Styling Corner: The Garden Style

There are many different kinds of styles you can utilize for your wedding day, from traditional to modern to whimsical and everything in between. This post is going to analyze a perfect example of one of our favorites styles — garden — and how it can work for your destination wedding in Ireland. A shout out to the uber-talented team at Frog Prince Designs who excel not only at this style, but a variety whom we’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with over the years!

The Garden Style is defined quite simply as “inspired by the garden.” It’s heavy on natural elements like foliage, greenery, and flowers, but also usually involves even more garden and even forest elements like trees, potted plants, fruits, and lots of texture! It’s an opportunity to work in a great deal of dimension and texture, fragrance, and create an environment that can engage you and your guests on multiple sensory levels. Let’s look at a wedding we worked with with Frog Prince on earlier this year which sees how you can transform a hotel into a breathtaking garden!

The ceremony space obviously took place indoors. Working in a lush floral arch added a dramatic focal point that easily focused the eye direction center stage. Ground florals laid about helped add to the feeling you were walking in a garden (despite carpet on the ground!). Trees and potted plants in various heights and textures closed up the neutrality gaps with the walls and created a really intimate space. Love the addition of garden statues and benches as well — a lovely unexpected touch to the space! But what I wanted to point out here is how the florals were constructed with a lot of movement and weren’t strict or compactly arranged; that movement allowing for height and twining about helps to add to setting the tone. This was echoed in the way the arrangements were placed as well — not in strict rows or lines, but rather a sense of movement again.

The table setting took the theme again, creating clusters of arrangements from larger compote style spilling out onto the tables to smaller potted ferns and bud and julep vases. Each bloom is carefully curated for its color, size, but most importantly — it’s shape– for this effect to work. You want a mix of height and lots and lots of texture, but you want to retain the integrity of a naturally-growing floral. Accenting with beautiful classic Irish crystal and gold and silver elements with clean white candles really took this look to the next level of elegant garden theme.

Don’t forget to carry your theme to other elements of the day! Although this gorgeous buttercream cake is made with sugar sculpted flowers, they are done in a similar style and movement to match the vibe and feel of the rest of the decor.

Check out more photos in our gallery below! And make sure to check back through our BLOG for more gorgeous real weddings utilizing this style in various venues and locations throughout Ireland!

FEATURED WEDDING 2019 | Karina & Chris: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Intimate Coastal Wedding with Celestial Vibes and Jewel Tones

We are so excited to share with you another Featured Wedding of 2019! Today’s post features Karina and Chris’s incredible jewel tone, “Midsummer Night’s Dream with a Celestial Twist” intimate wedding on the coast of Ireland! Taking in the sweeping Cliffs of Moher and adding a cozy medieval tower to host your ceremony plus gorgeous florals by Anthesis Floral with some outstanding table setting style and celestial decor and you have one of our favorite weddings we’ve ever styled and planned. There to capture the day is US based Natura Collective — their talents managed to capture the day and emotion so perfectly.

Off To Ireland

Chris and Karina met at a mutual friend’s engagement party. After Chris proposed at the PAMM under the hanging gardens, they started planning their wedding day.  “I initially wanted an elopement,” recalls Karina, “but it grew” and soon we were helping them plan an intimate wedding in Ireland! “I went to Ireland in 2012 and just fell in love… I told Chris back then that would be the place I wanted to start the next season in my life.”

The Details

The original plan was to host the ceremony at the Cliffs of Moher, but rain intervened and Plan B took effect at the tower.  The spiritual style ceremony felt intimate and cozy in the medieval tower and was full of Irish and Hispanic traditions, including the arras coins [arras in Spanish means “pledge” — thirteen gold coins (arras) are given by the groom to the bride during the marriage ceremony, signifying his
willingness to support her and trust in her].

“Midsummer Night’s Dream with a Celestial Twist” was the theme for the day.  We worked closely with Karina to develop the perfect color palette showcasing bright jewel tones like garnet, amethyst, sapphire, emerald, and citrine notes.  The look had a lush Irish greenery tone with lots of gorgeous greenery accented with rich velvet tones of deep reds and purples on the tables. The celestial vibe came through in a variety of really fun ways. The hanging gold stars were courtesy of Karina’s mom and added the perfect whimsical touch to the room and accent spaces. Karina accented her look with star hair clips (so in love with these!) and accents on her leather jacket (LOVE!). The custom menu featured a full moon and the cake topper (by  lebianchen margherita) is one of our favorites we’ve ever seen!  Their first dance was to  “From Here to Mars” by Coheed and Cambria. Just perfect!  And Karina added a bit of DIY touches as well:  “I made our Bar, welcome and photo guest book signs. Also holographic butterfly swizzle sticks.”

