High School Sweethearts Tie the Knot With Garden Romance

My very favorite moments of this Virginia garden wedding are the simple ones. The pre-ceremony exchange of vows with only their parents in attendance, the private dinner made just for two, and the madly-in-love way these high school sweethearts still look at one another. It’s a celebration filled so much heart, and with some of our favorite vendors like Kristin SweetingHolly Chapple and JKW Beauty on the lineup, you better believe this is one gallery you can’t afford to miss.

From Kristin SweetingA secret garden, a private ceremony, and a floral veil are just a few of the magical details that took place at this April wedding on the plantation of Oatlands Historic House and Gardens.

Choosing a venue is one of the most important pieces of planning a wedding. When you find the perfect venue, it speaks to you – and all of the carefully planned details just fall into place. This is exactly what happened for an April bride touring Oatlands Historic House and Gardens. Its grand nature and historical past that sits on 415 acres, along with hidden details such as secret gardens, a tucked-away cottage, and the oldest standing greenhouse in the South. These little spots would provide the perfect setting for the couple’s planned private moments among the day’s celebration.

The bride and groom were high school sweethearts, attending senior prom together and dating for ten years, so a big celebration of their love was a long time coming. The couple wanted not only to include a large group of friends and family but also to share special moments with only each other to reflect upon and celebrate their love. A first look, then a pre-ceremony exchange of vows surrounded by only their parents, followed by a private dinner for two in the lush gardens by the pond.

The vintage feel of the estate and its surroundings matched the overall theme of tradition with a twist. Vintage silhouettes of the bride and groom, inspired by a family heirloom, were present on the invitations, stationery, signs, and seating chart. The bride’s big entrance came in the form of an elegant vintage car. Neutral colors in the bridesmaid dresses let the beauty of the florals, including fresh flowers in the bride’s veil, truly shine. Tables were lined with a garland of colorful flowers with fresh greenery and delicate twinkle lights sprinkled in. Shades of beige, pink, navy, and silver showed up in small but impactful details, like the groomsmen’s blue suits matching the blue anemone flowers in the bridesmaids’ bouquets and the blueberries on the wedding cake.

Longstanding tradition combined with personal touches and memories created with the couple’s closest friends and family against the magical backdrop of Oatlands Historic House and Gardens made the day feel like a timeless fairy tale.

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Photography: Kristin Sweeting Photography | Event Planning: Tricia Christine Events | Floral Design: Holly Heider Chapple Flowers LTD | Cake: Cindy Michaels and Peggy Fletcher | Hair + Makeup: JKW Beauty | Band: Affirmative Groove | Venue: Oatlands Historic House and Gardens | Caterering: Tuscarora Mills | Rentals: Capital Party Rentals


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Feelin’ Peachy: Modern Wedding Inspiration in a Greenhouse

Modern Romance Wedding Inspiration

We believe in the school of thought that any venue can turn into a magical place, with a little creativity and inspiration. And today’s styled shoot at the Will Rogers Conservatory, located in Oklahoma City, designed by Aisle Be With You, is here to prove just that! Vibrant colors, modern pieces, and whimsical elements all were brought together to create this peachy-toned editorial, and we’ve got to say — it’s quite the spectacle!

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DIY Bridesmaid Robes: 9 Easy Steps to Seriously Happy Besties

You can’t have a fabulous wedding without a handful of amazing DIY projects. At least that’s our mantra. So today we’re teaming up with our friends at Spoonflower for not one, but two gorgeous projects for you to tackle. Up first? These easy-peasy bridesmaid robes. Put on the crafting pants and get ready for even more DIY goodness later on.


2 yards of Poly Crepe de Chine but if you prefer a more sheer version, Spoonflower’s new Chiffon is a great option.
Sewing Machine
White Thread
Sewing Needle
Fabric Chalk or Marker
Fabric Measuring Tape


Fold the fabric in half (so that the long edge is halved), with the front of the print on the inside. The fold will become the top of your robe.

Measure 12” down from the fold and mark with your fabric marker. Measure 6” in from the edge of the print on the sides. Repeat on the other side of fabric.

Cut out the rectangle of fabric outlined on both sides and set aside. (those pieces will become the robe tie).

Mark a line down the center of the robe at the halfway point. Cut along this line (on one layer of fabric only!). This will become the robe opening.

Pin a ¼” hem along both sleeves, the slit opening, and the bottom of the robe. Repeat this step to enclose all raw edges.

Sew the robe together using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Trim any excess threads, then turn the robe right sides out.

Sew the four pieces of leftover rectangular fabric, right sides together, to form a long chain This will be the robe tie.

Fold the tie in half the long way (with the front of the print facing inside) and pin together. Sew along the length of the seam, leaving the two ends open, then trim any excess fabric and threads.

