photo: Kelsi Kliethermes
Often, destination weddings bring to mind exquisite sunset ceremonies and exotic beachside receptions. Sometimes, though, the destination is a place where you are at ease, comfortable and peaceful, a feeling you experience when traveling through the French countryside.
Just as the French countryside combines rustic yet refined style, so did this outdoor celebration held at Dodson Orchards. As you approach the signature Dodson Orchards’ barn, you are greeted with a beautiful landscape; wildflowers, gravel pathways, cobbled stone bridges, grapevines, blackberries and blueberries.
For the wedding ceremony, the aisle was designed in a laissez-faire (let it be) style. Defined with varied antique rugs, it was lined with pastel flowers tied with soft velvet ribbons, organic elements and worn wooden touches. The scent of roses in the air and the bright blue sky enhanced this incredible setting.
The reception was held in the airy barn where subtle colors gently contrasted with the weathered wooden beams. To provide a warm welcome to guests, we brought nature from the outside in, added subtle lighting and arranged for family style seating which is typical for European gatherings. The tables were decorated with blush gauze runners, touches of succulents and wildflowers and mixed-patterned vintage place settings. The entire environment, sights, scents and sounds, created a contentment reminiscent of strolling through the markets of Provencal.
This same countryside chic style was seen in the bride’s wedding wear. An elegant, ivory, dupioni silk and lace grown was selected at the Enchanted Bride. In the spirit of having her mother at her side during the ceremony, the bride requested that pearls from her mother’s dress be handstitched on to both her gown and veil. As the old and new came together it created the one-of-a-kind dress desired by this bride. To embody the rustic yet refined style she paired distressed brown riding boots with her beautiful dress and carried an oversized wildflower bouquet.
She was overjoyed as she walked towards her husband-to-be and noticed him looking at her with love and tenderness. She felt exactly what she had been hoping to create for their wedding and life together. Watching, as they exchanged vows, I was delighted to share in the moment when Oui became we.
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