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Create an Elegant Rustic Wedding

April 17, 2014

One of my dear friends, Kim Washko, of Hands to Art, had both of her daughters married in one year!  We were honored to celebrate their weddings with them.  While there were many elements that made each occasion  unique and special, one thread weaved in both: resourcefulness.  Kim and her daughters proved that you can have an original, well-decorated, creative, sophisticated rustic wedding on a very reasonable budget.  This is true talent, and I asked Kim’s permission to share some of their photos with you so we can all learn from their brilliance.  Thanks, Washko women!

Many of the furniture pieces were rented from The Attic, an event rental company specializing in antique, one-of-a-kind pieces.


Wedding #1: Kelli’s Wedding in the Country

wedding.kel.sanctuaryGuests entered through the distressed doorway.

A perfect entrance to a beautiful setting overlooking the Idaho mountains.


Pictures of their love story, and their parents’ love stories on a dresser near the entrance. gift table was a dresser set next to a wine barrel with flowers added for whimsy.

I love the old suitcase for cards.

wedding.kel.wishesNext to the gift table was the advice tree.  Guests wrote pieces of marriage advice or date ideas on slips of paper and hung it on the tree.

wedding.kel.caramel.cornMy very favorite….HOMEMADE caramel corn!!! Plus chalk and bubbles for the younger kids.

wedding.kel.foodTable tops set on wine barrels for the buffet.

wedding.kel.drinksThe drink station held water, lemonade, fresh lemons, flowers, mint, and wine.


wedding.kel.dessert Dessert Area – the yellow is so fresh and fun!


Oh hello cutest cupcake-birdcage idea EVER!

wedding.kel.dessert.table The window pane hanging behind the table is a nice touch, as is the box planter, and varying heights and choices on the cake.

White string lights romantically laced the yard and people danced the night away on this storybook evening.

Wedding #2: Amanda’s Winter Wedding Indoors

wedding.seteeThis was the ceremony platform.  So original and elegant.

wedding.leave.snapshotGuests took snapshots and hung them up on the string.


The farm tables were simple and stunning.  The added pop of the tangerines made all the difference.

wedding.tables2The greenery and pinecones were straight from their backyard.  And bring on the mason jars…for pretty much anything!

wedding.cheese.crackersThe appetizer table.  Note the tangerines…. they show up all over this wedding and it really unifies the elements so nicely.

wedding.cocoaThe hot cocoa station was a cozy, warm treat, especially with these homemade chocolate spoons.

wedding.glassareAn assortment of antique glasses added interest – and what an easy way to remember which is yours!

wedding.desserts.2I love how the cake sits atop the old 7Up crate on greenery, and the donuts rest in an old drawer.

wedding.dessertsNotice the layering in this picture.  Sheer cloths on a rustic table, lace, drawers, boxes, flowers…and of course the tangerines!  It makes for such an eye-catching table!

wedding.cakeThis smaller cake sat next to the larger cake on a birch stand.  Can you get over this cake???

wedding.rustic.candlesA decorative stand next to the wood-fired pizzas they had for dinner.   Such a fun idea!

wedding.kid.stationThe kid-station to keep little hands busy.

We hope these inspire you to be thrifty and creative for your special event!

Here is a picture of the beautiful Washko family (before husbands) 😉


What are some of your favorite rustic wedding ideas?

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