Desiree and Michael were married at the historic Gale Mansion in Minneapolis, Minn. on October 5. Despite it raining off and on, the couple used it to their advantage by taking portraits with umbrellas. Since Desiree works for a publishing company, she was inspired by poetry as her theme. A chalkboard greeted guests with a quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything,” bundles of their favorite books were used as centerpieces, and the cake was hand-iced with their vows to each other. The most significant part? The bride wearing her mother’s original wedding dress but with a twist — the sleeves were taken off, and the lace and buttons were kept on — and accessorized with a birdcage veil.
If you want to give your centerpieces that “wow” factor as your guests are being seated at the reception, consider adding texture amongst flowers in mason jars with cotton, thistle, billy balls, wheat, lotus pods, or fern curls. Complement the relaxed, natural vibe with a burlap table runner or even wooden crates. Check out these rustic centerpiece ideas for more inspiration here.
Leona and Ciaran were married at the historical Ballintubber Abbey, which was founded in 1216 by Cathal Crovderg O’ Connor, on October 11. Guests were greeted inside with a ceremony booklet amongst decorative pine cones and lanterns. The bride walked down the aisle following her adorable flower girls and ring bearers in a heavy silk gown with a bateau neckline. Bouquets featured red roses, berries, apples, daisies, and scabiosa pods. After saying their “I do’s,” the newlyweds exited the church under a sea of paddles used in the Irish sport Hurling, which the groom and many of his friends play. The reception followed at The Lodge at Ashforth Castle where centerpieces were filled with branches of leaves and a cupcake-shaped cake and tea was served.
Most guests can’t wait for you to say “Bon Appetit” at the reception (or on Thanksgiving!) Why? Because it’s all about going above and beyond the traditional one-meat and two-sides approach to a plated dinner with an innovative variety of cuisines. Grab a plate, napkin, and silverware and be sure to check out our favorite designs for ways to inform them what’s on the menu here.
Karina and Taylor were married at the restored Spanish farmhouse Casa Feliz in Winters Park, Flor. on October 13. Pumpkins atop hay bales stating, “welcome to our wedding” greeted guests as they arrived. The bride wore a v-neck wedding gown and Mary Jane checkered print pumps whereas her ‘maids wore purple dresses and saddle pumps. Bouquets featured dahlias, calla lilies, mums, fern curls, and thistle. The outdoor ceremony and reception overlooked the golf course with twinkling cafe lights overhead. Tables were decorated with lace linens, red napkins, tea candles, and unique centerpieces — succulents with hot air balloons — while glass bulbs were filled with blooms for favors.