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A Walk in the Park: French Country Wedding Inspiration

(above) “Surrounded by such amazing scenery, we wanted our design to complement the natural beauty of the gardens,” says Haley Mueller and Emilee Robenhorst, the brains behind this wedding-day concept and owners of Mint & Lovely, a boutique design studio based in Milwaukee. The tablescape is anchored with a lush garland of hops and greens, all from a nearby farm, atop a richly textured linen. A trick from the Mint & Lovely ladies themselves: make your own candle holders like these, simply by cutting PVC pipe to various heights and spray-painting them a rich copper hue.

Who says place cards need to be of the paper variety? Here, fresh mission figs are used to show guests to their seat. Enlist a calligrapher (or a friend with exceptional penmanship) to hand-letter each name with a paint pen. Figs are generally in season from late June through early fall, so depending on your wedding date, scour the farmers’ market for what’s in season.

Frosting-free and fancy-free! Grafton’s Yield Bakehouse whipped up this “naked” cake—just a single tier for you and your spouse—and topped it with fresh figs for a simple and sweet post-dinner treat.

When it comes to your bouquet, keep it classic: Pair a variety of white blooms with lush greenery for a look that never goes out of style.

Long before your big day, give guests a peek at what’s to come with an ultra-romantic invitation suite like this one by Tia Joy Kim. Up the elegance factor with thoughtful details, such as irregular edges, vintage-inspired stamps and a copper wire to hold it all together.

For him, a classic—and so-very 007—navy suit. For you, a stunning strapless gown covered in intricate lace, like this Maggie Sottero design, available at White Dress Bridal Boutique.

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