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Los Gatos Woodsy Wedding

Romantic Weddings

Photos by:

Sean Flanigan

If I had to imagine the most romantic, natural wedding possible, it’d look something like Tor and Alper’s wedding in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Also, it doesn’t hurt that their wedding was full of some of the industry’s leading pros, including Sean Flanigan, Honey of a Thousand Flowers, and Jenny Packham. Get ready to have this wedding floor you:

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From the bride, Tor: We wanted the day to be a merging of our love in the company of all people we love. Since Alper and I got engaged while on a forest-y hike, we knew we wanted to get married outdoors so Nestldown became the perfect venue for us. The only other main ingredient that I really wanted were beautiful florals because I grew up on a flower farm and love flowers. Yes, flowers were more important than even my wedding dress.

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We nicknamed our wedding The Little Black Diamond Wedding Adventure after my engagement ring which is just a single black diamond and the lifelong adventure Alper and I were about to embark upon. Since Alper and I are both art directors, we were excited to design the invitations and all the printed matter we needed for the day. I knew I had to have gems at the wedding after seeing this inspiration post. The escort cards were all cut into the shape of Settlers of Catan game pieces since it’s one of our favorite games. And my mom made us three quilts we used during the cocktail hour.

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Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t do something just because of tradition. If you don’t like cake, don’t have a cake. Well, it’s hard not to like cake but what I mean to say is that if root beer floats are more your thing, have floats instead of cake. Who says you can’t cut a root beer float? Make the day about all the things you and your other half love, and if you can’t make that happen, elope.

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Wedding Music:
Processional: “Sea of Love,” Cat Power
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
First Dance: “Hawaiian Wedding Song,” Elvis
Father/Daughter Dance: “Aloha ‘Oe,” Johnny Cash
Mother/Son Dance: “Hang On Little Tomato,” Pink Martini

Wedding Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, Los Gatos, CA / Photographer: Sean Flanigan / Floral Design: Honey of a Thousand Flowers / Wedding Venue: Nestldown / Wedding Dress: Jenny Packham “Aspen” / Groom’s Suit: Gucci / Wedding Caterer: Le Papillon / Pie: Pie Friday / DJ: Josh Olds of Boutique DJs / Favors: Craftsman and Wolves / Photobooth: Magnolia Photobooth / Invitations and Paper Goods: Bride and Groom (Tor Weeks and Alper Kologlu) / Letterpress Printing: RebPeters Press / Digital Printing: ScanArt / Transportation: Corinthian Transportation

Language of Flowers Inspiration Shoot

Wedding Design

When we think of All-Star teams of wedding professionals, the lineup would run something like this styled shoot for Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Magazine. With images from Leo Patrone, flowers from Honey of a Thousand Flowers, Emily Brooks Floral Design, La Fleur, and Artisan Bloom, and styling from Saucy & Kitsch, this shoot is sure to inspire any bride currently planning her own wedding.


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From Samantha Gardner and Tessa Woolf of Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Magazine: When dreaming up this feature for the summer/fall issue of Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom magazine, we were inspired by “the language of flowers” — we wanted to showcase blooms and greenery rich in symbolism and history. After all, the flowers brides carried were originally meant to each have meaning, not simply be a pretty posy.


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We envisioned our model as the beautiful bookish type, sitting at a stately desk, studying flowers, herbs, and all things botanical. The Washington School House Hotel in Park City, Utah was the perfect location to execute our “educational” photo shoot. First built in 1889, it’s one of the last surviving original school houses in the U.S. and one of the oldest historical buildings in Park City. The hotel features the school’s original quarried limestone exterior, but the interior has been renovated to be a luxe urban-mountain retreat and boutique hotel.


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To bring our inspiration to life, we teamed up with photographer Leo Patrone, event designers and stylists Saucy & Kitsch, and florists Honey of a Thousand Flowers, Emily Brooks Floral Design, La Fleur, and Artisan Bloom. With four gorgeous bouquets, props galore, and three little white dresses, we got to work. We set up shop in the hotel’s historic living room, featuring 16-foot ceilings, original antiques, a cozy fireplace, and a massive antler chandelier lacquered in white and layered with crystals. The posh setting and all-white atmosphere created a cool, serene backdrop for the photo shoot.


