outdoor wedding

Blue & Burgundy Wedding Flowers ~ Jennifer’s Inspiration Board

Jennifer writes:  Our colors are royal blue and burgundy. We are having it outside in the State of Alaska at an old gold mine.

Jennifer-Burgundy-BlueBouquet Inspiration Photo:  Eyespy Photography  |  Floral Designer:  Studio Fleurette

To recreate and view the beautiful floral stems used in this Burgundy & Blue Bouquet Inspiration, please click HERE:

  1. 5 Cream Anemones
  2. 3 Burgundy Wine Ranunculus Sprays
  3. 3 Blue Berry Sprays
  4. 3 White Garden Hydrangeas
  5. Cream Anemone Bouquet for your Bridesmaids
  6. Wrap each bouquet with Royal Blue Jute Ribbon


Pastel Wedding Flowers ~ Vernisa’s Inspiration Board

Pastel-Bouquet-VernisaBouquet Inspiration Photo & Floral Designer:  Mimosa Flower Studio

{Vernisa’s Request}
Hi, I am planning a backyard wedding reception for my mom and we are going for a more colorful wedding with colors in the rainbow but we are only going to use the more lighter colors. I am currently overseas (military), so I’m behind a little bit but just looking for some ideas.  Thanks, Vernisa

{Vernisa’s Bouquet Details}
Thank you for serving our country, and it is an honor to help you with the wedding bouquet.  This stunning pastel orchid garden bouquet via Belle The Magazine is recreated with Pink Open Roses, Calla Lilies, Peonies, Cream Orchids, Yellow Orchids, Lavender Purple Lavender Sprays, and Vanilla Grass, Succulents, and Dusty Miller Greenery.  To add a rustic touch, wrap the bouquet with Pink Muslin Ribbon.  Happy Planning, Mindy


Rustic Wedding Flowers ~ Sheila’s Inspiration Board

Rustic-Winter-BouquetBouquet Inspiration Photo:  Woodward & Rick Photographers |  Floral Designer:  The Bloom Room

{Sheila’s Request}
Hi, Our wedding is in December 2013.  Our theme is an outdoor rustic wedding at a country barn and church wedding venue. Our colors are mint green for the bridesmaids, grey suites for the guys, and my dress is ivory.  I want to incorporate the colors of white, ivory, green, natural browns, and a hint of coral to make the arrangements pop. any ideas???

{Sheila’s Bouquet Details}
This rustic Winter bouquet via The Knot is recreated with Cream Hydrangea, Ranunculus, & Anemone, Orange Ranunculus &  Berry Sprays, Brown Ranunculus, Fiddlehead, & Acorn Sprays, Green Hydrangeas & Curly Fern.  Our Brown Ranunculus & Gerbera Daisy Bouquet would be perfect for your bridesmaids.  To finish the bouquets, wrap with Brown Satin Ribbon.


Woodland Creatures in Wedding Decor

Who doesn’t love small, whimsical woodland animals?  The wedding world has seen a recent surge in their appearance.  This new trend can be found in print, from invitations, escort cards to menus, along with decor items and wedding props.

Woodland creatures, birds, deer, foxes, raccoons, squirrels to gnomes, are reminiscent of a romantic fairytale.  A fairytale or Disney movie where the prince meets his princess and they live happily ever after.  Hence their popularity on the most romantic day of your life.

Kellee Khalil, CEO and founder of Lover.ly, blogs on Huff Post Weddings “The Woodland Creature Making an Appearance in All the Latest Weddings”.  Khalil fills us in on her scoop about this new wedding trend, “while all kinds of woodland creatures have become popular in wedding decor lately, we have a particular fondness for deer.”

And how have woodland deer won Khalil’s top pick?  She explains,”graceful does and powerful bucks work well for any season and are a nice balance of rugged rustic and sweet vintage styles.”

Woodland Creature Wedding Inspiration
Woodland Creature Wedding Inspiration; masked bridal party & tiered cake- rocknrollbride.com; save the date- thenaturalwedding.co.uk; cake topper- greenweddingshoes.com; dessert table- weddingchicks.com; place setting- google.com

Whether your vote sways towards Khalil’s pick, woodland deer as seen on our inspiration board featured via lover.ly, another soft and cuddly creature or a mix of all nature’s creatures this trend can work for a variety of wedding themes.  Rustic or woodland wedding themes are an obvious fit, however these little creature’s appearance works well in outdoor or barn weddings and romantic or vintage inspired weddings.

