A Secret Garden Wedding

This photo shoot came to be when the ladies over at Lavender and Twine were inspired by a Secret Garden inspiration board on Green Wedding Shoes and now I am inspired to redo my entire backyard! The floral design in this shoot is exquisite and just wait until you see what they did with the iron arch.
This is my favorite. That iron arch draped in branches, greenery and lights with a hanging lantern is so romantic. I’m going to have to get me one of those.

If you plan to wed in the Ojai, California area, these vendors (including the venue) are available for hire!

Photographer: Lavender & Twine
Reception Venue: The Lavender Inn
Floral and Event Design: Bella Raines Garden Studio
Dress Designer: Saja
Hair & Makeup: Jenny Barrett for TEAM Hair & Makeup
Equipment Rentals: Ventura Rental Party Center
Invitation Designer: InspiraDESIGNS
Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Friar Tux

Greenhouse Wedding

I wanted an outdoor wedding but on my wedding day it didn’t just rain, it monsooned so when I saw this photo shoot by Rosemary Stafford Floral Design and Soul Mates Photo I thought of all you brides out there who insist on an outdoor wedding in the middle of rainy season. The entire event is shot indoors at Aspinwall’s Farm and Fruitstand and you won’t believe how gorgeous potted plants can be.

You could easily recreate this photo shoot for your own wedding inside a plastic tent or glass building with hundreds of potted plants or you could always try to convince Calloway’s to let you rent out space. It’s a perfect solution if you are getting married in inclement weather don’t you think?

Well done vendors, well done!

Venue: Aspinwall’s Farm and Fruitstand
Wedding photographer: Soul Mates Photo
Hair: AJ’s Hair Design & Makeup
Event Planner: Gather Event Planning & Consultation
Floral Designer: Rosemary Stafford Floral Design
Invitation Designer: Paper Bloom
Wedding cake: One Divine Party
Rentals: Peter Corvallis Productions

Pinwheel Party by Oh Goodie Designs

I don’t know how the weather has been in your part of the country, but in Texas it has been windy! So it only seems fitting that I share this precious pinwheel party with you designed by Jo Anne at Oh Goodie Designs. Also, as it is the week before Easter, consider that though this isn’t technically an Easter party, you could certainly incorporate an Easter theme, especially with all the gorgeous pastels she uses! Throw in a couple Easter baskets and pastel-dyed eggs and there you have it…Easter party!

I love all the colors…yay spring! Also, Jo Anne has graciously provided a download to make the pinwheels on her blog. How sweet is that? And of course, a round of applause for all the fabulous vendors that contributed:

Photography: Rebecca McCoy Photography
Graphic Designs: Sweet Prints
Pinwheel Cookies: Cookies are My Canvas
Cupcakes and cakepops: bon~bon
Pink Lemonade: The Lemonade Co.
Cupcake stands, straws, milk bottles: Shop Sweet LuLu
Kandy Kones: Celebrate Today! The Superchick Way

DIY Cherry Blossom Tree Branches

I have a crush on Cherry Blossoms but I mean who doesn’t? I love Pottery Barn’s faux branches but can’t justify spending so much and the branches at the craft stores always seem too pink…or plastic…or something. Then while browsing through Good Housekeeping’s Easter crafts I saw a tutorial on how to make my own Cherry Blossom branch and I just about had a heart attack when I saw how gorgeous it was. Those flowers are made out of tissue paper! Believe it!


photo by Michael Partenio

Here are the instructions via Good Housekeeping:
Layer a sheet of dark pink paper atop light pink paper. Snip out a five-petal flower that’s 2 to 4 inches in circumference. Once cut, reposition the dark pink daisy so the petals won’t align with the light pink ones. Twist the center bottom of the flower, wrap with a 3-inch length of floral wire, and hot-glue onto a bare branch. Repeat, varying sizes of flowers so blossoms look realistic.

I have two baby showers and two birthday parties this weekend so look forward to lots of fun posts next week! Have a good weekend everybody!