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Rustic With Style, Part One

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We have all enjoyed a healthy dose of homespun details from country, farm, and barn weddings in recent years. But too much of anything is never so great: I see a trend towards a more balanced, elegant and harmonious application of this aesthetic. The key is using "country" details in just the right places!

I recently designed a gorgeous wedding in the Hudson Valley region of New York at the beautiful Grasmere Farm. This venue is rustic with great bones and in a lovely setting. Our client preferred a more tailored, slightly preppy aesthetic so the design challenge was finding that balance of rustic design with a classic, elegant, and timeless edge. We found success in blending a clean, fresh color palette including navy, emerald green, and crisp white tones with touches of golden wheat and vibrant sky blue. We stayed away from mason jars and gingham in favor of materials such as copper and elegant porcelain along with neutral tones inspired by the stone barn and surrounding fields. Here are a few beautiful details from the cocktail hour. I will share more from the reception and other details next week!

Images by Jenny Ebert Photography Wedding Planning by Lauren Sozmen of Loli Events.

Cheree Berry designed all of the paper goods for the wedding. I displayed the escort cards in vintage copper trays on top of a bed of green lentils to bring in the signature green tone used throughout the event.

We displayed the client's pashmina wraps (great for chilly weather) in some of my favorite farmhouse collectibles. This is a great place to bring in that rustic touch without looking like it went too far!

In keeping with the overall design plan I went for an eclectic blend of garden furniture and neutral, flax linen. We used painted white wood cafe tables and chairs for cocktail seating, and rattan and vintage cane furniture for lounge areas.

The cocktail table décor included these elegant vases from Middle Kingdom filled with very rustic grasses and pods and polished copper lanterns surrounded by simple amber votive candles.

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