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Garden Party

Alright Folks, here is an oldie but a goodie for the little blog today!  Since the update of my website I have been trying to get a few things that were lost in translation back up just so that they get the credit that they deserve ;) hence a few older posts that are being revisited.  This little lovely though has gotten a continual amount of attention despite it’s age, it keeps being reposted and blogged about so I thought it should get another little shout out from its creator! The simplicity and botanical elements make it timeless and versatile…read on for all of the details and how you can create the look for yourself! Other ideas as well as the full post is all on Wedding Chicks, also major Thank You to Lane Dittoe Photography for another set of amazing images!!

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Are you looking to have a garden party bridal shower?

If so, we have everything you need and more to get your inspiration flowing, the supplies together and the invites out. Stay tuned, we will be providing you with do-it-yourself bridal party invitations that match this little number as well as what to serve along with how to design your beverage cart. Are you excited or what?

The Vine’s Leaf in San Clemente put this whole sha bang on and I must say she did a beautiful job.Lane Dittoe Photography took all the photos for your inspirational enjoyment. Stay tuned and Read on to learn how you can put this together.

 

You do not need to rent a fancy venue for your best girlfriend’s bridal shower. Ask around to see who has a cute backyard and you can basically do the entire thing yourself. This little set up took place in the backyard of a good friend.

Here is what you are going to need for the basic set up.  We will be showing you exactly how we made all of these arrangements as well. (as I said before there is more to come) but, this should get you started with in your planning process.

Supply List
1. Vintage Books & Vintage Book Pages
2. Set of white dishes and white cloth napkins & cutlery
3. Twine & Burlap
4. variety of pots and glass items for your arrangements
5. variety of herbs and plants

Plant List
Herbs: mint, rosemary, chocolate mint and thyme
Maiden hair ferns
Reindeer moss
Sheet moss
Potting Soil

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Purple Wedding Bouquet

See the Full Bouquet Recipe Feature on Wedding Chicks!

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For this bouquet, I wanted to incorporate a lot of texture but all in the purple tones.  I used the lilacs and the fuchsia peonies as the main focus because they are simply incredible.  I used the pale purple Antheriums as a leaf texture as opposed to a flower, the deep purple plum leaves to give it a little drama, and the different types of ferns to give the bouquet a whimsical and airy feel.  The purple Anemones are another personal favorite and can give a certain wildflower feeling that I love.  This mixture of blooms is also super sweet smelling in addition to it’s stunning combination of purple hues.

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Lane Dittoe Photography

Meet Maria

At the beginning of this year’s wedding season I was on the hunt for an outrageously talented as well as super excited new team member to add to the mix.  I was looking for someone passionate and ready to learn everything that there is to learn about this crazy industry.  I wanted someone with their own sense of creativity, someone who would learn from me, but also be able to put their own spin on things.  I found my girl! Maria is her name and Weddings are her game.  Maria is part of the design process as well as the event set-ups here at The Vine’s Leaf, but she will also be a weekly contributor to the newly remodeled blog! She will be posting on whatever it is that is inspiring us over here,  whether it’s a fun Lover.ly Board, a recent wedding that we have done or our most coveted bloom of the moment.  So here she is FOLKS…the amazing Maria Melissa!

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I remember when I was the one reading blogs like this. The young dreamer at my laptop waiting to see what The Wedding Chicks were going to post next, clicking from vendor to vendor and planning weddings in my head. I was the girl with the parents that had the big expectations of me going to Med School or becoming a Lawyer.  At the time, a free lance creative style job was not in the cards, so I never considered the wedding industry as a career for me.  It was always a big dream, a “What if?” type of thing, until I decided to just go for it, 100% and to never give up or look back.  Which is exactly why you are reading this today :)

As a kid, I was a hopeless romantic. Every two week high school “relationship” excited me at the beginning and broke me when they ended. And with every new boyfriend came a million new weddings planned in my special “Future Weddings” (notice the “s” at the end of wedding) folder on my computer’s desktop. Planning weddings for myself was not only a hobby of mine but a way to bring hope to my kindred spirit after a break up. They included everything: vendors, venues, flowers, accents, accessories and a dress, a Vera Wang that I’m still in love with today. I was such a weird kid! I took a floral design class as a last resort my senior year in high school. I figured it would be easy and that there would be no way to fail it; I was partially right. For me, designing was a piece of cake– others in my class suffered. As big headed as I can be in my mind, I wondered how something so easy for me could be so difficult to others. Either way, from that point on I was smitten…my passion for weddings paired with my new found love of floral design had created a lover of all things beautiful…I fell head over heals in love with the wedding and floral industries, immersing myself into every aspect.

