outdoor weddings, sunny days

forest wedding - styling by Anne van Midden/Inspire StylingWhen you plan your wedding, the big question always is: What will the weather be like? Especially if you have your mind set on an outdoor wedding, like most of my couples, it can be quite tricky. Although you should always opt for a plan B (hire a tent, go for a nature-like venue like a greenhouse or a barn), a lot of luck can do the trick.

Wedding season has started and until now, mother nature has been on our side! I have had two outdoor weddings, last week and the week before. Two weeks ago I set up this beautiful ceremony arch in a forest for sweet Hylkje&Sander, they got married after being together for 16 years. The day before and after was grey, rainy and horrible but Saturday the sun came out and everything was perfect!

Their wedding day was filled with family, love, personal touches, DIY projects and lots of lace. I saw a tiny preview of the photos Hanke Arkenbout made and let me tell you: They are gorgeous! (cliffhanger, sorry guys!)Kinfolk style wedding in a greenhouse - styling by Anne van Midden/Inspire Styling Last Thursday me and my assistant for two days Joëlle de Visser drove up to Groningen, for a Kinfolk style wedding on a beautiful location. We set up the ceremony on the waterside, with pollard willows as a natural backdrop. Cocktail hour looked like a high tea party in an English garden, the guests were walking around barefoot in a field filled with daisies. And dinner was served in a greenhouse covered with grape vines. So beautiful! Kinfolk style wedding in a greenhouse - styling by Anne van Midden/Inspire StylingKinfolk style wedding in a greenhouse - styling by Anne van Midden/Inspire Styling I hand-lettered all the 'Bon Appétit!' cards and the signs for the cake table. These personal elements are the perfect finishing touch for your tabletop. A great way to add a little extra or to say thank you to your guests. The eucalyptus branches are always a winner, they smell great, I can prep them the day before the wedding, as they stay in shape forever* and they are a match made in heaven for this Italian style set up.

*unless you are setting everything up in a greenhouse on the first tropical day of the year (in the Netherlands 30° degrees is a LOT), because the heat flattened them out. The candles melted too, so next time I will go for a more last minute approach. You live and learn ;) Kinfolk style wedding - styling by Anne van Midden/Inspire Styling Trust me, moving around heavy furniture and tree trunks is not something you want to do with this kind of weather. But a lot of water and a short break every now and then was all we needed to create a dream set-up for cuties Liza&Martin! Their entire wedding looked absolutely stunning (patting myself&Joëlle on the back now) and so did they! I can't wait to see the pictures Rox&San made and to show you more, like the ceremony, the super adorable ring bearer and of course the happy couple!!

See you soon! ♥ Anne

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tiny adventures: greenhouse wanderers

greenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journalA few weeks ago, on my birthday, me and my love wandered through a small, old greenhouse in Utrecht. It was an Autumn day and although the leaves were turning yellow and red, the air was warm. Mother Nature made the most of the Indian Summer this year.

Strolling through greenhouses is my favorite thing to do, so if I know there is such a place in a city I visit I will look it up. I guess I'm not really a city-let's go shopping-kind of person. I used up the full percentage of my iPhone to shoot a lot of pictures, as I wasn't carrying my camera with me that day. So much beauty! greenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journal These massive waterlillies (Victoria amazonica) are the show-stopper of the Oude Hortus. They are absoluty amazing, so delicate and strong at the same time. The leaves can grow up to 1,5 meters in Summer, worth checking out I would say! greenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journalgreenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journalgreenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journal Even fallen bougainville petals have the most beautiful color! This is magenta at it's best! We tried to grow a bougainville in our garden, but the Dutch climate is way too harsh on this pretty Medditerranean plant. Adding to bucketlist: Spotting a bougainville in it's natural habitat! greenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journalgreenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journalgreenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journal These little crawling plant was incredibly soft and airy, it felt like some sort of bouncy cloud. I actually petted this plant, very gently of course. Do not do this if you can't be careful! (PS: Look at our hands! They say: "We are married!" :) ) greenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journalgreenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journalgreenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journalgreenhouse wanderer | Inspire Styling journal I have been to Utrecht lots of times, but I never knew about this small gem in the city centre. The Oude Hortus is part of the Universiteitsmuseum, the entrance fee for just the greenhouse&garden is close to zero. The greenhouse itself isn't really that big, but the atmosphere is nice and the garden very pretty! The perfect place to escape the busy streets and shops. You can even take a break at the Gingko café, where they serve coffee, cake, lunch and wine. One of the oldest Ginkgo trees (250 years!) grows in this garden, hence the name.

Oh and we found out you can get married at this place! Can't wait till I can plan&style a wedding here!

If you happen to be in Utrecht, remember to visit this beautiful, calm place behind the Dick Bruna museum :)

♥ Anne