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3 Ways To Elevate Your Wedding Flowers

In my next life (or maybe when I’m retired), I will live by the beach and spend my days in the sweetest little flower shop on the coast. Blooms are by far my kryptonite when it comes to weddings (I could have blown half my budget on flowers). And I don’t doubt that many of you in the planning process are probably placing heavy importance on florals for your Big Day. But how do you achieve a truly personalized look with those pretty petals? We’re sharing a few tips below, alongside this insanely beautiful workshop shoot from Fleuropean and The Blue Carrot, all captured by Anna Doshina.

Embrace Movement

Gone are the days of perfectly packed and rounded rose bouquets. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not bashing that very classic style—but we’re loving seeing movement in florals. Rather than forcing the shape of a bouquet or centerpiece, the key is to embrace the natural direction of each bloom, stem and branch for an overall look that is modernly organic and incredibly beautiful.

Creating Dimension & Depth with Color

In most cases, blooms are really the focal point when it comes to a wedding color palette. Giving your floral designer color inspiration is always helpful, but remember—dimension and depth is key. That may mean being open to incorporating hues you might not have envisioned including. Maybe you’re not a fan of yellow, but a touch of buttercup yellow can elevate a peach, coral and burgundy melody like shown above. Putting trust in your floral designer is always key!

A 360 Degree View

Whether you’re taking this inspiration to your floral designer or hoping to go the DIY route (or simply want to create beautiful arrangements in your own home), this tip is one you might not think about when approaching the design of a bouquet or centerpiece—take care in making sure that your arrangements are equally full and complete at every angle. This means turning your centerpiece or bouquet as your work. You might not realize that floral designers do this! Being mindful of this creates a gorgeous finished product that will be stunning from every view.

From Anna Doshina… Last fall Emily (Fleuropean) and Susanne (The Blue Carrot) organised an exquisite flower retreat in the Belgian countryside entitled “Movement” that I had the pleasure to document.

Everything about this workshop was like a breath of fresh air: refined dinner table settings, pleasant walks along the fields, unceasing conversations about the rarest species of roses, dahlias, vines, etc. and passionate floral art lectures. This retreat is a great opportunity to slow down, disconnect from your everyday problems, resuscitate your bonds with nature and let your inner voice speak. It also allows one to take a moment to relax, make new discoveries, savour delicious meals prepared by a Belgian chef and create bonds with remarkable florists from all around the globe. From a practical side, the retreat lasts four days and includes multiple activities like a foraging excursion, floral arrangement demonstrations from the talented organisers, a tour of Emily’s unconventional flower garden, styled shoot with a professional model and a silk dying class using natural dyes. The setting is soothing and picturesque: rolling green hills strewn with fields, small groves of trees, farms and historic sites. What also strikes is that despite being based in different countries, Emily and Susanne, have that special kind of chemistry between them that makes you feel comfortable and cheerful at their side. Moreover, their knowledge and talent are incomparable making this workshop outstanding and enriching. Even if one has very poor expertise in flowers, taking part in this experience and soaking up the special atmosphere that reigns in this floral sanctuary is a pure pleasure.

For those interested in this retreat, Emily and Susanne organise floral workshops on a regular basis so you can follow along their social media to get a chance to unearth/improve your floral talent together with them.

Photographer: Anna Doshina | Wedding Dress: Leanne Marshall | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Florist (Organiser): Fleuropean | Florist (Organiser): The Blue Carrot | Hair and Make-Up: Sabine Peeters | Model: Nandi Macalou

The Sky’s the Limit at This Belgium Wedding

Two pilots move to Qatar for their careers, met, and fell in love, so including a few aviation inspired details in their wedding day was essential for Love & Tralala! From a bespoke airplane invitations suite to a shower of paper planes at dinner, from an aerobatic demo at the reception to a post-wedding brunch on the airfield where the bride first got her wings, every detail captured by Lauren Fair Photography of this romantic wedding will make your hearts soar.

From the bride, Roxane… Pierre and I met in Qatar in 2012 as we both moved there to work as airline pilots. I moved to Qatar determined to be single after lots of failed relationships, and I decided I would only date if I found the right person. When I met Pierre, I understood the saying, “When you know, you know.” Pierre proposed on a hot air balloon flight in Auvergne, France.

I fell in love with Lauren Fair Photography’s work on Style Me Pretty even before we got engaged, and I knew that they would photograph our wedding! They were the first vendor I contacted. It’s safe to say it was one of the best decision we made. On top of being extremely talented, they are amazing people, and we felt like they were family. We knew we would get married in Belgium, where I’m from, and we decided to go to the South to be surrounded by the forest. We started by visiting venues, and we booked the first one we visited, La Ferme du Chateau – a beautifully renovated farm.

Most of our guests were traveling from far to be at our wedding, so we made a weekend out of it, starting with an “Arabic-themed” welcome party on Friday night (as we met in Qatar!), with hookas and costumes. The post-wedding brunch was held at the airfield where I fell in love with aviation, and a lot of guests went on glider discovery flights!

I immediately started looking for my dress, and I admit that the search gave me many sleepless nights! I tried around 30 dresses, and I liked them all. I didn’t get the “I found the one” feeling that I was expecting. I then discovered, and I bought my two dresses second-hand. It’s an amazing opportunity to buy designer dresses (and maybe to be able to buy two!).

Our vision was a timeless look with some aviation touches. Our guestbook was a wooden propeller that guests signed, and it is now on the wall in our living room. The table numbers were spray-painted airplane models with calligraphed airline names and the name tags were laser-cut wooden propellers. I really enjoyed designing our invitations with Muriel Cornet. We wanted to do something special, and we did a P51 Mustang airplane that was laser-cut and could be assembled by the guests. The P51 Mustang was also on our save the dates, from the surprise flight I got Pierre for his birthday.

Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE flowers, so I knew that was going to be an important part of the wedding. We heard of our florist, Elodie, from an article that my grandpa cut in the newspaper (thanks, Grandpa!). She is also a wedding planner, and she coordinated our wedding. She is such a gem, and she is now one of my friends! I teared up a little when I saw our beautiful reception space and my bouquet. She really went above my expectations and handled everything on the day of the wedding.

My girls and I got ready in a beautiful greenhouse while drinking mimosas and laughing. I bought silk ribbons for our bouquets, and Pierre surprised me by asking my friends to use a word to describe me, and he then embroidered the words on the ribbons. It made me so emotional! My gift to Pierre was an embroidered handkerchief with all our favorite movies and books.

One of my favorite part of the planning was preparing the ceremony. We loved our meetings with our priest and choosing the texts and songs. The gospel choir we hired created such a nice atmosphere in our beautiful church. We wrote our own vows, and we were both super emotional reading them. My grandparents celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this year, and they are our “couple goals.” We couldn’t think of a better symbol than my grandmother bringing us the wedding bands! My wedding band belonged to my other grandmother who was so important in my life and who passed away.

After the ceremony, we went to a beautiful location that Lauren and Tim had found for our photos. We really enjoyed that moment where we really soaked everything in. Driving through the forest in our convertible Mercedes was surreal! During our cocktail hour, one of my mom’s friends surprised us with an aerobatic demo over our venue. It was magical. The dinner was filled with speeches, tears, laughter, and paper planes, thrown by our guest as the dinner was coming to an end. We then moved to the renovated barn for dessert and dancing. Our live band set the dance floor on fire, and the night continued until 0630 – we actually had to push guests away as our brunch was starting at noon!

We planned every little detail, thought about everything, but what we could never have planned is the amount of LOVE we received on our wedding. I can honestly say we never cried that much in our lives (and we’re both easy criers!). The speeches, the surprises, the little attentions, and most of all, having all the people you love united in one place celebrating your love, this is really why you get married. We will never be able to thank our families and friends enough for what they did for us.

We gave ourselves approximately 2 years to organize, and I would highly recommend it. Planning a wedding takes time, and it also makes everyone super excited for the wedding! I generally know what I want, but during the planning I started to doubt everything. I actually told my sister that the only thing I didn’t doubt was marrying Pierre (and she used that in her speech!). It’s normal to have doubts, just try to remember why you made those decisions. Everything turned out even better than we expected. I had read before that your vendors make your wedding, and this is so true. Surround yourself with vendors that inspire you and understand your vision, and then let them do their magic! Everyone will tell you this, it goes fast, enjoy every moment, from the planning to the wedding, and get a videographer to be able to relive your wedding anytime!



Photography: Lauren Fair Photography | Cinematography: La Corde au Couer | Event Planning: Elodie Wilmès, From Love & Tralala | Floral Design: Elodie Wilmès, From Love & Tralala | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture | Stationery: Minted | Reception Venue: La Ferme du Chateau | Shoes: Bella Belle | Shoes: Keds | Catering: Paulus | Hair + Makeup: Monica Jane Beauty Boudoir | Groom's Attire: Boggi Milan | Bridesmaid Dress: David's Bridal | Bridesmaid Dress: Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaid Dress: BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dress: Pronovias | Bridesmaid Dress: ASOS | Desserts: Cokoa | Music: Angel Band | Rentals: Ma Belle Vaissell | Ribbons: Frou Frou Chic | Second Wedding Dress: Watters | Signage: Laura Hooper Calligraphy | Veil: Pronovias | Vow Books: Seniman Calligraphy

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Chic Pastel Garden Wedding in Belgium

Just when I thought I’d seen it all, Nadia Meli goes and sends us this be-all and end-all of Belgium wedding. For starters, the blush invitation suite? Divine. The location? Don’t even get me started (I could literally go on for days). But greater than all of these fabulous factors combined? The visible love between these two. If that doesn’t melt you into a pile of mush, then you’ve got to see it all in The Vault!


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From the Bride… A wedding was something I really wanted since I was a little girl. The thought of my father giving me away to the love of my life, made me emotional every time. I was very surprised though when Jelmer asked me to marry him! For him, standing in the spotlight is one of his biggest fears! But finally on the 23th of June in Cuba, he fell on his knee with shaking hands and pulled up to big question! Will you marry me? Before he even asked this question I started to cry and said “YES YES of course”. My hands started shaking too and I had a gorgeous ring on my finger. The first thing I did was taking a picture with my ring together with the most perfect sunset on the background and text this to one of my dearest friends. “IT FINALLY HAPPENED!“

Jelmer and I, we decided together that we would like to have an outside ceremony. I really wanted a very light and bright venue where we could arrange everything ourselves, so we went on a difficult search. We instantly fell in love with the castle ‘Gestelhof’ in Belgium. This venue is a private property, so very exclusive. We loved the very intimate and calm atmosphere. This castle is build in a circle which creates a very unique setting. Also a lot of old buildings and art pieces there, perfect for taking pictures!

A difficult part, but for me the most exciting part, was about to happen. Contact all the vendors for organising a wedding at this perfect venue.
There was nothing! No lights, no electricity, no kitchen,… for some brides a real horror scene but for me the perfect occasion to create our very one dream day. Every detail would be made and handpicked by me and Jelmer! Our date was set, the 4th of July, the day that my grandparents were married as well.

We decided to have a theme and color palette: a whimsical pastel theme! An elegant but nonchalant wedding. Nobody was surprised with this color pallete! I am always dressed in soft colors and feminine clothing. The dress code was long, pastel romantic dresses for the ladies. For the guys we had a dark suit with a minimum of color accents in mind. Some guests found it difficult. In Belgium it’s not a habit to set up a dress code. But we both wanted an American wedding in Belgium! I spend a whole year planning this wedding. Jelmer supported me in every thing. I made every detail myself. The invitations, handwritten arrows and welcome sign, choosing the vendors, the altar piece and so on. I even bought all my decoration items in other countries.

The week before the wedding we had to arrange a tent last minute! We planned to have the ceremony in open air but the weather was so unique. It would be the hottest day since 1904! The temperature was rising till 39 °C / 102.2 °F. Everyone was getting nervous about his extreme hot weather! 

For me, the highlight of our wedding was the moment where my father saw me for the first time. This moment was a very special thing to me.
Our photographer catched this moment perfectly! We started the day with our ceremony and had a traditional cocktail hour after this. For dinner we had an Italian buffet. And we danced till 4 o’ clock! A special thanks to my husband Jelmer, he supported me during this year. He didn’t want to stand in the spotlight but he did this for me! And also a big thanks to my friends and family, they only heard me talking about pastel pastel pastel a whole year long. Thanks to al our vendors for making our day so special!

Photography: Nadia Meli | Cinematography: Avisha Film | Event Coordination: NINA Weddings | Event Design: Designed By The Bride | Floral Design: Bloom Your Life | Wedding Dress: Le Chapeau | Cake: Silly Bakery | Bride's Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry : Designed By The Bride | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Brideside | Catering: Saillart | Hair + Makeup: Kathleen Van Walle | Groom's Attire: Le Chapeau | Groom's Attire: Comme les Loups | Groomsmen's Attire: De cermonie | Hotel: JVR 108 | Venue: Gestelhof | Tent: Altiro | Bridal jewellery : Mia et moi | Bride's Headpiece: Percy Handmade | Bridesmaids' robes: Love Ophelia | Castle Gestelhof: Gestelhof | Ceremony Speaker: Boboda | Decor: BHLDN | Lighting + Music: Quality Music | Paper Goods: Designed By The Bride

Intimate + Romantic Expat Wedding in Brussels

As someone who dreams of moving to Europe and living life as an American in Paris, I’m in love with this expat wedding in the gorgeous city of Brussels. And the fact that it was captured by Rebecca Yale Photography, well, that makes it so much better. From the romantic garden portraits to the vibrant, fresh florals, this wedding is take-your-breath-away beautiful. See it all here.

From Rebecca Yale PhotographyEvelyn and Jean Michel were married on a perfect summer day in Brussels, Belgium. Evelyn is a native New Yorker who has been living in Brussels for a few years now and brought her New York sense of style to the wedding planning. Their unique art nouveau venue is right in the heart of the Brussels, but had a similar vibe to a cool converted space you’d find in Brooklyn. The day began with the bride getting ready at the lovely Steigenberger Wiltcher’s hotel followed by a first look in a beautiful park near the bride and groom’s home. The gorgeous park was full of both manicured lawns and trees as well as wild natural spaces where wild green parakeets have begun nesting. A mere 10 minute walk away from the park is the stunning Hotel de Ville, where we took portraits. The afternoon ceremony took place in the sunny and bright loft of the venue. The bride and groom truly made their ceremony their own by having a friend officiate and discuss what marriage uniquely meant to them and their bridesmaids and groomsmen each made a speech during the ceremony about the couple.

A favorite moment at the end was when the ring bearer brought the ring up to the bride and groom, he stayed up there right in front of them to have a front row viewing to their first kiss. Cocktail hour followed in the courtyard below and featured one of the most creative photo booths I’ve ever seen- a life size photo from the bride and groom’s engagement session with their heads cut out. Guests took photos then pasted them into the guest book and left the couple messages. Dinner followed in another lofty sunny room next door, brightened up by unique centerpieces of terrariums full of wildflowers, a different one on each table. The groom and his friends did an impromptu serenade before the bride and groom did their first dance to a local Gipsy Jazz Band.

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Photography: Rebecca Yale Photography | Floral Design: Fleurs Et Verdure | Bride's Shoes: Stuart Weitzmen | Jewelry: Sas Design | Venue: Halles De Tanneurs | Bride's Dress: BHLDN | Bride's Headpiece: Virginia Geiger Elegant Jewelry Design | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

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Romantic Picnic Elopement Inspiration

Infused with beautiful hues and lovely florals from Elodie Wilmès, From Love & Tralala, this seaside picnic elopement captured by Michael Ferire plays out like a dream. Simple yet romantic, with thoughtful styling and a sweet boho vibe, this gallery is one you’ll want to cozy up to. See it all here. 

From Michael FerireThis inspirational photo shoot was imagined and designed by Elodie Wilmès, event and floral designer, and Michael Ferire, photographer. We started from the authenticity of the relationship: the happiness of being together and alone in the world. We developed the idea of ​​a surprise: a picnic by the sea, simple, wild and sensual. The Belgian North Sea, which creates a special atmosphere both raw and romantic, was the perfect place.

