Outdoor Garden Inspired Wedding Ideas

It’s so refreshing to hear how creatives find inspiration in the everyday, and Kelly Perry beautifully articulates how she stumbled upon inspiration for this delicate rust-inspired wedding shoot. Keep reading for more on her inspiration.

From Kelly Perry:

Noticing rust on a cast iron urn during a garden walk is all it takes to spark a story.  It’s something one might walk by and miss on a day full of cares, but with a clear mind and open eyes this small detail becomes truly inspirational.  The antique then reminds us of a couple, whose love is warm, classic and strong, like rust on iron.  Combine the two and imagery alive with meaning emerges.  The sacred job of the designer is not to mix colors or patterns, but to live in the moment, uncovering ordinary beauty and it’s extraordinary meaning.

Paper Goods: Design House of Moria | Dress: Gossamer | Tux: South’s Clothiers | Cake: Kelly Perry | Location: Graylyn Estate | Flowers & Planning: Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers | Photography: Marcie Meredith Photography

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01.22.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Book your Dream Honeymoon with Traveler’s Joy

A lot of modern couples are now opting out of traditional wedding registries in exchange for something a lot more fun- a honeymoon! Since 2004, Traveler’s Joy has helped over 253,000 couples “skip the blender” and register for a dream honeymoon. Registering for a honeymoon instead of household items is a great way to get an experience of a lifetime that you may not be able to get otherwise! Traveler’s Joy makes registering for your honeymoon so simple, and allows your friends and family to choose activities and experiences that they want you to have on first vacation as a married couple.

Traveler’s Joy has always been one of our favorite wedding vendors, and to make their service even better, starting in 2015, they’re allowing members to accept honeymoon gifts via cash or check! This new registry option is 100% FREE to both the members and the gift giver. Along with accepting gifts from a credit card, Traveler’s Joy members now have more options than ever before in funding their honeymoon. If you’re looking for ideas for your dream honeymoon, check out Traveler’s Joy real member stories to gather inspiration for your trip! Once you decide on where you’d like to go, you can complete your registry in minutes by choosing a theme or location and then adding items and experiences with one-click, and come back any time to edit your registry.

Traveler’s Joy loves their registering couples so much that beginning in May and lasting through December 2015, every month they’ll choose one lucky couple on their wedding day and triple the honeymoon gifts they receive from their registry! Every couple that registers with Traveler’s Joy by April 30, 2015 will automatically be entered to win. So, start your registry today!

01.22.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Charming Secret Garden Wedding Inspiration

Dreamed up by Anthropologie, BHLDN (pronounced beholden) focuses specifically on weddings. From mix-and-match bridesmaid dresses to artisanal hair adornments and handmade cake toppers, their carefully edited assortment of heirloom-quality gowns, dresses, accessories, and décor caters to the bride in search of unusually beautiful things. 

Mysterious and charming, this “secret garden” inspiration shoot features romantic wedding dresses, shimmering bridal jewelry and floral wedding headbands from BHLDN’s Spring ’15 collection. Continue reading for more on their inspiration for this blossoming garden shoot.


Our Spring ’15 shoot was inspired by the notion of a painted garden with lush blooms, trailing vines and hidden nooks waiting to be explored. There’s an element of sophistication and surprise to each gown, whether it be softly draped sleeves, satin covered buttons down a sheer back, delicate beading or a layered tulle skirt. Since our shoot fell in November, we faced the challenge of finding a location with abundant flora and warm sunshine that felt botanical rather than tropical, and more refined than rustic. The picturesque city of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico with its Baroque and Neoclassical structures, artistic heritage and flourishing landscapes proved to be an idyllic setting. Splashes of vibrant color, rich textures and natural sunlight found in the gardens surrounding the private residence we rented played well with the gowns’ airy fabrics, fine laces, detailed embroideries and luminous embellishments.

See more of BHLDN’s Spring ’15 collection here 

Gowns & Accessories: BHLDN | Photographer: Diego Uchitel | Model: Vlada Roslyakova | Hair: Thomas Dunkin |Makeup: Keiko Takagi | Location San Miguel de Allende | Prop styling: Daryl McGregor 

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01.21.15 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

The Collection from Brown Linen Design

Wedding dress – check.
Venue – check.
Photographer, florist, planner, caterer – check, check, check, check.

You have the perfect day planned for your guests with the most perfect vendors. Now…just to tell them about it. Invitations. Paper. Calligraphy. The words seem to make your head spin. You love the beautiful pictures you see on blogs with luscious handmade papers and calligraphy that you think could only be made from the hands of angels.

But to be honest, you have no idea where to begin and the tight budget that you’ve set doesn’t leave you with many options. You contact a few people whose work you like and you keep hearing the word “custom”– an overwhelming concept. With a price-point way more than you can afford, and the unpleasant alternative of using your local paper shop with 1980’s fonts and papers, and not the vintage kind — what’s a girl to do?

You want something you can get excited about. Something that’s unique and special – but without the premium expense.

The team at Brown Linen has been working hard to bring you the best of both worlds. Introducing The Collection – a bespoke, inspired compilation of wedding suites with the organic and elegant bride in mind. These new designs allow you to mix and match your ink colors, paper colors and choose your perfect style of calligraphy. And the best part? It can all be at a price point your budget will praise you for. They have even included some exquisite add-ons that will be sure to spark your interest and make your paper goods that much more special.

With an easy step-by-step checkout, you’ll go from anxious to yogi-fied by the time you click “purchase”. From there, their team will take over and work hard behind the scenes to prepare your masterpiece – all while you sit back and relax with a bin of popcorn, red wine and marathon viewing of Scandal on Netflix.

From save-the-dates to invitation suites and lovely add-ons that will make your heart soar, The Collection from Brown Linen Design is the perfect match to your perfect day.


Paper Goods: Brown Linen Design | Photography: Meghan K Sadler | Styling: Abany Bauer | Vintage Furniture : Blue Eyed Yonder | Venue: Amy Osaba Events Studio

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01.20.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog