Today’s shoot abounds with the most breathtaking florals in rich Fall colors that pop against the dramatic desert backdrop. Captured at Enchanted Rock, a hidden gem just outside Austin, the creative team mixed vintage details with boho and rustic charm, to bring together this truly inspiring elopement editorial…..
Photographer Christine Pegany of Wild Love Photography shared these words about the shoot and how it all came together….“It began, as any engagement does, with a ring and a ring box. Finding the perfect ring to match a perfect girl is a hard task but the unique cognac ring is different yet beautiful and it is all the more perfect when presented in a glass ring box. When you’re looking for a grand adventure to showcase how grand your love is an elopement is the obvious choice.
The location is the most important part of any elopement – finding the spot that reflects your personality and sense of adventure. It has to be perfect for your special day and sometimes that location isn’t as far from home as you think. Just outside of Austin you can find the breathtaking Enchanted Rock, the little hidden gem you would never expect. It’s fit with stunning orange rocks and amazing views of the hill country surrounding it.
The vivid colors of the scenery inspired the use of beautiful cognac leather throughout the details. It can be found in little things like the glasses, the suspenders, the luggage tags, but perhaps the perfect way to make it part of their day was the matching hiking boots that matched their sense of adventure and willingness to climb to greatness. The dress with stunning lace details and a beautiful train was perfect for the bride and a fun brown suit topped off with an amazing hat fit the groom perfectly.
The beautiful flowers complimented the scenery perfectly and made the bride look even more stunning without over taking her – it was the perfect bit of color that was needed. The bright oranges and pops of pink make this summer elopement one of a kind. It also comes together with the cakes that were almost too pretty to eat filled with a bouquet of flowers.
All of the details come together to paint a picture of love and beauty. What better way to share their new union with friends and family by sending out an announcement covered in hand drawn flowers and amazing script with just a touch of leather before they fly off on their next adventure with their customized luggage tags and passport covers to hold their tickets for the future.”
Isn’t it fabulous?? The desert makes such a breathtaking backdrop and I love the colors! A huge thankyou to all the wonderful wedding pros and creatives who came together to create this vision of fall loveliness, but especially to Christine of Wild Love Photography who captured it all so beautifully. If you love Christine’s work and would like to see more you should head to her website at www.wildlove.us – and don’t forget to find and follow her on Instagram and Facebook.
Today’s inspiration board is a beauty, even if I do say so myself! Infused with Serenity – a soft and airy blue Pantone chose for their colour of the year back in 2016, but that is just as heavenly 2 years later – it is a fresh and romantic take on a fall colour palette that would be perfect for an early Autumn wedding…..
One of my favourite times of year for a wedding – if not for the colours, then the light (so soft and warm) – early Autumn and neutrals are a match made in heaven. Add to that some organic greens, a hint of Serenity blue and soft white blooms for a nod to Summer, and you have a palette with elegant simplicity and ethereal charm.
I love the idea of making the most of that beautiful Autumn light with an outdoor ceremony. Before moving indoors, as the night draws in and the temperature drops, for a relaxed yet elegant reception. Bring the outdoors in with greenery filled floral centrepieces and keep the mood romantic with overhead lighting and candlesticks on the tables.
After today’s utterly breathtaking wedding, Montana is definitely on my list of must visit places! Rebecca & George’s celebration is a refined and elegant take on rustic, complete with a simple ceremony that lets their surroundings shine, a horse drawn carriage (Montana style) and the most inviting of reception spaces…..
And if that stunning backdrop isn’t enough of a good reason, beautiful bride Rebecca shared these words about why they chose their venue…. “As a proud Montana native, it was important to me that we marry in the state that I grew up in. George and I spend a lot of time in Montana and have fallen more in love with each other every time that we’ve visited my home state.
We fell for The Ranch at Rock Creek not only because of its obvious beauty, but also because of its integrity in its relationship with the land and the local community. It’s a place that gracefully balances rugged and refined, which reminds me a lot of my husband. The Ranch is also close to my Grandfather, and it was important to me that his journey to the wedding would be easy.
