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Bouquet Breakdown: Marie Antoinette-Inspired Washington Farm Wedding

What’s better than a bouquet filled with fragrant blush roses? Nothing, absolutely nothing. Just ask Finch and Thistle and they’ll tell you the same, because this pretty lil’ handful of heaven is what dreams are made of. Bursting with a combination of colors and lush layers, it’s the perfect pale posy that you’re sure to go wild for. See the breakdown below!

Marie Antoinette-Inspired Washington Farm Wedding

  • 3 stems romantic antique garden roses
  • 4 stems patience garden roses
  • 6 stems cream roses
  • 3 stems pale taupe roses
  • 3 stems juliet garden roses
  • 3 stems pee gee hydrangea
  • 3 stems blush dahlias
  • 3 stems pink majolica spray roses
  • 5 stems white veronica
  • 3 stems fruiting blueberries
  • 7 stems white scabiosa
  • 10 stems sage
  • 5 stems kent beauty oregano

From Finch and ThistleThis wedding took place on a farm on the Olympic Peninsula and the bride wanted to embrace the outdoor ceremony location and yet keep the flowers and décor very soft and feminine. The reception took place in a barn but had a Marie Antoinette theme and I loved the idea of contrasting the rustic farm venue with a gilded, ballroom design scheme- a fun and elegant twist on your typical barn wedding décor!

Our florals are known for their lush, organic style and I think this bouquet reflects that very well. I’m an avid gardener so my work is very much influenced by how flowers grow in nature – I love to play around with different color combinations and layers, and include unusual parts of the plant such as seed heads, fruits and buds. For this bouquet, I kept the palette soft and pretty with the pale blushes, creams and peach garden roses and added the herbs and the fruiting blueberries for an unexpected and interesting texture.

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Floral Design: Finch and Thistle | Photography: Coco Tran

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#SMPWedding101 – 2016 Wedding Music Trends

There were songs heard at every wedding I attended last summer (shout outs to T.Swift and Bruno) and I can’t wait to see what tunes top the dance floors this year. But why wait? We have Downbeat LA here giving us an inside scoop on new trends for the upcoming season and the classics that we love, that will never, ever go out of style. Having performed at over 500 weddings and events across the country, their entertainment experience isn’t to be taken lightly! Kick off your shoes and let’s get this going!

Band or DJ? Get Both!

In recent years, DJs have been responsible for churning out music’s biggest hits, which is exactly what couples want to incorporate into their big day. Make it a nonstop party by adding in a live band that can play to any crowd and whose players bring the energy to get the dance floor packed for the perfect entertainment combo every time.

Pick a Finale Song

After you’ve chosen the all-important first dance song, don’t forget to also decide on the last song of the night! This is your wedding finale, a moment for you and your guests to remember and enjoy. Whether you choose to have an intimate and slow closing moment or a wild jump-up-and-down scene, make the selection that’s right for you.

Big Band Horns

Artists like Bruno Mars, who are notorious for integrating horns into live performances, know exactly what they’re doing! The big band sound that comes from the addition of a horn section creates a livelier event atmosphere and is a guaranteed talking point among guests.

Special Song Selections

Selecting individual songs for each important moment during the reception can seem overwhelming, but remember to have fun with it! For the first dance, keep it current and meaningful to the timeline of your relationship. For the parent dances, choose a more timeless, classic song and keep it a surprise to make the moment even more special.

Downbeat LA’s picks for…

First Dance Songs for 2016

“I Was Made for Loving You” by Tori Kelly
“Like I’m Gonna Lose You” by Meghan Trainor
“One Call Away” (Acoustic) by Charlie Puth
“XO” by John Mayer (Beyonce Cover)
“Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding

Father-Daughter Dance Songs

“Father and Daughter” by Paul Simon
“My Girl” by The Temptations
“Daddy’s Little Girl” by Michael Bolton
“Isn’t She Lovely” by  Stevie Wonder
“Just the Way You Are” by Billy Joel

Mother-Son Dance Songs

“Forever Young” by Rod Stewart
“You Are the Sunshine of My Life” by Stevie Wonder
“A Song For Mama” by Boys II Men
“My Wish” by Rascal Flatts
“How Sweet It Is” by Marvin Gaye

Last Dance Finale Songs

The Ultimate Crowd Pleaser: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
The 90’s Throwback: “All My Life” by KC & JoJo
The Sing-Along: “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” by Journey
The Modern Dance Hit: “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon
The Bounce: “Ignition” (Remix) by R. Kelly

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Bridal Shower Inspiration Worth Stealing!

In my perfect world, every day would include an arrangement of blooms like these, but since that’s not always the case I’ll be pinning these pretties for safe keeping. They’re what set the scene for this bridal shower shoot designed by A Charming Fete and photographed by Lauren Gabrielle. Bridesmaids, consider this your visual guide to planning the ultimate pre-wedding celebration.

From A Charming Fete… We wanted to create an elegant feminine vibe within this rustic stone and reclaimed wood tavern. The patio enclosed with steel frame windows showcased a massive stone hearth, creating the perfect focal point when we draped twelve foot long southern smilax vines over its mantle.

We dressed the tables in organic charcoal and white ticking linens with beautiful blush tone napkins. Menu cards were placed over scalloped plates and mini clear boxes filled with champagne bubbles (gummies) were set at each place setting and topped with custom monogram sticker.

The dessert table was a feast of beautiful treats with a variety of French macarons and two pink meringue towers. The chocolate salted caramel cake topped with blush buttercream and intricate sugar flower anemone detail was as pretty as it was delicious. What a gorgeous and perfect day for our lovely bride and groom!

Photography: Lauren Gabrielle Photography | Dessert Table Linen + Plates: Event Source | Desserts: Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes | Floral Design + Event Design: A Charming Fete | Linen Rentals + Napkins: La Tavola Fine Linens | Stationery + Stickers: Minted

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Fashion Forward Bride Says “I Do” in a Truly French Style

You know Greg Finck as the French photographer behind some of our favorite weddings on SMP, and today he’s taking us to the gardens of the Rodin Museum for a day that’s every fashion lover’s dream. It’s a destination wedding featuring an Iowa couple (shout out to my home state!) who brought their style A-game to the streets of Paris with a celebration their guests will never forget. Madame Artisan Fleuriste designed the floral pretties, and you can pin each bouquet, dress and city shot inside The Vault.

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From Greg Finck… Shannon and Garrett are both from Iowa and had decided to tie the knot in the City of love. Being a photographer, photography was really important to Shannon and she first contacted me more than a year ago explaining that she wanted to get married in the gardens of the Rodin Museum in Paris. I was immediately seduced by the project as this place is so full of history and magic. This place, tribute to the famous sculptor, is usually used for fashion shows and it was a dream for me to shoot a wedding there.

Shannon and Garrett hired Fete in France for the design and planning, as these girls definitely are the best out there for beautiful weddings in Paris. An elegant ceremony setup took place in the gardens including floral arrangements designed by Madame Artisan Fleuriste, and a few chairs for the 25 guests, including the couple’s close family and friends.

After exchanging vows, it was the time of a photoshoot in the city’s most scenic locations, including a stunning view on the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Alexander III Bridge. Our driver took us to Bagatelle Gardens for a garden cocktail hour and an indoor reception for the perfect night.

What a beautiful Parisian day spent with this lovely American couple!

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Photography: Greg Finck | Event Planning: Fete In France | Floral Design: Madame Artisan Fleuriste | Wedding Dress: Lis Simon | Cake: Synies | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Restaurant: Les Jardins De Bagatelle

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