A Whimsical Wedding at Maravilla Gardens in Southern California

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Nov 182013
 

When Dipak, 27, a director of sales at a software company, first laid eyes on Alisha, also 27, a marketing assistant, he knew he'd marry her. It's an ultra-romantic way for anyone to meet, but for these two it's positively adorable—Alisha and Dipak were just junior-high tweens at the time. They started dating in high school (their first date was a three hour walk—aw!), and the rest is history.

To celebrate their love and history together, the couple threw a sunny, whimsical garden bash with a palette of yellow and green. After a personalized ceremony, guests moved to outdoor tables at California's lush Maravilla Gardens for dinner, mohitos, and lots and lots of dancing. The reception was filled with sunflowers to give the party an extra-playful, vibe. Add DIY details like homemade escort cards, a wooden bench made by a friend to replace a guestbook (guests wrote well-wishes right on the wood!) and a bouquet made of jeweled brooches, and you've got a completely unique—and beautiful—affair.

Dipak proposed at the Santa Barbara Zoo, one of Alisha's favorite places to visit during their college years at UCSB. He set up a "fishing" game, a nod to Go Fish, which Alisha loved as a child. Each box Alicia "fished" contained a love note from Dipak, and when she read the last one, she turned around and found him on one knee.

Alisha wore a strapless Chantilly lace dress by Augusta Jones with lace accents peeking out at the top and on the train. Her sleeves were added on from leftover lace cut during alterations! Antique earrings borrowed from her mother, and a silver Tiffany & Co. necklace gifted from Dipak moments before the ceremony, completed the look.

Alisha's flower girl was just two years old. "Her mom was so worried she wouldn't make it down the aisle," she says. "But as soon as she saw dad at the front of the aisle, she ran to him. Guests loved it!"

Each bridesmaid wore a sunny, knee-length yellow dress by Ralph Lauren. The 'maids picked their own shoes in shades of gray.

The groom wore a boutonniere made of a white dahlia in fitting with the couple's sunny yellow and green palette.

The couple chose Maravilla Gardens in Camarillo CA, because it offered a secluded spot for the ceremony. "It felt like Tuscany with its rolling hills, but still a quaint and hidden gem to both of us!" Alisha says.

Alisha and Dipak decorated their ceremony and reception primarily with sunflowers, to set a sunny mood and signify the cheerfulness of the day. Ceremony aisles were decorated with mini-bouquets in glass vases.

Alisha and Dipak chose to go non-traditional for their interfaith ceremony. Their officiant told the story of how they met, their first date, and their courtship. "Guests raved about the ceremony," Alisha says. "It was all about celebrating our love and giving everyone a piece into our history, so they'd want to celebrate it with us even more."

The couple also observed a unique unity ceremony—each wrote their vows and the values they hoped to uphold during marriage on a wooden plank meant to hold wine glasses. "We didn't want to put our vows in a box and to bring out during hard times," Alisha says. "We wanted our vows to sit on our kitchen countertop every day as a reminder of the commitment we made."

Alisha carried a bouquet of jeweled brooches, assembled by her mother. "When people heard we were collecting brooches, everyone started giving whatever they had," Alisha says. The bouquet included lace from Alisha's dress, and was strung with her grandmothers' lace locket. Talk about a family heirloom!

As they entered the reception, guests signed a wooden bench instead of a book, for a keepsake Alisha and Dipak can look at every day. The bench was hand-made by a friend of the family, and Alisha's mom decorated it with painted flowers.

The sunflower centerpieces were grouped with mason jars collected from friends and family and wrapped in lace. Each bridesmaid was responsible for wrapping over 50 jars!

The centerpieces themselves were held in giant cracker jars, the perfect complement to the variety of jars surrounding them.

During cocktail hour, guests munched on Thai chicken skewers, meatballs, sweet potato fries, and Alisha and Dipak's signature mojitos. Dinner was herb-roasted chicken breast in a tomato and fig sauce, served with green beans and potatoes.

"The dance floor was always full!" Alisha says. After the couple's first dance to Jason Mraz's "I Won't Give Up", the Best Man twirled the pregnant MOH to Justin Bieber's "Baby."

In the center of Alisha and Dipak's three-tier buttercream cake, a mini chalkboard spelled out their initials. "It was a creative (and less expensive) alternative to a cake topper," Alicia explains.

The two hardly got a chance to sit down all night. "Everyone was either at the bar, on the dance floor, or mugging for the photo booth," Alisha says.

