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Garden Rose Wedding Inspiration + a Printable Invitation Suite

Since weddings and roses are often paired together, you will love this new 15-piece Garden Rose Wedding Stationery template bundle collection from Download & Print that celebrates elegant cottage roses. There's 4 colors to select from . . . rose pink, cornflower blue, purple and lemon yellow.

With the coordinated stationery from Download & Print, you can easily add small details to your wedding. You can choose from 15 coordinated printables to bring a rose garden theme throughout your entire wedding celebration without a hefty price tag. Special printables include ceremony programs, personalized place cards, accommodation cards, seating charts, and more. You can download each piece individually or in bundles to give you the flexibility to download just what you need.

Want a high-end look to your printable wedding invitation for low cost? Simply print the wedding stationery on crisp white paper and select colorful envelopes to bring a "pop" of color and a fun surprise to the mailboxes of your guests.

And, now, if you are looking for some handmade garden wedding inspiration - here's a Garden Rose Wedding Treasury I have put together . . . simply click here to see + shop these items

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Rustic Garden Inspired Wedding {it's whimsical with a modern twist}

I LOVE today's Rustic Garden Inspired Wedding . . . which is a stylized photo shoot from D'Love Affair Wedding & Events. It's rustic with a modern twist and it takes place in a little secret garden that was found in an urban city. The color palette of soft yellows, pinks and greens with gold details is beautiful. And, the ideas in this stylized shoot? Wow - there are so many . . .

In this stunning shoot, you will find vintage books and suitcases, wooden doors, couches, a rustic dessert table {supported by wine barrels}, a beautiful wedding dress from Pronovias' new 2015 collection that features a unique loose strap design & elegant bead work, pretty Badgley Mischka heels, a wedding cake that features exquisite details like ruffles and gold sequins and is painted with white and gold watercolor effects. The details {including the pink and ivory flowers} on the cake are all handmade and edible Kitty Wong Pastry Shop. The gorgeous photography is by L'Estelle Photography.

Wedding Vendors:
Photography: L'Estelle Photography // Wedding Planner: D'Love Affair Weddings & Events // Wedding Gowns & Accessories: Clara Couture Bridal // Set Design & Furniture Rental: Past Pieces // Floral Design: Tailored Blooms Floral Design // Makeup and Hair: Elena Tsang Makeup Artistry // Makeup and Hair: ACmakeup // Dessert & Pastries: Kitty Wong Pastry Shop // Groom's Apparel: Baracos + Brand // Shoes & Accessories: Lords Shoes // Jewelry Design:  Mirror Mirror Bijoux // Stationery Design: Something Nice Decor

DIY Wedding Flowers : Make a Romantic Ranunculus Centerpiece

I'm so excited to share this post with you today as it's the first video tutorial I've ever posted. Not sure how that's possible, but I'm hoping to have more videos to share with you soon. Blooms By The Box has just released a new video called "Make a Romantic Ranunculus Centerpiece". The arrangement is made step by step in the video below and with the antique colored greens, soft textured flowers, and hard textured fillers, the perfect shape and holistic style is created for romantic garden weddings.

The vintage style milk vase was found on etsy and the flowers include pink & white ranunculus, o’hara garden rose, romantic antique garden roses, peach versilla roses, hypericum berries, seeded eucalyptus, and Italian Ruscus.

Photo Shoot : "falling in love" where formal garden meets woodlands

Today it's time for the September Wedding Vendor Challenge submission and I have a spectacular shoot for you that I helped create the paper goodies for. I had so much fun working on this one with Kim from Something Floral. She's definitely an amazingly talented lady to team up with. I will now turn the blog over to Kim as she explains the shoot . . .


This early autumn, brunch bridal shower was set in Slayton Arboretum, a botanical garden located in the northeast corner of the Hillsdale College campus in Hillsdale, Michigan. Tree-themed invitations from Festive Fetti set the tone for this shower's outdoor "formal garden meets woodlands" setting and provided a visual cue to guests that the event's color palette would be yellow, black, and grey.


Rustic benches from the entrance of the arboretum through the path to the shower setting were decorated with fallen tree branches that were collected after a strong thunderstorm and spray painted black. The branches were accented with white dendrobium orchids and yellow satin sashes, tied into bows. The yellow bows served two purposes: to add a splash of color to bench décor and to pay homage to the bride-to-be's sister, a member of the military who was deployed and unable to attend the shower.


For the primary tablescape, I selected black as the dominant color, yellow as the secondary color, and grey and silver as the accent. The field stones in the gazebo added a variety of grey shades to the setting so I focused primarily on black and yellow for the linens and décor. Since the topper was most visible to shower guests, I splurged on a sheer black, embroidered and sequined linen while choosing a more economical, lemon yellow, duchess satin tablecloth as the base linen. The yellow napkins, accented with grey and black satin ribbon and yellow, sequin leaf trim, coordinated with the base linen and were folded to hold and display menus.


Black satin chair covers were used to coordinate with the topper's black satin border and were finished with lemon yellow satin sashes tied into bows. The bride-to-be's chair back was also accented with a small tree branch that had been spray painted grey and decorated with yellow, sequin leaves to coordinate with the leaf napkin trim.


Table numbers were displayed in black, scalloped picture frames that had been decorated with grey-painted twigs and yellow sequin leaves. Miniature black frames accessorized with yellow, leaf-shaped crystals held tree branch print place cards and marked each guest's reserved seat.


