French Country Wedding Inspiration

french chocolate inspiration

Today’s gorgeous styled shoot, inspired by the well-known romantic film Chocolat, is overflowing with beautiful details and some really gorgeous florals! Staged at an old schoolhouse with captivating architectural detailing like paned glass windows, textured plaster walls and wonderfully worn hardwood floors, the team (led by Kim at Petal Pixie), brought in just the right amount of warmth and elegance to perfectly juxtapose with the space’s rustic vibe. And everything was documented beautifully by Alixann Loosle!

From Kim, I was watching the movie Chocolat one night with my fiancé and I kept thinking to myself this is the perfect movie for an inspiration shoot! I didn’t want the shoot to replicate the movie in any way but I did want it to have a rustic french country look and feel. I wanted to keep the main color palette as cream, multiple shades of brown, and gold. With this color base you could accent with a variety of color combinations and have it look fantastic…

french chocolate inspiration

french inspired bride

french chocolate inspiration

bridesmiads

bouquet

french chocolate inspiration


So in love with the bouquets Kim designed using peonies, clematis, lilac + roses!

french inspired bride

french chocolate inspiration


For the table design I wanted to create a family style feel with romantic details. I used a bronze linen from Cloth Connections and off white dinner plates with the most amazing detailed salad plate. I used soft purples, cream, and blush for the flowers which added a hint of color without being overpowering. I love pairing cheeses with fruit and bread so I added those to the table as well for added texture and interest. 

french chocolate inspiration

french chocolate inspiration

french chocolate inspiration

french chocolate inspiration

french chocolate inspiration

french chocolate inspiration

french apple tart

macroons


The cake, created by Cake Dame, was another nod to the team’s inspiration. It included a combination of white, milk, and dark chocolate. Sounds (and looks) amazing!

french chocolate cake

french chocolate inspiration

french chocolate inspiration


Big thanks to the following creatives for sharing their talents with us today!

photographer: Alixann Loosle Photography // event design + flowers: Petal Pixie // dress: Danielle’s Bridal // hair + make-up: Kali Wengreen // cake: Cake Dame // paper goods: Alexis June Creative // linens: Cloth Connections // location: private property

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Sonoma Foodie Wedding: Emily + Rob

bride and groom

Emily + Rob’s lovely Sonoma foodie wedding was full of effortlessly beautiful details and an absolutely amazing-sounding menu! Their wedding took place at a friend’s home and to them, sharing an incredible meal with their friends + family was the most important aspect of the day – and just wait until you see the amazing table + location of their dinner! So perfect. :) For their ceremony, they invited several friends and family members to select a reading of their choice. Each told the story of Emily + Rob’s love in their own words, and it ended up being one of the most special parts of the day. Here’s more from Emily about their main inspiration:

Rob + I have a shared love for good food. We built our company Foodzie together and knew one of the happiest parts of the day would be sharing an epic meal with our favorite people. We met Katy Oursler from Outstanding in the Field and her boyfriend Chef Stephen at a seafood foraging class and completely hit it off. Outstanding in the Field sources local, seasonal ingredients and serves the meal on one long winding table that curves the landscape. Once we picked that piece, we planned the rest of the wedding around it.

Thanks so much to Hugh Forte for sharing these beautiful images with us today + congratulations to Emily + Rob!

groomsmen

first look

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bride and groom

bride and groom

white bouquet

bride and groom

bridesmaids

groomsmen

ring bearer and flower girls

Processional: Hey There Delilah – Plain White T's (instrumental)

Recessional: Clocks – Coldplay

First Dance: Till Kingdom Come – Coldplay

bride walking down the aisle

groom

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

outdoor ceremony

wedding party

leave a note

polaroid notes

modern house wedding

oil bottles


I can’t believe this is Emily + Rob’s friend’s home…such a rad spot!

