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Rustic elegance inspiration shoot

June 30, 2011

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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