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Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers created a lush bouquet of garden roses. Garden roses have been around since ancient times (paintings of the flowers dating back to the 14th century have been found in the Middle East), long before the modern day hybrid tea rose was introduced in the 19th century. Kellie Jackstien of Artisan Bloom mixed vibrant flowers including coral peonies, miniature green hydrangea, purple veronica and anemone, green and white parrot tulips, and yellow and red and green variegated ranunculus with French pussy willow for a colorful bouquet. Peonies are said to represent bashfulness but are also symbolic of devotion. Pussy willow branches come from willow trees which are associated with new beginnings.


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Natalie Bernhisel-Robinson of La Fleur clustered spiked thistle, smooth succulents, soft hydrangea, paper-thin ranunculus, refined orchids, and delicate maidenhair fern for a texture-rich bouquet. Thistle is an ancient Celtic symbol of a noble birth and character. Throughout history, the meanings of orchids have included love, beauty, and strength. Florist and garden designer Emily Brooks Wayment of Emily Brooks Floral Design dreamed up an architectural bouquet including ranunculus, lotus pods, Green Eye roses, astilbe, lisianthus, hanging amaranthus, star of Bethlehem, and more. Ranunculus was first discovered in Persian gardens in the 1600s by an English traveler who shipped the blooms back to England, where they were welcomed with enthusiasm. Star of Bethlehem symbolizes hope, reconciliation, guidance, and purity.


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Shoot Location: Park City, UT / Photographer: Leo Patrone / Creative Director: Samantha Gardner of Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Magazine / Shoot Editor and Wardrobe Stylist: Tessa Woolf of Salt Lake/Park City Bride & Groom Magazine / Prop Stylists: Saucy & Kitsch / Flowers: Honey of a Thousand Flowers, Emily Brooks Floral Design, La Fleur, and Artisan Bloom / Dresses: Betsy Couture, Ivy & Aster, and Modern Trousseau via Lily & Iris / Jewelry: Katie Waltman Jewelry and Lanny Barnard Gallery / Shoes: Kate Spade / Hair and Makeup: Gabby Gabbitas / Shoot Venue: Washington School House Hotel

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FROM SF WITH LOVE

Hello! From SF With Love is based in San Francisco. We cover local weddings within 2-3 hours of SF. Our photography style is urban, modern, timeless, editorial & authentic. We try to catch the in-between moments that reflect who people really are & their loved ones in an artistic way.

We love to photograph people & living a creative life rich in culture here on the West Coast. Finding & being found by the right couples is a beautiful thing.

Please get in touch if you think we are a good fit.
Packages range from $3,500-6,500.

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Berry Inspired Floral Shoot

Flower Guide

We’re huge fans of Utah-based wedding florist Sarah Winward here at Ruffled, and we’re pretty sure you’ve come to love her as well through her flower guide installments we started last year. The arrangements Sarah put together for this styled shoot with Kate Osborne are absolutely perfect for the fall months ahead of us, with their rich berry tones and airy styling.

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From the florist, Sarah Winward: Inspiration for the flowers came from mixing pink and berry tones together to make a deeper color palette that’s bright but also has some rich colors that feel appropriate for a wedding that is in a natural garden setting. We wanted to mix the wild and lush flowers with simple, modern pieces like Amy’s dress, the plain cakes and vases so that they balanced out to create a laid back garden setting.


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Flowers: Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers / Photography: Kate Osborne

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Buzzworthy Events

Hey there! I’m Ashley, a wedding planner based out of San Francisco planning weddings around the world. Creating an event is something that I value. Not only is an event purposeful but one should be well crafted and beautiful. I don’t believe in sacrificing one element for the other. I believe that purpose, craft, design, and strategy are all cohesive elements to produce a successful event. Weddings are so much more than just a celebration or a pretty tabletop, there is connectivity and flow. From these an opportunity for you and your guests to be enchanted, to be a part of an experience you’ll carry away with you. Have you ever been a part of something where you were swept away by your current state that you forgot whatever else was going on in the world? Where it feels like you’re part of something that only matters right then and in that moment? Creating that experience comes from the energy and love put into planning the event.

Lets be friends. No, seriously though, lets!

