To wrap-up our month chatting with awesome event planners from around the country, today we have the pleasure of talking with a lovely gal named Rachel Moger, owner of Occasions Event Design from Traverse City, Michigan. She’s got big ideas, and even bigger plans for her event planning business this coming year, so I think it’s a treat that we’re in on it with her!
So without further ado, Rachel’s going to share with us some gorgeous inspiration!
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Hi Everyone! Here in Northern Michigan, we love our farm weddings. The area is sprawling with gorgeous waterfront wineries and rolling hills with farms along the coast of Lake Michigan. I am passionate about combining traditional and unique elements to create a wedding day that’s as refined as the brides I work with. Thanks for having me, Emily!
Today I want to share a little inspiration on how to incorporate feminine elegance to an outdoor setting, specifically for farm weddings! Many couples lean towards a more rustic feeling venue in search of a place that’s more gender-neutral. I see more and more grooms getting involved in planning the big day and there’s no doubt the guys out there love those barns and outdoor tented celebrations. It’s the perfect spot for his friends to hangout and the price is usually spot-on.
But what about those girls who’ve dreamt of a Cinderella-esque celebration their whole lives? What if the idea of burlap flags and vintage coolers just isn’t your thing, but you’d rather have lace and champagne? Although a farm wedding might not end up being the ballroom fete you’d set your heart on at age 8, outdoor and natural settings have a sense of natural beauty and elegance that is simple, timeless, and allows for so many styles it’s unreal.
The secret is to incorporate rustic elements in with your elegant decor items without going overboard in either direction. Of course, to get the whole style you’re going for I always recommend working alongside an event designer who will take your ideas and make them better than you imagined!
A peek into my inspiration board of what I see for an elegant farm wedding…images via Rachel’s pinterest board
Here are a few of my tips & tricks to make your rustic venue perfectly elegant…
1. Choose your color scheme, not a theme! Although a wedding “theme” can be so sweet (think bikes, owls, vintage), it can also take over the look of the day. I recommend a strong paper suite with a custom monogram to incorporate throughout decor. Once you choose your venue, pick a color scheme that works. For my inspiration board, I drew together refined simplicity with gentle colors and textures. You can see hints of gold mixed in with white, cream, pink and natural greenery.
2. Pick your space wisely! There are so many outdoor, farm, and barn wedding venues available. Do your research, visit in person, and make sure you’re comfortable with the feel of the space. If a venue is a really great deal but it’s a little dirty, the floor isn’t passable for heels (or bare feet), or it would take a lot of time to clean out – just pass! There are so many reception areas that will be perfectly suited to your tastes, and your fiancé’s too!
3. Any season is great for a farm wedding, but my personal opinion is that late spring is the sweetest and most feminine. Color palettes tend to lend towards lighter, more feminine shades naturally as the flowers in bloom pop up in shades of pink, white, purple and yellow. Dewey grass shows itself for the first time and your guests will love to be outside if it’s warm enough.
4. Hire the right photographer! Make sure the photographer you choose to work with understands your vision and style. Let him or her know that you’re going for timeless elegance. A good photographer will know how to capture images that are unique, filled with light and showcase your love.
5. My personal favorite, choose your flowers wisely! Maybe instead of choosing wildflowers or daisies, for instance, go for garden roses, peonies, and lily of the valley. The trick is not to go too far in the other direction and opt for orchids or calla lilies, because they just don’t fit the venue! A great floral designer will pull in the right natural elements to support your favorite flowers. Forgo the mason jars for traditional pedestal vases.
Really I could go on and on about the importance of small details when designing your wedding. The food you choose (and how you serve it), the lighting of the space and the flow of the day are just a couple extra things to think about. I hope you found these tips helpful in thinking about your dream wedding!
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Thanks Rachel! I am in love with your inspiration board. Those colors, and the dreaminess of it… perfection! You can read more about Rachel’s journey on her blog. She’s getting ready to launch her business under a new name this fall. Exciting year ahead for her and I’m excited to see where it takes her. She’s a sweetheart and I think any of you farm brides in the Michigan area definitely should say hello to Rachel! Connect with her on Pinterest, and Instagram and Twitter under @rachel_moger.
Ok, January is coming to a close (already!!!). And I am happy to share that our February’s meet-the-vendor series will be all about caterers, and we have some super-duper awesome farm loving caterers ready to say hello to you! Thanks again to all of our other event planners that shared with us this month – Lizie Anne Weddings, daisies & pearls | MERRYMAKING, and Kelly Dellinger Events. I hope you’re loving this series already and finding tons of inspiration!