October 25, 2017 - 3 comments

Heather + Gabe’s Colorful Summer Wedding

Ok, I know, Summer is over but with the weather we just had this past week, it kind feels like August all over again! Speaking of August, today I'm sharing Heather and Gabe's colorful summertime reception at the South Coast Botanic Garden. Oh and that dress? SO PRETTY! Wait until you see how it transforms for dancing.

bride and groom in cactus garden palos verdes

You know it's going to be a great wedding when the girls get ready together with some champagne, cute robes and some photos of them jumping on the bed!

bridesmaids laughing in cute floral robes on bed

bride and bridesmaid jumping on bed

bride cheers with champagne in white robe

Meanwhile in the guys room...everything was under control and they were so well behaved!

groom's brown shoes brown sunglasses brown belt and pattern tie

groom getting ready white shirt

groom putting brown shoes on and argyle socks

handsome groom looking in mirror getting ready

groomsmen helping groom get ready redondo beach

Then came the First Look. One of my favorite parts of a wedding. We had a First Look for our wedding and I felt 100 lbs lighter after it. It's so good to see your fiancé and it really helps calm nerves. It also makes for incredible and emotional photos!

groom covering eyes before First Look

bride, bridesmaids and wedding planner getting ready for First Look

bride in beautiful fairytale gown in garden for first look

bride and groom see each other first the first time in garden

bride and groom under tree at south coast botanic garden for first look

peachy bride bouquet

The couple chose to have a private ceremony a week before and wanted to celebrate their marriage in a beautiful outdoor setting which is why they chose to have their reception at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes, CA.

garden wedding reception at south coast botanic garden

round tables and wooden chairs for garden wedding

The bride, Heather, found all of these blue bottles at different thrift stores and shops over the course of several months. She kept costs down by buying her own flowers for the centerpieces and adding a cool blue and white patterned table cloth overlay and marble table numbers. Each table was equipped with a shot glass and disposable camera that guests used throughout the night. I hope those photos turned out good!

blue bottles with bright flowers as centerpiece

bright blue bottles and flowers with marble table number

custom shot glass for wedding favor

This crafty couple also took the time to make their own seating chart with screws spelling out their names, how cool is that? The signage at this wedding was all really good. I love the clever Hasta Luego sign.

wooden seating chart with flowers and screws

screws spelling out bride and grooms name

batenders from cocktail minglers at outdoor wedding

drink menu sign with signature cocktails

 

wine barrel cocktail tables for wedding

We snuck the couple away to the cactus garden for some gorgeous sunset photos and then brought them back for a fun grand entrance followed by some dancing! Photographer tip: definitely scout this venue before you shoot a wedding there because there are 87 acres of garden and you may want to take your couples out into a different part of the Garden for those golden hour photos!

grand entrance at the south coast botanic garden

bride and groom outdoor grand entrance

guests around bride and groom for grand entrance

 

bride and groom kissing fairytale in cactus garden

bride and groom sunset photos in cactus garden

close up bride and groom sparkly gown in cactus garden

bride and groom dip kiss with fairytale ballgown in garden

Let the party begin! We had Chunk-N-Chip's ice cream sandwich bar come by for a few hours which was a total HIT for guests, awesome beats by Diego from VOX DJs and the perfect weather for a dance party. Also, this groom's got some MOVES!

Bride and groom first dance under bistro lights

bride and groom dance at south coast botanic garden

couple dancing under bistro lights

dance party wedding at the south coast botanic garden

groom break dancing

groom dancing at garden wedding

wedding party dancing

chunk and chip ice cream sandwhiches

ice cream sandwich set up

dance party for wedding at garden

Remember that gorgeous fairytale-like gown the bride wore? Well, guess what! It's a 2-piece and the skirt comes off for dancing!

hasta luego sign for wedding

Congratulations Heather and Gabe!