I do far more than just plan weddings. I travel, I cook, I laugh (a lot), I play, I hike, I challenge myself, I take risks and I am constantly growing. I love people and adventure. I try new things. I am curious. I have high standards. I listen. I create. I do. Take the time to get to know me and I’ll do the same for you. I am highly intuitive with people and take on personal missions to make your wedding the most suited to you and your dreams as possible. The planning process can be overwhelming and overstimulating. Let’s face it, no one wants to do it on their own, so let’s work together!

I am available for weddings in California and worldwide. Fun fact, I am certified by the board of tourism in Mexico to plan and work there. I have spent years visiting the Riviera Maya + Tulum as well as other regions in Mexico, like Baja California Sur. Tulum is hands down one of my favorite places on earth. If I am not in San Francisco planning weddings and being social, you’ll find me on the beach at BeTulum, Coqui Coqui, Papaya Playa, or exploring the coast lines in Central America.

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Spring Sherbet Flower Guide

Flower Guide

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?

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Inspiration board credits: doughnuts, lipstick makeup (found on Pinterest, anyone knows the source?), tangerine dress, tangerine wedding decor from this feature shot by Alice Hu
poppy ranunculus spring wedding centerpiece by Sarah Winward

Flowers used here were: roses, ranunculus, kumquat, poppy, peony and tulips.
poppy ranunculus spring wedding centerpiece by Sarah Winward
poppy ranunculus spring wedding centerpiece by Sarah Winward
poppy ranunculus spring wedding centerpiece by Sarah Winward
poppy ranunculus spring wedding centerpiece by Sarah Winward

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Kara Anne Paper specializes in luxe, illustrated wedding invitation suites and custom calligraphy. Her one-of-a-kind designs are tailored to reflect her clients personality and wedding vision. Kara Anne provides a personable experience from the first introduction and throughout the entire wedding planning process! To see what is going on in the studio, visit www.karaannepaper.com and @karaanne_paper on instagram.

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Modern Love + Hot Pink Flowers

Flower Guide

We all know if there were a wedding glossary, pink flowers would be under an ultra romantic setting. Hot pinks, on the other hand, can instantly modernize a romantic wedding with a jolt of color. So if you needed proof to your respective soon-to-be other that pink flowers have a modern facet, take heed from Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers. She is not only showing a fresh floral arrangement with pink flowers, but she is also showing the same arrangement done in two ways can have completely different styles.

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Clockwise from the top: August restaurant, neon pink + kraft stationery, fuchsia dining table, camel pillow

From Sarah Winward: Some flowers naturally look better in certain environments than others, some transform to different moods pretty well. This arrangement demonstrates how the same flowers could be set in a moody and romantic environment, and also a contrasting cheerful and bright wedding. If you see flowers that you love, but that are used in an environment different than the one you are planning for your wedding, consider switching up a few details like the vases and table setting to make it work for your event (paying respect to the season and flower availability, of course.)

Flowers used were: hanging amaranthus, peony, tulip, bush ivy, and festival bush.


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Damien Milan Photography

Typical of photographer Damien Milan’s work, is a magnetic intensity of closeness. There’s something about the way he captures a moment, something intoxicatingly real and raw. From the texture of landscape and dress, to the intimacy of pre-wedding preparatory steps, Damien’s approach is one of telling a story through detail – the quiet drama of technique and of tone.

Australia based, Damien and his partner Anastasia have an international scope and are available for booking in and around Europe to which they are already traveling every summer (June – September). If planning an international or destination wedding, consider the practicality and cost-saving of a trusted photographer already in situ.

By filling out this online form, couples planning a destination wedding in Europe this summer will even have a chance to receive 20% off their photography package.

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Amaryllis + Manor Wedding Inspiration

Flower Guide

Winter brides, meet your new best friend: Amaryllis. This bloom has a silky feathery texture, which reminds us of stylish floral sashes on wedding gowns. We will leave with you Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers and her inspiration with this bloom:

English Tudor Manor Wedding ideas

Inspiration board credits, clockwise: Alder Manor wedding shot by Brookelyn Photography; Kelmscott Manor; mercury glass vases from Horchow; Alder Manor photoshoot by Readyluck; Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

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From Sarah Winward: I love the idea of a cozy winter wedding in a historic building. Perhaps the environment is a bit dark with only some chandeliers and windows for light… we would use lots of candles in tarnished candlesticks to make the tables glow. In this centerpiece arrangement rich orange and blues are contrasted with flowers that are a true white, a perfect color combination to match the moody but elegant venue. Amaryllis are a wonderful flower for winter weddings, they are large, and have a shape similar to a lily, with several blooms on each stem. Privet berry, kumquat and ranunculus (a few of my winter staples).

