Inspiration shoots are always fun, and they are full of ideas! I was so excited when I received this one from Courtney of Dogwood Events. Hear the thoughts behind their shoot from Courtney herself:
This October, we got together with an amazing team of wedding professionals for a fun vintage rustic fall inspiration shoot at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, VA. We wanted to show engaged couples that you can create a relaxed, rustic look for your wedding that can still look elegant and won’t end up breaking the bank. We searched for a location that not only had a gorgeous barn, but gorgeous landscaping and views as well. With a renovated barn overlooking the Potomac River and endless amounts of photo opportunities, Riverside on the Potomac was the perfect location for us to shoot.
We chose to set up in Riverside on the Potomac’s barn’s long stable gallery with amazing tin chandeliers and burlap curtains, which fit our vision perfectly. We were lucky enough to be able to borrow some antique furniture for the shoot from Riverside on the Potomac’s owner’s extensive collection. We chose an antique farm table for our reception table with mismatched antique chairs. We used another antique farm table for our dessert table and some antique benches and chairs to place around the room for a more intimate feel.
As part of our shoot, we wanted to set a reception table with a rustic vintage feel to it. We wanted to show off the beautiful antique table so instead of using a table cloth, we made a burlap runner to give some texture to the center of the table. We used burlap ribbon to make chair sashes and tied them on every other chair to keep the mismatched look. Instead of vases, we used vintage graniteware to hold our floral arrangements. We collected the vintage mismatched china and silverware that we used for the place settings from local antique stores and wrapped the silverware in twine to add to the rustic look. For our water glasses, we used mason jars and decided to use traditional wine glasses to keep everything from looking overly rustic. For our place cards, we pinned calligraphed names onto apples. We tied cinnamon sticks to our napkins, which added some interest to the place settings and smelled amazing.
For our signature drink, we decided to make spiked apple cider and place it in a large mason jar dispenser. Our beverage station was made by stacking crates that we purchased from a Leesburg farmer and decorated with more of our fall flower arrangements and apples.
We wanted to put together a dessert table featuring several fall dessert options. To dress up the rustic table, we used an antique lace table cloth and more floral arrangements in the vintage graniteware. We used more of our crates to add some height to the table and placed trays of whoopie pies and chocolate caramel apples on top of them. We decided to use white platters and a white cake stand to make the desserts stand out. To display our pumpkin spice cake, we placed the white cake stand on top of an overturned graniteware bucket. On the table, we scattered miniature chocolate, apple, pumpkin and pecan pies and some apples. We used more apples for our dessert table signs with the same calligraphy as the place cards.
There are so many fun spots to take pictures at Riverside on the Potomac and we took advantage of all of them. The property has an incredible stone manor home with beautiful porches and the original cabin and smoke house still stand right next to it. The owners of Riverside also have a fantastic antique car that they let us use to take pictures with. At the end of the day, we got a chance to venture out into the fields for some amazing shots with the horses.
Below is the team that put the styled shoot together. Thank you so much for submitting this to Hill City Bride for our readership!
Planning and Styling: Dogwood Events
Planning and Styling: JEM Events
Venue: Riverside on the Potomac
Photographer: Djijo Studios Photography
Cake: Cakes by Casey
Whoopie Pies: Whoopsies! Gourmet Whoopie Pies
Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Hair and Makeup: Makeup Artistry by Tracie
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