Posts Labeled ‘nature’

Moss and Acorn Menu and Place Cards

My incredibly talented friend Morgan made these gorgeous menu and place cards for a tablescape I worked on recently. Bringing nature indoors is a great way to entertain in the Fall. A little moss and some acorn hats embellish a standard menu card and place card. Gorgeous! Thanks, Morgan!

Acorn and moss place card and menu card

Complementary place and menu cards make a statement on table settings

Bringing the outdoors in: pinecone decor inspiration

I am always looking for non-floral decor alternatives for weddings and other events. My husband and I went on a hike today in Great Falls and everywhere I turned I found inspiration for Fall decor!  My mind is now spinning with ideas for incorporating natural elements — like pinecones, greenery, branches, and acorns — into designs.

In fact, I worked on an event recently where a team of us collaborated on nature-inspired centerpieces — we filled clear vessels with pears and apples and used acorns and pinecones as filler. I can’t take credit for the design, but it looked great!

Below are a few images that are inspiring me to go out and collect all of the pinecones I can find — then I’ll be prepared for Fall decorating next year, too!

DIY pinecone wedding bouquet via Once Wed

pinecone boutonniere via Martha Stewart

Rustic pinecone monogram via Martha Stewart

pinecone escort card table via Martha Stewart

pinecone monogram via Martha Stewart

pinecone wreath via Country Living

gilded pinecone placecard via Country Living

Wedding inspiration

I adore these chairs spotted on the SCOOP from a nature-inspired wedding. They are perfect for an outdoor wedding and are such a departure from the typical wood folding chairs we see so often. Gorgeous!

wood-slatted chairs from a wedding featured on the SCOOP; photographer: Elizabeth Messina

Woodend Wedding: Natural Elegance

When I first met with Missy and Brian and learned of their vision for their wedding, I was instantly hooked. Featuring elegant tones of warm browns, natural greens, and ivory — all very earth-inspired tones — and set in the beautiful grounds of Woodend Sanctuary, the design ultimately reflected a classical, formal elegance without being “stuffy.”

The wedding began with a beautiful ceremony under a birch chuppah, the perfect complement to the tree-lined Grove in which the ceremony took place.

The ceremony under the nature-inspired chuppah

The ceremony under the nature-inspired chuppah

The ceremony in the Grove at Woodend - a magical setting!

The ceremony in the Grove at Woodend - a magical setting!

Guests moved from the Grove to the Lawn to enjoy cocktail hour. Passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails were served by Occasions Caterers‘ impeccable staff.

Guests enjoyed passed hors d'oeuvres outside

Guests enjoyed passed hors d

Dinner took place on the tented terrace, from which guests could admire the nearby woodlands. Gorgeous flowers for the wedding were provided by Growing Wild and were in keeping with the nature-inspired color scheme.

The Tented Terrace

The Tented Terrace

Low centerpieces featuring shades of green adorned each table

Low centerpieces featuring shades of green adorned each table

The tablescape reflected the natural surroundings with its cream, brown, and green elements

The tablescape reflected the natural surroundings with its cream, brown, and green elements

Not officially on the guest list, but these onlookers were more than welcome at the party!

Not officially on the guest list, but these onlookers were more than welcome at the party!

Night falls over the festivities

Night falls over the festivities

The wedding cake was adorned with brown satin ribbon, a white sugar flower, and a whimsical topper providing a nod to the wedding venue: The Audubon Naturalist Society.

A gorgeous -- and delicious -- wedding cake provided by Occasions Caterers

A gorgeous -- and delicious -- wedding cake provided by Occasions Caterers

Music and dancing were important elements to Missy and Brian. They chose a 1940s-style band with a very vintage look. Talented and versatile, Raggs and the All-Stars played a variety of music throughout the evening.

Raggs and The All-Stars

Raggs and The All-Stars

The Bride and Groom hoisted by family and friends

The Bride and Groom hoisted by family and friends

Congratulations, Missy and Brian!

Photography: Visual Sketch
Catering: Occasions Caterers
Band: Raggs and the All-Stars
Flowers: Growing Wild Floral