7 Winter Wedding Bouquets


Bouquets fit for a winter wedding are truly gorgeous. You can use the flowers in your bouquet to complement your wintery decor and seasonal surroundings. Try to go for blooms that are in season to cut down on costs. Classic color pairings of red, white and green are a good place to start and add in some festive textural touches. We’ve picked out seven winter wedding bouquets for you to be inspired by.

1. Bold and Oversized

This is quite a simple bouquet in terms of the types of flowers that are used. The size of the bouquet and the boldness of the deep red blooms are what really makes it stand out.


2. Soft Tones

If you’re lucky enough to have a snow-filled day, or you’re going for a winter white look; this is a lovely combination. Using white anemone as the center of the bouquet, you can add dusty miller and stunning silver brunia to complete the arrangement. A great one, if you’re fond of smaller bouquets.


3. Festive Foliage

A bouquet of crisp green foliage and red berries is a wonderful fit for the occasion. This would also work for floral arrangements on the tables.


4. Lilies and Pine Cones

Adding pine cones to your bouquet adds a seasonal touch and some unexpected texture. It works well with brunia and dusty miller.


5. A Bunch of Holly

Holly berries make for an interesting alternative to a floral bouquet. They are synonymous with winter and we also love the idea of tying the bouquet with a small length of faux fur.


6. Dusty Berries 

This is such a simple bouquet with the berries and dusty miller really grabbing all of the attention. If you prefer a bigger bouquet, these could be used for your bridesmaids.


7. Winter Greens and Branches  

The dusty pink roses are a soft addition to this striking bouquet. Incorporating branches into your arrangements gives a rustic look that’s ideal for a cold-weather wedding.


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5 Copper Color Palettes for your Wedding Day

Metallic copper is getting a lot of attention these days, but we happen to love its non-metallic counterpart equally as much. Warm and earthy, this burnt orange shade is obviously a great color choice for rustic weddings, but it’s more versatile than you might think, so don’t be too quick to rule it out if you’re looking for a more contemporary color scheme. To show you just how versatile it can be, we’ve put together five copper color palettes that are sure to please traditional and modern brides alike.

Paired here with a rich oxblood red, this luxurious copper color scheme is perfect for an elegant winter wedding.

Copper color board

If you want to incorporate copper into your spring wedding palette, it pairs exceptionally well with blue, adding a hint of earthiness to an otherwise delicate palette.

Copper color board

Another great spring palette, these 70’s inspired colors will definitely pique the interests of the more unconventional couples out there.

Copper color board

A minimalist 3 color palette, we love the simple elegance created by pairing cool and warm tones here.

Copper color board

Last, but not least, copper is perfect for fall and you can’t much more autumnal than this color scheme full of rich earthy tones.

Copper color board

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11 Ways with Vintage Hankies

Vintage hankies are a lovely idea that brings both a sentimental and decorative touch to your wedding. You can find them in thrift stores, online, or ask  family and friends. They will come in handy for drying happy tears but you can also use them in other ways. We’ve picked out 11 ideas for you to incorporate vintage handkerchiefs.

1. In a Box

Hankies can be neatly packaged into a box on display at your ceremony. You can repurpose any box of a suitable shape and customize it by making a label with blackboard paint.


2. Hanging on Pegs

Use a reclaimed door for your outdoor ceremony as a display for the vintage hankies. It will really add to the look of a vintage-inspired wedding.


3. Printed Invitation 

If you want to use your handkerchiefs in a different way, you can print your invitations on them. You can then attach them to card to make them more sturdy, or keep them as they are and neatly fold them in envelopes.


4. Hankies as Decor 

For an afternoon tea or garden party theme, you might have bunting on your shopping list. Using hankies instead adds some texture and the vintage prints will make the bunting more eye-catching.


5. Individual Favors

Give your guests a meaningful favor by placing a handkerchief with a paper backing on each chair.


6. A Personal Touch

Say thank you to your bridesmaids with monogrammed hankies, this will make a lovely addition to a mini gift basket.


7. All Wrapped Up

If you’re giving your guests the ultimate treat, the gift of a mini pie, why not take it one step further by wrapping your favors up with a handkerchief?


8. Outside Frame

An old mirror or window can be easily transformed into a welcoming display.


9. Escort Cards

Make your vintage hankies work a little harder, by doubling them up as escort cards. All you need are handwritten name tags.


10. DIY Box 

It’s so easy to create a stunning display on your welcome table. Fill a box with complementary colored hankies, that slightly fan out with a burlap sign.


11. A Vintage Suitcase 

For the perfect finishing touch, a vintage suitcase is the ideal holder for your hankies.