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“Photography so fresh you’ll want to slap it.”

In love wedding photographers with our suitcases packed for adventures. We specialize in personality driven portraiture and emotional storytelling.

Our number one goal on a wedding day is to show truth. We want the vulnerable honest imperfect and gritty real-life stuff. Ugly crying from how stinking happy you are to be married. We like messy hair and un-fluffed wedding dresses with dirt on the bottom, undone ties and tipsy wedding guests. Bring it.

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Snowberries Floral Arrangements

Wedding Design

Today Honey of a Thousand Flowers is introducing us the cutest little addition to our library of Bridal Blooms: snowberries! They look as whimsical as their name, and versatile like a LBD of florals. We’d love to see them starring in a gorgeous bouquet of muted hues, or in a colorful cheery arrangement! I’ll leave you with the expert, Sarah Winward:


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winter floral arrangements snowberries from honey of a thousand flowers

From Sarah Winward: Contradictory to their name, snowberries are not usually available in the winter. Snowberries are available August-November, and are occasionally found in the spring too. They have clusters of berries spaced all along their thin woody stems. The berries are fairly soft and can be crushed if they fall off of the stem. When they do they pop the sound is somewhat like a cranberry. Fortunately the flesh of the berries is white so you don’t have to worry as much about them staining dresses or tablecloths as you do with dark colored berries.


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I think snowberries can very easily be mixed into any style flowers. I love their foggy white color with greens alone. They are a fun textural element to add to bigger, focal flowers as accents. They can be rustic, modern, or simple sweet depending on the colors and flowers you mix them with.

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Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a member of Blue Label and is available for weddings worldwide.

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Liumy

Polaroid Wedding Guestbooks, Photo booth or standard Photo albums! Expedited shipping 3-5 days world wide!

• Each album cover is personalised with your names in gold, silver foil or white velour. Plenty of colors to choose from.
• Hhandmade product that has amazing feeling to use.Page paper is top quality (acid free) with a slight warm tint.
• Each page has a hand sewed pocket to the page (not glued) so the pocket will hold strong forever !!! Pocket is from one side of the page !!!
• It is not a book, it’s an album! There are spacers between the pages so photos won’t spread the album.
• Each page has 3 lines under the pocket for the message writing. Lines cannot be customized.
• Album is packed in a paper box so it can be a great present.

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Red Charm Peony Arrangements

Wedding Design

Peonies are truly a perennial wedding favorite. They’re fluffy, colorful, and can be utilized in so many different ways to liven up a bouquet. The always-incredible Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers has more than a few ideas of how to work the Red Charm variety into your floral arrangements that are sure to be crowd-pleasers. Without further ado, here’s Sarah:

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From Sarah: Everyone loves peonies. I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t love them, and I dread the day I may meet such a person. Peonies are lush and charming, seeing or smelling one seems to evoke images of country cottages with pathways lined with them.

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Peonies begin blooming in the late spring and continue into early summer. They are available again as cut flowers beginning in late fall and into winter. This variety is called Red Charm. Red Charm peonies are the most gorgeous velvety rich shade of red. I love them used with darker colors when they are available in the fall, and used as deeper accent to colorful palette in the spring. Most peonies are very delicate and are fairly fickle as cut flowers if they are out of water in bouquets, but the red charm is another story. It has a strong stem, and the blooms are hearty. Their large blooms are surprisingly heavy, too. They can last a couple of days out of water if the weather isn’t too hot.

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This arrangement shows the richness that the peony can bring to a dark color palette, perfect for a fall or winter wedding. Other flowers used in this bouquet were dahlia, ornamental peppers, smoke bush, rosemary, and fall leaves berries.

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Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a member of Blue Label and is available for weddings worldwide.

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Richard Skins Photography

Hello, my name is Richard Skins and I’m a destination wedding photographer based in Dorset, UK. If I turn the clock back 10 years this is something I never thought I would be doing but I’m glad life has taken me in this direction as I believe it’s the best job in the world, well for me anyway. I feel extremely lucky to have a career which allows me to pursue my love of photography, and use it to capture one of the happiest days two people can share!

