Bouquet Breakdown: Mauve + Lavender Textural Blooms

Now that we’ve fully immersed ourselves into the beauty of this morning’s inspiration shoot photographed by Jeanni Dunagan, it’s time to take it one step further. We’re breaking down the bouquet that left us speechless – one bloom at a time. Laura’s Floras is delving into details of her bouquet work of art, and you can snag a few pointers to get the look for yourself.

From Laura’s Floras… I find it is so important to draw inspiration for each bouquet from the bride’s dress. This bride’s lacy Claire Pettibone dress begged to be paired with soft, textural florals. Mauve and lavender hellebore and the adorable checkered hellebore brought a touch of color to the floral design, with the purple color adding to the regal feel of the shoot. The cappuccino garden roses were used to help with the color transition between the white blooms and the mauve and lavender flowers. I also chose them because their color goes so beautifully with the sandy tones of the venue.

THE FLORAL RECIPE

Japanese Spirea
White Nerine
White Ranunculus
White Astilbe
White Canteberry Bells
White Sweet Peas
White Double Lisianthus
Dogwood
White Muscari
White Fritillaries
Garden Roses in Caffe Latte, Cappuccino, and White.
White Peonies
Pieris Japonica
Mauve Hellebore

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Photography: Jeanni Dunagan Photography | Event Design: Kelly Oshiro | Floral Design: Laura’s Floras | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Wedding Dress: Claire Pettibone | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Sunstone Winery & Villa | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle | Headpiece: UntamedPetals | Headpiece: UntamedPetals | Jewlery: 33 Jewels | Ribbon: Tono & Co | Ribbon: Tono & Co

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How Many Gifts Does a Bridesmaid Really Need to Buy?

Whether she’s throwing an all-out destination wedding or an intimate backyard affair, the bride knows being in a wedding can be expensive. She does not expect you to shower her with expensive gifts too. You love your friend and want her to have everything she ever dreamed during this time in her life. But every budget has limits.

As the wedding costs add up, the party invitations can add up, too. So how many gifts is a bridesmaid supposed to buy?

Bridal Showers
When it comes to bridal showers, bridesmaids are typically invited to them all. That does not mean you have to travel for each one. But if you do attend, bring a gift. While you aren’t expected to spend a lot, it’s potentially awkward to show up to a party empty-handed, especially if the bride plans to open gifts in front of the guests.

Brides include an array of prices on their registries. If you know you have three showers to attend, set a budget—say $100—and find three gifts within that range. Some stores offer free gift-wrapping, so your present can look like a million bucks, no matter what you spend.

Lingerie Shower
As part of the bachelorette celebration, bridesmaids often band together to host a lingerie shower. This will be the most exclusive invite list, so each bridesmaid should bring a silky, lacy, or flirty selection. Feel free to go a little crazy with this one! A lingerie shower is the inner circle’s chance to spoil the bride in a way only her best friends can.

Wedding
At a minimum, a bridesmaid must send a wedding gift. If you’ve already spent the equivalent of a rent check and a car payment, consider picking something small and thoughtful from the wedding registry. The idea is the couple will have a keepsake to forever think of you from their special day.

Not sure how much to spend? One rule of thumb is to estimate the bride’s cost per guest, then budget that for your gift. If you’re bringing a date, budget that for each of you. Looking for more guidance? Tendr created this handy state-by-state guide to give you an idea of how much other people are giving in your area.

The bride asked you to be in her wedding because it’s most important to have you standing by her side on her big day. Remember, to her, your friendship is the best gift of all.

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Madeline Littrell is a Dallas-based writer and PR strategist. Born and raised in Tennessee, she loves big hair, country music, and chicken fingers.

 

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Edgy Boho Shower for the “Bad Girl” Bride

Moody Boho Bridal Shower

Charley is the rental coordinator at Folklore Event Rentals, and just one of the rad girls behind the chic California-based rental company. When she got engaged, the team pulled out all the stops (and best pieces!) to throw Charley a boho bridal shower with a decent amount of attitude on the side! They decked out Folklore Rentals, where the girls work and play, pulling inspiration from the bride herself.