After a fun-packed night, female guests took home pashmina scarves, and the under-12 set walked away with bags of candy.

A week after their American wedding, Alisha and Dipak threw a traditional Indian wedding with both their families. Next, it was off to Kawaii for the honeymoon! Alisha's most important advice? "Make your wedding your own."

Ceremony & Reception Venue: Maravilla Gardens || Planner: None || Bride's Wedding Dress: Augusta Jones || Hair: Katie Lee || Makeup: Cynthia Lauran || Veil: None || Shoes: Nine West || Jewelry: Vintage; Tiffany and Co. || Wedding Band: Tungsten || Groom's Suit: Black by Vera Wang || Invitations: Paper Source || Florist: The English Garden || Catering: Command Performance Catering || Cake: Janna's Creative Cakes || Officiant: Dean Merrill || Music: DJ Michael McNeil of Ovation Entertainment || Photographer: Laura Grier of Beautiful Day Photography

—Amanda First


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A Remote Mountain Wedding in Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado

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Nov 112013
 

With family coming from across the country and around the world, this couple had a hard time deciding where to say "I Do." But once they picked the Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado, they had merely two months to plan a wedding to celebrate all of the people who got them to this point in their lives.

Karine, 27, a sales analyst, and Carl, 29, a product distribution manager, met through friends in 2010. The pair bonded as they trained for an upcoming half marathon–their evening runs were a perfect opportunity to chat and get to know one another. "I have never run so fast in my life," says Karine, "which Carl picked up on when he finished the half marathon an hour before me. The things you do to impress a man!" Well, whatever she did worked. Two years later, after a romantic dinner at their favorite Houston restaurant, Carl proposed on the couple's walk home to their new house. They had a whirlwind six-month engagement, but didn't choose a venue until four months in. In only two months, Karine and Carl planned an adventure for 43 friends and family members in the remote Colorado town of Dunton for their wedding on May 5, 2013.

"We booked the venue sight unseen," says Karine. Dunton is a restored ghost town-turned-resort nestled in the mountains an hour from Telluride.

Because everyone was from out of town, Karine and Carl gave each guest a welcome box complete with water, traditional Scottish treats, and an illustrated map of Dunton.

With a rustic mountain venue, Karine chose to go simple with her wedding dress. She got her cream-colored dress with a lace overlay from BHLDN. Says Karine of her gown, "While not very traditional, I couldn't have been more comfortable."

Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable, and temperatures dropped into the 30s on Karine and Carl's wedding day–even though it was the first week of May. The bride borrowed a fur stole from a friend of her mother's to fight off the chill.

Karine's all-white bouquet featured roses and scabiosas. The loose, natural feel of the bouquet was completed with twine wrapped around the stems.

Bridesmaids wore the J.Crew dresses of their choice in cream. When the temperature began to drop the week before the wedding, Karine ordered peach pashminas to keep her sisters, sisters-in-law and maid of honor warm.

One of the few things Karine was adamant about was the inclusion of her Scottish heritage in the wedding. Carl obliged, wearing a kilt of his family's tartan, with all of the traditional accoutrements. The groomsmen rented kilts for the weekend and, says Karine, "we were a bit concerned they would be wearing them home!"

The intimate ceremony was performed outdoors, with Karine's mom doing a reading in honor of all she did during the wedding planning process. Thick wool blankets were provided to keep guests warm as the bride and groom exchanged their personalized vows.

"Because Dunton is so remote, we were limited in what we could bring in without large costs," says the bride. This allowed the couple to simplify the planning process and focus on enhancing the inherent beauty of their location.

Having the wedding at Dunton allowed the couple to spend the entire weekend with their family and friends, sharing communal meals and playing lawn games. "We were incredibly lucky that we had so many of our family and friends join us on such short notice. They made the weekend so special," says Karine.

The barn reception was cozy and casual. The couple served a gluten-free meal that included prime rib and ruby trout.

With only 43 guests, Karine and Carl seated everyone at a U-shaped table, perfect for conversations and lots of laughter! Their signature cocktails were a Manhattan for the groom and a French 75 for the bride. As she says, "I don't think I drank anything but champagne all weekend!"

Flowers were kept loose and natural, playing off the forest green and gold color scheme. White hydrangeas and ranunculus were beautifully accented by the aspen bark vases.

The décor was simple and clean, giving the wedding a luxury camping vibe. Gold flatware and gold-rimmed plates elevated the natural wood tables.