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Budget Friendly Branch Arrangements

Wedding Design

Being a wedding blogger, I can’t help but mentally collect oodles of dream wedding scenarios. In these picture perfect settings, florals of all shapes and sizes are present in every.single.one of them. Large floral arrangements are infamous for blowing budgets, but our floral expert Sarah of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is here to show you an utterly gorgeous floral arrangement that is as pretty as it is wallet-friendly. Thank you Jessica Peterson for the images.

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From Sarah: it seems that we are putting flowers in just about anything that will hold them these days. I have flowers at my house in everything from clay pots to coffee dispensers to doll heads at my house. In this movement of being inventive with our containers, it seems that we are using a lot of smaller containers for arrangements. I love small arrangements, they are delicate, and they look great in clusters. But! I am a sucker for big arrangements too. Big statements pieces are important to wedding décor. Even if all of your other arrangements are small, it is important to have at least one large scale arrangement on display to set the mood. Once you have created an environment for your wedding with the big pieces, any small pieces on tables will be icing on the cake. The problem for most brides is that these big arrangements are budget drains. But they don’t have to be!

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Branches or woody greens of some sort are usually used as the base for larger arrangements to begin with. But aren’t they pretty by themselves? Just about any branch will make a gorgeous large scale arrangement. Here I have used crab apples and cherries in one, and wild grass plumes in another. I think any arrangement looks best on a pedestal. Throw these pieces on a wooden pedestal and stick them on either side of you for your ceremony, or at the entrance to your venue and you are good to go!

I kept these arrangements very simple. A lot of times earthy brides get scared when they hear the words “big arrangements” because they don’t want anything too complex or flowery. Sticking to things with natural textures like the branches or grasses will allow you to use scale to wow your guests while still keeping things natural and simple.

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In these arrangements: Wild grasses, Crab apple branches, cherry branches, coleus foliage.

Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a member of Blue Label and is available for weddings worldwide.

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From the beautiful collection of dresses that Anna designs each year, every silk gown is custom made and customizable for our brides, ensuring each wedding dress is specially tailored to our bride’s shape, style, wedding and dreams!

Find your dream Anna Campbell silk dress or shimmering accessory at the flagship Melbourne boutique, via our exclusive network of Australian and international retailers (across the US, UK, Europe, Canada and Brazil), or by working direct with our Online Stylist.

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Clematis – Spring Wedding Flowers

Flower Guide

Calling all spring and summer brides! This post is for you. Honey of a Thousand Flowers is back this week with a bloom that evokes the airy mood that sunny days are made of. This white on white floral arrangement is particularly gorgeous for a chic, vintage-inspired day. I will let Sarah take it from here:

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From Sarah: Clematis is a charming spring and early summer flowering vine. There are many different varieties; some look innocent and sweet, and others look like they might contain venom. This four-petal variety is called Montana. Clematis come in white, shades of pink, lavender, and deep purple and burgundies.

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These arrangements consist of mostly clematis, but also have eucalyptus, viburnum, and wild sweet pea in them. These all white arrangements could translate in several different environments, a backyard wedding, a beach wedding, or maybe an upscale affair in an art gallery.

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Both the vines and the blooms are delicate, and are probably best used in arrangements where they are in water. Their vines are perfect to wrap around containers and other flowers or leave trailing out of centerpieces. May-July is their peak season, and occasionally they are available for fall brides too.

All photos by Sarah Winward.

Honey of a Thousand Flowers is a member of Blue Label and is based out of Utah, but loves to travel!

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“It doesn’t end with “I Do”. That feeling of forever will dance through your spirit as you relive those special moments with the photos captured by Arte De Vie.

A wedding isn’t a job for ADV, it’s a partnership in trust. We’re excited and ready to capture the magical nuances that make your love special!

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Citrus Fruits in Winter Centerpieces

Flower Guide

I am always giddy to see what Sarah of Honey of a Thousand Flowers has in store for us. She always brings the freshest wedding ideas in flower arrangements. Today it’s all about citrus fruits in winter centerpieces, adding a pop of color to whites and greens.

