Cooler temps may be on the horizon but that doesn’t mean you don’t have your Spring wedding on the brain. And let’s be honest, it’s probably at the forefront. Spring is full of soft pastel colors, big blossoms and filled with timeless and modern details. Spring is in the air today on It Girl Weddings for all you 2019 brides and grooms-to-be, so here’s how to plan the ultimate garden bridal shower!

HOW TO PLAN THE ULTIMATE GARDEN BRIDAL SHOWER

CHOOSE YOUR DATE THOUGHTFULLY

Don’t assume all of your favorite flowers are in bloom on the date you need them. Discuss with your florist about your favorite flowers when they are in peak season and florals that go with your colors. Typically late March through early June you will get the best blossoms, but some flowers like tulips have a shorter season in early April and peonies are a bit later in May and June.

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GIVE YOUR FLORIST A LITTLE CREATIVE FREEDOM

Once you’ve chosen your venue, let your vendors know the vibe and give the florist a little creative freedom to fill in the venue with florals. Have them guide you in the right direction as to whether you need high or low table flowers for example. I always say to not recreate a picture you saw on Pinterest.. because you are setting the next big trend in weddings! But give your florist a feeling, like strolling through a rose garden or sipping rosé in Tuscany and they’ll get your drift.

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COLOR PALETTE

This is the fun part! From blush tones to sticking with your wedding colors, there is a lot you can do. I love the idea of incorporating your wedding colors and then adding pops of seasonal colors for added vibrancy.

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ALL ABOUT THE TEXTURES

Consider burlap or woven linen textures for your tables. Add candles and fabric chairs for more texture in addition to the florals.

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MORE BRIDAL SHOWER INSPO

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For my timeless-neutral-loving couples, I’ve got just the wedding for you. My heart is melting over this super sweet outdoor same sex wedding in Alberta Canada. See their adorable engagement photos followed by their gorgeous wedding. Read on to see their inspiration behind the day, their advice for other couples and to see the term they coined for bridesmaids dresses. For more real weddings visit my Real Weddings page.

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From Stephen and Branden…

Although our wedding was 5 years ago in August, we still remember it like it was yesterday. The love, support and compassion we experienced on our special day was unreal and made for a truly memorable occasion. Like many, we started a Pinterest board and began pinning away with inspiration from all around the world! Being a same sex couple, our wedding was considered a nontraditional marriage. This means break the “rules” and push boundaries! The term “bridesmaids” clearly didn’t fit, so we came up with “brosmaids!” No bride? No problem! All our brosmaids wore all white, and they looked absolutely stunning!

It was a very hot day, (for Canada) in Sherwood Park, Alberta and the sun was shining brightly. Although this is not the ideal weather for photographers or two men in suits, we found some shaded areas in the trees where some beautiful pictures were captured! Our wedding colors were mint and grey which still remain some of our favorite colors. When getting married, you want everything to be perfect and for nothing to go wrong. Our tip to couples getting married is to accept that there will be bumps along the way, and that there is a chance it won’t go exactly as planned. Looking back, we forget about those small details and choose to remember how fortunate we are to have our family and friends love and support.

VENDORS

VENUE Festival Place | PHOTOGRAPHER Barbara Rahal | BROSMAIDS DRESSES Vera Wang via Davis’s Bridal | FLORIST Awesome Blossom | MAKEUP ARTIST Crystal Robertson | GROOMS ATTIRE Derks Formals | GARDEN PHOTOS Greenland Garden Centre | GROOMS The Visionary Husbands

SHOP WEDDINGS

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This day may be about you and your fiance, but when your fiance has a child, it’s about the three of you. Here are 7 ways to incorporate your step child into the wedding day festivities.

7 WAYS TO INVOLVE YOUR FUTURE STEPCHILD ON THE WEDDING DAY

A WEDDING DAY GIFT

It’s traditional to get your fiance a gift on the wedding day.. so why not your new step-child?! For a boy I love the idea of a money clip with the wedding date engraved or for a girl a necklace with the date engraved.

CEREMONY

When you meet with the officiant, talk about ways to include your future stepchild in the ceremony. Some couples combine 3 different colors of sand or combine milk; and have each of you sip the concoction to represent the combining of the family.

VOWS

Add a special few lines in your vows for your future step child. You are not just marrying your fiance after all, you are marrying his family. By adding vows to your future step child to the vows shows them your commitment to the family and what it means to have them as a stepchild.

SPEECH

Have your maid-of-honor or best man interview your future stepchild to incorporate their answers into their speech. To make it easy on the child, ask them 3 things they like or love about their new step-parent. When the best man recites back that the child likes that you bring them snacks, it’s sure to get a laugh!

KIDS TABLE

Make your new stepchild feel extra comfortable surrounded by their peers at a kids table.

THEIR OWN DRINK

Weddings are all about toasts. Make sure your new step child has something to toast with! Make it fancy by putting milk in a champagne glass with a cookie on top for dipping!

SURPRISE THEM WITH A DANCE

Keep this one under-wraps and it’s sure to be a tearjerker! After the first dance, the father-daughter dance and the mother-son dance, surprise your new stepchild with a special dance. Pick their favorite song and embrace the moment.

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MORE INSPIRATION

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You’ve seen them. Those wedding photos graced all over the internet. Getting re-pinned and re-shared on Instagram. You probably have some of them in your Pinterest boards. Where a decor or a candid moment was captured so beautifully it almost couldn’t be real. With a little bit of careful planning and staying in the right mindset you can capture these beautiful wedding photos too. After-all it’s like I always say.. you might be setting the next big trend in weddings. Here’s the secret for capturing these insta and pin-worthy photos.

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BRAND YOUR WEDDING

There’s no way for your wedding to look more cohesive than to brand it. Your friends will immediately know that wedding photo is yours with a custom crest, the same fonts, colors and style.

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HAVE STRATEGICALLY PLACED DECOR

From curtains being centered behind you, to having flower filled photos, or the ocean in the backdrop, make sure what’s behind you in captured. Grab your custom decor from a table and style it to where to are shooting. You don’t want all that beautiful decor to go unseen!

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HAVE A WELL PLANNED TIMELINE

A thoughtfully planned timeline is down to every 5 minutes of your day, literally. Make sure you allot time on your timeline for special photo ops like the first look, formal shots with your bridal party, with family and golden hour.

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LIGHTING IS EVERYTHING

From the ceremony to the reception, don’t neglect lighting. If a room isn’t well lit or in lots of shadows outside it won’t photograph well. Consider upgrading your lighting package with your venue, especially for the reception photos.

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FOCUS ON THE CELEBRATION

Don’t loose site of what it’s all about. Focus on marrying the one you love and not stress over every last detail. If you aren’t relaxed it will show all over your photos. Let your photographer capture those perfectly unplanned candid moments and detail shots which are perfect for pinning! And reply on getting photos from your guests when they tag your wedding hashtag!

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FAVORITE WEDDING SHOPS TO GET YOU INSTA AND PIN-WORTHY READY

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This sweet good ole Southern wedding was a long time coming. This couple dated for 9 years and got engaged in the very spot they met. This wedding is filled with their love of fashion, traditional Southern touches with modern elements. And oh-so rich in their love of family. From the bride tossing her bouquet off the very balcony her mom did years ago, to how they involved her siblings and ladybugs! Read on to hear that sweet story from the bride and more of her inspiration! What do you love about this wedding?

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From the bride…

HOW WE MET

 It all began for Gordon and I in 2005 at JL Mann High School in Greenville, SC. We knew very quickly that we found a bond and love worth fighting for. After high school, our paths took us to separate sides of the country, but no matter the distance, no matter the circumstance, we stuck by each other’s side. Our friendship grew to so much more leading us to an engagement in the very spot where it all began. After almost 9 years of dating, Gordon proposed in the original JL Mann parking lot, in my still painted parking spot, surrounded by beautiful luminaries, our favorite music and so many unforgettable memories. Of course I said YES. I am so thankful for all of the memories we have had leading up to this moment and wedding day will be one that we both cherish forever.

