It has to be said that we are absolutely in awe of every real wedding we come across and this darling California wedding from the lens of Shoda Love has been added to that list. It’s full of lovely details (like adorable pets and fun song lyric signage!) and the planning and design cleverness of CCL Weddings & Events, paired with the floral stylings of Art With Nature. What we’re really mesmerized by is the escort card display. It’s so unique and definitely a wedding conversation piece!
Let’s kick this inspiration off by saying that a sprawling field is always bound to produce great ideas and great pictures, and Lindsey Gage Photography certainly did not disappoint. With a well-loved song by Sting in mind, the elite vendor list–comprised of The Blooming Bud who was in charge of florals, Kathryn Pederson Events who coordinated the details, and Cherished Rentals leading the design and styling–took to their outdoor canvas and dressed it up beautifully. A lovely farm table stood tall and atop it was a centerpiece with rich colors, also found in the bride’s wild bouquet and that must-replicate wreath. We’d gladly stroll through this field anytime if this inspiration is what we would stumble across.
An outdoor boho chic wedding doesn’t always have to be in an earthy setting as Sarah and Martin’s vibrant Germany wedding proves. Expertly photographed by Ashley Ludaescher Photography, hosting a bohemian-style fête on the grounds of an impressive estate like this one in the equally-impressive German countryside is just as perfect! Choosing a palette with moody reds as the foundation, Love Circus transformed Sarah and Martin’s wedding venue into a hip location with the right amount of elegance from Ulrike Buchheim‘s floral designs. All of the different elements and trends harmonizing so well together has us gleaming with delight!
From the photographer, Ashley Ludaescher Photography: This wedding beautifully styled by Love Circus, was so much fun to photograph. With a bohemian garden theme, guests enjoyed the beautiful summer weather in Northern Germany on the stunning grounds of Schloss Herzfelde. Guests escaped the city and spent the weekend celebrating Sarah & Martin tying the knot after a decade together. From the flower crown station for the guests to create their own flower crowns, to the bride’s gorgeous Mira Zwillinger dress, the weekend was filled with beautiful touches and details. Sarah works in fashion and her dress purchased from Brown’s Bride in London fit her perfectly and matched the relaxed sophisticated vibe of the wedding weekend.
Mixing and matching wedding style ideas can be nerve-wracking, especially if the two or more ideas are complete polar opposites of one another. Opt for having luscious florals if you’re seeking out an elegant wedding and toss your more modern ideas in during cocktail hour, as seen here in Sarah and Martin’s fun and bohemian wedding lounge area. A huge tip for pulling the ideas off: be sure to keep the color choices consistent throughout your big day!
We’ve all heard about those random chance meetings due to what has to be fate, and today we’ve got the wedding of a couple who caught each other at just the right moment in time. Tara met Chris at a hostel in Romania, but only because he overslept and missed his train to leave town that morning. The two met later in the evening and agreed to go on a hike together, and the rest is history — save for their beautiful wedding from BlueSpark Photography, of course!
From the bride, Tara: I met Chris while we were each backpacking independently through Europe. For several months, we vaguely traveled in the same direction, but never really stayed in the same place at the same time. However, our paths crossed in Sibiu, Romania–this beautiful, medieval town in the heart of Transylvania. On the day I arrived at our hostel, Chris had overslept and (luckily!) missed his train to leave town. We met that night and, over drinks with the hostel crowd, agreed to go on the hike he originally planned to take — a 3 day trek through the Carpathian Mountains with another travel friend. It was a grueling hike (as we were both terribly unfit), but we had the opportunity to learn a lot about one another over chats. Sparks flew and we quickly fell head over heels in love!
From that point, we started traveling together through the rest of Eastern Europe and Turkey… realizing somewhere along the way that this was something really serious and life-changing. We continued to travel through Southeast Asia together for several more months before we moved to Chris’s hometown — Melbourne, Australia. Chris’s proposal was completely unexpected, and completely “us.” At the end of a wonderful night showing me around Melbourne, Chris took me to a beautiful rooftop bar. He took my hand as we were sitting at a table and told me how special our time had been together, that he had fallen completely in love with me, and how wonderful it could be if he could introduce me to everyone we meet as his fiancee. I think I burst into (happy) tears before I realized he had just proposed to me. In typical Chris fashion, he then proceeded to stand up on the nearest ledge and announce to everyone around us that we had just gotten engaged!
From the photographer, Diana of Bluespark Photography: It was early in the morning and I found myself creating flower arrangements in a barn on a farm half way around the world from home, and it hit me: I was always meant to be there. I believe everything happens for a reason, but sitting there and taking it all in was quite a powerful feeling. I was meant to see one of my friends get married to a man who loves and supports her, but not before I experienced firsthand how much love she had found in her new home, Australia, with a family whose values and immense care for one another show the wonderful people they are. This wedding was one hundred percent handmade. Friends and family came together before the celebration and with an open heart poured themselves into every little detail. There was always someone helping with landscaping, making seating arrangements, setting up decorations, cooking, putting up lights… The list goes on and on. These preparations took weeks to complete, but we made it happen. We made it happen because Tara and Chris deserve to begin their life together knowing that there’s a good amount of people who support their union and admire their love.The celebration of course was not your typical event: many of the guests traveled from far to witness Tara and Chris’ union and celebrate with them, one of the groomsmen caught the bridal bouquet and even though Smores are not a thing in Australia, Aussies delighted in the American treat.
Hair + Makeup
Dancefloor + Chair Rentals
We haven’t been able to shake the beauty of the flowers in today’s styled shoot from Juli Vaughn Designs, which makes it all the most exciting that Juli is sharing her tips for rearranging a bouquet with us! This is perfect for DIY brides who want to pick up an array of flowers at their local farmer’s market or grocery store but still put their own personal spin on their bouquet.
What you’ll need:
*1-2 bouquets of pre-packaged flowers from the grocery store (I would suggest getting one of just roses or ranunculus and one of mixed flowers.)
*A Vase with Fresh Water (I like to find unusual vases at thrift stores)
*5-8 Hearty Green Foliage Stems foraged from your yard
1. Start by unwrapping the bouquets. Lay all of the flowers out on a table so you can see exactly what you have to work with; remove any thorns or foliage that are about 5 inches below the blooms. Identify which flower is the largest and set it aside. If you have carnations or ranunculus in your bouquet, be sure to make them look their best by gently brushing the petals from the center to the sides – this will open them up considerably. Rinse any Foraged Foliage under cold water to remove dirt.
2. Gather about 3-5 stems of foliage forage together in one hand.
3. Place the largest bloom at the center front of your foliage.
4. Thread the taller flowers into the foliage on the right or left side (I usually do 2 on one side and 1 on the other).
5. Add in your “filler” flowers and the rest of the foliage.
6. Trim the stems of your bouquet and place in your vase with clean, cold water.
As if there was ever any doubt, this wedding proves that when Amber Gress and Michelle Edgemont come together, the result is pure magic. As soon as Caitlin and Scott realized their wedding day could (and should!) be whatever they want it to be, they began looking at it as one big party with all their loved ones in tow. Sounds perfect, right? Spoiler alert: it is.
From the bride, Caitlin: It took us a little while to really hone the vision for our wedding. We spent so many hours stalking other weddings and pinning into the wee hours of the night, and there were so many fun styles and ideas we were just so overwhelmed. That’s when we realized that we didn’t need to follow something someone else did; we could do whatever we wanted. Sounds crazy, but took a couple months for us to realize that. And we knew more than anything we wanted the atmosphere to feel like a party. We thought of all the fun things we’d like to see at this fabulous party which were cool metallic elements, fun runners, cascading streamers. We wanted our guests to feel the energy and fun from the second they entered the tent, so we did that through the décor.
