Secret Garden Wedding Inspiration

secret garden purple bouquet

We’ve been loving all the fall inspiration floating around on the blogs and (of course) Pinterest lately. There’s nothing quite like that red + burnt orange palette to really get you into the spirit of the season. That being said, we don’t feel like fall brides + grooms should feel obligated to stick to that classically autumn color story. As soon as we saw today’s shoot from Two Spoons Photography + Mug of Love Weddings, we realized you truly can have it all this time of year: a cozy feel that fits right into our current holiday state of mind + the wedding colors of your choosing; in this case a unique, jewel-tone palette that seriously couldn’t be prettier.

This editorial evokes the most magical secret garden feel, and the location – James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange, Virginia – and the florals – designed by Whimsical Floral Design – are to thank for that. If you’re looking to infuse your day with a moody, romantic vibe, you’ll want to pay extra close attention to how these guys pulled off such a dreamy setting + tablescape…

BHLDN wedding dress

BHLDN wedding dress

secret garden purple bouquet

That bouquet has some major wow-factor goin’ on! It features so many amazing elements, but the stand-outs are fuchsia garden roses, purple anemones, and burgundy amaranthus.

ranunculus bout

ranunculus bout

BHLDN wedding dress

secret garden inspired wedding

Seriously, is there even a setting where a BHLDN dress isn’t total perfection?!

secret garden inspired wedding

floral covered gate

secret garden inspired wedding

The floral adorned gate is one of our most favorite details from the entire editorial.

secret garden purple bouquet

seating table

seating table

seating chart books

floral basket

secret garden tablescape

The tablescape portrayed a beautiful ‘secret garden’ vibe with more gorgeous florals (featuring ranunculus, pomegranates, eucalyptus + more) and a rustic runner made up entirely of moss. Gold accents + mismatched vintage teacups and saucers helped add in a fun sense of whimsy.

key plate setting

secret garden tablescape

gold calligraphy name tag

gold calligraphy name tag

secret garden tablescape

vintage tea cup

secret garden centerpiece

vintage tea cup

floral covered gate

secret garden purple bouquet

floral covered gate

secret garden inspired wedding

We hope this gorgeous shoot helps inspire your wedding vision, no matter the time of year! Big thanks to the talented team of artists below for sharing their work with us today!

photography: Two Spoons Photography // planning + design: Mug of Love Weddings // venue: James Madison’s Montpelier Orange, Virginia // florals: Whimsical Floral Design // creative director: Emaleigh Franzak // paper goods: Blue Stocking Calligraphy // hand-drawn map: A Pocket Novel // desserts: Gourmet Cookies by Valli // rentals: River Design Vintage Rentals // dishes: Classic Party Rentals // gowns: BHLDN // suit jacket + shirts: Ledbury // jewelry: Kay Adams // hair + makeup: Shannon Harrison and Rachel Duke // models: Kerensa Davenport and Charlie Glenn

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Order your Holiday Cards from Minted

Minted Holiday Cards

If the holidays seem to always sneak up on you, like they do us (Christmas is only a little over a month away!), it might be time to think about placing your holiday card order soon. Minted is always our go-to for super cute holiday cards that are bold, stylish, and so easy to customize! And since we’re all extra busy this time of year, Minted is making our holiday to-do lists a bit less painful with their new FREE recipient addressing envelope feature. For any of you who have ever addressed hundreds of wedding thank you cards or sent out a bunch of holiday cards, you know just how much time this feature will save you!

Let’s have a peek at some of our favorite holiday card designs from Minted…

Minted Holiday Cards

Minted non photo holiday card

minted holiday photo cards

MInted holiday discount

Minted is awesomely offering GWS readers 15% off the ENTIRE SITE with code ‘GWSHOL’! The discount is valid from November 20th – 25th. And those dates also happen to be the opportune time to get your holiday card order in to avoid a last minute scramble! So whether you decide to totally personalize a photocard or simply modify one of Minted’s already gorgeous designs, there’s no doubt you’ll find a style you absolutely love this year! And if you’d like a little bit of help narrowing it down, check out more of our personal GWS favorites below.

Thanks so much to Minted for this great deal + happy holiday card shopping, friends!

 

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Hand-Dyed Napkin Rentals from GATHER Events and borrowed BLU

hand dyed napkins

If you happen to remember this gorgeous bachelorette party inspiration we shared in September, then you’ve already had a sneak peek into how the To Dye For Collection, a new hand-dyed napkin rental line from borrowed BLUGATHER Events, came to be! Following their feature on GWS, the ladies were inundated with inquiries to rent the beautiful indigo napkins they created just for the shoot. They share, We immediately had an A-HA moment. Why DON’T we offer them for rent? In a bunch of colors? That would look good on every table? Besides, our clients are always asking us for custom-made, artisanal pieces that they can’t get at the traditional rental outlets. And just like that our new idea was born!

Let’s have a look at the collection, which Gary Ashley of The Wedding Artists Collective captured beautifully in this rad, ombre-meets-colorblock-inspired editorial…

indigo dip dyed napkin

hand dyed napkins

The collection is debuting with 5 gorgeous colors: Bordeaux, Terra Cotta, Blush, Moss and Indigo. Each piece of textural cotton gauze is first cut and then hand-dyed so that no two are exactly alike. The raw edges add further distinction to each piece and the dye technique provides a beautifully subtle range of color in each mini collection. The napkins are cut to be slightly smaller than a standard dinner napkin, making them feel delicate and special.

peach dyed napkin

indigo dip dyed napkin

indigo dip dyed napkin

rose ombre napkin

rose ombre napkin

rose ombre napkin

The artisanal line is ultra-versatile and works just as well on an ornate formal table as it does on a casual bohemian spread.

peach dyed napkin

fall centerpieces

orange ombre napkin

The stunning floral arrangements from this shoot were designed by GATHER’s new in-house floral expert, Inessa Nichols for GATHER Events. We love the fall feel to this autumnal-hued vignette!

fall tablescape

flower napkin ring

orange ombre napkin

fall centerpieces

ombre green napkin

white florals in zinc vase

ombre green napkin

hand dyed napkins

The napkins can be rented one color at a time or mixed and matched for a more eclectic look. They blend beautifully with borrowed BLU’s diverse collection of table top rental items and can work well on any table setting.

If you don’t live California near borrowed BLU + GATHER Events, don’t fret! The ladies can ship anywhere in the U.S. and are accepting orders now! It’s not too late to get your holiday orders in – how pretty would these bad boys look on a Thanksgiving or Christmas tablescape? – so reach out here to start the ordering process!

photography Gary Ashley of The Wedding Artists Collective // napkin concept, design + production: borrowed BLU and GATHER Events // tabletop rentals: borrowed BLU // florals: Inessa Nichols for GATHER Events // venue: The Jefferson

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