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Flowers are an intricate part of every wedding day from the bridal and bridesmaids bouquets to the boutonnieres for the groom and groomsmen to the ceremony decor and reception centerpieces. There are so many different combinations that can be done with flowers to set the perfect mood for your special day, but lately, pink peonies have been blooming just about everywhere, and I love the elegant touch they add to any bouquet. Take a look at these gorgeous shades of pink peonies.

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Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty

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DelbarrMoradi via Wedding Chicks

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BRAEDON PHOTOGRAPHY via Ruffled Blog

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One and Only Paris Photography via Elizabeth Anne Designs

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Kristin Vining via Style Me Pretty

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Simply Bloom Photography, LLC via Style Me Pretty

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Tara Donne via Real Simple

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The Nichols via Elizabeth Anne Designs

Stationery is an important aspect of a wedding from save the dates to invitations to ceremony programs to menus. With spring just about here, these pretty floral stationery pieces are making their way into inboxes all around the globe. Here’s a peak at a few favorite uses of floral patterns and designs on wedding day invites and stationery. Take a look!

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Adrienne Gunde Photography via Style Me Pretty

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Michaela Noelle via Anastasia Marie Cards

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Kat Willson Photography via Ruffled Blog

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Katie Stoops Photography via Wedding Chicks

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Love Me Do via Ruffled Blog

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Shannon Kirsten

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Lisa Lefkowitz via Rue Mag

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Nessa K Photography via Ruffled Blog

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Becca Rillo Photography via Love and Lavender

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Are you searching for new and different ways to brighten up your bridal or bridesmaid bouquet? Succulents are neutral yet filling, and they have a way of making a bouquet just perfect, no matter what the theme or the colors of your wedding day may be. Take a peek at a few of these favorite succulent bouquets. Enjoy!

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A. Blake Photography via Project Wedding

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Nancy Ray Photography via Wedding Chicks

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Brinton Studios via Trendy Bride

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Meredith Carlson Photography via Wedding Chicks

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Jordan Washer Photography via Wedding Chicks

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Sonya Yruel via Ruffled Blog

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Vasia Weddings via Wedding Chicks

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Becky Male Photography via Wedding Ideas Mag

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J. Wiley Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

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Made by Juviena via Wedding Chicks

 

 

The beginning of wedding day for Brendon and Jessica began at the farm they purchased to raise their future (and current animal) family. The warm colors and furry details of their wedding day will melt your heart, not to mention the gorgeous St. Louis wedding ceremony to follow. Just wait until you see their adorable pets, both dogs and horses, in these wedding photos.

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From the photographer:
Brendon and Jessica’s wedding day was filled with a strong sense of family from the first moment on. While Brendon prepared for the day at his parent’s home with all of his groomsmen (including his much loved great dane, Waylon), Jessica and her ladies got ready at the home they purchased to raise their family at as husband and wife. Jessica’s little pup, Boomer, stayed by her side all morning long. Their first look happened on their front porch and their bridal party took most of their images right by the pasture that contained their much loved horses. The photos taken at their home were my favorites of the day. The love Brendon and Jessica have for their pets would warm anyone’s heart. They each had to say “goodbye” to their pups before they left for their ceremony and although the furry ones had to stay at home, several elements of their evening paid tribute to them.


Ceremony Venue: St. Francis Xavier College Church - St. Louis University / Reception Venue: Xavier Grand Ballroom / Makeup Artist: Airbrush Makeup by Chelsey / Hairstylist: Ginger Bay Salon and Spa - Jellica / Flowers & Decor: Kirkwood Florist / Bride’s Dress: Enzoani - Maiden Voyage Bridal / Bride’s Shoes: David's Bridal / Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal / Groom’s Attire: Tommy Hilfiger / Catering: Russo's Catering / Cake Baker: Russo's Catering / Band: Boom / Photographer: Amy Meyerott Photography

I am a big fan of whimsical, woodland inspired wedding decor. Whether its wildflowers or birch, these sweet touches bring about a magical, fairy tale feel to wedding ceremonies. My favorite, however, are floral crowns. Whether your flower girl is rocking a sweet head dress of baby’s breath or you choose to rock a floral crown of your own, these style elements can really add a whimsical feel to your big day! We’ve collected a few of our favorites below.