Bouquet recipe: Peach garden roses, peach stock, white dahlias, ferns (some spray painted gold!), light pink spray roses, hot pink carnations. They were tied with a combination of ribbons; peach watercolor, white with black polka dots and metallic gold. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were ferns (some tips spray painted gold!) with a peach watercolor ribbon.
Our theme was definitely “Party.” And our color theme/style was lush ferns and greens accented with pink and peach florals. Handwritten type accents throughout and touches of metallic gold and geometric patterns. And last but not least, confetti! The geometric table runners and table numbers were DIY [but not by us:)]. We hired the INCREDIBLY amazing and creative Michelle Edgemont who took this party idea and made it a reality.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Do you! Don’t get overwhelmed with all the photos upon photos of ideas. I’d say, start by thinking what you want it to feel like… romantic, cozy, modern, inventive, quirky…and then dream up what that means. The best part is you can’t go wrong; it’s your vision, so take some risks and have some fun with it.
Bridal Party Processional: “Heartbeats,” Jose Gonzalez
Bride’s Processional: “Here Comes the Sun,” The Beatles (acoustic)
Recessional: “Gimme Some Lovin’,” Spencer Davis Group
First Dance: “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne
Wedding Location: West Park, NY / Photographer: Amber Gress / Event Design and Flowers: Michelle Edgemont / Venue: Red Maple Vineyard / Wedding Dress: Watters “Jacinda” / Groom’s Suit: J.Crew, Ludlow Italian Wool, Navy / Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Wearhouse / Groomsmen Ties: All mismatched from J. Crew / Caterer: Cornerstone Caterers
Here we are with another case of “where do we even begin?” Today’s wedding from Jenna Bechtholt Photography is just that good, with overflowing succulents and craspedia, and a bride who chose a crop top and long skirt over the traditional wedding dress. This is a good one, you guys, so pull up a chair!
From the bride, Robbielhyn: We wanted something different and fun, modern but simple. We went for taupe/neutrals with hints of yellow and blue. Mostly everything was DIY. The grooms uncle and cousins made the planter boxes for the centerpieces. My uncle actually grew all the succulents for me 6 months in advance. We put together our own centerpieces and I made all the bouquets just watching YouTube and adding fresh roses made carnations with dried billy buttons I bought from etsy. My uncle was the one that put the decorated our wedding arch with succulents and ribbon so it wouldn’t look so plain. I also made all the boutonnières, so we spent very little on florals. The cake/dessert was all baked by family as well.
My bridesmaids hand wrote all wedding signs, menu, his and her drinks, welcome signs on chalkboard frames that we got from a cousins previous wedding. We hand tied our candy apple favors in the bags bc it was cheaper to buy it in bulk unwrapped. I also did little things like buying cheaper wedding flutes and cake cutting sets and just dressing it up with twine so that it matched more with our look. I hand stamped our “RM” wax seals on our wedding invitations because my husband really liked how it looked when I showed him from Pinterest. It was a lot of work but we’ll worth it!!!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Shop around early, but not until you really know what you want. We went through so many decorations that we didn’t even use because it ended up not fitting in our motif. The details do really matter because they put everything together. Don’t stress, and do everything so that you won’t need to stress the day before and of the wedding. I totally messed up so I had a bunch of things to still finish the night before the wedding; transporting all the things to the hotel, making the rest of the bouquets and getting together all the bridesmaids gifts!!! I’m a really hands on person, but I needed to just delegate some things to others because it really stressed me out taking everything. Family and friends are always willing to help if you let them know!!! So say something :)
Processional: “All of Me,” John Legend & Lindsey Stirling
Bride’s Processional: “To Build a Home,” Cinematic Orchesta
Recessional: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
First Dance: “Grow Old With You,” Orto Pilot
Wedding Location: Los Angeles, CA / Photographer: Jenna Bechtholt Photography / Wedding Coordination: Wedding & Events by elizaMade / Flowers: Bride and bride’s uncle / Venue: LoftSEVEN Penthouse / Crop Top: girlwithseriousdream / Skirt: custom made in the Philippines / Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hairpiece: Amuse Accessories / Necklace: Made and bought in Cambodia as a gift / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Daintyard / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss / Groomsmen’s Attire: Bar III / Caterer: Love at First Bite / Cake and Desserts: homemade / DJ: Gabe Cordeta / Wedding Invitations: Etsy shop Trendy Weddings (no longer on etsy) / Videographer: Scenemotion Films / Transportation: Uber
This wedding is absolutely nothing short of relaxed, intimate perfection. Sam and Garth chose to wed each other on a rose farm (have you ever heard of a more perfect venue?), and corralled their family and friends for crafting projects that knocked their big day right out of the park. Dearheart Photos, of course, worked wonders on the images!
