I absolutely adore lavender—its color, smell, texture—so of course I love seeing it used in weddings! Wherever it’s used, its wonderful fragrance will surely add an extra dimension to the day. Even better that it’s known to be relaxing too! Who wouldn’t want a bit more relaxation on their wedding day?
Today’s styled shoot from Justin & Mary pulls inspiration from the landscape and water surrounding Elihu Island near Stonington, Connecticut. Hana Floral Design and Boutique used natural elements like wildflowers and mixed them with more classic blue and cream arrangements to create a rustic but elegant look. We love the casual brown paper mixed with sweet blue ribbon on stationery from Chocolate Creative Design! The Union Baptist Church grounds are a pastoral backdrop for the model’s gown and the bright blue bridesmaids dresses from The Wedding Embassy—and how about that fur stole! We love how these images strike the perfect balance of sophisticated style in a casual country location.
It’s Friday which means it’s flower day here at Elizabeth Anne Designs, but it’s also time to celebrate National Puppy Day! What’s a blogger to do? Feature puppies all dressed up in wedding flower collars to celebrate both, of course! These pups look picture perfect all dolled up.
Happy St. Patrick’s eve everyone! Today we’re celebrating with an ode to green! Beautifully neutral and natural, there are several flowers that come in various shades and textures of green: hydrangea, orchids, mums, tulips, roses, and bells of Ireland to name a few. Here are some of my favorites!
There are a few flowers that are the superstars in our wedding world—peonies, hydrangea, garden roses, orchids—but it’s often the lesser-known flowers accompanying them who truly sell the feel of the arrangement. In our Friday Flowers feature, I want to highlight not only the superstars, but the flowers in supporting roles as well in hopes of guiding you brides out there still trying to narrow down exactly what they want for their big day. Today we have a flower who usually is seen as a filler to other flowers but that can also have a huge impact when it’s the star of the show—Astilbe!
Today’s flowers are truly a TGIF treat! While rounding up one of my absolute favorite flowers, there was one thing about dahlias that stuck out the most — the enormous size of certain types! Dahlias come in so many sizes, textures, and a ton of colors from bronze to pink to purple to orange to deep red to yellow, they can be used in an enormous variety of arrangements. The types that we’re featuring here today all fit in the A or AA category of dahlias, meaning they can be up to 12″ in diameter — there’s even a kind called “dinnerplate”! Dramatic and show-stopping, all these bouquets feature some very large dahlias and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
The amazing natural beauty of northern Idaho plays a central role in this rustic but oh-so-chic woodland wedding inspiration shoot from La Lune Events! The inland northwest is rich with woodsy elements, and these ladies pulled inspiration from their gorgeous surroundings into their design. Fleurtations Floral designed the amazing pinecone centerpieces, feather and berry bouquet, and boutonniere, Feast provided a menu full of earthy ingredients such as muchrooms, rosemary, sage, figs, and arugula, and Happy Cake Co. created the amazing birch tree cake. The beautiful and intimate tabletop (all of the vintage rentals were provided by the Attic) is nestled in the forest – it’s like a setting out of a dream! I’m utterly in love with all of the images from Rebecca Hollis Photography – this shoot is bohemian, rustic, and elegant, all rolled into one!
Laine and Marty’s Victoria, BC engagement session was styled by one of their close friends, Jessica from Petite Pearl Events, and it’s just the perfect mix of sweet, chic, and vintage! These two lovebirds are marrying next summer in Italy, so what better to do than to create an engagement session filled with some of their hometown Victoria charm? The Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse was the gorgeous backdrop for the rustic fall shoot. I simply adore the lush florals in shades of coral, peach, and pink from Verbena Floral Design, the lovely lace table runner, and of course, Laine’s amazing dupioni dress from Alida’s Gowns. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful images from Eternal Reflections Photography!
Irving Street Kitchen in Portland, Oregon provided a unique venue for this shoot that’s a gorgeous mix of rustic and urban – with a bit of glam thrown in for good measure! This inspiration shoot was a collaboration of quite a few vendors including styling by Hitched Weddings and amazing floral from Petalos Floral Design. I love all the different lanterns that were used for the table and those sweet treats look so yummy! Thanks to Jessica Hill Photography for capturing it all and sharing with us!
Today’s lovely Inspired Creations Contest idea is perfect for the shabby chic bride! The Nashville team of Cedarwood Weddings and Kristyn Hogan created a warm, cozy atmosphere with a glamorous side using a whitewashed color palette and burlap accents. All of the vintage mismatched candlesticks were thrifted and painted in an antique white to create a sea of white candlelight for the romantic centerpiece and mantel. The floral was kept simple (and budget-friendly!) with a unique baby’s breath arrangement, and the mirrors on the walls accentuate the shimmer and sparkle of the candles and add a pretty, antique feel to the setting. And don’t even get me started on the fabulous cake. So simple and beautiful, it’s one of my favorite cakes yet!