For the decoration, we played with a palette of colors and materials like copper, wood, dark brown, pink and red. We wanted a mixture of pure and elegant Scandinavian design and antiques for the authentic and lively touch. For the flowers, Elodie worked with warm tones that matched the wild grass found in the dunes.

To set up this photo shoot, we had the desire to work with a team of providers who share the same sensitivity and a keen eye for detail.

Photography: Michael Ferire | Event And Floral Design: Elodie Wilmès, From Love & Tralala | Dress: Sara Rocès Buelga | Hair And Makeup: Allison Irksens | Candlesticks Ferm Living: My Table | Dress Provider: Mlle C | Lab : Carmencita Film Lab | Pillows, Animal Skin And Another Candlestick: Hei Shop & Tea

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Chic Belgium Brewery Wedding Inspiration

This my friends, is how you make beer beautiful. Yes, you heard me right. Belgium beer is the foundation of this chic photo shoot by Michael Ferire, with rich florals by Wild Flower Fairy and stationery by Ante Scriptum, transporting a brewery into a wedding wonderland. With Art Deco touches, the space becomes moody and romantic, and this gallery will make you view brews in a whole new light.

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From Michael Ferire… This inspiration shoot is a joint project of Michaël Ferire, Aurélie Sculier of Ante Scriptum and Mélanie Pierson of Wild Flower Fairy. After being brought together on a wedding (Aurélie’s wedding actually!), we realised that our three styles really came together. The way we seek authenticity, our love for the handmade, and our craftman’s souls matched perfectly!

As this shoot was destined to travel out of our borders, we wanted to use one of our other common trait: the fact that we are Belgians! We imagined this 100% Belgian shoot together by completing the team with talented local vendors and designers.

Belgium, being a land of contradictions, we were guided by a wind of refined rawness! The raw and industrial side comes mainly from the venue that is part of the old Bellevue Brewery and is now used as an event location, with beer as our threadline. We chose to add the refinement of Art Nouveau and Art Deco references as we encounter these influences daily in Brussels. These evocations were made through the colours, shapes, touches of gold. The whole shoot has a moody atmosphere with very contrasted lighting and the warm feeling of fall.

Film Photographer: Michael Ferire | Flowers: Mélanie Pierson, Wild Flower Fairy | Calligraphy and Stationary: Aurélie Sculier, Ante Scriptum | Vintage chairs: Yapstock | Craft Beers: Malt Attacks beer shop, Brussels | Suit: Scabal | Dress: Madame White | Lights: Nicolas De Borchgrave (Girafeo) | Hair and Make up: Allison Irskens | Film Lab: Carmencita Film Lab | Brewery: Brussels Event Brewery Espace Silos

Vaucellehof Wedding

The second I laid my eyes on this beautiful fashion designer bride, I knew this wedding was something special.  Because this is the kind of bride who wears a stunning gray gown from Metal Flaque Paris and ties the knot to her handsome beau in a vintage meets romantic meets rustic chic kind of affair… all set against the stunning backdrop also known as Belgium.  And with an entire gallery of pretty to soak in from Chris Spira, it’s special and then some.  See so much more right here.

From Chris SpiraI am very excited to share this amazing destination wedding from Belgium with you.  The wedding ceremony was held on a vintage farm in the Belgium Countryside. The Bride wore a gorgeous gray wedding dress. The overall color theme was gray in all tones and rose, with a lot of details on the reception decoration/table decoration, flowers and the stationery, etc.

The Bride is a fashion designer and put a lot of love and attention into every little detail.  She pre-visualized everything with mood boards to make her dream come true and it did.  The couple (and most of the guests) came from Germany.

Photography: Chris Spira Photography | Event Planning + Design: Kiss from Fleur | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Wedding Cake: Maki's Cakes | Make up: MAC Cosmetics | Hair: Jacques Dessange | Groom's Attire: Lanvin | Venue: Vaucellehof | Beach Bar: Monroe Beach | Bridal Boutique: Metal Flaque Paris | Cover Up: Azzedine Alaia | Papeterie: Gemma Milly | Tablecloth: Prestige Linens | Violinist: Baptiste Pawlik