Rustic + Modern Wedding Inspiration

modern rustic wedding ideas

Influenced by the history + romance of Virgina’s Shenandoah Valley, the creative folks behind today’s styled shoot at The American Hotel set out to infuse the rustic + storied backdrop with touches of modern elements. Conceptualized and produced by The Lady Jane + Amelia Marie Design, this shoot is sure to inspire some fun ideas for mixing modern + vintage, and incorporating those ideas into your big day!

Thanks so much to Svetlana HillKovich for the beautiful photos!

modern rustic invitation

modern rustic bouquet

boutonniere

wedding ring

modern rustic centerpiece

modern rustic place setting

tall skinny candles

mr and mrs signs

modern rustic centerpiece


Blakemore’s Flowers created the lovely arrangements in shades of deep plum, green, champagne, black, + cream and used a variety of unique vessels ranging from vintage pudding tins to old liquor bottles to depression-era glass bowls.

More about the design from The Lady Jane, We wanted the main table to be lit by candlelight, so I collected brass, silver, and glass taper holders in varying heights. Our calligrapher created signs out of reclaimed wood, and several beautiful chalkboards + our graphic designer created the menus + signage.

modern rustic centerpiece

mr and mrs signs

modern rustic favors

bar set up

bar set up

modern rustic inspiration

modern rustic inspiration

modern rustic dessert bar


I’m majorly in love with this antique post office hutch, which the team repurposed as the dessert bar. It’s the perfect platform for the sweet + simple wedding cake and pretty piles of macarons!

modern rustic dessert bar

modern rustic dessert bar

modern rustic dessert bar

modern rustic wedding ideas

green floral piece

modern rustic wedding ideas

modern rustic wedding ideas


Big thanks to these talented artists for inspiring us today!

photography: Svetlana HillKovich // venue: The American Hotel Staunton, Virginia // concept, design + styling: The Lady Jane and Amelia Marie Design // floral design: Blakemore’s Flowers // paper goods: Victoria Samoylov // cake: O’Cakes // catering: Mama’s Caboose // winery: Bluestone Vineyard // shoe boutique: RubyRed Shoe Boutique // jewlery: Christopher William Jewelers “Hearts on Fire Diamonds” // dress boutique: Bridal Impressions // dress: Allure // tuxedo rentals: Classic Tuxedoes // rentals: House of Oaks // calligraphy: Ruby Showalter // jam favors: The Country Canner

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Opulent + Playful Gold Wedding Inspiration

gold sequin dress

Today’s lovely shoot comes from a super talented team of vendors from Cape Town, South Africa! They get together annually to produce what they call The Secret Shoot — where all the details + locations of the shoot are kept totally + completely under-wraps until it’s featured. This year it was all about the color gold. They wanted to create two distinctive environments, each depicting a different facet of this fun + versatile color, which just so happens to be one of my faves!

The first setting shares the more light-hearted + playful side of gold — with pinwheels, cupcakes + a pretty gold chaise lounge. And seriously, how cute is that golden piñata?!

hot pink bouquet

lounge in the forest

tea and cupcakes

gold sequin dress


Love, love this gorgeous flower crown by Anli Wahl!

pink flower crown

pink flower crown

adventurous

confetti


The second location portrays the more decadent, totally romantic side of gold. It is set in a secluded pine forest with tons of glam details, like the shiny gold vessels, the plush French armchairs and a tiered pink + gold wedding dress — such a fun juxtaposition of styles.

fairy tale tablescape

fairy tale tablescape

fairy tale tablescape

fairy tale tablescape

fairy tale tablescape

pink and gold ruffle wedding dress

confetti bag

pink and gold wedding cake

gold invitation

fairy tale tablescape

fairy tale tablescape

pink and gold ruffle wedding dress


And how pretty are these portraits of the couple + the horse, captured by Adene Photography?

horse

bride and groom with horse

bride and groom with horse

pink and gold ruffle wedding dress

bride and groom with horse

pink and gold ruffle wedding dress

confetti

pink and gold ruffle wedding dress

wedding sign

pink and gold ruffle wedding dress

bride and groom


Be sure to check out this fun behind the scenes video from Vision on Fire!

Thanks so much to all the following creative artists for sharing their secret shoot with us today!

photography: Adene Photography // flowers, décor styling, floral headpiece + piñata: Anli Wahl Flowers & Event Styling // hair + makeup: Iza Cloete // paulette’s two dresses and headpiece: Alana van Heerden // cupcakes (and stylist’s right-hand): Creme Delicat // paper goods, logos + pinwheels: Sugarbird Creative Design // aj’s styling and suits: Moi Styling // videography: Vision on Fire // paulette’s nails: Nails at Charlene // furniture: Goeters // horses: Tulbagh Horse Trails // accomodation for AJ & Paulette: Rijk’s Country House // champagne: House of Krone

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Mexican-Inspired Austin Wedding: Katie + Heather

san jose wedding

Katie + Heather’s lighthearted + fun DIY wedding takes place at one of my fave venues, Mercury Hall in Austin, Texas! Even though they now reside in Brooklyn, Austin is where they fell for each other, so they knew it would be the perfect city to celebrate big! After a legal court ceremony in NYC, Katie + Heather headed to Texas for a handcrafted fête inspired by the unique Mexican influences that can be found around Austin. I love that they served fresh lime margaritas, gave Cholula as favors + had churros for dessert!

Thank you so much to the The Nichols for the gorgeous photos + congratulations Katie + Heather!

kraft paper invitation

heart skull invitation

delicate bouquet

ruffle wedding dress

ruffle wedding dress

cameo bridal necklace

brides

brides

brides

brides

brides

papel picado ceremony

papel picado ceremony

papel picado ceremony

During our ceremony, our officiant and friend JB cracked a joke, and after 8 years together it was just natural that we lean in and kiss each other after a good laugh. JB stuck her hand between our faces and kept us from spoiling that first kiss after the ceremony, but we both knew it didn't matter. Even though everything else that night was a blur, that moment stuck with us.

papel picado ceremony

chalula favors

ribbon curtains


I really love how they incorporated so much of their personalities into the design + think so many of you can relate to what Katie said about being a DIY bride: It was hard for me to restrain myself from going overboard on budget and details. I’m an art director, and by habit tend to tweak things until I’m sick of seeing them. I crafted like a crazy woman, and Heather let me know when I was getting out of control. 

Speaking of out of control – how rad is that giant streamer curtain at their reception?!

kraft paper menu

magaritas

dessert bar

cards in suitcase

sparkler exit

From Heather: Take your time, it's a marathon. If you're crafting, it's a triathlon.

From Katie: Don't let other peoples' opinions cloud you. Everybody has different ideas about how they want their day to be. Remember that it's yours, and it's the most fun party you'll ever throw! And for the love of God, even if you're on a budget, get a good day-of coordinator. They are life and sanity savers. You enjoy the day instead of worrying about what, when and how.

photography: The Nichols // venue: Mercury Hall Austin, Texas // event design: Bride with input from Gypsy Floral and Events // day-of-coordinator + florals: Gypsy Floral and Events // wedding dress: BHLDN // shoes: Jimmy Choo // hair + makeup: Angela Parker of LucieMarie // paper goods: Bride // catering: Primizie // cake: Desserts by Bake Sale // music: Joel Giorgio of Greenbelt DJ // hotel for getting ready: Hotel San Jose

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