Scrunch up the tie to fit your fingers through the entire length of tie- grab the end and pull through itself to flip the tie inside-out. Fold the ends of the tie in on themselves, then sew them closed by hand. Iron the tie flat, and voila!

Photography: Ruth Eileen Photography

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5 Thoughtful + Festive Bridesmaids Ask Party Ideas

If you are reading this, it is likely that your greatest love has recently popped the question and congratulations are in order! Now, you get to start asking a few very exciting questions of your own.

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Rather than sending a bridesmaid box or inviting them to a traditional brunch, why not let the celebrations begin early and throw a themed party to remember? When it comes to your special day and the most special women in your life, there is no such thing as over the top!

Bridesmaids and Beaches
Once the weather has warmed, there are few things better than a beach day with your best babes. Gather up your girls and head down to the shore for a party in their honor, a day spent sipping and snacking with toes in the sand. If you’re feeling adventurous, get some sea time, floating on rafts fit for each personality, from a sprinkled donut to your very own engagement ring float! Set up a large umbrella over some beach blankets and pillows for your own personal piece of bride tribe paradise.

Sips and Snacks: A beach day should be both easy breezy and fun and festive, so pack your cooler full of wine juice boxes and mini champagne bottles and you’ve got both fun and function covered! If possible, opt for lunch at a great seaside restaurant for a nice break from the beach, but pack up some delicious treats that can be shared while lounging, like fresh fruits or frozen mini chocolate dipped banana and peanut butter sandwiches. Nobody ever turned down chips, salsa and guac during a beach party either.

Bridesmaid Swag: Besides the Instagram-worthy floats you’ve got in tow, spoil your maids with individualized beach hats or bathing suits for the most epic bridesmaid beach uniform.

Sisterhood Sleepover
We all know life is busy and while Friday nights used to mean pizza and best friend snuggles, sleepovers with your girls seem to be few and far between these days. So, what better excuse to get all your girls piled into one place for a sisterhood sleepover than asking them to be in your bridal party?! Plus, cozy couch time is perfect for late night chats about your upcoming nuptials.

Sips and Snacks: Order up pizzas from your favorite spot or have fun making your own with the crew! Stock up with supplies for an easy to make and share s’mores dip and keep the wine flowing for a simple menu that puts your childhood sleepovers to shame.

Bridesmaid Swag: Gift your girls personalized sweatshirts for lounging in all evening. Whether you go for a uniformly emblazoned “Bride Tribe” or individual nicknames, your squad will be comfy and super stoked to get into the wedding planning spirit.

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Pancakes and Pajamas
If you are of the belief that there are few things in life better than deliciously sweet breakfast foods and a morning spent cozied up with your favorite ladies, then asking your girls to be part of your special day with a Pancakes and Pajamas party is definitely your style. Time to prepare the griddle and the matching sleepwear for the sweetest, comfiest of mornings.

Sips and Snacks: We have all heard of and likely been privy to the ever-popular mimosa bar, but what about a pancake bar? Hire a little help or recruit your mom to man the spatula so the flapjacks are continuously flowing hot off the griddle. Then, set up a toppings bar filled with fabulous fruits, chocolate chips, jams and syrups for a make-your-own pancake experience! Also, bubbles pair perfectly with pancakes, so go ahead and add in that mimosa bar you were inspired by. Pop, Fizz, Pancake!

Bridesmaid Swag: You’ve got the pancakes covered, now for the pajamas. Upon arrival, shower your squad with matching PJs, embroidered with their initials for that special touch. They can slip into them and get comfy before enjoying the breakfast spread and also wear them on the morning of the big day.

Serendipitous Ice Cream Social
Ice cream socials aren’t just for kids and can be a whimsical way to get your best girls together and ask them to be in your wedding. Truth be told, we all scream for ice cream and nothing says celebration like sprinkles! Plan an afternoon of indulging in a variety of delicious desserts and, if you’re feeling boozy, opt for a few spiked concoctions as well.

Sips and Snacks: Clearly, the theme is centered on ice cream, but there are so many whimsical treats that can be made with everyone’s favorite frozen dessert. Think trays of homemade chocolate chip cookies for creating ice cream sandwiches, old school glass bottles of coke and root beer for float-making, toppings as far as the eye can see for ultimate sundae building and a blender at the ready for milkshake making. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box in terms of flavors- traditional chocolate and vanilla are a must, but after that go out on a limb with unique combinations from a local creamery! Lastly, roll in a little bar cart with nips, like vanilla bourbon or vodka, if you want to turn those milkshakes and floats boozy.

