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Editor’s Letter Resource Directory Sweet Moments

STYLE FILES Garden Party Boheme

REAL WEDDINGS 72 78 84 90 96 102

AT HOME 12 13

Botanical Abode Fantastical Forest

DETAILS 14 16 17

Jewelry Stationery Adornments



Ilusion Necklines Sculptural

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You’re Blushing Got You Covered With This Kiss

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Sweet Blush Floral Invitation Suite Dried Flower Crown



25 Green Wedding Tips Designer Spotlight: Celia Grace Naked Cakes



Rylee + Andrew Jacqueline + Trebor Jordan + Taylor Christy + Brendan Krissy + Sean Brandy + Justin


Horseback Riding Honeymoons



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Light as a Feather Rustic Romance Mermaid on the Shore Romance in the Garden Texture Once Upon A Time

ON THE COVER Annabella Charles Photography Floral: Haute Horticulture Styling: Everbloom Designs See this feature on p. 36 | 7

Editor’s Letter

E-mail your thoughts to

Your Own Fairy Tale

xoxo Naomi

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Naomi Farr Editor-in-Chief

Photos by Naomi Farr

It is with great admiration for all of the talented wedding artists included in the following pages that I present this second issue of Sweet Violet Bride. Just when I’ve seen a wedding, a styled shoot, or perhaps even a single photograph that seems to me the most beautiful thing I’ve ever set eyes on, I am then floored by yet even more beauty. In this issue we are inspired by texture, light, and fairy tale romance near and far. You’ll get a glimpse of styled and real weddings in Oregon, Florida, Colorado, California, Ireland, Iceland, and Italy to name a few. But no matter where you plan to have your wedding the most important thing is who you’re standing with when you say “I do.” And of course secondly, plenty of gorgeous details – whether those be found in the natural landscape, or inspired by your favorite landscape. Also in this issue you’ll find tips for a green wedding from The Green Bride Guide’s Kate Harrison, an interview with eco gown designer Celia Grace, an array of naked cakes, DIY tutorials (learn how to make your own dried flower crown!) and new style files for your wardrobe and your home. And if you’re looking for ideas for a romantic and adventurous honeymoon that will take you off the beaten path, you’ll love our roundup of horseback riding honeymoon destinations. Cheers to your special day, and all the days to follow. I hope you enjoy!

NAOMI FARR Publisher, Editor-in-Chief, Creative Director HEATHER CAULFIELD MILLS Contributing Writer, Editorial Assistant TORIN JUDD Design Assistant ISSUE No. 2 CONTRIBUTORS Angela Mazanti, Annabella Charles, Antiquaria, Bailey Amon, Buffy Dekmar, Carly Bish, Daniel Cruz, Eileen Morales, Jeremy Harwell, Julie Cahill, Kate Harrison, Kelly Braman, Laura Gordon, Laura Murray, Michelle March, Ozzy Garcia, Pat Furey, Paula O’Hara, Peta Rudd, Rustic White Photography, Sarah Goodwin, Tec Petaja CONNECT WITH SWEET VIOLET BRIDE

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Style File Garden Party

Whether you’re throwing a bridal shower or simply gathering for afternoon tea among the roses, these finds will help you celebrate in garden chic style. From butterfly lockets (which make beautiful gifts for your girls) and gowns inspired by petals, to shoes made with real pressed flowers.


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1. Papillon Lockets, Violette & Iris, from $60, 2. Gold Cherry Blossom Washi Tape, Paper Source, $3.95, 3. Field of Flowers Hostess Tray, Juliska, $68, 4. Begonia Cocktail Dress, The Flower Bride , $600, 5. Peony Paper Flower Wreath Kit, $21.95, Paper Source, 6. Pressed Flower Shoes in ‘Floral Love’ and ‘Floral Power,’ $338 and $268, Lady O,

Style File Boheme

There is something so magnetic about the easygoing bohemian aesthetic. A gown with fluttery sleeves, a crown of leaves and blossoms, and unique, downto-earth details such as outdoor lanterns, wood accessories, and ribbon sandals will have you glowing like the natural beauty you are.

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1. Ambrosia Lanterns, set of 2, Home Decoraters Collection, $63, 2. Bohemian Bardot Ring, Smantha Wills, $76.20 3. Colette Dress, Rue De Seine, Rue De 4. Wood Clutch, from $580, Tesler Mendelovitch, 5. Ivory Lace Sandals, Sseko Designs, $59.99, 6. Alejandra Suite, $4.50 sample, JP Stationery,

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At Home Botanical Abode

Adorn your new nest with botanical beauty. From chic floral wallpaper to botanical plates and tiles you can bring your garden into your home year-round. Jot down notes in gorgeous botanical journals and add instant fairy garden whimsy to any room with a blossoming light pendant.



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1. Garden Mini Pendant, Joss & Main, $5,845, 2. 4-Piece Giardin Salad Plates, Joss & Main, $5,845, 3. Garden Buzz, Peony Watercolor wallpapers , Anthropologie, $148, 4. Eco-Friendly Ceramic Coasters, Tilissimo, set of 4, $25, 5. Art of Instruction Botanical Journals, set of 3, $12.95, Paper Source, 6. Field of Flowers Large Pitcher, $148, Juliska,

At Home Fantastical Forest

If walks in the woods are more your style, then you’ll love these forest finds. You can recreate little bits of your favorite fairy tale forest and express your connection to nature when you bring these woodland details into your home.

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4 1. Woods, Enchanted Forest Wallpapers, Anthropologie, $148, 2. Ceramic Fox, Nordstrom, $138 3. Cypress Treepot, Sticks & Stones Studio, 4. Fern Watercolor Pillow, $48, Created by Storm, 5. Forest Dreams Canopy Bed, Corsican, $7,000, 6. Paza Oval Mirror, $283.80, Uttermost,

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Jewelry Elemental Attraction

Inspired by the elements, these pieces of jewelry can be a naturally beautiful statement of your everlasting love. Inspired by Earth, Water, or Wind, and made with Fire, these artisanal designs have caught our eyes and we think they’ll make a flattering addition to your fine jewelry collection – wedding day or otherwise.

