11 May

Wedding photoshoot: A Literary Garden

categories Details + Decor, DIY Wedding, Flowers + Greenery

We have a super cute wedding shoot today, sent to us by Megan of Honey and Poppies. Her parents opened a flower shop when she was two and she grew up among the pretty stems and petals. As you can imagine, she LOVES flowers and she’s also got a soft spot for books. She’s been really into the trend of incorporating books into wedding design, and wanted to do something bigger with this shoot.


Enter ceremony arch made with bookcases! Such a cute idea Megan. And while this would take a bit of work to create and set up, it would be an EPIC DIY project for a wedding.



Plus book-themed invite and pretty primary palette.



Gorgeous little cake and cups made by Erica O’Brien.


And test tubes filled with wildflower seeds for favors, which included a perfect quote by John Galsworthy:

“Love is no hot-house flower, but a wild plant, born of a wet night, born of an hour of sunshine; sprung from wild seed, blown along the road by a wild wind. A wild plant that, when it blooms by chance within the hedge of our gardens, we call a flower; and when it blooms outside we call a weed; but, flower or weed, whose scent and colour are always, wild!”



Ooooo. Good table number idea.



So pretty, Megan! We know how much thought and work and creativity goes into these shoots and we thank you so much for sharing this one with us.

Design, concept and styling: Megan Gray of Honey and Poppies
Cake & cupcakes: Erica O’Brien

Make up:  Stacy Bisel
Photography:  Jessica Claire

Models:  Monica Medina and Joshua Hernandez
They’re a real life couple and getting married in November!

Venue: The Heritage Museum of Orange County in Santa Ana

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  1. I’m really liking the primary colors they used! and well the book case arch is pretty spectacular.

    have a good day!

  2. LOVE this. love the palette and the cake and the table centres. I feel likes been coloured in with crayons. beautiful.

  3. The test tubes with the seeds and quote make for such wonderful and unique favors. Beautiful wedding!

  4. There is creativity oozing out of every nook and cranny! Love the test tube seed favors, and the table number is genius!

  5. Love it!! I love all the books and the colors just pop. So pretty – thanks for sharing!

  6. Pretty wedding! I love all the details.

  7. wow! this cake looks so perfect! and these cupcakes – i’m thrilled!!

  8. Oh the details! I love everything about this shoot! The book theme and perfectly bright color palette are scrumptious. Well done!

  9. i LOVE that archway! so creative and unique!

  10. Love it! We have several brides this year going with a literary theme for their wedding. I will be sure to share this with them…and of course…the flowers are beautiful!

  11. these are so cool! i love the flowers, so pretty!!! as a book nerd this truly speaks to me, nice work!!

  12. Too cute! Love the bright and cheery attitude!

  13. Love the colors, the table numbers are my favorite.

  14. LOVE the seads in test tubes, such a nice idea! Maybe one could make “place cards” (not sure thats right word..) for the seating like that, I’ll try!

  15. go megan!!! love seeing your amazing work as always!!

  16. I’m infatuated with those table numbers!

  17. That ceremony arch is one of the best decor ideas I’ve seen since starting to plan my wedding. So colorful and unique!

  18. Love this! Such a cute theme, I love how they did the table numbers out of book pages.

  19. Um, that bookcase arch is so completely amazing I have no words. I’m pretty good with flowers, but outside of a bouquet or a vessel, I’m unsure about my skills. Anyone know how they did that? I mean, I assume they wired them to a rope/cord of some sort, but any tips would be appreciated. I think this is going to have to happen for my wedding.

  20. are those words cut directly out of the books they’re on top?!?!!?

  21. Thank you for your kind words, everyone!

    Meigh, email me hello@honeyandpoppies.com and I will give you some pointers.

    I’ll probably post a tutorial on the table numbers on my blog in the next couple of weeks.

  22. These ladies are amazing!! They did an outstanding job andthe end result is so inspirational!!

  23. so wonderful! so wonderful! You guys look like the genuine article! congrats and beautiful photography. Not to mention the styling.

  24. I love the table numbers! They paid such awesome attention to detail, it’s hard not to love this couple..

  25. Megan,
    The pictures are so sweet, you put so much thought and imagination into telling the couple’s story, I felt like I was walking through a the book with them. The apple truly dose not fall far from the tree.

    Frankie : )

  26. Great photos. The colors are so vivid and inspiriting. The styling is quite impressive. I am in love!

  27. So unique! I love everything about it! The test tube seeds were a great idea!

  28. Very pretty and original. I especially like the table numbers!

  29. Oh YES! I’m loving all these ideas, thank you so much! gorgeous wedding!

  30. This is so adorable, I can barely stand it.

  31. This is super cute! I love all the colors and details. The bookshelf altar is simply divine!

  32. This is just the sweetest and most charming wedding. I am passionate about books myself, so the theme chosen by the bride really strikes a cord with me. And what an original idea for a canopy!

  33. I love everything about this shoot- It makes me wish I were starting the whole planning process over again. It also makes me wish Megan lived up here in Alaska!

    But with 59 days left till I tie the knot…*g*

    This is my favorite out of all the weddings/shoots that have ever been posted here. I’m REALLY looking forward to seeing Monica and Joshua’s wedding day.

  34. Simply stunning- love the primary colours and the fabulous props!

  35. Oh my this is absolutely beautiful! I love the colours, flowers, cake and everything! Simply gorgeous! ♥

  36. Love the photos , but he should have worn a a long sleve shirt to cover the tats

  37. Everything is so bright and beautiful. I adore the literary theme

  38. I ADORE that table number!! Such an awesome idea!

  39. This shoot is gorgeous! I love all the details…the simplicity and the colors are so perfect! Most of all I ADORE the dress that the bride is wearing…Where did it come from??? I must know!

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  41. OMG. Wildflower seeds in tiny test tubes?!?! Perfection.

  42. I really like the table numbers..but wouldnt they take forever to make? they seem really time consuming lol

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