We also wanted to be married in fall—when the leaves and the seasons are visibly changing—so that the style could feel elegant, but rooted in the beauty of season and state. As homage to the history of Montana, we infused Victorian elements and an ethos of the old west.”
“I travelled to Seattle with my best friend and Maid and Honor, where we met my Mother and Sister in Law. Together, we visited quite a few dress hops but could not find anything that was just right. Finally, at The Dress Theory, my best friend pulled out the designer Johanna Johnson. Her heavy silk and timeless cuts worked so well on me. The moment I knew that I’d found my dress when I wasn’t just thinking about how it looked, but how it visually helped to tell the story of George and me.”
“On our first date, my husband found and gave me a beautiful, tiny little arrowhead. I attached that same arrowhead to my bouquet, along with pearls that my Grandmother had worn on her wedding day.”
“Darci Greenwood of Greenwood Events went beyond our wildest dreams in pulling together our arrangements. We wanted the florals to be a balance of wild and polished—reflecting a rich fall palette and neutral tones while still having bits of contrast. Not an easy feat, but they were absolutely perfect.”
“The most memorable moment is walking down the aisle with my father at my side and staring at my future husband. I will never forget that moment.”
The couple were whisked away, wild-west style, in a vintage horse drawn carriage for their portraits, whilst guests enjoyed cocktails on the lawn back at The Ranch at Rock Creek.
And if this beautiful venue hasn’t taken your breath away yet, take a peek at their reception – I have never seen a rustic venue look so elegant, warm and welcoming….
Words of Wedding Wisdom from the Bride….
“Don’t worry about if everyone else is having a good time—they are!— focus on enjoying every moment you can with your new spouse, surrounded by the love and celebration of your closest family and friends.”
Taking a little break from the dark, rich fall inspiration I’ve been sharing of late, with this hark back to Summer. Captured as part of a film photography workshop hosted on the island of Spetses by Justine Milton and Les Anagnou, it is a floral-filled affair full of timeless elegance and olde world romance in the prettiest palette of pastels….
Spetses “The island of perfumes”, as it was named by the Venetians, is a beautiful, car-free island with wonderful sandy beaches and secluded bays. The venue is a historic Greek villa, situated right in the heart of Spetses’ winding old neighborhoods.
Against this stunning backdrop the workshop hosts, Justine Milton and Les Anagnou, put together a dreamy, romantic wedding editorial with lush orange and peach blossoms.
A beautiful ceremony was set up inside the villa, a dreamy cake, and a lush and romantic tablescape on the villa’s patio. With such heavenly sunshine streaming through the citrus and olive trees, the photographs truly shine so sit back and soak in every inspiring detail…..
As a Winter bride myself I may be slightly biased, but I don’t believe there is a better season to get married: beautiful light, the prettiest palettes, snowy backdrops and long nights for celebrations to continue into…. Having said that of course they aren’t without their challenges, and staying warm yet elegant in falling temperatures is one of them – no one wants blue noses or goosebumps ruining their wedding photos! So with this in mind, I thought I would round up some beautiful ways you can keep cosy on your big day, whilst remaining chic.
And I know its not just Fall & Winter brides who may choose to add a cover up to your wedding day ensemble, perhaps you’re having a church wedding and want something more modest for the ceremony, or maybe you want to create two different looks for your day without the expense of a second wedding dress. Whatever your reason, style and budget, there is a cover up for you here….
Chic & Sheer Cover Ups
If you’re looking for a real style statement, I don’t think anything could top this lace yoke bridal cape….
Even though here in New Zealand we are welcoming Spring, I am loving all the Autumnal colors and inspiration I am seeing around the wedding world at the moment. And today I am sharing something utterly fitting for the season, yet a little different. All the way from Sweden, it is a Scandinavian take on a Fall wedding and I absolutely love it – I think you will too!
This gorgeous editorial, impeccably captured by Emma Ivarsson, exudes a relaxed coziness and rustic charm that epitomises the Scandinavian style we have come to know (who else here is obsessed with the notion of Hygge?? Yep, me too!) and love. It is contemporary yet with a definite sense of old world romance, thanks to the calligraphy invitation and the bride & groom’s stylish attire. The stunning venue, the Pukeberg Glass Factory, offered a minimalist, loft-like space that was the perfect blank canvas for antique rugs, organic floral arrangements and a beautifully lit ceremony for an intimate vow exchange. Before celebrations continued on a rustic farm style table, decorated with lush wild greenery, dramatic black place settings, colored glassware, and brass candlesticks. It is a table I think any guest would feel lucky to sit at. So sit back and
Isn’t it just gorgeous?? A big thankyou to the whole creative team who came together to bring this vision of a Fall wedding together, and especially to photographer Emma Ivarsson for capturing it so perfectly – and for allowing me to share it with you here. If you love Emma’s fabulous style of photography and would like to see more of her work, pop over to her website at www.emmaivarsson.se, and be sure to find and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
The inspiration for this summer-into-fall wedding inspiration shoot was the new rustic barn venue, The Barn at Wagon Wheel Farm. But rather than the traditional rustic farm details, the creative team of local vendors from Chicago and southern Wisconsin, juxtaposed the setting with mid-century modern flair, to create something unexpected yet contemporary and utterly charming….
Here’s the lady behind the lens Lisa Kathan with these words about how it all came together…. “This incredible wedding day inspiration by Elliestyled was featured at The Barn at Wagon Wheel Farm , which opened in July 2018. This family farm in Burlington, Wisconsin, is completely rustic in its aesthetic, including a large barn for receptions; an original mid-1800’s farm house for the bride to get ready; a perfect long porch for wedding day brunches; a beautifully textured Milk Parlor, which we featured as a ceremony space; and something we’ve rarely seen, a small barn dedicated for the groom and his men! What makes this property so special are the owners, Chelsea and James, who’ve taken special care to upgrade their family’s farm with modern amenities while keeping the pastoral charm, even designing a stunning winding staircase built into the silo of the barn.
The dynamic floral palette evokes a sun-drenched and bohemian nostalgia, perfect for a Midwest autumn wedding. The shoot was built around the playfully sophisticated ochre and mustard tones of hand-died silk ribbons with Ranunculus, Dahlia, Kangaroo Paws and Pincushion Protea, and anchored by an unfettered flat willow branch. The color story included Berzelia Brunia, Leucadendron, Kale, and Eucalyptus pods and softened by the creamy whites of the papery Poppy and cloud-like Dahlia.
We took advantage of the beautiful spaces and light to tell a romantic and stylish wedding day story with incredible details: gorgeous letterpress invitations, “his and her” vow books; an eclectic groom’s space; a perfectly unique ceremony backdrop for the intimate ceremony; and a chic, mid-mod cocktail hour hosted by the couple in the rustic barn.”
Isn’t it just lovely?? And I couldn’t agree more with Lisa about the venue, it is incredible! Huge and heartfelt thankyou to the whole team who lent their talents to create this inspiration for you. But especially to photographer Lisa Kathan Photography who captured it all so perfectly. If you love her style of photography and would like to see more of her work do pop and take a peek at her website www.lisakathan.com, and be sure to find and follow him on Facebook and Instagram.
I know its a little out of season for many of you, but I am more than a little head over heels with today’s Spring wedding inspiration board! The soft colour palette was inspired by the light mist that lingers of a morning to tell you it is going to be a glorious day. Ethereal shades of blue and grey combine to create a look that is understated, elegant and utterly timeless….. it is quite simply my idea of heaven!
Whilst I had Spring in mind when creating this inspiration board, it is a palette that would look just as pretty – as well as nice and cool – for a Summer wedding. Whichever season you choose though, think an outdoor celebration lush with greenery and fragrant seasonal blooms – peonies and freesias for Spring or roses and ranunculus for Summer.
