30 Jun

Rustic elegance inspiration shoot

categories Ceremony & Reception, Details + Decor, Favors + Gifts, Flowers + Greenery, Pretty Paper

We love it when creative teams send in their gorgeous inspiration shoots. The more you can get us to say, “Ooo, why didn’t we think of that!” or “Omg! We have to try that at our next party!”, the better. So, when Rhiannon of Hey Gorgeous Events sent us these lavish photos by Tonya Peterson there was an instant thumbs up.

We’ve found the perfect balance of delicate femininity and rugged masculine. You’re not going to find any hot pinks here (although you know we love our pink). What you will see is a neutral palette that’s simple, organic, and works! The palette was inspired by this Nest and Petal inspiration board from Snippet and Ink. The setting: Crooked Creek Ranch – a must for anyone planning to get hitched in Northern Michigan with a venue to wow your guests.

rustic elegance wedding inspiration

Let’s hear from the styling master herself!

The guest book was a life size version of a traditional wish tree. I string pieces of fabric, lace and ribbon from a tree and then using a vintage vanity from the venue, set up a simple guest book station. There was a sign letting guests know to adorn shipping tags with well wished to the newlyweds before clipping them to the fabric and lace.

rustic elegance wedding inspiration

Michelle from Papertalk, as usual, did an amazing job with the paper products. Kraft envelopes and signs complimented the rustic vision, while elegant flourishes and fonts allowed the menus, thank you tags, signage, and invitations to feel more formal. The muted blush colour included through the stationary added that hint of femininity. And the menus, which doubled as each guest’s table number card were completely brilliant!

rustic elegance wedding inspiration

Liz from The Parsonage really outdid herself with the incredibly gorgeous floral design. I gave her a colour palette and then requested “full, fluffy, textured florals and any quirky blooms and greenery you can think of”. And, she did that exactly and more. The garden, spray rose, and peony centerpieces gave the tablescape substance and warmth. Against the red barn, the little springs of astilbe and ranunculus loosely tied into the arrangements also allowed the shoot to feel more organic and less structured.

rustic elegance wedding inspiration

rustic elegance wedding inspiration

For the cake structure I combined an aesthetically beautiful and feminine cake with a masculine rugged structure created solely out of vintage crates and boxes. The idea was to give the structure different dimensions, heights and textures. Kelly, went above and beyond with the cake design combining delicate ruffles and a large sugar peony with intricate gray embroidery designs.

Loving the twist on the traditional “cake table” happening here. And, that large peony made out of sugar? Yum! Thanks so much for sharing such talents with our Cakelets, Rhiannon!

Want to see more fun from this shoot? Check out the cute video by Future Focus Media here.

Photography: Tonya Peterson Photography / Styling and Design: Rhiannon Nicole, Hey Gorgeous Events / Venue: Crooked Creek Ranch / Florals: Liz Andre-Stotz, The Parsonage Events / Cake: Kelly Kobus, A Piece o’ Cake / Paper Products: Michelle Ellen Lee, Papertalk Press / Favors: Nicole Ebbitt, The Caramel Jar / Dress: Maggie Torongo, Renee Austin Weddings / Hair and Make Up: Lydia Terpstra / Wood links: West Elm / Videography: Paul and Vanessa Filan, Future Focus Media / Models: Real life married couple, Nick and Jen Doornbos

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  1. Thanks so much ladies for the lovely feature :) My team of vendors and I could not be happier with how the shoot turned out. It’s an honour being on your beautiful blog! xo

  2. This is fabulous! I love the littlest quirks about this shoot, like the table runner laid widthwise and at an angle. The eye of a true stylist. Love!

  3. Gorgeous!! I’m obsessed with anything and everything styled by Rhi, but this is truly breathtaking!

  4. I love all the rustic details! Love the cake upon the wooden crates! Gorgeous styling indeed!

  5. I love the beige and white colour combination and the paper streamers, candles and chubby flowers. Simple and stunning!

  6. Gorgeous ~ love the life size wishing tree! The cake ‘stand’ idea is incredible too ~ love all that distressed wood in contrast to the pure whites of the flowers & cake!

