We love the vintage chic theme that is trending right now! The soft pastels, lace, and vintage mismatched plates and chairs that often make up the theme leave us feeling at home and dreamy. The additions of rustic elements like slices of wood under candles or desserts and moss accents help to continue a whimsical, rustic feel throughout the entire decor. We’re especially a fan of the flexibility that rustic weddings give you in food choices. You could have the entire meal catered or make all of the food yourself, since the rustic theme doesn’t demand smooth perfection in every detail and even becomes more charming with slight imperfections here and there. Another option we love for rustic weddings is bringing in food trucks and creating an outdoor festival or vintage tailgate feel. For example, in the photo below a classic truck with a metal cooler in the back serves as a refreshment bar for your guests.
Photos from upper left to right, clockwise: Jonathan Wherrett Photography via Ruffled, Sarah Kate Photography via Style Me Pretty, Chaffin Cade Photography via Wedding Chicks, Christine Olson Photography via Bridal Banter, Colin Cowie Weddings, Landon Jacob via Martha Stewart Weddings, Erica Chan Photography via Wedding Chicks, Mignonne Handmade on Etsy, Erica Chan Photography via Wedding Chicks
Featured image by: Lindsey Thorne Photography
As you can probably guess from the first photo, this couple is overflowing with quirky personality. And if their wedding photos seem fun and idiosyncratic, they’re nothing compared to the story of how Sarah & Colby met. According to Kate Harris Photography,
“Sarah landed herself on stage of a reggae concert playing the bongo drums while on vacation in Colorado. Colby was in the audience. After 3 blissful days of romance Sarah returned to Maine, quit her job and drove across country in a Caprice named Moby Dick with her dad (serious props to him!) After a year the job market turned up nothing and she found herself living in Chile, then NYC for grad school, a stint at the Mexican border then Boston where she and Colby once again occupied the same city!
Don’t worry, Colby is no bore either! Born in Montana, he is an outdoorsman to the core. He rode a bike across country where he decided to propose to Sarah and carved her engagement ring out of wood. A biochemist, he specializes in energy and biofuel.”
What a couple!
With such big personalities, Sarah & Colby ironically opted for reserved, rustic decorations, such as simple blue glass table decorations and a single bouquet for the bride, rather than having bouquets for the whole bridal party. They filled-out the rest of their wedding, however, with non-traditional decisions that expressed their quirkiness. For instance, rather than having a rehearsal dinner, they decided to have a costume party in which Colby was Batman and Sarah was Elvira. A pinata made a guest appearance at their reception. Their main dessert consisted of a cupcake array decorated to resemble the periodic table, with the chemical symbols “S” and “C” being reserved for the couple. And during dessert, they showed a homemade movie entitled Sarah & Colby’s Covalent Bonding.
The night was capped off by a dazzling sparkler sendoff for the couple.
We wish Sarah & Colby luck and continued adventures! Thank you to Kate Harris Photography for the fantastic photos!
Photography: Kate Harris Photography
Caterer: The Good Life Market
Venue: Wind in the Pines
We’re a big fan of the woods or mountains themselves providing an incredible ceremony backdrop, but if you’re looking for something with a little more oomph, you might want to consider a woodland-inspired ceremony altar. These can bring together beautiful natural elements that stay in line with your overall theme while helping you to subtly stand out from your surroundings. Here are a few of our favorite ideas for nature-inspired altars to help kickstart your imagination.