Posts Tagged ‘outdoor’

DIY Wednesday: Leather Stamped Escort Cards
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself

By: Brittni Mehlhoff

Greet your guests with these camp-inspired leather escort cards, perfect for woodsy, outdoor receptions.

Materials: leather scraps • scissors • stamp and handle set for leather • mallet • push pins • revolving hole punch

Step One • Cut scrap leather into various shapes, making sure that the shapes that you cut will be large enough to stamp your guest’s name and table number.

Step Two • Stamp each letter of your guest’s name, using a stamp handle and mallet. Then, add the table number.

Step Three • Next, punch a hole at the top of your leather shape, using a revolving leather hole punch.

Step Four • Once all your leather pieces have been stamped and hole-punched, arrange the shapes in desired pattern.

Step Five • Hang from a colorful piece of framed fabric that is backed with either foam core or cork, so the pins will stay in place.

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A Touch of Rustic & Trend by Paper Antler Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

This week’s real wedding was a pure celebration of family, friends, great food and tons of dancing. Lissa and Paul aimed to throw a great party, choosing the lush Hilltop in Spring Green, Wisconsin as their unique venue. Paul works as a nurse in a local ER and is also a flight nurse in the Air Force; Lissa works as an attorney. The ten-month engagement was an incredibly busy time, as Paul was deployed overseas, they bought a new house, and, about three months before the wedding, they found out they were expecting their first baby! Whew..!  They still pulled off one heck of gorgeous and sweet wedding.  The décor balanced rustic details with a touch of ikat trend and a dash of peachy romance… all captured beautifully by the good folks at Paper Antler!

Lissa was such a classic beauty in a Romona Keveza Legends gown and matching mantilla veil, while the bridesmaids wore grey chiffon frocks by J. Crew to complement the organic palette of greys, greens, and soft peach.  The couple wed surrounded by loved ones and the great embrace of nature. 

The drought that struck the midwest over the summer let up just in time for the wedding — it was raining on and off on the day-of. Luckily, the rain, which lit up the lush green landscape, stopped thirty minutes before and they were able to host most of the festivities outdoors.  After a cocktail hour of lawn games, guests settled into a romantic nook on the property for a reception of rustic beauty.

Daffodil Parker wove peach garden roses into the décor adding a soft romantic element against the trendy ikat patterned table runners and rustic display of candlelight.  Instead of a wedding cake, the couple opted for fresh-out-the-oven homemade cookies and ice cream. The guests loved it!

Be sure to head over to the full gallery to enjoy more inspiring photos from the day!

Massive congratulations to Lissa and Paul on their new family!

 Photography by Paper Antler

Bridal Gown by Romona Keveza Legends from l’atelier couture

Bridesmaids Dresses by J. Crew

Venue: Hilltop – Spring Green

Florals by Daffodil Parker

Hair by Rachael Drechsel & Mark Steele Hatlen

Invitations: Designs by Red

Rentals by Event Essentials

Catering by Lombardino’s

Reception Music by Hometown Sweethearts


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Autumn Woodland Wedding by Rustic Charm and Amie Schroeder Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

Holiday weeks are such a nice time to cozy up with love stories… especially those with heartfelt elements that just shine right thru the photos.  Erica and James’ big day couldn’t be more brimming with creativity and distinct, heartwarming inspiration!  The couple personally touched every detail of the day.  Both are creatives, a wedding planning dream team- James is a graphic designer and Erica is the lead designer of Rustic Charm, a boutique event styling and rental company.  James designed the paper goods while Erica went about incorporating incredible vintage elements into the rustic New Jersey setting.  Enjoy their story in photos by Amie Schroeder Photography.

The bride says, ‘James and I just fit. Finding each other was like finding a super comfy hooded sweatshirt – like you didn’t know how comfortable life could be and then one day, there it is, and your life is never the same. It’s all cotton-y and plush…and even if it’s windy, you can pull the hood on. Then you stop and think, wow, I am never going to be the same. This sweatshirt is going to keep me warm all the days of my life.’

Having grown up on 5oo+ lush acres of land, Erica had her sights set on an outdoor wedding with a tent, a barn, and shabby-chic style. They searched high and low for the kind of venue that had the bare bones – one that they could go to town with.  Hosted at the Raritan Inn at Middle Valley, the day had all the makings of a classic, at-home feel, graced with found items and rustic appeal.

James designed the one-of-a-kind save the dates, invitations, programs, menus and game cards for each and every setting. When selecting the props, they envisioned the comforts of home being taken outdoors, and romanced by nature and lush greens.

The reception was a rustic dream; with the help of Erica’s mom (and Rustic Charm business partner), hand-cut burlap runners, lemon leaf table garlands, amber Anjous pears, and darling graphic love quotes were all in their perfect place.  There is so much to admire!  Erica and James have quite the ‘how we met’ story, which you can catch down below…

A big thanks to Erica of Rustic Charm for sharing this so so special day with us!


Photos by Amie Schroeder Photography

Styling, Furniture, Props & Rentals by Rustic Charm

Bridal Gown by Pronovias from Maya Couture; Shoes by Nine West

Bridesmaids Dresses by Lord and Taylor

Venue: Raritan Inn at Middle Valley

Florals by Calico Country Flowers

Invitations, Menus & Paper Goods by Diverio Creative

Rentals by Super Stuff Party Rentals

Catering by Stella G’s

Jewelry by i do… i do…

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{Part One} Rustic Island Glamour by This Love of Yours… Photography
Posted by Kate. Filed under Real Weddings

After knowing one another for nearly two decades and dating for about eight of those years, Hawaiian natives Rana and Jay tied the knot in San Francisco, incorporating tons of rustic island glamour into their day. Nearly half of their guests flew in from Hawaii- Rana and Jay were deeply honored that so many people made the trip. Undoubtedly, it was well worth it… we’re marveling at  all of the thoughtful detail that went into this day.  Not to mention, Rana and Jay’s incredible style… a little rustic, a little glam, a dash of edgy and a sprinkle of vintage.  Get ready to gush over these gorgeous photos by Erika and Michael of This Love of Yours…Photography.

The ceremony leis were utterly exquisite… just the right amount of Island flair.  And Rana’s gown by Enzoani? We’re gushing.  The invites, designed by anna.michelle Cards, set the tone for a day of rustic, vintage romance.

Such gorgeous florals by Chestnut & Vine, who worked with the couple to bring subtle Hawaiian elements into the décor. Each bridesmaid chose her own style of dress by Wtoo, in the perfect shade of soft grey.


Rana and Jay said ‘I do’ in front of an intimate group of seventy five loved ones.  The Fort Mason Parade Grounds were a scenic locale for the ceremony, surrounded by gorgeous trees, with a mix of urban city life and the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop.  The photo of them being showered with petals is so precious… love.

Go to {Part 2}, the reception… 

Photos by This Love of Yours…Photography

Florals by Chestnut & Vine

Bridal Gown by Enzoani

Bridal Shoes by Jimmy Choo

Hair by Carrie L’Esperance; Makeup by Allen Conkle

Bridesmaids Dresses by Wtoo

Ceremony Site:  Fort Mason Parade Grounds

Paper Goods by anna.michelle Cards

Ceremony Music by Spencer Sutherland 

Rentals by Carrie Dove Catering

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