Romantic ‘Rouille’ Beach Wedding Styling

Rouille may not be a word you’ve come across before so, if not, let me enlighten you. It means ‘rust’ in French, and it sounds so much nicer in French than English, don’t you think? This rouille wedding shoot uses a colour palette including shades of orange, brown and beige to create such romantic styling.

Creative stylist and photographer Lizelle Goussard took inspiration from a famous quote as the foundation for this concept…

“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Lizelle explains, “The reason why I paired the rust colour with an ocean location is that things tend to rust when close to the ocean, and old items washed up onto the beach are usually full of rust.

As you’ll see, this styling would be perfect for an intimate beach wedding or elopement, but you could also recreate it on a greater scale for a larger affair.

Bride and groom standing on rocks on beach

Rustic Styling

The busy, rustic table styling using natural elements complements the scenery perfectly. Unstructured florals, candles, drift wood and old glass bottles sit in the centre of linen deliberately draped in an almost untidy manner, creating a rippled effect akin to waves breaking onto the shore. To complete the look, the place settings include rust coloured napkins, wooden table mats, and a sea shell to honour the location.

The bridal styling is just as beautiful, with two gowns specifically chosen to work with the colour scheme. The first includes stunning leaf and floral embellishments and a deep illusion neckline, and the second has hues of brown. The bride’s extra long veil gives a dramatic effect, and her fabulous free-form floral bouquet of peach, blush and white flowers loosely tied with rust-coloured ribbon complements both looks perfectly.

From the textured card used for the wedding stationery, to the rough-iced wedding cake with pops of rust detail, each element has been so carefully thought out. Our thanks go to Lizelle for sharing the beautiful pictures of this romantic rouille beach wedding styling…

Rustic style wedding stationery with beach related items

Rustic wedding stationery

Bridal shoes with rustic wedding stationery

Bride and groom walking across beach holding hands

Bride and groom on beach by rocks

Groom standing behind bride on beach

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A Rustic, Informal Winter Wedding at Dewsall Court

Today I’m delighted to share the incredible pictures from Hannah and Gordon’s winter wedding at Dewsall Court. The ceremony and reception both took place in the Wainhouse, the venue’s stunning barn space. It was the perfect backdrop for the couple’s rustic wedding styling, and looked simply breathtaking when lit by candlelight for the evening celebrations.

Hannah and Gordon wanted an informal wedding day. They used lots of foliage to create simple yet beautiful styling, and an abundance of candles and lanterns created the ‘winter sparkle’ they wanted. Unstructured, natural floral arrangements added to the rustic vibe, with cream and ivory flowers complementing winter foliage perfectly for the bouquets, table arrangements and stunning ceremony arch.

Talking of stunning, what about Hannah’s wedding dress! She looked incredible in her long sleeved Margaux Tardits dress with embroidered detail. The bridesmaids’ metallic maxi dresses added even more sparkle to the day, whilst Gordon and his groomsmen braved the cold in tweed kilts and jackets.

Breaking tradition, Hannah and Gordon decided against having a first dance, instead doing a variation of the Virginia Reel (Ceilidh dance) and inviting their guests to join them. They also had 100 vegan cupcakes instead of a wedding cake, to celebrate their friend’s 30th birthday which was on the same day.

This wedding really shows that you don’t have to follow any rules when it comes to planning your big day. I hope you enjoy looking through these beautiful pictures, captured by Dean Jones Photography.

Dewsall Court

View from Dewsall Court

Lounge area in Dewsall Court

Bride looking out of window of Dewsall Court before her wedding

Wedding dress hanging on back of door

Sparkly bridal shoes

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Rustic Countryside Wedding Styling at Lyth Valley Country Inn

If you’re longing for a wedding with a rustic countryside vibe, then today’s shoot at Lyth Valley Country Inn will give you loads of ideas for your wedding styling.

There is an eclectic mix of rustic styling ideas, from feathers and skulls to moss covered oak slices and bird nests, and also some styling elements which give a wonderful modern twist on the rustic nature of this concept. Giant grass covered LOVE letters create a modern backdrop whilst embracing the natural vibe. The florals are amazing too, with wildflowers and eucalyptus foliage mixed with bright blue flowers again giving a contemporary edge.

I adore the eclectic mix of old and new that creates real interest and intrigue. Beautifully rustic backdrops with vintage bikes, large light-up wooden letters, blankets, old books, tea cups and rustic furniture are brought to life in the surroundings of the countryside and Lyth Valley Country Inn.

Four brides by fireplace at Lyth Valley Country Inn

Varying bridal styles each complement the rustic concept, from traditional chic with an elegant bridal look to rock chick with leather biker jacket and tattoos. These are perfect examples to show that little tweaks can make different styling concepts your own.

Carolyn of AMB-Vision joined forces with make-up artist Polly Winder to bring this rustic countryside wedding styling to life…

Countryside Chic

“Friends since birth and Lake District born and bred, Carolyn and I have both found ourselves working in the wedding industry but in completely different areas. So, we decided to work together to create a ‘Countryside Chic’ shoot. With spring just around the corner we wanted to create a shoot encapsulating the rustic beauty of the venue as well as its stunning surroundings.”

“Surrounded by Lake District countryside, Lyth Valley Country Inn has wonderful outdoor space, and the rustic countryside theme of the venue gave us the inspiration for varied wedding looks, from boho to a more classic bridal wear style.

“Each supplier contributed their own influence in the arrangement of the shoot and the results were exactly what we wanted.”

Large hedge LOVE letters

Baby goat

Bride in grounds of Lyth Valley Country Inn

Bride with veil holding bouquet

Bride's face

Bride and groom in countryside

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Rustic Countryside Wedding Styling in Shades of Orange

Captured so beautifully by Chris Wojdak and Les Amis Photo, this countryside wedding styling concept is classically romantic with a naturally rustic vibe. The styling team used many natural elements, including sweet Californian oranges on the rustic dessert table, and orange hues continue through the styling with beautiful bright orange ranunculus in the bridal bouquets, groom’s buttonhole and the table designs. Combined with soft blue, chalky greenery and soft ivory this creates a vibrant, edgy and classically sweet colour palette.

Sprawling, untamed florals play perfectly against soft, timeless lace throughout, from the table linen to the bride’s beautiful veil. The tablescape is romantically designed with a lace table runner and floral arrangements in antique gold vases, with each place setting set with white china and orange and blue glassware. Sometime it’s the little details which make the most impact, and the place settings have been designed with so much thought. Each side plate features elegant fern detail, with the cutlery loosely tied with a place name in beautiful hand lettering.

The attention detail is what I love most about this styled wedding shoot. Everything from the the table runners complementing the bride’s gorgeous lace veil, to the wedding stationery designed with lace-look detail and pretty leaf envelope liners giving a nod to the rustic vibe. The flower girls’ look works so well too. I adore their pretty floral crowns of foliage and flowers, and the combination of simple ivory mismatched dresses with well-worn brown boots.

I hope you love these rustic countryside wedding styling ideas as much as I do… enjoy!

Elegant wedding stationery with hand lettering

Hand lettering on wedding stationery

Rustic wedding table with orange flowers and green foliage

Rustic wedding place setting with orange and white flowers

Side plate with fern illustration and hand lettering name

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Cosy Hygge Wedding Styling Inspiration

You’ve probably heard the word hygge, pronounced ‘hoo-ga’ or ‘hue-gah’. It’s basically a word to reflect a mood of cosiness and contentment, and this wondrous hygge wedding styling will get you right into the Christmas spirit.

Created by the magnificent Kirsten, aka The Little Wedding Helper, these ideas give a cosy approach to Christmas and winter wedding styling. The concept also has a rustic feel, and it’s all so inviting.

A dark colour palette of purple and green offers an alternative to tradition Christmas colours, and what better florals to use at this time of year than purple hydrangeas, elderberries, and ivy? These elements combine to create a fabulously styled wedding tablescape. A large trailing ivy table runner creeps around vases of hydrangea and taper candles in glass bottles. So beautiful, it’s an easy way to create a stunning feature of your wedding table, and it’s inexpensive too, as you could forage the ivy yourself.

Wedding place setting with hygge styling

Cosy Vibe

One of the best places to create a cosy vibe is in a country pub, and The Battleaxes in Wraxall, just outside Bristol, provided a wonderful setting for this shoot. Throughout this stunning venue, carefully placed rustic decor creates feature points for the styling. Every little detail, such as the wooden stag head, wicker hearts, vintage books, lanterns, candles and soft blankets, all help to bring the hygge wedding styling to life.

The cosy vibe continues up the stairs of the pub, where trailing ivy is woven around pillar candles flickering between dark purple hydrangea. This looks great, but of course be careful at your wedding venue to place real candles out of the way of people’s path! You can get great artificial candles though, and some venues prefer these, so it’s best to check to be on the safe side.

A wedding wouldn’t be complete without a cake or two, and a wonderful styled sweet treat table adds to the cosy, rustic vibe. Naked wedding cakes, a decadent chocolate drip cake, and the cutest gingerbread houses are all displayed on oak slices. For me though, the pièce de résistance for this shoot is the spectacular hot chocolate bar, sure to give you a warm feeling inside (and leave you wanting one!).

Huge thanks go to Sam Gibson Photography for these amazing pictures of this hygge wedding styling inspiration…

Easy to Recreate

“The Danish word ‘hygge’ has become a bit of a buzz word. I keep pronouncing it as ‘huggy’, because it’s how it makes you feel. Meik Wiking, author of ‘The Little Book of Hygge’ defines it as ‘togetherness, relaxations, indulgence, presence and comfort’.

“It got me thinking about weddings and how this Danish concept can lend itself to the planning and design of a wedding day. Many couples who I talk to often become overwhelmed with everything, all consumed with Pinterest and wanting to create the right look for their day. They can become lost in so many details that they lose sight of what the day is actually about. Don’t get me wrong, I love the details; it’s what my job is about. However, it’s important that they’re meaningful and personal. When your guests walk into your ceremony and reception they should see the both of you entwined throughout. It’s not just about how your wedding looks, but how it feels too.

“After reading more I wanted to create hygge wedding styling that encompassed all its elements and, more importantly, was easy to recreate.

“Thank you to all the suppliers who really got what I wanted to create, and also to The Battleaxes for allowing us to take over a corner of their beautiful venue. It is perfect for any winter wedding, with its log fires, wooden tables, mismatched chairs, and as much hot chocolate as a wedding stylist could drink!”

Small wedding table with hygge styling

Candles and plates on rustic table to create hygge wedding styling

Cosy, rustic wedding table with candles, ivy runner and white plates

Pot of purple hydrangea on wedding table

Rustic table with hygge wedding styling

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