Jan 13

Inspiration Board :: Dusty & Rustic

Dusty and rustic, that sounds like quite the combination, doesn’t it?  But I promise it was gorgeous – just like dear Hallie.  Hallie and I schemed about all things vintage, wooden and full of charm.  She adored dusty blue tones and luscious pops of pink.  We aimed for softness, without being too pastel.  She loves bows, lace and lots of girly enchantments which contrasted nicely with the rustic vibe of her barn venue.

Before bringing the day to life, we of course plotted and schemed and dreamt up an amazing mood board to help us define exact what their celebration would look like.  I know some people find it somewhat pointless, but to me I think it’s an invaluable tool.  Hallie (like most brides) had 169 pins on her Pinterest board and while they were all beautiful, there was such a range and plethora of ideas that it really needed to be focused and narrowed.  You can read more about why I insist on creating an inspiration board here.

We sought to combine her favorite things, making sure that the design remained balanced between glamorous and aged elements, old and new and fit perfectly with her something blue.

Dusty Blue & Rustic Mood Board | The Day's Design

Image credit (top row left to right): Photography: Paper Antler via Ruffled Blog  | Dusty Miller stock image  |  Photography: Greer G Photography, Floral Design: Kim Starr Wise via Snippet & Ink  |  Photography: Weddings by Nicola and Glen, Floral Design: Euphoric Flowers

(middle row left to right): Invitation via Wedding Paper Divas  |  Romantic Antike Garden Rose stock image | Wood boxes via Accent Decor

(bottom row left to right): Photography: Lauren Kinsey, Floral Design: Bloom Floral Design  |  Queen Anne’s Lace stock image  | Linen via La Tavola  |  White Majolica Spray Rose stock image


 I’ve been hording the gorgeous results of Hallie and Eric’s beautiful celebration but will be sure to share them very very soon.

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  1. […] On a balmy day in mid July, my journey with one such bride ended – only so she could begin a new one with the love of her life.  From the moment I met Hallie, I knew that her wedding day would be fabulous.  She had chosen a horse farm in Ludington to host both her ceremony and reception and she hoped to bring along lots of vintage, rustic and girly touches.  Dusty blue was the primary color inspiration, allowing shades of pink to naturally introduce itself through the floral palette and patterns on the vintage china.  We aimed for softness, without being too pastel and added rustic details alongside timeless touches of silver and lace.  You may remember their dusty and vintage inspiration board which I wrote about last week. […]

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