With the start of winter quickly approaching, we wanted to send off autumn with this gorgeous styled shoot from Dogwood Events and JEM Events. Typically, many find fall wedding inspiration in the Washington DC area in nature with pumpkins, leaves and warm colors, but this shoot goes for soft, rustic romance—and I’m loving every last detail captured by Djijo Studios Photography. From a spiked apple cider station to burlap chair bows, there are so many pretty details for wedding inspiration and ideas, but I’ll let Courtney Porter, owner of Dogwood Events, do the talking!
From Courtney: This October, we got together with an amazing team of wedding professionals for a fun vintage rustic fall inspiration shoot at Riverside on the Potomac in Leesburg, VA. We wanted to show engaged couples that you can create a relaxed, rustic look for your wedding that can still look elegant and won’t end up breaking the bank. We searched for a location that not only had a gorgeous barn, but gorgeous landscaping and views as well. With a renovated barn overlooking the Potomac River and endless amounts of photo opportunities, Riverside on the Potomac was the perfect location for us to shoot.
As part of our shoot, we wanted to set a reception table with a rustic vintage feel to it. We wanted to show off the beautiful antique table so instead of using a table cloth, we made a burlap runner to give some texture to the center of the table. We used burlap ribbon to make chair sashes and tied them on every other chair to keep the mismatched look.
We wanted to put together a dessert table featuring several fall dessert options. We decided to use white platters and a white cake stand to make the desserts stand out. To display our pumpkin spice cake, we placed the white cake stand on top of an overturned graniteware bucket. On the table, we scattered miniature chocolate, apple, pumpkin and pecan pies and some apples. We used more apples for our dessert table signs with the same calligraphy as the place cards.
Instead of vases, we used vintage graniteware to hold our floral arrangements. We collected the vintage mismatched china and silverware that we used for the place settings from local antique stores and wrapped the silverware in twine to add to the rustic look. For our water glasses, we used mason jars and decided to use traditional wine glasses to keep everything from looking overly rustic. For our place cards, we pinned calligraphed names onto apples. We tied cinnamon sticks to our napkins, which added some interest to the place settings and smelled amazing.
For our signature drink, we decided to make spiked apple cider and place it in a large mason jar dispenser. Our beverage station was made by stacking crates that we purchased from a Leesburg farmer and decorated with more of our fall flower arrangements and apples.
The following Washington, DC area wedding professionals contributed to this styled shoot:
Location: Riverside on the Potomac
Photography: Djijo Studios Photography
Planning + Styling: Dogwood Events and JEM Events
Floral Design: EightTreeStreet
Calligraphy: Meant to Be Calligraphy
Cake: Cakes by Casey
Whoopie Pies: Whoopsies!
Hair and Make Up: Makeup Artistry by Tracie
Photo Credits: Djijo Studios Photography