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nature inspired style


Cover Image by Jenny Sun Photography See more from this shoot on page 44.


In This Issue

Winter / Spring 2014 IN EVERY ISSUE


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Editor’s Letter Resource Directory Sweet Moments

DETAILS 10 11 12 14 16


In Love With Gift Guide Jewelry Adornments Stationery

56 62 68 74 80 86

GOWN GALLERIES 18 19 20 21

Beautiful Backs Sleeves Shimmer & Shine Color

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1st Annual Editor’s Choice Awards Makeup Skin care Hair Care Perfume

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Connie + Brad Katy + Mike Erin + Andy Angie + Jason Kimberly + Jacob Caleigh + Brandon




Maui Style The Naturalist Enchanted Garden Southern Charm


Bouquet Recipes Spring Cakes


Lilac Sugar Violet Vine Cookies


Tree House Honeymoons


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Editor’s Letter

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Naturally Ever After It all began with a violet. In early 2012 I was taking a walk on a Vermont country road, pondering what I wanted to call the nature inspired wedding blog I was about to begin. The little purple petals caught my eye among the ferns at the edge of the woods and I thought, of course. I had always loved the fairy-like flowers – they grew wild in the woods where I used to roam near my childhood home in New Hampshire. I plucked one and dried it between the pages of a book and, to me, it became a sort of emblem for natural beauty and the nature inspired bride. I’m hardly the first to be so inspired by these petite blooms. According to Theophrastus, they were being sold in the market at Athens circa 400BC, having been grown in specialist nurseries in Attica. (If you’re interested in the history of violets I highly recommend reading Violets: The History & Cultivation of Scented Violets by Roy E. Coombs.) In your hands you have the result of a magazine that has been in the making for more than a year. Seeing it come to life has been a lot like watching a plant grow from seed to bud to blossom – only with a lot more work. As you enter this new phase in your life, of planning for a wedding, and more importantly a marriage, it is my hope that this premier issue will inspire, delight, and excite you for the beauty you are welcoming into your life.

xoxo Naomi

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Naomi Farr Editor-in-Chief


NAOMI FARR Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Creative Director HEATHER CAULFIELD MILLS Contributing Writer, Editorial Assistant JORDAN HARRIS Advertising Sales Assistant TORIN JUDD Design Assistant ISSUE No. 1 CONTRIBUTORS Amanda K, Amber Spiegel, Annabella Charles, Brumley & Wells, Vitalic Photo, Heather Payne, Jenny Sun, Karin Woodward, Karma Hill, Kristin Wolter-Canfield, KT Merry, Laura Murray, Lauryl Lane, Linda Lomelino, Maggie Austin, Melissa Perella, Sarah Gawler


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In Love With Among the thousands of products we come across when doing research for the blog or magazine, some definitely stand out more than others. I couldn’t resist sharing with you a few of my favorite finds from pretty papers that you can use to line envelopes or wrap favors to fantastic woodland desserts and reusable centerpieces.



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1. It’s easy to forget to eat the morning of your wedding day. The last thing you want is to walk down the aisle with your stomach grumbling. Grab a Luna Fiber Bar, when getting ready with the girls. 2-3. We love these patterned papers by Antiquaria. Seen in Natalia, Hydrangea, and Magnolia Branch. Sold


in packs of 10 for $12.95 ea. Tie pretty packages with Divine Twine, $15 ea. 4. Stacking rings by Kamofie, with their delicate woodland details & gorgeous craftsmanship, go great with just about anything, $220-465 ea. 5. A 100% natural kiss of color with nourishing shea butter and botanical

waxes. We love all 9 shades of Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm (especially Sweet Violet!), $7 6. Using sealing wax is super fun and adds a beautiful touch to any envelope or favor box. We recommend using the flexible wax sticks from Nostalgic Impressions. Square love stamp, $14.95,

7. Doodle Bird makes miniature woodland worlds that are perfect for home decor, or centerpieces. One pictured is $65, 8. Add a faerie favorite to your woodland cake or other dessert with a few chocolate-filled toadstools from Andie’s Specialty Sweets, $60 per dozen,




Gift Guide Continuing on from the Editor’s Picks, here are a few favorites that would make particularly great gifts, whether you’re shopping for the happy couple, or whether you’re the bride and are looking for ideas for your registry, how to spoil your bridesmaids, or even pamper yourself (you deserve it!).









1. The ultimate gift for your nails. The Londontown Kur nail treatment system, works to repair, strengthen, and hydrate nails and cuticles. $125, 2. We love the eco-friendly sustainably harvested birch jotter mini notepads from Night Owl Paper Goods (Peony Sprigs), $8

3. Twig pencils from World Market, make for a fun rustic favor, $3.99 per set of 12. 4. A custom pet portrait is the perfect gift for newlyweds with a pet, or any pet lover for that matter. Torin Judd, of Torin Judd Fine Art captures your special four-footed friend like no other, $395 (8x10),

5. Such a pretty and useful gift for your bridesmaids! W’ere crazy for the iphone cases by Rifle Paper Co. Seen in Botanical Rose, $36, 6. Of the highest quality, the Amala handbag essentials makes a great gift, guy or gal, and comes in a cute little case (which also fits an iphone). Hydrate, rejuevenate, and soothe on

the go. $44, 7. The slender Tiburon 8-Bottle Wine Rack from Crate & Barrel, provides a graceful wall mount for your favorite wines. $49.95. 8. Recycled wine bottle platters, from Uncommon Goods will be a hit at your next wine and cheese tasting party, $18, | 11

Jewelry Naturally You

You deserve a ring as unique as you are. Whether looking for a distinct ring that is nature inspired (literal or abstract), a nontraditional color, a rough diamond, or perhaps made with recycled metals and a one-of-akind design, you’ll want to make sure to take a look at ten of our favorite designers. Champagne Diamond Twig and Daisies Solitaire, Kamofie, $3,900, 18k yellow gold, Pave Laurel Ring, Kira Kira, $950, 18k white gold & pave diamonds,

Asymmetrical Avens Ring, Bario Neal, starts at $2,256, reclaimed 18k yellow gold with ethically sourced diamond, yellow sapphires, and citrines,

Midnight Vine Rings, Beth Cyr, $312 set of 2, 100% recycled sterling,

Willow Diamond Ring, Brilliant Earth, $975 (setting only), 18k white gold,

Linear Diamond Ring, Bario Neal, starts at $2,820, reclaimed 14k rose gold with ethically sourced diamonds,

Cusion Rosette, Anna Sheffield, $5,850, 14k rose gold with pink sapphire and white diamonds,

Stardust Ring, Anne Sportun, $4,040, 18k white gold,

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Tapered Engagement Ring, Heather Moore Jewelry, $5,845, yellow gold with brilliant cut bezel set diamond,

Grace Ring, Diamond in the Rough, $6,200, platinum + rough diamond with pave diamonds,


11 Wishes Bands, Barbara Michelle Jacobs, $790 each, 18k reclaimed gold in white, yellow, or rose,

Artist Spotlight {Michael Michaud}

Artist Michael Michaud has been creating his Silver Season Jewelry collection since 1992 and has mastered the skill of manipulating molds into beautiful pieces of jewelry. Michaud describes his work as “copies of nature” since each piece is created directly from nature. He creates his unique jewelry by creating molds directly from botanical elements in a process similar to lost-wax casting. While traditional lost-wax casting begins with a hand-carved model of wax, Michaud instead uses an actual leaf, branch or flower in place of the wax model. A mold is created around the botanical element and as it is heated the plant matter burns away and leaves behind a beautifully detailed mold of itself. Michael Michaud’s Silver Seasons Jewelry is handcrafted in New York City.

Large Leaf Boxwood Necklace, Michael Michaud Jewelry, $158, cast in bronze in a mold made directly from a boxwood plant, with white freshwater pearls,

Olive Cluster Earrings, Michael Michaud Jewelry, $72, | 13

Adornments Pretty Things

Once you’ve found the one and then the dress, its time to choose all the finishing touches to personalize your look. A headpiece can transform your entire appearance, giving it that extra something to frame your face and make you feel the most beautiful version of yourself. Couture shoes, an embellished clutch, earrings, or a right-hand ring are also some of our favorite ways to “frost the cake” so-to-speak. Combining multiple adornments can be beautiful, as long as you stike a balance. When in doubt, remember what Coco Chanel said, “When accessorizing, always take off the last thing you put on.” You are the true beauty of your look. Cherry Blossom & crystal headband, Twigs & Honey, $385, Nadia, Freya Rose, £395, slingback with silver kid leather and delicate Swarovski crystal + silk organza flower detail,

Rose Heirloom Ring, Favre Bijoux, $105, sterling silver,

Violet Clutch, Clara Kasavina, $1,825, Hand sculpted metal floral design set by hand with Swarovski Elements & pearls, Plume d’or Headband, Mignonne Handmade, $140,

Grecian leaf hair piece, Style: Imogen1937 Erica Elizabeth Designs, $210,

Gold Shimmer Kori Drop Earrings, Kira Kira, $473, 24k gold & druzy agate trimmed in pave sapphires,

Juliet Cap Veil, Sibo Designs, €175,

‘Meadow Goddess’ dried flower crown, Violette & Iris, $115,

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Yukka, Freya Rose, £585.00, French Chantilly lace slingback hand embroided with crystals, a silk flower and Mother of pearl mosaic heel,


Lauren Sash, Bride la Boheme, $135, | 15

Stationery Sealed with Love

Your wedding save-the-dates, invitations, and thank you cards should reflect who you are as a couple and these days there are so many beautiful options when it somes to nature inspired and eco-wedding stationery. From seed packets, to plantable papers, to sustainably-harvested wood!

Rustic Lace Invitations (print at home), Designed with Amore, $18+,

Botanical Table Numbers, Rifle Paper Co., $32 (1-10), Heirloom Lettuce Save the Date Seed Packets, ‘Lettuce Be Married,’ Elizabeth Hubbell Studio, price upon request,

Country Canning Jar Invitation, Invitations by Dawn, $199.99 for 96,

Hand Painted Custom Wedding Invitations, Heart & Fox, grab a sample for $7,

Cosmos Invitation on birchwood, Night Owl Paper Goods, available in blossom (seen), aqua, and apricot. Variations within the wood grain make your announcement truly one-of-a-kind! $5.48 ea. for 100, Engraved Wood ‘Mountain Peak’ Invites (shown on Walnut with laser die-cut paper wrap, Flourish Letterpress, starting at $1,650 on quantities of 100,

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‘Bee Invited’ Bee & Honey Themed Invitations, Lasso’d Moon, $3.75 per set,


Pure. Natural. Simple. That’s what the ingredients in your beauty prodcuts should be.

Coming Soon Natural beauty product reviews, explorations in natural remedies, healthy living and more, from the editor of Sweet Violet Bride.

Gown Gallery Beauti ful Backs We’ve scoured the latest bridal runway looks and collected a few of our favorites, most of them from the Spring or Fall 2014 collections. We love the idea of making a statement, whether its a unqiue back, pretty sleeves, shimmering metallic, or alternative color.



1. Watters, 2. Lela Rose, 3. Elizabeth Fillmore, 4. Claire Pettibone, 5. Katie May,

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S l eeves Gown Gallery





3 1. BHLDN, 2. Monique Lhuillier, 3. Temperly London, 4. Pronovias, 5. YolanCris, | 19



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1. Hayley Paige, 2. Venexiana, 3. Monique Lhuillier, 4. Theia Couture, 5. BHLDN,

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Gown Gallery Shimmer and Shine

Color Gown Gallery





3 1. Theia Couture, 2. Venexiana, 3. Vera Wang, 4. Claire Pettibone, 5. Liancarlo, | 21




Natural Beauty Guide

& Editor’s Choice Awards

As you start dreaming about your Big Day look you’ll probably gather a mental list of what makeup you’ll need. If there was ever an excuse for splurging on makeup your wedding is it! Chances are you‘ll start thinking about cosmetics more than usual; especially if you keep your daily look pretty basic. And then there’s the question of what’s best not only to achieve a naturally glowing and beautiful look, but what products are safe? A common misconception is that if it’s on the store’s shelf, it must be safe, right? Unfortunately the FDA is not going to protect you. In the United States, testing of cosmetics is voluntary and according to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database, 89% of ingredients used in personal care products have not been evaluated for safety by any publicly accountable institution. That means it is up to you as a consumer to learn about the ingredients in the products you use. In the process of creating this guide I became a bit obsessed. I personally tested products from more than 40 different brands to find the prettiest and the most natural cosmetics and beauty care items to recommend to you. My hope is that this guide will help you find the perfect ones for your natural Big Day look. Some products are more natural than others, and I don’t think you have to be 100% natural and/or organic in order to

enjoy and benefit from natural beauty. In my opinion a product that is made from 96% natural sources is far better than many of the alternatives for example. If you research the ingredients in the products you’ve been using for years, you might cringe to find that there are things like phthalates, parabens, lead, and even substances that generate cancer-causing formaldehyde! The truth is making healthier decisions is a process, and how you go about this transition is personal. Whether you want to throw out all your current products at once and start over, or gradually replace your products as your current ones run out is up to you. I firmly believe that what you put on your body (and your skin does absorb what you put on it) should not only work to enhance your physical appearance, but also your wellbeing. And using said products should certainly not have an adverse effect on your health. The list of potentially hazardous ingredients is so long there are entire books on the subject (I recommend A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients by Ruth Winter, M.S. if you’re interested), so to start below is a list of 10 common cosmetic ingredients to avoid. And I also recommend using EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database ( Stay healthy and beautiful! xoxo Naomi

10 Common Cosmetic Ingredients to Avoid -

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) Polyethelene Glycol or (PEGs) Propylene Glycol (petroleum derived) Parabens (methylparabens, polyparabens) Petroleum Based Ingredients (Petro-chemicals)


Artificial Colors (labeled as FD&C or D&C) Artificial Fragrances Urea/Formaldehydes Triethanolamine (TEA) Pthalates


Natural Beauty Makeup

Luminous Lids

Perfectly Pressed

The creamy, matte color of BITE Beauty’s High Pigment Pencil wears for hours and antioxidant-rich Resveratrol helps reduce wrinkles and fight free radicals. Twist up, no sharpener needed. Top it off with the Lush Lip Tint for a glossy finish. Or wear tint alone for a youthful and natural hue that is ultra hydrating. $24 ea., seen in Bouquet, and Lychee, P.S. I don’t ever leave my house without the Lush Lip Tint in my bag! - NF

The Perfect Canvas Foundation Tip

Use a slightly lighter color in the center of the face and a darker one around the edges. This pulls the center of the face out and has the same flattering effect as highlighting. - jane iredale

Smooth and flawless, is Juice Beauty’s Perfecting Foundation. Organic grapeseed & minerals provide an airbrushed finish while leaving your skin feeling light as air. No one will know you’re even wearing it...which is sort of the point right? $35,

Bright Eyed

Lovliest Lashes Most Gorgeous Gloss

For smooth, non-sticky lips and gorgeous shimmering color use Juice Beauty’s Reflecting Gloss alone or over lipstick. It’s nourishing formula is full of antioxidants and organic agave and sweet orange natural sweeteners provide great aromas. (from left): Champagne, Pink, Fig, Guava. $15 each,

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After trying more than a dozen natural mascaras 100 % Pure’s Fruit Pigmented Mascara truly stood out. This 100% natural, 100% vegetarian formula lengthens and separates without clumping. It’s water and smudge resistant but washes off easily. Colored with black tea and berry pigments, it also smells great! $18,

The Active LightTM Under-eye Concealer by Jane Iredale illuminates dark circles with ingredients such as Vitamin C, and cucumber, white tea extract and buckweat wax, calm tired eyes and reduce puffiness. $27,


Pretty Your Pout

jane iredale’s PurePressedTM Base is a sheer mineral foundation with SPF 20. Provides beautiful, layerable coverage, minimizes pores, and is gentle on sensitive skin. A foundation, powder, concealer, and sunscreen all in one. Available in 25 shades. $52,

These gorgeous mineral eyeshadows are made with simple, pure ingredients and come in gorgeous shades. And free Spirit makes an amazing brow highlighter! (from left): Free Spirit, Aztec, Couture. $10 ea,

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Blush Tip

Apply your blush in a gentle arc from the apples of your cheeks (smile and you can’t miss them) outward and slightly up. It is best not to bring the color all the way to your hairline. Blend outward and slightly down for a natural effect. - Alima Pure

Waterproof Eye Liner

Create smoldering, sultry eyes or doe eyed and awakened eyes in your color of choice. tarte offers these gorgeous Amazonian clay infused eyeliners in 10 shades, seen here in onyx, deep amethyst, Aztec gold, and Emerald. skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liner. $19,

Most Natural Looking Blush & Bronzer There are a lot of loose powder mineral blushes out there, but for a blush so natural it could be mistaken for your own lovely flush use Alima Pure’s Satin Matte Blush. It comes in 12 lovely shades (seen here in pink, and apple blossom) and we also love the soft natural glow of their subtle bronzer (seen in Mauna Loa). $20 ea.,

Quick Fix Concealer

To Take it Off

Made with 100% organic soothing arctic linen seed extract, the Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover by Lumene, will remove even the most stubborn makeup. The sensitive formula doesn’t sting your eyes and is paraben and fragrance-free. They also offer Sensitive Touch Gentle Eye Make Up Remover for extra sensitive eyes. From $5.99

The Right Tools

These amazing little sheets are an absolute must. The e.l.f. Essential Shine Eraser sheets, with Green Tea Extract, instantly absorb oil and are perfect for mid-day touch-ups. Use before powder to prevent using too much powder and the buildup it can create. $1,

Hide those little imperfections with the lightweight and breathable Illusionist Concealer by Vapour Organic Beauty. Made with 70% Certified Organic ingredients, this formula won’t clog pores and nourishes with Vapour’s face-specific infusion of anti-inflammatory Frankincense, antioxidant Tulsi and moisturizing and calming Lotus flowers. $22,

Natural Nails

You can say goodbye to inhaling toxic fumes when you use Scotch Naturals Nail Polish. These pretty water-based polishes come in 44 chic colors that can last chip-free for up to 2 weeks. Use with their Sticky Base Coat to nourish and provide nails with the foundation for the polish and finish with On the Rocks Top Coat to enhance shine and protect from scatches. It might involve a few extra steps compared to your average toxic polish, but is more than worth it. Opt for the Cocktail Trio, $48.99 Includes your choice of any three Scotch Naturals™ Premium Nail Lacquers and deluxe top coat.

Nail Nourishment

The ultimate treatment for your nails, whether you polish them or not, is Vapour Organic Beauty’s Replenish Mini Nail & Cuticle Oil. Made with a unique collection of high-grade organic oils and botanicals traditionally used for facial treatments, including Evening Primrose, Pomegranate Seed Oil and Reishi Mushroom. Your cuticles and nail beds be healthy, moisturized, and look amazing. $12, | 25

Natural Beauty Skin Care

Weekly Detox Mask

Purest Body Butter

To remove excess oils, toxins, and impurities from oily/acneic skin, the RS Detox Weekly Facial Mask from Root Science is your new best friend. Not your skin type? They also offer an RS Reborn mask for normal to sensitive/mature skin. $49,

The fresh, silky texture of Whipped Botanic Body Butter by PND Botanicals wraps your body in a heavenly, lightweight PURE scent (a sensually uplifting blend of lemongrass and Lavender) and is enriched with Organic Coconut Oil. 4 oz 100% Glass Jar, $30,

Skin Care Tip

Best Hydrating Cleanser

Rich in replenishing jasmine, Amala Beauty’s Hydrating Cream Cleanser and Hydrating Toner not only have a beautiful, delicate foral scent they work together to hydrate and gently reveal a glowing complextion like no other daily facial routine. $48 ea.,

Ultimate Multi-tasker

12 benefits in 1 product makes Juice Beauty’s Stem Celular Repair CC Cream a wonderful thing. Lightly tinted for a colorcorrecting glow, it gives you a natural SPF 30 base that also works to repair damage, moisturize, reduce fine lines, and more. $39,

Calming Serum

Best Reparing Balm

For soft lips, cuticles and skin use BITE Beauty’s Superfruit Butter. It contains antioxidant-rich superfruits for intense conditioning and nourishment. We love it in Acai. $18, exclusively at

Those with sensitive skin will appreciate Pure Harmony Serum by MyChelle Dermaceuticals. The antioxidant rich forumula helps cool and calm stressed skin and reduce signs of aging. $42,

Purest Oil

Bright & Beautiful Mist

Best Eye Cream for Tired Eyes

For tired eyes use 100% Pure’s Organic Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. The anti-inflammatory, caffeine-rich green tea and coffee de-puffs and brightens dark circles. $19,

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For a youthful, calm, radiant glow, Jurlique’s Purely Bright Mist is the best for morning and night. Daisy, Calendula, Witch Hazel and Self Heal Extracts refresh and soothe the skin to help reduce the appearance of redness. Sweet Violet and Kakadu Plum extracts make it smell devine. $34,

Radiant, healthy, and soft is what your face will be after using Pure Maracuja Oil, from tarte cosmetics. This pretty bottle contains just one ingredient - pure Maracuja, undiluted & cold pressed. It restores skin balance to aid in recovery and rejevenation. This powerful anti-aging elixir, rich in fatty acids and vitamin C, provides instant hydration without feeling greasey or filmy. $17,


When it comes to facial oil, such as Pure Maracuja, a little goes a long way. Use just 2-3 drops. - NMF

Natural Beauty Hair Care

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Eco-Friendly Tools

We love the professional Ionic Paddle Brush made from durable, lightweight Bamboo by Olivia Garden. It’s gentle on hair and scalp and is anti-static. brush $14.95, comb $5.75,

Alcohol Free Hair Spray

Keep hair perfectly styled with a strong but natural-looking hold. Honeybee Gardens’ non-aerosol hair spray is enriched with organic botanical ingredients to nourish hair and increase shine. The alcohol-free formula is non-drying, so your hair stays soft and touchable. Clean herbal mint scent. $11.99,

Best Natural Hair Cleanser


The Omega Rich Hair Cleansing Creme by Tammy Fender will suprise you. A holistic hair cleanser that purifies as it nourishes, this chemical-free, 100% pure botanical formula leaves every strand revitalized, healthy and lustrous. It leaves hair feeling clean without stripping it, your scalp feeling calm, and a beautiful light floral scent around you. $45,

Lustrous Locks

To Have and to Hold

When it comes to pinning, tying, or setting, Goody has the fixings. You should always have some extra bobby pins on hand (in your or your maid of honor’s clutch) even if you’ve had your hair professionally styled. We also love the Goody Simple Styles Spin Pins for an easy and chic “undone” bun, or side bun. And for any style involving any type of braid the clear Ouchless Mini Elastics are a must. For a retailer near you visit

Add a lightweight gleam while taming frizz and flyaways with Certified Organic Hair Shine from Intelligent Nutrients. It includes a blend of antioxidants, purifiying lemongrass oil, and is non-toxic, color safe, and food grade. We love that you can get shiny hair without sulfates, sarabens, silicones, ethoxylates, PEG, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances! $29,

Natural Conditioner

It feels good to condition your locks with a formulat that is 100% natural, vegan, and gluten free. No synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, chemical preservatives, sulfates, detergents or any other harsh ingredients. All four varieties are amazing. Seen here in Yuzu & Pomelo (for extra gloss) and Kelp & Mint (for volume). $18 for 8 fl oz., | 27

Smell Gorgeous, Naturally

Finding a special scent to wear on your wedding day is a beautiful way to start a new chapter in your life, and every time you smell it or wear it after that, you’ll be reminded of your special day. We recommend ditching any synthetic fragrances you might own, and instead find an all natural perfume that doesn’t contain dangerous chemicals. What goes on your skin goes in your body even if its just a spritz! Real fragrances, made from essential oils and absolutes, flower extracts, and botanicals can evoke a sense of well-being and happiness without risking your health, or that of those around you. Above are a few of our favorite all natural perfumes, some of which are also organic and/or vegan. I think you’ll find, Mother Nature knows best.

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Why “Fragrance” is Harmful

It can be difficult to navigate the world of perfume. What exactly should you be looking for? Researching what qualifies as a safe perfume can be quite extensive, but for starters when looking at the ingredient list, steer clear of those including“fragrance (parfum).” This generic term is used without describing what is actually in the compound and typically indicates synthetic fragrance which can cause headaches among many other health issues. Fragrances can cause phototoxic or photoallergic reactions and are a known human immune system toxicant or allergen. Learn more at | 29

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Color story

Maui can refreshingly seem like an entirely different world, and is filled with natural wonders ripe for a nature inspired wedding. Photographed by Karma Hill, this shoot, was part of a workshop put on by the amazingly talented photographer Jose Villa and world famous wedding planner/designer Jill LaFleur. The magic happened at the Haiku Mill – an enchanting venue with vine-wrapped walls, old world charm, and the spirit of aloha. A bright and elegant floral palette of white, fuchsia, and buttery yellow sets a beautiful table, and compliments the natural splendor of the surroundings without being overpowering. | 33


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Photography: Karma Hill,

Venue: The Haiku Mill / Direction + Styling: Jill LaFleur, Pitbulls and Posies / Floral: Flower Wild / Hair + Makeup: Team Hair and Makeup / Dress: Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal / Hair Accessories: Jannie Baltzer / Jewelry: Karen Lindner Designs / Cake: Maggie Austin / Bakery: I Love Dolce / Catering: Garnish Events, Maui Executive Catering / Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen / Rentals: Island Rents Maui, Casa de Perrin / Photo Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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The Naturalist

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Color story

In Northern Colorado, a natural wonderland filled with wildflowers, succulents, and “Narnian” animals is Wendy Francisco’s ranch. This is where Jacob and Annie, a husband and wife photography team, let their creativity, and nature, rein. Wendy made the bouquet, Jacob made the cake, Annie handmade the gorgeous dress and headpiece, and together they made the invitations and jewelry. The creativity doesn’t end there, the model, Eva Holbrook, of the band SHEL, is a world class vocalist, writer, and mandolin player. If you haven’t heard them yet, look them up and listen as you take in these stunning images. They go perfectly together. | 39


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Photography: Brumley & Wells,

Venue: Wendy Francisco’s Ranch (Northern, Colorado) / Direction + Styling: Brumley & Wellls / Plants: Creekside Gardens, Heart Rock Ranch / Floral Styling: Wendy Francisco / Hair + Makeup: Team Hair and Makeup / Dress + Cake + Jewelry + Hair Piece + Calligraphy + Stationery: Brumley & Wells / Model: Eva Holbrook (from the band SHEL)

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This captivating eventscape is perhaps one of our all-time favorites. What girl doesn’t dream of their very own secret, enchanted garden? A talented group of wedding professionals in Australia created the beautiful images you see before you. Complete with skeleton keys dangling from trees, orchard branches in full bloom, a lush floral crown and stunning bouquet in watercolor hues of pink, peach, and sage. There’s also the swing embellished with moss and jasmine vine, rustic dessert table with delectable fruits and blooming cake, and the breathtaking couture gowns by Celest Thoi. It doesn’t get much more magical than this! | 45


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Photography: Jenny Sun,

Venue: Belgenny Farm, Australia / Direction + Styling: Jess from The Bridal Collective / Floral: Lina from Chanele Rose Flowers / Hair + Makeup: Amy Chan Hair and Makeup Artistry / Dresses: Celest Thoi / Cake: Yummy Cupcakes and Cakes / Stationery: The Little Paper Pantry / Model: Monique Kathleen from Model Mayhem

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Southern Charm

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In the heart of Asheville, North Carolina is a century-old chateau with sprawling gardens, entrancing statues, and atmospheric elegance – it is the Biltmore Estate. For this shoot, a creative team pulled their favorite elements from inside the castle walls out into the garden – rich tapestries, bold colors (lapis, china blue, claret, gold, buttercup), and antiquities acquired from world travels. With a menu inspired by France, Ireland, Germany, New Zealand, and Italy they brought the bounty of the world to a carefully refined, sophisticated garden wedding for today’s Southern bride. | 51


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Venue: Biltmore Estate / Floral + Styling: Kelly Perry of Philosophy Flowers / Custom Calligraphy + Paper Goods: Abany Bauer of Brown Linen Design / Hair + Makeup: Makeup for Your Day / Fragrance: Lollia “At Last” from Take Heart Boutique / Dress: Badgley Mischka from TreBella Bridal / Suit: Bernard’s Formal Wear / Necklace: Ann Taylor / Tapestry: Urban Outfitters / Table Linen: West Elm / China: Miss Match Rentals: Food + Food Styling: Megan Forbes of Goldmine Journal

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Connie + Brad Littleton, Colorado 5-24-2012 Connie and Brad met through a mutual friend at work, and both sharing a love of the outdoors, moved to Colorado together in August 2010. Christmas break was their first chance to take a vacation and they were also looking to start a new Christmas tradition as a couple so that is how their first annual “Christmas Camping” trip began. “I had been to Arches National Park in Utah with my family before and completely fell in love with the place. I wanted to share that experience with Brad, so we set our sights on Utah for our first trip,” says Connie. They enjoyed a beautiful and sunny time in the park, with temps in the mid 40’s during the day. On Christmas day, Brad started out by giving Connie a Christmas present, even though they agreed not to get anything for each other. Still, Connie didn’t suspect anything. They headed out to hike a 7-mile loop at the north end of the park, enjoying the day hiking around and taking in all of the sights. As the sun dipped toward the horizon, Brad waited for the perfect place, and a time when they were alone, to stop her. It was on top of a tall and thin red rock formation with a canyon at their feet and snowcapped mountains in the distance that Connie was unable to imagine how her Christmas could get any better. Then Brad paused and took a deep, nervous breath. “I had no idea that he was even thinking about proposing - so I was

completely caught off guard,” says Connie. “But as soon as he got nervous, I knew, and burst into tears. He started saying things to me that people only say to each other in movies... and then asked me to marry him right there on the trail.” Their wedding day reflected the natural beauty that they are both drawn to and have bonded in. With simple, yet breathtaking details, at the Chatfield Botanic Gardens they celebrated in a style full of organic textures and colors. A beautiful neutral color palette of cream, blush, and blue was the perfect complement to the stunning floral design by Bare Root Flora with pops of watercolor violet, peach, and yellow. They also included the ancient tradition of hand binding at their ceremony. Looking back on their day, Connie says one of their most memorable moments was simply having all of their loved ones there to celebrate with them, especially since many of their guests were from out of town. Their advice to future brides & grooms? “Get at least a day-of coordinator if not a full wedding planner! Mine helped me so much with the design of the wedding and knowing which vendors fit my style and vision. Also having a day-of coordinator allows you to actually enjoy your day, instead of having to deal with meeting vendors and coordinating for your big day.” | 57

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Photography: Brumley & Wells,

Venue: Chatfield Botanic Gardens (Denver, CO) / Event Coordination & Rentals: A Vintage Affair Rentals and Event Design / Floral: Bare Root Flora / Invitations: A Visual Concept / Makeup & Hair: Swank Salon / Dress: Vera Wang / Shoes: Guess / Cake: The Makery / Caterer: Tony Rossaci’s Fine Catering / OďŹƒciant: Keith Horstman / DJ: A Music Plus

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Katy +Mike Hampshire, UK 7-28-2012 Katy and Mike are, as they say, “two peas in a pod.” When they met at age 18 and 19, at a house party, it was Katy that gave Mike some tips on where to place his checkers and win the popular drinking game. “I just thought he was a really lovely person,” says Katy. “I would always hunt him out when we went out as a group and wanted to sit next to him as I knew that I’d have a laugh. One time we were out with our friends and chatted for hours (just chatting) in our own little world.” When Mike stepped out of the room for a moment, a friend suggested to Katy that there might be something more there. Right then, she decided her friend was right, and when he came back in to the room she walked right over and gave him a kiss! “He’s definitely my best friend,” says Katy. Mike proposed when they went on holiday to Morocco. He had planned a wonderful desert proposal under the stars, but sadly it rained! The next day mike took her to a stunning boutique hotel instead of returning to the little hostel where they’d been staying. Katy knew something was up when they went inside and rose petals were scattered everywhere. That night Mike popped the question during a romantic dinner. Their relaxed country wedding included vintage, boho (we love Katy’s beaded sandals!) and handmade country details. “My dad made the table plan, which was perfect! I made some hessian flower holders which we

put the confetti in, the holders made by Mike’s mother.” Their love of photography, and fondness for vintage cameras is where they got the idea for the vintage cameras and books that made up the fun, artsy centerpieces. The coral and white flowers added a country chic sweetness while also pairing gorgeously with the peachy coral hue of the handmade bridesmaid dresses and stationery. They also made it more personal by designing a logo just for the wedding, two swallows with a heart between them, which was added to the menus, table plan, place cards, and invitations. Katy also made cushions with the logo to put on the benches in the courtyard. And she made ‘LOVE’ cushions which were originally meant for a sofa but they became a hit at the photobooth! When thinking on a “most memorable moment” Katy says there isn’t just one – there’s the ceremony in which the registrar was so lovely and even made her laugh when she was “happy crying,” and the fact that their fathers stood as their witnesses and their mothers both read poems. There were the hilarious speeches, and the moments with her father before walking down the aisle. And as far as planning, she says “let your imagination go wild! Include touches that are personal and that you love. And get your family involved! It’ll make the details more special and save you loads of cash!” | 63

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Photography: Sarah Gawler,

Venue: The Manor Barn in Hampshire, United Kingdom / Floral: someflower / Bride’s Dress: Dana Bolton / Bridesmaid Dresses: homemade / Makeup: by Amanda J / Cake: homemade / Music: Adam Chandler / All other Details: Vintage or handmade

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Erin + Andy Aspen, Colorado 8-18-12 When Erin tied her running shoes and stretched out her legs one morning at the Denver running club, she had no idea a mutual friend would introduce her to her future husband, Andy. Their first few dates involved running a 5k loop and then eating pasta and drinking patio wine. “After a few of our running dates, Andy convinced me that I should run a half marathon with him, promising that he would let me win. I didn’t end up beating him in the race (he beat me by 40 minutes!) but it did turn out to be a “win” in that it was the day of our first kiss!” says Erin. In October 2011, the two were working for Andy’s father at a medical conference in San Francisco. After a long weekend working the conference, they decided to get out and see the city. In lieu of a rental car they bought two tickets for the hop-on-hop-off bus and spent several hours exploring different spots in the picturesque city. The next stop was the Golden Gate Bridge. They hopped off the bus and walked across the bridge, surprised by how noisy it was. But once they got to the second pillar it was amazingly quiet and no one else was around. After gazing out at the beautiful bay and taking some touristy pictures, Andy dropped down to one knee and asked Erin to spend forever with him! For their August wedding, Erin and Andy wanted to create an atmo-

sphere that truly reflected who they are both as individuals and as a couple. Erin is drawn to all things girly – soft pastels, lace, ribbon, calligraphy, watercolor, the color pink, and vintage finds. Andy enjoys a good pair of cowboy boots, rustic elements, the color blue, and simplicity. Their wedding day was a blend of both their styles, and twined together beautifully. The idyllic mountain venue, wildflowers in bloom at every turn, provided a gorgeous Colorado setting with rustic elements that Andy loves and soft, feminine décor that represented Erin’s girly style. Erin’s Claire Pettibone dress, with delicate lace detailing, was the perfect choice – we think she looked like a mountain meadow goddess! Her bridesmaids were dressed in short ivory dresses of various laces and necklines for a mismatched yet cohesive country look. They all showed off their cowgirl boots with Colorado charm! The elaborate ceremony arch and the bouquets by Lauryl Lane displayed a lush array of blooms in peachy pink hues almost too pretty for words, and complimented the natural surroundings with grace and organic elegance. After the mountain view ceremony with hay bale seating, Erin and Andy rode off in a rustic horse drawn carriage for some photos by a breathtaking lake before celebrating at the authentic Western lodge at T Lazy 7 Ranch. | 69

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Erin’s Bouquet Recipe: ranunculus, asters, lisianthus, garden roses, spray roses, stock, succulents, sedum, statice, china berries, chamomile, cherry branches, dried wheat, dusty miller, plumosa, leather leaf.

Photography: Laura Murray,

Venue: T Lazy 7 Ranch / Floral & Event Design: Lauryl Lane / Day of Coordination: Pink Champagne Events / Bride’s Dress: Claire Pettibone / Hairpiece: Tessa Kim / Makeup: Nicole Soukup / Hair: Salon Rua / Bowties: made by bride / Umbrella Rentals: Spendor for your Guests / Invitations: Flourish Letterpress / Calligraphy: Victoria Hoke Lane / Catering: Hickory House / Photo Booth: Magbooth

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Angie +Jason Cameron, West Virginia 6-15-13 Don’t we all just love a romance story that materializes out of seemingly nowhere? For Angie and Jason, it was just that. Jason was returning from a trip and needed a ride home from the airport, so a friend of a sister of a friend gave Jason Angie’s cell phone number and, with no other options than an expensive cab ride, he gave her a call. Angie, on a whim, answered the “unknown number.” During the car ride they discovered they might benefit from studying with each other (Jason was studying for his last board exam for his medical license, and Angie for the MCAT, to apply to medical school). In the months to follow they became close friends with each other, and the local Starbucks. During their studies they had to spend four years long-distance as Angie began medical school in West Virginia, and Jason his residency program in Florida. Each Christmas they made each other heartfelt gifts. Their third Christmas together was no exception – Jason traveled to West Virginia and gave her a box adorned with heart-shaped pasta and inside were 12 handmade ornaments, all signifying a special memory that they shared. The last one was a small laptop made of laminated card stock, detailed down to the hand drawn keyboard. “Being apart, our laptops had become a large part of our lives,” says Angie. The tiny ornament laptop screen con-

tained an email: Isle of view hand genie house. Width alm high art! Police hay ewe wheel mare Reem he. “I read the message twice and it wasn’t until Jason read it out loud that I realized it said, ‘I love you Angie Niehaus with all my heart! Please say you will marry me.’ It was also that moment I noticed Jason on one knee with ring in hand. I said yes and we cried!” Their country wedding was set at Angie’s parents’ 100 acre farm in rural West Virginia. As someone who learned to drive a tractor long before a car, family and home are of the utmost importance to Angie and the farm was always where she envisioned getting married. Ripe in colorful details, their day included hay bale seating blanketed in an eclectic mix of quilts from Jason’s mother, Angie’s hair comb (made from the headpiece her grandmother wore in her wedding), and her bouquet – made of 96 brooches all previously worn by family and friends. Their barn reception was replete with round hay bales, burlap décor, bright daisies, and a stunning chandelier, built by Angie’s father, of mason jars and weathered wood from one of the original buildings on the property. Guests received favors of homemade jam, ate cookies from a sweets table that seemed never ending, and drank root beer floats from mason jars. It couldn’t have been sweeter! | 75

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Photography: Melissa Perella,

Venue: Bride’s family farm in Cameron, West Virginia / Bride’s Dress: Allure Bridals from House of Fashion / Floral + Decor: Toni / Hair: Alyssa Jefferis of Artrageous Hair Designs & Day Spa / Stationery Printing: Mug and Pia / Stationery Design: Sarah D / Portable Restroom Trailer: Miller and Company / Photo Booth: West Virginia Photo Booth Company / Videographer: Stephan Przybysz / Cake: Carla’s Custom Cakes / Catering: Travel Centers of America

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Kimberly + Jacob Los Angeles, California 4-12-2013 For Kimberly and Jacob, both artists, their wedding was an innovative collaboration from the start...and seriously their proposal story is so cute and creative! Starting on their second “dating” anniversary Jacob began giving Kimberly love letters one week apart, all of which told their story. When she got the third note it read “even though these notes will end in one week’s time, it will be the start of something amazing.” Being the curious girl that she is, she immediately knew he’d be proposing in a week. “I had it all planned out down to the nail appointment and everything,” says Kimberly. But little did she know it was a clever distraction. That Saturday (just three days later) they went on a fabulous date. When they returned to Kimberly’s apartment Jacob suddenly told her to close her eyes and that he had a surprise for her. Completely taken off guard, when she opened her eyes he handed her a notebook. “During our dating relationship it became a little joke that whenever I said something important, whether it was something I wanted to do someday, a fear of mine, a major like/ dislike, etc. he would always say “dually noted.” Little did I know that after I said those things he would go home and literally write them down in that notebook so he would never forget!” As Kimberly flipped through the pages of their memories together her tears began to flow. “Jacob told me that he started this book because of me and wanted

to finish it with me. He got down on one knee and proposed! After much crying and celebrating he eventually handed me that fourth love letter and on the inside it said “oh, I’m sorry, did I say you’d be getting this next Thursday? I meant TODAY! Woohoo! We’re engaged!”” Their soft, woodsy, romantic, wedding included tons of personal touches and nearly every detail was handmade by the bride and groom or their family and friends. They created the invitations, the hand painted signs, cake topper, collected bottles/ jars for the center pieces, etc. Their friends and family were instrumental in creating the ribbon garland, doily garland, the wood stump center pieces, the arbor above their sweetheart table, the cake and cupcakes, and even all of the flower arrangements. “Having all of our family and friends so heavily involved in our special day made the whole process so special and unique to us. We were able to be really artsy and creative together which helped make the process so much fun and something we’ll never forget,” says Kimberly. One of their most memorable moments was their private “first look” in which they read a letter to one another before the ceremony. “Being able to see Jake, hold him, cry with him, hug him and just laugh and be SO excited together was such a special moment. It not only alleviated my stress before the ceremony, but it also was a rare moment where continued on page 84 | 81

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it was just the two of us with no distractions. We soaked up that moment as we read to each other what that day meant and what we were promising one another.” Their advice to future couples? “Before you do anything at all make a list of your priorities. Photography was the most important element of the day to us (besides getting married of course!). From there we adjusted the costs in other areas so we could have a beautiful day and stay on budget.”

Photography: Amanda K Photography,

Venue: Grace E. Simon’s Lodge, Elysian Park, CA / Floral: Family Friend / Dress: Alfred Angelo, from Cruz’s Bridal / Suit: Macy’s / Bridesmaid Dresses: Individually chosen by the bridesmaids at varous locations / Rings: Hopkin’s & Co / Invitations + Signs: Created by Bride & Groom / Cake/Cupcakes: Family Friend / Catering: Rosies BBQ Kitchen

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Caleigh + Brandon New Gloucester, Maine 6-15-2013 Caleigh and Brandon both grew up in Maine, but didn’t meet until they were both working in Washington D.C. for Senator Susan Collins. They spent time together among groups of friends, but didn’t date until after they moved back to Maine. “We both knew right when we started dating that we were going to get married,” says Caleigh. In February of 2011, they took an amazing romantic getaway (a Christmas gift from Brandon), at Lake Tahoe. The resort, with a huge stone fireplace at the entrance and tucked halfway up the mountain, was like a fairytale village. After dropping off their bags they decided to go for a drive to the gorgeous lake. “I was secretly hoping he would propose when we were driving,” says Caleigh. “He would pull off the road from time to time and every time I thought, maybe this is it?! One time he pulled off the road and asked me to go set up the camera to take a timed shot of us. I was thinking wink wink, when I turn around he’s going to be proposing. He wasn’t. So I made up my mind not to ruin the whole trip by thinking he was going to propose every five minutes only to be disappointed.” They returned to the hotel at dusk and Brandon said to her, “I love you,” as he opened the door to their room, which was covered in rose petals, with a display of chocolate covered strawberries and champagne. Dave Bruebeck played on the ipod. Thinking it must be a Valentine’s Day surprise, Caleigh

said something to that effect, but Brandon said, “That’s not all. Go look out the window.” She went over to the balcony and pulled back the blinds to look upon the words Marry Me written on the snowbank in pinecones. People on the patio cheered and she was so excited she almost forgot to say yes! Those pinecones became an inspiration for their big day, as well as rustic touches of burlap, lace and a relaxed country atmosphere. Having their reception in a barn felt as natural as could. The Chandler House, with its calming, welcoming, and natural vibe was a perfect venue for these two. They enhanced the rustic ambiance with a delicious display of handmade pies in lieu of wedding cake, and used pinecones as escort card holders and even in Caleigh’s bouquet. Caleigh’s advice to future brides and grooms? “Don’t stress out and forget what you are doing. You are getting married. Getting married is a special moment between two people. All that really matters is that those two people are in the same place at the same time committing themselves to each other. Yes it would be great if everything was exactly the way you want it, perfect shoes, perfect flowers, perfect timing, whatever. I remember our wedding being perfect - if anything wasn’t exactly how I wanted it to be, I truly don’t remember, it was the best day ever.” | 87

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Photography: Vitalic Photo,

Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Yarmouth, ME / Reception Venue: Chandler House Bed & Breakfast in New Gloucester, ME / Floral: Raymond Village Florist / Hair + Makeup: Miranda Proud of Shades and Waves / Dress: Allure Bridals from Andrea’s Bridal in Portland, ME / Shoes: Nine West / Bridesmaid Dresses: Macy’s / Flower Girl’s Dress: Kohl’s / Bride’s Engagement Ring: Tacori from Springer’s Jewelers / Wedding Band: Bride’s grandmothers / Groom’s Wedding Band: from D. Cole Jewelers / Caterer: Maine Coast Catering / Bar Tender: Jamie Duncan / DJ: Jeremy Fitts of Next Level DJ Services / Toilets: GA Downing