Rock Matrix Wedding Ring, Sharon Zimmerman, $1,460, eco friendly recycled 14k gold,

TRDR351-18KY, Todd Reed, price upon request, 18ky gold with wavy line of raw diamond cubes (.81ctw),

Cracked Earth Blackened Gold and Pave Diamond Wedding Band, Sofia Kaman Fine Jewels, $6,800, 15mm,

Twig Engagement Ring with Oval Diamond, Barbara Michelle Jacobs, $3,150, reclaimed 18k yellow gold,

Breeze Ring, Jes MaHarry, $2,800, white gold and diamonds, inscribed with “let the wind carry you away,”

Aquamarine Flow Ring, Anne Sportun, $2,640, 18k yellow gold,

Redwoods, Beth Cyr, (set of two), $2,055, 14k recyled rose gold,

Parched Earth Collection, Doron Merav, price upon request,

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Devi and Sundara Rings, Ken & Dana Design $1,695 and $2,995, recycled gold,


Maldivian Feathered Drop Earrings, Alexis Bittar, $171.50, Amazonite,

Nine Perfections Necklace, Sarah Hood Jewelry, price upon request, sterling silver, 18k/sterling bimetal, oneof-a-kind, private collection,

Artist Spotlight {Sarah Hood}

Padme Earrings, Sarah Hood Jewelry price upon request, sterling silver, 18k/sterling bimetal,

A Seattle artist, jeweler and maker, Sarah Hood works with both traditional and nontraditional materials and processes. She makes jewelry that explores the natural world and is simple, elegant, natural, and modern, with an emphasis on recycled materials, natural gemstones, and ethically sourced diamonds. Her work consists of several collections of unique jewelry pieces ranging from very wearable limited edition jewelry to one-of-a-kind sculptural art jewelry. “My pieces are a constant exploration of the natural world, both its forms and its materials,” says Sarah. “I’m drawn to archetypes, those images floating beneath our collective consciousness—a perfect circle, an elongated leaf, a bare tree. I love striking profiles, elegant design, and unexpected combinations of materials.” To learn more visit | 15

Stationery Tailor’s Ribbon in Light Turquoise, Antiquaria, $20 for 100 yards,

First Impressions

Invitations are for your guests, but they should also be something you’ll love to keep in your wedding scrapbook or keepsake box and enjoy in the years to come. What’s catching our eyes this season? Foil-pressed, handlettering and watercolor, vintage motifs and postage, and simple yet rustic suites.

Floral Watercolor Invitations + Calligraphy (from a custom real wedding), Julie Song Ink, Fluttering Forever Round Wedding Invitations, Claire Pettibone for Wedding Paper Divas, $239 for 100,

Gold Foil Eat, Drink, & Be Married Coasters, We Heart Paper, $39.50 for 30,

Vintage Blossom Wedding Invitations, Love vs. Design, $140 for 50,

Great Idea! Source vintage stamps for your invites from ebay or Etsy! Left: Darling One, lot of 100 various unused vintage stamps for $78,

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A Bushel and a Peck Wedding invitation Suite, Yours is the Earth, $250 deposit, then price upon request,


Foil-Pressed Invitations in “cascade” and “floral canopy,” Minted, $260 for 100,

Adornments Wild Things

Let wild beauty inspire your wedding style. One of our favorite quotes by Louisa May Alcott says it best: “The flowers stood gazing, in very wonder, at the little Elves, who lay among the fern-leaves, swung in the vineboughs, sailed on the lake in lily cups, or danced on the mossy ground, to the music of the harebells, who rung out their merriest peal in honor of the night. Under the shade of a wild rose sat the Queen and her little Maids of Honor, beside the silvery mushroom where the feast was spread.” — Flower Fables Golden Pearl Comb, Paris by Debra Moreland for BHLDN, $260,

Queen Eleanor (velvet), Queen Camellia (steel), Fiori Couture, $250 and $1,500 respectively,


Cornelia Petal Shoe Clips, Freya Rose, £65 per pair, handmade with silk, Handsculpted Poppy Skeleton Key Pendant Jenny Kim, price upon request,

Blueberry Woods Crown, Violette & Iris, $64,

Beaded Leaf Champagne Bridal Headband #211HB, January Rose, $465, Photo: Desi Baytan Photography

Floy Bridal Headpiece, Bride La Boheme, $175 AU,

Owl - Metallic Lace Caplet Style # TH2130-1, Twigs & Honey, $540, - Photo: Elizabeth Messina | 17

Gown Gallery illusion neckline

Several wedding gown trends have caught our eye this season, especially illusion necklines and beautiful structural designs. Illusion necklines not only offer extra security on an otherwise strapless gown but are also quite sexy; enabling pretty detailing that seems to float effortlessly around your dĂŠcolletage.



1. BHLDN, 2. Ziad Nakad, 3. Pronovias, 4. Yolan Cris, 5. Elizabeth Fillmore,

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s c u l p t u r a l Gown Gallery

You might think of stiff and awkward when you imagine structured designs, but these are anything but. They’re soft and feminine while remaining architectural. Many of these are reminiscent of the endlessly fascinating forms found in floral structures.






1. Krikor Jabotian, 2. Marchesa, 3. Sareh Nouri, 4. Ziad Nakad, 5. J. Mendel, | 19

customizable bridal fascinators & boutonnieres handmade using cruelty-free feathers beautiful textiles & vintage embellishments

A Distinctive Collection of Rustic, Enchanted Treehouses in a Fairytale Forest Setting. Ideal for Weddings, Honeymoons and Recommitments. |

Amanda Lloyd Photography


25 Tips for a Green Wedding by Kate L. Harrison

A green wedding is any wedding where the couple tries to decrease the impact of their event on the planet - and there are many ways to do it without sacrificing style or elegance! Green weddings are eco-chic, which means they are every bit as gorgeous as conventional weddings, but without the waste. And, amazingly enough, going green can save you money.


Use an eco-conscious jeweler who uses ethically sourced diamonds, gems and metals or recycled stones and metals. Family heirlooms and vintage rings are also a sustainable, less expensive option.


Use recycled, post-consumer waste or tree-free paper for invitations, RSVP cards, etc. as well as soy inks to reduce environmental impact.


Opt for virtual correspondence with guests as a paperless alternative to invitations, RSVPs, etc.


Consider hosting any wedding showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties or other events close to home to cut down on travel-related greenhouse gas emissions.


Green restaurants, vineyards, museums or art galleries are great wedding locations that are eco friendly and support the natural world as well as cultural awareness.


If you’re considering a destination wedding, look for eco-retreat options that are available locally or choose a Green Globe certified resort.


Instead of buying off the rack, find a designer that offers eco-friendly gowns made from sustainable materials or choose a once-worn gown.

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Buying vintage or having a family gown altered to suit your taste can make your wedding attire more green.


After the big day, donate your wedding attire so that it can be used again.


Go to a green salon for your hair and makeup or use all-natural beauty products.

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Find eco-friendly, vintage or handmade bridesmaids gowns.


Don eco-friendly accessories for your big day, like recycled or antique jewelry.


Encourage your fiancĂŠ to borrow or rent a tuxedo, or to buy one made from sustainable material.


Use local, seasonal, and organic flowers for your wedding.


Ask potential photographers about their green practices. Many green photographers use recharge- able batteries, non-toxic inks, 100% post-consumer waste paper, and recycle.


Consider using digital photography as a paperless and chemical-free alternative to capture your spe- cial event.


Use recycled, vintage or borrowed items for the ceremony and reception dĂŠcor.


Organic caterers are a great option to provide your wedding with healthy, fresh, seasonal foods.


Provide guests with wine, beer, and other beverages made locally.

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Register with an eco-friendly company, like the Green Bride Guide, to support sustainable businesses while also educating guests about eco-friendly products.


Give small potted plants, seedlings, or soy candles as wedding favors.

Have guests carpool, rent an alternative energy bus or trolley, or take public transit if possible to cut down on travel emissions.

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Local or volunteer vacations are great honeymoon options.

