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Rustic surely isn’t a new wedding aesthetic, in fact quite the opposite, however Melissa Oholendt and her team wanted to show a rustic in a new light – with a sophisticated twist. Taking the old standard and turning it into something fresh and altogether elegant; showing that you can have the barn wedding without the mason jars & hay bales bringing style and whimsy to any location, but especially a rustic one. Shot on location at Gathered Oaks with colorful florals by Thistle & Blooms and acrylic invitations and menus by Printerette Press, the result is cheery and fresh and captured beautifully by Melissa herself.

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from the photographer: We started with a palette of neutral grey and french blue which allowed the colorful blooms of the various garlands to play off the stark white of the barn. We also brought a modern playfulness to the decor with beeswax candlesticks and geometric & brass holders, while making subtle nods to the rustic heritage with touches of reclaimed wood tones. To add a bit of whimsy, we brought in acrylic invitations and menus, accented with escort cards made from leaves graced with white calligraphy to coordinate with the greenery of the florals. To add to the sophisticated take on rustic, we capped the decor off with a vignette of a simple stacked cheese wheel cake, floral infused ice cubes and a greenery & floral garland.

For the girl who sees rustic a bit differently, we thought she might also see traditional wedding attire a bit differently as well. We sourced a colorful dress that is a bit out of the ordinary but toned it down with a simple ponytail, classic nude shoes and neutral earrings. With a bridal look so vibrant, we kept the groom’s attire classic and a touch preppy, using his tie to bring in the deep burgundy colors of her dress and the florals.

Shoot Location: Gathered Oaks // Photography & Styling: Melissa Oholendt // Florals: Thistle & Blooms // Invitations, Menus & Escort Cards: Printerette Press // Rentals: Apres Party & Tent // Makeup: Skin Mpls // Hair: 139 Hair by Heidi

 

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It’s a rainbow of fall foliage in this gorgeous shoot from Schon Photography. Filled with amazing earthy tones with pops of color, Fresh Designs Florist gives us some incredible inspiration with a cascading bouquet and bold centerpieces setting the foundations of the gemtones in the tablescape. We’re loving the classic bridal styling and the timeless calligraphy by The Lovely Scribe. The result is a beautiful elopement that doesn’t forget there’s a chill in the air, but is filled with a warm palette that evoking hot apple cider and pumpkin pie and it’s all captured beautifully by Schon Photography.

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Photographer: Schon Photography // Floral Design: Fresh Designs Florist // Calligraphy: The Lovely Scribe // Paper: Hudson Paperie // Venue: The Lake House Inn // Models: Taylor McKelvie + Joe Krajewski // Wedding Dress: Sweet Caroline Styles // Table: Holmespun Tables // Cake: Love Bites by Erika // Rentals: Modern Relics // Rings: Lauren Priori Jewelry // Ring Box: The Mrs. Box // Hairpiece: Stephanie Browne Australia // Veil: Erica Koesler // Hair and Makeup: Trina Sullivan // Ribbon: Silk & Willow // Candles: Creative Candles // Linens: Ashley Wren, hello, bird. // Menswear: Commonwealth Proper // Dress Boutique: Nicole Bridal // Color Film Processing: The Find Lab // Black and White Processing: Boutique Film Lab // Color  Film: Fuji 400H // Black and White Film: Ilford Delta 3200

 

 

Michelle Landreau, of Morning Light Photography, often documents big southern weddings “filled with folks with even bigger hearts and lots of gorgeous details.” We all love a big bash, but Michelle began to wonder what it would look like if all the warmth and sentiments of those large gatherings were encapsulated in a small, intimate affair. Cue this gorgeous shoot at Cheekwood Garden, a collaboration of top-notch professionals with art design by Lauren Ledbetter, coordination by Linley Stokes, late summer florals by Vintage Florals and beautiful calligraphy stationery by Spurlé Gul Studio. It’s true romance in the garden and we’re thrilled that Morning Light captured it all in her signature fine-art style.

