A TLB Real Wedding: Vintage Vows

When a couple describes their wedding style as vintage with a focus on "garden romance", my mind immediately starts envisioning the most perfect soft and neutral color palette for the flowers and lush greenery for that natural garden texture. When the couples also tells you that their venue will be a historic colonial home with winding paths through sprawling gardens, you know its a match made in "floral" heaven!


Boston residence, Eliza and Jay, chose to gather 130 of their closest family and friends for a perfectly styled and welcoming wedding on a warm summer's evening on July 22nd. Amongst Linden Place's beautifully manicured gardens in the gorgeous town of Bristol, R.I. Eliza and Jay tied the knot. 

Eliza's amazing style was showcased throughout this entire wedding starting with her amazing Jenny Packham dress and beautiful dusty purple bridesmaid dresses, varying in styles and cuts. Simple, classic, and elegant was the feel of this bridal party, with the groomsmen and Jay sporting sharp blue suits. It was important for us to create lush garden-inspired bouquets that felt not only seasonal but vintage and soft. 


For this ceremony, we purposely chose to keep the focus on not only our bride and groom but the beautiful landscape that surrounded them. Eliza and Jay chose to gather in the quite and secluded garden at the back of Linden Place's property. With the cutest garden shed as the ceremony's backdrop, guests were seated in a sunny and lush oasis filled with the sweet smell of rose bushes. We designed aisle arrangements for the chairs that would line the center aisle, creating a soft and natural feel for the ceremony space. With the bridal party's bouquets and Eliza and Jay's sweet vows, this ceremony was sweet and simple. 


Following  the couple's intimate ceremony, guests were welcomed into Linden Place's carriage house ballroom, where round tables and a grand head table set the tone for a comfortable yet classic feeling. The entire interior at Linden Place is a terra cotta colored brick, so Eliza's peach and neutral color palette fit perfectly within the space. To compliment the vintage feeling, we chose golden bronze compote containers in which we designed low and lush garden-inspired arrangements. These centerpieces were filled with so much locally-grown goodness including dahlias, mini zinnias, sweet peas, snapdragons, lisanthus, and stock. By choosing foliages that typically grow in a garden like trailing ivy vines and scented herbs, the decor felt familiar and classic. 

One of my favorite things to do within a reception space is to add focal points for the guests to enjoy and that serve as a backdrop for your evening. We chose to create a really lush and full mantle that was the backdrop to the head table. By designing with ivy, eucalyptus and other lush greens, we were able to give the reception space a very romantic and elevated feeling without taking away from the rest of the decor. The bride loved greenery and had a natural approach to design- so this mantle was a representation of that!