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Alex and Jaclyn’s Ohio Stone Cottage Wedding

A Wednesday morning isn’t usually the first choice – or even a choice at all – for most couples when it comes to choosing a date and time for their wedding day, but for Alex and Jaclyn, it couldn’t have been more perfect. Not only were all their preferred vendors available for their midweek wedding, but many provided considerable discounts as well, helping the couple to keep their budget down. More importantly, however, their unconventional weekday choice helped them to limit their guest list to 15 and made for a perfect and relaxed wedding day with family, friends, and their rescue dog Mia!

Special thanks to Lane Baldwin for sending along the photos so we could share them with you.

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Jaclyn, 24 & Alex, 24

Peninsula, Ohio

Wedding Date: June 18th, 2014

Number of Guests: 15, plus our dog, an officiant, photographer, and a nurse

Wedding Cost: $2,500

Wedding Ceremony Location: Stone Cottage at Hines Hill

Wedding Reception Location: Reception was held October 25th, 2014 at Hines Hill Conference Center

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Why did you have an intimate wedding?

Alex and I wanted to avoid the excess and fuss of a large wedding. We found the idea of an elaborate wedding very unappealing. We wanted something simple, romantic, and personal; we wanted a wedding that reflected our relationship. Though we seriously considered eloping, we ultimately decided that we wanted to share our wedding day with those closest to us, so we invited parents, siblings, grandparents, two of my best friends, and our rescue dog, Mia.

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What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

We encountered very few challenges in our planning process. We started planning our June wedding at the end of February, so it was a relatively short planning period, but we never encountered issues because our wedding was during the week. Our date was selected for equal parts practicality and sentimentality. We wanted to get married in June because I (the bride) would be on summer break from graduate school. We chose the 18th because we started dating on March 18th, 2007 and for the first few years we were together, we would wish the other happy 18th once a month. Because our date was on a Wednesday and we wanted a morning ceremony, all of our vendors were available. Also, most vendors give drastic discounts for weekday weddings, so we were able to keep our budget down.

The only major issue for us was finding my wedding dress. I didn’t want a traditional long dress, and the season limited my non-wedding dress options. In the end, I ordered a bridesmaid dress online and had it altered with a necklace-turned-belt and buttons to suit my style.

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Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

No, we knew we wanted to keep our guest list small so that we could really spend time with our families.

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Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

For the most part, everyone was very supportive. We’ve had a lot of people tell us they wish they had done something similar. A few people were offended that we did not invite them, but ultimately we knew that how we got married was our decision and we weren’t comfortable having a large wedding. We told our friends and extended families that we would be hosting a reception in the fall, so they could still celebrate with us. Our wedding was for us. Our reception was for our loved ones.

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What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Our favorite part of our wedding was how relaxed it was. We chose to get married in a small cottage in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park; it was so beautiful that it required very little decoration. Though there had been really dark and menacing clouds just before the ceremony, the sky cleared and we were able to have our short and simple ceremony outside on the patio. While we took our pictures outside with Lane, our fantastic photographer, our family enjoyed croissants from our favorite bakery, fresh fruit, and lemonade. We joined them for blueberry cake, relaxation, and conversation before driving to Niagara Falls. Alex and I spent the whole day together, enjoying and celebrating our new marriage. It was an amazing day in which we had to do nothing but get married and enjoy being together.

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What were the highlights of the reception?

The best part of our reception was getting to spend time with our friends and families. We had a lot of friends who traveled from out of town, and it was nice getting to focus on spending the weekend with them without having the wedding activities to worry about. By having our ceremony and our reception separately, we were able to truly experience the best parts of both. Our reception was held on the same property as the ceremony, so we were able to show our friends and family where we got married. We celebrated with badminton, barbecue, cupcakes, a bonfire, s’mores, and dancing.

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What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

By simplifying the wedding celebration, we were able to focus on getting married rather than planning a wedding. By planning the wedding we wanted, rather than the one that was expected, we had a beautiful and personal day. We were able to really focus on each other and those closest to us.

It was also a really great bonding experience. We did almost everything ourselves along with the help of those closest to us, especially my mom. She helped me do everything from searching for tea sets at the Salvation Army, to finding and altering my dress, and making my bouquet. We were able to add personal touches by using the lace from her wedding dress to make the flower for my vintage hat and wrap around my bouquet. We also added buttons from her dress to my own to make it feel more personal.

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What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Don’t let others pressure you into planning a wedding for someone else. It is not necessary to throw an extravagant party to start your lives together. Focusing on simplicity and respecting a budget can free you from some of the fuss of the wedding industry and inspire you to focus on what appeals to you personally.

