Artistic Indoor Wedding with Botanical Inspiration

Today’s artistic bride took inspiration from her favorite art pieces and her love for fresh florals as a starting point for planning her wedding. She decided to turn to flowers as living art pieces, beginning with an overgrown ceremony installation. Set in a decommissioned and historic military building, and completed with botanical details woven throughout the decor, the beautiful ideas from this wedding are some we’re sure you’ll want to remember.

More details from the bride:
“Mark and I immediately knew we wanted to get married at the Headlands Center for the Arts in the romantic, windswept Marin Headlands. We were drawn to the crumbling elegance of the Headlands’ lovely decommissioned military buildings, built in the Art Nouveau period around the turn of the last century. We enlisted the wonderful women of Studio Choo to fill the light-filled, soaring space with their floral magic, including a one-of-a-kind ceremony installation that evoked the overgrown florals in an ArtNouveau illustration and drew inspiration from one of my favorite paintings, Botticelli’s Primavera – with its abundant spring blooms and a flower-dotted bower overhead. By the time we got engaged, I had begun working with flowers in New York. Making our flower-filled day even more special, my own floral mentor, Liza Lubell or Peartree Flowers, flew out to join the Studio Choo team, and made bouquets for me and my twin sister that were truly the stuff of floral dreams.

We wove botanical elements throughout the day, including using tiny apothecary bottles filled with individual blooms as escort cards and favors. My Art Deco-inspired Jenny Packham dress had a delicate, fluttering quality, and I managed to find my adorable nieces complementary diaphanous white dresses by Tutu du Monde, capped off with tiny beaded capes and hellebore-filled flower crowns that made them look like spring nymphs when they marched down the aisle as our flower girls. On hand to capture everything with perfectly organic, intimate, unfussy photos were the incredible duo The Weaver House. Their stunning, natural-light drenched photos transport us right back to that beautiful spring day.”

 

Photographer: The Weaver House | Flowers: Studio Choo | Dress: Jenny Packham “Nicole” from Gabriella New York | Accessories: Jenny Packham and vintage | Veil: Sara Gabriel Veils from Gabriella New York | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Groom’s Suit, Shirt, and Shoes: Hugo Boss; Tie: rag & bone | Invitations and Day-of Paper Goods: Antiquaria; Antique Stamps: Verde Studio | Venue: Headlands Center for the Arts | Caterer: Katie Powers Catering | Desserts: Ici Ice Cream | DJ: DJ Jeremy Black  | Flower Girls Dresses and Capes: Tutu du Monde; Shoes: J. Crew | Hair and Make Up: Skyla Arts (artist: Treja McLish)

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11.25.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Thanksgiving Floral Recipe

With the holidays swiftly approaching, we’re excited to share this stunning floral arrangement. Wouldn’t this organic arrangement be perfect for your Thanksgiving tabletop?

From the designer, Kelly Lenard:
“For this arrangement, I wanted to take a softer approach to the often bold array of colors that come with the autumn months. These shades remind me of the edge of autumn when the trees and landscape are just starting to turn. The feeling of fall is in the cooler air, but the deep red and orange foliage has yet to emerge.

I started with a mix of greens, foraged leaves, and grasses. Then using a base of blush, beige, cream, and bronze I constructed the basic shape of the centerpiece. I’m drawn to analogous colors, hues that flow from one to the next. I loved how the rosy skin of the pomegranates helped to bridge the gap between the neutrals and the darker shades of plum and burgundy. The tulips, scabiosa, and purple lady were the final touches. Their placement served to add movement and a bit of whimsy to the overall design.

Be it a wedding or a dinner party, this recipe it fitting for any elegant autumn gathering!”

Floral Design: Kelly Lenard | Photography: Cassidy Carson

11.24.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog

Bohemian Outdoor Farm Wedding

Brides, it’s time to embrace the wild. This real wedding evokes a sense of overgrown wildness with a distinctly bohemian take on rustic wedding styling, and we love it. Perfectly un-contained florals, fresh produce lining the tables, and a rich, warm color palette create an inviting, comfortable atmosphere that is just so delicious for summer.

Read on for more details from the wedding planners, Bash Please:
“Our clients came to us having already selected their venue, the gorgeous Front Porch Farm on the Russian River. It was the perfect setting to bring their rustic and down-to-earth vision to life! Our goal was to incorporate the bride’s California native vibe and the groom’s Argentinian flair. They both share a love of travel and the great outdoors, so we wanted to create an experience for their guests that was both romantic and wild. 

Guests arrived to the farm and were shuttled to the bank of the river where they were greeted with parasols, Aperol spritzes and a panoramic view of the Russian River.  An organic chuppah structure was built to host the couple’s heartfelt and unique ceremony, accompanied by a dear friend on the guitar. The bride and bridesmaid’s walked down the straw-covered aisle carrying bouquets made of rustic vines, edibles and blooms, all foraged from the farm.

Immediately following the ceremony, guests were handed hand-dyed flags and paraded down a gravel road from the river to the farm lawn for cocktail hour. It was quite the site to see!

The escort card display was covered in wild vines, blackberry bundles and apples freshly plucked from the garden. Studio Choo did a killer job incorporating local floral and fauna into the design. This motif carried it’s way through to dinner where guests dined at candle-filled communal tables for a family style feast. Lounges were draped in vibrant Argentinian tapestries purchased by the groom’s sister and adirondack chairs were brought in for guests to sit and enjoy the stars after dinner.

Dinner led into an epic dance party and ended with an intimate hang session of acoustic music, whiskey and sliders around the farm’s fire pit. Local peach preserves with custom labels were waiting for guests upon their exit. The perfect send off to a super sweet weekend!”

Photography: Christina McNeill | Event Planner:  Bash Please | Venue: Front Porch Farms | Floral Designer: Studio Choo | Dress: Rue De Seine  | Hair & Makeup: J Beautique | Catering: Firefly | DJ: Justin Milla, Entire Productions | Rentals: Classic Party RentalsEncore

11.23.15 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

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11.19.15 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog