Our Favorite Garden Wedding Venues

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We always love an outdoor wedding, and when that wedding takes place in a garden, we just know that it’s going to be beautiful! With the natural foliage and flowers, there’s less decorating that needs to be done, and with a little sunshine and maybe a bird’s whistle here and there, you’ll think you’re in a fairytale. Looking for some garden wedding inspiration? Here are some of our favorite spaces and ideas.
1.Beaulieu Gardens by Michael Radford Photography in Napa Valley (Pictured Above)

This celebration was the perfect combination of relaxed elegance. The bride took inspiration for their day from a Moroccan wedding blanket. In keeping with their elegant bohemian style, they chose the Beaulieu Gardens as the perfect venue to provide beautiful garden-inspired vistas.

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2.Beaulieu Gardens by Jose Villa in Napa Valley

This couple also chose the beautiful Beaulieu Gardens for its distinct atmosphere, and we love how different this ceremony setting is from the first. They wanted something outside that could capture the same feeling from the night they were engaged in southern France, combined with their love of history. The lush arrangements of greenery and delphinium only add to the outdoor setting.

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3.Her parent’s backyard by Tec Petaja

Sometimes the perfect garden venue can be found in your own backyard. This couple wanted an intimate and humble celebration that came to life in her parent’s backyard. It was the perfect blend of the subtle beauty found in Italy with a springtime, garden affair — and if you can find a blossoming tree to be wed in front of, you’ll be even luckier!

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4.Leach Botanical Gardens by Linnea Paulina Photography

The simplicity of the Leach Botanical Gardens was the perfect setting for this beautiful combination of whites, greens, and light purples. This venue was soothing and organic, allowing for a classic design to stand the test of time and really let the couple’s love and vows take centre stage.

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5.Riverwood Mansion by Rylee Hitchner

This couple had a very clear vision of what they wanted from the start. They knew that they wanted to embrace the union of their families and dear friends, so the bride sought an understated, eloquent design that tied together her Italian heritage and a sweet Southern night under the stars.

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6.Wave Hill by Jillian Mitchell Photography

Fashion-forward and elegant was the perfect combination for this wedding at Wave Hill. Wave Hill was already a stunning space that was merely amplified by the bride’s vision of adding lush greenery and exciting combinations of flowers, and we’re stunned by the way the bride’s unconventional dress echoes the the gradations of color and texture from the gardens.

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7.Alder Manor by Bryce Covey

Alder Manor was an abandoned Yonkers estate from the early 20th century that became the perfect backdrop for this couple’s wedding celebration, and it effortlessly becomes the perfect backdrop for this couple’s refreshing mixture of old world glamour and beautiful springtime hues.

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03.13.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Elegant Wedding Ideas

When Hillary and Tyler started planning their celebration, they knew a few things that they wanted: an elegant wedding, to be surrounded with those they loved, and to wed in an English country estate with ivy growing all around it. At least they were able to check off the first two items on their list, even if a European getaway didn’t work for the guests. And lucky for us, these images are overflowing with beautiful ideas and stunning style.

More from the couple:
“We’d been together for nine years by the time we married, and luckily our styles mesh rather well. The very first thing we did was sit down and draw up a list of words that defined our dream wedding and decided how we wanted to feel that day, rather than exactly how we wanted things to look. The most important aspect was that we and our guests feel joyous and relaxed–even in gowns and tuxedos. To that end, we hired a super-energetic brass band to parade in and out (we walked out to The Beatles’ “When I’m 64,” which we constantly sing at home), made sure there was a ton of delicious food and wine flowing, designed our entire (very short) ceremony to be as personal as possible, and had our first dance to the incredibly upbeat “Happy Together” by The Turtles. We both accidentally saved (read: procrastinated) our vow-writing for the morning of the wedding. That could have been a disaster, but instead it meant that we unleashed a torrent of happiness and excitement into the vows.

