Beards. They grow on you, you know? I kid. But seriously, the more we see mountain weddings, rustic weddings, and woodland weddings, the more the look of the bearded groom and groomsmen is growing on us, too. And those vests. And bowties. And suspenders! It’s an entirely casual, laid-back look that’s we’re loving — and it proves that he doesn’t have to be clean shaven or overly polished to look his best on your wedding day. Today we’re sharing our favorite bearded groomsmen inspiration PLUS some gift ideas your bearded groomsmen will enjoy.
Do you dream of a rustic farm inspired wedding? Well, you’re in luck! Today we’re sharing a gorgeous rustic farm wedding inspiration shoot with photography by Cat Mayer Studio, floral design from 3 Leaf Floral, and gorgeous wedding gowns from Allure Bridals. In this feature, you’ll see a beautiful place setting, wedding gowns, table decor, a naked wedding cake, beautiful flowers, and more. Go on, take a look!
Rustic Farm Wedding Inspiration Shoot
This first gown has an embroidered bodice and a full English net skirt, shown below:
This next gown is my favorite! It features an English net ballgown and delicate cap sleeves. I love a gown with sleeves.
And last but not least, this gown features a delicate, dramatic illusion back and symmetrical lace detailing.
To see more about these bridal gowns, be sure to check out Allure Bridals.
This outdoor Seattle wedding has plenty of Anthropologie and J.Crew-esque style! The couple, Molly and Kenny, were married earlier this summer in a small town just north of Seattle, Washington. Their wedding was captured by Kali from Kali Norton Photography. Find out more from Kali and see all their beautiful details…
Outdoor Seattle Wedding
Kali tells us, “A couple of weeks ago, I had the utmost pleasure of traveling to a little town North of Seattle to photograph the nuptials of Kenny and Molly. We spent the most superb summer day in amidst their closest family and friends overlooking nearby mountains, eating the best food, drinking the best wine, and just celebrating their love. Kenny and Molly are people with a passion for food and an even bigger fervor for life. So, from pig roasts to local wine to the biggest laughs, everything was perfectly genuine.”
“It’s not always that I have the satisfaction of photographing a wedding where couples write their own vows, but every time I have the pleasure of hearing them, it ignites something so spine-tingling in me. Hearing words spoken out loud of things endured and how two people feel about one another, really brings to life the unique fibers that make up their love–in a way that we on the outside otherwise perhaps wouldn’t have the pleasure of ever seeing. Molly and Kenny’s carefully constructed words written for one another painted such a vivid picture for me of the fruition they bring to each other’s lives, that it brought me to tears.”
“From perfectly chosen Anthropologie and Jcrew-esque style to the most beautifully thought out speeches, I hope you enjoy a glimpse at their day.”
It’s time for another Ask Emmaline question, this time from bride-to-be, Sarah. She says, “I am having a rustic outdoor wedding and love the idea of a welcome sign or direction signs for our ceremony and reception. Do you have any ideas for unique wood wedding signs that might work?” Actually, we happen to have a whole lotta love for wood wedding signs — the shabbier + more rustic, the better! To keep it simple (and not overwhelm you), we’ve hand-picked eight wedding signs to share today. Which one is your favorite?
PJ and Tushara’s Tyler Arboretum wedding was fantastic! Their wedding was this past May in Media, Pennsylvania at the Tyler Arboretum. The arboretum’s natural beauty was the perfect location for their outdoor ceremony and tent reception. PJ and Tushara’s wedding had many unique and beautiful elements you’ll enjoy including the tables which featured rustic chic decor. Another amazing detail was the traditional Indian attire they wore at the reception. Their wedding photography was captured by Daniel from Daniel Fugaciu Photography. See the photos and relive their special day after the jump…
Hi, loves! Happy, Happy Monday! We’re excited to kick off a brand new week of handmade wedding inspiration here at Emmaline Bride with a fresh new Ask Emmaline question. But first… what do you think of wedding lemonade stands? Yay? Nay? That’s what reader Steph wanted to know when she wrote us last week. She says, “Dear Emmaline, I’m planning the bar for my outdoor wedding. I’ve heard of a wedding lemonade stand, but I have no idea what it entails. Any tips so it doesn’t look cheesy?” Thanks for writing, Steph! We, too, have been swept up in the sweet-as-sugar bar ideas popping up everywhere (like here, mostly). And, like you, we don’t think every idea is a winner (as many can be downright cheesy). We do, however, think a lemonade stand at a wedding can be a fun, festive way to incorporate a favorite summertime drink and another way to use those clever mason jars with handles. I know, I know… but bear with us on this one. As long as you follow these tips, your wedding lemonade stand will be one your guests will love…
Presentation will make or break your lemonade stand. Don’t make it look too child-like, since it’s still being used for a wedding. Use old wood pallets or repurposed lumbar to create a stand, like one of these. Accentuate the stand with lettering that stands out and reads simply, ‘Lemonade’ (see top image above).
Also, I spotted this next idea and I think the presentation is gorgeous… but it seems like an awful waste of fresh produce, sitting in the hot sun all day. Perhaps you could accentuate with a few lemons or limes in vases (even try the wax ones from Hobby Lobby?) Or try this centerpiece idea and modify it to work with your bar. Just a thought.
A lemonade stand is an excellent way to offer guests a fuss-free bar experience. Stock your lemonade stand with the essentials including drink dispensers (like this, one of my favorites especially if you’re offering mason jars as drinking glasses). I highly recommend getting a drink dispenser that comes with a stand. This way, glasses can be placed underneath the spout on the table (rather than off the table causing a mess). You’ll also want to include festive straws for sipping (something like this), and glassware (plastic wear if your venue prohibits glass). And, last but not least, don’t forget to have lemons slices inside — it looks pretty and infuses the lemonade with extra flavor.
3. Location, location, location.
Make sure your lemonade stand is visible and easy-to-access. You wouldn’t want guests to miss it!
4. Offer a couple of drink varieties.
We get it, you’re nuts about lemonade — but not everyone is. Offer a few alternate drinks just in case (bottled soda, beer, and water are all fantastic on ice in galvanized tubs).
5. Have plenty of batches ready-to-go.
You can’t call it a proper wedding lemonade stand if your drink dispensers run dry within an hour! Make sure you have plenty of drink mix and water on hand to keep the bar stocked. It is helpful to hire a bartender to keep an eye on drink levels and replenish, when needed. (Pay them handsomely, too. Tending bar isn’t easy!)
Make sure you have lots of ice to keep the drinks cold, especially important at those hot and humid outdoor weddings. If you want HUGE ice cubes that look pretty and really pack an icy punch, make lemon ice cubes in a muffin pan. I spotted this idea here and it’s a good one. I’m definitely going to use this idea to make lemon-infused water all summer long.
7. A lemonade stand is best for…
So, who would want a wedding lemonade stand anyway? A lemonade stand it fitting if your wedding is outdoors during the summer months, or incorporates yellow into its charming palette, or has a rustic, outdoorsy vibe. It is also ideal when you want a no-fuss bar option (that is as fun as it is festive).
Brides: are you having an outdoor wedding? Do you need to protect your wedding cake from the elements (and worst of all… bugs)? You’ve come to the right place. We received this recent Ask Emmaline question from bride-to-be, Sara, who says, “Hi, Emmaline. I am getting married outdoors this summer and will have my wedding cake on display. How do I protect it from the elements (like dirt, bugs, and leaves) without it looking tacky?” Great question! After spending money on your gorgeous cake (and having it made to perfection), the last thing you want to do is have to cover it up. For outdoor weddings, though, it’s important to protect wedding cake from the elements. Read on to see four surefire ways to protect wedding cake outdoors without stripping it of its loveliness…
Protect Wedding Cake: 4 Easy Tips
There are a few steps you can take to protect your wedding cake outdoors. Here are a few of our favorites.
Place your cake under a cake dome. This works best if you have a small one-tier cake. If you’re having multiple one-tier cakes (or pies), place on cake stands and place a dome on top of each one. See above image as an example.
2. Place Under a Pavilion or Tent.
Placing your cake under a pavilion or tent will keep it mostly clear of the elements, though bugs may still land on it and fly away. Also, be sure it’s always in the shade. You can also protect your cake from pests by placing citronella candles in luminary bags (or mason jar lanterns) along the pathway and near your tent entrance (not too close to the cake). This will deter most of the pests.
3. Create a Canopy.
You can create a canopy over your cake with netting. Attach netting to a canopy loop and hang above the cake from a hook or ceiling beams above.
Keep it on dry ice and avoid placing your cake outdoors until it’s closer to the reception time. And, be sure to avoid a filling that won’t spoil easily (buttercream if great). Once the pieces are cut and served, bring the rest indoors.
Hope it helps! Have a wedding question of your own? Just Ask Emmaline!