Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration

botanical inspiration

If there were one style or theme that always feels like a fit for a wedding it would be botanical. I mean, flowers + weddings were basically made for each other. Today’s gorge shoot, styled by Stockroom Vintage (who also provided the pretty rentals), and captured by Alissa Saylor, combines all the best things that come to mind when you think botanical. A fresh + slightly wild bouquet? Check. A beautiful wandering jasmine vine crown? Check. A tablescape abundant with lush ferns + greenery? Check. Authentic vintage botany books? Yep. Those are there, too! We’re totally loving all of the great inspiration to be had. We’re pinning some pretties from this one for sure!

From Elizabeth of Stockroom Vintage, We were inspired by the vision of a botanist’s vintage laboratory. We loved the idea of a well-worn lab table, which housed her old botany books and lab equipment as well as the plant specimens she’s collected, which she places in her beakers, test tubes and apothecary bottles. We used a mix of rich greenery, beloved curiosities and scientific elements—like the test tubes and vintage botanical prints—to evoke the contrast between a botanist’s bookish study and the wild romance of the untamed, natural world.

botanical invitation

botanical invitation


That pretty suite is by Southland FoxSuch a perfect fit for the shoot!

green and white bouquet

green and white bouquet

botanical inspiration

botanical inspiration

botanical inspiration

flower hair crown

botanical inspiration

botanical tablescape


SOUL flowers had their work cut out for them on this one + they definitely delivered! All of the botanical details are just so lovely!

gold flatware

leaf plate setting

leaf plate setting

candles

botanical inspiration

botanical inspiration

botanical science decor

test tubes


And love all the lab equipment elements the team incorporated, too!

botanical science decor

glass dome

botanical science decor

botanical science decor

flowing veil

flowing veil

botanical bride

botanical bride

botanical bride

botanical bride

botanical bride

green and white bouquet

bar cart

bar cart

bar cart

green goblets

vintage book


We feel like there are so many ways to incorporate this fun theme into your wedding day design! Big thanks to everyone below for sharing their talents with us today!

photography: Alissa Saylor Photography // jewelry: Anthropologie // dress designer: Augusta JonesMonique Lhuillier // dress store: The Bride Room // cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes, Whole Foods // florals: SOUL flowers // invitation: Southland Fox // rentals: Stockroom Vintage // venue: The Lord’s Chapel at Elmwood Memphis, Tennessee

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryAlissa Saylor Photography is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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Beautiful, Rustic New Orleans Wedding: Katie + Joey

race and religious wedding

Race and Religious is hands down our favorite venue in New Orleans, so as soon as we heard Katie + Joey tied the knot there, we were already excited. And after pouring through the stunning images of their day by the lovely Leslie Hollingsworth, our excitement only grew! Since you’re seconds away from seeing all of the prettiness for yourselves, we’ll keep things here short + sweet. We do have to say one thing, though, before we turn it over to Katie. We are experiencing a major case of flower love with this wedding! From the bouquets to the arrangements, from the wreaths to the table garlands, everything the talented Abany Bauer created ended up being such a beautiful fit for K + J’s incredible, historical venue! We’re pretty sure you’ll all agree.

More from Katie, Joey and I planned our wedding together from start to finish, so it was a complete reflection of what we wanted. We wanted to create a very intimate atmosphere for our guests, where they could let loose and relax, eat great food, drink great libations and enjoy great music with us. The minute we laid eyes on Race and Religious, we knew it was the perfect place. It was such a beautiful and inspiring venue; a natural relic of New Orleans past. Every decision just fell into place after finding it. Our colors, the rustic simplicity of the decor, and even elements of our menu were inspired by the look and feel of the venue.

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bouquet

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We totally dig Katie + Joey’s unexpected color story of plum, lilac + lush green.

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race and religious wedding

new orleans bride

race and religious wedding

new orleans bouquet

flowers


So in love with Katie’s Romona Keveza dress. If you’re looking for a beautiful dress with the same sweet, simple feel, check out the Poppy Gown by BHLDN, available in the GWS shop!

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new orleans rings

bouquets

bridesmaids

lillac bouquet

groom

groomsmen

groomsmen

purple bow tie

groomsmen

lillac


I mean, these florals!

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purple chair flower decor

The whole ceremony was pretty memorable! Joey says his favorite part was seeing me walk down the aisle (we didn't do a first look), and so many people told me his face was pretty memorable when he saw me. It was drizzling during the ceremony and my walk down the aisle felt somewhat treacherous. I was holding my train, my dad's arm, and my bouquet while making sure to be under the umbrella hoping my veil didn't fly away, I forgot to look up! I got a far way down the aisle before I finally looked up and saw Joey standing there. He looked so handsome. I then turned around and saw everybody. All our friends and family were huddled under one tent and I saw 150 little heads and smiling eyes staring right back at us. Nobody cared that it was raining, especially us, and it was perfect! Such a special moment, I'll never forget it!

race and religious wedding

race and religious wedding

race and religious wedding

race and religious wedding

race and religious wedding

chalkboard menu


And such pretty, rustic tablescapes!

foliage runner

favors

drinks

bread

race and religious wedding

race and religious wedding

race and religious wedding

race and religious wedding

race and religious wedding

Processional: La Vie En Rose + Sea of Love (performed live by Cristina Perez)

Recessional: At Last – Etta James (performed live by Cristina Perez)

First Dance: Harvest Moon – Neil Young

race and religious wedding

new orleans cake

new orleans exit

(1) Plan your wedding with your groom (no matter who's paying for it). Our wedding was 100% "us" and everyone could tell. We did what we wanted to do, how we wanted to do it. Plus, it made the process more fun and helps bring you back down to reality, to remember why you're doing all of this in the first place. It made things like picking out our music, turn into red wine singalong late nights.

