Secret Garden Wedding Inspiration at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

July 10, 2016

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Jennifer and I met for the first time at at a Rising Tide Society Tuesdays Together meeting. We were sitting next to each other and I learned all about her wedding planning business, Bourbon and Blush. Towards the end of the meeting, I glanced over at her phone as she messaged someone and I saw my face in her facebook messages. Instantly, I put the pieces together that she and I had been messaging earlier in the week, picking each other’s brains about this crazy industry that we love.

Needless to say, Jennifer and I kept in touch and decided to put together an inspiration shoot. I had always dreamed of putting together a styled shoot around a garden wedding – garden weddings are my absolute favorite – but we don’t photograph many of them. There is something so innately romantic about the beauty of flowers blooming, surrounding a couple as they make such an important commitment to one another. Jennifer instantly pulled together a concept board with inspiration from the Secret Garden and the planning began.

The Marie Selby Botanical Gardens proved to be a stunning backdrop. With the historic mansion on site, and lush blooms throughout the garden, it was the perfect spot for Lauren and Dave to say their vows.

The invitation suite is often overlooked, however, Blush Design Studio ensured that this suite was stunning enough to hold its own. The soft color pallet was perfect and the stunning calligraphy was done by the team themselves – I was blown away by the detail put into the paper goods.

Lauren, our bride, had a few moments before the ceremony to get ready at her vanity. Complete with velvet ribbons, aged novels, and a vintage mirror from Tufted Vintage Rentals, it was a perfect spot to take a seat on the tufted blue seat to relax before the ceremony.

The ceremony site was my favorite of all. Blush Design Studio created a calligraphy backdrop with language from The Secret Garden. Held in place with floating candles at the bottom, and a floral accent at the top, it was an impressive design. The couple exchanged their vows and walked away with the biggest smiles.

The dining area was intimate and polished. Mismatched chairs from Tufted Vintage Rentals lined the sides of the table. Kate Ryan Linens provided the serenity tablecloth. Beautiful china and flatware from The Tea Party Company sat next to lush centerpieces from Hannah’s Floral & Events.

The couple cut their cake in front of a floral frame, designed by Hannah’s Floral & Events. Additional desserts from Ugg’s Bakery were the perfect complement to the vanilla cake.

The lounge area from Tufted Vintage Rentals provided a location for intimate conversation. Seated upon a white vintage couch with sequin pillows, it was the perfect spot to watch the event unfold. And can we talk about that stunning birdcage overflowing with florals?

Lauren wore a stunning lace gown from Isabel O’Neil. Beaded pearls graced her shoulders, while the bodice and back was covered with peak-a-boo lace. Her soft makeup, done by Emily Ann, complemented the gentle garden look. Her hair, done by Hannah Armstrong, was tousled in a messy bun twist.

The couple kissed one final time under the beautiful banyan tree before exiting for their honeymoon!

We are so thrilled that this styled shoot was featured on Glamour and Grace! 🙂

Vendors: Venue: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens // Planning and Design: Bourbon and Blush Events // Floral: Hannah’s Floral and Events // Rentals and Decor: Daly Digs // Stationery and Signage: Blush Design Studio // China, flatware, candles: The Tea Party Company // Linens: Kate Ryan Linens // Wedding Dress & accessories: Isabel O’Neil Bridal Collection //Makeup: Makeup by Emily Ann // Hair: Hair by Hannah Armstrong // Baked Goods/small Desserts: Ugg’s Bakery  // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab //

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