There were so many nods to our passions and the little things about life that excite us. We both nearly overdose on tea every day, so we served it to our guests to keep them warm during the ceremony. Tyler is a whiskey fiend, so we had a tasting table. Hillary is a Martha Stewart nut, so she designed and made (with some serious help from her mom) some fun ribbon wands for the kids to wave on their way in; the place cards, which were inspired by botanical drawings and labels; the tassels attached to the bookmark save-the-dates; and about a thousand little stamped cocktail stirrers and donut bags.

Oh, and Hillary was determined to have a long, dramatic veil that covered her face until the kiss. When else in your life can you walk around wearing such a thing and have people tell you it’s fabulous?”

Photography: Vicki Grafton Photography | Wedding Venue: Meridian House  | Getting Ready Location: The Jefferson  | Catering: The Catering Company of Washington | Florist: Holly Chapple Flowers | Invitations: Bella Figura | Bride’s Dress: Sarah Janks | Bride’s Veil: Reem Acra | Bride’s Shoes: Capezio | Five-piece brass band: Sidney’s  | DJ: Mr KC | Bride’s Engagement Ring: Single Stone |Bride’s Wedding Band: Catbird | Bride’s Afterparty Dress: Free People | Bride’s Nightgown, Handkerchief, Bag, Persian Lamb Jacket: Vintage (belonged to the bride’s grandmother w/ embroidery by bride’s mother) | Groom’s Tux: J. Crew | Groom’s Shirt: Brooks Brothers | Groom’s Velvet Bowtie: Bull and Moose | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BCBG and Adrianna Papell | Mother of the Bride’s Dress: Tadashi Shoji | Envelope Calligraphy: Shannon Kirsten | Doughnuts: Astro Doughnut

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03.12.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Destination Wedding Inspiration

From Hong Kong all the way to Monterey…Angelina and Howard knew that California would be the perfect location for their destination wedding. With their destination set, they pulled together a few simple ideas that we just love: a gorgeous bridal bouquet composed of vibrant garden roses and ferns, a stunning Claire Pettibone dress (find similar styles for sale on Once Wed here!), and touches of romantic florals added to Angelina’s hair.

From the bride:
“My love story with Howard begun under the most unlikely circumstances.  We both love playing tennis and Howard is a competitive tennis player, and during our first tennis date, I was injured trying to chase one of his “Nadal” shots. Howard then started accompanying me to doctor visits and our love blossomed through his care.

Both Howard and I love sunshine and traveling. For our first long trip, we spent ten days in California, where I took Howard to share my high school and university memories and experience.  After this trip, I knew we were inseparable so it made sense to go back to where our love story began.”

 

Photographer: Erich McVey | MUAH: Mimi + Taylor | Florals: Studio Mondine | Bride’s Dress: Santa Catalina School: Aphrodite dress by Claire Pettibone from Elysian Bridal in Hong Kong, Bride’s Dress: Carmel: Hayley Paige | Groom’s Suit: Dolce & Gabbana | Shoes: Jimmy Choo

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

Non-Traditional Hawaii Wedding

Hawaii has always been a popular destination for weddings, elopements, and honeymooners, and we have no doubts as to why. But, we know that with tropical wedding destinations, it can be difficult for discerning couples to plan a wedding that feels more like themselves. That’s why we are excited to share this beautiful beautiful bridal shoot from Kylie Swanson. The landscape is more pastoral than we’re used to seeing in Hawaii weddings, ushering in a more delicate, romantic view of a destination bride.

More from the stylist:
“Nestled on the western slopes of Mauna Kea, a 13,800 foot high dormant volcano, Waiki’i ranch sits between 3,000 and 5,000 feet elevation and encompasses over 3,000 acres of gently sloping pasture with groves of eucalyptus and Monterey Cypress trees. In other words, this secluded spot is the perfect slice of paradise to say “I do” for any couple looking for a non-traditional Hawaiian wedding. With breathtaking views of the ocean amidst the peacefulness of the pasturelands, we found inspiration among the landscape and began our story with an early morning ride throughout the sprawling acreage of the ranch–our idea of the perfect start to any wedding day.”

Creative Direction + Styling: Kylie Swanson  | Photography: Kylie Martin | Hair + Makeup: Kylie Swanson | Dress: Rue de Seine, The Dress Theory | Location: Waiki’i Ranch, The Big Island, Hawaii

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