The Wedding Planner Magazine

Southern West Virginia 2-1

A magazine highlighting the premiere wedding professionals in Charlottesville, Virginia and surrounding areas. Includes interviews, real weddings and numerous articles written by local and professional wedding planners.

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achieved by going on the hunt for the distinct treasures needed to raise the roof of your barn theme. Let's consider rustic farm and barn décor. To create the feel of a country farm, look for rusty containers, farm gates, and wooden barrels. Chicken crates and gallon size whiskey jugs make great props as well. Are you or do you have a family member or friend who is handy with tools? Visit your local sawmill for rough-cut lumber to build your own barn doors. Lumber bought here is usually less expensive and provides a more well-worn character than processed lumber from a home improvement store. e great thing about barn doors is that they need not be fancy or fine-tuned. Rough, raw, chips and all will add the perfect amount of personality to your doors to make a statement that is all yours. Nature provides the best sources for design as well. I have a great passion for nature and find a lot of inspiration from walking in the woods. Look for grapevine to wrap around old fencing, stones to mark the wedding aisle, discarded bird feathers to decorate a special vignette, and green moss that can be sprayed and dried. Hollowed-out tree stumps make gorgeous containers for flower arrangements, while bare tree branches look fabulous tucked into old jars or wire baskets. If you really want to bring the farm to your wedding, think about adding a basket of fresh eggs nestled in straw to your guest registration area to represent the "new birth" of a new stage in your life. Color combinations for rustic weddings vary greatly and you only need to look to nature to find one that appeals to you. e colors of a rustic wedding are not the deciding factor in getting the look; it is achieved by using simple, natural items brought together in a carefree way. It shouldn't be fussy or formal. Have guests sit on a mixture of old wooden chairs, on the tailgates of pickup trucks, benches made from wood slabs on tree stumps, or simple quilts spread on the ground (which can also serve as the perfect informal setting for a picnic-style reception aerwards). All in all, rustic weddings can be one of the most fun and easiest weddings to design because of the simplistic nature of the décor. Just like decorating a home with things that have meaning in your life, your special day should also express who you are. Most importantly, enjoy the process. You don't get married every day, so make your day the best it can be. Happy Planning from Mia Bella Originals! Just like decorating a home with things that have meaning in your life, your special day should also express who you are. Melissa Perella Photography Melissa Perella Photography Kelli Carrico Photography

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