I imagined an intimate, backyard celebration with a ceremony beneath the shade of a tree and farmhouse seating under twinkling lights as the sun sets. But for a larger affair choose somewhere like a country estate or local gardens with expansive grounds and maybe room for a marquee in case of showers – its also wise to have a backup plan for if it rains!
Keep metallic accents silver and glassware white for a crisp, clean look to your tables and decor. And I absolutely love the idea of a choosing something other than the conventional black or navy for the groom and groomsmen. A light grey suit for warmer weather, or more charcoal grey for early Spring. Or of course you could choose a mixture of the two for a more relaxed mismatched look – its not only for bridesmaids you know!
Today’s wedding takes place at the wonderful Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine; with an outdoor ceremony in the woods and a refined marquee reception. I am utterly head over heels in love with the elegant style of the happy couple Annie & Hayden (let’s just say, you can tell these two work in fashion!), their black tie, formal attire adds a surprising hint of glamour to their otherwise rustic celebration…… Oh and did I mention their love story could have come straight from the script of a Hollywood romance??
Bride Annie, shared their love story with us…. “I met Hayden on the first day of my sophomore year of college. A few weeks later, he gave me a note that said, “Will you be my girlfriend?” with check boxes for “Yes,” “No,” and “Maybe” below. The answer was easy. After 3 years of long distance, 5 cities, 2 countries, and 6 apartments, we decided it was about time we got married! Hayden proposed on our 7-year anniversary at our favorite restaurant, Fish & Game, in Hudson, New York. He couldn’t wait until dinner to propose, so he popped the question at the restaurant bar. Once again, I said, “Yes.”
Annie and her family have been holidaying in Kennebunkport every summer for years, with Hayden of course joining them after they met. So when the two of them got engaged, they thought it would be the perfect place to celebrate! They planned to visit numerous potential venues, but knew they had found the one as soon as they saw Hidden Pond – and I don’t blame them! It really is the most beautiful location with grounds and buildings perfect for every part of the day….
“I worked with Rebecca Schoneveld to design a wedding dress that pulled together the woodsy yet elegant vibes.”
“Hayden had his tailor, Nita Fashions, create a burgundy tux jacket that worked perfectly with the touches of deep red we incorporated throughout the wedding.”
“We really wanted to keep our ceremony short and sweet, so we worked closely with our officiant, Julie Draper, to focus on just the most important things to us. She went above and beyond to deliver such a touching, personal, and memorable ceremony. She had everyone laughing and crying, and our guests still come up to us to tell us how special it was.”
“We had dinner in a tent behind the barn, under the stars with all the people who matter most to us. As we ate, our family and friends gave beautiful toasts. Our guests still tell us how the blend of the tall trees, formal gowns and tuxes, twinkling candle light, and stunning flowers made the whole night feel magical.”
Words of wedding wisdom from the bride…
“Enjoy the process (as much as you can!) and do what feels right to you. Have fun working together as a team, and don’t forget to take time out for yourselves during the planning process to unwind and think about something other than planning. It all goes by faster than you think!”
“Hayden is well known for his epic dancing skills, so our guests were looking forward to it all night (and probably, year). He did not disappoint, and I just tried to keep up. We spent several weeks building our perfect playlist with our DJ, so it was a blast to hear our favorite songs play and dance the night away with our family and closest friends. The dance floor was packed all night long!”
As always heartfelt congratulations and a big thankyou to the happy couple, Annie & Hayden, for allowing me to share their day and to their photographer Lindsay Hackney for capturing every spectacular moment so perfectly! If, like me, you are completely in love with Lindsay’s rich and relaxed style of photography be sure to pop over to her website www.lindsayhackney.com and follow her on Facebook and Instagram.
Or for a closer look into this gorgeous, take a peek at this short video OTD Collective pulled together…..