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Inspired by Old World Elegance and a Serious Love of Lace

Straight out of a European destination wedding, this vineyard inspiration proves you can capture that same spirit and old world charm no matter where your venue resides. Surrounded by the traditional villa-esque beauty of Sunstone Winery, Kelly Oshiro and Laura’s Floras set out to craft a day filled with elegant details and in the genius words of Kelly – “a serious love of lace”. Get inspired to infuse some stunning European beauty into your day with image after gorgeous image captured by Jeanni Dunagan plus a film by Lola Video too.

From Jeanni Dunagan, the photographer… Nestled in the picturesque hills of the Santa Ynez Valley, Sunstone Villa transports you into another time and place. Reminiscent of an old Tuscan manor, Sunstone provides the perfect location for an intimate wedding or elopement. My goal for this project was to infuse European elements – classic architecture from Italy, natural landscape from the olive grove region of Greece, romantic textiles & furnishings from France – to provide inspiration to couples wanting to incorporate elegant European design into their wedding, whether stateside or abroad. From the rustic charm of the villa… To the lush floral design… To the fine lace textures, this European inspired elopement shoot is replete with exquisite details that will inspire a European reverie.

From Kelly Oshiro, the stylist…Inspired by old world elegance and a serious love of lace, I designed this wedding editorial for Jeanni Dunagan Photography. And when it comes to lace wedding dresses, Claire Pettibone’s stunning designs always fit the bill. We chose a long sleeved lace dress with delicate pearl embellishments, booties from Bella Belle which also featured lace and pearls, a delicate pearl headpiece from Untamed Petals and an estate pearl ring from 33 Jewels. For the ceremony design, I used the existing frame at Sunstone Villa and asked the florist to create a Dutch still-life inspired “flower painting” inside the frame featuring spirea, delphinium, and roses. French chairs from Barn Relic made for elegant and comfortable guest seating. For the reception table, I chose an extra long gray farmhouse long table draped with lace linen so the color of the table was still visible. The Ark’s elegant French place settings featured scrolled seating cards by Graceline Calligraphy along with individual flower corsages for guests. The lush florals in tones of white and green with hints of lavender and mauve featured some of my favorite flowers including, white muscari, sweet pea, hellebore, pieris and astilbe arranged in delicate glass and silver footed containers. And what old world inspired shoot would be complete without a vintage getaway vehicle? Or, in this case, a surrey from the 1880’s (and formerly owned by Michael Jackson) and pulled by Mo, the mini donkey.

From Laura’s Floras, the florist… In keeping with the concept of the shoot, I decided to incorporate soft and textural elements into the floral design. I used whites and fresh greenery with touches of sand, mauve, and lavender. The dripping pieris buds, white lilac, astilbe, and lush Spirea are all perfect early spring blooms that are also lace-like in texture. I find it is so important to draw inspiration for each bouquet from the bride’s dress, and these Claire Pettibone designs begged to be paired with soft, textural florals. Mauve and lavender hellebore and the adorable checkered hellebore brought a touch of color to the floral design, and their purple color added to the regal feel of the shoot. The cappuccino garden roses were used to help with the color transition between the white blooms and the mauve and lavender flowers. I also chose them because their color goes so beautifully with the sandy tones of the Villa.

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Photography: Jeanni Dunagan Photography | Cinematography: Lola Video | Event Styling: Kelly Oshiro | Floral Design: Laura’s Floras | Wedding Dresses: Claire Pettibone | Cake: Lele’s Patisserie | Jewelry: 33 Jewels | Hair + Makeup: Janet Villa | Groom’s Attire: The Black Tux | Venue: Sunstone Winery & Villa | Bridal Shoes: Bella Belle | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Ribbon: Tono & Co | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Stationary + Calligraphy: Graceline Art | Tabletop: The Ark Event Rentals | Veil + Headpiece: Untamed Petals | Vintage Rentals: Barn Relic

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Ethereal + Enchanted Bohemian Backyard Wedding

Boho Rustic Wedding

“We wanted the day to reflect not only our love for each other, but the little personal details that make our relationship so unique.” That, my friends, is what GWS is all about! Weddings are a celebration of love, of two people coming together — and to be able to highlight the personality of their relationship is one of the most beautiful things! For Nicole + Jen, they wanted to make sure each + every detail of their big day was a reflection of their unique and differing styles. To do this, they brought enchanting bohemian-inspired vibes to Vinewood Plantation

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