From the bride, Sam: We wanted a laid back, beautiful yet not over the top feel for our wedding. We wanted our guests to feel comfortable and to relax and enjoy the day with us. We got married in summer on a rose farm, so I picked up on all the natural colours that surrounded us… white/creams and light pinks with a lot of greenery. There were MANY DIY projects involved. We had a very small budget and produced a wedding we never dreamed we could have. I pulled in many favors and ALL our friends and family to help. We did all the décor, stationery, signs, flowers, music, our band, cake, and garter on our own. It saved us thousands and made the whole project that much more rewarding!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Lists, lists and more lists! I did my homework, I got quotes upon quotes so I could get a feel for what things cost. Also make sure you delegate duties for your big day to friends and family, so you can relax and enjoy every minute of getting married.
We struggled with this – my husband and I both LOVE music and found it very difficult to choose from all the songs we love.
Processional: “The Wedding Song,” Matthew Mole
Recessional: “I’ll Take Mine,” Matthew Mole
First Dance: “Bread & Wine,” Josh Garrels
Wedding Location: Breede River, South Africa / Photographer: Dearheart Photos / Flowers: Storm Ross / Venue: Langkloof Roses / Wedding Dress: Debbie Henshilwood / Wedding Shoes: Country Road / Hair and Makeup: Lindsey Boucher of Makeup and Delight / Caterer: Nelleke Elston, Of the Earth Catering / Jukebox: Neil Dallas
To me, one of the best parts of spring is seeing brides introduce aqua into their color palettes. Has there ever been a happier color? Shelley and Bryan sought a joyful wedding at Richmond’s Tuckahoe Plantation, where they brought along Emily March Photography and Your Day, Your Way Weddings and Events to make their wedding day everything they’d dreamed of and so much more.
From the bride, Shelley: Since Bryan and I had dated mostly long distance, I wanted our guests to know us better as a couple after attending our wedding and to feel at home. We wanted the whole day to be full of joy! More than anything we wanted our wedding and our marriage to reflect the Gospel – the unrelenting love our Heavenly Father has for his underserving people. We wanted our marriage to be rooted in the love of Christ and that to be made known on our wedding day. Our venue really set the theme for our wedding. Tuckahoe Plantation is the boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson. I am a direct descendant of good ol’ TJ so we knew it would be the perfect fit! It is just outside of our hometown of Richmond. The plantation is secluded, with a gorgeous plantation house and beautiful gardens.
Flower recipe: My bouquet had tulips, peonies and roses and some greenery! We had some flowers at the ceremony on the arboretum with spider mums, peach carnations with fern, pittosporum, Italian ruscus and larkspur tucked into trailing greenery. The flower arrangement for the tables including some tulips, carnations, wildflowers and greenery in mason jars.
The bridesmaids wore a mint/teal dress and the flowers were peach and pink! And wherever I could include a gold accent, I did! I love a little bit of glitter! My father-in-law built us the chalkboard where we listed the seating arrangements for the reception (my husband wrote all the names on the chalkboard!) and the shelves that included pictures from our childhood. We made our favors which were bookmarks with our favorite books. I also made our wooden table numbers–saw them on etsy and thought, ‘I could do that!’