I have long thought flower crowns the most chic and romantic way to complete an ensemble for a wedding – be it for the bride, bridesmaids or flower girls. And when it comes to making a flower crown that is both pretty and fragrant, and that reflects the beauty of the season you’ve chosen to get married in, fresh flowers are the best option! And thanks to the lovely people over at Pro Flowers creating your own flower crown couldn’t be any simpler – there are just 4 easy steps!
“A DIY flower crown is easy to make and easy to maintain. Our step-by-step guide will show you how to make flower crowns to wear or give away as a gift! Before you get started on this flower crown DIY, take a look at what materials you’ll need.”
Flower Crown Materials
Floral tape – Floral tape is best for wrapping fresh flowers together. This tape can easily blend in with your blooms and greens since it comes in shades of green, brown and other natural colors.
Scissors – Keep a sharp pair of scissors handy to cut your flowers, wires and tape.
Craft wire – A roll of craft wire is easier to work with than pre-cut wires because you can measure the wire for your crown to the exact measurement of your head. You will use this to tie flowers to your crown.
Wire – This wire is sometimes referred to as pliable twine, grapevine wire or vine wire. This is used as a comfy base for your crown.
Flowers and greenery – Cut stems to about 2 to 3 inches to make assembly easy. Get a mix of statement and filler flowers to vary your textures and design.
Pro Tip: Different flowers create a different feel and look for your crown! Large statement flowers are bold choices for people who love the spotlight. Crowns with mainly small filler flowers are great for a more delicate look. Get creative and have fun finding what combination of florals and greenery works best for you! Once you have your favorites picked out, you can get started with making your very own flower crown.
DIY Flower Crown Directions
Step 1: Shape the wire to your desired size.
Take the wire and wrap it around your head to find your best fit. Leave about a ½ inch of wiggle room and cut off the excess wire. Secure the ends with floral tape.
Pro Tip: If you’re planning to wear this for a special event like a wedding, measure your flower crown with your desired hairstyle. Your crown will fit differently depending on how you style your hair.
Step 2: Wrap greenery around the base of the crown.
Use the floral tape to affix the greenery’s stems to the floral wire. Your choice of greenery depends on the type of crown you want to create. Subtle greenery like myrtle and ivy are great for a more delicate look. Fuller greens like leather leaf and dusty miller are better choices for fuller crowns.
Pro Tip: If you want a crown with a focus on florals, you can skip this step and add more flowers! Check out our styling inspiration below to see all of the different ways you can style your crown.
Step 3: Create mini-flower bunches to prepare your crown.
Start by selecting three blooms and wrapping the stems together with floral tape. Wrap the floral tape from the base of the bloom to the bottom of the stem to make sure it’s secure.
Combine your statement flowers with a couple filler flowers if you want a balanced look. After making about eight bunches, you can start affixing your bunches to your crown.
Step 4: Attach your flower bunches to crown.
Grab your first flower bunch and fasten the stems to your crown with craft wire or floral tape. Layer more blooms over the stems to create a seamless floral look. Attach the flowers in one direction facing outwards for the blooms to stand out. Continue to layer your flowers until you’re satisfied with your crown!
You can create a focal point by affixing a few statement flower bunches towards the front or side of your crown and filling out the rest with filler flowers.
Pro Tip: Store your crown in the fridge to keep it fresh.
You can make your crown a couple days in advance if you leave it in the fridge. It’s best to put it in there soon after you make it! Place your crown in a safe spot in your fridge so it won’t get squished. Spray it with water when you’re ready to wear to refresh the blooms.
Wear your flower crown and look and feel beautiful!
“Flower crowns are a great accessory for any season. Spring is a great time to create a light and bright crown to complement the fresh spring flowers. Fall is perfect for showing off rich fall colors and incorporating more natural elements into your crown. Your options are endless thanks to the wide variety of flowers and foliage available year-round.”
Now that you have your DIY flower crown basics down, check out all of these unique designs to get inspired for your perfect flower crown!