SOUTHERN WEDDING INSPIRATION

My fiancé and I both love amazing food and awesome music. We wanted to be sure that everyone was dancing and having the time of their lives. Our band was truly wonderful and helped to make it a night to never forget. The food was a good ole Southern meal and my favorite part of the day was being able to incorporate my siblings into so much. I have two younger siblings who both suffer from special needs. They were told at a very young age that they would not walk, talk or be of normal size or ability. My fiancé has always been a role model for them and they are a huge part of our every day lives. My sister was a bridesmaid and my brother walked proudly down the aisle as a groomsmen.

I began a non-profit organization in 2005 and together with the support of our community we have raised over $150,000 for children like my siblings and programs that support raising funds, awareness and hope for those in need. The non-profit is named L.A.D.Y Bugs Across America; Lindley’s Alliance for Disabled Youth. We incorporated small touches of ladybugs throughout the day including one in my bouquet. Our party favors were custom made candy bars including the story of my siblings and how Gordon has played such a huge part in making their dreams come true. I am also the owner of a dance studio in South Carolina and was so excited to have my students perform a crowd pleasing routine during the reception as well.

 FASHION

Fashion has always been something very important to both myself and my fiancé. I was thrilled to have long time friend and dress designer Gregory Ellenburg to make a custom gown of my dreams. He used nude illusion with symmetrically placed lace appliques and silk crepe “straps” to create the bodice. The lace and beaded accent down the back were hand beaded with Swarovski bicone beads and pearls. The fit and flare skirt was made of 4 ply silk crepe. We also had a tulle cape with beaded lace border to wear during the wedding ceremony. Greg’s gowns have graced the Miss America and Miss USA stages and so much more.

I knew I wanted to find my bridesmaids something elegant and gorgeous from their bridal collection. The blush pink bridesmaids dresses and the groomsmen navy suits with custom socks were a beautiful combination. My fiancé has always loved local company Brackish Bowties and loved being able to include them in his look on wedding day along with a stunning white dinner jacket to tie the entire look together.

ABOUT THE BIG DAY

 Wedding day was much anticipated for my fiancé and I as we were together for 9 years before we got engaged in the same spot that we met. I had always dreamed of a fairytale day that really showcased our story, what brought us together and how our families were so instrumental in who we are today. We were both born and raised in the south and wanted to have those traditional romantic southern touches. I also lived in Los Angeles, CA for 7 years and knew I wanted to have a bit of a modern touch as well. We were married in the same church and had the reception in the same venue as my parents. It was so special to say our vows in the very same spot and to throw my bouquet from the same balcony that my mom did several years ago.

The decor for the wedding was a mix of champagnes, golds, neutrals and blush pinks. I knew I wanted an elegant feel with the focus on the beautiful flowers. Family is so important to us and we wanted to make the reception fun for both children and adults. We incorporated a DIY Kids table featuring candy, coloring, and more. We also loved the DIY Photo Booth with a grass wall and custom #GoingGulledge2018 sign to be used by all guests. Another special part of the decor was the memory table that was put together by my mom. This was our way to remember our loved ones who couldn’t be with us to celebrate as well as showcase the love stories of our parents, grandparents and all of those special to us. We wanted to do something special to incorporate both of our names and we had a custom logo designed. We used this on our cake, as a backdrop behind the band, on our cocktail napkins and as a part of the ice sculpture. It truly made everything come together.

SOUTHERN WEDDING VENDORS

PHOTOGRAPHER Jessi Nicols | WEDDING DRESS Gregory Ellenburg Bride | FLORIST The Flower Peddler | DRAPPING Berbank Events | TRANSPORTATION Main Street Trolley | HAIR + MAKEUP Laken McKenzie | WEDDING PLANNER Farrah Redmon | VENUE Poinsett Club + GCC | BAND Steel Toe Stiletto | ROBES Marley Lilly | BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES AND EARRINGS Lulus | TANS Browning Studio | RENTALS Professional Party Rentals  + Industry Event Rentals | PROGRAMS AND FAVORS Ronnetta Griffin | CAKE Kathy and Company | SIGNAGE AND LIVE PAINTING Grace and Lions | CALLIGRAPHY Kit Batson | INVITATIONS Crane and Co. + Paisley and Paper | ICE SCULPTURE Ice Age of Greenville | PHOTO BOOTH & MONOGRAM Patoon Greenville | GROOMS BOW TIE Brackish