Lush Garden Greens

Lush Garden Greens

May 21, 2010  |  In Her Shoebox

Gia Graham is the owner of Betsywhite, a stationery company bent on blanketing the world with oh-so-pretty design at oh-so-attainable prices. So who is the fashion maven we named our company after? Well, there is no such person. Not that we know of, anyway. Betsywhite is actually a word that sprung from old Barbadian dialect. It refers to the song of the local black bird, which sounds a heckuva lot like “betsywhite.”


My wedding (which was almost 9 years ago – yikes!) was an intimate, laid-back garden wedding with less than 100 guests. Since both my husband and I are from the Caribbean, it was a destination wedding but we avoided all the typical island wedding motifs.

If I were to do it all again, I would still have a small, laid-back garden wedding in the Caribbean… but I would change the aesthetics a bit. I’m really inspired by soft greens at the moment so the palette would include a pretty seafoam blue/green shade, olive and a lighter leafy green. I’m also currently loving pretty vintage details so I would have the wedding in the garden of some old plantation house with lots of beautiful, vintage island charm.


For the ceremony, I would have straw fedoras for the men and parasols for the ladies to shade them from the late afternoon sun. I love the idea of hanging some kind of memento for each guest along an old fence leading into the garden.

Rather than having a formal sit-down dinner, canapés would be served so that our guests could feel free to mingle, interact and enjoy themselves. The night would end with everyone partying ’til the wee hours under the stars and candle-lit trees.

Of course, if you ask me this same question a month from now, I might have an entirely different event in mind! One of the perils of working in the wedding industry 🙂


1. Jill Thomas via Green Wedding Shoes 2. Lisa Lefkowitz 3. Leifsdottir via Love Obsess Inspire 4. betsy white stationery 5. Jose Villa via 100 Layer Cake 6. Josh Goleman

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