1. Dutch Floral Designer Joost Bakker’s dining room in the January 2009 Issue of Vogue Australia. 2. “The Long Lunch” photographed by Ditte Isager 3. “Happy Hour” photograph by Aya Brackett 4. Maria Lucia Hohan gown photographed by Vanessa Jackman
Can I just take a minute on my soap box? I don’t like to tell people what they should do with their wedding or even give much advice because everyone is so different and in different circumstances. But if there are two bits of advice I would give to anyone it would be these:
1) let it be you. Don’t feel like you need to take this huge departure from your normal life and aesthetic to venture to some remote island of wedding standards. Dream about what your ideal wedding would be like as if you’ve never seen what a wedding is “supposed to” be.
2) choose a concept and venue that work with your budget. Be realistic about the amount of money you are spending on your wedding and choose a concept that you can rock rather than something you have to cut a lot of corners and stretch really far to achieve. This will go a long way to setting yourself up for success.
I feel like this board is a good example of these two principles. If you’re working with a small budget, this is a direction you could rock. Instead of stretching to buy champagne and having a very wedding-y wedding, work with what you’ve got and splurge on a level that makes sense. Celebrate by serving your favorite beers. Wear that biker jacket you love so much. Keep the guest list intimate. Have it at a restaurant or a friends place or your place! Instead of buying cheap plastic wedding-y decor for 300, use found objects and buy decor you can use in your house too… You get the idea, right? :)
When a meal is thoughtfully prepared and authentically staged, you just know it has to be good. Add in friends, family and some of the prettiest natural scenery around and you've got a provincial fairytale in the making. This story is all the inspiration you need for an intimate, idyllic wedding in the countryside.