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Soak it all in! I absolutely loved the whole wedding week! It was such a joyous celebration. I keep saying to my husband now, I just want to do it all over again – so simply enjoy it! I knew that some things were going to go wrong, but that nothing was going to take away front the overall JOY of the day. Every moment was so special and I did not want to leave at the end of the night! Oh and dance!! It is so easy to get caught up talking to guests (which is also important) but don’t forget to dance! I can’t help, but smile whenever I think of the dancing at our reception.
First Dance: “The Way You Look Tonight”
Father/Daughter Dance: “What a Wonderful World”
Mother/Son Dance: “You Are the Sunshine of My Life”
From the photographer, Emily March Photography: When I first met Shelley, we spent a solid two hours getting to know each other and talking about how excited she was to be Bryan’s wife. I left absolutely giddy to photograph her wedding and knowing that by the big day, Shelley would be a dear friend. I can’t play favorites, but I love this pair so much. Their wedding was stunning beyond all measure, from the plantation’s natural beauty to all those little jars overflowing with flowers to the tangible love expressed by family and friends throughout the day. I was in Heaven!
Wedding Location: Richmond, VA / Photographer: Emily March Photography / Wedding Coordinator: Your Day, Your Way Weddings and Events / Florist: Flower Design by Janet / Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation / Wedding Dress: Allure Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Jack Rogers “Chrystie” / Earrings: Tejani / Hair: Avenue 42 / Makeup: Brideface Richmond / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie / Groom and Groomsmen’s Suits: Men’s Wearhouse / Wedding Caterer: White House Catering / Wedding Cake: Westhampton Bakery / Cake Topper: The First Snow / Rentals: The Prop Shop / Sparklers: SparklersOnline.com / Band: The Bruce Swartz Band / Wedding Invitations: Olive Juice Stationery / Wedding Programs: How Lovely Paper / Videographer: Common Spark Media
It’s always a treat to share a destination wedding, and especially one in Italy — but getting to share two Italian weddings in one week? Talk about a dream come true! This time we’ve got Giuli&Giordi and Trendinozze sharing their beautiful work with us in the form of Silvia and Chris’ wedding. The blend of rustic simplicity and a classic red and blue color palette is certainly working for us — how about you?
From the bride, Silvia: We wanted our wedding to be especially personal, able to represent us in the best way… our style. Simple, ironic and fresh, with a vintage touch. The colors chosen were red and blue, colors that we love, which were also capable of paying tribute to the American origins of Chris.
The theme of the breakfast (we decided to get married just having breakfast), taken from the objects placed on the table as spoons, cups, bowls etc…. and the theme of typography, for the reference to vintage and to represent our professions: architect and journalist. We participated in the first line to the assembly of all materials (signs, favors, invitations) … so much effort but a indescribable satisfaction.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Locate a few simple themes representative of the couple and develop them in detail. Discuss, collaborate, and above all: have fun!
Bride’s Processional: Pachelbel’s Canon in D
Ceremony and First Dance: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
View their super-cute Save the Date video shot by Giuli&Giordi here:
Wedding Location: San Sebastiano da Po, Italy / Photographer: Giuli&Giordi / Wedding Planner: Trendinozze / Florist: Fiore Loco / Ceremony Venue: Chiesa di Santo Stefano del Monte / Reception Venue: Castello di San Sebastiano da Po / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham / Groom’s Suit: Lorenzo Ciullo tailor, fabric Ermenegildo Zegna / Wedding Caterer: L’arte a Tavola / Wedding Cake: Peyrano / DJ: Full of Gas Scooter Team / Wedding Invitations: Cut and Paste Lab
How could anyone resist this lovingly handmade and whimsical wedding from L&V Photography? Bride Elena is actually a wedding blogger herself – helping to share beautiful Italian weddings and inspiration – so it’s only natural that her own wedding would be filled to the brim with beautiful details and stunning flowers from Il Profumo Dei Fiori.