Each place setting on the primary tablescape featured a silver grey charger, black plates and coffee cups, silver flatware, clear stemware, and the perfect "green" guest favor for nature lovers - a live tree seedling from The Green World Project.


Table centerpieces featured a wrought iron tree-shaped base, painted black, and "branches" were covered with delicate white dendrobium orchids. Guests were invited to take yellow paper leaves, displayed at their table on a tree-shaped jewelry holder, write "leaves of advice" for the bride-to-be, and then hang their leaf of advice on a branch of the centerpiece.


A brunch refreshment table took the place of a sweets table and an assortment of breakfast pastries, muffins, croissants, bagels, and cookies were offered. I wanted the refreshment table to coordinate with the dining tables but not replicate them exactly so while I used a table of the same size and shape, I chose lemon yellow as the dominant color, grey as the secondary color, and white and black as accents.  The table linen was yellow duchess satin, draped with swags of grey shimmery fabric that was accented by a fresh, white dendrobium orchid at each swag peak. Two tree shaped candleholders were used to hold and display muffins, and a tall, dendrobium "tree" centerpiece, identical to the dining table centerpieces, was featured.



A tree shaped candleholder is converted to be a cupcake holder. This is such a brilliant idea.


Vendor Credits:
Styling, Coordination, Floral Designs, & Linen Rentals: Something Floral / Something Spectacular
Stationery, Paper Goods, and Styling: Festive Fetti
Photography: Urban Fire Studio
Location: Slayton Arboretum, Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI
Live Tree Favors: The Green World Project
Petite Butter Cookies: Jonesville Bakery
Muffins, Cakes, Croissants, Bagels, and Doughnuts: Meijer
All Frames, Tree Candleholders (used to display muffins on refreshment table), and Napkin Accent Ribbon: JoAnn Fabrics
Yellow Leaf Beaded Trim: Fabric Warehouse
Silver Chargers, Tree Jewelry Holder (used to hold advice leaves), and Yellow Leaf Crystals (used on placecard frames): Michaels

Photo Shoot : a stylishly chic and elegant bridal shower

It's Day two of the June Wedding Vendor Challenge features. Today's beautiful outdoor photo shoot took place at the amazing Belle Isle in Detroit, MI. Lisa of Gabbi Grace Events wanted to plan an outdoor shoot with a beautiful backdrop and immediately knew of the perfect place . . . the gardens at the Anna Sripps Whitcomb Conservatory located on the beautiful Belle Isle, one of Detroit's many gems. Both Lisa and Kim of Something Floral, utilized the use of crystals and glass to capture the elegance and stunning backdrop of fountains, water, the Glass Conservatory itself and the beautiful Detroit city skyline.

Michael Peychich Photography

Kim of Something Floral explains about the primary table centerpiece . . . "Full size roses (Corazon and Gold Strike varieties) and 3 types of foliage: Italian Ruscus, Salal, and Pittsoporum were used. The primary centerpiece sat atop a 28" tall, glass, Roman Doric-style column and featured crystal chandelier-style candleholders and drop crystals. Since the shoot took place during the day, I filled the candleholders with cut roses rather than candles. The primary table centerpiece was flanked by two smaller, handtied bouquets of Corazon roses in a water-filled vases that were placed inside tall crystal candleholders (one cylinder, one rectangle)."

Left: Michael Peychich Photography, Right: Urban Fire Studio

Urban Fire Studio

Urban Fire Studio

Urban Fire Studio

Michael Peychich Photography

Urban Fire Studio

Michael Peychich Photography

Urban Fire Studio

Michael Peychich Photography

Kim selected Corazon, a newer variety of rose, for it's large, multipetaled blooms in a deep, true red and velvety texture. As Kim writes, "because yellow can photograph very light, particularly in bright sunlight, I chose Gold Strike roses for their rich, deep, golden yellow color."

Flowers/foliage in the primary dessert table arrangement: Full size roses (Corazon and Gold Strike varieties), sweetheart roses (Sacha variety), spray roses (Red Mikado variety), and 2 types of foliage: Italian Ruscus and Salal.

Michael Peychich Photography

Michael Peychich Photography

Michael Peychich Photography

Urban Fire Studio

For an extra pop of color and atmosphere of elegance, drop crystals and crystal candleholders containing Corazon roses were tied with yellow ribbon and suspended from the conservatory's wrought-iron garden gazebo. Wouldn't it be beautiful to marry under these crystals?

Venue: Belle Isle (Beautiful Island) • Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory Detroit, MI
Belle Isle is located in the heart of Detroit and it is the largest Island
Park in the Unites States. The Anna Scripps Whitcomb Conservatory is open
year round and home to the largest collection of Orchids in the Country. The beautiful gardens and Conservatory are available for weddings 10 AM - 5 PM including holidays.

Planning, Styling & Rentals: Gabbi Grace Events
Chivari Chairs & Round Table, Linens (Table linens, Napkins, Chair Sashes),
Crystal & Glassware for Sweets Table, Red Chargers, Cut Glass Plates

Cake Bites: My Cake Bite Delights (Yolanda & Marissa) Southfield, MI & Chicago, IL
Photographers: Michael Peychich Photography and Urban Fire Studio
Floral Design, Arrangements and Rentals: Something Floral
Crystal & Glassware (Floral Arrangements, Sweets table and Gazebo):
Fresh Fruit-Covered Cake and Meringue Cookies: Angela Bakery, Sterling Heights, MI
Stationery: T. Evenire
(Invitations, Menu Cards, place cards, favor boxes) Atlanta, GA