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From Sarah: I love an outdoor summer wedding as much as the next person, but I love a cozy winter wedding too. Winter weddings are more elegant and ornate by nature because they are usually indoors, but you can still have flowers that feel lighthearted. Citrus fruit is available on the stem to your florist in the winter months, and it is a wonderful addition to your floral décor. All shapes, sizes and colors are available, but my favorites are in the orange family… clementines, kumquats, mandarins, Satsuma, tangerine, just to name a few. Use them in your flowers, on your escort table, or as place card holders.

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citrus winter centerpieces

citrus winter centerpieces

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I think winter bride’s should embrace the wonderful evergreen foliage that is available in the season. It comes in all shapes and textures, and many colors too. My favorite are the nice soft blues like this Arizona cypress. It feels season appropriate, but not like Christmas.

Inspiration board credits, clockwise: evergreens by Matthew Lions via Pinterest; Kumquat via Pinterest; feather wreath via Pinterest; pine trees via Pinterest

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Bijou’s Sweet Treats

Welcome to our cake studio! We are committed to using high quality ingredients in all of our creations since a cake can only be as good as the components it’s made with, and whenever possible to use local products. We make all of our products in small batches from scratch which allows us to pay careful attention to the quality and execution of our creations. Our wide range of products and services include but are not limited too: Wedding Cakes, Favors, Dessert Tables, Gift boxes and Baskets, Special Occasion Cakes, Cupcakes, Cake Pops, Mini Pies, Gourmet Marshmallows, French Macarons, Decorated Sugar Cookies, Gourmet Drop and Sandwich Cookies, Candied Nuts, and Beer Nuts. In addition to the flavors you see listed on our site for these items we also create custom flavors for our clients. So if you have a special request let us know.
We are located in Luray and deliver to the surrounding Shenandoah Valley region and Northern Virginia

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Branching Out

Wedding Design

Last week we shared a glance of how amazing ferns and other foliage can look on tablescapes. Much to my delight, Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is shining the light on these non-floral pretties. These large scale centerpieces are not only impressive, but can also be made on a budget. View more images from the branch and foliage centerpieces in the gallery.

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From Sarah: It may seem funny to start talking about spring right now, but the fact of the matter is, there are plenty of brides right now who are sifting through fall inspiration boards while trying to plan their spring 2013 weddings. This is for you!

large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage
large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage

Spring weddings are such an indulgence. Everyone jumps at the chance to wear light airy and bright colors as soon as they can. Spring bulbs are bright and cheery, and I we want to use all of the pastel and bright colors that are finally available. In our haste to use all things spring I think color palettes sometimes get circus-y rather than showing how delicate the season is. So, today I have a subdued spring color palette that still evokes the light and airy qualities we love about spring. Spring is colorful, but I like the idea of indulging in the muddy colors that are surrounding you in the early spring. The wet leaves and moss that have been hiding under snow all winter show themselves, and that was the real inspiration for this arrangement- the putty colored greens, and the robin egg blue that has a hint of gray. Ferns (as demonstrated by Hey Look’s tablescape) may be enough for your entire tablescape. Here I mixed them with a few other spring flowers, bulbs, and different kinds of moss.
large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage
large wedding centerpieces on a budget fern branches foliage

foliage can look on tablescapes. Much to my delight, Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers is shining the light on these non-floral pretties. These large scale centerpieces are not only impressive, but can also be made on a budget. View more images from the branch and foliage centerpieces in the View all images in the gallery

I kept these arrangements very simple. A lot of times earthy brides get scared when they hear the words “big arrangements” because they don’t want anything too complex or flowery. Sticking to things with natural textures like the branches or grasses will allow you to use scale to wow your guests while still keeping things natural and simple.

All photos by Sarah Winward.

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Floral Ombre for Fall

Wedding Design

We’ve been patiently waiting for Fall to share this post by Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers. If you’re in love with the ombre trend – that dreamy gradient of soft colors – as much as we are, you will love these floral arrangements that Sarah designed. In a season where nature changes colors almost overnight, ombre comes as an organic inspiration. Thank you Erin Kate Photography for the images.

ombre fall wedding colors

From Sarah Winward: The transition to fall is my favorite. On one tree or in one bunch of flowers, there can be a wide range of colors. I think mimicking the changes in nature for a wedding is gorgeous, and using an ombre theme for a fall wedding seems like a perfect way to do that.

