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Pastoral Wedding Inspiration

Today’s styled shoot, originally designed for Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Magazine, brings us back to pastoral simplicity and beauty. Pulling inspiration from Andrew Wyeth paintings, Kristy Rice of Momental Designs teamed up with Sullivan Owen and With Love and Embers to bring us this elegant shoot with the most beautiful runner we’ve seen in ages!

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From the stylist, Kristy of Momental Designs: Inspired by the primitive elegance that is at the heart of every Andrew Wyeth painting, this collaboration of Pennsylvania creatives speaks of unfussy detail and inspired artistry. A Destination Wedding in Pastoral Pennsylvania is all about creating rustic serenity and a distinctive “home away from home” aesthetic. Local flavors and simple styling easily executed from afar along with small, but meaningful stationery details set a table perfectly suited for a lingering meal with loved ones.


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We infused a wow statement of regional imagery into the table with a hand painted table runner. Floral details on the table were minimal as the painterly textures and variety of hues in the runner were nearly all the centerpiece we needed. From Sullivan Owen on flowers: “I focused on using rustic, textural blooms in muted sophisticated shades to mimic the subdued palette of the landscape instead of the traditional spring pastels. Olive branch, berried ivy, jasmine vine accented rich plum ranunculus, scabiosa, unusual green-eyed roses and ornamental artichokes.”


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Pennsylvania is known for its iconic blue stone and as such it can be found easily and affordably. Slabs set adjacent to plates elevate vintage flatware, hand illustrated menu and favor as a focal point at each place setting. Maggie of Maggpie Vintage Rentals sourced the gorgeous iron chairs and hand sewed tea stained cushions for each. The Moravian Tile Works is steeped in Pennsylvania tradition and are still created from original molds that are over a century old. We loved adding the small Flowerlettes to each place setting for a touch of restrained whimsy.


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Our menu was filled with classic Pennsylvania Dutch delicacies from pickled eggs to roasted game meats. Dessert was full of simple flavors with bountiful fruit pies and lace wrapped bottles of locally brewed root beer. Three distinctive letterpress suites were designed for this project all inspired by the delicate and intricate nature of Victorian Embroidery Alphabets. Lettering details were hand drawn for each stationery element and then mingled with gracefully illustrated swirls and vines. A mix of rustic textured stocks, touches of bold hues and hand painted brushstrokes on each created a curious mix of finishes. The idea that guests were being welcomed to a “home away from home” was translated into the casual itinerary card asking guests to “spend a few days together.” Menus featured a dry-brush painting technique meant to mimic the look of weathered woods.


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We served up dessert with a sweet and heartfelt note perched atop each plate with a short message of thanks; an incredibly personal touch for all those traveling the distance to celebrate. In muted slate blue this gown was a wow moment at every turn. Our model spent a good deal of time in the woods where the morning light filtered magically through the trees. This modern ballgown seemed right at home amidst the rustic textures surrounding.


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View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Shoot Location: Shavertown, PA / Photographer: With Love and Embers / Event Styling, Concept, and Design: Kristy Rice of Momental Designs / Florist: Sullivan Owen / Event Venue: The Cottage at Hillside Farms / Wedding Dress: Tara LaTour / Hair and Makeup: Tatum Neiderhiser / Food Styling: The SoupChic / Vintage Rentals and Styling: Maggpie Vintage / Stationery: Momental Designs / Model: Kaitlin MacCullum

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  • 1

    totally stunning. love that table runner and her dress is so different.

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  • 2

    This is AMAZING! Love this so, so much! <3

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  • 3

    This simple wedding is so woodsy and nymph-like. The food has that country feel to it, and I kind of like that they went with pie instead of the cake. In another non-traditional move, her wedding dress is so beautiful, but with that dark gray color. My favorite part of the whole thing has to be the painting center spread…very unique and artsy.

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  • 4

    I loved this so much, I wasn’t surprised at all to see that Kristi was behind it! Beautiful work, beautiful post!

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  • 5

    This is simply blissful! Everything looks effortless, even though I can imagine the amount of thought that went into planning and designing this wedding shoot. Beautifully done, and original, too! Wonder if we’ll get asked to coordinate a Pennsylvania Dutch-inspired or pastoral-themed wedding in Hawaii some day… I’d love it!

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  • 6

    This was so creative and lovely I made my husband come look at it! Especially liked the table settings- so simple and unique , obviously so much thought was invested here- just gorgeous! My grandmother grew up in Pa. Dutch country and I loved seeing the pickled eggs included in the menu. I can totally imagine this being a Wyeth family gathering as it really does evoke that style.

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  • 7

    Completely smitten with this wedding inspiration. The greys and slate blues are gorgeous together. The hand painted runner atop the wood table is breath taking…a dream, indeed.

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  • 8

    Beautiful wedding. I love it.

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