Irvine Nature Center Wedding || Kait Bailey Photography

Irvine Nature Center Wedding by Kait Bailey Photography


Authentic Fall Bohemian Wedding

Today, we feature an absolutely stunning wedding brimming with beautiful details and elements of nature. A free-spirited, fete held at an eco-sustainable venue. Yes, please! Throw in hand-made decor, gorgeous florals, and one fun-loving, environmentally conscious couple and we have a wedding worth writing about.


After you’ve made all the big wedding day decisions, remember the tiniest details like your choice of earrings, shoes and even fragrance can offer a big impact. Your wedding day is about feeling like the most beautiful version of yourself. Stay true to you when planning your big day!



Adding dried elements like the Poppy and Scabiosa pods seen here, add warmth to this lovely Fall bouquet. A natural gathering of white Astilbe and Ranunculus, kelly green Dianthus, Seeded Eucalyptus, plus Silver Brunia and Hypericum Berries make for a highly textured, elegant bouquet.



Nothing is more lovely than considering your guests comfort and nothing is more comforting than offering the warmth of a blanket, on a cool Autumn day. Plus, how cute do they look gathered in wooden crates?



Breathtaking florals coupled with airy macrame hangings create the perfect ceremony site and marry abundance with simplicity beautifully.



Dreamcatchers, made by the Bride, add depth and style to an otherwise plain tent ceiling. The mostly white palette is beautifully interrupted with a tufted, pale blue, velvet settee and colorful floor pillows.



A completely unique spin on Mr. and Mrs. Chairs adding macrame hangings as chairbacks! This sweetheart table looks super sweet with a romantic, oil lantern and oversized, mixed green garland.



The understated cake is dressed up with coordinating florals. Again, we see that vibrant green Dianthus adding a mossy, outdoorsy element. This is how a floral cake topper is done! So much texture and detail create a mini-arrangement that is both eye-catching and subtle.



Dreamcatchers add an ethereal quality to a large, white tent. An installation, such as this, bring so much personality and movement to a space. Gold-dipped, white feathers dancing overhead are dreamy, indeed.



Accents of navy blue and gold bring depth to the color palette, perfect for a Fall wedding.



The Irvine Nature Center offers an abundance of scenic views for a nature loving couple.



Sharing Sioux beliefs, regarding how dreamcatchers serve their culture, is a fun (and informative) way to include your guests in the wedding day. I am certain sweet dreams were abundant after this event.



A purple amethyst crystal for calm, balance and peace is always a good idea on your wedding day. Surround yourself with people (and things) you love on your big day. Listen to a favorite song, take a morning walk, burn a scented candle while you’re getting dressed. All these moments create the memories of your day.



White linens and a white tent provide the perfect canvas for a wedding like this where color is playful and varied. While there is enough consistency in the color palette (white, green, and shades of blue) to establish an earthy vibe, the couple shared pops of color like the red lanterns and colorful pillows and blankets to keep things interesting.





An Autumnal view effortlessly sets the stage for the ceremony.





We LOVE these succulent wedding favors provide guests a bit of green to enjoy, at home and a statement, hammered brass vessel collects words of wisdom from friends and family. You can get them here at Succulent Source




This wedding balances indulgence and simplicity and illustrates how with some creative ingenuity, you can have a gorgeous wedding that’s decadent in all the right places. A few enchanting vignettes like the suspended dreamcatchers and seating assignment display are intriguing and memorable.

The couple also chose to use florals, sparingly, but with full impact using mixed greenery throughout the space and focussing on a notable bridal bouquet, bold ceremony florals, and an impressive cake topper. Using nature’s scenery and a traditional white backdrop (the tent) color and details were used to perfection to create a classic, bohemian wedding day.


Big Thank You to Photographer: Kait Bailey Photography  !!

