Ideas for Your Vintage Rustic Wedding

A stunning field of lavender was the backdrop for the spectacular wedding of Lauren and Chris in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia.

The wedding theme was “vintage rustic” and the beautiful wedding photos will give you lots of great ideas that you can incorporate in to your own wedding.

When asked how she chose the vintage rustic theme, Lauren says, “Chris and I are both very laid back people who love spending time outdoors! If given the choice we would always choose vintage and wood over modern and glitz. When we look at lifestyle, from our clothing to the interior in our apartment, we knew that a vintage/rustic theme would best reflect our personality as a couple. We wanted to have a wedding that we wouldn’t look back at photos of in 50 years and cringe at our decoration choices; therefore neutral, natural and vintage elements were all used to hopefully produce a timeless wedding.”

The setting is gorgeous!

Lauren’s lovely all-white bouquet is made of peonies and accented with cameos, to give it a personal touch.

The bridesmaids’ bouquets are complementary to the bride’s but use soft pink peonies instead of white.

The aisle décor is perfect for the wedding style and the tree decorated with flowers is an unexpected and creative touch!

The display at the beverage station shows how to take something from average to exceptional. The addition of the fruit at the base of the dispensers adds a decorator’s touch.

The display of flowers hung from the ceiling is breathtaking!

The all-white cake uses lots of texture to create a stunning creation.

The yummy dessert bar offers little bags so guests can take goodies home with them.

Milk and cookies is a great way to end the evening in a gracious show of hospitality.

The lavender field is the perfect backdrop for romantic photos.

More details from the bride, Lauren:

How did you select your wedding dress?
Much like our wedding theme, I wanted something elegant and timeless! I have never been the biggest fan of giant princess dresses… They’re just not me… So from day one I was always trying on fitted or lightly flowing gowns. Suzanne Hardward has always been an inspiration for me; the garments they produce are absolutely stunning! I had seen footage of a Suzanne Hardward runway show, showcasing their newest wedding dress designs, and the coloured ribbon used on this gown immediately caught my eye. When I tried it on for the first time my mum bawled her eyes out, I guess that was the reaction I was aiming for (happy tears of course).

Tell us about your reception:
Our reception was full of laughter and tears, but it was absolutely perfect! The décor blew me away, our whole set up looked even more beautiful than I could have imagined! By the time our reception started the sun began to set yet the weather was still nice and warm. Our guests were constantly commenting on how stunning everything looked, how delicious all of the food was, and how happy we both looked. Our speeches had us both in stitches; I’ve never laughed and cried so hard at the same time in my life! My bridesmaids had to fix my makeup multiple times, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

What was the highlight of your day?
Apart from the obvious (marrying Chris), I think the fun that everyone had dancing and singing together after the speeches at our reception really topped off our night! This was probably the first time that we had all of the people who really mean the most to us, in the one venue, and everyone was just so happy. I really didn’t want the night to end even though I was absolutely exhausted! Thinking about all of our friends and family goofing around together; age differences between people, and whether they actually knew each other or not meant nothing to anyone, because we were all celebrating the same thing together. Thinking about our entire day still brings a smile to my face every time!

Wedding Photographer: Blumenthal Photography –

Sault – Daylesford, Victoria, Australia
Event Styling & Planning: A Lavish Affair
Wedding Gown: Suzanne Harward
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: White Runway
Groom’s Attire: Vera Wang
Groomsmen Attire: Raffaele Ciuca
Flowers: Victoria Whitelaw
Cake: Cake Face (Call Me Cakeface)
Rings: Just Me Jewellery

Finding the Wedding Photographer Who Suits Your Style

Photo by Abigail SeymourYour wedding photography will be the most cherished keepsake from one of the happiest days of your life. And although the trend in wedding albums today features fewer posed shots and more spontaneous photographs, you’ll want your photographer to capture a variety of scenes throughout the celebration. As you discuss the style of wedding album you prefer, consider the views you won’t want to miss and discuss with your photographer which will be posed shots and which will be candids. Then leave the photographer to weave a little magic into your romantic wedding story.

To capture the most important day of your life, leave absolutely nothing to chance. When you meet with potential photographers it’s important to ask all the right questions before signing on the dotted line.

Ask Your Photographer:

  • Would you define your style as traditional, or candid and more photojournalistic?
  • Do you shoot in color, black-and-white or both?
  • Can I be specific about what I want or do you prefer to work independently?
  • Can I provide a list of must-have photographs?
  • Do you employ assistants? If so, how many? (Make a point of meeting with the exact people who will cover your wedding.) Will there be more than one photographer shooting?
  • How long have you been in business? Can you estimate how many weddings you photograph in a year? Does that include more than one per weekend?
  • Describe your pricing? Do you charge by the hour or by the number of shots? How many shots do you typically get per wedding?
  • How long do you keep the hi-res images on file?
  • What kind of lighting do you use? Describe the back-up equipment you can provide if needed.
  • Do you have past albums I can review? (Don’t settle for a quick glance at a few portraits; ask to see entire books.)
  • Can you provide names and numbers of recently married couples as references?
  • Now Ask Yourself: What type of rapport would I develop with this particular photographer? Would I feel comfortable working with him/her?
  • When you review their work:
    Is the lighting appropriate?
    Were details captured creatively?
    Does the style suit the style of your wedding?
  • Ask the references you call:
    Would you hire this same photographer again?
    Did he/she deliver the shots you wanted?
    Were your orders filled promptly?

A sampling of the work of two wedding photographers, Abigail Seymour of Greensboro, NC, and Nani Oei of Seattle, WA, is shown below. Abigail is central North Carolina’s eco-friendly photographer, providing affordable, artistic wedding photos to couples who want to get married with minimal impact on the environment. Nani’s preferred style for shooting weddings is retro vintage style portrait journalism with mostly candid photos along with a few requested posed photos.

I’ve included both color and black & white photos. The b/w photos can be very appealing and in some cases, can capture emotion not possible with color.

While both do excellent work, their styles differ. You can see why it is so important to choose a photographer whose style is a fit for you.

The following photos are by Abigail Seymour; used with permission.Photo by Abigail Seymour

Photo by Abigail Seymour

Photo by Abigail Seymour

Photo by Abigail Seymour
Photo by Abigail Seymour

The following  photos were shot by Nani Oei; used with permission.Photo by Nani Oei

Photo by Nani Oei
Photo by Nani Oei

Photo by Nani Oei
Photo by Nani Oei