(2) Love the vendors/people you chose to help you put everything together. Pick vendors you want to do business with. Ones that will actually care about you and how your wedding turns out. They end up making it better than you ever could have imagined. I know our wedding would not have been what it was if it wasn't for all of the amazing people that helped put it together.

photography: Leslie Hollingsworth // venue: Race and Religious New Orleans, Louisiana // event planner + stylist: Ginny Au // florals: Abany Bauer // wedding dress: Legends by Romona Keveza purchased at Wedding Belles New Orleans // jewelry: Haute Bride™ | couture bridal gowns and accessories // shoes: On sale at Anthropologie // bridesmaid dress: I let them choose what they wanted in a shade of purple, but their jewelry was from Susannah Elle Designs // hair: Head Games Hair Salon // makeup: Nicole Ena // groom’s suit: Luca Falcone Custom Suits // groomsmen Bowties: Hobo Ties // save the dates: Friend of Bride, Erica Rodriguez of Pretty Fly Creations // invitations: Scriptura // chalkboard program: Liz Maude Cook with Lionheart Prints // catering: Boucherie // cake: Bride’s Cake by Pure Cake, Groom’s Cake by Debbie Does Doberge // ceremony music: Cristina Perez // reception band: The Essentials // rental items: Mrs. Vintage Rentals

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Nature-Inspired Malibu Estate Wedding: Lauren + Sean

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Succulent lovers, get ready for this one, because Lauren + Sean’s stunning Rancho Sol Del Pacifico (a gorge estate in Malibu) celebration is probably your dream wedding environment. Thanks to the crazy talent of Carissa at JL Designs, we feel safe saying we’ve never seen a wedding with such beautiful succulent-rich bouquets and arrangements. And after hearing that while Lauren + Sean have very different personal and design styles, they share a love for natural elements + cacti details, it seemed all the more fitting that their wedding be brimming with these wild, arid plants. By incorporating both nature-inspired elements as well as lots of additional personal touches – like the groomsmen in Vans, a fun foodie menu, and the non-traditional ceremony music + readings – these two were really able to make their wedding feel like their own!

A big thanks goes out to Aaron Young for the lovely photography + to Constance Curtis for planning such an inspiring affair! And, of course, congratulations to Lauren + Sean on an absolutely beautiful day!

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emotional malibu first look


Wasn’t that the best first look? So genuine + sweet.

emotional malibu first look

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malibu wedding

malibu bride

succulent boutonnieres

vans

groomsmen

bridesmaids


Lauren’s bridesmaids carried the prettiest bouquets featuring a mix of succulents, peonies, and ranunculus!

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ceremony program

welcome sign

nautical decor

succulent collumns

succulent collumns

Processional: Thank You – Led Zeppelin

Recessional: Today is the Greatest – Smashing Pumpkins

First Dance: I Was Made for Loving You – Kiss

malibu ceremony

malibu ceremony

There were so many amazing little moments but perhaps the best was the ceremony. We were both so happy and waiting for the moment when we got to kiss was surprisingly difficult – over and over again we would lean in and then stop ourselves and then laugh.

malibu ceremony

malibu ceremony

malibu ceremony

succulent escort cards

succulent escort cards


From Lauren, For us, the food mattered a lot. We were so happy to find Contemporary Catering because after an explanation of what we were looking for, they just got it — a nose-to-tail pork menu that everyone could enjoy. Serving it family-style made the meal feel more intimate and the late-night churros were a huge hit!

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malibu reception

fountain with leaves

malibu reception

wood block table numbers

plate setting

wood block table numbers

driftwood and succulents

driftwood and succulents

succulent planter

succulent planter

succulent planter

succulent planter

sweet heart table

concrete block dessert table


So much love for this cinderblock + succulent styled dessert table! And the yummy-looking treats are from Manhattan Beach Creamery, in case you were wondering! :)

concrete block dessert table

concrete block dessert table

strawberries

succulent cake

succulent cake

The single most helpful thing in planning was having a wedding planner. Constance was able to help me get everything done early which gave me the chance to just relax and enjoy the wedding weekend with my friends and family. Plus, having an expert to provide advice made all of the decision making much easier.

photographer: Aaron Young // planning + design: Constance Curtis // venue: Rancho Sol Del Pacifico Malibu, California // florals: JL Designs // catering: Contemporary Catering // rentals: Classic Party Rentals // dj: The Flashdance // ceremony + cocktail hour music: Thomas Giglio Music // dessert: Manhattan Beach Creamery

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist Galleryaaron young photography, The Flashdance, Constance Curtis Events, and JL Designs are all Featured Vendors in the GWS Vendor Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Guide.

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