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How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding

June 25, 2013 | 10 Comments

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Hello, loves! Today we’re sharing some delightfully rustic inspiration in the form of a rustic fairytale wedding theme. But first… I recently went camping and my almost seven-year-old niece taught me a thing or two about fairies. At the campfire, she looked into the woods and pointed at brief sparks of light. These sparks – lightning bugs, naturally – are not lightning bugs. They’re fairies. Acorns? Fairy hats. Holes in the tree? Fairy houses. Moss? Moss is just moss. (I thought – pixie dust! – but she informed me, “No, Aunt Emma, that’s just moss.” Bless her heart.) I wanted to share that story to remind you that a wedding theme can be ANYTHING you dream it to be. A fairytale wedding doesn’t have to be all Cinderella carriages, castles, and crowns. If you’re an eco-bride, would prefer a position as princess of the woods vs. the ballroom, and you need some serious inspiration for a unique wedding theme, you’ve come to the right place. Today we’re sharing an exclusive Enchanted rustic fairytale wedding shoot by a stellar team of wedding pros with photography by Jessy Carté. So, without further adieu… let’s get started!

How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)

Rustic Fairytale Wedding

Venues

A few perfect venue locations for a rustic fairytale wedding are the woods, a garden, or a farm. This Enchanted wedding shoot took place at L&L Farms in Somerset, Kentucky, a truly perfect choice. The photographer – Jessy Carté – told us, “It was a very whimsical and earthy shoot for the organic, eco-loving bride. If I could redo my wedding, I would definitely do a more extended version of this styled shoot.”

Handmade Decor

Garland

For this theme, you’ll want to tie in your wedding palette (this shoot opted for soft, feminine shades mixed with natural greenery) with the decor. A cheery, colorful handmade wedding garland (by Jacklyn Peck) provided a backdrop, ideal for a cake table or dessert bar. They used natural twine which tied into the rustic theme beautifully.

How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)

Bouquet

The bride’s bouquet is one of my favorite touches. The florist, Elegant Designs by Robert (based in London, KY) created whimsical arrangements to tie into this theme. The bouquet was wrapped in twine for natural appeal.

How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)

Place Settings

The place settings featured kraft place cards by Forget Me Knot Paperie offered a floral – but non-frilly – design, which was perfect. To still embody a ‘wedding’ feel, white dishes and gold silverware. A vintage touch of old newspaper-wrapped-books (by The Binding Bee) made a perfect addition to the centerpiece decor.

How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)

Flowers

Mason jars with twine used as bows became instant vases with whimsical floral arrangements.

How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Themed Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)

And, a little more floral-spiration:

How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)

Ring Bearer + Flower Girl

The ring bearer – Jessy’s son, Channing – and the flower girl – Jessy’s niece, Kara – played a role in this shoot, too, offering inspiration for attire and overall adorableness, naturally. Channing’s bow and tie were provided by Dapper Gent.

How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Themed Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)

The Bride

The bride – model, Tammy Branham – wore a beautiful handmade dress made by Jessy Carte herself. (I know, amazing, right?) The tulle? Perfection. The hair accessories and sash were handmade by January Starr of January Rose Bridal (we ♥ January!)

How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)

The Cake

In true rustic fashion, a simple – yet elegant – white cake (with flowers!) was set atop a rustic wood slab as a makeshift cake stand. The cake was beautifully designed by Cindy Matlock of Cakes by C.

How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)

We also spied some gorgeous cupcakes with fabulous butterfly toppers.

How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)

Favors

One of my favorite favor ideas was used in this shoot: plantable butterflies. Guests plant the seeded paper into the ground and wildflowers will bloom. Finally – a wedding favor guests will actually use! By Pulp Art.

How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)

Additional Details

The poms (by Jacklyn Peck), ‘enchanted’ hanger (by Vintage Lizy), guest book (by The Binding Bee), menu (by Forget Me Knot Paperie), and pink balloons added whimsy to this wedding shoot.

How to Plan a Rustic Fairytale Wedding (photo by Jessy Carte via EmmalineBride.com)

Great job to everyone who contributed to make this one gorgeous wedding shoot! You did a beautiful job.

Happy Planning!


-E.

Would you plan a rustic fairytale wedding? Have any ideas to add?


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  • leah

    Does anyone know what the trailing flowers are called in the bouquet? I cannot tell if they are purple and white or purple and pinkish. Thanks!

  • Kassondra

    Beautiful and breathtaking. I absolutely love this. :)

    • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

      Kassondra, Beautifully put! I’m glad you liked the post. It’s one of my favorites to date!

  • http://www.pixiedustbride.com/ Mindy

    I love love love this! Especially that dress, wow!

    • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

      Mindy, That dress is amazing! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Debbie Wilburn Branham

    beautifully done!!!! very creative ideas

  • Sara Burnett

    Love that dress – it’s so different!

  • http://www.allinasoiree.com/ Charmaine/ All in a Soiree

    Stumbled upon this through pinterest love the designs and decor!

  • Jay L.A. Bastien

    I love this. Awesome post.

    • http://emmalinebride.com/ Emma | Emmaline Bride

      Thanks, Jay. Glad you liked it! It’s amazing how versatile a ‘fairytale’ wedding can be.


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