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Rustic Chic Wedding in France

January 31, 2015 | nicole
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Being that we publish weddings from all over the world, we have seen many variations on the rustic theme. A rustic wedding in the south of the United States involves different styling than a rustic affair in Italy. Elisa and Kenny were inspired by rustic chic for their French wedding, which was utterly romantic with its pastel color palette and stunning chateau venue. Nisha Ravji captured the effortless French spirit and the quiet excitement that filled both Elisa and Kenny and their guests as they prepared to tie the knot.

The Couple:

Elisa and Kenny

The Wedding:

Chateau de Fayolle, Dordogne, France

The Inspiration:

We wanted a venue that was the main focus of the day. It is a beautifully simple venue that spoke for itself without the need of having to be dressed up. To use some cliches, the rustic chic look was an easy one to adopt, especially in the summer. Each bridesmaid was fitted with their own style of dress to suit their body shape. They were given a chevron patterned clutch bag from the bride which was personalised with an individual message stitched into the inside. The flowers were dahlias and hydrangeas. We chose the colours as nice and soft, natural colours that lent themselves to the surroundings. The centre pieces were were vintage blue Mason Ball jars, filled with flowers and given names of streets from significant places in our lives. This also matched the table plan, a vintage map of Liverpool, because Kenny has an odd fascination of maps! The favors were authentic Cuban cigars for the men and individually picked vintage handkerchiefs for the ladies.

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The Moments:

Elisa‘s was walking down the aisle in front of her friends and family to say her vows. Kenny‘s was the exchanging of rings, then of course the food and speeches! The whole few days that the wedding took up whilst we were all away though was fantastic. It felt like so much more than simply a wedding day. Janet and Gerry at Chateau de Fayolle organised a lovely BBQ the night before the wedding for the family staying at the Chateau, as well as a kayaking and riverside meal the following day for all the guests too.

The Couple Recommends:

Nisha, our photographer, certainly stands out. She was so nice to be around. She was so enthusiastic, honest and sincere. The time we had as a couple for photographs didn’t feel like a chore, it felt like a time to take a step back from the day and reflect on how everything was going. She got to know people’s names really quickly and warmed to everyone, as they did to her.

Gerry and Janet at the Chateau also deserve a mention, as does Cat who was the main supervisor of everything on the day. They were lovely hosts throughout the stay and are so laid back about everything. The chateau is stunning and their caterers were superb too.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Nisha Ravji
Venue – Chateau de Fayolle
DJ – Matthew Morgan
Wedding Dress – Bride Liverpool
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Flatley
Groom’s Apparel – Next
Groomsmen’s Apparel – Next
Rings – David M. Robinson
Favors – Vintiques Prims

A special thanks to Nisha Ravji for sharing Elisa and Kenny’s chateau wedding with Junebug! Planning a rustic chic wedding? Be sure to check out

xoxoNicole

Dinner Party Inspired Wedding at the Marston House

January 31, 2015 | nicole
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A rustic wedding is made all the more special with a touch of elegance. Mackenzie and Dan’s dinner party inspired wedding began with a rustic vision and became more elevated and glamorous with the choice of Marston House in San Diego as the venue, Mackenzie’s incredibly gorgeous Justin Alexander gown, and romantic elements throughout the reception. Rachel Solomon Photography beautifully captured the day, including such lovely moments between Mackenzie and Dan after their I Dos!

The Couple:

Mackenzie and Dan

The Wedding:

Marston House, San Diego, California

The Inspiration:

I think about 23 hours after our enagement, my mom had hired Daniel Duran with Duran Events to help in planning the wedding. I knew that I wanted the ceremony to be at our church, Grace Lutheran, and the reception to be at the Marston House. At first I wanted a very rustic wedding. But when I tried on my raw silk pretty formal wedding gown, I knew that the style needed to change to something a little more elegant and traditional.