Planning 'Cause We Can Events // Photography Nichanh Nicole Photography // Venue South Coast Botanic Garden // DJ Diego VOX DJs // Rentals Choura Events // Catering Wheat & Fire Pizza Oven // Desserts Chunk-N-Chip //

 

 

October 23, 2017 - 5 comments

Why we decided to live on a boat

By now, most of you know that Chris and I live on a boat in San Pedro, CA. What you may not know is why we decided to do it, what we love about and what we miss about living on land. Today, I thought I would take a break from posting about weddings and give you a little peek at our life on water!

living on a boat in california

Why did we decide to do it? A lot of you Southern Californians know how expensive renting can get. I quit my corporate job in 2016 and decided to give my wedding planning business a chance to grow. With that big leap came some financial insecurities but still so many dreams of traveling and adventuring. So paying $2000+ per month on a tiny apartment in a less than desirable neighborhood didn't exactly feel like something we wanted to do.

border collie looking out at the water

Why a boat? Flashback to his early 20s, Chris lived on a small sailboat up in the Ventura Harbor. He didn't know anything about sailing but met other liveaboards and old time sailors who showed him the ropes (literally...so many ropes). He told me about his experience and how inexpensive it was to live on a boat, but still I wasn't sold.

What really did it for me was this YouTube channel called SV Delos. This crew from Seattle bought this amazing sailboat, sold their belongings, quit their jobs and sailed around the world. I loved everything about their lifestyle. The adventure, the way they cared about the people they met, their ethical fishing methods, the way they all had roles and responsibilities on the boat and just their overall outlook on life. Why wait until you retire to have all the fun, right?

paddleboarding in cabrillo marina san pedro

little dog looking out into the marina living on a boat

So next thing you know, we are boat hunting! We opted for a power boat instead of sail because of the comfort and space aspect. We're both working on land for a few more years and I love all of the big windows and space we have on our current boat. Her name is Solstice.

living on a boat in San Pedro 42ft trawler

What do we love about living on a boat? So many things! But if I were to name a few, the first thing would be the fact that we OWN a home! I know this sounds crazy but so many people our age do not and will never be able to afford a home in Southern California. Although we do pay slip fees (about $900/month which includes water and power and use of marina facilities), we were able to buy our boat and that feels so good.

Also, I love the minimalistic living. We sold all our furniture, donated a lot of items and live off of the essentials. I can't complain. We truly have everything we need on this 500 square-foot house on water.

Last but not least, we can take our whole house to Catalina! We've already done it 3 times where we've secure the dogs in their seats, brewed some coffee and motored the three hours to Catalina Island surrounded by dolphins every.single.time.

newlyweds living on a boat in california

margarita cheers in boat galley kitchen liveaboard

dog and couple living on a boat

What do our dogs think of this? They absolutely love it. Every morning we take the dogs out for a walk around the marina and stop at a big grassy area where our border collie, Fiona, anxiously waits for us to pull the frisbee out. Our little chihuahua, Cheech, is really the boss of the ship. No one shall enter unless authorized by this little fur ball!

liveaboard on old fishing trawler

girl on paddleboard living on a boat

What do we miss about living on land? Not much really. I do like living in a marina as opposed to being out at anchor because we do have the opportunity to get off the boat and go on some hikes or meet up with friends whenever we want. I do miss live TV. Not gonna lie. But I think I'll be ok without it!

couple living on a boat hanging out on rooftop

wind blowing in hair on top of boat

couple walking down on boat dock with dog

newlyweds boat living with border collie and chihuahua

All in all, we figured that we most likely will never look back and say "man, I really regret living on a boat as newlyweds". If we decide to move back on land to have kids in a few years, then so be it. I just never want to go through life regretting not doing something adventurous.

sunset from a boat in san pedro

bistro lights on rooftop of boat for dinner

bistro lights on boat and dancing at sunset

HUGE thank you to Tiffany Luong Photography for capturing these intimate and all too real moments of Chris, me and the pups on our boat, Solstice!

October 14, 2017 - 8 comments

Sneak Peeks: Our Rimrock Ranch Wedding Weekend!