From the photographer: Working with graphic designer, Lauren Ledbetter, and a team of wedding experts brought a unique and fresh approach to this emotive concept. Every detail worked together to create the perfect tension between timeless South and easy modern. Cheekwood Estate and Gardens played host to our shoot, providing a classic and lush backdrop.

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Forgoing the double-digit wedding party, our couple assisted each other in getting ready, a tender take on a First Look, and followed with perfectly-lit portraits on the grounds. Their reception table designed by Lauren Ledbetter and 12th Table elegantly displayed loose floral arrangements anchored in brass and accented by clean, white place settings and chairs.

A favorite detail came from Spurlé Gul Studios: organic calligraphy scribed on handmade paper. No wedding is complete without cake and champagne, and this was no exception! Tessa Pinner provided a chai cake with berry filling and frosted in painterly vanilla buttercream that echoes the optimism of a blue sky.

Photography: Michelle Landreau, Morning Light // Design: Lauren Ledbetter // Coordination: Linley Stokes // Florals: Melissa Broadwell, Vintage Florals // Stationery: Spurlé Gul Studio // Venue: Cheekwood Garden // Gown: Christos Reina from The Dress Theory // Hair & Makeup: Amanda Gros  // Rentals: 12th Table // Cake: Tessa Pinner // Ring: Trumpet & Horn

 

Have you found the perfect wedding shoe yet? We totally know it can be a challenge, so we get super excited when we see new, inspiring options. We’re loving Bella Belle’s Enchanted collection and this stunning editorial shoot at Chateau Cocomar they sent over to us. Not only are the shoes gorg, but the dreamy styling by wedding guru Joy Proctor Design is so perfect for our European-inspired brides. The chaise lounge floral installation Bows and Arrows is crazy-amazing and the gowns and accessories are fab. We know you’ll be into it all—and, seriously, who wouldn’t be with these incredible images by Kurt Boomer.

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Shoes: Bella Belle // Photography: Kurt Boomer // Creative Direction and Styling: Joy Proctor Design // Floral Design: Bows and Arrows // Venue: Chateau Cocomar // Gowns: Galia Lahav / Watters // Veil and Lingerie: Girl and a Serious Dream // Hair Accessories: Maria Elena / Bekah Anne // HMU: Hey Lovely Make Up // Cinematographer: Elysian Fine Art // Model: Amy Work at Neal Hamil Agency // Styling Boards: Heirloom Bindery // Rental: Aztec Events and Tents // Ring Box: The Mrs Box

 

Amber Veatch Designs and The Ganeys united to create this striking Modern Greenery Styled Shoot. Capitalizing on the clean, industrial lines of Haus 820, the team opted for a simple, elegant color palette, filled with greenery and graphic details. Fern-centric florals are by Amber Veatch DesignsEleven Note created a modern invitation suite with graphic type and emerald envelopes, and the desserts by Hands on Sweets are displayed on a octagonal wood installation from A Chair Affair. We’re loving the edited choices and the film photos by The Ganeys capture it all so beautifully.

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Modern Greenery HAUS 820 Styled Shoot from Rad Red Creative on Vimeo.

Photography: The Ganeys // Design, Planning & Florals: Amber Veatch Designs // Stationery: Eleven Note // Venue: Haus 820 // Videography: Rad Red Creative // Dress Shop: White Magnolia Bridal Collection // Dress Designer: Lazaro Bridal // Suit: The Black Tux // Hair & Makeup: Lasting Luxe // Cake & Desserts: Hands on Sweets // Linens: Over the Top Linen // Chairs, Table, Flatware, Boxwood Wall, Dessert Bar: A Chair Affair // Chargers & Decor: Set Event Rentals // Lounge Area And Decor Rental: Wish Vintage Rentals // Dishes And Decor Rental: Treasury Rentals // Signage: Rrisha // Models: Stacey Homemaker & Travis // Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab