ellagraph Studios.

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Manya Photography

I am a Fine Art Wedding Photographer based in Southern California, available for destination weddings. My style is airy, lifestyle and fresh. I love the look of film! I love photos to be romantic, fun, full of emotion, artistic and most importantly timeless. The look I strive for is love, beauty & art.

My work has been featured on, Rustic Wedding Chic, Bridal Hot List, Southern California Bride, Fab You Bliss, The Red Dirt Bride, Disney Fairytale Weddings, Enzoani Bridal Gowns, Wedding Inspiration, and Ruche Clothing.

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