A longer post will follow with all the juicy details of our Rimrock Ranch wedding weekend in the desert but for now I want to share some sneak peeks that I got this week from my amazing photographer and good friend, Chloe Moore.

rimrock ranch desert wedding couple in front of vintage bus

I swear, Rimrock Ranch is one of those venues that doesn't require a lot of decor. It's just full of cool vintage cars and buses and eclectic decor all over the place. But the most beautiful part of this venue is that no matter what time of year you get married here, the sunsets will make all of your guests stop what they're doing and stare. That alone was worth every penny. Not to mention that the owners, Gwen and Eric are some of the nicest and coolest human beings ever!

bride getting ready at Rimrock Ranch with messy braided updo

bride with bold lip in high next lace dress with dark floral bouquet desert wedding

bride and groom at rimrock ranch in front of vintage bus

Are there some things that I could have done differently? Sure. But the whole weekend experience of being surrounded by this group of people that will NEVER again all be together at once was surreal and I wouldn't trade it for anything. There were SO.MANY.TEARS!

ceremony at rimrock ranch in front of joshua tree

mismatched bridesmaids at rimrock ranch desert wedding

Half of my family is from Quebec, therefore speaks French so our DJ, Jack Farmer, played some awesome French songs and even our American family who didn't know the words started dancing. It was seriously so much fun! Oh and our dogs were wish us all weekend and were completely zonked on the ride home!

desert wedding in Joshua Tree with dog

groom kisses bride in desert

More photos coming soon! Can't wait! Thank you to all my amazing wedding vendors:

Photographer Chloe Moore Photography // Coordination The Events Boutique // Videography Wandering Study // Hair/Makeup Makeup By Emerald // DJ Jack Farmer // Flowers Flower Duet // Rentals Dish Wish and Signature Party Rentals // Venue Rimrock Ranch

September 1, 2017 - 10 comments

Gabby’s Bachelorette pt. 1 – Palm Springs

Let's just say that a Las Vegas bachelorette party isn't really my thing. My idea of the perfect bachelorette party looks a lot like cottage-ing, pool parties, cheese platters and some fancy cocktails with my favorite girls!

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yellow floral dress at bachelorette palm springs

funny veil at bachelorette party

Lucky me, this is exactly what we did! the girls did such a good job turning this AirBnB in Palm Springs into our own little bachelorette oasis. We had home cooked meals, yummy cocktails, bachelorette-appropriate pool floaties and the sweetest little favors for every girl.

setting up signs for bachelorette

bachelorette games

cheers at bachelorette party

let's get shipfaced bachelorette gift

favors for bachelorette party

sexy man in swimsuit for drinks at bachelorette

cheese boards for bachelorette

healthy smoothie bowls for breakfast

gazpacho on a hot summer day

pool party for bachelorette

bachelorette party by the pool in Palm Springs

We had such a blast. Thank you to all the ladies who made it out to the desert! We did go out to a Drag Show on Sunday night and we danced until the bar lights came on but we all agreed to leave the valuable cameras at home for that party!

Since half of my friends live on the East Coast, that meant that I got to have ANOTHER bachelorette party out there! That blog post is coming next 🙂

Thank you Andi Buescher for all of these amazing photos and Shaunda for the decorations and delicious food!

 

August 15, 2017 - 6 comments

5 Quick Tips: How to Choose Your Wedding Photographer

One of the most important components to your wedding is the moments captured that will last a lifetime, the photos! Choosing a photographer can be pretty hard because there are so many talented ones out there, especially if you're starting your search on Instagram. Here are some quick tips to remember when hiring a photographer for your special day!

1. Find your photography style

First, look through some wedding photos and find out your personal style. Would you rather have professional portrait photos? Do you prefer more action shots and special moments taken by surprise? Or are you a nature-lover and are more passionate about whats in the background of your photos? Esthetically, do you tend to like the bright and airy photos or gravitate toward the dark and moody?

Bride and Groom at TreePeople Park

Photo by Chloe Moore Photography

cake smashing for bride and groom

Photo by Daren Kelley

bride and groom kiss in the desert in joshua treePhoto by Alissa Noelle Photography

Photo by Samantha Roy Photography

2. Scheduling

This is important if you run into an issue when the photographer is booked for multiple events. If you want someone that is all-in and dedicated to getting the photos back to you quickly, you might want to look for someone who doesn't have a crammed schedule around the time of your wedding. Also, some photographers have different pricing if you want to hire them personally or one of their (very talented) associates. Just make sure you know who you're getting!