Karine's mother made the couple's wedding cake, as Carl is gluten-intolerant. Cutting the cake was a memorable moment, but for an unexpected reason. "Mum still doesn't quite know what went wrong with the icing," says Karine, "but we couldn't cut through it–it was rock solid." It was an unexpected test of teamwork only hours into Karine and Carl's marriage.

After dinner, guests joined the couple outside for a fireworks display against the pitch black sky, a dramatic ending to a beautifully simple celebration. With the added challenge of planning a wedding at such a remote venue, Karine's advice is for couples to "learn early on how each person handles communication and work with that when planning; most people don't pick their partner based on how well they work together in these types of situations." What's up next for the duo? A Thanksgiving honeymoon road trip from DC to Charlottesville, then on to Nashville and Louisville. Says Karine, "It's going to be an amazing trip of local food, drinks, and exploring." Bon voyage!

Ceremony and Reception Venue: Dunton Hot Springs || Planner: Jessica McTaggart of Pink Champagne Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: BHLDN || Hair & Makeup: Angie of Sahaira's Salon || Wedding Bands: Jannie Bean Designs || Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew || Groom's Kilt: Tailor-made in Scotland || Florist: Tess Jordan of Jordan Design Consulting || Invitations: Paperless Post || Paper Goods: Rocket Ink || Catering: Dunton Hot Springs || Cake: Made by the Bride's Mother || Photography: Laura Murray Photography

—Jaimie Schoen

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A Romantic California Wedding with Rustic DIY Details

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Jul 242013
 

Megan and Jeff had agreed not to exchange gifts for Christmas—but for the couple's first holiday in their new California home, stockings were fair game. And when Jeff offered to give Megan one of her stocking stuffers a day early, she didn't protest. "He made me close my eyes, and he started talking and saying all kinds of sweet things," Megan recalls. "When I opened my eyes, he was down on one knee and asked if I would marry him. I shook my head yes, but I couldn't get a word out.

Megan was a bit more verbal when it came to planning the couple's October wedding in Somis, California. "When I first told my mom—aka our wedding planner—that I hoped the wedding would be rustic and elegant, I think she laughed. I'm sure she thought that was a pretty tall order," Megan admits. Yet, by using a soft color palette of sage and ivory and a collection of heartfelt, homespun décor details, "somehow, that's exactly what the wedding ended up being."

Held at Hartley Botanica, with hand-paved walkways leading to intimate gardens built specifically for weddings, Megan and Jeff's outdoor affair was "naturally beautiful and simply perfect," the bride says.

Megan describes her Allure Bridals gown as "very understated." Yet its soft satin ruches, bubbled draping and ever-so-slight train sold the bride on the dress.

The bride tied a pearl-embellished belt to the waistline of her gown—and asked the bridal salon's seamstress to add buttons down the back of the dress. With the changes, the bride says, "it was perfect."

Stella Bloom Designs used roses, dahlias, ranunculus, hydrangea and cymbidium orchids—mixed with Scabiosa pods and fiddle ferns—to create the bride's green and cream-colored bouquet. For bride's something old, the florist attached a charm that had meaning for her grandparents—a gift from her sister and mother.

"I think my wedding vision started with the color I envisioned almost immediately for my bridesmaids' dresses," the bride says. The sage The Dessy Group gowns, though formal, "blended perfectly with the natural surroundings."

Bridesmaids' all-ivory bouquets were made from roses, dahlias, ranunculus, hydrangea and Scabiosa pods.

Jeff and his groomsmen donned cream-colored suits and pinned boutonnieres made of roses, Scabiosa pods and fiddle ferns to their lapels.

Megan's mother designed and assembled the couple's green, ivory and brown ceremony programs, attaching the layered hues together with bronze brads.

Cream-colored carnations strung with clear wire were hung from trees, and became the backdrop for the couple as they exchanged their vows in one of Hartley Botanica's private gardens.

The best man's son, 9-month-old Conner, served as the couple's ring bearer, and "stole the show with his ride down the aisle in a stake-side wagon," the bride recalls. "At the rehearsal, he was gripping onto the sides of the wagon, which made us all laugh."

Megan selected an instrumental version of Glen Hansard's Falling Slowly for her trip down the aisle, which was lined with ivory rose petals.

A mutual friend acted as the couple's officiant, becoming ordained especially for the event. I'm sure not hiring a professional would make some people very nervous but she did an amazing job, interjecting a few personal anecdotes from our journey that added a very special, memorable touch," Megan says. "We wouldn't have had it any other way—our wedding would not have been the same without her."

