Last week I shared the stories behind some of my favorite inspiration boards, but today’s feature takes it to the next level with a custom designed styling guide! A friend and colleague of mine is getting married this summer at a beer garden set among the redwoods of the Oakland Hills. She began to describe her idea for a welcoming, laid-back wedding with a neutral palette and modern details, and I wanted to help her visualize it with this styling guide!
The moment the bride-t0-be mentioned her love for this tasseled wedding ceremony backdrop, the styling concept fell into place. She has been spending months handcrafting tassel garlands out of yarn in their color palette of cream, gray, ivory, and gold. The natural setting influenced her color scheme – East Bay California is tawny golden brown that time of year, with hints of dusty green on the hills.
Originally from the Midwest, the pair wanted to introduce their out of town relatives to all of the things they have grown to love about the Bay Area. The wedding decor reflects the bride and groom’s laid-back personal style, while the setting exemplifies their love of the outdoors (and good local beer). The bride-to-be’s relaxed-edgy sense of fashion and no-nonsense personality are picked up in her choice of a streamlined gown and flowers in shades of cream, ivory, and soft yellow.
The venue, an outdoor beer garden, provides picnic tables for seating. Guest tables were designed with the venue’s included furniture in mind, with runners of fresh leaves to provide a simple centerpiece that incorporates the bride’s decision to limit flowers. Succulents and moss in geometric glass terrariums and the clean lines of simple glass candleholders add a modern touch.
Their menu of comfort food will be served in a buffet, so I thought simple, sustainable place settings in bamboo would blend ease with their laid-back style. The bride is a graphic designer and favors simple, clean lines, translating to a modern sans-serif print to be used on the invitation, signage, menus, and place cards. A hint of pattern in chic black and white speaks to that sensibility while tying in with the rustic surroundings. The tassel idea proved far too cute to only incorporate in the ceremony, so I proposed adding garland touches in other areas as well. They chose to serve a selection of local pies, along with a small cake for cutting, and I thought this sweet display would make a statement! Crates and stands to create different heights draw the eye in to the selection of rustic desserts, each marked with a simple, graphic tag.
This couple loves beer, so a wedding in a German beer garden made perfect sense! Local beers will be flowing, of course, and our area is famed for amazing wine from the north and the south. The simple, graphic print carried throughout the design will be repeated in places like the bar signs, while a custom designed monogram would be a perfect addition to a beer glass favor!
PHOTO CREDITS –
Tassel Ceremony Backdrop – Photography by Yuna Leonard, Coordinated by Galas By Gerry via Wedding Chicks | Garland Draped Welcome Sign – Photography by Larissa Cleveland, Coordinated by Erica Ota Events via Style Me Pretty | Cream and Ivory Bouquet – Photography by Perry Vaile, Styling by Ginny Au, Floral Design by Holly Carlisle via Style Me Pretty | Billy Ball Boutonniere – Photography by Kate Osborne Photography via Hillside Floral | Greenery Runner – Photography by Loft Photographie, Floral Design by Verbena Floral Design via Style Me Pretty | Bamboo Place Setting – Photography by Brant Smith Photography via Rustic Wedding Chic | Modern Geometric Centerpiece – Photographer: Megan Jeanne Photography, Floral Design by Jill Fawcett via Wedding Chicks | Billy Ball Centerpieces – Photography by Jonathan Roberts via Intimate Weddings | Rustic Pie and Cake Display – Photography by Retrospect Images via Ruffled | Rustic Chocolate Cake – Photography by Emily Blake Photography via Style Me Pretty | Beer Glass Favor – Photography by Kim Seidl Photography via Style Me Pretty | Black and White Wedding Signage – Photography by Edyta Szyzlo, Styling by Enjoy Events Co. via Ruffled
This takes style boards to a whole new level! Love the style as well. Who did the illustrations?
Thank you, Christie! I did all of the sketches!
This is so fun – I just love it! Great work!
Wow, love those sketches. Is there anything you CANT do? 🙂
This sounds like it’s going to be one kickass party! I love the everything about this concept and your sketches are so gorgeous!
I absolutely love what you did for drafting up designs for your friends upcoming wedding. The inspiration looks beautiful.
Thank you so much, Charmaine! It was a labor of love, for sure, and a lot of fun!
So, so, SO pretty!
P.S. These hand drawn boards are my very favorite!
Yay! Thank you, Cris! It’s fun to be able to come up with something entirely unique for a couple!
This is fabulous! Love the illustrations!
Thank you, Sara! I think it’ll be a fun addition to my inspiration boards!
This is such an awesome concept! Gorgeous sketches, Ariana!
Thank you, thank you! I’ve loved getting into sketching designs!
Sounds like a lovely relaxed affair, just the sort of wedding I would love to be a guest at! x
Same here, Amy! They have awesome priorities for their wedding and I can’t wait!
Such a fab post! it is so detailed and does the work of really helping one visualize their wedding !good Job HWL!
Thank you, Gee! Knowing the bride and her style so well really helped!
I that this is the styling for a real wedding!
Me too! They’re such a fun, sweet couple and I loved putting this together with them in mind!