Every wedding day begins with a plan. I make my plans visual, summing it up on one page in hopes to capture the full picture that is in my mind. I always start with this this summery or mood board. This sets the tone and gives us a grounded place keeping our planning on track, especially in this creative industry when our minds can begin to wonder.
For this wedding, we took cues from the scenery around us. There were fields of wheat and grasses, autumn was showing her true glory and the venue was overflowing with rustic charm. Shelby and Paul wanted a casual, outdoor autumn experience. The palette was to be kept very neutral with touches of oat grass, wheat, cotton, autumn foliage and fruit lining the tables’ cotton table runners.
Image Sources (left to right, top to bottom): via Better Homes and Gardens | Photography: Geneve Hoffman, Floral Design: Beautiful Days Events via The Sweetest Occasion | Floral Design: Kelly Lenard via Brides.com | grasses: unknown | pumpkins via French Country Cottage | wood bowls | flowers: unknown
I put this mood board together before ever having visited the venue. When I arrived for my first site visit, I was in complete awe of how special Misty Farms really was and couldn’t wait to dig deeper into the design plan. The barns were from the 19th century. If nothing else, that would make me week in the knees. Farmers have been living off of and loving this land for decades and it’s beauty is unscathed. Even better, when I got the album back from the Ashley, there were more scenery pictures than I’ve ever seen her present me with before, meaning I wasn’t the only one that saw that wonder of this autumn day and I hope many more eyes will appriciate the charm of this area for generartions to come.
I get butterflies in my stomach just looking at these landscape photos so please excuse me if you think these photos are in excess but I simply cannot help myself. I can practically hear the leaves crunching and the smell the fresh frangrance of earthy autumn. I will share their entire wedding later this week so you can see how our mood board translated into real life, and personal and one of a kind experience designed specifically for Shelby and Paul.
Photography: Ashley Slater Photography | Venue: Misty Farms in Ann Arbor | Wedding & Floral Design: The Day’s Design
More of their gorgeous autumn day coming soon!
[…] Shelby herself is a country girl with refined tastes. The color palette stayed simple with cool autumn tones, drawing inspiration from the wheat fields in the distance, the cotton and milkweed pods and the fading hydrangeas. I shared their mood board earlier this week, but in case you’d like to see it again, you can do so here. […]