Kate L. Harrison is the founder of the leading green wedding resource and the Director of Merchandising & Eco-Friendly Marketing for Author of the best-selling wedding book The Green Bride Guide: How To Create An Earth-friendly Wedding On Any Budget (Sourcebooks 2008). | 23

Natural Beauty

You’re Blushing...

You might already be glowing on your big day, but a little blush goes a long way toward creating the picture perfect face. It helps to define your cheekbones, and gives you that youthful, sexy color that will bring your look from ‘pretty’ to ‘goddess.’ And don’t be intimidated to try a bold stain - a little goes a long way and they last all day!

Cream 1. Lip & Cheek Tint, 100% Pure, $17 ea., 100% colored from fruit, 2. Aura Multi-Use Blush, Vapour Organic Beauty, $36 ea., in Impulse, Spark, and Courtesan, 3. Cream Blush, Kjaer Weis, $54, in Abundance, organic + gluten free,




Pressed Powder 4. Pressed Mineral Blush, L’Eclisse, $30, in pink sapphire, 5. Hydrasheer Pressed Mineral Blush, Genfiore, $14.50 CAN, in Valentine, 6. Certified Organic Baked Blush, Antonym, $35, in peach,




Loose Powder 7. Satin Matte Blush, Alima Pure, $20 ea., in apple blossom & pink, 8. Glowing Cheek Color, Juice Beauty, $16, in pink, 9. 24-Karat Gold Dust, apply to the cheeks, eyes and lips for a delicately gilded look. jane iredale, $14, in champagne,

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Natural Beauty

...Got you Covered

You can never have enough types of concealer in your makeup toolkit, especially when it comes to special occassions. With a flawless canvas you need less of everything else. The below are tried and tested natural concealers, and like a range of paints in an artist’s palette, each behaves a little differently. Trust us, you’ll want more than one.

1. Disappear™ Concealer with Green Tea Extract, jane iredale, $30, for your toughest to cover blemish, 2. Illusionist Concealer, Vapour Organic Beauty, $24, best for dark circles and contouring, 3. Correcting Concealer, Juice Beauty, $18 ea., for all those little imperfections,




4. Fruit Pigmented Long Last Concealer, 100% Pure, $21, blendable, water and sweat resistant, 5. Fruit Pigmented Brightening Concealer, 100% Pure, $19, de-puffs and brightens,




6. Flawless & Poreless Primer, Pixi, $22, smoothes fine lines, minimizes pores and hydrates, makes makeup last longer,

7. The Tatcha Bridal Set, Tatcha, $178, This set is tailored to a bride’s needs for perfect complexion; wrapped in a one-of-a-kind bag, handcrafted in Kyoto from kimono material. Petal Fresh Beauty Papers are a must have on your big day to reduce shine!



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Natural Beauty

With This kiss...

With these summer and fall lip colors your look will pop with a pictureperfect smile. Natural ingredients don’t mean poor perfomance - these all passed the Sweet Violet Beauty test! Whether you’re looking for a lipstick, gloss, tint, or some combination, these products will pretty your pout.

1. Luminous Crème Lipstick, Bite Beauty, $24, in Zin, sephora. com/bite-beauty 2. Siren Lipstick, Vapour Organic Beauty, $24 ea., in Aupair, Desire, and Possess, 3. Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick, Josie Maran, $22, in Spirited Red,




4. Hydrasheer Botanic Lipgloss, Genfiore, $13 CAD, we love it in Pomegranate (second from right), 5. Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze, 100% Pure, $18, in Daiquiri and Vixen, 6. Shea Butter Lip Balm, Pixi, $8, in Natural Rose, such a beautiful tint!




7. Lip Spread, vbeauté, $19, in Vain, high impact and long lasting, 8. PureMoist® Lipstick, jane iredale, $25 ea., in Naomi, Margi, and Mary, 9. Sugar&Butter Lip Exfoliator/ Plumper, jane iredale, $25, an absolute must on your honeymoon also!

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In summer 2013 Celia Grace bridal joined the Fair Trade Federation and became America’s first line of Fair Trade wedding dresses. To celebrate the launch of its first bridal collection, Celia Grace has shared these breathtaking images with us from its eco and “voluntourism” photo shoot in Belize. “Celia Grace’s first-ever bridal collection was inspired by exquisite silks, nature, and inspiring women,” says owner Marcelia Muehlke. Each dress is simply elegant and romantic with a touch of vintage and bohemian influences. Thanks to light-as-air silk, Celia Grace wedding dresses are comfortable and flattering, making them perfect for warm weather destinations. To showcase their dresses Celia Grace teamed up with a group of eco-conscious and socially-responsible companies to produce a photo shoot to highlight these eco and Fair Trade dresses and to show brides different ways they can give back (and get more) from their destination wedding or honeymoon. The photo shoot took place around Belize on the beach, in the jungle, at Mayan ruins, at an eco resort, and at a rescue zoo for endangered species.

Q&A with Celia Grace SVB: How did Celia Grace start? CG: The idea to create a line of wedding gowns that give back came from my experience looking for a dress for my wedding. I wanted to wear something really special—a wedding dress that would make me look exquisite and feel beautiful —because it was made in a way that helped rather than harmed people or the environment. But I couldn’t find anything like that! That was when I realized I could create a win-win for women around the world. I could give brides a more beautiful, joyful, and meaningful wedding and pay seamstresses in developing countries a living wage so they could better themselves, their family, and their community. SVB: What is Fair Trade? CG: Fair Trade is a global movement to end poverty by giving consumers in the developed world the ability to choose products made under safe, healthy, and fair conditions in developing countries. Many people are familiar with Fair Trade coffee or chocolate that is sourced in a way that customers can feel great about – it is the same with our dresses. SVB: What makes Celia Grace Wedding Dresses Eco & Fair Trade? CG: Celia Grace wedding gowns are made from natural, pesticide-free silk that is woven by hand on no-electricity looms and dyed using safe dyes when needed. This creates exquisite silks like nothing else available and helps preserve a traditional art form. Talented seamstresses in a Fair Trade women’s sewing group in Cambodia sew each dress for the bride who orders it. The seamstresses earn a living wage, do not work excessive hours, have job security and upward mobility, and get full benefits.