The couple exchanged vows cobbled together from ceremonies past—"language that we both like, with fairly traditional vows that felt comfortable to both of us," the bride explains.

Guests found their reception seat assignments atop a wine barrel-supported table, made from barrels purchased from a local winery and a tabletop crafted by a family friend.

On top of the display, seat assignments were scrolled across three white-washed frames whose backs had been sprayed with chalkboard paint—a custom creation by the bride's father.

Guests found brown flip flips tied with ivory ribbon as they entered the reception. A sign read, "In case your feet get tired and sore, grab a pair and dance some more."

Megan's mother hand cut yards of burlap fabric, creating custom table runners that covered ivory table cloths. Centerpieces were made from ivory hydrangea.

The couple made table numbers from ivory-painted wooden hearts hung with twine from green wine bottles.

The bride and groom took shots from customized shot glasses after enjoying a dinner that included carved roast trip tip, garlic Parmesan whipped potatoes and grilled asparagus.

Megan and Jeff had hand-selected the music for "the big highlights of the night," Megan says of their reception songs. The couple chose Heartlands' I Loved Her First for the bride's dance with her father, and Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd for the groom's dance with his mother.

Hand-painted Mr. and Mrs. signs hung from the bride and groom's reception chairs.

"One of the smartest decisions we made was to serve cupcakes to our guests," Megan says of the couple's decision to forgo a formal cake. Sweet Arleen's arranged the miniature treats on a cake stand with a double-layer cake on top, allowing the bride and groom "to have a traditional cake-cutting," Megan says.

"My mom asked us both to give her five words of what we hoped the wedding would turn out to be," Megan says. "If I remember correctly, mine were elegant, rustic, casual, happy and family. She always gave me a hard time about the combination of elegant and rustic, but that's exactly how it turned out. Maybe that's not the words most people would choose, but my vision came to life for our wedding. It was perfect. An amazing day that captured all of the words we had used for what we hoped it would be."

"Everyone tells you that the day flies by and that you need to take time to breathe and enjoy it," the bride says. "We did our best to do that. Every step of the way was so perfect, and that's exactly how I felt as we exited with all of our friends and family standing along the walkway with sparklers. Every aspect of the day went as planned, we had the time of our lives and our exit as husband and wife with glowing sparklers was a fairytale ending."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: Bella Dia Weddings via Hartley Botanica || Ceremony Venue: Hartley Botanica || Reception Venue: Hartley Botanica || Bride's Wedding Dress: Allure Bridals || Bride's Shoes: Badgley Mischka || Bride's Accessories: BHLDN || Bride's Wedding Ring: Robbins Brothers || Groom's Tux: Friar Tux Shop || Groom's Shoes: Vans || Groom's Wedding Ring: Robbins Brothers || Bridesmaids' Dresses: The Dessy Group || Groomsmen Attire: Friar Tux Shop || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Adrianna Papell || Florist: Stella Bloom Designs || Stationery: Julie Hanan Design || Cake Baker: Sweet Arleen's || Rentals: Command Performance Catering Group & Event Production || Entertainment: Bruce Barrios Productions || Photography: sun-dance photography

Jun 172013
 

By the time Garrick popped the question to Dare—more than seven years into their dating relationship—it was "way past time," Dare says her friends and family alleged. "But somehow, Garrick was still able to surprise me."

On a crisp spring evening in Napa Valley's St. Helena, the couple joined friends for a wine tasting at an intimate cabin at Long Meadow Ranch, where Garrick dropped to one knee on a scenic porch and proposed. "As we walked into the cabin, I discovered that the evening was meant just for the two of us, and he had prepared a dinner with my favorite flowers, food and champagne," Dare recalls.

Dare and Garrick returned to Napa Valley for their September wedding, selecting The Carneros Inn as their venue. After visiting the property on a previous anniversary, the couple fell in love. "Everything from the architecture, decor, landscape, and food seemed to fit our personality as a couple," Dare says.

The theme of Dare and Garrik's wedding? "California Casual meets Old South," Dare says. "We really wanted to complement the beautiful surroundings of The Carneros Inn."

Elegant gray and white invitations by Union Street Papery invited 172 guests to the fall fete using a soft, scrolling script.

Dare's silk and organza Carolina Herrera wedding gown was the perfect "combination of structure and whimsy," the bride says.

"I have always admired the designer [Carolina Herrera], and it was one of the first three dresses that I ever tried on," Dare says, naming the gown's asymmetrical bow as one of her favorite features.

