Rustic Elegant Wedding Inspiration at Miner's Foundry
July 10, 2014
RusticEvent VenueSummer Weddings
We've been chomping at the bit to get this gorgeous shoot on the SMP screens, and thank heavens today is the day because I don't think I could wait a second longer. With styling and floral design from Thistle And Honey so incredibly gorgeous I could cry (if I could hug those bouquets, I would), all captured in a stunning fashion by Nicole Dianne - this gallery is simply beyond. See it all here.
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From Thistle and Honey Floral...Simply put, this wedding inspiration shoot showcases how to balance a rustic feel while maintaining an understated elegance. So often I hear the word "rustic" thrown around to describe weddings, and it does not necessarily have to read mason jars and burlap.

I chose the Miner's Foundry for our shoot location because of the beautiful texture of the stone in the appropriately named, "Stone Hall". Nevada City is an absolutely charming little gold rush town about an hour and a half North-East of Sacramento. The facility dates back to 1855, but was destroyed in a fire in 1856, and promptly rebuilt in 1859 (is that rustic enough for ya!?). Some parts of the building have had to be retrofitted, and pieces such as the beautiful fireplace are a bit more modern (dating to 1974). In 1990 the Foundry was donated to the Nevada County Cultural Preservation Trust and renamed Miners Foundry Cultural Center; for cultural, historical, business, social and community events.

All that to say, the Stone Hall sure makes one heck of a beautiful location for a wedding. The stone makes the perfect textural, neutral backdrop and the fireplace is a stunning focal point. For the tables cape, I chose to use Dogwood's beautiful mis-matched vintage chairs to bring an air of informality to an otherwise elegant table. The linen runner on the wooden farm table also serve the same purpose. Gold rimmed glassware and vintage cutlery pair perfectly with calligraphy menus and place cards to create an understated and classic elegance.

And of course, what table would be complete without a floating ivy chandelier!? When visiting the Foundry initially, I saw the tiniest bit of ivy creeping through the old wall from the outside. This sparked my brain and thus lead to the creation of the ivy chandelier, which is a whole lot of ivy cut from my yard and wired onto a fallen branch. It was then tied to clear wire and held by two lovely assistants (read: one of the lovely owners of Dogwood and Nicole (our photographer)'s husband!). If you watch closely, you can see him in the video!

A special thanks to our lovely "models" Stephanie and Rico and all of the vendors involved in making this shoot happen!