SVB: What inspires you and your designs? CG: Our luxurious heirloom silks and skilled seamstresses enable Celia Grace to offer a line of wedding dresses that are exquisitely designed and hand crafted, beautifully worn and comfortable. Our styles are inspired by nature – we make gowns that are perfect for a range of romantic natural settings while still retaining high elegance. Working with women around the world allows us to utilize traditional embellishments and fabrics which we love incorporating into our gowns. Strong women who are beautiful inside and out serve as daily inspiration: our silk weavers, our seamstresses, our brides, and the pioneering women after whom our dresses are named. SVB: Any advice for brides in search of their dream dress? CG: There are two musts for a wedding dress – flattering and comfortable. Looking gorgeous is more obvious, but being comfortable will allow you to enjoy every minute of your big day. Can you sit in your dress? Eat? Drink? Dance? Hug? Finally, find a dress that makes you feel great – whether that is due to how it is made, your experience finding it, or something else. SVB: Can brides afford a Celia Grace dress? CG: Yes! Choosing an ethically made gown doesn’t mean breaking the bank. We offer dresses at a range of prices so any bride can choose a more meaningful wedding dress that she looks great in and which help women around the world. SVB: Where can brides find your gowns? CG: Celia Grace wedding dresses are available in bridal boutiques across the United States as well as direct from Celia Grace if there is no shop in your area. Celia Grace now also sells internationally. Learn more at or we welcome inquiries from brides and boutiques at | 29


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Photography: Jacklyn Greenberg/JAGstudios / Belize Destination Coordinator: Romantic Travel Belize / Destination Wedding Planner: Destination Bride / Eco Resort: Hidden Valley Inn / Animal Rescue: The Belize Zoo / Wedding Gowns: Celia Grace / Models: Destinee Arnold (Miss Belize 2012, Miss Ethnic World 2013), Grace Whitney

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Color story

Light hues of lemon and cream paired with vibrant greens and soft, feathery details make for a style compilation that sweeps us off our feet. With buttery roses, sunny ranunculus, and green seed pods, the bouquet is a lovely garden-meets-wild-path piece. The stunning centerpiece with sprawling vines is a complimentary work of art to the bright bouquet. Supporting details of silvery beaded embroidery, a gold tea cart and calligraphy, crystal champagne fountain, and a whisper-white cake give this look an elegance and airiness that is all aglow through the magnificent light captured by Annabella Charles’ lens. | 37


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Photography: Annabella Charles,

Stylist: Everbloom Designs | Florist: Haute Horticulture | Dresses: provided by Maggie Louise | Makeup: Gia Marina | Hair: Melissa Brandon | Paper Goods: Natalie Chang | Cake: The Flour Garden | Vintage Rentals: Propcellar

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Rustic Romance

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Color story

The 1,800-acres that is Brasada Ranch in Bend, OR, is ripe with rustic beauty that simply calls for a tablescape and styling such as this. A stunning fall bouquet of deep red and blush pink roses with plenty of silvery greenery is tied with a royal violet ribbon that sweeps away in the wind from the naturally bunched stems. As if the wild landscape and bouquet aren’t already enough to love, this shoot inspires us with a thick rustic wood table laid with simple gold details. The deckled edge stationery with organic styled calligraphy says volumes with its less is more look. | 43


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Photography: Laura Gordon,

Venue: Brasada Ranch (Oregon) | Workshop: Erich McVey Workshop | Styling: Ginny Au | Florals: Holly Carlisle | Ribbon: Froufrou Chic | Hair + Makeup: Amy Clarke, with assistant Beth Level | Styling Assistant: A&B Creative | Calligraphy + Stationery: Brown Linen Design |Dresses: Finery Boutique | Chairs + Benches: O’Brien Events | Models: John Beck and Haley MacDowall of Ryan Artists | Film Processing and Scanning: PhotoVision | 45



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Color story

A salty mist and carefree spirit awakens the senses and a simple table under the open sky is decorated with moss, dahlias, and ranunculus in this beautiful shoot. Aged driftwood serves as the ocean’s candelabra, sprinkled with seashell candles and sea grass. There is a sense of stepping into a timeless ritual witnessed by the wind and the waves. Though arranged in pewter vases, the flowers maintain their untamed feel. The bride’s gorgeous gown resembles a mermaid out of water looking for the love that made her hear her very first heartbeat. This organic beach affair brings a fairy tale to reality on the Florida shore and is perfect inspiration for a maritime marriage. | 47


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Photography: Ozzy Garcia,

Venue: Florida | Design + Coordination + Florals: Beauty in the Making | Hair + Makeup: Carolyn Jones Makeup | Dress: Chic Parisien | Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse | Cake: E & M Sweets | Paper Goods: Leveret Paperie | Tableware Rentals + Linens + Chairs: Classic Party Rentals | 49


Romance in the Garden

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Color story

For those who love a bit of regal elegance but also the organic, wild look of a crown woven of leaves, this shoot is for you. Beautiful gowns by Claire Pettibone, Eugenia Couture, and Sarah Janks are paired with lush blooms and flower crowns fit for a fairy princess all juxtaposed against a regal estate in Memphis. Centerpieces spilling over with blush and crimson garden roses, cranberry peonies, gold candlesticks, and flatware in berry and gold hues brings together the best of both worlds – that of the glamorous garden party and that of the wild woodlands just beyond it. A match made for romance. | 51


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Photography: Annabella Charles,

Venue: The Junior League of Memphis | Design + Coordination + Florals: Angela Mazanti Design | Hair + MUA: Rachel Douglass with Sache salon | Hair Accessories: Lacielle Roselle | Dresses: Claire Pettibone, Eugenia Couture, Sarah Janks | Shoes: Hey Lady Shoes | Cake: The Flour Garden | Invitations + Printed Items: Natalie Chang | Rentals: Angela Mazanti Design | Linens: Wildflower Linens | Videography: Michael Allen | 57


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Color story

This photo shoot is a spectacle of textural delight and a feast for the senses. A bouquet like this one, with so many details for the eye to wander over, will be an intriguing display for you and your guests. A king protea takes center stage with supporting roles of anemone, ranunculus, pieris, and parrot tulips. Keeping the color scheme within a soft range of blush, peach, and white allows the textures to really shine without making it all about color. Other details such as embroidered linens, a feathery curtain, and one fluttery beaded shoulder keep this scheme elegant and simple, but anything but boring. | 59


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Photography: Laura Murray,

Styling + Design: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals | Flowers: Bare Root Flora | Dress: Grace by Anna Campbell | Hair: Hilary Hackney | Makeup: Dina Bree | Venue: McNichols Civic Center Building (Denver) | Linen: La Tavola | Porcelain Flowers: BHLDN | Model: Cindy Yan | 63


Once upon a dream...

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Color story

We’re not sure who said the above quote, but it captures this shoot perfectly. Like falling into the pages of a story book these images take us to a place with moss covered castles, enchanted forests, rose macarons edged in gold, wildly beautiful florals, and fluttery gowns. The following quote was also an inspiration to the talented group who put this together, originally for Confetti Magazine and graciously shared with us: “I know it’s true, that visions are seldom all they seem, But if I know you, I know what you’ll do, You’ll love me at once, The way you did, once upon a dream” -Jack Lawrence {sleeping beauty} | 65


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Photography: Paula O’Hara,

*Shot and Styled for Confetti Magazine Venue: Luttrellstown Castle, Dublin, Ireland | Styling: Alise Taggart | Florals: Ann Marie O Leary | Hair: Danielle Dignam for Dylan Bradshaw | Makeup: Making Faces | Cakes: Cocoa Moiselle | Jewelry: Rhinestones Boutique | Models: Fara for Assets Model Agency and Dylan for Lockdown Models Agency | 69