For print items incorporate your favorite woodland silhouette onto save the dates, invitations, escort cards or menus.  Use recycled paper or thicker stock like the popular watercolor paper for a more rustic look.  Thenaturalwedding.co.uk blog features a woodland inspired DIY luggage tag save the date handmade by a bride to be using stamps and an old type writer.

Gilded woodland figures hit two hot wedding trends, incorporating both the popular gold hue and whimsical creatures.  Ideal for any romantic or vintage inspired wedding theme.  Any type of woodland figurines can be utilized as part of reception table centerpieces or  at food tables like a dessert bar seen on weddingchicks.com.

Number one use: woodland creatures have made the most appearances on wedding cakes.  Use them as playful cake toppers or intriguing fondant creatures to dress up a simple tiered cake.

Woodland Creature DIY Wedding
Woodland Creature DIY Wedding; bird earrings etsy.com seller faerie kissage; squirrels seller hippop vintage; masks seller fairypiglets; afloral.com birds nest, moss and birch container

Looking for some DIY whimsical wedding inspiration?  Etsy.com offers custom decor options like party masks by seller fairypiglets for fun photo ops.  Woodland figurines like seller Hippopo Vintage’s squirrels that can add a playful and vintage touch to wedding decor.  Searching for the right type and style of woodland creatures don’t forget to look into thrift stores and flea markets.

Afloral.com can provide any level DIY bride with rustic, woodland floral supplies from branches, moss, birch containers to birds nests.  Whether you go for deer, birds, foxes or raccoons let some woodland creatures add a playful touch to your romantic wedding day.

Fun Summer Handcrafted Wedding Themes

All of this wonderful sunny weather we’ve been having must be going to my head.  I’ve been dreaming of warm summer days with carefree, fun activities.  But I’m not the only one as I came across some proof with a fun roundup post inspired from some serious pinterest pinning.

Amyistheparty.com’s recent post “Floral Carnival Wedding Inspiration” rounds up a bountiful of quirky, fun summer wedding ideas.  Within their picks are some fabulous handcrafted wedding themes.  Each theme keeps it simple with a specific inspiration for their theme, fun DIY touches and the right styling that goes a long way.

Summer Fun Inspired Weddings
Summer Fun Inspired Weddings; carnival bouquet & treats- weddingchicks.com; state fair corndog & dessert booth- south weddings, DIY Beatles wedding party & reception tables- greenweddingsshoes.com

Weddingchicks.com’s “Carnival Wedding Theme” sets the tone with a sophisticated carnival color palette that is juxtaposed with some fun prints and treats.  Powder blue, blush pink and bold red lay the ground for a nostalgic feel along with the bride’s veil styling.  The colors are repeated throughout the wedding flowers, red anemones, billy balls, blush peonies, blue hydrangeas.  Lightening up the mood are swirled blue lollipops arranged within the bouquet of flowers.

The carnival theme comes through in the sweets menu with assorted candy, rock candy, popcorn and donut parfait sundaes.  DIY paper pinwheels accent the fun vibe at the dessert table.   Keep in mind going with a carnival inspired wedding theme is a great opportunity to utilize two hot wedding trends, the food truck and or dessert bars at the reception.

Now sticking with more delicious treats Southern Wedding’s “State Fair Wedding” is all “southern”.  Down to the corndog paper wedding save the date, food is part of this theme through and through.  The State Fair theme beckons the carefree days of summer with bright yellow, orange and pink through decor and wedding flowers.  DIY handmade pendants and pinwheels decorate the dessert “booth” while an assortment of dahlias, daisies, billy buttons brighten up the reception tables.

Greenweddingshoes.com’s “DIY Beatles Wedding” is colorful and creative.  Multicolored flags and pendants are repeated throughout decor providing a vibrant pop of color.  This wedding theme is light hearted yet sentimental with all of it’s handmade touches.  DIY photo props make for some candid moments with the wedding party.  Decor was kept simple letting vivid wedding flowers and handmade flags add the pop of color in clear recycled vases on top of a simple cream table runner during the reception.

Our hot summer days might not be here yet but we can dream in brightly colored wedding flowers, handmade paper pinwheels, pendants and sweet tasty summer time treats.