Strictlyweddings.com, a luxe wedding resource, is excited to showcase a spring wedding of your dreams. Enjoy the sun smiling upon you warmly, flowers that are blooming and beautiful cherry blossom trees, like the ones photographed below by wedding photographer, Vasia, can make a gorgeously natural backdrop to an outdoor wedding.
This “think pink” soft and romantic wedding was styled by our talented friend Jessica from Petite Pearl, an event planning service in Vancouver, Canada. If pink is your color, carry it through your center pieces and invitations. Perhaps a parting gift packaged in a pretty pink box is the way to wrap up the end of your special day or night with loved ones.
We’d also like to give x’s and o’s to Harlings Jewellers who provided the engagement ring and earrings. But whether your wedding is in Chicago or Dallas, consider parks, gardens and arboretums to hold your blissful “I do’s”.
Let’s face it, life’s hectic, but this is a time to slow down and appreciate all you have with family and friends while autumnal leaves fall in magnificent shades of gold and ruby or as delicate snowflakes glisten in the sun.
So get that Butterball turkey or turducken basting in the oven as mashed potatoes and gravy await eager palettes. Let mouthwatering aromas of pumpkin pie envelope your home as you surround yourself with the ones you love most this Thanksgiving.
Then break out the cocktails or crystal, get creative with your table décor or invitations and enjoy a glorious feast. Strictly Weddings revels in the idea of using colorful flowers, pumpkins and candles as a centerpiece, but not too much that it takes away from your delicious meal. Do you have a photographer in the house? Don’t forget to capture the memories of Thanksgiving dinner 2013 and consider what you’ll give thanks to this year.
- As far back as 1000 A.D. Native American Indians raised turkeys for food. Aztec Indians in Mexico were raising them as early as 200B.C.
- Turkeys originally existed in the eastern US. and Mexico.
- The turkey industry grosses over $1billion a year.
- The Average American consumes over 15 pounds of Turkey per year.
- Americans consume over 675 million pounds of turkey on Thanksgiving Day.
- Turkey, like poultry, is lower in cholesterol than beef and many other meats. The dark meat (thigh, legs,) contains more fat and cholesterol than white meat. So, that’s why dark meat tastes so good.
- Male Turkeys are called “Toms”, female turkeys are called “Hens” and baby turkeys are called “poults”.
- Turkey eggs are tan in color and speckled with brown. They are about twice as large as chicken eggs.
- That long, loose skin that hangs down from a turkey’s neck is called a “wattle”.
- Sleepy after the big meal? Turkey contains an amino acid called “Tryptophan”. Tryptophan sets off a chemical chain reaction that calms you down and makes you sleepy.
Let kisses soothe your soul. Let love carry you away. Let nature fuel your bliss.
For the most romantic of outdoor weddings, let fairy tale like woods or meadows be your backdrop to happily ever after. Shot for Ireland’s Wedding Journal magazine in Leitrim, Ireland (some two hours northwest of Dublin) near the dreamy landscape around Benbulben Mountain, which inspired many of William Butler Yeats writings, true romantics will be inspired to dream big and live bigger.
Make the most of natural trellises or embellish your surroundings just so. Get as creative as you wish by posting your wedding details carefully onto trees and even your delectable menu. We love the wild flowers and fake butterflies that accent napkins and vases just so.
“We are happy when for everything inside us is corresponding to something outside us.”
~ William Butler Yeats
Shot beautifully in dappled light by wedding photographer, Paula O’Hara, this stunning brides wedding makeup is so sweetly and naturally applied, but you could also go for a dramatic or glossy lip. The flower headpieces are a colorful contrast that can carry into other wedding flowers to grace gorgeously set tables, archways and more. The lacy headscarf is a unique on-trend, vintage-inspired piece to surprise and delight. And don’t you just love the arm cuff that offsets the oh-so-romantic one-shoulder dress?
Whether your wedding day dreams carry you to the magical woods of Ireland or another romantic natural treasure, use your surroundings to create your picture-perfect wedding.
“Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind
and dance upon the mountains like a flame!”
Location: Teapot Lane, Co. Leitrim, www.glampingireland.ie
Photographer: Paula O’Hara www.paulaohara.com
Prop stylist: Alise Taggart www.alisetaggart.com
Wardrobe and accessories: The ladies at Wedding Journal Ireland
Model: Jennifer Milligan from Style Academy www.styleacademy.com
Hair: Kathy Fitzsimmons at Blue kathyfitzsimmons.com
Make up: Claire McEvoy, The Vintage Bride
Florals: Floral Earth www.floralearth.co.uk