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Rylee + Andrew Private Residence, Alabama 3-23-2013 When Rylee and Andrew met at 14 and 17 years old at summer camp, Andrew had had his eye on her for six months. When he finally worked up the courage to get to know her, he won her heart in a weekend. Fast forward five years later; he surprised her one evening as they were swinging in her backyard hammock. Rylee’s dog ran out to them with a silk ribbon and diamond ring he had tied around her neck. It was that same backyard where they had a beautiful Italian inspired ceremony and became husband and wife. Almost everything was done by family with special meaning – right down to the handmade gown, shoes, ceremony arch, candles, feast, and even hand laid brick patio and tables! Their woodland tablescape, these magical photos, and their story of true love has our hearts fluttering as if we’ve just read a fairytale. Here’s what Rylee has to say: I loved putting on my dress – within each hand-stitched thread held so many memories. The fall before the wedding, my mom & I found a delicate silky soft piece of lace we knew would be a great inspiration for the dress. Joy Thigpen then sat me down for a creative session and blew my mind as she gracefully and magically pulled my

desires for the dress and the wedding out of my heart and put them onto paper. We then met the wonderful Cheryl Taylor who handcrafted each piece of the dress and found the most beautiful fabrics, while also including the piece my mom & I found. Cheryl was such a fun part of the process. Besides the dress, she also handmade my lace shoes & found my 100+ year old hairpiece and veil which I will cherish forever. Andrew designed my ring using his great grandmother’s diamond and a rose gold setting and paired them with two thin bands. Along with my rings, I wore small boxwood pearl earrings and a tiny bracelet I bought in Italy as my only other pieces of jewelry. I always dreamed of getting married in my parents’ backyard and I feel so blessed that everyone gave so much to make that happen. The week before the wedding, by dad surprised me with something so special to me. The ceremony structure that surrounded us as we said our vows was made by my dad with branches from a tree which used to hold our childhood tire swing before it fell the month before our wedding. Fittingly, we call this tree >> p.76 | 73

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‘the giving tree’ now. My favorite moment of the wedding day was with my dad. As we walked from the house, he stopped me just before walking down the aisle and whispered ‘Stop right here and take this all in for a moment.’ – Rylee

Photography: Tec Petaja,

Styling and Design: Joy Thigpen | Planner: Ginny Au | Flowers: Joy Thigpen and Cloth of Gold | Paper & Calligraphy: Meagan Tidwell | Pana Cotta: Caitlin Van Horn | Hair: Joanna Ballentine | Makeup: Brittany Massey | Chairs & Flatware: Market 46 | Tables & Lines: Special Events | Brides accessories: Hair Piece & Veil: Vintage | Earrings: Wildlife Wonders | Gown: Cheryl Taylor | Shoes: Cheryl Taylor | Assistants: Nina Mullins and Mandy Busby | Napkins: At Home Furnishings | Grooms Suite and Tie: J Crew | Glassware: Zara Home | Venue: Bride’s Home | Wholesale Flowers: Fifty Flowers

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Jacqueline + Trebor Rome, Italy

12-12-2013 Though Jacqueline and Trebor have known each other since middle school, there was no initial attraction. In fact, Jacqueline admits she thought of him as a jerk in high school. About four years ago however, they met again thanks to a mutual friend and this time things were much different. “I remember saying, “Trebor from high school? No way, not coming!” says Jacqueline who eventually gave in. “We snuck into a concert, had drinks, shared laughs, and of course...there was that mutual flirtation and attraction immediately. He was not the same guy from high school, thank goodness.” They quickly became great friends and had many adventures together, and in traditional Trebor style, he proposed during one of those adventures. Jacqueline says it best: He nonchalantly suggested we go to our favorite hiking spot called Max Patch. I was having a really stressful week, so I thought he was just trying to take my mind off things. Never did I suspect a proposal. He even brought along champagne, delicious cheese, raspberries....the works! Still, I just thought he was being super sweet (which he always is). We got to Max Patch about an hour before sunset. It was ab-

solutely beautiful. There are rolling hills as far as you can see, and of course the gorgeous mountains of Western North Carolina. We hiked up and found a little spot to lay our blanket down to pop open the bubbly! There weren’t a lot of people there so we had all the amazingness to ourselves. We walked around for a bit, and then all of a sudden he just gets down on one knee and proposes! Of course my jaw dropped to my knees and it took me a minute to really know what was going on. I just screamed, “YES!”...then it was like a scene from the Sound of Music. He picked me up in his arms, twirled me, the whole shebang. It was awesome. Then of course we drank lots of champagne, cuddled up, and watched the sunset...complete bliss. Their wedding ceremony seems a continuation of that dreamy day – an elopement in Rome. If eloping in Rome sounds like a dream, imagine also not having to plan a thing. Such luck was Jacqueline and Trebor’s. As Jacqueline is a model in the Ashville, NC area, she saw the Facebook post of a stylist friend that mentioned looking for an adventurous couple with passports to be a part of a photography workshop in which they would surprise the photographers with a real elopement the second day of the retreat. >> p.82 | 79

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All they had to do was hop on a plane and enjoy their day! “Life is too short not to have fun and do what makes you truly happy,” says Jacqueline.

Photography: Buffy Dekmar,

Venue: Villa Bertolami (Roma, Italy) | Styling: Jessica Gallo of Fine & Fleurie, and Wedding Sparrow | Floral: Amy Bowley of Bo Boutique | Artwork, Calligraphy & Paper Products: Katie Hyatt of Signora e Mare | Hair + Makeup: Jen Lewis of Pastel Makeup & Hair | Event Coordination: Cristina Ditta of The Wedding Care | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Gown: Liz White | Bride’s Coat: Margheritanera | Tux: Modern Gent | Officiant: Tuscan Pledges | Ceremony Musicians: Professionisti della Musica | Catering: Natalizi | Retreat Gatherings: Retreat Rome 2013

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Jordan + Tay Atlanta, Georgia 03-15-2014 Though their paths must have crossed several times during their teenage and college years, it wasn’t until they both worked in Roswell, Georgia’s restaurant industry that Jordan and Tay met through a mutual friend. At first, Jordan says, “Tay wanted to be in a relationship and I wasn’t ready for one yet, so we developed as friends first. He was extremely patient with me and made me feel special for being me.” Jordan describes their first kiss as the moment things changed. Tay gave her a ride home after an evening of celebrating with her soccer teammates. While stopped at a red light, Jordan grabbed Tay’s face and gave him a huge smooch. “You do not know how long I have been waiting for you to do that,” he exclaimed, and she says she knew then how special he was. He proposed to her on Christmas Eve 2012, as they prepared to move into a town home they had just purchased. Jordan brought visiting relatives to the house for a tour. “Everyone knew what was going on except me, so they took their places in the master bedroom while my dad did his best to distract me downstairs. As we made our way up I turned the corner and Tay had painted the wall in chalk paint and written, Will You Marry Me?, with boxes to check ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ I

was immediately shocked, and of course I checked YES.” When it came to wedding inspiration, Jordan says she was able to make quick decisions, knowing she loved gold and lace with “very subtle neutral flowers - tulips are definitely a favorite - and beautiful green accents.” She gave her bridesmaids a color palette and details about fabric and length, but let them choose dresses to match their individual style. “I am a very free-spirited person so I wanted my wedding to mirror that. Tay and I really like the industrial feel as well, so when we found Summerour we immediately knew that’s where we wanted everything to take place! It was like being in a fairytale and I guess you could say that was my inspiration. The girls all looked like princesses, the guys like princes (in their navy suits), and the decor was very rustic but delicate. Feminine meets Masculine.” The wedding, on Jordan’s 29th birthday, was “the best birthday party ever!” They have kept the chalkboard wall reading “Will You Marry Me,” and their friends add messages of well-wishes when they visit. Jordan reflects on the winding path to their marriage: “You do not find many people who wait and he waited - and it was worth the wait!” | 85

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Photography: Rustic White Photography,

Venue: Summerour | Coordination: SHE (Stella Harper Events) | Floral, Heapiece, Decor, & Catering: Bold American Events | Dress: Wedding Angels | Hair + Makeup: Helena Dinger Kolesar | Rings: Brilliant in Roswell | Suits: Suit Supply in Buckhead | DJ: Ben Decker | Photobooth: Premiere Entertainment

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Christy + Brendan Tabernash, Colorado 10-12-2013 Despite Brendan coaching Christy’s cousins in swimming and both having attended Boston College, they didn’t meet until they both studied abroad in El Salvador. “It was an incredible place to meet,” says Christy, “the program focused on social justice and living in solidarity with the poor. Our experiences there united us in our bond for working with other cultures and for social justice.” The world is a big place, but Christy and Brendan’s story proves that when it’s meant to be, love will find you. Christy is a tough one to surprise, but after dating for eight years and living together for a few of those, Brendan pulled off a creative proposal on a regular Thursday night. “Brendan came home with sushi from our favorite restaurant. I started taking out each container and noticed one was not our usual order. Inside the take-out container was the ring and he proposed in our kitchen. We celebrated with dessert, champagne, and a weekend trip to Minnesota to be with my family. PS - Harold, our sushi guy, gave us the edamame for free that night.” They envisioned a simple, natural, and colorful affair for their wedding day celebrations and Devil’s Thumb Ranch, in Tabernash,

Colorado was the perfect place to celebrate their marriage and be with dear friends and family. This travel-loving pair included fun appetizers featuring the cuisine of places they lived abroad including pupusas from El Salvador and goat from Tanzania. Their wedding radiated with color in brilliant hues of red, fuchsia, gold, orange, peach, and blue. Because of their diverse color palette it was easy for the bridesmaids to each choose their own dress and work it right into the scheme. Nude pumps and matching ivory pashminas kept them unified. Guests were also offered a shawl at the ceremony in case they needed a bit of warmth – a lovely touch for a cool October day. There was an inch of snow on the ground in the morning, but by the afternoon it was sunny and warmer and they were able to be married outside with the gorgeous Rocky Mountains in the background. Once dancing really got started, Christy changed out of her gown and into a bright, flowy dress. “Brendan and I spent most of the later part of the night dancing and smiling to awesome live music with friends and family (this included our band playing a Led Zeppelin remix, Macklemore, and Daft Punk),” says Christy. When asked if she had any advice for future >>p.94 | 91

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brides, Christy said, “Don’t worry about not being traditional; and being somewhat traditional does not make you less of a feminist. Focus on what is important to you about the day and spend your energy and money there. Include your partner and parents in the planning process.”

Photography: Laura Murray,

Venue: Devil’s Thumb Ranch, Colorado | Planning, Design, Floral: Kara Delay of Love This Day Events | Hair: The Parlour| Wedding Dress + Hair Pieces: Monique Lhuillier | Earrings: BHLDN | Wedding Party Attire: Various (each chose their own) | Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss | Catering + Cake: Devil’s Thumb Ranch | Band: Tunisia

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Krissy + Sean Santa Cruz, California 10-05-2013 From the start Krissy and Sean (a family & marriage counselor and pediatric doctor respectively) knew they wanted an outdoor wedding. Being a Northern California native Krissy was in love with the idea of getting married in the redwood forest. In their search for a venue they unexpectedly stumbled across the Castle House and Gardens, the private estate of their talented florist, and knew immediately it was meant for them. The ceremony space is set in a ring of redwood trees, and surrounded by breathtaking gardens and rustic charm. “We were so sure, we actually booked it before getting the chance to tour, and when we finally did there were absolutely no regrets,” says Krissy. This little gem of a venue is tucked away up in the Bonny Doon Mountains. They knew they wanted their celebration to be rustic, authentic, intimate, and cozy. Once they found their venue the theme and details unfolded organically and they used the setting to guide many of their decisions. “The theme we used was vintage garden party, and I chose to use the décor sparingly because the location was already bursting with natural beauty. In planning the details, I was constantly searching for ways to make it a personal reflection of who we are and

where we came from. As much as possible we made use of DIY elements and vintage pieces with sentimental value,” says Krissy. Krissy designed most of the papergoods and signs herself. She also used Etsy for a number of décor items, accessories, and gifts. They planned their California wedding from Idaho, so family and friends also played a crucial part getting everything ready. “My best friend and Man of Honor went above and beyond sourcing and lending me items from his antique collection and personal succulent garden. My mother crafted the lace table runners, the flower crowns for our flower girls, and lent her entire collection of antique candleholders for the tables. We were also fortunate to have found an amazingly talented group of vendors that I felt really embraced and understood our vision early on, providing a lot of valuable advice and support along the way.” Sean surprised Krissy with a sweet gesture of reversing the “first look” and placing a string of pearls around her neck before the ceremony. Some of their favorite moments were during the reception, watching friends and family dearest to their hearts laughing, dancing, and connecting with each other. “Our goal >> p.100 | 97

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was for everyone present to have a great time, and we’d both like to think we made it happen. There was so much love and joy present there that day, and that was exactly how we wanted it to be remembered.”

Photography: Julie Cahill,

Venue: Castle House & Gardens | Coordinator: Engaged and Inspired | Floral: Tessa’s Garden | Dress: Maggie Sottero | Shoes: Enzo Angiolini | Garter: Nana Rose Designs | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Rings: Brilliant Earth | Hair + Makeup: Melissa Marie Hair & Sarah Nicole Makeup | Paper Goods: DIY by the bride | Catering: Feast for a King Catering | Cake: The Buttery | Videography: Kindlewood Films | DJ: Sound in Motion | Rentals: Alexis Party Rentals

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Brandy + Justin Snæfellsnes, Iceland 07-15-2013 Fifteen years ago Brandy took a trip to Paris with a friend from high school who was living with Justin at the time. Though she didn’t meet him while there, when Justin saw a photograph of her from the trip he declared to their mutual friend that he would marry her someday. They met a year later when she moved back to New York from San Francisco and fell in love the moment she saw him. They both knew immediately that they had found a home with each other, and within a few months of first meeting, Justin proposed on a hot August evening atop rocks looking out over the ocean. “It was the only time I had ever seen a red moon and it was so impossibly large in the sky,” says Brandy. “Unfortunately, we were too young at the time to handle such an immense love.” The two fell apart, but somehow found their way back to each other many years later as true love is wont to do. They knew since the first moment they met, so many years before, that they wanted to be married, so a proposal was a formality they felt simply didn’t need to take place. They were planning a trip

to Iceland and at some point decided that they would get married while there. “Our only inspiration was our impossible love story, the beauty of which cannot be matched by anything, except perhaps the beauty of Iceland,” says Brandy. “There is a stillness that I feel nowhere else but with Justin, so I wanted our wedding day to reflect the same quiet, happiness and ease which I feel every moment I am lucky enough to spend with him.” They spent their day with a very small group of close family and friends in the green expanse that surrounds Hotel Budir on the westernmost tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, in the western region of Iceland (just a short drive from Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik). A few of Brandy’s most memorable moments? “Marrying the love of my life, in the most beautiful place on earth, surrounded by the people I love the most. And sitting in the empty dining room at the end of the night, listening to our playlist go on while admiring the otherworldly landscape and the overwhelming happiness that consumed me.” | 103

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Photography: Pat Furey,

Hotel + Catering: Hótel Búðir in Búðir, Snæfellsnes, Iceland | Bride’s Dress + Cardigan: J. Crew | Bride’s Shoes: Sofft | Lace Necklace: White Owl | Hairpiece: Sherry Lovely of Ice Green Eyes on Etsy | Floral: Agnes Lind Heiðarsdóttir, florist for Hótel Búðir | Invitations: DIY by bride and groom| Hair: Heiðrún Birna Rúnarsdóttir from Feima Hárstofa | Makeup: Eva Hrönn | Daughter’s Dress + Cardigan: J. Crew | Groom’s Attire: Michael Kors and J. Crew

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Sweet Blush Floral Invitation Suite DIY Tutorial & Photos by Antiquaria Blush is such a romantic color for a wedding and is so fitting for a natural affair held outdoors. This suite combines this wonderful shade with a lush, watercolor floral booklet to create an invitation suite that looks high-end bespoke but is actually very budget friendly.

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Mod Invitation Stamp Mod Reply Card Stamp Mod Banner Return Address Stamp Stamp Pad - in black Old Lace A7 Card - cut to size Old Lace 4 Bar Card - cut to size Old Lace A7 Envelope Old Lace 4 Bar Envelope Natalia Patterned Paper - in text weight Tan Text Paper-for inner sheets - from cal office supply store Home Printer Sewing Maching and Thread Self Healing Mat Metal Ruler Craft Knife Ribbon Postage

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First, you’ll need to stamp your invitation and reply card. The invitation is stamped on an A7 card and the reply card is stamped on a 4bar card. Ink the stamp thouroughly with black pigment ink and center it over your card, press down and make sure that you gently press on all areas of the design. Lift the stamp off and set the card aside to dry. * For a step-by-step video tutorial about this printing process visit:

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Next, we’ll start on the information booklet. You can stamp this as well, or simply type up a double sided information sheet in Word or another processing program. Print it out on your home printer or have a copy shop print it for you. The cover is an 8.5”x11” sheet of patterned scrapbooking paper. Cut the cover paper and the insert paper in half, using a self healing mat, metal ruler and craft knife. The final dimension should be (5.5”x8.5”).

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Fold your patterned cover and your insert sheet in half. Crease the fold with your fingernail.

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Sew down the center of your booklet with coordinating thread. Trim the excess thread off of each side once the sewing is complete.

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Stamp your return address on both the reply envelope and the back flap of your outer envelope. It’s great to stamp the addresses because it saves your pocketbook and you’ll have the stamp to use when you send out all of your thank you notes!

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Now all that is left are the final finishing touches. We chose to address the outer envelopes to our guests in a coordinating style and black ink. We also tied the invitation suite together with gorgeous blush tailors ribbon so that each guest can unwrap their invitation like a gift. And finally, we used our most favorite current USPS postage, their vintage seed packets in the upper right hand corner. All that’s left now is to send them on their merry way! | 111


Dried F lower Crown DIY Tutorial & Photos by Naomi Farr

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Floral crowns are undoubtedly in style right now and add

a rustic whimsy to any celebration. Even though these are trending, I will always love them because they’re a classic accessory (people have been wearing crowns woven of flowers and vines pretty much since the beginning of time), utterly romantic, and create an instant connection to nature. Floral crowns can also help to frame your face, and

will help you to channel you inner natural godess! Make them for yourself, your bridesmaids, your flower girls etc. They’re also a fun accessory for summer festivals! All of the materials are easy to find at your local craft supply store and one crown takes about 45 minutes to make. Even less when you get the hang of it. See for more of my creations. -NF

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Flowers for drying* Scissors Pliers Wire Cutters Glue gun & glue Bark covered floral wire Floral tape Ribbon

* I used Limonium Safora, $5.99 a bunch at the grocery store typically provides more than enough for one crown, you might even be able to get two out of it.

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Cut the bark covered wire so that it is about 18 inches in length. Clip it with floral cutters, or strong wire cutters. Then use pliers to bend each end into a long loop where you will later attach ribbons.

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Break apart the bunches of the dried flowers so that you have little bits that are easy to work with. You will use pieces that are anywhere from 6 inches to 2 inches long. I break up about as many pictured at a time and do so as I go along. The remainder look beautiful in a vase!

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Tape one end with the floral tape and make sure to get at least one wrap through the end loop. Floral tape, if you’ve never used it before, adheres as you gently stretch it. Once you’ve taped about two inches you can start taping your first little bunch of flowers, gently but tightly wrapping their stems to the wire.

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Lay over another bunch of flowers about 1-2 inches down from the first bunch depending on how close together you want them to be and tape down. Periodically clip the ends of the stems that stick out. If you don’t do this then you’ll get too many stems to tape together at once creating too thick of a base!

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Continue until you’re at the other end and finish off with floral tape wrapping it around the wire loop.

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Cut your ribbons (about 2-3 feet long depending on how you want them) and use your hot glue gun to fasten the ends to the loops by gluing a 1.5 inch section together once the ribbon has been threaded through the loop. There you go! You now have a pretty dried floral crown to wear. | 115


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Left: Michelle March Photography, Cloud 9 Bakery + Cafe / Right: Daniel Cruz Photography, Brier Rose Design, Naked Cakes by Terry

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Let’s take a look beneath it all…the buttercream and fondant, that is. There is an inherent rusticity about an unfrosted cake. The naked truth of structure and construction, which can be so pleaseing to those artfully curious souls, is revealed. And for those who enjoy what’s inside more than the (sometimes too heavily) frosted exterior this might be a perfect choice, especially for a summer wedding when you don’t want to | 117

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worry about keeping frosting cool on a hot day. You may even want to think outside the (cake) box altogether and opt for an entirely nontraditional crepe, pancake, or cookie cake. Of course they don’t have to be entirely frosting or filling-free. Most are still layered with delicious buttercream or ganache fillings. Finished off with a minimal flourish of flowers, fruit, or powdered sugar, or even drizzled with a decadent caramel, chocolate, or honey glaze, these naked cakes are definitely on our “sweet list.” Naked cakes also have the wonderful ability to be dressed up or down. They look just as lovely left a little rough around the edges as they do trimed and neatly layered. Either way they make a perfect addition to your natural wedding celebration with their easygoing attitude that says “I’m for eating, not just display!” Check out our cake gallery for more inspiration: -NF

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There’s something essentially romantic about horseback riding. Perhaps it’s that sense of following ancient footsteps as we commune with our horse, savor the quiet, and brave the elements, traveling without engine or walls. For couples who love to play outdoors, a horseback honeymoon is an intimate, off-road adventure, a fresh escape to other cultures and unimagined landscapes. Whether your perfect ride is on a moonlit beach or beside a shimmering glacier, there’s a location to match your style. Turn the page for some of our favorite destinations around the globe.