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Photographer: Lane Baldwin

Hat: Marta Glazen

Dress: BHLDN dress altered and styled by Miranda’s Vintage Bridal

Rings: Anne-Marie’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts

Officiant: Tim Greathouse

Cake: Stacked Akron

Croissants: The Blue Door Café & Bakery

Venue: Stone Cottage at Hines Hill, Conservancy Cuyahoga Valley National Park

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Jamie and Pia’s Icelandic Black Church Elopement

A long distance engagement, visa issues, and the austere beauty of a tiny black church in the middle of nowhere are just a few of the factors that led Pia and Jamie to run of to Iceland and elope.

The couple met while studying at the University of Michigan, but have spent the past year and a half apart while Pia, who is Dutch, waits for a visa to return to the United States. With family and friends scattered around the globe, and wanting to make the most of their precious and limited time together, they quickly fell in love with the idea of an Icelandic elopement. The empty church pews, the isolation of their countryside location, and the striking surroundings not only added to the already sacred and intimate nature of their nuptials, they made for some absolutely stunning photographs – courtesy of the amazingly talented Nordica Photography .

Iceland elopement

Pia, 29 & Jamie, 27

Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Wedding Date: May 27, 2014

Number of Guests: 0 — Just the two of us plus our pastor, Páll Águst, and our photographer, Jakob Granqvist, from Nordica Photography.

Wedding Cost: ~$10k including travel from separate countries and all other expenses.

Wedding Ceremony Location: Búdakirkja. Pia fell in love with the little black church while on a camping trip with some of our Icelandic friends the summer after we had met. As soon as we set our minds to having the wedding in Iceland, we immediately set our hearts on the venue. The little church stands proudly against the desolate countryside and the sea to the south. It has an austerity about it that suits the landscape perfectly. Inside, however, it is warm and friendly. The perfect place for an intimate wedding.

Wedding Reception Location: Hótel Búdir. Hótel Búdir sits beside Búdakirkja at the intersection of the sea and the lava fields under the watchful eye of Snæfellsjökull. From within its cozy confines you can’t help but feel completely isolated from the world around you. Since we didn’t have any guests, we spent our day together just the two of us. The hotel staff were extremely perceptive and attentive, helping us with all of the little details — even when we didn’t ask. The chef at the hotel is a true master. We secretly looked forward to each and every meal, wondering what the menu would bring us next. Forced to spend the bulk of our wedding day inside away from the rain, the staff saw to it that we were seated in various nooks around the hotel just enough out of sight to give us our privacy, but just visible enough that passersby would notice and deliver their congratulations. The entire atmosphere made us feel that we were among kindred spirits even though our families were thousands of miles away.

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Why did you have an intimate wedding?

Intimacy is something we have always had. We are both sensitive spirits who spend a lot of time thinking about the little details of things. No matter how we had this wedding, it was going to be an intimate affair. But compounding the intimacy factor are the circumstances that we have been forced to face. For the past year and a half, we have been separated, forced to live over four thousand miles apart because of complex visa issues – Pia is Dutch; Jamie is American. We both met while studying at the University of Michigan. Pia initially came as a Fulbright Fellow, meaning that once she finished her doctorate, she would have to go home for at least two years before she could come back to live in the U.S. — regardless of our marital status. So we have been living apart trying to get that requirement out of the way so that we can move forward with our lives. This also means that the times that we have been together have been very precious. There is this need to live completely in the present because that moment of departure is looming in the background.

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What are some of the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?

Planning a wedding in a third country while living six hours apart is tricky on any scale. Though we spend a lot of time on Skype and FaceTime, we actually managed to do a lot of the planning together, in the same place. On the whole, we did some of the traditional steps out of order. We bought Pia’s dress in Chicago and Jamie’s suit in Ann Arbor. We picked out our rings together on one visit and hand-made all of the wedding announcements on another. Logistics were complicated, but we lucked out in many ways. There was a very small window of time that we were looking at in late May where both of our schedules could align for the wedding. When we were honing in on a date, it just clicked that Búdir was available on the same day that Jakob would be on his way across the atlantic heading to Toronto. Though there is quite a bit of red tape in having an international wedding, we both have mastered the art of navigating bureaucracy. We have filled out so much paperwork over the course of our relationship that we already had a shared ‘Visas’ folder on DropBox containing all sorts of official documents. Along the way, though, we had many friends and family step in to help out. Pia had a horrendous time getting to Schipol for her flight and an entire team of friends stepped in save her. Our friends John & Mary in Michigan helped us quite a bit as well by serving as surrogate parents. And of course our lovely friends in Reykjavik helped make everything come together. So though we didn’t have anybody on site to help arrange the wedding, it seems like everyone did their part to help out.

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Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?

