With the amazing spring weather we have been having, we find our green thumbs are coming out in full force.  It’s hard not to start planting every seed packet, bulb, and flower seedling in site.  If you are like us and not only love garden-fresh blooms but also love caring for a garden (or know someone who does) , you may want to consider growing your own flowers for bouquets and/or table arrangements.

Grow your own wedding flowers
Photo by Simply Radiant Weddings

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Rural Iowa Champagne Engagement Session, Blushing Bells Iowa

From the Photographer: Those beautiful Iowa fall days have a way of grabbing our hearts & creating what feels like a glimpse of heaven, don’t they? Golden hour, autumn colors, and a beautiful haze of combine dust scattering the land. What a perfect setting to shoot an engagement session.

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You can almost feel the summer heat coming through these photographs of Stephanie + Sam’s golf club summer wedding, taken by Emily Crall. The white bouquets contrast perfectly next to the bridesmaid’s purple dresses; and who doesn’t love a man in uniform!  

Military Golf Club Wedding, Blushing Bells Iowa

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We are finding it hard to come up with words that do this breathtaking garden wedding justice. Dani + Jimmy’s wedding elegantly combined garden romance with their love of agriculture. Photographed by Seneca Epley, every detail was beautifully captured, from the pristine garden to the intimate photos with their longhorn cattle. 

Longhorn Garden Wedding: Danny + Jimmy

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We can’t think of a sweeter way to start off Kaylee + Trent’s Decorah engagement session than with sweet treats at Pinter’s Gardens and Pumpkins Candy Store.  They were all smiles as they played around in the shop and then ended the session at Luther College, where they both attended college and where their relationship officially began.

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Since Easter is only a couple days away, we thought we would share a quick DIY gift jar idea for kids that is easy to assemble and easy on the wallet.  These have been kid tested and overwhelming approved, making them a great idea for any holiday gift, party favor, or special treat for the little ones in your life.

 DIY Kids Gift Jar

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What information to put on your wedding invitations can be pretty straightforward;  guests basically need to know the when, where, why and who. However, what if you are having an outdoor wedding and want to make sure guests dress appropriately or you want to make sure your guests aren’t surprised by a cash bar? Can you really have too much information on your wedding invitations?

We asked 100 wedding goers and 70% of them said any extra details should definitely be on the invitation while 30% said that a lot of detail is not needed and takes away from the invitation.   

Buds Of Color
Invitations by Buds of Color, Blushing Bells Vendor Guide Member

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Rose & Paul met back in the summer of 2008. Their churches combined efforts for a youth summer retreat in Iowa and they were both camp counselors.  For him, it was love at first sight. “When I arrived, I was introduced to some of my group members, and one of those members introduced me to Rose. You know, there are those moments in a person’s life where everything slows down and the details of the moment are remembered in uncanny precision. This was one of the moments. She was a quiet-mannered person (or so I thought) and didn’t say much besides her name. She was wearing an orange hairband and had wavy long hair that went beyond her shoulders.

Harvest Preserve Engagement Session

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