Bridesmaid Swag: Make your ice cream social extra special by gifting your newly minted bridal party with personalized spoons! A set of two is super cute when stamped with your bridesmaid’s name and the date of your upcoming wedding and are expertly themed to your ask party.

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Cupcakes and Coffee
Some things just go together, like you and your bridal party and coffee and cupcakes. Whether morning or afternoon, prepare a cupcake table and coffee station like no one has ever seen before in honor of the women you love as much as a good cup of joe and a mini cake.

Sips and Snacks: Coffee and cupcakes can be simple or they can be indulgent and fabulous. For your girls, go all out and set up a coffee station, complete with a never-ending pot of fresh brew, French press, cold brew and an espresso machine. They can choose their cup of joe while also opting in or out of the various add-ins, like specialty creamers or sprinkles of cinnamon, nutmeg or vanilla. As for the cupcakes- make everyone forget that donuts used to be coffee’s perfect partner. Continue the theme with coffee flavored mini cakes, while also offering fruit-filled varieties, all expertly decorated so they are almost too beautiful to eat.

Bridesmaid Swag: Initial mugs are the name of the bridesmaid swag game for this bridal party soiree. You can go clean and simple with just your girlfriend’s first initial or you can amp up the personalization with the wedding date or a declaration that they are officially part of the “Bride Tribe.”

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However you choose to ask your ladies to be part of your special day, just have fun with it! The most important thing is that you get to spend time together, make them feel appreciated and kick off a long line of celebrations right, with those who mean the most.

Style Me Pretty Contributor – Katie Patton is a merchant and freelance writer from Ohio, currently residing in Celebration, Florida with her fiancé. When she isn’t working you can find her sipping and snacking on a patio, traveling to see her friends and family, endlessly scrolling Instagram or Pinterest and, of course, planning her own upcoming wedding!

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This Is How You Effortlessly Incorporate Nature Into Your Wedding

Seeing just a few photos of Jardin de Buis, Claire Duran knew she had to create an elegant editorial in this space. With its unique greenhouse and orangerie, the European-feeling architecture of the home, and the impressive grounds, Claire’s goal was to complement and enhance the venue with the help of Belovely’s floral design expertise, incorporating the ample greenery and gorgeous natural surroundings in an elegant way. The result is effortless romance, photographed to perfection by Erika Brown, so check out the gallery for more inspiration.

From Claire Duran Weddings and EventsThe moment I saw images from Jardin de Buis in New Jersey was the moment I fell in love with it. I know I had to design for that space, no matter the four hour drive from Washington DC. And then I saw it in person, and my jaw simply dropped at the amazing beauty of the space, and the gorgeous private collection of its owner. This editorial intends to inspire the Bride who is excited to make a statement with her venue choice and who wants to incorporate nature into her wedding in a very elegant and sophisticated way.

The greenhouse, the house’s architecture, and the gardens gave us the perfect backdrops for such a combination of aesthetics. All we had to do was bring in the little touches that would complement all that was already going on, keeping a neutral color palette for the most part, and adding some strong pops of color to catch the eye, as seen with the cake and the shoes. Softness, simplicity, and delicate details were all in mind when thinking of the stationery, gown, hair, makeup, and accessories, and the bit of adventure and wildness would come across through the floral design.

When doing editorials, there’s nothing better than having a real couple as models, so we were delighted to have Erin and Vito model for us, as we get to see their genuine and deep love for each other in front of the camera, which at the end of the day, is what weddings are all about! Once it all came to life, it is thanks to the uber talented Erika Brown that we have these incredible images for us to always remember how much wedding beauty was collectively created that day!

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Photography: Erika Brown Photography | Event Planning + Design: Claire Duran Weddings And Events | Event Styling: Claire Duran Weddings And Events | Floral Design: Belovely | Wedding Dress: Eli By Flora | Cake: Sugar Lane Cake Shop | Stationery: Chatham And Caron | Ring: Melissa Tysons Designs | Makeup: Makeup by Sara Boyd | Hair: Lauren Clift for Alchemy of Hair | Accessories: Mint Lola | Film Processing: PhotoVision Prints | Wedding Reception: Jardin De Buis

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This San Miguel De Allende Wedding Will Sweep You Away with Romance + Adventure

San Miguel De Allende Wedding

Get this: Erik + Victoria met in the recording studio on the first day she moved to New York City! As their relationship blossomed, these two traveled a LOT as touring musicians. They happened upon the beautiful city of San Miguel De Allende just months before Erik proposed, a colonial era mountain town in Central Mexico with a thriving arts community, known as “The Heart of Mexico” —  and it’s easy to imagine why E + V fell in love with the town! Upon getting engaged, these two knew exactly where they were headed and could barely contain their excitement at the opportunity to share one of their favorite destinations with their closest friends!

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