Posts Tagged ‘organic’

DIY Wednesday: Rosemary & Floral Bridal Wreath
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday

Being the Pacific Northwest girl that I am, I swoon over the idea of incorporating fresh herbs and organic elements into a wedding.  Especially rosemary.. mmm, I just love the smell.  Since rosemary is really easy to work with, inexpensive, and holds up well without water, I thought it would make for a gorgeous little hair wreath.  I teamed with up the lovely Ali of Thistledown Photography to prepare this little DIY for you!

Materials: Floral Wire • 3 Bunches of Fresh Rosemary • A Few Sturdy Blooms • Baby’s Breath

Step One •  Make a circular crown out of floral wire.  Try it on your head to ensure that it will sit nicely.

Step Two • Work the rosemary around the wire crown, securing with wire when necessary.  Use the wire sparingly.

Step Three • Arrange three or five blooms in the front of the crown, slightly off center.  Insert the short stems of the blooms into the structure you’ve created, then use wire sparingly to hold in place.

Step Four • Add in small pieces of baby’s breath leading into and exiting from the floral accent, to visually integrate the shape into the rosemary wreath.

Step Five • You can prepare your floral wreath the day before, then store it in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator, away from food.  Spritz the wreath with water to store and keep fresh.

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French Blue Beauty in Virginia by Elisa B Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

It’s only Tuesday and I already feel completely spoiled with farm-inspired beauty.  Tyler and Kira married this past June at a spacious private estate in Charlottesville, Virginia. They envisioned a simple, elegant day adorned with fresh herbs and seasonal blossoms in a palette of French blue, violet, green, yellow, and cream. Although these pure and positively lovely photos by Elisa B Photography make everything look effortless, the weather that day provided plenty of drama…

Charlottesville and the surrounding area experienced massive winds and heavy storms the night before.  Kira says, ‘We woke up to a wedding day with no power and roadways blocked by storm-ravaged trees. Tyler, his groomsmen, and friends worked for hours to cut down trees so that guests could access the reception venue! The entire event ran off of three generators (just barely, but it worked). Even the hair stylist had to improvise due to no electricity!’

Floral and event designer, Beehive Events, described the day as ‘dressed up rustic’ and the fresh palette couldn’t have been more charming or fitting of an East Coast farm-style wedding.  I’m perfectly smitten with those wild, organic centerpieces! 

After a morning of unexpected events and a sweet ceremony, the couple celebrated with their guests under a dream tent on the lush Virginia landscape.

Super big congratulations to Tyler & Kira!

Photos by Elisa B Photography

Bridal Gown by Marisa

Florals by Beehive Events

Hair Styling by Jackie from Bon Hair

Venue: Private Estate


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Springtime Chic Farm Wedding by Bear Flag Farm and Gertrude & Mabel Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Looking at these photos, I feel like I’m in a dream.  There’s nothing more surreal or idyllic than two people completely in love, celebrating their commitment among lavender fields and sycamore trees, on the lush grounds of a little piece of organic paradise.  That’s the Bear Flag Farm for you.  Jessica got hooked early on the idea of a rustic, chic, outdoor wedding at a sustainable local farm and Mike quickly got on board. They found the Winters, California venue and fell head over heels for the magical setting, not to mention, they loved the farm to table style menu, décor, and details.  Gertrude & Mabel Photography was onsite to capture every angle of gorgeousness.

Jessica wore an exquisite, all-lace Monique Lhuillier gown, while her maids dressed up in sunny yellow frocks by Amsale.  Lush, colorful bouquets of peonies, succulents, roses, and blue thistle splashed the late spring/early summer palette all over. 

The pair was introduced by a mutual friend at a coffee shop in Providence, Rhode Island.  They dated for two and a half years, sharing their mutual love of travel, music, the outdoors, adventure and silly youtube videos, before Mike proposed to Jessica while on a cross country skiing trip in New Hampshire.

After marrying under a canopy of fresh blooms, surrounded by the scent of lavender, the couple and their photographer took advantage of the late afternoon sunlight and blissful setting.  A celebration ensued with lawn games, cocktails, and hours of eating, dancing, and merriment in the glow of lantern and starlight.

See more of this breathtaking, farm-to-table beauty of a real wedding here!

Huge thanks to Tina Reikes of Bear Flag Farm for sharing Jessica and Michael’s beautiful love story…

Photos by Gertrude and Mabel Photography

Venue: The Bear Flag Farm

Event Design by Tina Reikes of Bear Flag Farm

Florals by the In-House Bear Flag Farm Team,  headed by Kathy

Bridal Gown by Monique Lhuillier from Bridal Galleria

Bridal Shoes by Mystique

Bride’s Hair by Your Moda Salon; Makeup by Michelle Kinkaid

Bridesmaids Dresses by Amsale from Bella Bridesmaid

Ceremony & Reception Music by The Dolanc String Quartet

Catering & Desserts by Grace Lee Events


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Natural Enchantment by Keepsake Memories Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Becca and Sam’s wintry palette of midnight blues and charcoal grays is totally getting us in the mood for the holidays. After seven years together, the pair tied the knot in a handmade, outdoor wedding on Emerald Isle, North Carolina.  Their DIY approach involved keeping the entire event as eco-friendly as possible, utilizing natural décor, sola flower bouquets, and organic goods.  It was a magical evening of  relaxed, laid-back fun and about a million kisses (we can’t get enough of all of their kissing shots)!  Keepsake Memories was there to capture the day, including this stunning photo of the bride in front of a vintage bathtub at The Watson House.

With the help of her bridesmaids, Becca crafted the bouquets and boutonnières using Sola flowers (hand-carved from Tapioca trees), baby’s breath, grapevine, and greenery.  Becca wore a gorgeous ruffle-skirt ball gown and walked down the aisle with her parents as Sam played an acoustic version of Bron-Yr-Aur by Led Zeppelin on the guitar.  There, on the scenic grounds of the estate, the couple took their vows in a completely personalized ceremony in front of one hundred and twenty five guests.

After the ceremony, the couple took a moment alone together to revel in the joy of being married!  Then, a rustic, natural reception ensued under a tent.  Midnight blues were incorporated into the place settings, while handcrafted centerpieces of grapevine, winter berries, pinecones, and vintage lanterns adorned the tables.  The evening continued with an after party that lasted til 2am!  Read more about their sweet story just below…

Photography by Keepsake Memories

Bridal Gown by Galina for David’s Bridal

Venue & Coordination The Watson House

Catering by Seaside Sensations

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