Real Weddings: A Twist on Country Chic
A Cozy Venue
About the Couple: Jordan and AJ decided have their wedding in Jordan's hometown of Paris, Texas. Check out the creative touches they added to their rustic-inspired wedding.
Jordan spent her high school days at her friend best friend's family farm. After scouring her small hometown for the perfect venue, her friend suggested they hold the big event at her family farm which was filled with tons of unique touches to give their wedding a classic rustic and country vibe.
Putting On the Finishing Touches
After getting her hair done at a local salon, Jordan invited her bridesmaids and close friends to a Texas tradition, a "house party." Everyone was able to get ready together and share in the fun times. Jordan wanted to keep her makeup simple and natural, so her friend Jesse put the finishing touches on her wedding day look.
The Perfect Shoes
Jordan knew exactly what she wanted when it came to her wedding shoes -- a strappy, antique-inspired shoe complete with a brooch. After searching in store after store, Jordan found these while on a trip to Dallas. With a little mixing and matching she created her dream shoe and topped it off with a brooch.
A Country Chic Dress
Jordan found this dress at a trunk show while working in Scottsdale, Arizona. The simple dress featured a lace overlay and a gold sash which fit her color scheme perfectly. The designer (who was at the trunk show) showed Jordan an interesting way to tie her sash to complete the classic look of the antique-inspired dress. Jordan found her veil at a Dallas bridal store and the lace matched her dress perfectly, completing her country chic look.
Get the Look: If you're sporting a sash on your big day, ask the bridal store to show you different ways to tie your sash -- like this unique twist.
For her something blue, Jordan's family friend personalized her garter by embroidering their names and wedding date onto it. She also created a small flower out of a piece of Jordan's mother's veil for a touch of her something old.
Bride's Tips: If you personalize your garter, consider getting another one to toss so you can save your original one as a keepsake.
To add to their outdoor wedding, Jordan's bouquet featured an assortment of wildflowers, roses, lilies, wallflowers, and hypericum berries in pretty fall colors.
A Classic Look for Him
AJ sported a boutonniere of hypericum berries and wildflowers in keeping with their natural look of their wedding. He and his groomsmen wore khaki suits and different ties in their warm color scheme.
Get the Look: For a classic and casual look have the guy rent khaki suits. For a different touch, consider choosing different ties in coordinating colors like AJ's groomsmen.
The California Vibe
AJ is from California so to put his personality (and a touch of Cali) on the rustic-themed wedding, his groomsmen wore brown vans and he sported a pair in classic white. Guests loved the personalized touch.
No Sneak Peeks
Jordan didn't want AJ to see her before she walked down the aisle but thought it would be fun to get pictures together without actually seeing each other. They stood on either side of a barn door without sneaking a glimpse of each other while their photographer snapped the picture.
Bride's Tip: This was the perfect way to get a few pictures before the wedding without posing together. Plus it was a special moment knowing you're about to get married.
A Rustic Touch
Keeping with the country vibe, they lined the aisle with black-eyed Susan in tin buckets hung on classic lawn stakes. To incorporate the color scheme, their florist tied a cranberry-colored ribbon on the arrangements.
Jordan's dad created a rustic arch for the couple to be married under. The arch, made from wood found on Jordan's parents' property, was covered in smilax vine. After the wedding, the arch was moved back to Jordan's parents' property so they can remember this special day for years to come.
Taking Advantage of the Location
After their ceremony, Jordan and AJ wandered the property with their photographer to get unique and rustic wedding portraits like this one at an open-air chapel that was tucked back in the woods.
Get the Look: To get out-of-the-ordinary portraits, walk through your venue with your photographer before the big day and brainstorm unique spots to take your photos.
Jordan and AJ thanked their guests for coming with a bag of treats from their candy bar. To add a country touch to Jordan found these plain brown bags and made a sticker with the phrase "How sweet it is..." plus their monogram and address.
Budget Saver: Printing on stickers or labels is a quick and cost-effective way to add a simple design to bags, programs, or menu cards.
Wrap It Up
To keep with the theme of their wedding, Jordan and AJ's caterer wrapped the silverware in chocolate and ivory napkins. They tied them with raffia and placed them in a picnic basket for guests to grab as they walked through the buffet.
With 35 tables to decorate (for 350 guests) Jordan wanted unique centerpieces that made a statement but didn't break the bank by using lots of flowers. They put together these simple and bold arrangements using hurricane vases surrounded by a small vine wreath and different types of fruit like horse apples (gathered from the farm), pomegranates, persimmons, and green apples.
Budget Saver: Flowers on every table can be spendy so decorate your tables with other elements like bold fabrics or candles that will add lots of color and personality.
Groom's Cake Substitute
Instead of having a groom's cake, Jordan and AJ treated guests to a special snack they had on their first date, pizookie (a big cookie with ice cream.) The couple opted for smaller cookie sandwiches filled with buttercream icing accompanied by small containers of ice cream.
Create a Glow
Jordan loves the look of glowing lights so rather than renting a tent, they created the illusion by draping Chinese lanterns above the location. They got a nice glow from the candles that were scattered on all the tables.
A Quick Change
To keep her dress from getting ruined, Jordan made a quick change into a white J.Crew dress and some cowboy boots for her reception.