You love the great outdoors and all the beauty it has to share. So why not take a few pointers from all the parts of the world that inspire you and turn them into an awesome theme for your wedding day? Melinda Orona Weddings + Events and Ash Simmons Photography pulled together an amazing group of wedding vendors to bring you this gorgeous natural wedding inspiration that took all of its designs cues from the Coldwater Gardens.
You can see more of this wedding inspiration by scrolling down, oh, and there is also a fabulous cocktail recipe below as well. And as always be sure to check out the full gallery for even more beautiful photos to "Ooo" and "Ahhh" over!
We put together this styled shoot to create inspiration for a spring or summer bride looking for a modern twist to a classic garden wedding. Katlin and Taylor (a real-life couple) became our bride and groom. The overall designs and vision for this elopement were pulled from the natural elements of the venue. Coldwater Gardens in Milton, Florida is filled with a variety of vibrant gardens, greenhouses, aquaponics, European honey bee hives, and so much more. Focusing on the natural beauty of the venue we were able to reduce the costs of decor while embracing its natural beauty.
The ceremony was held on the lush green grass, nestled in a corner of colorful shrubs filled with butterflies and flowers. This was a perfect place for this sweet couples’ nature inspired nuptials. The honeycomb-shaped arbor was a custom piece designed specifically for this venue.
The romantic tablescape was tucked away under a cascading willow tree. The table was adorned in a natural flowing runner, and filled with honeycomb accents which pulled in the surrounding organic elements of the honey bees. A gorgeous floral centerpiece was composed of radiant flowers to give it the perfect pop of color among all of the surrounding greenery.
We went modern with a traditional black tuxedo and Stella York dress. The dress was sleek, yet simple with a low, cowl back in a draped crepe fabric. Reminiscent of Old Hollywood glamour, a court train finishes this look while fabric-covered buttons trail the length of the back and train for one final touch of elegance.
Honey Mint Julep Recipe
2 Tbsp boiling water | 8 mint leaves | 1-1/2 Tbsp honey | 2 oz bourbon | crushed ice | Mint sprigs
Pour boiling water from a kettle or pot into a small bowl. Add mint leaves; stir until wilted. Add honey; stir until dissolved. Let mixture stand until cool; strain and discard mint. Combine 2 oz. bourbon with honey mint syrup. Pour bourbon mixture over crushed ice in a frosted tumbler or tall glass. Garnish with mint sprigs.
Cake + Desserts $600
Hair + Makeup $100
Tuxedo Rental $250
Get a closer look at this nature inspired wedding shoot with this film created by The Wild Soul Films.