Today’s Inspired Creations Contest idea is a little bit country, a little bit rock ‘n roll! The Midwest team of Paper&Velvet and Emily O Photography were inspired by the band Mumford & Sons, and vests, banjos, a chandelier, vintage silver pieces, feathers, sequins and cowboy boots were all in high form for this shoot! The ladies didn’t go too over the top with Glitter and Glam, but embraced a softer side of sparkle, leaning heavily on peacock tones, with punches of coral and pink for glamour. With a budget of $500, they stayed right around $200, finding a vintage gown for $20 at Goodwill, stringing patio lights and doily bunting for decor, and incorporating collected bottles and glassware for the tablescape. I love the vintage thriftiness!
The book lover in me is loving this Peter Rabbit inspired editorial shoot, shot on location at the prettiest organic farm in Colorado. Taking cues from the muted color palette of blue and yellow of the garden in the book, this shoot is all about sweet, simple comfort and charming rustic details. Pairing the natural setting with touches of classic elegance, Andrea of Andrea K Photo dreamed up this shoot with a real couple, Emily and John, as her muse. Organic veggies and fruit provided the perfect centerpieces and really allowed the beauty of the farm to shine through. Thank you so much for sharing, Andrea!
My lovely friend Jeannine from FAVOR Events has shared two beautiful farm wedding tables, both full of romantic and rustic details! The privately-owned farm in Georgia is one part rustic, two parts gorgeous and the tablescapes show the personality of the venue in completely different ways. All of the lovely images are courtesy of Ben Vigil Photographers.
I absolutely love the eye candy that is this inspirational wedding shoot! The fantastically talented Amy Rae Photography, Nikki and Jen of Sugar Rush, Ryan of Enid Floral, Erin of Dolci Fini, and Cakes by Diane came together to work magic in a lovely barn setting in Enid, OK. The theme of this shoot is lemons, honey, and sweet country and I adore all of the springtime touches that they incorporated!
Bellissima! Today’s Italian garden party wedding shoot, designed by Brittany Lott of Elle Affairs, has us transported to Tuscany! The inspiration behind the shoot was the classic Tuscan alfresco dining experience, which was brought to life with the setting of Birmingham, Alabama’s La Tavalo. The beautiful outdoor table setting featured loose greenery, rosemary accents and olive oil favors, and we just adore the idea of an olive oil tasting bar—what could be more authentically Italian? The mix of modern and traditional elements was brought to life in the invitation suite from Jessica Stalkner at Empress Stationery and chic wrap bridesmaids dresses from Molly Green. And we are in love with the classic elegance of the gowns from Heidi Elnora. There’s so many details—and stunning images from Spindle Photography—to swoon over right here in the gallery!
We love this fresh take on nautical style in weddings! Pale pink and gray stationery from Suite Paperie is still nautical-chic, but in a softer presentation than crisp navy and red. Dulce Dreams Events directed a stunning shoot filled with soft blooms from L’Oasis that fit right into the soothing color palette. With images from Alexis June Weddings and Cyrience Photography on a gorgeous old-school sailboat at Maritime Parc, we just can’t get enough of this chic and sophisticated setting! Staying true to the theme, Madison Lee’s Cakes used real seashells for the molds on the cake, and brown sugar created the illusion of sand. The model’s intricate GEMY by Gemy Maalouf gown is stunning! We’re in love with this shoot from top to bottom—see every last detail in the gallery!
There is so much gorgeous inspiration in this collaboration shoot between Kristyn Hogan and the talented team at Historic Cedarwood, and we love it all! Amber Housley created the lovely floral stationery and helped direct the styling of this bridal party tea in the garden. Eclectic linens from Urban Outfitters ground the tables for a collection vintage dishware and vases on top, filled with bold blooms and some of the prettiest teacups we’ve ever seen! The bridal party sipped pink Champagne from Le Grande Courtage while playing dress-up in amazing gowns from The Bride Room and accessories by Beatrice Couture Designs styled by Opulent Couturier. And aren’t you just in love with the playful side pony styled by Jessica Jones? Run, don’t walk, to the gallery to soak up all of the inspiration!
We are just gasping for breath over this gorgeous bohemian shoot from Tamiz Photography! All of the vintage decor mixed with romantic pink blooms and lacy vintage dresses are stunning! The romantic island style of long, loose waves crowned with floral hair wreaths gives away this Maui location, yet there’s something ethereal and placeless about it as well. And have you ever seen a tree swing so pretty? We want to teleport ourselves into this shoot right now, but instead we’ll settle for staring at it all afternoon in the gallery!
Turquoise and lavender—the color and the herb—are beautifully bold in this sophisticated inspiration shoot from First Comes Love Wedding Photography. Styled at Vellum in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the table pops with the tropical hues, grounded by dark wood tables and brick walls. Bright stationery accented with aqua and plum stripes from Dooby Design pairs perfectly with the palette. An exotic printed table runner holds a garland centerpiece of purples and greens by PassionFlower, who also created the fabulous coordinating hairpieces for the brides. Elegant gowns from The Gown Shop Ann Arbor are stunning; their classic silhouettes are the perfect backdrops for the unique bouquets and hair flowers. We adore the uber-chic colorful elements of this fun shoot!