After multiple attempts at pursuing some sort of college education that I was interested in and passionate about, I moved to Texas to attend Wedding Planning classes (and partially to run away but that’s another story). Soon I realized after shadowing my teacher/wedding planner that though wedding planning was amazing, I wasn’t as passionate about it. I knew I wanted to work in the wedding industry but I didn’t know exactly what my role would be.  All the while, I still continued to follow wedding blogs and continued making floral arrangements as a hobby.

As funny and ironic as life is, I found The Vine’s Leaf and Aly when she became a Handpicked Vendor on The Wedding Chicks years ago; I swore to myself that she was the florist to bring life to my many weddings I had planned for myself. After randomly responding to her search for an intern, here I am now, The Vine’s Leaf’s new(ish) intern! Every day of work with Aly is amazing. She’s constantly challenging me and preparing me for nothing less than the best. I’ve learned so much in these short couple of months and can honestly say that I enjoy looking at my work B.A. (before Aly) and finding things I could have improved or done differently. My dreams are coming together piece by piece and way faster than I’d anticipated. And although I’m very much still following wedding blogs and planning a million weddings for myself, it’s such an awarding feeling to know that I’m now also writing behind the blogs I used to follow.

I look forward to chatting with you, entertaining you and hopefully inspiring you along the way!

xo, Maria

 

 

Harry Potter Themed Inspiration Board

My good friend Courtney and I spent a lot of our high school days talking about two things: Harry Potter and Weddings. Obviously, the wedding half came from me, since I was.. and am still so obsessed! And although the two of us both shared love for all things Harry Potter, Courtney was the more obsessed one out of the both of us. For years she’d tell me that I’d be the one to plan her wedding and although she probably doesn’t REALLY want a Harry Potter themed wedding, I thought it might be cute to incorporate Harry Potter elements into a wedding a little more subtly. So, with such a huge phenom that Harry Potter is, how does one create a Harry Potter themed wedding without it being cheesy, nerdy or plain ridiculous?

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By using books! The Harry Potter series has easily become one of the most influential book series of our generation. Using books create a vintage and rustic look. I’m obsessed with the way the pages cascade in such an amazing decorative accent to any room.
Photo uploaded by Equally Wed.

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 One of my most favorite childhood memories included pretending to run through walls with luggage hoping to somehow end up at Platform 9 3/4. Although I was obviously unsuccessful, it was always cool to watch Harry and his friends run into the wall heading toward the train to Hogwarts. These amazing pieces of luggage remind me of the luggage Harry uses.
Pictured: Found Vintage Rentals

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We definitely can’t forget about Harry’s owl Hedwig! Not only is this stationary adorable, Hedwig must be incorporated into a Harry Potter wedding!
Photo published by: The Wedding Chicks 

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I’m too in love with this ceremony setting. From the first time I saw it on Lover.ly, I’ve wanted to somehow add it into the perfect theme. Hogwarts was mostly lit by candle light and although this alter doesn’t scream Harry Potter, I chose it because it seemed to me as if the characters in Harry Potter might get married in front of something like this.
Photograph uploaded by: Inspired By This 

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Not only do these vintage keys look like they simply stated, belong, in Hogwarts, there’s a scene in one of the books where Ron, Harry, and Hermione have to catch the right key in a swarm of flying keys! Using these vintage keys as escort cards are adorable and subtly Harry Potter themed.

To see everything else I’ve bundled for this Vintage Harry Potter wedding, check out my lover.ly bundle!

Fresh Bridal Shower Ideas

To See the full feature on Wedding Chicks, Click HERE!

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This is for all of you bridesmaids and maids of honor searching for bridal shower ideas for your special lady. Hall Weddings & Events threw this fantastic bridal shower at The Villa in San Juan Capistrano, California. The theme was vintage typewriters and we know how much you love those. Hall Weddings & Events incorporated vintage books, over-sized metal letters, vintage printing and played up the rustic woods and decor of The Villa. We love all the little details of this bridal shower, share with us what you loved the most.

The flowers are exceptionally gorgeous from one of our very own Southern California Hand Picked Wedding VendorsThe Vine’s Leaf. To see why we think Ali is so fabulous click here.

To see more bridal shower inspiration click here to view the entire gallery.

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Design & Coordinator: Hall Weddings & Events
Flowers: The Vine’s Leaf
Stationary: Sayeh Studios
Venue: The Villa SJC