Venue – Irvine Nature Center
Catering – Rouge Fine Catering
Florals – Blue Sage Floral
Dress – Maggie Sottero
Rings – Jewelry by Johan
Garter – Urban Eco Beauty
Dreamcatchers – Bride
Didgeridoo – Groom
Succulents – The Succulent Source
Transportation – A Touch of Class Limousine

1840’s Ballroom Wedding || Jill Fannon Photography

1840’s City Lights Wedding by Jill Fannon Photography

If you’re the bride that wants to forgo all the worries about wedding day decor, a venue like the 1840’s Plaza provides all the ambiance you need to have a beautiful wedding. Today’s wedding was all about being surrounded by friends and family while having a stunning space in which to share a special day.

The Girls

The bride wore a simple tea length gown with an illusion bodice trimmed with laced and cap sleeve. The bridesmaids wore mismatched royal blue gowns. Their florals were simple bouquets with Veronica, pale pink peony blooms, and Dusty Miller.


The ceremony was held inside the 1840’s Plaza, City Lites room. Muted, sheer drapes, along the ceiling, draw all attention to a beautiful, large-scale, antique chandelier. Exposed wooden beams create a warm feel and massive windows flood the space with natural light. This is truly an intimate and luxurious ceremony site. The bride’s uncle officiated the nuptials, while two of their best friends played guitar.

The Reception

The reception was held in the same space as the ceremony. Additional decor was minimal, but the look was complete and styled. For dessert, the couple kept traditions simple. The groom’s mother made a German tart for the ‘wedding cake’. Guests were also treated to an ice cream sundae bar. Love, laughter and joy abounded for this simply elegant wedding where family and friends contributed to the events of the day.

If you’re looking for a venue with character and style, the 1840’s Ballroom offers historic charm and a romantic feel that will have your guests swooning and enjoying the setting of your wedding.

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Ceremony Venue: 1840’s Plaza : City Lites Room

Caterer: Zeffert and Gold Catering

Photographer: Jill Fannon

Band/Deejay: Washington Talent Agency, Mike Sherman

Invitations/Paper Goods: Parklife Press

Hair Stylist & Make-Up: Haute Blow Dry Bar in Baltimore

Jewelry: BHLDN

Brides Dress: BHLDN

Bride’s Shoes: Vince Camuto

Groom’s Attire: Suit Supply

Favors: Kettle Corn from DelMarVa Popcorn & Nut Company

Considering a Table Centerpiece

Table centerpieces take center stage during the reception so choosing a style that complements your wedding decor is a must. Deciding on a design is best done after you have determined your table layout and can communicate the type of table (round, square or rectangular) you’ll be using with your florist. All centerpieces are not created equal so the lush, low arrangement you’ve been dreaming of may not be appropriate for a long, banquet-style seating arrangement. But, never fear! We’ve got some tips for thinking through what style table centerpiece will work for you.

Round Tables are traditional and offer a sense of intimacy. Typically, a round table looks best with a focal centerpiece visible to all guests. Most florists recommend keeping your design low and lovely. Any of the centerpieces pictured below would work equally well with a square table, where you’re tasked with filling the empty space, in the middle.

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A pretty trailing centerpiece coupled with mercury glass votives and wooden table number fill the empty space of the table, nicely. (Britney Clause Photography & Local Color Flowers)


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A compote vessel slightly elevates this low, mounded floral design. Gold mercury glass votives, stemmed glassware and an elegantly framed table number provide a classic look. (Bradley Images and Bella Fiori Couture Floral & Event Design)


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A fall inspired centerpiece boasts postcards from the couples travels, identifying their favorite cities. Remember, you can personalize your table in fun, unexpected ways. Also, consider what tableware will be on your tables (talk to your caterer). If wine glasses, champagne flutes and large place settings with chargers and plates will fill the table, you may want to go more minimal with your decor to avoid a cluttered tabletop. (The Wiebners and Floriculture Micro Farm)


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Using a collection as part of your centerpiece is a great way to convey your interests. Teapots and books lend to a literary mood. (Bradley Images Inc. and DaVincis Florist)


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An oversized lantern provides ample candlelight and assorted small bottles with single-stem, garden flowers create an airy display. (Love Life Images and Steel Cut Flowers)

Elevated centerpieces are another option which fit nicely, on a round (or square) table. They are high enough to avoid obstructing guests’ view and make an appealing and lush statement in a room-often drawing the eye up. Here you’ll want to consider your venue to determine what works best with that particular space.

