The definition of rustic is simple, and we applaud Carla and Greg for pulling off a beautifully simple wedding that emphasized the couple and guests having an incredible time and let the beautiful surroundings at Laudholm Farm in Wells, Maine, to do the rest. The couple chose to say their vows under an oak tree outside of the rustic Laudholm farmhouse. Late summer roses of pinks and peaches made up Carla’s bouquet and complemented her free-flowing wedding dress and understated gold earrings. Her makeup was light and her hair in a loose Gibson tuck, letting her natural beauty shine through. The ceremony was followed by a BBQ and raucous dance party in the barn. What a wonderful way to celebrate two people’s happiness! Many thanks to emilie inc. for the vibrantly candid photography! To see more of emilie inc.’s real weddings, visit LulaWed!
Photography by: emilie inc.
Venue: Laudholm Farm
Paper Products: Gus & Ruby Letterpress
Beauty: Naviina Salon
Other: New England Brisketeers
Photo by emilie inc. photography
From full delicate buds to giant, luscious blooms, flowers are especially useful in creating the outdoorsy rough and tumble yet soft feel of a rustic wedding. But flowers, due to their ephemeral nature and the skill it takes to grow them on your wedding’s timeline can be pricey. Blossoms can still dazzle your guests without destroying your finances, however, if you follow a few guidelines.
Choose in-season. Flowers are the most plentiful and the least expensive during their respective seasons. Daisies and sunflowers bought at a bargain in July won’t be as affordable by the time a winter wedding rolls around. And while you might be able to buy springtime lilacs in the fall, you’ll pay for the shipping and have to cross your fingers on the quality. Shop seasonally and locally for the best bargains.
Go beyond the bloom. Highlight your most beautiful or expensive flowers as single stems rather than bunched into an arrangement. Float a rose bloom in a vase of water or accent your flowers with seasonal touches like berries and leaves, branches or citrus fruits.
Give arrangements a second life. Those flowers won’t wilt after a half-hour ceremony. Do double duty with your bouquet and place it in a vase at the reception, or grab floral wreaths and lay them on tables with candles placed in the center. Put those aisle arrangements to use in the reception site’s entryway and recast your altar arrangement as an appetizer table decoration.
Rethink corsages and bridesmaids’ bouquets. Corsages take more time for your florist to make, so they cost more than the same flower would alone. Consider giving special guests a single flower instead. The same can apply to bridesmaids – have your gals tote a single stem of a flower that’s in your bouquet or even another type of bloom in the same color.
Consider proximity. Save your money for the blooms guests will see up close, such as in your bouquets and on reception tables, and choose less expensive flowers in the same color palette to decorate empty corners or to hang from the ceiling. Your guests will notice a unified color scheme, but they aren’t likely to tell the difference between a carnation and a peony from 20 feet away, especially if they’re bah-bah-bahing away to “Sweet Caroline.”
While the overall theme of your wedding may not be rustic, adding a rustic touch here and there can be a great way to bring a homey and lighthearted feeling to your wedding. Chelsea & Jacob, for example, chose a venue in Southern California and a fresh color scheme composed of light and deep purples and a cream, not necessarily what we typically associate with the rustic vibe. Their inclusion of homemade cookies, potted flowers in weathered wood planters as centerpieces, adorable personalized laser-cut wooden cake toppers on a simple cake, and wildflower bouquets, however, all help to make this wedding feel approachable and a lot of fun. And as Chelsea and Jacob’s wedding shows, just because you’re interested in having some rustic elements in your wedding, that doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice having snazzy or elegant touches too. Just look at how smooth the transition is between the wooden planters and the deep purple satin table cloths. Thank you to Jennifer Corbin Photography for the beautiful photos and to Tennessee Gardens and Michelle’s Cakes for helping to make this wedding a smashing success! To learn more about this wedding and see more photos, see it’s LulaWed real wedding album here!
Photography: Jennifer Corbin Photography
Venue: Tennessee Gardens
Cake: Michelle’s Cakes