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Wherever you’re getting married, we highly suggest finding a venue with a peaceful, beautiful garden. Perfect for hosting an outdoor reception or just for photos, a garden creates a tranquil, romantic setting. Here, a moss-lined brick patio is the ideal spot for an intimate dinner, and we love the fresh palette of cream, grey, green, and touches of caramel selected for the table and floral design. Imagine the evening sun slowly setting as your guests begin to dine, sharing stories and laughing over an incredible meal.

This inspiration shoot was created as a part of the recent photography workshop hosted and taught by Once Wed Premium Vendor, Jake Anderson Photography. Read on for more of what he has to say:

“It was such an honor to host a workshop at the incredible Outing Lodge alongside such truly talented creatives. The ability to pull away from distractions, and fully immerse ourselves in learning as a community was the goal of the workshop, and I truly feel the relationships cultivated through our time together will be lasting and impactful. With building relationships as a goal, we intended to create shoots which reflected and encouraged that mood.

The inspiration for this shoot came from our desires the cultivate lasting relationships, as well as from the venue itself. Upon visiting the Outing Lodge, I felt a sense of strength rooted in establishment as well as subdued sophistication, and we used that to inform the detail decisions. Using the venue’s garden, we created an event befitting an intentionally refined couple whose wedding would include close family and friends gathering around to celebrate and dine al fresco. A couple who intended to use their day to celebrate the momentous change in their lives, yes, but also as a means by which their loved ones could experience, in a tangible way, the nuances of their relationship. The tablescape is the very tablescape the workshop attendees ate dinner upon that evening, so it needed to be practical. Stylist Emilie Szabo and floral designer Danielle Erickson absolutely succeeded in creating an environment in which our attendees felt comfortable, were able to converse freely and enjoy the incredible courses provided by our chef, Brooke of Quince, as well as nurturing a setting fitting of our venue and vibe.”

Photographer: Jake Anderson | Florist: Studio Fleurette | Stylist: Emilie Anne Szabo | Silk: Silk & Willow | Dress: Flora via a&be Bridal | Calligraphy: Layers of Loveliness | Printer: Nightingale Handmade | Rentals: On Solid Ground | Hair: Leah | Venue: Outing Lodge | Models: Bethany & Wes Schrock | Chef: Quince

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If your goal when planning your wedding is to host a celebration that is simple, unfussy, and focused on community, then take a cue (or several) from this wedding inspiration shoot from stylist Kae + Ales and photographer Emilia Gunko. Intentionally designed to minimize the excess that often comes along with weddings, we see some details very specifically chosen while others are left completely out of the planning. A neutral color scheme (easily adaptable to any season of the year), rustic detailing (worn wood tables and cutting boards, cement candle holders), and delicious food are at the center of this design.

Read on for more from the stylist, Kae + Ales:
“Delicate and simple with just a hint of femininity, this light-drenched shoot is the perfect inspiration for a spring-to-summer wedding. We set out to capture a small and intimate celebration, complete with natural details. 

By keeping the details organic and unfussy, we were able to shift the focus of the wedding onto the couple and their guests. We love the concept of the simple wedding because it means each item selected by the couple is thoughtfully chosen and intentional. 

We imagined the festivities taking place outdoors as the sun began to set behind a lush tree line. Aged pots from the garden were filled with branches of foraged fruit and aromatic blossoms. Taper candles in simple cement holders flanked the overgrown centerpiece, adding just the perfect amount of ambiance to the tablescape. Our bride wore a simple yet elegant silk gown accentuating her look with a simple monochromatic bouquet of greens sweetly tied together with a gentle ivory ribbon.”

Photography: Emilia Gunko | Styling & Florals: Kae + Ales | Makeup: Lena Lyashenko | Paper Goods: Graceline | Rentals: Sweet + Tender Rentals | Gown: Anthropologie | Venue: Private Estate

 

You’ve never seen silk flowers look this good, we promise. While we will always be lovers of the incredible beauty of fresh, real flowers, there are some times and places that false flowers work best. We’re happy to see that silk flowers can still be used to create a natural-inspired design!

Read on for more from Sarah Winward:
“The shoot took place in the beautiful alpine mountains of Utah. I’ve lived here all my life, and I come up to this spot every summer to see the views and the wildflowers. I have always imagined a little wedding here. The wild beauty and rugged strength of the mountainside can be such a beautiful metaphor to love. 

The most important thing to me when creating flowers is that they look fitting in the environment that they will be going in. Whether that is a wedding in a field, a corporate event in a modern building, or an arrangement for the dining room table, I want to make sure the flowers look appropriate for the setting. When I am working out in nature, it is of utmost importance to me to make sure the flowers compliment the surroundings or look like an extension of it. 

For this shoot I collaborated with Afloral.com, to create this wildflower ceremony setup in the mountains. The mountain setting here has plenty of big views and beauty that is large scale, but this particular spot had pretty dry, barren ground and we wanted to create a soft setting for this little wedding ceremony setup. I usually use fresh flowers, of course, but there are certain times where using false flowers is really helpful! I have used false flowers in large installations as an under layer to fresh flowers. They are a great way to flesh out the foundation to the installation so that you can put the more fragile, real flower on top and have a structure underneath them that isn’t at risk for dying. I create ceremony installations all the time in the outdoors in dry, hot weather, and have to work very hard to keep them alive until the ceremony begins.  Mixing false with real flowers is a great way to bulk up the fresh flowers you are installing, and they wont wilt! I was able to find some beautiful flowers in lavender and white colors from afloral.com and they looked totally natural in the setting. All of the flowers in this ceremony setup were fake, and people only knew they were fake when I told them!

I put these into the field in clusters that mimicked the way clusters of flowers would grow there naturally. I used bricks of foam or small round floral pods to hold the flowers. Since the flower stems have wire in the center, they were strong enough to poke al the way through the foam and into the dry ground so that they were more sturdy. We used a variety of flowers in lavender and white tones, and placed them in the grounds in varying heights so that they looked like they were naturally growing there. We nestled the foam pieces down into natural low spots in the dirt, or behind some greenery that was naturally growing there. If there was foam still showing through the clusters of flowers we cut some false greenery down low and plugged it into the foam to cover it.” 

Florals and Shoot Styling: Sarah Winward | Florals for Ceremony Site: Afloral.com | Photography: D’arcy Benincosa | Dress: Houghton NYC via Loho bride | Makeup and Hair: Bella Cosa Beauty | Paper Suite: The Little North Sea Studio | Model: Lauren Blesdoe

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