Outdoor Elegance: Pop-Up Wedding Inspiration

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This editorial is for the couple who wants to do something different, elegant, and personal on their wedding day.

One of the main things I hear from my clients is that they want their guests to enter their wedding and think “This perfectly represents the couple.” They want authenticity rather than showmanship. My design method is to discover what is essential to my clients- what makes them unique and strengthens their love and respect for one another.

What happens if you throw out the wedding rule book? No dance floor or wedding party introductions? What if you invite your favorite people to a little known magical spot and surprise them with an intimate ceremony amidst architectural ruins; and then follow it up with an elegant dinner party including foraged greenery as décor, artisan bread, and showstopper cake?

It’s a memorable celebration.

This editorial was inspired by an impromptu birthday party I attended at this architectural ruin. My desire was to play with nature, as it slowly tears down the rock walls built by men generations ago–to create a sense of the love that withstands time. The groom waits for his bride along the path to the quarry where they will say their vows. They and their guests enjoy bourbon, local wine, and an intimate dinner. Décor is minimal – a flower curtain, a charcoal drawing by the groom of their wedding site, and a cake that twists and winds like the ivy on the walls. The evening ends with a canoe ride on the nearby Potomac River next to the canal path where they met.

Weddings carry a momentous weight, so elegant shoes, custom jewelry, and thoughtful accessories reveal that the couple takes their ceremony seriously. And despite the outdoor setting, guests receive elegant place settings which include individual salt and pepper shakers and pure linen napkins.

Laughter and smiles are as important as sensuality and intimacy. And whimsical, intimate moments like the groom helping the bride take her hair down, and the playfulness of a couple who truly enjoy being together, welcomes the guests into the celebration of their love.
The end goal for me as a planner is for the wedding to truly reflect the couple. It’s not about my portfolio or design aesthetic–It’s about freeing them to celebrate in the way that most truly reflects them.




Photographer:  Rebecca Wilcher Photography // Event Planner: A Griffin Events  // Model: Alexis Babiarz // Makeup Artist: Bridal Beauty by Erica // Favors and Gifts: Carbon Rendered // Cake Designer: Catherine George Cakes // Tuxedo and Mens Attire: Lapel // Floral Designer: Lark Floral // Jewelry: Lindsay Marie Design // Calligrapher: Lovely Lettering // Equipment Rentals: Select Event Group // Caterer: Simply Fresh Events // Jewelry: Susie Saltzman Fine Jewelry // Dress Designer: Tatyana Merenyuk // Model: Tim Sansone for CLICK Models // Hair Stylist: Tress Hair Co. //

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