Taylor and Andrew’s Rustic Wedding

Two team members at Exclusively Weddings had weddings in 2012. Andrea, who is head of the merchandising team, got married in December and her wedding is featured in a blog post here: Andrea and Chris’ Winter WeddingTaylor is on the merchandising team at Exclusively Weddings and her June wedding is featured below:

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On a sunny morning in June, Taylor married her true love, Andrew, lakeside at a historic farm in North Carolina. It was blue-sky day in a scenic and charming setting. Everything was perfect!

Taylor and Andrew met in college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during her freshman year and his sophomore year. She admits that she had a crush on him for years, but they didn’t start dating until the summer he graduated. They both love their alma mater and Taylor showed her loyalty to UNC by wearing a Carolina Blue garter.

Before the wedding, Taylor and Andrew read notes that each had written to the other. Because they wanted to wait until the wedding ceremony for Andrew to see Taylor in her wedding dress, the best man walked Andrew to the meeting spot so Andrew could keep his eyes closed. Taylor and Andrew's Rustic Wedding - Reading Love Notes

Taylor’s beautiful bouquet included white peonies, white hydrangeas, and green hypericum berries and was tied with a burlap wrap.Taylor and Andrew's Rustic Wedding - Taylor's Bouquet

Walking to the alter with her father . . .Taylor and Andrew's Rustic Wedding - Taylor and Her Father

Aisle décor – made by Taylor . . .Taylor and Andrew's Rustic Wedding - Aisle Decor Made by Taylor

Taylor and Andrew's Rustic Wedding

The tranquil setting included lots of foliage and a large lake.
And if you are wondering how Taylor made the decision not to wear a veil, she says, “I’m not very traditional but while there are certain things that I really cherish about tradition, the veil was not one of them. I didn’t really like the look with the dress and since I was getting married on a farm, I didn’t feel like it would go with my theme. Good thing I decided not to because my husband told me later he doesn’t like the look anyway!” Read more wedding thoughts from Taylor at the end of the blog post.
Taylor and Andrew's Rustic Wedding - Happy Smiles

Bridesmaids wore a shade of blue that complemented the bridal gown’s
Taylor and Andrew's Rustic Wedding - Bridemaids

The groomsmen looked handsome in their attire, which was perfect for the hot, summer day.
Taylor and Andrew's Rustic Wedding - Groomsmen

Taylor and Andrew's Rustic Wedding - DIY Details

Taylor and Andrew's Rustic Wedding

They had a small wedding cake along with decorated cupcakes.Taylor and Andrew's Rustic Wedding - Cutting the Cake

They made their departure in a 1967 Austin Healy. She says, “My neighbor restores old cars and this is one he finished, so he offered to drive us away in it.”
Taylor and Andrew's Rustic Wedding -- Getting Away in Style

TaylorTaylor shares her wedding planning tips: “I’m a crafty person, so when it came time to plan my wedding, it didn’t seem right to buy my decorations when I could make them myself and could make it more personal that way, too.  I was also on a budget, so it was much more cost effective to make what I wanted. Like most girls, I had been thinking and dreaming about my wedding since I was little, so it was a very personal thing for me. I didn’t want a wedding planner; I wanted to do everything myself and  I wanted every detail to be special and unique to Andrew and me. DIY projects made this possible for me. While some of my guests may not have known, I spent time and effort making every detail the way that it was and overall I think that made a huge difference in the feel of our special day.

I picked things that could be used in multiple ways; for example, the burlap material for table overlay and bows, the twine for the jars, window frame and other odds and ends, ribbon that could be used all over my reception, etc. Then I also tried to make things that I could use after the wedding; for example, the wreaths that were used at the wedding are now at our home and the jars now have candles in them and are on our mantle. We use the plain mason jars at home and have the wood signs displayed at our home, too. So basically I just tried to be resourceful. I am very thankful that I have crafty family members and friends too because I had help with every DIY project that I did. My best advice: Make sure you allow enough time to get things done!