Dare paired silver Manolo Blahnik pumps with her gown.

Ruffled Cattleya orchids adorned the bride's upswept hairstyle.

Dare wore an heirloom three-stone Sapphire ring—a gift from her maternal grandmother, who passed away when the bride was a child.

Dare's favorite hue, Kelly green, took center stage in the couple's otherwise neutral color palette, manifesting itself in everything from the bridesmaids' Anna Elyse dresses to the couple's cocktail napkins. "I knew I wanted to pair it with a clean palette of white and gray," the bride says of her color selections.

Each of Dare's nine bridesmaids chose her own style dress, the bride explains, "because I had a difficult time choosing because there were so many of them."

Dare's white bouquet was made from Cattleya orchids, with a touch of anthurium leaves adding a hint of green hue to the arrangement.

Florist Brown Paper Design made bridesmaids' bouquets from lady slipper orchids, garden roses, ranunculus and greens.

Lady slipper orchid boutonnieres were tied with soft coral ribbon.

The mother-of-the-bride's vibrant coral dress was purchased from a Wilkes Bashford boutique in San Francisco.

Both Dare and Garrik's mother wore white gardenia corsages on their wrists.

Garrik's twin nephews served as the couple's ring bearers, donning matching navy blue jackets and khaki pants for the occasion.

The ring bearers and flower girls were sent down the aisle in boy-girl pairs, "but of course they were out of formation when they got to the end," Dare recalls.

The girls carried wreaths of dried lavender, tied with soft coral ribbon, down the aisle.

Dare and Garrik's ceremony was held in the apple orchard, an expansive green lawn with a backdrop of vineyard and mountain views.

A friend officiated the simple ceremony, which included readings from the couple's six nieces and nephews. The selection was from the book Us Two by A. A. Milne.

The couple broke tradition by spending the night before their wedding together. "When we woke up, we had a moment to exchange our gifts in bed," Dare says. "It was such a special way to start the wedding day."

Cribbing from the New Orleans' traditional, Dare and Garrik led a musical second line from there ceremony to the cocktail hour.

Trays of crab cakes, prosciutto-wrapped prawns and goat cheese tarts awaited guests during the couple's cocktail hour, held in a courtyard just beyond one of The Carneros Inn's grand ballrooms.

The couple's signature cocktails included Old Fashioned and Gimlets served with striped Kelly green straws.

Coral was added to the green and gray color palette as an accent color, found in the couple's cocktail table arrangements.

Guests found their seat assignments tucked into grass-filled boxes.

The reception was held inside The Carneros Inn's neutral-hued ballroom. Cylindrical vases held lady slipper orchids, garden roses, sweet peas, dahlias, stock and tropical foliage. The centerpieces adorned square tables covered in gray Chevron-printed cloths.

A seated dinner included a delectable spread of stone fruits, buffalo mozzarella and Spanish chorizo, served before wild king salmon and prime filet mignon with bean ragout and potato puree.

"My girlfriends were the ones that really tackled the do-it-yourself projects," Dare confesses. "The week before the wedding, they were designing the labels for the welcome gift box and spice rub favors, and tying 170 bows." The gussied-up spice rub jars became the couple's favors.

The All Stars band kept guests on the dance floor in between bites of the couple's wedding cake. Dare and Garrik had so much fun at their cake tasting that "it was hard to choose just one flavor," the bride admits. The couple finally decided on layers of carrot, chocolate and raspberry cakes.

In the weeks since their wedding—and a mini-moon to Rutherford, California—Dare and Garrik have "had fun saying 'husband' and 'wife,' and settling back to normal life," Dare says. "We've enjoyed reminiscing about the wedding weekend with our friends and family, and planning our honeymoon."

—Jillian Kramer

Wedding Planner: The Green Ribbon Party Planning Co. || Ceremony Venue: The Carneros Inn || Reception Venue: The Carneros Inn || Bride's Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera || Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik || Bride's Wedding Ring: Cresalia Jewelers || Groom's Tux: Corneliani || Groom's Wedding Ring: Cresalia Jewelers || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anna Elyse || Groomsmen Attire: Brooks Brothers || Mother of the Bride's Dress: Wilkes Bashford || Flower Girl Dress: Us Angels || Florist: Brown Paper Design || Caterer: The Carneros Inn || Stationery: Union Street Papery || Cake Baker: The Carneros Inn || Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Town & Country Distinctive Event Rentals & Services || Entertainment: The All Stars || Photography: Kate Webber Photography

