Thank you so much for visiting our website! We have rebranded and now have a new business name and website. We are so excited to share this exciting news and our journey with all of you.

As some of you may know, we got engaged in August of 2016 under a gorgeous waterfall in Big Sur, California. We always knew that the day would come when we would change our business name (since Katie Guth is becoming Katie DeGroot among other reasons!), and we're thrilled that this day has finally arrived! So, here we are, formally introducing you to DeGroot Film Co.! :)

We worked long and hard to build our new brand and website, catering to the style and wedding vibes that we can't get enough of. It has been a long journey together starting with just wedding photography and then beginning to offer videography as well. We have traveled the country together capturing precious moments for so many love stories. You guys give us life!

So, we want to THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for following our journey and for always supporting us! With that being said, you can stay up to date with our work and contact us through our new website.

We are now:

DeGroot Film Co.

Friday, May 12, 2017

GUEST POST | Outdoor Weddings | Wendy Dessler

Naturally Beautiful: Simple Yet Opulent Outdoor Weddings
Back to Nature is one of 2017’s hottest wedding trends as couples gravitate towards design elements taken from their recreational time outdoors. Can you have a simple, natural event that is elegant enough for a wedding, though? If “glamping” or glamorous camping can take its place among the hottest trends of the seasons then, you can definitely combine “simple” with “opulent” for an incredible nature-inspired wedding.

Color Palettes

By choosing “greenery” as its color of the year, Pantone set the design world on a collision course with nature. The growing popularity of palettes including the yellow-green shade is impressive: greenery and blush; purple, lavender and greenery; ivory and greenery – all of them perfectly poised to help celebrate nature and all of its beauty. Flowing, feminine mint-green bridesmaid dresses complement the darker tones of natural greens and look stunning against many of the other year’s signature colors.

Gardens Indoors and Out

Garden weddings have long been popular and continue to capture hearts and minds this year. Couples are creating their own private English-style hidden gardens and adding rituals like planting a unity tree or shrub together. In this twist on the traditional unity candle lighting, a large container with potting soil sits at the altar area. During the ceremony, a tree or perennial plant is added, along with soil (sometimes from each partner’s home) symbolizing the union of two families and growth together over time. The plant is generally transferred to the soil of the newlyweds’ first home to be enjoyed by generation after generation.

Floral Design

Hand-tied bouquets that look like they are freshly picked from the garden, teeming with greens and accented with softening blooms like hydrangea and peonies in pale blush or ivory are in-demand (and once again look incredible against mint green bridesmaid dresses!). Floral headpieces have been popular for the last few years, and continue to be, however this year’s couples prefer more greenery in the halos than flowers.
Centerpieces are also fresh-from-the-garden. Succulents have gained huge ground as legitimate wedding plants this year, in part due to their hardiness, and availability in unique shades like green-grey. Using whole or sliced fruit like lemons or lime slices also helps create a natural look on guest tables.
Weddings give us a chance to go beyond traditional, and not all garden weddings are set outdoors. Bringing nature inside is hot this year. Extravagant floral walls or backdrops of all greens conceal the otherwise standard walls of ballrooms and reception spaces. Hanging floral chandeliers highlight places where guest attention is desired like cake tables, sweetheart tables, and other important displays. Filling in the spaces between are massive assemblies of candlelight in lanterns, votive holders and garden containers.
Glamping tents are also increasingly present at weddings. Couples use the luxury canopies to create Bohemian lounge spaces with rich layers of tapestry and cushions where guests can relax during the cocktail period or escape when they need to rest from dancing. The tents are often filled with lanterns and candlelight.

Beyond Decor

Even catering is undergoing a nature-inspired renaissance. Wedding menus featuring locally-grown products featured on chef-manned, interactive stations are more than just a meal…they are part of the guest experience. Herb-infused botanical cocktails and expertly paired wines enhance farm-to-table wedding meals elevating them to a true gourmet experience.
If you’re the outdoors type, this is your year! Turn your celebration into a gardener’s dream by incorporating natural elements throughout your wedding design.

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Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Towering SEO who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition. You can contact her on Twitter.