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Bouquet Recipes

One of the most coveted items on a nature-inspired bride’s to-do list is picking out what botanical bits and blooms will make up her bouquet. We know what it’s like to see a picture of that perfect, dream bouquet in a magazine or on social media but not have a clue what it’s made of – which is why we called upon one of our favorite floral designers in the whole world to create a mélange of awe-inspiring bouquets for you. And, we’ve labeled all the gorgeous ingredients that went into creating them. We hope you enjoy these pretty petals (and greenery!) as much as we do. To gain even more flower-knowledge be sure to check out Haute Horticulture’s Flowerheel apps at

bouquets by Haute Horticulture photography by Annabella Charles styling by Everbloom Designs stationery by Natalie Chang gold frame from Prop Cellar


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Veronica Lamb’s Ear Arborvitae Trachelium

Juniper Foliage & Berries

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Geranium Leaf

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Lilac Sugar

DIY Recipe & Photos by Linda Lomelino of Call Me Cupake Text by Naomi Farr Lilac Sugar

Clean, dry lilac petals (preferably purple as they are very fragrant) Granulated sugar A jar and twine or ribbon Layer flowers and sugar in a jar. Let stand dark and cool for a few days, shake every now and then. Now your sugar is ready to use.

Lilacs not only smell incredible but are also edible. Making lilac sugar is super simple – just three ingredients! It’s a perfect way to preserve the smell of spring for months to come and also makes a perfect gift. Seal in small canning jars to give as wedding favors, or bridal shower favors. Or simply make a few Mason jar sized mixes and hand out to family. Lilac sugar is perfect for baking or in a cup of tea. View more of Linda’s delicious recipes at | 105


Violet Vine Cookies

DIY Tutorial & Photos by Amber Spiegel of SweetAmbs

You’ll Need:

Sweet Violet Bride Signature Cookies

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When I approached Amber, the creative cookie artist that is behind SweetAmbs, about creating a tutorial for our premier issue, I knew she’d deliver something amazing. But we couldn’t have been more pleased when we saw our signature violet vine (which I originally painted in watercolor for our blog badge) transformed into a delectable treat. Entirely unique and just for you, our special readers, we present this easy to follow tutorial so that you can make these cookies for your own special occassion, personalised with your own monogram. We also suggest taking a look at more of Amber’s stunning edible creations at And of course, check out our website for even more DIY ideas at

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3x3” square cookies Royal icing 2-1/2” round cookie cutter or template to trace Round decorating tip 3 Round decorating tip 2 Leaf decorating tip 352 Scribe tool Decorating bags Wilton gel paste food coloring in violet and juniper green

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1) Ice the cookie using thinned white royal

2) Use the scribe tool to mark a circle in the

4) Pipe another vine over the first one.

5) With dark green stiff icing and the leaf

5b) This is what step five should look like

6) Start at outer edge of petals and finish

6b) Use tip 3 and violet icing to pipe the

6c) Completed flower.

icing and a round tip 3. Allow the icing to dry overnight.

at the inner part of the flower.

icing with the round cutter or a template.

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7) Add curly vines with a tip 2 and light green icing.

8) Pipe a beaded border with a tip 3.

9) Use the scribe tool to draw the letter

ofyour choice in the center of the cookie.

Royal Icing (Decorates about 4 Dozen 3” Cookies) Confectioners Sugar 2 pounds (approx. 8 cups) Meringue Powder 10 tablespoons Water 3/4 cup Vanilla 1 teaspoon Salt 1 pinch

10) Pipe over the letter with a tip 1.

Orange Vanilla Spice Cookies (Makes about 2 dozen 3” Cookies) Butter, softened 1/2 pound (2 sticks) Sugar 1-3/4 cups Light agave nectar 1/4 cup Unbleached flour 4 cups Salt 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder 1-1/8 teaspoons Cardamom 2 teaspoons Orange Zest 1/2 each large naval orange Vanilla Bean, scraped 1/2 each Vanilla Extract 1 teaspoon Eggs, room temperature 2 each Preheat oven to 350ºF.

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11) Allow the icing to dry for another 4 hours before handling.

Fit mixer with paddle attachment.* Cream butter and sugar on med-high speed until light and fluffy. Periodically stop mixer and scrape bowl. Add agave nectar and mix until combined. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cardamom in a separate mixing bowl. Use a whisk to combine ingredients. Set aside. Zest orange directly into butter and sugar mixture. Add vanilla bean seeds and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined. Add one egg and mix on low until incorporated. Scrape bowl. Add second egg and mix on low until incorporated. Add flour, baking powder, salt and cardamom and mix on low.** Stop mixer and scrape bowl. Continue mixing until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Divide dough in half and roll each half to a 1” thick rectangle. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least one hour in refrigerator or freeze for later use.

Fit your stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Place powdered sugar, meringue powder and salt in mixing bowl. Mix on low speed until combined. Add most of the water, holding back a few tablespoons. Add vanilla and mix on medium-low speed until ingredients are combined. Add more water if needed. Scrape bowl. Mix for 5 minutes on medium-low speed. Immediately cover icing in an air tight container. The icing will keep for up to 10 days in the refrigerator.

Remove dough from refrigerator and let soften slightly. Roll dough on floured parchment to 3/16” thick. Chill sheets for another half hour. Cut out cookies and freeze for 15 minutes. Bake at 350ºF for 9-10 minutes or until the edges are a light golden brown. Rotate after 5 minutes. Let cookies cool completely before decorating. * Use a hand mixer to cream the butter and sugar if you do not have a stand mixer with a paddle attachment. **Hand mixer users: Use the hand mixer only to incorporate the ingredients. Once incorporated, turn off the mixer and continue to form the dough by hand. Do not over mix.

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All Abloom Cakes & Photos by Maggie Austin Text by Naomi Farr

There’s cake, and then there’s cake. These creations – no, make that works of art – have us dreaming of the prettiest spring soiree we could ever imagine. Following her career as a classical ballet dancer, Maggie Austin has taken her unique artistic vision, precision, and elegant sense of beauty to the sugary world of couture cake making. As one of the most important elements of a wedding reception, your cake truly can be a sculptural piece to be savored by both your eyes and your taste buds. The following exquisite creations evoke the delicate blush of color that spring conjures after the pale days of winter. These masterfully made sugar blooms, gentle ruffled layers, and hand painted tiers will certainly sweeten your special day.

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TreeHoneymoons House

Text by Heather Caulfield Mills

From futuristic designs in a Scandinavian river valley, to tropical constructs in a Caribbean rainforest, tree houses have shifted from childhood backyards to exciting global destinations for nature-inspired newlyweds. Whether you prefer rustic or luxurious (or a bit of both), you’ll find a tree house to match your honeymoon style. Explore unique landscapes and enjoy uncommon hospitality in an intimate setting. What’s almost as exciting as the view? The locations we found maintain a minimal ecological footprint and are dedicated to environmental and community sustainability. Ready to sleep in a tree? Turn the page for more about our favorite leafy honeymoon spots. | 119

Honeymoons Tongabezi

The Plan

Designed with romance in mind, the Tree House at Tongabezi sits in the branches of an Ebony tree overlooking the Zambezi River. With a king-size bed, clawfoot tub, private dining, and amenities like air conditioning, this is one of the most luxurious trees you’ll ever sleep in. Not sure what to do first? No worries: a personal valet will be available to help plan your stay.

Good to Know

The Tree House starts at $620 per person per night. Honeymoon packages include sunset and sunrise boating, trips to Victoria Falls and the surrounding gorges, a game drive in the national park, cultural education at a nearby museum, and access to Livingstone

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Island and to Sindabezi – the resort’s private island. Enjoy nearby mountain bike trails or book a massage. Feast on cuisine prepared by world-class chefs, with ingredients fresh from the kitchen garden. Wifi is available at the Lookout, one of the dining areas on-site.

