Garden Party: Vintage Botanical Wedding Inspiration

Inspired by 19th-century specimen illustrations, a botanical wedding theme shines a spotlight on lush, leafy and luxurious décor.
From: Spring/Summer 2016 edition

There’s an unexpected beauty to vintage botanical illustrations, so much so that they inspired this entire wedding theme. Wash a contemporary color palette over whimsical details and florals, like these canary- and emerald-colored boutonnieres from Studio Fleurette—perfect for a spring or summer wedding, to celebrate Minnesota’s all-too-fleeting warm weather.

flowers

Now this is a dessert display. Enjoy a slice of this sweetly simple two-tiered cake from Chowgirls Killer Catering, bedecked with a bamboo cake topper from Splendid Supply Co. and gumpaste blooms, atop a jadeite milk-glass stand. Other bite-sized treats are tucked into a display overgrown with greenery, moss, ferns and air plants.

 flowers

Take a sip, won’t you? During your cocktail hour, treat guests to an apéritif topped with a flower stir stick. To up the elegance, serve your signature cocktails on bronze trays.

 invitations

An updated take on traditional specimen drawings of days past, this invitation suite from Minted marries classic with contemporary. The modern sans-serif fonts perfectly complement the vintage floral design.

 candy

Satisfy your guests’ candy cravings with a decadent spread, filling cylinder vases of varying sizes with your favorite treats. (Just be sure to coordinate the candies with your wedding colors.)

 favors

Send your guests home with a party favor they can actually use: seed packets, like these disguised as escort cards and strung across a chalkboard with gold binder clips. With each watering of their new seedlings, your friends and family will think of your big day.

 food

You’ve covered the cocktails, picked out your go-to brews and have course after course of savory dishes prepared for your guests. Before everyone sits down to feast though, consider passing hors d’oeuvres that complement your color scheme. Think a sample of a spinach smoothie or a shooters of cucumber gazpacho—both in shades of shamrock, naturally.

 rentals

With dinner décor like this, your guests will rave about your style for years to come. Bamboo place cards from Splendid Supply Co. sit atop small plants (for guests to take home as favors!), while luscious terrariums, filled with fresh blooms, are placed along a table runner of moss and air plants for a look that wows.

Credits: 
Floral Design
Rentals
Venue
Catering & Cake
Invitations
Dahlia bouquet foil-pressed suite
Cake Stand
Custom Lettering, Escort Cards, Cake Topper & Place Cards
Videography