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It’s hard to imagine a honeymoon spot more exotic than Morocco, with its stark landscapes, rich history, and remarkable cultural offerings. Near a beach beneath the Anti Atlas Mountains, Great South Ranch offers adventurous couples a chance to test and improve their riding endurance, while exploring deserts, sea-sides, and mountain trails, and enjoying traditional food and music.

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The Plan

The Ranch offers a range of trips, whether you want to see argan forests or stone deserts, ride moonlit beaches and sleep under palm trees, or visit traditional Berber homes and local guesthouses. The programs emphasize education, and provide instruction and training opportunities before and during each ride with their Arab-Barb or purebred Arab horses.

Good to Know

For those who prefer a little luxury, there’s a spa on-site, and a terrace and living-room for lounging. Despite these accommodations, the literature warns that only hardy folk should make the trip. Rooms are simple but adequate, with fairly reliable hot water and internet access. Activities like surfing, biking,

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and massages can be arranged upon request. Moroccan meals such as tagines are served each day, but not on a strict schedule. Guests’ dietary guidelines can be accommodated to some extent, but vegetarians and others are warned that it may be difficult or impossible to follow certain diets throughout the trip. Prices start around $950 per person, and include housing, meals, water and tea, and all activities planned for each program.

When to Go

Booking is through Check availability throughout the year at the website listed above.

How to Get There

The nearest airport, Agadir (Al Massira), is 120 kilometers and about two hours away. Your hosts can help with arranging transport (by car). If you’re traveling from the US, you’ll probably fly into London and then take a regional flight from there.

Photos: Great South Ranch

The Tour

Honeymoons Italy

Looking for a more relaxed honeymoon escape? What could be more romantic than horseback riding in Tuscany? Located on the border of the Berignone Forest, Podere Palazzone is a Hanoverian stud farm and B&B in the heart of the Italian countryside. In addition to horse breeding, the farm produces olive oil and red wine, and grows fresh produce and an array of herbs. The historic farmhouse offers modern rustic accommodations and authentic cuisine.

The Tour

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The Plan

Your hosts offer riding workshops for couples who want to improve their skills, or guided day treks through cypress groves, vineyards, and rivers, where guests will encounter historic chapels and architectural features, and see deer, boar, and other wildlife. Out of the saddle, guests can visit the stables, learn to use a woodfired oven, check out the vineyards, mountain bike, or visit nearby towns for world-famous art and cultural attractions.

Good to Know

Per person accommodations start at 28 euros (about 39 dollars), and dinner is 25 euros. Arena training starts at 25 euros, and trekking at 68 euros. Riding equipment is available to rent for a small fee.

When to Go

The farm operates year-round. However, be prepared to ride in various weather conditions, including rain. During the hottest summer days, rides take place in the morning and evening.

How to Get There

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Honeymoons California

You don’t have to travel to the other side of the world to find great horseback adventures. This 6 day trip takes place in the storied San Francisco Bay Area, based in Half Moon Bay, traversing local nature preserves, and exploring meadows, waterways, and majestic redwood forests. With your hosts, you can create a custom trek or romantic weekend escape.

Beaches, Ridges, and Redwoods

The Plan

You’ll stay at a hotel or B&B and be picked up each morning of the ride. Highlights include coastal views at Poplar Beach, single-track at Pescadero Creek County Park, hill terrain in Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, and wildlife encounters on Skyline Ridge.

Good to Know

This tour is designed for intermediate to advanced riders, traversing a variety of terrains at moderate to fast speeds, with up to seven hours

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a day in the saddle. Groups are kept small at two to four people, riding western-style on Morgans, Arabs, and Quarter Horses. Price per person starts at $2,945, with summer rates at $2,650 in June and July.

When to Go

Regular months of operation are April through October, though there may be some flexibility when customizing your trip.

How to Get There

Fly into San Francisco International Airport, only 21 miles from Half Moon Bay. From there, you can rent a car or arrange transportation with your hosts (for an additional fee).

Photos: Equitours

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Honeymoons Patagonia

Some call Patagonia “the end of the world,” and southern Chile’s pampas, glaciers, hills, and waterways are an ideal playground for honeymooners in search of wild beauty and unparalleled natural scenery. Based in Puerto Natales, Horse Riding Patagonia leads tours in and around Torres del Paine National Park.

The Tour

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The Plan

The most exciting rides are 10 day journeys through remote wilderness areas, sometimes accessible only by boat. From there, you’ll meet your Criollo-mix horses (relatives of the wild herds you may encounter on your trek). Riders camp in tents or stay at estancias (ranches) along the way, with fresh organic meals provided - along with plenty of wine! You’ll meet local families and see firsthand the challenges and rewards of life in Patagonia.

Good to Know

The company describes their aesthetic as combining “authentic

ity and comfort.” What’s especially great is the variety of tailor-made tours they offer, so you can create a custom honeymoon trek itinerary, and also add activities like kayaking, ice climbing, and penguin-watching. Guides are bilingual and possess an extensive knowledge of the plants and animals you’ll encounter. Prices for the longer (10 day) tours start at $3,999 per person (minimum 2).

When to Go

Tours are currently offered on specific dates from November 2014 to March 2015. Bring lots of layers - you’re going to get up-close-and personal with the weather!

How to Get There

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Honeymoons Iceland

With breathtaking mountains, waterfalls, lava fields, and valleys, Iceland is a fantastic nature-filled honeymoon destination. Your Icelandic horse (with its unique rhythmic tölting gait), will follow ancient riding trails along fjords where herds of these horses have roamed since the Vikings’ arrival. After a long day, swim in a natural hot spring and enjoy a cozy evening with your sweetheart in a mountain cottage. Feast on wild berries, fish from nearby rivers, and produce from local farms, and fall asleep beneath the northern lights.

Riding Iceland

The Plan

The company offers packages for both beginning and advanced riders, and explores various parts of the country’s natural environment. Take a day trip, or embark on a multi-week trek. Riding Iceland provides experienced guides and a wide range of tours from which to choose.

Good to Know

Tour prices start around 940 Euros and include 3 meals a day, transportation to and from the airport, and flights within Iceland. Typical tours have 9 to 16 riders, but you can create your own custom honeymoon trip, too. Basic riding skills are re-

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quired before setting out on your adventure.

When to Go

Tours operate between February and October. You may encounter a wide range of weather patterns, so make sure you do a little research in advance, and come prepared for whatever the elements throw your way.

How to Get There

Fly into Reykjavik’s Keflavik Airport and take advantage of the tour company’s free transportation to and from your domestic destinations. Note the airport has recently been undergoing renovations, so you may want to check-in early and take other measures to avoid delays.

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