These past few months, have been busy ones as I have been preparing for another garden wedding. It was an absolute pleasure to work with the bride and groom (both based in New York) and execute their vision for this very special day.
Because of the couples' laissez-faire personality, I basically had free reign to build on their minimal requests. On the bride's must-have list: Blue Hydrangeas. That was it! It was up to me now to figure out the rest...
(Did I mention that she was in med school at the same time)
The venue itself was breathtaking. It was a private estate tucked away in the Maracas Valley surrounded by lush trees - with many paths and trails perfect for candid photo ops.
Upon viewing the venue for the first time, I had my AHA! moment and knew that my concept would be a play of a romantic and rustic garden wedding with a touch of whimsy.
First on the list: INVITATIONS
I searched far and wide to find something that had the right balance - not too traditional and not too modern. One sleepless night, I'd say somewhere around 3am I found it! They were elegant, not too over-the-top and most of all they had BLUE HYDRANGEAS! What are the odds right?
I immediately sent a snapshot for my bride to view and she loved it! I spent the next few weeks ironing out the details with the designer Vanessa Ottenbreit of VO Handmade and they went into production shorty after.
Next on the List: FAVOURS
Due to my detail-oriented personality, it took me a long time to narrow down choices for the wedding favors. I searched far and wide looking for options that were fitting for this particular event. French Macaroons...not quite, a unique trinket box perhaps? Still its didn't quite fit into my overall vision for the day. THEN one morning, my bride sent me the cutest imprinted cork coasters and I knew that she had hit the jackpot! They were perfect and they reflected both the bride's and groom's personality. We went with three designs - in three different colours - with three appropriate sayings.
(I guess they really say that three time's a charm!)
In addition to the coasters, I included ivory lace drawstring pouches filled with five gold French Dragèes symbolizing Health, Wealth, Happiness, Fertility and Long Life for the bride and groom - it's an old Italian tradition but it's a signature touch at all my weddings.
The handmade programs were printed on cocoa silk paper; adorned with blue hydrangeas and die-cut lace corners.
Choosing a ceremony site was really a no-brainer as there was a beautiful open area beneath a canopy of trees upon entering the estate. A rustic wedding arch laden with blue hydrangeas and quaint garden chairs set on either side was all that was really needed. The venue itself provided the rest - birds singing in the background, a soft whistle in the trees everytime the wind blew and just a little ray of sunlight peaking through the trees. It was nothing short of a fairytale.
For the bridal bouquet, I opted for blue hydrangeas, white roses and blush peonies (as per request of the bride) just to add a touch of warmth to the colour scheme.
The bridesmaids carried a simpler version of this without the addition of blush while the groom and groomsmen wore simple boutonnières with white roses.
Upon entering the reception, guests were greeted with the signing table and a custom sign with instructions for seating arrangements. It read, "Come as you are, stay as long as you can. We're all family, so no seating plan!" Guests immitiately felt at home as they enjoyed cocktails and hors d'ouevers and awaited the arrival of the bridal party and newelyweds from their photography session.
The tables were adorned with midnight blue linens topped off with gold embroidered overlays. The centrepieces featured blue hydrangeas and white roses with sprigs of wild flowers inbetween. They were also surrounded by gold chargers and blush napkins. Ivory votives which gave a soft glow throughout the night were the finishing touches
The newlyweds opted for a sweetheart table rather than the traditional head table. Above them, a stood a rustic arch draped in hydrangeas, wisteria and lilies. In addition, the bridesmaids bouquets and the bridal bouquet adorned the front of the table - a perfect mix of whimsy and elegance.
As the sun set and the festivities of the night carried on, the entire venue was uplit with synchronized lights. The bride and groom (and guests) danced the night away...
The perfect ending to the perfect beginning. <3