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If your venue offers an amazing view above, like these decorative ceilings, a raised centerpiece makes sense. Invite your guests to look up! (Bradley Images Inc. and Mobtown Florals)


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Compact spheres of mixed Roses and Hydrangea bring a garden feel, indoors and add to a cozy atmosphere. (Bradley Images and Bella Fiori Couture Floral and Event Design)


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A bountiful display of soft pink Roses, coral Ranunculus and Seeded Eucalyptus top a fluted glass pedestal. A small grouping of flowers, placed at the base, pulls the look together. (B.O.B. Photography and Simply Beautiful Flowers)


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You also have the option of mixing elevated and low centerpieces throughout your reception site. This is visually pleasing and a great way to keep the tables from being too matchy-matchy. And, if you have a long head table, go for the runner centerpiece. (Susie and Becky Photography)


Long, banquet-style tables have been on the wedding scene for the past few years and I see no reason why they won’t stick around. They create a festive, inviting vibe. Whether they’re used to create a super long family-style table, configured into a horseshoe shape or separated into rows, a long table requires a slightly different centerpiece because you want all guests to enjoy the setting you are creating.

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A simple, Lemon-Leaf garland is a cost-effective choice. Creating a fresh, al fresco feel this simple table runner works for a casual, farm wedding and upscale event as well. Want to increase the drama? Ramp up the size (and components) of the garland, using mixed greenery and other floral elements. Or, increase the length of the garland so that it pools to the floor at the end of your table.  (Focus Bay Photography and Ginger and Blooms)


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Various size ( and shaped) cut glassware featuring early-Spring flowers like vibrant Poppies, Bleeding Hearts and Lilacs make a stunning display when interspersed down a long table. This is a cheery, elegant look. (Susie & Becky and Local Color Flowers)


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Running a grand assortment of multi-hued Roses down your table is always a beautiful option. This luxurious, feminine centerpiece is finished with mixed brassware and soft pink candlesticks. The smallest detail (like the color of your candles) can make a big impact on the overall look. (Natarsha Wright Photography and Janet Flowers Wedding and Event )


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If having flowers all the way down the center of your table feels a bit too extravagant, a nice alternative is a few arrangements spaced apart with votives. Here, a burlap and lace table runner anchors the centerpiece for the length of the table adding a nice touch. Table runners are another great table accessory giving personality to your tablescape. (Borrowed Blue Photography and Eventi Floral and Events)


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Having a longer table does not mean you have to sacrifice a statement floral arrangement. An elongated, trailing design like the one seen here, mixes assorted elements like a candelabra and smaller brass vases creating an elegant look. (Jenna Shriver Photography and Petal and Print)


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This warm, eclectic look is achieved by using amber, green and cobalt blue bottles mixed with simple florals, abundant candlelight and items of interest like this serving tray. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, give yourself enough time to plan for a look like this. Scavenging and collecting items can be fun, if you’re not rushing to find those perfect pieces. (K. Rainier Photography)

Once you have your table layout determined, you’re ready to think centerpieces. Ask yourself how you want the centerpiece to function? Will they be show-stopping floral statements or minimal, but eye-catching arrangements?  Can you use candlelight to create ambiance?  What features of your venue and table place-setting will influence your choice? Deciding on a centerpiece style is fun and the options aplenty. Your florist is a great resource for assisting you in planning a style that will look amazing.


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