Photo Credits:
Taylor and Andrew’s wedding was photographed by:
Carl Butler of Keepsake Memories Photography and Natalie Schram of Agape Memories Photography

White Pumpkins for Fall Wedding Décor

White_Pumpkin_For_Wedding_DecorDecorating for a fall wedding naturally lends itself to the use of pumpkins in the décor. If  you are looking for something a little more elegant and unique than orange pumpkins, you might want to consider using white pumpkins either instead of or paired with orange ones.

White pumpkins are easy to decorate with because you can decorate or paint them in just about any color to coordinate with your wedding color scheme.

For an outdoor wedding a beautiful scene can be created using white pumpkins as shown in the photo below.White_Pumkins_for_Wedding_Decor_Exclusively_Weddings

White pumpkins also can be used instead of bowls to hold soup or other food items. They can be used as a focal point for buffet and to hold trays of food as shown in the second photo below. They look great as a holder for candles and as centerpieces and table décor. White Pumpkins for Wedding Reception

As shown below, you can paint the white pumpkins to fit in to your wedding color scheme. The embellishments can go from simple paint to covered in dazzling sequins!White Pumpkins Decorated

White pumpkins are a perfect substitute for pots and vases for fall flowers for centerpieces or wedding ceremony and reception décor.White Pumpkins and Flowers

White pumpkins can even be used as aisle décor for an outdoor fall wedding.White_Pumpkins_for_Wedding_Ceremony

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Photo Credits:
Collage 1: 
Wedding Chicks, Southern Living, Your Cozy Home – Collage 2: Mom Designer, eHow, Lana Austin Motif, Chatelaine (Instructions Included), Perfectly Imperfect, Imperfectly Beautiful, Casa Sugar – Collage 3: Martha Stewart Weddings, WeddingBee, Eco-Beautiful Weddings, One Charming Party, Corner Paint – Inset Photo: Formal Fringe (Instructions Included) – First Photo and Last Photo: McKenzie Powell

Rustic Wedding – Is This Style For You?

Rustic Wedding 6For the bride and groom who just cannot picture themselves having a formal wedding or even a semi-formal affair, the Rustic Wedding, also called Country Chic, is an option that might fit perfectly.

There are several ways to give a wedding the natural, rustic feel but the choice of venue is most important and will set the tone for the entire event. It would be somewhat futile to try to pull off a rustic wedding/reception inside a grand ballroom,  even if the decorations were considered rustic. But lots of other venues will work just fine. Once you have the location chosen, the fun part is choosing  the decorations and accessories.

Elements of design that help make the wedding rustic include the, bride’s and attendants’ bouquets, aisle markers, ceremony chairs, wedding cake, buffet tables, centerpieces, menu, glassware, tableware, dining tables and chairs, flowers, and table decorations. Each of these elements plays a role in making the wedding rustic.

Rustic weddings often include pom poms, lanterns, twinkling lights, and wildflowers. In addition, the Mason jar is an item that is perfect for rustic weddings. This handy little jar has a myriad of uses including holding such varied items as beverages, flowers and votive candles.

Even though the rustic wedding may be somewhat more casual than other wedding styles, it still offers many opportunities for it to be beautifully created. I have chosen some photos from our Pinterest Rustic Wedding Board, to give you some ideas of how to make your own rustic wedding spectacular! Check out our Pinterest Boards for lots of photos to inspire you!

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Country Chic Wedding

Photos: theweddingtribune.com, jennycookies.com, bristolweddingnews.co.uk,
rubyju.typepad.com, theperfectpalette.com, iloveswmag.com, projectwedding.com, lovelylittledetails.com, brides.com, lisaleonardonline.com
Country Chic Collage:  Jamie Delaine, iStockphoto, Pinterest, Creative Reveries, Spotlight, Elizabeth Lloyd Photographer, Petite Reve Chocolates, MyKreations