The feel that we were going for was a more fancy intimate dinner party. We loved throwing them at our home and wanted everyone to feel like they were at a friend’s house. Family style was a must because I loved the look of the big kings tables with large platters of food and that it encourage everyone to interact with each other.

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The Moments:

Our favorite moment from the wedding was the toasts! Our closest friends said some of the funniest and most thoughtful things that brought us to tears. We are so grateful to have such amazing friends!

The Couple Recommends:

Our favorite vendors were Rachel Solomon Photography and Little Fox Flower Shop. They both were so great and really understood what we wanted out of our special day.

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Rachel Solomon Photography
Event Planning – Duran Events
Ceremony Venue – Grace Lutheran Church
Reception Venue – Marston House
Floral Design – Little Fox Flower Shop
Catering – Eco Caters
Cake – Twiggs
Live Music – Adam & I
Videography – Shawn Lloyd Films
Invitations – Celebrations in Paper
Wedding Dress – Justin Alexander via Suzanne’s Bridal
Bridal Shoes – Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids’ Apparel – Watters
Groom’s Apparel – Vera Wang

Thanks to Rachel Solomon Photography for sharing Mackenzie and Dan’s elegant rustic wedding. For more backyard wedding inspiration, check out Laurie and Nick’s Texas inspired wedding at the Inn at Mill Race Pond.

xoxoNicole

DIY Brazilian Wedding

January 30, 2015 | nicole
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When couples start planning their weddings, they often describe their vision as being very personal or representative of their personalities as a couple. Luana and Aruanã couldn’t have done a better job creating a day that reflected their fun, offbeat style. The Brazilian wedding came together with multiple DIY projects completed by the bride and groom, as well as their talented loved ones. To ensure that every carefully crafted detail was captured, Luana and Aruanã hired the extraordinarily talented Gustavo Marialva to photograph and Oui Films to film the day.

The Couple:

Luana & Aruanã

The Wedding:

Recanto do Barão, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Inspiration:

We were going for a vintage backyard alternative shabby chic wedding. We wanted to have a wedding that looks personal and had a lot of our lives and personality in it. A couple of days before the wedding our cats destroyed half of the wedding favors succulents that we prepared. So we had to get more, and wrap them all over again! Also we underestimated the work of opening 25 pompons the day before the wedding. Sure takes patience, but they ended up awesome! Our own fluffy clouds! We also painted 150 gold bottles for the flowers, did ceremony bells, pompoms, brownies, finished the invitations with sealing wax and tags, and painted golden frames to hang on the tree. My mom sewed many felt hearts and she also did crochet towels for the main ceremony table and other tables. My grandmother sewed the ring bearer pillow.

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As if Gustavo Marialva‘s images weren’t enough, here’s the exceedingly romantic wedding film created by Oui Films:

The Moments:

Our favorite moment was the wedding vowels. It was a lot of joy and emotion. We wrote our own and it was probably the most magical part of the day! The photocabine also gave the garden a cool environment because it was inside a vintage VW Kombi car.

The Couple Recommends:

All of our vendors were exceptional! Viviane Gratz was outstanding in helping our wedding vision come to life. She helped at every step of the giving ideas and executed everything beautifully on our wedding day. Our photographer Gustavo Marialva captured countless great photos. His photos are completely beautiful and capture the feel, love and spirit of the day!

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Gustavo Marialva
Event Planning – Viviane Gratz
Venue – Recanto do Barão
Floral Design – Viviane Gratz
Catering – Atlântico Buffet
Cake – Ana Salinas
Live Music – Entreatto
Videography – Oui Filmes
Photo Booth – Fotocabine 
Hair & Makeup Artist – Gabi Back
Wedding Dress – Carol Hungria
Bridal Accessories – Barbara Heliodora
Rings – Vivara

Thanks to Gustavo Marialva for sharing this amazingly fun Brazilian wedding with Junebug! Planning a backyard wedding? Check out Nina and Dana’s outdoor wedding in Rhode Island for more inspiration.

xoxoNicole

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