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Emily + Field’s Romantic Eden Gardens Wedding

Perfect Fall weather, crisp greenery and great music set the tone for an evening to remember. This wedding under the mossy oak trees at Eden Gardens State park was filled romance and laughter; from the love between this adorable couple to the love and admiration of their family and friends.

Etherial lanterns adorned the ceiling of the translucent tent to bring the outdoors into their November wedding. The twinkling lights paired with the warm garden heaters made the space extra cozy while guests toasted the couple and danced the night away.

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Photography: W & E Photographie


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Brooke + Kevin | Rosemary Beach, FL Wedding

Happy Wedding Wednesday! I love this part of the week – not only does Wednesday break up the week, but it is also a day when fresh images of weddings from all over hit my inbox!

Brooke and Kevin were married inside Rosemary Beach’s Town Hall. Their cocktail hour was held under sparkling bistro lights on the iconic building’s side lawn while their ceremony location was transformed into a picturesque reception.  The couple chose minimalist shades of white and ivory with pops of reds and lot of greenery. This color palette complimented the aesthetic of Rosemary Beach and the clean, sophisticated look inside the gorgeous wooden french doors of one of the oldest buildings in Rosemary.

Brooke and Kevin’s wedding is featured today on Style Me Pretty! Check it out here: The Perfect Spot for an Intimate Seaside Wedding

Photography by: Shannon Griffin

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How to Make your Guests Feel More Comfortable at your Wedding

Have you ever been to a wedding where you didn’t really know anyone? Maybe you went as a plus-one to your friend or were the date of a member of the wedding party. Oh, the dreaded head table with only the wedding party’s names listed (minus their dates).

We’ve selected a few ways to make sure your guests have the best time at your wedding!

1) Have a Head Table Dedicated to Your Wedding Party and Their Dates

Head tables can be oh-so-pretty and practical. But it can become a little awkward if one of your groomsman brings his new girlfriend as his date and she doesn’t know anyone. This awkward moment can be avoided with a bit of planning. When making your seating charts, double and triple check with your wedding party to confirm who their plus-ones will be. It is an added touch to ensure all of your guests feel welcomed.

Photography: Lauren Kinsey

2) Provide your Guests with Activities

During moments before the ceremony and after the ceremony, there may be a lull in the event flow. This could happen due to early bird guests or during the cocktail hour after the ceremony while you and your new spouse are capturing your wedding portraits. Serving cocktails and hors d’oeuvres after the ceremony, before dinner is served is always a good idea, but for an added touch, welcome your guests to your ceremony with a refreshing beverage. This could be a mixed drink or wine, but it definitely doesn’t have to be. If you are having a summer wedding on a lawn, opt for a cold lemonade with an airy garnish!

Photography: Lauren Kinsey

If you choose to have a guestbook, use it as a way to keep the flow going throughout the wedding. Traditionally, the guestbook is signed as guests are arriving. To switch it up a bit incorporate it into your cocktail hour. This will give your guests a moment to write a special wish while mingling with a cocktail.

Photography: Kate Captures

Also, if you have a larger venue, you could incorporate yard games to add an element of fun! Who doesn’t love a little competitive game of corn hole?!

Photography: Sarah and Paul Photography

3) Gift your Guests with Items That Combat the Weather

There are many adorable welcome items you could gift your guests as they arrive to make them feel extra welcomed! If you are hosting your wedding outside in the heat of summer, you could provide them with a theme-inspired hand fan, or a bottle of water with a signature wedding label.

For fall and winter weddings hosted outdoors or partially outdoors, you could hand out beautifully wrapped Hot Hands to keep your guests extra warm throughout the night!

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How to Recycle Your Wedding Florals

You’ve spent countless hours pinning wedding floral inspiration and designing your arrangements with your florist. Now, your wedding day is here and when you look around you see a sea of blooms you will enjoy for only a few hours. After the celebration is over, what do you do with your flowers so that others can enjoy them as much as you did? Sure, you can give a few bouquets away and keep a couple for yourself, but there will most likely be a lot left over. We have compiled a few different options to guarantee your carefully selected blooms will be put to great use.

Donate to Local Hospitals, Nursing Homes, or Homeless Shelters

This is a great way to spread cheer around to those who may be going through a difficult time. Once the wedding is over, carefully package the florals you want to donate and have one of your fabulous friends or family members deliver to the hospital, nursing home, or shelter. The best way to make sure the flowers are distributed, is to ask for someone in Volunteer Services. After speaking with a member of the volunteer team at Sacred Heart Hospital in Destin, FL, she was thrilled at the thought of the smiles on the patients faces when flowers are delivered to their rooms!

Fill Your Honeymoon Suite

This is a great go-to if you are staying over night at your wedding venue or close to your wedding venue. Wouldn’t it be lovely to wake up to a room filled with florals from your dream wedding?

Keep Your Florals as a Keepsake

Preserving your flowers, even if it is a few stems or a bouquet, is a wonderful way to remember your big day! If you choose to keep one or two stems, folding them into your bible or journal would act as a nice memory when you go back to journal or look up your favorite scripture.

Donate to Your Church

If you are holding your ceremony in your church on a Saturday, leaving your florals for the church to use during their Sunday morning service would be a nice gift to your congregation. If you are traveling to a destination to get married, you could call around to a local church of your choice to arrange a floral donation.


We would love your ideas on how to recycle your wedding florals – Let us know in the comments!



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How to Word Your Wedding Invitations – Guest Blog by Aerialist Press

Happy Engagement season! Alexandra from Aerialist Press & Foiled Invitations here. A big thank you to the Shelby Peaden Events team for having us guest post with them today.

After finding your dream wedding designer and planner in Shelby Peaden Events and her talented team, venue selection, catering menus, and first dance songs are starting to fall into place! As you move further into the nitty gritty of planning, you will find you had a lot more questions than you may have ever anticipated.

Can we take a second to make a good guess about what one of those questions might be? How to word a wedding invitation that follows all the proper etiquette rules and still represents your celebration style? Sound a little familiar? Not to worry! We’ve been there and we’re here to make that decision a simple one.

Our team of paper designers and etiquette experts created an easy to navigate info-graphic and guide to help guide you through the wedding invitation process. We offer all the traditional ways to compose your invite wording along with some of our personal tips and tricks.

Looking for even more? We created a full list of 21 wording examples for every celebration style you can imagine. You can take a peek at the mega post up on the Aerialist blog. We are also happy to answer any other questions you might have in the comments!

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