art deco bride and groom

Photo by Laura Goldenberger & Kayla Lilli Photography

3. Budgeting and Extra Charges

Before your special day, make sure everyone is on the same page with the costs. If you are, the next question would be if they charge extra for special services you might want. Do they charge for extra travel? Do they include an engagement session or is that additional? These are all important questions to ask to make sure you can stay within your budget.

bride and groom canyon walk

Photo by Laura Goldenberger & Kayla Lilli Photography

4. Second Shooters are a must

We assume that every photographer brings along a second shooter to help them out on the wedding day but sometimes that comes as an additional charge. I really believe it's important to find someone that includes a second shooter because while your main photographer can snap some photos of you getting your hair and makeup done, the second shooter can capture all the decor photos and even a few candids of guests arriving or family members hugging. One photographer can't be at 2 places at the same time!

5. Personality Check

Most couples will be able to feel if a photographer is right for them. He or she will be interested in knowing your story as a couple and want to portray that in the photos they take. It is important to have a few in-person meetings to become more comfortable with each other and create chemistry. You want to be genuine and natural when taking these photos, so make sure you and your photographer have a solid relationship of understanding and friendship. Don't forget, your photographer will be with you for at least 8 hours on your wedding day so choose someone who makes you feel like you've been friends forever.

photographer Chloe Moore behind the scenes

retro just married getaway

Photo by Amy Lynn Photography

That’s all! Five simple tips to remember when hiring a photographer for your wedding day. I hope it was helpful and it sparked some good questions for you to ask. Let us know what tips you have when searching for your ideal photographer.

August 4, 2017 - No Comments!

Sneak Peek: Robyn + Proteek’s Palos Verdes Wedding

 

As I'm writing, I'm listening to a little Spotify station I call "Booty Swing" (just trust me, it's amazing) and devouring an unhealthy amount of cheese and crackers. Just another Thursday night! But really, I'm not complaining one bit because I got a few sneak peeks back from Robyn and Proteek's breathtaking Palos Verdes wedding and I get to share them with you!

I can't wait to tell you all about the details that went into this wedding. For now, I'll just mention that Robyn and Proteek had a Hindu ceremony at the South Coast Botanic Garden where their friends and family were surrounded by so much natural beauty and vibrant colors.

hindu ceremony with mandaap palos verdes

Following this was a wardrobe change and the western ceremony by the cliffs of Palos Verdes at the Point Vincente Interpretive Center. As we got close to the coast, the hot sun disappeared behind the clouds and made for some really amazing photos.

palos verdes cliffs

The partied continued at this coastal venue where guests got to enjoy cocktails and a full dinner reception inside that cozy Interpretive Center and end the night by dancing under the stars!

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Point Vicente Interpretive Center wedding reception

bride and groom dance under bistro lights point vicente

bride and groom by palos verdes cliff

A full post with all the photos and wedding details coming soon!

Planning 'Cause We Can Events // Photographer Bramble and Vine Photography (Bernadette Madden) // Flowers Floret Moon Design // Makeup Makeup by Emerald M // Hair Ashlee Rivara // Venues South Coast Botanic Garden and Point Vicente Interpretive Center // DJ Jack C. Farmer // Catering Jay's Catering // Rentals Choura Events and Kismet Event Designs // Wedding Gown Aria Dress // Lengha Dreams Collection

July 11, 2017 - 13 comments

Alli + Rob’s Smoky Hollow Studios Wedding

There are so many things I love about this Smoky Hollow Studios wedding but one of my favorites was that this local Hermosa Beach couple made it a priority to have great speeches. I know that's pretty much impossible to show you in photos but, trust me, they were EPIC!

Smoky Hollow Studios wedding at sunset

Like any great wedding, the day started out with the girls getting ready at the brand new ocean front Redondo Beach Shade Hotel. Armed with cute rompers and a glass of champagne, the bride and her bridesmaids got their hair and makeup done by the lovely Emerald of Makeup by Emerald M.

cute rompers bridesmaids

bride and bridesmaids cheers in rompers

lace bohemian wedding dress on hanger

bride and mother getting ready

red head bohemian bride

The bright floral bouquet by Floret Moon Designs with all of its different shades of pink and green really popped against Alli's ivory dress. The invitation suite matched the whole color palette perfectly and added that extra touch of detail.

bright coral and pink bouquet with sandals

invitation suite with soft pinks, greens and ivory

Meanwhile, Rob and his groomsmen were putting on their jackets, tightening their ties and putting the finishing touches on their groomsmen attires.

groom in light beige suit and grey tie

white and green boutonniere on light suit

groom and groomsmen in light suits and grey ties

The First Look took place in front of a really cool live succulent wall on one of the Shade Hotel patios. Although it was quite windy, Chloe Moore managed to capture some really sweet moments between the soon-to-be newlyweds.

sweet first look in front of plant wall

first kiss in front of plant wall

bride and groom kiss in front of succulent wall

After some cute photos, the couple and their bridal party headed to the ceremony and reception site, Smoky Hollows Studio in El Segundo. This venue is a warehouse meets trendy rustic studio right in the heart of the South Bay. It's filled with plants and a ton of cool eclectic decor. Alli and Rob, who brew their own beer, had branded pint glasses, farmhouse napkins and colorful floral arrangements on long wooden farm tables. The ceremony arch was a giant macrame backdrop surrounded by greenery and ferns. Such a great look!

smoky hollows studio outdoor patio

marquis love sign at smoky hollow studios

macarame ceremony backdrop with greenery

green and white floral centerpieces on farm table

branded beer pint on farm tables

pink, coral and peach flowers on farm tables

The ceremony itself was both sweet and funny. I don't think there was a single dry eye in the room. Once Alli and Rob were pronounced husband and wife, guests were given a margarita and Border Grill was ready with some delicious food!

ceremony at smoky hollow studios

ceremony in front of garage doors

ceremony with macrame backdrop

wedding vows at smoky hollow studios

first kiss in front of smoky hollow studios garage doors

newlyweds after ceremony smoky hollow studios

With Vox DJs in the house, we were now ready to get the party started! There was a selfie booth, great food, epic toasts, homemade beers and lot's of desserts from SusieCakes!

coral bridesmaids dresses at smoky hollow studios

bridal party in front of brick wall

bride and groom in front of warehouse

bride and groom kiss outside smoky hollow studios

chalkboard drink menu on wooden wall

Border Grill catering truck

chalkboard menu sign

wooden card box and guest book

selfiebooth station at smoky hollow studios

ladies posing at selfiebooth station

desserts from SusieCakes on farm table

naked cake by SusieCakes

 

cake cutting in warehouse

dancing at smoky hollow studios

selfiebooth at smoky hollow studios

bride and groom dancing

funny hats during wedding dancing

bride and groom dance-off

groom dance moves

And just like that, the night was over and two awesome humans were now husband and wife. Congratulations again Alli and Rob #hoppilyeverpalaniuk !

dip kiss bride and groom white brick wall

Planning by 'Cause We Can Events // Photography by Chloe Moore Photography // Flowers by Floret Moon Designs // Hair and Makeup by Makeup by Emerald // Videography by Luna Bay Films // Music by Vox DJs // Dress by Dreamers and Lovers // Rentals by Choura Events // Venue Smoky Hollows Studios // Catering by Border Grill // Desserts by SusieCakes

 

May 19, 2017 - 2 comments

Arwa + Zohaile’s Intimate Woodsy Ojai Wedding

Sometimes a destination wedding doesn't actually have to be very far from home. It also doesn't mean it has to be on a beach resort in Mexico. Arwa and Zohaile live in San Diego but wanted to have their guests come together and enjoy the beautiful Ojai area and the views of the Los Padres National Forest. Lucky for them, Zohaile's family has a Ranch right in the heart of Ojai that fit the description perfectly.

Ceremony Los Padres National Forest

Arwa and Zohaile come from two incredible cultures rich in traditions. They chose to incorporate pieces of them during the ceremony but also add new ones, like a tree planting, to truly make it their own.

bohemian dress dreamers and lovers

Arwa chose to get ready at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa (one of the most beautiful resorts ever) just a few miles down the road from the wedding venue. Rich with greenery, trees and natural light, it's a photographer's dream place for those candid getting ready photos. The bride and groom also did their First Look there to be able to have a few moments together before joining their friends and family at the Ranch.

First look at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

Bohemian Bride First Look

While all of this gorgeousness was happening at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa, the 'Cause We Can Events team and other vendors were busy setting up and making Arwa and Zohaile's wedding vision come alive. The overall wedding design was a little bit of rustic charm with some bohemian vibes and a whole bunch of natural beauty. We wanted to create a super cozy space for friends and family to enjoy.

Triangle bohemian wedding arch

Triangle bohemian wedding arch

Ceremony in the woods with mexican blankets

sofreh ceremony in the woods

mexican blankets for ceremony

s'mores as wedding favor

woodsy wedding signage

airplant centerpieces for wedding tables

woodsy wedding centerpieces with s'mores and airplants

As guests arrived at the private venue, they were encouraged to sign a Jenga piece as the guestbook. Such a fun idea! Our bartending team from The Events Boutique welcomed everyone with handcrafted lavender mojitos that were incredible! The mint was fresh from the Ranch's garden and picked only minutes before the event started. Yum!

Jenga pieces alternative to guestbook

rustic garden wedding signage

wedding ceremony in the woods

The ceremony itself was a beautiful blend of cultural traditions and the union of two beautiful souls.

ring bearers with navy bowties and overalls

ceremony in the woods groom

bohemian bride with crimson and white bouquet

traditional persian ceremony

bohemian ceremony in the woods with triangle arch

persian ceremony in the woods with sofreh

bohemian kiss in the woods wedding ceremony

bohemian ceremony in the woods ojai

Congrats to the new Mr. and Mrs! I love how excited our ring bearer is in the front row. Now, it's time to celebrate, take it away DJ Jack!

ojai bohemian wedding reception

bohemian outdoor wedding reception in ojai

The food from The Lime Truck was SO good! Guests enjoyed something like 5 courses of fresh Mexican fusion dishes. For dessert, some traditional Persian cookies and tea along with a modern donut wall were served! Guests actually dined on top of the pool which we had covered by Persiano Event Rentals.

best wedding toasts bohemian

ring bearer attire navy and white

best wedding toasts bohemian

The Lime Truck tacos catering

wedding donut wall and dessert sign

Gimme some sugar dessert sign

We had such a wonderful time being Arwa and Zohaile's wedding coordinators and being part of such a cool, adventurous couple's wedding day. We even got to stay in yurt while we were in Ojai so that was an added bonus! Thank you to Laura Goldenberger for always capturing the most perfect moments.

bohemian wedding in the woods ojai

romantic bohemian wedding in the woods ojai

wedding in nature by creek

kiss in nature bohemian wedding couple

Planning by 'Cause We Can Events // Photos by Laura Goldenberger // Music by DJ Jack Farmer // Dress by Dreamers and Lovers // Rentals by Persiano Event Rentals and Blue Fish Event Rentals // Venue Private Ranch // Catering by The Lime Truck // Bartending by The Events Boutique

 

May 2, 2017 - 3 comments

Best and Worst Types of Flowers For Your Outdoor Wedding

As Monet once said, "I must have flowers, always, always." And I'm the first person to agree!

Happy Spring and Happy May! In celebration of this gorgeous time of the year, let's talk about flowers. For an outdoor wedding, picking the perfect flowers for your bouquet or centerpiece can be a stress.

Have no fear! I've put together a list of 5 sturdy blooms that won't wilt in harsh weather conditions and 3 buds that you might want to steer clear from.

  1. Succulents

air plant centerpieces and lace

Photo by Laura Goldenberger

Starting off with succulents, of course! These are so hard to resist when planning your outdoor adventurous wedding. They have such a unique look and are so versatile, add them in your bouquet or in a bundle for your centerpieces. Some of them, like the airplant, don't even need to be planted in soil so you could have them hanging from a ceremony backdrop for a dramatic effect.

bride bouquet with succulents

Succulents have an extremely long life and need very little water. Another good thing is that they are sold fully bloomed, so no waiting time. I love how Lisa and Steven incorporated little succulents into their bouquet and boutonniere. With their wedding taking place before we got all this great rain, having some drought-resistant bits and pieces was key!

groom succulent boutonniere

Photos by Jennifer Fujikawa

You can even use smaller succulents as wedding favors for your guests. A little something they can re-pot back home. The "Thank You" tags that we made for this wedding were actually made from seed paper which guests could take home, plant and watch the wildflowers grow!

mini succulent wedding favors in jam jars

Photo by Chloe Moore Photography

2. Craspedia Billy Balls

Photo via Bloom & Wild

These flowers don't even look real! Add these globe shaped blooms to your bouquet or centerpieces and you have yourself a whimsical-nature look perfect for any outdoor wedding.

