kara’s rustic wedding

In our last post regarding all things weddings, I explained that I’ll be helping with, participating in, and styling/directing a few weddings in the upcoming months. {One of them being my little sister!} I’m so excited for all of these beautiful blushing brides, and we’re honored to be a part of their big days…in more ways than one. So in the meantime, we’ve been working on a ideas, pieces of inspiration, and thoughts on carrying through some handmade wedding ideas around here.

On Sunday, we spent most of our time here. This is what I love about the southern tropics of Alabama.

You just never know what amazing piece of land, draped with charming moss and beautiful wildflowers…picturesquely adorned with apple red barns you’ll stumble upon next. {Yep. I kind of want an apple red barn of my own.}

What were we doing?

Checking out some fabulous wedding digs of a soon to be bride and groom who will be married this July. On the groom’s stomping grounds, the ceremony will be here…

And the reception, here. They plan to clear it out, and what I love about it, the great potential that this one of a kind locale has. Absolute charm.

So while the kids did this… {see: adorably danced in fields of wild flowers and held bouquets up for posed photos like the statue of libery} We discussed the potential for styling her wedding. She’s thinking of a scaled back color scheme with lots of white…think wild flowers and babies breath…paired with soft versions of this: 

{flower image via } While the bridesmaids dresses will set the tone with lots of soft blush undertones in wonderful fashions like this: {paired with cowgirl boots, of course.}

From left to right: 1, 2, 3, 4

Rustic weddings are absolutely wonderful, and sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge to create a ceremony and reception from scratch. I’ve spent a little time gathering some images to get Kara’s creative juices flowing…and why we don’t want to give away everything before the big day, I thought I’d share a few inspirational photos. Whether it’s a little partay you plan to throw, or a wedding of your own, I think we can all enjoy some photos every now and again…


a great, affordable idea for charming benches in a field

beautiful use of fabric above, with lanterns and those windows…

Simple and elegant


elegant and simple


a beautiful, rustic reception

A simple wreath, and curtains bring understated elegance to a simple barn


I love the casual use of twinkle lights for an elegant setting





via Could I love the groomsmen’s boutonnières any more? I think not.


I love the use of a casual chalkboard at a ceremony…

Used this in our last post, but the table setting is absolutely adorable. 

This wedding is amazing…be sure to click on over to see the process. I want my home to look like this.

This is probably my most favoritest wedding of all time. Just sayin. 







Are these simple, fabulous images of weddings past absolutely inspirational or what? Kind of makes me want to replan my own wedding…a mere 10 years later. In the meantime, I’m getting pretty pumped about helping my friend create something beautiful from a blank slate with lots of potential. I guess I can always live vicariously… and we can’t wait to share it all with you!

Stay tuned, and have an inspired day!

update: Because I felt the need to clarify: I realize I titled this wedding as Kara’s. As if she’s marrying herself. She’s totally marrying a fantastic groom {woot woot, Baker!} and it’s just easier to keep our weddings straight, in planning mode with the bride’s names. More to come on that, later! ;}

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Responses to kara’s rustic wedding

  1. Rita says:

    Can’t wait, Ashley!

  2. Andrea S. says:

    what amazingly wonderful ideas! I’m planning a wedding, and love that I can use this for some great tidbits of inspiration!

  3. mila says:

    I love the fact that she’s getting married in a barn that’s never really been used for that before. how charming! great inspiration & ideas.

  4. janet says:

    LURVE it

  5. Linda says:

    Love your site! My daughter got married in Oct. it was rustic, used a lot of burlap, with silver and cream accents. We hung champagne colored lanterns over the dance floor, very cheap on Oriental Trading Co., you get alot for a little.

  6. Sandra says:

    I wish I could get married again { yes-to the same guy} so that I could have a rustic wedding…it feels organic and comfortable

  7. Laura says:

    Gorgeous! I can’t wait to see everything!!! :-)

  8. tori says:

    Oh my! All this is soo pretty, it makes me want to get married again!!{to my same hubby of course;)}

  9. Becky says:

    Loved your pictures! Got some great ideas from your posting!

  10. Amanda Lucas says:

    I’m getting married next year and am having a hard time finding dresses for my wedding. My theme is a rustic country wedding with some 40’s in it. Can you give me any ideas as to were I can get dresses for that theme. I keep looking and all I find is the basic bridesmaid dresses and I want to go with cotton. I would really appreciate any and all advice you can give to me.


    • Hey Amanda! If you’re talking about Bridesmaids dresses, were you thinking of mismatched dresses like we chose in this post here? It may be worth it to check on modcloth and search until you find the right one. It can have a pretty look to it. These aren’t available anymore but it still gives you the same idea. And some of these are a little modern, but you could search until you found the right lines. Sorry I’m not much more help than that. I have found that the conventional bridesmaids dress route is downright depressing. Good luck!!! ;}

  11. Tisha says:

    This website was a wonderful gem that I found.I would like to know what store i can find the bridesmaids dresses at. I am having a rustic spring wedding and the first dress to the left is to die. Please contact me. Thank you in advance.

  12. Olwomen says:

    Wonderful ideas, Creative work……Awesome….! I can recommend this webiste and the interesting rust wedding idea to friends and cousins. I am sure nobody every thought this wayWonderful ideas, Creative work……Awesome….! I can recommend this webiste and the interesting rust wedding idea to friends and cousins. I am sure nobody every thought this way