There’s been an abundance of fancy floral altars on the wedding scene recently, with the trend seeming to be that the more blooms your altar wears for your wedding, the better!
Talk about impact! This is one fabulous trend that certainly gives a ceremony the wow-factor whilst creating an amazingly vibrant and visual backdrop to your wedding photographs. So this week’s Friday Five brings you five of the most fabulous floral altars as inspiration for your big day.
If you’re getting married abroad be sure to discuss this type of idea with your wedding planner and/or florist as fresh flowers do wilt in the sun, so they might suggest that a floral altar is more suitable if you are having a morning or late afternoon ceremony or if you’re planning your destination wedding outside of the hotter summer months.
Let’s face the facts, planning a wedding can sometimes be stressful! At times the frenzy that is involved with pulling together the biggest party of your life will leave you begging your partner to elope!
In today’s fast-paced world, juggling your already busy work schedule and social calendar with organising a wedding can certainly be a testing. There’s just no getting away from it.
Throw in other people’s conflicting opinions and their pressures to have your day their way, along with managing a budget and you can have a recipe for burn out (bring on the honeymoon holiday!).
Andrea & John ♥ Minnesota, USA
Photographer: Mad Chicken Studio
Happy Thanksgiving! To join in the festivities being celebrated across the pond in the US today, I thought I’d share an American wedding.
Today we are jetting off to Lake Superior in Minnesota for a wedding that is nothing short of magical. Andrea and John planned a whole weekend of fun beside the lake for their wedding guests – a true destination wedding enabling their nearest and dearest to get away together and soak up some quality time as one in a breathtaking location.
On the morning of their wedding mist engulfed the shoreline of the world’s largest freshwater lake – only adding to the already romantic and ethereal atmosphere surrounding the rustic lodgings!
Not only did I feel that this destination wedding was fitting for Thanksgiving since it took place in the US, but the stationery suite that this darling duo used for their waterside wedding really jumped out at me, especially the gratitude expressed in the card that was laid on each table place setting.
The words read as follows:
To our friends and family, thank you. For being part of our happily ever after, for sharing the first day of our new life together. It means the world to us that you all have travelled so far to celebrate with us this weekend. Thank you for being our encouragement, our mentors, the ones we lean on, and our partners in crime, for loving us through the ups and downs in life. You have helped make us who we are and for that we are forever grateful. So please enjoy today, you are our favourite people and we’re so glad to have you join us on our first day as husband and wife. Thank you for sharing in today’s celebration and those we’ll share in the years to come. We love you.
Isn’t that what thanksgiving is all about! Being so grateful for everything and everyone that you have in life, focusing on what you have instead of what you have not. I’m sure these words will resonate with you as they did me. Happy Thanksgiving everyone x
Hannah & Gareth ♥ Lake Garda, Italy
If there’s one location that delivers destination weddings with a generous side order of romance, it’s Italy. Big time. Every time.
Gareth and Hannah married on a beautifully blue-skied day in May, in Gardone Riviera, an intimate lakeside resort on the luscious Lake Garda in Italy. They eloped from Stafford in the UK to tie the knot, just the two of them, surrounded by breathtaking beauty and bathed in glorious sunshine – pure romantic bliss.
Together, they got ready for their dreamy day ahead, quietly enjoying their rustic chic B&B with wonderful views over the water, before being whisked off to their Town Hall ceremony on a tuk-tuk! Their talented photographer then took them on a walking tour of the historical town, capturing the precious first moments as excited newlyweds and soaking up the stunning views.
So if you’re thinking of eloping, I’m quite sure this intimate Italian lake elopement might just make up your mind!
Jolanta & Aivaras ♥ Lithuania
Photographer: Justin R – Wedding Photographer
Being lovers of travel, Jolanta and Aivaras wanted to introduce a hint of a jet set theme to their engagement shoot and so they brought some pretty props along to the damp yet oh-so-enchanting forest.
Along with their talented photographer they uncovered some truly idyllic corners of the forest (including a swing chair over a stream!) to capture their togetherness and their desire to travel the world.
“Well, to begin I can say that this engagement shoot almost didn’t happen. By the time I was off to the location, the rain had started pouring and the couple were about the cancel the whole thing.”
“I’m glad that they changed their minds because it wasn’t long before the rain was gone and we had a great time shooting in the swampy forest!”
“Jolanta and Aivaras have travelled half the world and wanted to reflect a travel theme a little bit in the photo shoot. They had taken some with them but the most amazing thing was the hanging chair in the middle of the swamp!”