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Historic Cedarwood Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Karen of Historic Cedarwood and photographer Leslee Mitchell planned an entire styled shoot around Vera Wang’s “Harlow” gown, and it’s easy to see why — we could stare at it for days! Karen and Leslee brought in hints of white, green, and gray for this winter glam wedding shoot. We love the idea of providing a vodka bar for your guests, and offering hot cocoa as a yummy non-alcoholic option.


Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

From the stylists: Rustic can be glamorous. This barn wedding styled shoot by Leslee Mitchell and Cedarwood Weddings centers around the ballet-inspired Vera Wang gown, Harlow. Vera says, “The way a dancer can bring the crowd to its feet with a drawn-out, well-executed pirouette: that’s the excitement I wanted to capture with Harlow.” The bride’s bouquet is as dramatic as her wedding gown using white Anthuriums, Wax Flower and hanging Amaranthus.


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Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

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Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn WeddingRustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn WeddingRustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Our barn-loving Texas bride studied ballet for twelve years and always dreamed of a barn wedding. Using Cedarwood’s wedding barn as her rustic venue, we piled on sophisticated styling with a blend of glam and rustic décor. Fur covered Chiavari chair backs, birch and candles add a warmth to the space along with a softly lit altar of torn fabric and white flowers. Hot cocoa, vodka and sushi bars pamper guests. Living tree saplings are offered as “love grows” legacy favors. A wedding cake birch tree stand, paper goods featuring a birch design, hanging birch pole ‘chandeliers’ and a DIY birch garland tie together the birch and barn styling.


Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding

Rustic-Glam Birch and Barn WeddingRustic-Glam Birch and Barn Wedding


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Wedding Vendors (Nashville, TN):

Wedding Venue: Historic Cedarwood / Wedding Photographer: Leslee Mitchell / Event Styling, Floral Design, and Decor: Historic Cedarwood / Wedding Dress: “Harlow” by Vera Wang, from Ivory and White / Fashion Styling Assistant: Opulent Couturier / Hair and Makeup: Studio BBC Salon / Catering: A Dream Come True / Wedding Cake: Patty Cakes / Invitations and Paper Goods: Designs in Paper / Lighting: Uplight Events / Model: Janika Laine

Historic Cedarwood is a member of our wedding vendor guide Blue Label.

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Whimsical Illinois Wedding

DIY Weddings

Angie and Seth stretched their 10k budget for over 300 guests by making most of it themselves. With photography by Deidre Lynn, being one of their main priority slices (more wedding pie posts soon!) of their budget, we’re always delighted to emphasize it’s money well spent. We’re loving the bridesmaid wearing cardigans in different colors!

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography
Pretoria Illinois rustic wedding

From Angie: When we started planning our day, our biggest goal was to create an environment where our guests could relax, eat some yummy sweets, and just enjoy the day. Both of us have a sort of thrown together style, and I really wanted to weave that into our reception. We got engaged at Christmas, and our wedding was in early March, so we didn’t have a whole lot of time for inspiration! Thankfully I’ve been planning my wedding since I was born, so everything came together quickly.

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

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Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

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Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

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I just found myself picking random fabrics and colors that I liked. As for DIY projects, we worked with friends and family to create a ceiling canopy made from strips of thrifted bedsheets, and then placed pieces of the fabric throughout the hall. I also made our initials out of moss and cardboard, and created an ampersand with vintage fabric. My maid of honor, Amanda, glued laced pieces around mason jars for candles and flowers. My mother in law made cake plates out of vintage platters and candleholders. We borrowed a ton of furniture from my sister and from a local shop called Objects.

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn PhotographySeth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

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Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If you are going to DIY, ask people for help! Talk to people about the style you’re going for; you never know who may give you some inspiration or offer a great vendor. Draw on as many resources as you can. For us, Seth’s sister did all the baking, my sister arranged our flowers, and a local seamstress made my dress. Also, be flexible and don’t stress if things don’t go according to plan! The week of the wedding, some of our flowers were ruined during shipment. We just picked out some different flowers from the cooler and they looked amazing.

Seth and Angie - Deidre Lynn Photography
Pretoria Illinois rustic wedding

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Wedding Vendors (Peoria, IL):

Ceremony and Reception: Peoria Apostolic Christian Church / Wedding Photographer: Deidre Lynn Photography / Wedding Flowers: Bride’s sister, ordered online from Bill Doran / Bride’s shoes and dress: Bride by Deanna / Veil: Twigs and Honey / Groomsmen’s ties: Tux and Tulle / Wedding Cake: Caleri’s Cafe

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Chateau Marianne Bridal Shower

Wedding Design

It’s been quite a while since we’ve featured a bridal shower here at Ruffled, and we’re delighted to share this inspiration styled by Desiree Russo and photographed by Meghan Christine! What’s a more relaxing idea for a bridal shower than drinking mimosas and nibbling on macaroons in the middle of a sweet English garden?


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From the stylist, Desiree of Desiree Russo Weddings: We loved the idea of having a vintage yet modern bridal tea party as our theme. We loved having a small intimate tea the bride was able to have a good time with her girls. I also wanted to showcase some amazing home-based business women that I get to work with on a regular basis, as well as our venue was a backyard that also gets rented out. In the economy that we are in sometimes to have a great party you have to pull from what you have to work with and I think we were able to show that in our shoot!


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Wedding Vendors (Los Angeles, CA):

Wedding Venue: Chateau Marianne / Wedding Photographer: Meghan Christine Photography / Event Stylist: Desiree Russo Weddings / Wedding Flowers: Delphinium Designs / Bride’s Dress: The Gown Swap / Vintage Furniture Rental: Tasteful Tatters / Vintage China Rental: The Vintage Table Co. / Invitations and Paper Goods: LLY Designs / Cake Pops: Miriam Corona Events / Wedding Cake and Scones: Cake Mama / Cake Topper: Melissa of Bling Diva Designs / Hair: Hair by McKenna / Makeup: Signature Skin Care by Shana

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