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Kumquat + peach Tennessee wedding inspiration

May 10, 2011

How about this absolutely beautiful backyard Tennessee wedding shoot, styled by Shanna of Ruffles & Rouge and shot by La Dolce Vita Studio. It’s earthy, romantic and vintage-y, with a dose of warm, vibrant peach + kumquat hues and some very pretty cameo graphics. Maybe the best part about this is that much of what was used for props was actually found in thrift shops and yard sales, right in Shanna’s own neighborhood… seriously! Combined with a few brilliant and easy DIY projects, this is the perfect inspiration for an rustic, laid-back summertime wedding.

The gorgeous cameo stationery by Erin of Be True Designs really set the tone for the entire event with those pretty colors and the simple, elegant cameo icons.

Most everything you see here at this absolutely adorable drink and favor station was assembled from furniture & accessories found in a family barn. The silver tea set and concrete urn (used as a vase) were found at a garage sale of all places! Even the “Wet Your Whistle” sign was made from salvaged barn wood and hand-painted.

Those pretty fabric flowers on the back of the chair were also a very affordable DIY project, using inexpensive materials like cotton, lace, and burlap (all found at a local fabric/craft store). Without using a pattern or guide, Shanna cut them into floral shapes and used cameo buttons from a local thrift store to finish off the center. Aren’t they so pretty? Love the plush fabric chairs, too.

She grabbed some antique silverware from local shops for this rustic, mix & matched look – so much more affordable than buying a complete set.  To tie in the wedding colors and give it a more modern look, the handles were hand painted using acrylic paint. It almost looks even prettier than new silver!

This beautiful garland you see strung between the chairs was made from coffee filters. Two & a half packs of brown and white full-sized, coffee filters. Such a thrifty & adorable project.

Muslin bags filled with salt water taffy & kumquats from the local farmers market were created for favors, with the extra kumquats put to good use in the centerpieces and in the hollow base of the cake stand for a little extra splash of color.

Even the cake topper was a (cleaned up) thrift store find. And how cute is that??

If you’re willing to get out there and hunt around, it’s amazing for what you can find at your local thrift stores.  Thanks so much for letting us share this pretty shoot!
Photographer:  La Dolce Vita Studio / Hair Stylist:  Salon Visage / Caterer:  Sean Wren Personal Chef / Event Planner:  Ruffles and Rouge Events / Floral Designer:  Echelon Florist / Reception Venue:  Concord Presbyterian Church / Invitation Designer:  Be True Designs / Dress Store:  White Lace and Promises Bridal Boutique / Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  Joseph A. Banks 
 / Muslin Favor Bags: Massage Warehouse