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These arrangements span a huge color palette. You could select a couple of colors from this range and focus on the transition between those two or three-or go crazy and do all of them. The play on warm and cool colors here is what makes this color palette interesting to me. If you want to narrow it down a bit, the spectrum of colors between peach and orange is an excellent choice for a fall ombre wedding. There is a certain sweet and sour element to this palette that is really appealing to me.

ombre fall wedding centerpieces

If you have one element that is ombre in your wedding, I think it is nice to let it make the statement and keep the other things consistent. I used different containers for the arrangements here, but they are all a similar type. The bouquets are different colors, but the ribbon is all the same. Or – keep the flowers the same and do ombre ribbon!

Flowers used in these arrangements:

Red arrangement: Viburnum berry, scabiosa, wild grasses, ranunculus
Peach arrangement: rose, berries and leaves
White arrangement: snowberry eucalyptus, spray rose, elephant ear plant

Inspiration board photo credits, clockwise: wheat field via Fivvvve; Italy landscape via Pinterest; wood gradient via Pinterest, candlelight in mason jars via A Well Traveled Woman via Pinterest; red-haired bride by Love Me Do Photography from this wedding.

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Viburnum Berries + Nordic Wedding Inspiration

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Today’s featured flower contrasts with the dreamy Art Nouveau inspiration that we shared last week. We will let Honey of a Thousand Flowers introduce you to Viburnum Berries. From its navy blue tones, we were inspired by tartan and Nordic landscapes…Thank you Leo Patrone for the beautiful images!

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From Sarah: Navy blue is a popular wedding color … unfortunately, navy blue flowers aren’t popular in nature. Early spring and fall are both seasons where the few blue flowers that we do have come around to play. I have found that I really like it when the dark colors like eggplant purple and navy are just accents in floral arrangements, so perhaps its not so bad that there are only a few of them. Many variations of purple and lavender flowers are available that can be used to allude to the feeling of blue in an arrangement if blue is not available for your wedding. Viburnum berry is small, but its mesmerizing color speaks loudly. Small doses of eggplant purple and dark chocolate brown can also be used to hint at navy blue as an accent color.

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I imagine this centerpiece and color palette being used in a late summer wedding somewhere in the wine country. It would look particularly good with long rustic wood tables and elegant table settings. The other flowers used in this arrangement are: dinner plate dahlias, scabiosa, and green grapes. Other blue flowers that are available in various seasons: Thistle, Nigella, Agapanthus, Cornflower, Delphinium, Forget me knot, Tweedia, baby blue Eucalyptus, Privet berry, and Muscari. Anemones have a dark poppy seed colored center that works nicely as an accent too.

Inspiration board credits, clockwise: Kent Barn Wedding by Sarah Gawler , Nordic Landscape, Intimate Iceland Wedding by Bragi Þór Jósefsson, Blue Shells

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Coxcomb Flowers – Bouquets for Fall

Wedding Design

Today Sarah Winward of Honey of a Thousand Flowers‘s wedding flower segment is showing us fresh Fall hues and blooms that are available during this season. She designed a gorgeous bouquet using today’s flower feature, coxcomb. Needless to say, its texture makes the bouquet look so rich. Thank you Heather Nan for the beautiful images!

coxcomb fall wedding flowers

Coxcomb are a love ‘em or hate ‘em flower. To some they look like velvet and sea coral. They have thick stems, and sort of a v-shaped base, but the top of the flowers is the most interesting.

Coxcomb are available summer to fall. They come in a range of colors, from a light green to a honey-yellow, orange to rust, red, burgundy, and a deep fuchsia. I have seen a dark purple from time to time too.

fall wedding bouquets

Here they are used in bud vases, and a bouquet. While they are tricky to use in single vases because they have such thick stems, it’s a good look if your vases have a wide enough opening. They are such an interesting shape that I think they are often at their best when they are isolated. Coxcomb are great in bouquets because you can showcase the tops of them.

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Other flowers used in this bouquet are: Hydrangea, Echinops thistle, Amaranthus, Gomphrena, garden rose and maple leaves.

Do you love them or do you think they are best used for Halloween?

All photos by Heather Nan.

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