From the bride, Elena: We wanted an outdoor and informal celebration, with a slight vintage feel, lots of color, big smiles and tears of happiness. The beautiful hills of Oltrepò Pavese were the perfect location and we were so lucky to have an outdoor ceremony with a stunning view. We had an intimate wedding with only 40 guests, just family and close friends. We were so happy to get married after 8 years together and we wanted our wedding to reflect our joy. It was a wonderful day and it felt very “us.”
We wanted our wedding to be colorful and joyful with a late 50s-early 60s vibe. I chose a color scheme of red, light blue and pink with pops of yellow. We had several DIY projects for our wedding day. I’m a wedding blogger and Gabriele is a graphic designer so we wanted our wedding to feel as much personal as possible. We made over 100 paper pinwheels in different colors and size. I designed all the stationery, invitations, menu, table numbers, program fans and signs, with a little help from Gabriele. The music was a DIY project too, I spent the months leading to the wedding scouring the web for the most beautiful songs of the 50s and 60s to play during the reception. Gabriele made the oversized letters, we used them for our engagement session and then again on our wedding day as reception decor. Our family helped a lot, my grandmother made my 50s style wedding dress, my cousin did my hair and my bridesmaids were very supportive and helped us with the last details.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? I would advise to delegate small tasks to family and friends who are willing to help. Also don’t skimp on wedding photography. Leti and Viola of L&V Photography made an amazing job capturing every detail and we couldn’t be happier with the results. We will cherish these photos forever.
Processional: “Moon River,” Henry Mancini
Recessional: “All You Need Is Love,” The Beatles
First Dance: “These Arms Of Mine,” Otis Redding
Wedding Location: Fortunago, Italy / Photographer: L&V Photography / Floral Design: Il Profumo Dei Fiori / Wedding Venue: Cascina Casareggio / Wedding Dress: Bride’s grandmother / Bridal headpiece: Fancy BOWtique Bridal Couture / Hair: Bride’s cousin / Makeup: Letizia Girani Makeup Artist / Wedding Stationery, Paper Pinwheels: DIY
Jillian of Mimi Nicole Events is a planner, designer, and florist and she will be visiting us in the next few months as part of our Flower Guide series, as well as sharing the costs of bouquets and other floral arrangements. She just moved back to the US from the UK and is currently building her portfolio, so I recommend booking her asap. Thank you Ed Osborn Photography for the images!
It’s about time we share another Flower Guide installment with you all! Starting with a zinnia design on the invitations by Paper Boat Studios, this shoot is filled with bridal shower ideas and beautiful florals by Flowers to the People. The blooms starring today are easy to find at the flower market and can be easily made for a shower. Thank you to Hawes Photography for these gorgeous images!
Bridal Bouquet: Beauty Asters, Tuberoses, Lotus & Bridal Bower
Bridesmaids’ Bouquets: Carnations, Zinnia, Roses (cinnamon/safari), Feverfew, Stock, Bridal Bower
Centerpieces: Same as bridesmaids plus Celosia and Sedum. Yellow teapot has a double bloom Kalanchoe
When we saw this wedding bouquet from DeFiore Photography and Hana Style Designs, we just knew we had to share it. Carnations are often left aside in lieus of more glamorous bloms, but this fluffy bouquet make is proof carnations can have a space in the stylish scene too – like in this post we shared a few days ago. Read on for more inspiration behind this lovely greenhouse shoot:
From the photographer, Danielle: As spring looms, I tend to think about blooming flowers, feminine essence and the return of light. In fact, spring was the inspirations for my recent shoot at Bath Gardens with Brittany from Hanna Style Designs and Keegan Steele from Steele the Spotlight. It was so much fun playing with light, color and fresh combinations right before the spring wedding season! The ivories, light peaches and coral colors add a great backdrop that helps the navy pop, providing amazing detail to a simple bouquet while keeping it fresh, light and naturally feminine. Carnations, although an uncommon wedding flower choice, really offers a delicate softness to the arrangement and gives it a rustic feel.
Flower used in these arrangements:
4. Seeded Eucalyptus
Wedding Vendors (Colorado):