We wrestled quite a bit with how we wanted to handle the guest list. Our friends and family are scattered all around the globe and they are all very dear to us. As we planned the wedding, we had to settle this dilemma over how to have an intimate day while trying to include all of those near and dear to us. The problem with small weddings is that once you start to pull the thread, more and more keeps coming. We tried to start with ten people — the ten people that absolutely had to be there. Already our immediate family had us over 15. But then there are friends who are just as close as family, and other friends, and other family, and… Ultimately we both came back to just the two of us. That’s what a wedding is, anyway — a covenant between two people. By that point, we had also fallen in love with the idea of an austere wedding in the middle of the Icelandic countryside. So we ended up deciding that we should elope, just the two of us, and make our union something sacred shared just between the two of us.

When we made the calls to our families, almost everybody got it right away. Our moms both had this rebound reaction. They loved the idea at first, but two minutes into the conversation it dawned on them that they also would be excluded. After some reassurances that we really wanted an elopement, even our moms were in agreement.

Probably the best response we got after announcing the news was from Jamie’s grandparents. They eloped in the ‘50s while his grandfather was in the service. Shortly thereafter, he was stationed in Morocco, and the two had to live apart. After we broke the news, Jamie’s grandparents couldn’t have been happier, and said we were making the right choice no matter what anybody would tell us.

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Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?

Most people who plan an elopement might encounter a bit of controversy from family and friends, but in the end, these are also the people that love you and want to see you happy. After personally reaching out to our families, we sent announcements to everyone and created a blog (jamieandpia.com). The response was tremendous. Everybody understood that what we were doing was special. Many reflected that they wish they had taken our approach themselves.

Our big compromise with the elopement was that we were going to make sure we had fantastic photographers who would capture and document the day. That way we would have the memories and could involve everybody in our story. Throughout our wedding week we posted stories and photos to our blog. When the photos were ready, we also posted those. Having the blog was a great way to digest and internalize our experiences in a very intimate way while still being able to keep our friends and loved ones close to our stream of consciousness.

We also invited anyone who wanted to, to send along a card that we would open and read together on the day of the wedding. We spent the afternoon of the wedding day opening the cards and reading them to each other. The messages we received were filled with so much love, and everybody got to voice their congratulations in a very personal way.

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What were the highlights of the ceremony?

Well, what isn’t a highlight when it comes to a ceremony in a tiny black church in the middle of nowhere with the love of your life beside you? Although we only spoke to our priest via email and very briefly in person the day before our wedding, he put together a beautiful ceremony. The ceremony was very spartan. In between the traditional bits, Páll Águst read a very moving letter written by Pia’s father, and we read our own vows to each other. Though it was a simple ceremony, there was a lot of laughter, love, and tears.

Having the ceremony in such a small, empty church added quite a bit of gravity to the ceremony. The vacuum of the empty pews seemed to focus everything about the ceremony into something special. For the duration of the ceremony, everything else ceased to exist. It was just us, in a church, isolated from the rest of the world.

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What were the highlights of the reception?

It was incredible to traverse the lava fields and balance along the cliff lines for some of our photos. In addition to that, we felt so much love from everybody at the hotel and from all of the cards and calls that we received.

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What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?

We now have a million little secrets about our magical day that only the two of us know. We’ll always be able to look back on the day knowing we shared something absolutely special.

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What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?

Just follow your heart. There is no ‘correct’ way to celebrate your love. For us, at this moment in life, this was the perfect way.

Details are wonderful and can create beautiful results, but just make sure it doesn’t become the main focal point. At the end of the day, you will be married — no matter what — and that is a very beautiful thing.

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Photographer: Nordica Photography – Photography was huge for us. We are both highly-trained classical musicians who love art, color, atmosphere, balance, and composition. While looking at the website of Hótel Búdir, our venue, I saw a beautiful image of the Búdakirkja, and I looked up who took the photo. The image was from Nordica Photography. When I looked up who they were, they turned out to be these amazing wedding photographers whose entire portfolio captured each couple uniquely. I’d like to say: storyographers. Though they are marketing wizards, Cole & Jakob of Nordica Photography really capture the story of your day rather than just doing shots of people in dresses and suits. We had a great time working with them; from the first email to Jakob squeezing into a small car and driving off into the Icelandic mountains to being in touch about this feature.

Flowers: Agnes Lind Heidarsdóttir – Amazing flowers. Perfect little bouquet and beautiful arrangements for dinner and room. You can reach Agnes through Hótel Búdir 

Bride’s Dress and Jewelry: BHLDN

Bride’s Shoes: Kenneth Cole with a hairpiece from BHLDN (Pia’s creation)

Hair & Make-up: Pia (the bride)

Jacket/Scarf: Varma

Groom’s Suit: DKNY with major alterations

Shirt/tie/belt: Hugo Boss

Shoes: Aldo

Stationery: Handmade with love by us

Website: jamieandpia.com

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