  7. Gorgeous! Rhi, you’ve outdone yourself!! The centerpieces are my absolute favorite… I love the burlap and those perfect flowers. Amazing job to everyone involved!!

  8. Love the burlap draped across the table! This is such a beautiful shoot!!

  9. Love Love Love! The cake looks TO DIE FOR!

  10. Thank you so much for featuring our shoot. It was a labor of love for everyone involved and we are all so excited that your beautiful blog chose to feature it. Every vendor was top notch on this shoot and I am so please to have been a part! xoxo

  11. What an amazing post! I love the cake, the dress, the favors, the location, the pictures…wait, is there anything about this post I’m not absolutely drooling over? NO! I love it all! Keep up the great work ladies, brides working with you are lucky indeed. :)

  12. this is rustic chic at its best. love it all, love the details. great job team!

  13. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE….how incredibly gorgeous. Whatever Rhi does is golden! xo

  14. Rhi! This is amazing :) I love all of the paper goods and the cake is just WOW! Great job :)

  15. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the color palette and the natural simplicity of everything.

  16. Absolutely love it! Every element~ every detail! Beautiful :)

  17. SO stunning! I love the neutral tones!

  18. Wow love the touches in this shoot, it really looks like a real wedding as well!

  19. I love the pictures with the barn. It has that charming country feel and you can smell the fresh flowers and clean air. The short wedding dress is beautiful and fits in with the theme perfectly.

  20. Rhi did an amazing job! Which I’m not surprised! Love everything!

  21. simply gorgeous! :) for those bride-to-be out there… something chic to include in your bridal emergency kit! I used this at my wedding, just thought you might like it! It’s called
    ‘after flats’ very cute! affordable! :)


  22. LOVING this shoot! Rhiannon is not only an amazing wedding stylist, she’s also just about as sweet as they come! I love the life size wish tree (:

  23. This shoot was absolutely beautiful! I loved every aspect of the shoot. A great job by all. I love the softness of the pictures and the color pallet that was used. Great job ladies! I look forward to more!

  24. I have looked at several different wedding presentations. It is part of my work to be involved with weddings and they all have their own personality in regards to their presentation. I enjoyed the detail of the photography in this presentation. It adds life, not just documentation.
    As I look at this wedding it appears that this couple will have many great memories to share between themselves as they get older and remember that wonderful day. If their marriage can be as beautiful as their wedding, they should have a great life together.

  25. Very lovely, what a beutiful setting and the pictures really capture the moment. How can they not be happy with such a wonderful beginning?

  26. This shoot is all inspiring!! I love the burlap, old wooden boxes, cake and amazing flowers! <3 it!!

  27. I LOVE this! Has that rustic feel, without losing any of its sophistication. I really like the printed burlap on the table and the gorgeous white flowers!

  28. The entire white motif really gives everything a calm and pristine feel. I especially loved the floral arrangement on the tables, as well as the cake.

  29. Stunning! The concept, the design, the details, the photography…. Everything!

  30. Beautiful pictures and beautiful wedding!

  31. Great wedding shots. The photography is amazing and the styling is top notch. What a beautiful couple!

  32. Just my style: simple, earthy, understated elegance…
    Everything about this wedding is beautiful, especially the photography.

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  34. The simplicity of the colors in the floral with the galvanized containers on burlap with white napkins is the perfect setting for this rustic wedding. The cake is gorgeous and her dress…WOW, love that length, the only thing she is missing coming from Texas are the cowgirl boots! Very popular here.

  35. Hi there!!

    I am starting to plan my wedding and while skimping through Pinterest found this beautiful table scape. I am dying to recreate it and wanted to know where you found the burlap runners??

    Thank you!!

  36. What a beautiful and stunning wedding!! This is EXACTLY what I am looking for!!!! I too am having a red barn venue in southwest michigan and have looked high and low for burlap table covers just like yours. Where did you get it and did u hire a wedding planner? I love the cake display… I plan to add Tiffany blue to the color scheme to incorporate some color. Please help!!!


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