Image © Katie Sidell Photography
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.
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…
Today’s inspiration comes from this beautiful Moroccan inspired bridal shower styling, photographed by Abbie Mae Photography. Shot in the grounds of The Addison Grove, the styling team led by Heather Lane Events wanted to recreate the feeling and culture of Morocco in their home state of Texas.
A luxury picnic style soiree like this would be a wonderful way to celebrate your upcoming nuptials, but I also wanted to share this shoot because I think there are lots of fabulous ideas you could use for an outdoor summer wedding too.
The rustic tablescape is beautifully styled with colourful Moroccan-style mismatched glassware, patterned china and dip-dyed napkins. I love the simple, minimal use of foliage down the centre of the table, weaving in and out of candles, glass votives and small flower arrangements. This sits on a macramé table runner, which brings pattern and texture to the set-up, as do the large cushions which also give a cosy feel. Of course, a low-level table may not be suitable for a wedding breakfast, but you could use this idea to create outdoor chill-out areas instead.
Another lovely idea which continues the Moroccan theme is the tea table. Topped with Moroccan teapot, tea glasses, mint tea bags and bottled iced tea, it’s an interesting and refreshing feature. I love the brass hostess trolley next to it too, beautifully styled with a lantern, pink globe and florals.
And the floral styling doesn’t end there. The bride-to-be’s magnificent bouquet is full of pink and peach blooms including roses and ranunculus, while her hens have gorgeous foliage hoops to carry. There’s also floral detail on the bride-to-be’s stunning wedding dress, which adorns the bodice, skirt and long illusion sleeves.
So, whether you’re looking for ideas for a bridal shower or outdoor summer wedding, I hope you love this Moroccan inspired styling as much as I do…