modern house wedding

modern house wedding

modern house wedding

long dining tables

After our reception, hand-in-hand, we walked everyone to dinner. It was away from the rest of the ceremony and reception and the table was hidden when our guests arrived so it would be a surprise. We rounded the corner and it was golden hour, with the sun peeking over the hills. Latifah from The Autumn Film was playing the piano in the grass, and there was the long winding table. I think I gasped, turned to Rob and just froze there for a few seconds. Even though I had planned the whole thing it was such a surreal moment when it all hit me at once. I was just so, so happy, I didn't want it to end.

long winding dining table

long winding dining table

salads on the go


All of the food looks so amazing. Emily + Rob definitely pulled off their dream foodie day in a big way!

tapas

small plates

foodie wedding

foodie wedding

foodie wedding

long dining table

foodie wedding

long dining table

bride and groom

bride and groom on motorcycle

ducati wedding bike

sunset

cakes

first dance


And there are so many sweet moments captured in their gorgeous wedding video by Scott Hammel!

My advice would be to be patient and give yourself the time you need to do it right. Everyone asks you as soon as you get engaged "what's the date" and you feel this pressure. We have a bit of a funny story. Rob and I got engaged on 07/07/07 and then we started our company Foodzie. We had no idea it would be the beginning of a six year engagement!! We had no time and money while building the company and decided we wanted to wait to do it right. I was so thankful we did because it was everything we wanted. We're an extreme case…but take the time you need.

photography: Hugh Forte // venue: Summerhill, a private estate in Sonoma, California // event planner + catering: Katy Oursler // floral design: Bride’s Aunt // wedding dress: Romona Keveza // shoes: Gucci // bridesmaid dresses: Victoria’s Secret // hair + makeup: Mikaela South // groom suit: J.Crew // videography: Scott Hammel // paper goods: none, sent a video // cake: Arizmendi Bakery // music: The Autumn Film

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryJ. Crew is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery
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Bright + Colorful Wedding Inspiration

bright florals

Today’s vibrant styled shoot took place at Vaudeville, a gorgeous new venue housed in a historic building on Main Street in Fredericksburg, Texas. With a perfect mix of old world glamour + just enough rustic charm to make the space feel comfy, the restored three-story event site was the perfect backdrop for some bright + textural wedding inspiration, ideal for transitioning from summer to fall! Conceptualized + designed by Ellen of Westcott Weddings + photographed by Love, The Nelsons, this shoot is sure to inspire you guys big time! I’m majorly in love with the jewel-toned color palette, the beautiful ombre watercolor place cards propped up by quartz stones, and the beyond stunning bouquets + arrangements by Rosehip Flora. So many great ideas for you brides-to-be to pin for your big day!

gold bridemaids

berry crowns

teal bouquet tassles

gold bridesmaid dresses

pink and green bouquet

bride and groom

bride and groom

velvet bowtie

bride and groom


The floral design included not only beautiful blooms, but lots of greenery + seasonal produce – like pomegranates – too! Layering all these elements is a great way to ensure your flowers have a fun + textural vibe.

pink and green bouquet

bride and groom

geometric teal invite

austin wedding inspiration

colorful table decor

watercolor name tag

black patterned napkins


Seriously one of my fave place cards ever…the quartz stone is so rad!

geode place setting

gold foil pots

string lights

tall skinny candles

place setting

gold flower pots

rustic chairs

colorful austin tablescape

colorful austin tablescape


The string light “wall” behind the bar is another super fun idea! Such an easy DIY + a great way to bring in some warm + pretty lighting…

bar cart

heart shaped cake

wedding rings

string lights


Big thanks to the talented creatives below for sharing this bright + textural wedding inspiration with us today!

design + coordination: Westcott Weddings // photography: Shalyn Nelson of Love, The Nelsons // venue, food + cocktail: Vaudeville Fredericksburg, Texas // florals: Rosehip Flora // napkins: Stone Textile via Mockingbird Domestics // paper goods: Laine Coker // cake: Peach Tree // hair + makeup: Bella Salon – Rachel Dunn, Jessica Timko and Gracie Silvas // bridesmaid dresses + emerald earrings: Rent the Runway // velvet bow tie: Mrs Bow Tie // diy: Gold-leaf pots, quartz place card holders from Westcott Weddings

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