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You’ll Be At A Loss for Words with this Elopement Inspiration

Wow. I’m not really sure what else to say here, in all honesty. Because I’m every single cliche feeling right now – breathless, head over heels, swooning. This elopement inspiration shoot by Simply Sarah Photography is all that and more. Styled by Lacy Geary, we have a scene straight out of an epic romance and there’s nothing else I need on this Friday. See it all in our Vault right this way!

From the stylist, Lacy GearyThe mountains of western North Carolina are some of the most captivating landscapes of undulating hills, crevices and peaks as far as the eye can see. For this beautiful elopement I wanted to capture that beauty and focus on nature. A wedding to me is about the union of two people, a bond they create between themselves and God. When Sarah of Simply Sarah Photography approached me about styling a mountain-top elopement for her most recent 1:1 photography workshop I was thrilled.

She chose Max Patch mountain outside of Asheville as our location and I was immediately drawn to create something simple and meaningful. An elopement on the mountain top overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains speaks volumes to a creation we don’t necessarily always understand but are still in awe of. I wanted to create the feeling of awe inspiring love with this couple here. I was inspired by the natural beauty and color palette of the mountains in my design. I wanted to keep a simple style with the picnic as well, a place where they could sit and relax with one another and enjoy this moment without all the “noise” of the everyday and the distractions of a bunch of guests. Our florals for the bouquet and arbor were a soft mix of greens, ivories and foraged elements added in from the area.

From every angle you couldn’t help but have your breath taken away and this was captured perfectly by Sarah.

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Photography: Simply Sarah Photography | Event Styling + Design: Lacy Geary | Floral Design: Kate Asire Flowers | Wedding Dress: Alexandra Grecco | Makeup + Hair: Jennifer C. Nieman | Calligraphy: Owl Post Calligraphy | Paper Goods: Owl Post Calligraphy | Photography Workshop Host: Simply Sarah Photography | Ribbon: Stella Wolfe | Scanning + Development: PhotoVision Prints

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Color Is Our New Wedding Must Have

Can we all agree that more color is needed everywhere and always!? Unsure about that? Look no further than this beauty right here. Bursting with blush, oranges and a delightful teal this Southern celebration is giving us life this Monday morning. This Vault gallery, captured by Forage and Film, is my new happy place and rightfully so – get your own mood boost right this way!


From forage and filmThis sweet summer event was full of the most gorgeous details that were not only so beautiful, but also very meaningful!

The day started with friends, family and loved ones, including their sweet dog, sipping mimosas and enjoying the moment. After getting into that gorgeous dress, we were all blown away by the amazing florals. While stunning in their own right, what made the bridal bouquet even more special was that it was a replica of her grandmother’s arrangement from her wedding! The sweet reminder was extra special.

The couple chose to say their vows in a Catholic Church, but returned to the historic mansion for the party, where you could see the groom’s heritage in the Canadian flags placed around on pillows, and corn hole boards. But you also got to see some more of the bride’s heritage, like the stunning blue sweetheart table chairs with their new initials. The chairs were actually the bride’s grandmother’s chairs! They fit with the day just perfectly. But one element we really loved was the lack of cake! In its place was a gourmet ice cream bar! Instead of cutting the cate this amazing couple scooped some ice cream!

We loved the simple yet romantic eucalyptus strung banquet tables which let the beautiful bouquets really shine.

We adored this sweet couple and all the time we got to spend with them and know their marriage will be 10x more beautiful than their perfect day.

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Photography: Forage + Film | Floral Design: Meristem Floral | Wedding Dress: Lillian West | Reception Venue: Merrimon-Wynne House | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Catering: Beau Catering | DJ: Bunn DJ Company | Film Lab: PhotoVision Prints | Ice Cream Bar: The Freezing Pointe | Rentals: CE Rental

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Bouquet Breakdown: A Perfectly Imperfect Peony Dream

Is there anything lovelier than a cloud of peonies? Well now, thanks to Sara Logan PhotographyStephanie Scholl Events and Serendipity Designs, you can create a gorgeous bouquet with this step-by-step how-to. With fluffy, sweet peonies and a variety of foraged greenery, this bouquet is perfect your big day or just because.

From Serendipity DesignsLush, fluffy, romantic, and oh-so captivating, it’s no wonder peonies are often referred to as the “Queen of Flowers.” Find these gorgeous blooms in local grocery stores, farmers markets, or maybe even your neighbor’s garden from late April until June, and sometimes, an unexpected appearance again in December! To start your bouquet, or vase arrangement, first gather your materials and tools:


  • Simple clippers or flower shears
  • A few yards of gorgeous ribbon (ours is from Bellame Ribbon Co.)
  • Chenille stems or pipe cleaners
  • Floral tape (you can find this, and the chenille stems or pipe cleaners at your local craft store)
  • 5-7 stems of peonies
  • Seasonal and easily attainable greens: foraged blueberry stems, baby peach branches, bay leaves, and gardenia leaves provide the perfect accent for a summer bouquet! Plan on a total of 8-10 stems.


Step One

Clean all stems of leaves and foliage about 3/4 of the way up, cut at an angle, and place in fresh water.

Step Two

Begin with 1 gorgeous peony and then add some greens, alternating with a gardenia, blueberry, or bay leaf stem.

Step Three

Continue with your bouquet by adding another peony and again alternating with a stem of greens, turning the bouquet in your hand as you go. Add your stems at an angle to keep a lush and full shape. Keep your hand a bit loose, giving each stem and flower a bit of room to move. This will help in creating a more natural and perfectly imperfect bouquet. (Since the peach stems are a bit more weighty and large, we will save these for last as a focal accent.)

Step Four

Once the bouquet reaches a desirable size, step back and “fluff.” Pull a couple blooms out a little or tuck some blooms lower to create a bit of depth and interest. Now is the time to pop in a baby peach branch to create a lovely focal accent.

Step Five

Add a couple more greenery stems to create more of a wild or garden look.

Step Six

Once your bouquet or arrangement looks just delightful, tie off with a chenille stem or pipe cleaner, twisting gently around the stems. Don’t lose the all the movement and dancing of the flowers! Cut stems to all be the same length. Then wrap stems with floral tape to ensure everything is held together and no wires poke out.

Step Seven

Now either place your gorgeous arrangement in a vase for display, or for a bouquet, simply tie on some lovely ribbons. No wrapping is necessary; a simple bow will do!

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Photography: Sara Logan Photography | Styling & Design: Stephanie Scholl Events | Wedding Venue: Mim's House | Floral Direction & Design: Serendipity Designs | Ribbon: Bellame Ribbon