A Rose Bouquet for a Garden Wedding

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May 222013
 
Rose bouquet for a garden wedding by Rook and Rose Floral Design

Photo: Centric Photography

The ladies at Rook & Rose Floral Design, in British Columbia, Canada, designed this lovely rose-based bouquet, ideal for a casual country or English garden wedding. Along with blush roses, they used lisianthus, phalaenopsis orchids, hydrangeas, astilbes, the herb bupleurum, and just a few ostrich feathers. Lead designer Erica Smolders describes the palette as "romantic neutrals." For the layman, that's vintage white, crisp white, taupe, champagne, caramel, and fresh spring green with hints of blush. We love how simple and feminine this is. (Approximate cost, $150)

—Denise Penny Shepard

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A Mint Green Lace Appliqu&eacute Bridesmaid Dress by Gemy Maalouf

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May 142013
 
Gemy Maalouf mint lace bridesmaid dress

Photo: Courtesy of Gemy Maalouf

If you're like us—completely obsessed with mint green wedding details—you'll love this lace appliqué bridesmaid dress by Gemy Maalouf. Equally party-ready and polished, your girls will look pressed going down the aisle and still be able bust a move on the dance floor. All in all, this fun little frock is a stunner that your girlfriends can (and will!) wear over and over again.

Style LPS 13 3390, short lace dress in blue, $1,150, Gemy Maalouf

—Lauren Frankfort

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A Wildflower Bouquet in Peaches and Creams

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May 082013
 
Wildflower bouquet in peaches and creams by Flora Verdi

Photo: Eleise Theuer Photography

"These wedding flowers [cockscombs, zinnias, hyacinth beans, old-fashioned garden roses, honeysuckle, pieris, vitex, and phlox] were picked the morning of the wedding to preserve their fresh fragrance and form," explains Hannah Warfield of North Carolina-based Flora Verdi, a supporter of the local-seasonal-and-sustainable phenomenon. "This is a late-summer arrangement, echoing the warm tones of the season: peach, orange, cream, and rust-kissed greens. It's ideal for a wedding taking place in a romantic garden with an antiqued look," says Warfield. (Approximate cost, $150)

—Denise Penny Shepard

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A Loose “Green” Arrangement for an Outdoor Wedding

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May 062013
 
Loose green flower arrangement by Local Color Florists

Photo: Our Labor of Love

"Our bride asked for wild, rustic, bohemian bouquet that's earthy, and not perfect or stuffy, and I hope we nailed it," says Ellen Frost, owner of Maryland-based Local Color Flowers. Frost specializes in locally grown cut wedding flowers sourced from within 100 miles of Baltimore. "Sourcing locally is a great alternative to using flowers that are shipped from places like Colombia, Ecuador, and Kenya," explains Frost. "Right now, 80 percent of the flowers sold in the U.S. come from thousands of miles away, outside the country." To achieve this ecoconscious, fresh-from-the-garden look, Frost used peonies, snapdragons, astilbes, yarrow, and lisianthus and paired them with dusty millers, oregano, rosemary, and mountain mint. (Approximate cost, $150)

—Denise Penny Shepard

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Apr 222013
 
Kotur lace floral wedding clutch

Photo: Courtesy of Kotur

Kotur's lace and suede clutch is perfect for a garden wedding. The soft sky-blue color will perfectly complement the natural scenery—and will suffice as your something blue! Indulge in the flower theme by pairing it with a floral-appliqué-embellished gown, but go easy on the jewelry to keep your look sophisticated.

Lace and suede clutch, $450, Kotur

—Elizabeth Swanson

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A Kelly Green Bridesmaid Dress With a Bow by Kirribilla

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Apr 182013
 
Kirribilla kelly green bridesmaid dress with a bow

Photo: Courtesy of Kirribilla

We have to be honest: the "Cecile" bridesmaid dress by Kirribilla—a preppy, bow-adorned kelly green stunner—instantly brightened our day when we laid eyes on it. "For the Cecile, we were inspired by the idea of creating a dress that felt like you were buying yourself a present," said Phoebe Davison, cofounder of Kirribilla. Equal parts bashful and bold, it would be hard not to re-wear this garden party-ready gem. The body-hugging, strapless silhouette makes this shift a sure thing for a spring or summer wedding, while the bow adds a touch of girlish charm.

Kirribilla "Cecile" bridesmaid dress in silk wool, $420, available at Weddington Way

—Lauren Frankfort

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