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Pictures Courtesy of Style Me Pretty

There’s one part of every wedding that I secretly can’t wait to see how a bride incorporates into her ceremony. Of course the attention should be on the bride and her walk down the aisle, but I always love how sweet little flower girls dressed up in all kinds of styles and throwing all kinds of flower and confetti make their way to the alter in front of a bride. The innocence and just plain adorableness of flower girls has always hit my heart! I also love some of the interesting dresses and flowers or non-flowers that brides have given to their little maids. We’ve incorporated some of our favorites below:

 

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Photos Courtesy of Style Me Pretty.

What is your inspiration for flower girl atrire? Do you have any ideas about unique throws for her? Do you prefer flowers or a sign?

Sunflowers are a beautiful sign of the arrival of Summer. From the farmers market to the botanical garden, sunflowers are a lovely reminder of the warm months ahead (hopefully)! Sunflowers are also a great flower to include into your wedding decor to add some beauty, personality, and of course some color!

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Pure Love Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic

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Alissa Ferullo Photography via Jet Fete Blog

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Cameron Ingalls Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

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Accents and Petals via Artfire

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Invitations: Pink Lily Press via ETSY | Haute Horticulture via Wedding Chicks

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BG Productions via DIY Bride


Who is ready for Summer? Do you have a favorite summer flower or do you plan to incorporate sunflowers into your wedding day decor?

Spring has sprung! (Well almost for those of us in some parts of the Midwest) and you know what they say, April showers bring May flowers – so what a better way to kick off Spring wedding season than by featuring some gorgeous Midwest Botanical gardens that also double as beautiful backdrops to your wedding day. Better yet, these venues don’t necessary need to be utilized for their outdoor space, the inside space overlooking the gardens can be just as amazing of an option.

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Whose ready for Spring? Is anyone having or attending a botanical garden wedding this wedding season?!

 

 

The wedding bouquet, and choosing which flowers will be included, can be one of the biggest decisions for a bride during the wedding planning process. This is a classic, traditional and beautiful element of any wedding day, and one I always look forward too. However, these days, brides are able to be a little less traditional and are updating traditional wedding elements to best fit their personality. We’ve seen the evolvement of flower bouquets to stunning, sparkling broach bouquets, and here are 5 more bouquet alternatives to consider.

1) Clutches

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Ryan Ray Photography via A Groom Sold Seperately

2) Pinwheels

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Jagger Photography via Green Wedding Shoes

3) Felt Flowers

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Muncle Fred Art on ETSY via One Wed

4). Corsages

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Sherry Hammonds Photography via Uber Brides

5) Parasols

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Mihaja Photography via The Louisville Wedding Blog


Do you plan on going traditional and carrying a flower bouquet, or do you have something else in mind for you and your bridal party?

Although I adore the Fall and Winter seasons, there is just something about the blossoming of Spring that excites me. One trend that seems to still be blossoming for 2013 is incorporating Peonies into signature touches for your celebration. From bouquets to centerpieces, brides continue to find unique ways to bring this romantic, lush flower into their ceremonies and receptions and I’m totally on board! With so many colors, its so easy to find ways to bring these sweet flowers in on their own or incorporate them into larger pieces. We’ve collected a few examples to inspire you to bring these velvety, sweet flowers into your own special day!

Kathleen Deery Design  –  Lauren Miller DesignsTableArt – Bows and Arrows – CLY CreationRichelle Dante Photography

What do you like most about Peonies? Would you use them in your ceremony? If so, how and why?