With heritage at the forefront, this botanical wedding inspiration from Figment Photography is a great example of how to honor the past on your wedding day! Blending traditions and styles from the midwest’s history, this shoot is the perfect mix of old and new.

This shoot was specifically designed to highlight the beauty and roots of the Midwest. Most of the vendors and our models live in Rockford, IL, the less glamorous, smaller version of Chicago. Our roots are deep, our history is long, and the quiet charm of the Midwest is the perfect backdrop to pure and honest love.

Illinois’s roots are based largely in Scandinavian culture with some Irish and English mixed in. More recently it has become a mini-melting pot that embodies the American spirit, but it is important to many of our brides that they pay homage to their heritage. We incorporated some traditions into this shoot that are easy ways to reflect back to the weddings of our great-grandparents. (Scandinavian kransekake (wedding cake), Swedish wedding crown with a twist, Victorian English flower girl’s hoop, and Irish blessings.)

Simple, elegant weddings are the perfect way to focus in on the significance of the day, the love that is being shared, and the friends and family that are being joined together. Our dress is a 1970s wedding gown modified to fit a current style, the engagement ring is from the 1920s, and everything else was handmade to blend a history of tradition with modern style.

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

whimsical heirloom wedding ideas | Figment Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Figment Photography | Florals | Event Floral | Cake | Bella Luna Bakery | Table | More to a Door | Calligraphy | Lina LuLu Paperie | Hair & Makeup | Shear Renewal | Ribbon | A Ribbon’s Nest | Rings | Bentwood Rings

If you’ve been dreaming of a sweet intimate wedding, today’s garden wedding captured by Catherine Ann Photography is the perfect inspiration! The bride’s off the shoulder gown is beyond breath-taking! Paired with soft blush florals and an afternoon tea theme, this wedding is the epitome of vintage charm.

I love all things old and antique, so I knew I wanted that to be reflected in our wedding. Also, because we were having an afternoon wedding, I decided to use a bit of an afternoon tea inspiration through the decor. That also meant we could have tea-fare and mimosas, my favorite! 

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

I bought the first wedding dress I tried on! It was a few days after we engaged, and I was shopping with my mother. We drove by a wedding dress boutique that I mentioned I had read about online, and after her urging we went inside “just to look around.” Well, after some encouragement, I decided to try a few on, even though none of the dresses were really what I thought I was looking for. The first one I tried on fit like a glove and made us both cry…but it was strapless! I didn’t want a strapless dress! However, the salesperson came up with the brilliant idea that I could add my own sleeves, which I did. My wedding dress was one of my favorite things about our wedding! I was even able to buy the model I tried on in the store, and didn’t have to get any alterations except for adding the sleeves and bustle. It was meant to be!

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

Our favorite part of the day was the ceremony. We didn’t do a first look, so it was the first time that John saw me in my dress. We wrote our own vows, so it was exciting to hear those. Our officiant was a family friend, so the whole thing felt intimate, and perfect. And the weather was perfect for a summer afternoon! Once the ceremony was over, it also meant that we could breathe and enjoy the rest of the reception with family and friends. 

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

The most important part of planning for us was photography. I believe that it is the thing, besides memories, that you can take with you from your wedding. They are what you have to look at every anniversary, and what you frame and can see everyday in your home. We had the best photographers with Catherine Anne Photography. They truly understood and captured our vision of how we wanted our photos to turn out. It was important for us to capture lots of family formals, but lots of pictures of John & I as well (we had never had professional pictures taken before!). Katie & Jay delivered far beyond our expectations! We love our photos, and have enjoyed filling our home with prints.

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

The Rockwood Manor was the perfect spot for an afternoon-tea, garden wedding. All of the antique furniture throughout the house and in the bridal suite were to die for! With all of the antique beauty, we really only had to provide minimum decor. We also loved the idea that there was so much history on the property, and that we could return in future years and reminisce on our wedding day.

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

charming garden wedding | Catherine Ann Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Catherine Ann Photography | Venue | Rockwood Manor | Cake | our daily bread | Hair & Makeup | Jennifer Caldwell | Submitted via Matchology

Greenery abounds in today’s family estate wedding captured by Nicole Barr Photography. This couple didn’t let rain and flooding get in the way of their dream coastal wedding (the tide brought the water up to a foot from the ceremony!)

We wanted a very simple wedding, lots of natural beauty of the surrounding water and greenery. We went with simple yet elegant arrangements, just trying to highlight the location and not overshadow the existing landscapes. 

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

My favorite part of the day was definitely standing at the alter with my soon-to-be husband and exchanging vows. Prior to the day, I thought I would be so nervous with so many eyes on us but I can honestly say I felt alone with him and completely forgot the rest. The best part of this however, is that we got married during hurricane Matthew and the tide was not in our favor. We had to move the cedar post alter once already that day (I mean cut it down and move it) and the tide had come up to within a foot of us during the ceremony (the pastor was likely standing in water). It couldn’t have mattered less to us though, we would have stood there in three feet of water.

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

The only thing that held a precedence was the location, my family’s farm. The rest of the details felt so minute, we really just went with the flow. We knew we wanted to marry one another and that was all that really mattered at the end of the day, so we felt the in-betweens were too small to worry over. 

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

coastal greenery wedding | Nicole Barr Photography | Glamour & Grace

Photography | Nicole Barr Photography | Florals | Flowers N Things | Tent | Eastern Shore Tents and Events | Dress | Scher’s Bridal Shop | Hair | Salon Art | Makeup | Ashley Clevenger | Submitted via Matchology

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