When to Go

Tongabezi is open year round. For more information, visit or email

How to Get There

Fly into Livingstone or Victoria Falls airport where you’ll be met by a Tongabezi guide. You’ll probably be on a small plane, so make sure your itinerary is solidified in advance, and remember to keep baggage within the charter plane’s weight limit.

Photos: Tongabezi Safari Lodge,

One of Zambia’s premier eco-tourism destinations, Tongabezi is located close to Victoria Falls and provides a range of safari adventures in an intimate natural setting. Whether you prefer hiking in the bush and fishing, or canoeing and candlelit dinners on the river, this green resort offers access to magnificent landscapes while supporting education and sustainability in partnership with the community.

Honeymoons Costa Rica Tree House Lodge

Just inside the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge, Costa Rica Tree House Lodge is the perfect spot for a tropical escape. Sleep in the Caribbean rainforest near the ocean’s edge, and enjoy activities like whitewater rafting, zip-lining, and yoga. Bike the newly-paved roads (rentals are $3 a day), visit a chocolate farm, or explore cultural attractions with a local guide. The Lodge supports the Iguana Verde Foundation and encourages guests to take a Conservation Tour, promoting the protection of the endangered green iguana.

Photos: Costa Rica Tree House,

The Plan

The tree house at the lodge stands on stilts in the jungle and is accessed via suspension bridge. There’s plenty of room to spread out, with a kingsize bedroom and toilet upstairs and living area and kitchen downstairs. A shared bathroom downstairs features an outdoor shower and a toilet tucked into the base of a tree. Hungry? Check out nearby restaurants or grill your own food on-site. Be prepared to get friendly with the wildlife: while mosquito netting keeps insects at bay, sloths and monkeys are known to pay the occasional visit.

Good to Know

The Lodge doesn’t accept credit cards, so you’ll need to pay with cash, traveler’s check, Paypal, or Wells Fargo transfer. Rates start at $300 a night and

include a welcome breakfast the first morning. The tree house is a certified eco lodge, and their commitment to sustainability is evident throughout the facility, from their use of a solar-heated water system and biodegradable cleaning supplies, to their efforts to support the local economy. For more information, visit

When to Go

Keep in mind the rainy season is generally July and August, though winter (December to February) can also be wet.

How to Get There

From the international airport in San Jose, it’s a four or five hour drive to the Lodge. Taxis are relatively inexpensive, or you can arrange private transportation with your hosts, starting at $195 for two people. | 121

Honeymoons TreeHotel, Sweden

The Plan

4-6 meters high in the branches, each tree house is a unique design by Sweden’s premier architects – whether futuristic like The UFO, or camouflaged by nature, like The Bird’s Nest. Another, The Mirrorcube, reflects and blends in with the landscape. The décor at Treehotel has a minimalist but cozy Scandinavian sensibility, with eco-friendly features like under-floor heating, combustion toilets, and energy efficient water systems.

Good to Know

Prices start around 4,400 Swedish Kronor (about $679) per night for double occupancy and include a buffet breakfast. You can also arrange to have food delivered to your treehouse. Wifi is available at Britta’s Pensionat. In an effort to minimize environmental impacts, wastewater is collected and emptied,

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and showers are located outside the tree houses in a separate building. Want to know more about the Sami peoples in the area? Accompany a guide to the home of Lars Eriksson where you’ll visit reindeer pastures, explore Gorgim Lake, and join him for lunch in a kata dwelling. For more information or to book your stay, visit or email

When to Go

Treehotel is open year-round, but check out to learn more about what activities are available seasonally (divided into summer/fall and winter/spring).

How to Get There

Located in the small town of Harads, Treehotel is about an hour from Luleå (Kallax) airport. From there, you can drive, snowmobile, or hire a helicopter or jet!

Photos: Peter Lundstrom, WDO –

Tucked away in the Lule River Valley of Sweden’s Lapland, Treehotel combines contemporary design with breathtaking natural surroundings. Enjoy four season outdoor activities: traverse the frozen river by dog sled, horse trek beneath the northern lights, snowshoe through a pine forest, or relax in the Tree Sauna. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, why not try skijoring: horse-pulled skiing! Looking for something unique to eat? Sit in front of the fireplace at host Britta’s Pensionat (with restaurant and bar) and dine on wild game like bear, arctic char, and reindeer – a staple of the Sami peoples’ food culture. For an unforgettable honeymoon experience, arrange a private three-course dinner in a candlelit tipi in the wilderness!

Honeymoons Tree House Point, Washington State

Situated on the Raging River not far from Seattle, Tree House Point welcomes guests to turn off technology and enjoy a rustic woodland retreat. Explore the area’s abundant outdoor offerings, attend a yoga class in the Pond Room, or book yourselves a massage. There’s even an officiant on staff, if you want to tie the knot and get straight to honeymooning. Hosts Judy and Pete Nelson are featured on Animal Planet’s Tree House Masters, and even run a supply company, in case you become inspired to build your own!

Photos: Courtesy of Tree House Point,

The Plan

There are six tree houses to choose from, all accessed via ladder, suspension bridge, or stairs. Sleep in a hand-crafted bed and open your windows to river and bird sounds. Eat a simple continental breakfast in the Main Lodge, sip tea or coffee offered in the afternoon, and enjoy a live show as part of the regular concert series. All the tree houses share shower and toilet facilities, though several do have incinerator toilets attached, for use “only in an emergency.” The atmosphere may be rugged for some, but perhaps that’s part of the back-to-nature vibe.

Good to Know

While you might not have a toilet, there are hair dryers, toiletries, and an ipod docking station in each tree house. WIFI is available in the main lodge. You may

want to plan your trip well in advance, as the hosts accept calls for just three hours each weekday, and instead encourage potential guests to request an online information packet and reservation link. Email

When to Go

Open year round, there is plenty to do whatever the season. Hit the slopes at Snoqualmie, check out nearby farmers’ markets, try local wines, or visit the casino. includes a list of local attractions and restaurants (dinner is not served on-site).

How to Get There

Just two miles off I-90, it’s an easy drive from Seattle. For those coming from farther afield, fly into SeaTac International Airport and schedule a cab (about $85) to bring you the rest of the way. | 123

Honeymoons Hapuku Lodge, New Zealand

The Plan

30 feet high in the branches of a Manuka grove, the tree houses (built of native timber) offer cozy luxury and incredible views of mountains, sea, and night sky. Amenities include a fireplace, custom king-size bed, heated bathroom floor, private deck, and spa bath.

Good to Know

Kaikoura township is a Green Globe certified community, and the Lodge’s eco-mission includes ongoing partnerships with organic farmers. They’ve also planted over 11,000 native trees and plants to help minimize their carbon footprint! Harmony with nature is a vital part of Maori tradition, and cultural tours are available, led by

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members of Kaikoura-area tribes. Tree house lodging starts at NZ$950 + GST per night for double occupancy, and includes breakfast and three-course dinner. Check out www. for reservations and information.

When to Go

Hapuku Lodge is open year-round, but if you’re traveling from the Northern Hemisphere, don’t forget the seasons are reversed!

How to Get There

Take a plane from Wellington, drive via State Highway 1, or hop on the train from Christchurch and feel the sea mist on your face as you chug along the coast.

Photos: Hapuku Lodge,

Nestled between the Kaikoura Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Hapuku Lodge tree houses are a honeymoon paradise for outdoor adventurers. Activities range from surfing, sea kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, and horse trekking, to golfing, wine tasting, and spa trips. Want a close-up of marine wildlife and native New Zealand birds? Book a whale watch, swim with dolphins, or visit the favorite hangout spots of seals and albatross. The Lodge has its own farm, specializing in deer and olive oil, and the chefs have a kitchen garden, too.

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