The pub was cozy everyone enjoyed a dinner of traditional Irish fare and Irish music late into the night.  A pour of Guinness is of course a must. Although the rain came down, it somehow managed to add to the coziness and authenticity of the day. “It really just made it that more magical. Everyone really had a wonderful time regardless of the weather.”

The Favorites

We love the gorgeous florals of the day by the uber-talented Anthesis Floral.  One of the most breathtaking bouquets we’ve seen in those incredible rich jewel tones really set against the Irish landscape and ruins and castle just beautifully. The table setting was a unique and modern take for an Irish pub — love how we went “all in” on the theme a bit and really embraced it — it really worked in the setting and offered an unexpected surprise when you walked into the room! Karina and Chris’s look was fabulous head to toe — her Eve of Milady dress accessorized with the stars, her Badgley Mischka heels and personalized leather jacket is a look we’re obsessing over. Karina’s “something blue and borrowed” was her Grandmother’s ring (was her great-grandmother’s).  And her bouquet had a charm with a photo of her grandfather so she could keep him with her that day.  Chris wore his late grandfather’s ring to keep him close.

A Piece of Advice

“Everything will work out. In the end its really just about you and your partner — everything else is just the cherry on top.”

Karina and Chris — it was a blast helping you plan your wedding day! We wish you both a wonderful life together full of adventures and may your future be as bright as the stars!!!!

For more information on the talented vendors who helped on this wedding and to get started on planning your dream day, CONTACT US today!!

FEATURED WEDDING 2019 | Kelly & Patrick: “Irish Spring Garden” in Dusty Blue Tones

Kelly and Paddy’s destination wedding is one for the books! Dreamy, ethereal shades of dusty blue, soft blush and peach tones, and silvery eucalyptus tone greenery perfectly accentuated their spring wedding at Mount Juliet Estate in Kilkenny.  We helped design and plan the day, focusing the details on our theme “romantic Irish spring” and creating a custom color palette that perfectly accentuated the Irish countryside and spring season. An incredible, impeccably shot gallery is courtesy of the incredibly talented Molly Carr Photography.

The Details

We began by designing a custom color palette. Kelly chose one of the “it” colors (and a personal favorite of mine) dusty blue as the main color. We played with different tones, creating a rich palette that went as dark as “storm grey” and through the grey and silvery tones of dusty blue. We used grey tones as neutrals, clean and crisp linen white, and soft gold and silver metallic to round out the main palette. Our supporting palette used a range of spring greenery, from rich emerald green tones to silvery eucalyptus to work in a bit of that Irish countryside and seasonal greenery.  To create the smallest of contrast to focus the eye and let the white stand out, we used the smallest touches of pale blush and pale peach. Together the color palette perfectly expressed the Irish spring garden vibe we were going for.

The tone overall took inspiration from the Georgian aesthetic at Mount Juliet.  Everything had a sense of refined elegance but Kelly and Paddy wanted to be careful that the day didn’t feel overly stuffy or too formal. We struck the right balance between stunning venue and setting and sprinkling in more casual elements like the polaroid station.

We added pops of personalization throughout the day. One unique feature included a tug boat sketch — a traditional among their friends when they get married, a tug boat features in some way or element at the wedding. For Kelly and Paddy it came in the form of French macaroons! The ceremony incorporated the handfasting tradition and included a custom ribbon that was embossed with a Gaelic saying.

Paper played a huge part in the day.  It was an important element for Kelly and she wanted this element to be perfect and really express the day’s color and theme.  A to die for custom suite was created by Shasta Bell Calligraphy and as you can clearly see, added the perfect elegant decorative touch to the overall decor and details.

The flowers stole the show and nailed our garden theme. Bella Botanica once again worked their magic, creating a gorgeous focal point floral arch for the ceremony, compote arrangements for the reception, and some spectacular bouquets in our color palette and theme. Gorgeous white garden roses and emerald greenery brought the room alive and played perfectly against the dusty blue tones in the linens and accented stationary, the blush tones and grey coming in from the dining room on their own.

 

Kelly and Paddy — it was a pleasure working with you! Your design style and attention to detail was a delight to work with.  We wish you both a life full of happiness and more gorgeous memories!

For more information on the talented vendors and details of this wedding, and to get started on designing and planning your dream day, CONTACT US today!

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