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Rustic Fall + Winter Wedding Inspiration with Plaids + Pie Pops

Today's styled wedding photo shoot, photographed by Evelyn Alas Photography, is filled with great wedding inspiration for rustic weddings during the fall and winter months. There's modern plaid, earthy colors, and glittery golds with the colors of red, orange, and pinks . . . accented with gold, maroon and brown.

Rustic Wedding Flowers with Pomegranates by EightTreeStreet / photo by Evelyn Alas Photography

7 Unique Ways to Incorporate Bold Colors + Details into Your Rustic Outdoor Wedding during the Chilly Fall and Winter Months

1. modern silk plaids
2. mountain cozy woolly lined coats
3. spicy oranges, bright red and deep hot pinks to brighten a dark + gloomy sky
4. mix florals with berries + seasonal fruits
5. hint of evergreens
6. heart-shaped pie pops
7. pomegranate themed wedding invitation + stationery

The gorgeous blooms and tablescape decor by EightTreeStreet was influenced by greenery and delicious fruity details. The designs included beautiful ranunculus, garden roses and bright orange French tulips and Gerber daisies.

What's your favorite element in this rustic wedding Inspiration?

Vendor Credits: Photographer: Evelyn Alas Photography — Bakery: Cake Heaven — Fashion Designer: Grace Bridal Couture — Handmade Bridal Sash: Little Magpie Bows — Hair Stylist: Makeup and Hair by Alina Karaman — Makeup Artist: Makeup by Alina G Karaman — Other: Select Event Rentals — Dress Designer: Watters Wtoo — Invitation + Stationery Designer: Festive Fetti — Jewelry: White Aisle Boutique — Floral Designer: EightTreeStreet — Caterer: Springfield Golf and Country Club — Reception Venue: Springfield Golf and Country Club — Ceremony Location: Springfield Golf and Country Club

Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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A Classically Rustic Chic Navy Blue and Gold Wedding with Pearls

It's time for another brand new inspiration board today and I like to call it "classically rustic chic" since pearls are always a classic for weddings and they never go out of style. But, they can easily be paired with other elements {like twine and paper}, making the pearls take on a whole new style. Today's inspiration started with the Jan Vermeer painting "A Girl with a Pearl Earring". I loved the colors in this painting and it's definitely a classic one ... and a great reminder that inspiration for your wedding can start anywhere. If you happen to be looking for the perfect pearl addition to your bridal attire or as a gift to your bridesmaids or even your mom - you will love the choices from Blue Nile {like the featured Sapphire and Freshwater Cultured Pearl Halo Stud Earrings in the inspiration board}. At the end of the inspiration board, I've gathered up some of my favorite Blue Nile pearl jewelry under $300. And, there's even a special discount Blue Nile wanted to share with my readers today. Please see the end of the post for the full details on that.

Now, it's time for a few of my favorite pearl necklaces, pearl earrings & pearl bracelets from Blue Nile, but first, here's a special offer they wanted to share with my readers {you can see the full terms and conditions at the end of this post}

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7 Hot Wedding Trends for 2015 - transcending "rustic" in favor of "chic"

Today I'm happy to welcome Laura Michonski of to my wedding blog with her Top 7 picks of the Hottest Wedding Trends for 2015. While she focused on the trends in the NYC area - I'm seeing these trends across the US so no worries if you are outside the NYC area. Please leave me a comment as I would love to know what your favorite wedding trend is.

>>> 1. The DIY Wedding <<<

The DIY wedding has become very popular in the past couple of years in NYC. By “DIY” I don’t mean that the bride and groom are doing absolutely everything themselves in terms of pulling together the wedding, but that they’re taking over or assigning to their friends elements that were traditionally reserved for specialists. For example, you see many couples these days creating their own playlists on iPods, going down to the flower district and doing their own flowers and giving out handmade gifts as favors (baked cookies for example). I attribute this trend to a couple of things: the first is that New York City is one of the most expensive places in the country to get married (you can expect costs here to be roughly triple what they would be anywhere else in the country), and tackling some of the most expensive elements (flowers) is a great way to cut down on costs. The “rustic” wedding trend has been going strong for several years now and this is a takeoff on that idea – it has become “cool” to DIY your wedding. It allows couples to tap into the “local” trend, too – by doing everything yourself, you’re keeping things local.

wedding cookie credits: Individually Boxed Wedding Favors from Whimsical Cake Company Diamond Engagement Ring Cookie Wedding Favors from Linda's Edible Art, Mason Jar Monogrammed Wedding Cookie Favors from Truly Scrumptious Cookies, Mini Heart Cookie Wedding Favors from Marinold Cakes

>>> 2. Return to Old-World Glamour <<<

The rustic chic trend has been going strong for several years now and in the past year or two the trend has started to transcend the “rustic” in favor of the “chic.” Instead of Edison lightbulbs, for example, brides are starting to incorporate chandeliers into their barn weddings. There is also a movement toward all-out glamour as a backlash to this movement. Brides are starting to be overwhelmed by the sheer number of burlap bag and mason jar weddings and are longing for something more classy and glamorous. Not that all brides aspire to be Kim Kardashian, but she certainly set a tone with her Versailles reception on May 24, 2014.

>>> 3. Green <<<

Moss Wedding Table Numbers from  Pointless Pretty Etsy

Moss Wedding Table Numbers from Pointless Pretty Etsy

Rustic, glamorous, DIY or otherwise, one trend that seems to be consistent is the use of greenery in décor. Brides are opting to incorporate greenery in all of its form – tree branches, moss, plants –  to add flourish to their big day. I’ve even seen a couple go as far as trying to recreate Central Park in the Plaza Hotel with box hedges and trees!

>>> 4. One wedding, two parties <<<

The idea of getting married and throwing one huge reception is changing, especially as prices for that reception continue to rise (2014 saw the highest wedding costs yet, with the average wedding costing $31,213; in Manhattan, the average wedding costs $76,328). Some couples are opting to throw two or even three parties – one small, intimate party right after the ceremony for their closest friends and family and then a huge low-key bash for all of their friends – this bash can be as simple as a picnic in the park or a shindig thrown in their apartment. It’s a great way to ensure that costs don’t get in the way of celebrating with everyone that you love. I’ve seen the third party come in when the bride and groom are both from different, distant cities and want to celebrate with relatives and friends but can’t see everyone they care about making the trip. In that case, they’ll do the wedding and a small party and then two shindigs, one in each of their hometowns.

>>> 5. Multi-course dinners that guests can enjoy <<<

Chalkboard Wedding Sign  from Lily &amp; Val

Chalkboard Wedding Sign from Lily & Val

It used to be that the cocktail hour was the highlight of the wedding and few guests left the dance floor long enough to focus on the actual meal (in part because couples wanted to maximize the party, and in part because everyone was stuffed to the gills from the cocktail hour). Some couples have embraced this with cocktail-and-hors-d’oeuvres-only affairs but I’m hearing about more and more couples who are going the OPPOSITE way and opting for lighter cocktail hours in favor of a multi-course dinner that guests can actually sit down and enjoy – and then dancing. This also allows the couple to personalize the menu more with favorite childhood comfort foods, meals from first dates, etc.

>>> 6. Two (sometimes three) wedding dresses <<<

BHLDN   Ceremony Wedding Dress: Adalynn Gown | Reception Wedding Dress: Barletta Dress

BHLDN Ceremony Wedding Dress: Adalynn Gown | Reception Wedding Dress: Barletta Dress

As more couples from different backgrounds wed, we see a desire to bring in elements from both cultures. This often results in brides changing from a traditional white wedding gown into a wedding gown that nods to her (or her groom’s) culture. But even brides from the same cultures as their grooms are choosing two wedding dresses – one that is more classic and geared toward the ceremony, and one that is shorter and trendier and designed for dancing.

>>> 7. A move away from traditional elements <<<

Gone are the days of the bouquet toss, the garter toss, and the family announcements. And fast upon their heels is the idea of selecting one gown for all bridesmaids (in fact, some couples are doing away with the bridal party altogether!). Some couples are even eschewing the ceremony in favor of focusing on the party. In part, this is due to the fact that more and more couples are delaying marriage until later in their careers and footing at least part of the bill themselves (on average, couples now pay for 43% of the wedding themselves). At this stage in the game, these couples know what they want and they don’t have the same pressure from their parents since they’re sharing the burden of the costs.

Laura Michonski is the Site Director of and a nationally recognized travel expert. Laura is often called upon to speak about trends in the travel and publishing industries and makes regular appearances in the media via outlets such as NBC, CNN, ABC News, NPR, Peter Greenberg radio, and the BBC.

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Love these Mr & Mrs Wooden Wedding Chair Signs {Rustic Decor}

Aren't these handmade Mr and Mrs Wooden Chair Signs perfect for Rustic Weddings? They will enhance not only your wedding but the photos too. Imagine how cute photos of the bride and groom would be with them sitting in chairs with these signs. They come with natural jute to be strung on or you can use your own colored ribbon, organza or twine. You can even dress the signs up with silk flowers or greens. The embellishment ideas are endless. The Mr and Mrs wooden signs are currently on sale at Jane for 2 more days and are only $13.99 for the set. If you miss the sale, no worries, as you can find these signs on Old New Again on etsy.

An Elegant Woodsy Themed Wedding with Naked Cakes

Today's elegant woodsy styled wedding with it's deep red theme is absolutely beautiful. And, those naked wedding cakes, especially the mini ones? YUM!!! I love the addition of the pine cones being used to bring the woodsy feel into the elegant dessert setting. The gorgeous photography is by Ashley Cook Photography.

Vendor Credits:
Photographer: Ashley Cook Photography
Floral Designer: Dream Design
Reception Venue: Grand Hollows
Cake Designer: Heavenly Delights Cupcakery
Makeup Artist: Makeup by Reina
Paper Props: Olive Juice & Co

Submitted via Two Bright Lights