Real Weddings

A sophisticated blend of vintage & rustic wedding elements

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Written by Theo Dermatis

It took some convincing, as Jack and I were moving into our new apartment in my home city Chicago, but Jack got me to agree to join him and some friends for dinner. While enroute to dinner, we took a minor “detour” and strolled through Grant Park. Little did I know, a photographer was hiding amongst the trees and snow waiting to catch our “detour” all on camera. When we got to the park, Jack got down on one knee and with the city behind him, asked for my hand in marriage.

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When it came to our wedding and deciding how to tackle our big day, our guiding principle was simple: throw an unforgettable party with those who have filled our lives with the utmost happiness, love and laughter. With that in mind, New Orleans was the only city that felt fitting. All the details from than on came easy. Our brilliant photographer had recommended THE most amazing wedding planner/designer, who not only brought to life our vision so effortlessly but made wedding planning feel like we were planning this special day with a good friend. The beautiful rustic wedding theme was incorporated in all the elements of the wedding.

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Photographer: Arte De Vie | Design and Decor: Blue Gardenia Events | Event Venue: The Elms Mansion | Groomsman Attire: The Black Tux | Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Knot Standard | Bridesmaid Dresses: Brideside | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Shoes: Badgley Mischka Shoes | Dress Store: Mignonette Bridal | Dress Designer:Madeline Gardner | Jewelry:Melanie Casey Jewelry | Invitation Designer:Stationery Stylist | Cake Designer:Bittersweet Confections | Lighting: Firefly Ambiance | Floral Designer:Poppy and Mint | Caterer: The Elms Mansion | Makeup Artist:Eden Salon

Rustic Wedding Ideas to think of when planning your rustic wedding…

1. Embellish your chairs with decor.
2. Don’t be afraid to have your florist create a bold wedding bouquet
3. Use branches in your florals
4. Lean on your surroundings.
5. Utilize wood table for your guests.
6. Use wood as a decorative accent.