They bring such an interesting texture and visual interest to bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages.

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Photo by Heline Bekker

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They are in ready to use form and they last for days. Fun for adding pops of color, use these for your spring wedding! You can also find dried versions of them which would keep even longer. These would also look really good in tall wine bottles on long farm tables, am I right?

3. Eucalyptus

big sur wedding at ventana inn with green garland

Photo by Chloe Moore Photography

Ugh! I am obsessed with Eucalyptus. I think it is so woodsy, fresh and a great way to add greenery in bridal bouquets. Fun Fact: Eucalyptus trees can live more than 250 years. So these are extremely durable for your rustic garden wedding.

bright colorful bouquet with eucalyptus limoneira ranch

This is the perfect touch if you're imagining a cascading bouquet as you walk down the aisle. Eucalyptus adds more of a personal feeling to your wedding, showcasing your nature-loving spirit.

bride in front of getaway car red convertible

Photos by Amy Lynn Photography

Also, you can't go wrong with a long eucalyptus garland on your ceremony arch or as a natural table runner. Bonus: they smell SO good.

wedding chuppah with lace and green garland at ventana inn big sur

coastal wedding decor with green eucalyptus garland and blush glasses

Photos by Chloe Moore Photography

4. Garden Spray Roses

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Now, I'm not usually a fan of roses. They're almost too classic for me but the Garden Spray rose has a sort of Peony look to it. Rather than sprouting upward like a traditional sweetheart rose, the petals on these bloom more outward which makes for a fuller bouquet.

pink and blue bride bouquet with wrapped stem

This gives your bouquet an eccentric, offbeat look while adding texture and fullness at a fraction of the price. Our bride, Misha's bouquet made by Hilary's Flowers and Such was all about being wild and free but with some soft pinks and blues to add a little romance.
wild bridal bouquet at big daddy's antiques

These flowers also look BOMB on wedding cakes. Combined with greenery, you'll have a dessert table that makes a statement.

wild flower arrangement on naked cake

Photos by Laura Goldenberger

These are also the most durable in the rose family, so if you're looking for a touch of romance with a little bit of edge in your bouquet, this might be it!

5. Jasmine

Jasmine flowers pictures. (2) It’s no wonder there's a princess named after this flower. Jasmine is oh-so-soft and adds just the right amount of femininity. They look super graceful and fun in a bouquet and the best part is: They love the heat, so less stress for you!

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Photo via Velvet and Twine

While I was looking for some photos of jasmine, I came across so many ideas for cakes that incorporated this beautiful flower.

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Photo by Megan Welker // Flowers by The Little Branch

I mean.. I can’t get over how carefree and natural that is. Looks like the cake came out of the woods that way!

Now, I hate to do this but you'll thank me later.  If you are having an outdoor wedding, here are 3 not-so-great blooms you should stay away from when picking your bridal bouquet flowers .

  1. Hydrangea

Hydrangea

“Such a sensitive little flower” No, literally. Hydrangeas have such soft, showy blooms that are so springy and fun but these must be kept hydrated and die pretty quickly (especially if you're going to be out in the sun). Unfortunately, might not be worth the risk!

2. Gardenia

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These are such a popular flower for wedding bouquets. But for an outdoor wedding? These flowers tend to brown super easily, especially if put in a harsh weather environment. Such a shame, these are such a classy and timeless flower.

3. Tulips

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Crisp and dainty, these add a sophisticated sense of style to any bouquet. But tulips thrive in the ground where they are originally planted. The stalks will droop, petals will fall, and this flower will wilt at the sight of heat. It’s best to keep them in your garden!

 

Well there you go, some of the best and worst flowers to use for your outdoor wedding. Hopefully this was informative and gave you some inspiration. I know I'm feeling even more in the Spring mood after writing this!

Remember, Spring is a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be, so plant a garden and believe in tomorrow!