From Inspiration to Reality: Translated

So, a picture perfect photo shoot is just fine and dandy…but how do you translate the look into an actual wedding? We’ve put together some tips for you guys who are loving this style but need a little help making it happen!

1. The chairs. These are the shining star of the entire event, right. Well, Chiavari rentals can cost a pretty penny so although this is definitely the easiest route, it’s also the most expensive. If you are already renting chairs though, take this shoot as the confidence you needed to go off the gold/white/silver path that you were headed down and incorporate a fun color instead. If you can’t swing the rental cost, think about buying mismatched wooden chairs for the sweetheart table or the head table, and spray paint them that awesome blue color. You’ll get a similar effect without the cost of renting a roomful of blue chairs.

2. Incorporate a rooster icon into your paper details. Stock photography sites have roosters that you can download and use as the header of your menu cards, as accents on your seating cards, etc. We also spotted this rooster stamp that would be cute on a little piece of cardstock tied to favors or around birdseed to toss. Just customize with your names and wedding date.

3. Layer your linens. And I don’t mean you have to rent fancy shmancy linens. Use a combination of burlap, natural linens and plain cotton fabrics. Keep the ends raw to add to the rustic chic element. Add a burlap runner for even more texture.

4. The china really takes center stage on this table. It’s an eclectic mix of gold rimmed plates, glasses and accent pieces that make for a glamorous contrast to the more rustic foundation.  Don’t worry too much about your charger. Although it definitely adds to the depth and layers of gorgeousness, focus instead on your top piece and your accents. Use whatever plates your reception venue is using, then add a gold rimmed dessert plate on top. Found at flea markets and antique stores, these can be bundled after the wedding and given as gifts. Gold rimmed charges, plates and goblets can also be rented if you have the budget.

5. In terms of flowers, think of having one strong focal point in the room. Perhaps set on the table that is the most center or on the head table, have one large arrangement that is filled to the brim with roses, hydrangeas and other blooms in your hues. Accent the rest of the tables with petite arrangements set in medicine bottles (found lots on ebay) and small urns like these. You can even use Kathleen’s DIY vase tutorial to get even closer to this look using found vases and urns.

The thing is. With this design, it’s really the amazing layers that give way to such a gorgeous style. It’s the rustic space paired with the ultra-glam details. It’s the raw, natural textures in the linens paired with the gold accents and luxurious styling. It’s a study in contrast. And as long as you keep with that mantra, the options are endless.

A HUGE thank you to the following vendors for designing such great inspiration.

Concept Design & Styling : Meagan Gilpatrick, Maine Seasons Events / Stationery: Sara Fitzgerald O’Brien, Griffin-vites Stationery / Photography: Brea McDonald / Flowers: Dawn Kelly, Soiree Floral / Video: Meg Simone / Jewelry: Private collection / Dress & Shoes: Ashley Vaughn, Occasions Bridal & Tuxedo / Rentals: Rentals Unlimited Boston / Cake: Erin Gardner, Wild Orchid Bakery / Venue: The Barn at Walnut Hill, Contact: Gail Landry, glandry{at}