Get the Look: A Romantic Garden Party Wedding

Get the Look Romantic Garden Party

Planning a spring wedding? We created a pretty inspiration board for a super chic Garden Party Wedding. I’m loving this palette of blush, mint, gray and rose gold. This Vintage Silk Wedding Dress from Ann Taylor is the perfect garden party gown and paired with the Magnolia Bloom Headband, what could be sweeter?! I also love bridesmaids in different shades and Ann Taylor has so many pretty styles for your ladies in the perfect spring pastel colors. Are any of you planning a garden party wedding?

Credits: Rose Gold Shoes // Vintage Silk Wedding Dress // Dahlia Bouquet // One Sleeve Long Blush Bridesmaids Dress // Mint Green Bridesmaids Dress // Long Gray Bridesmaids Dress // Short Blush Bridesmaids Dress // Tulle Flower Girl Dress // Ring // Invite // Magnolia Bloom Headband // Belt

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Intimate Portland Warehouse Wedding: Julie + Nate

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Happy Monday, lovelies! We’re excited to start the week off with Julie + Nate’s incredibly lovely warehouse wedding, which took place at Union Pine in Portland! You may remember these cuties from their engagement session at home that we featured just a few months back. It was one of our favorite e-sessions, and we love their wedding just as much! They incorporated some really dynamic + personal details into their celebration, which you’ll read about in Julie’s blurb below, to ensure it was a true reflection of their life + love. And the florals, by The Green Dandelion, seriously could not be prettier! I mean, check out that gorgeous hanging installation above! Here’s more, from Julie, about the day:

Our vision was to include everyone in an intimate ritual, to share our true selves and to raise the vibrations of love to great heights. I included my bridesmaids and flower girl in a grounding ritual prior to the ceremony to connect the loving quality of friendship. Nate’s father conducted the ceremony and guided the guests in a visualization mediation prior to the processional, which set a tone of spiritual intimacy. It was amazing to feel how present everyone was when it came time to exchange vows. We shared our personal vows and recited some of our core intentions together. All of the intentions for our marriage were printed on cards and hung around the space along with sprigs of rosemary from our epic rosemary bush in our backyard. We sprinkled crystals everywhere and gave guests a piece a rose quartz for gifts. We made all the dreamcatchers from scratch and my father baked an insane amount of italian cookies.

Thanks so much to Phil Chester for the gorgeous photos + big congrats to Julie + Nate!

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Julie’s dress, by Lena Medoyeff, is one of the prettiest I’ve seen in a while! Lena’s gowns are locally made of fair trade silks from a family run mill at the foothills of the Himalayas. It’s always fun to learn about designers + creatives who practice responsible business ethics without skimping (at all!) on style! :)

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Nate’s gift to his groomsmen were these hatchet peace pipes!

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first look

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 And doesn’t this rustic, industrial ceremony space give you total wedding envy? Pretty incredible!

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ceremony

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bride and groom

bride and groom

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Julie gifted her bridesmaids with packs of beautiful tarot cards, which were also used in the table decor. And the artfully placed moss + vintage bottles holding blooms were a pretty combo, giving the setting a forest-like feel.

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tarot card table numbers

desserts

vintage plates

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Our most memorable moment from the evening had to be at the end of the night when our friends linked arms and danced in an ecstatic circle around us to a Cranberries song. We were both spinning and kissing and laughing in the vortex.

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In love with these fun shots!

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Our advice is to simplify the details. Maybe its the Italian in me but family style dining keeps it intimate and imbues a sense of sharing. Revel in the creative opportunities and choose a photographer that you connect to. You can do anything you want, express yourself. Let go of the small stuff, be present and let true love ring.

photography: Phil Chester // venue: Union Pine Portland, Oregon // floral design: The Green Dandelion // wedding dress: Lena Medoyeff // hair + makeup: KW Makeup Artist // groom suit: Duchess Clothier // catering: Artemis Food // cake: Pastry GirlMissionary Chocolates

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DIY: Romantic Centerpiece with Roses

DIY Romantic Centerpiece with Roses

Next week is one of our most favorite weeks – Valentine’s Day week! How doesn’t love a week that celebrates love!? :) I’m always a huge fan of skipping the crowds and having a romantic dinner at home and thanks to Kimm from The Velvet Garden she is sharing how to make this romantic Valentine’s Day centerpiece for your dinner table. I love that it can be made with roses found at your local grocery store also! I hope you’ll try it this weekend to add a bit of romance to your dinner table or save for a special dinner on the 14th!

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What You’ll Need:
• Roses (this DIY uses spray roses, garden roses, Ecuadorian roses, and sweetheart roses)
• Vase
• Floral Scissors
• Floral Wire
• Rose de thorner (not mandatory, but sure is nice!)

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There are so many pretty types of roses! This centerpiece uses the four types shown above.

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Step 1: Buy flowers at your local grocery store or farmer’s market and be sure to check for freshness. The roses should have the following:
• tight buds
• healthy leaves
• strong stems
• no bruises or brown spots
• no mold

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Step 2: Process flowers:
Take out of paper/plastic and remove all rubber bands. Then remove lower leaves and thorns, and cut the stems on an angle. Put the flowers in water until you are ready to use.

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Step 3: Arrange centerpiece:
Gather flowers in your hand to create the shape you want. Then wrap stems with tape or floral wire to hold the shape. Cut the stems on an angle to the appropriate height of your vase/container.

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Step 4: Place bouquet in vase/container. Remember to make sure your vase is full of water! Then mist your centerpiece with water to keep it looking fresh.

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Thanks so much to Kimm from The Velvet Garden for this lovely Valentine’s Day DIY! Special thanks also to Brandon Kidd for the photos, Dish Wish for the dishes and to Be Inspired PR for producing.

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