Chic Outdoor Wedding Ideas

Our modern bride is leaning more and more towards rustic style outdoor weddings. Taking old vintage ideas and adding some modern unique twists. Here are some great and oh so chic ideas for today’s  bride trying to achieve this aesthetic for their big day.

Hydrangea and Mum bouquet

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Table numbers and seating chart listed out on shutters

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Instead of a chalkboard how about a glass board with a rustic frame – Fabulous!

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Centerpiece with wow factor!

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Insert candles and add a romantic nighttime glow to your big night

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Hanging chandeliers from trees invites the elegance of an indoor space outdoors essentially merging the two indoor/outdoor together.

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Beautiful use of barrels below

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Tim and Melanie Blankenship – Country/Vintage Wedding

Tim and Melanie met, fell in love, and had their dream wedding all within 12 months. Melanie knew exactly what she wanted her wedding to look and feel like and she had just 6 months to make her vision come to life. With Tim growing up in Tennessee country and Melanie’s Vintage taste this couple merged their styles together to create a country/vintage styled event.

The venue (a beautiful farm in the rolling hills of Virginia)

Bridesmaid Bouquets – made of baby’s breath

Bridal Bouquet – made of white and yellow roses

Table settings – all DIY from the the burlap runners and silverware holders to the floral centerpieces

Ceremony – Floating barn doors at the entrance, DIY isle decor

Images Courtesy of: Wolf Creek Photography http://www.wolfcreekphoto.com/

 

 

 

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Images Courtesy of: Wolf Creek Photography http://www.wolfcreekphoto.com/

New Social’s tasty wedding treats!

New Socials is best known for their fantastic ambiance, delicious cuisine, and great entertainment on Friday nights. What many do not know is their talent in the area of creating beautiful wedding cakes and tasty wedding treats to fill your guests’ tummies. Whether you are looking to do a bridal shower, Rehearsal dinner, or a small wedding in-house their venue will not disappoint. Below are some recent pictures which showcase their talents. Check them out at http://www.newsocialsbarandgrill.com or visit their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/newsocials and tell them Upper Valley Bride says hello!

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Images courtesy of: New Social’s Bar and Grill

Johanna Hehir Wedding Dress

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Verity lace strap sweetheart French chantilly lace dress with godet skirt with blush pink satin tie.

This dress is perfect for an elegant and romantic wedding. Johanna Hehir captures the essence of the modern bride beautifully in her entire 2012 collection. 

Custom Doggie Bags

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Here is a fun favor idea. Custom made wooden doggie boxes with an extra piece of wedding cake in each box. How many times have you been to a wedding and between toasts, dancing, photo ops, greeting of the bride and groom do you miss out on tasting cake! I love this idea! You can use other material like cardboard of course to make it more affordable and adorn with a custom doggie tag in line with your wedding theme and colors. 

Imiage via http://www.brides.com.

 

Limoncello Wedding Favors

Very cool wedding favor idea. Limoncello is an Italian, lemon-flavored liqueur, sometimes served as an apertif (or you can serve it after dinner).

Start this recipe about six months in advance and you’ll have a totally unique favor to hand to your guests at the end of the night.

Homemade Limoncello

What You’ll Need

Step One

  • one bottle everclear (at least 151 proof)
  • one bottle vodka (80-100 proof)
  • 15-20 large thick skinned bright yellow lemons
  • large clear glass jar

Step Two

  • 3-4 cups filtered tap water or distilled water (not mineral water)
  • 3-4 cups pure white sugar
  • cheese cloth

How to Make It

Step One

Day 1

  1. Pour the bottle of everclear and the bottle of vodka into the large glass jar.
  2. Clean all of the lemon skins thoroughly with a vegetable brush. Dry the lemons. Use a peeler or zester to zest the yellow part of the skin off the lemons. You don’t want any pith (the white part) to get into the mixture, this will make it bitter. Try to make the pieces as large as possible, it will make the straining process easier
  3. Add all of your lemon zest to the jar and stir gently.
  4. Cover the jar tightly with a lid and store in a cool, dark spot (not in the fridge).
  5. Stir your mixture about once a week. Let the mixture sit for anywhere from 8 days to 40 days. The mixture should turn bright yellow and start to smell like lemons.

Next

  1. Gently stir lemon peels.
  2. Scoop out one of the larger peels and test the flexibility. Ideally, when the peel breaks like a potato chip, you know you’re ready to move on to the next step.

Step Two

Day 1

  1. Dissolve the sugar in the water and bring to a boil over high heat on the stove. Boil for 5 minutes or until the mixture is totally clear. This should make you 3-4 cups of simple syrup.
  2. Set aside the simple syrup to cool.
  3. When cool, add the simple syrup to your mixture. The more simple syrup you add, the lower the overall alcohol content you’ll have and the more syrupy your limoncello will be. As you stir the mixture should start to feel more like a liqueur.
  4. Return the infusion to a cool, dry place for up to 40 days (or for at least 8 days), and repeat the process of gently stirring the mixture about once a week.
  5. The mixture should look bright yellow, and once everything settles, it should be fairly clear.

Next

  1. Filter you limoncello using the cheese cloth and a funnel and strain into smaller bottles. Flip-top 80ml clear glass bottles are an excellent size for wedding favors. Just make sure whatever bottle you pick can seal tightly.
  2. Since it’s homemade, your limoncello should be consumed within about 6 months for the best taste. It will get smoother with age.
    • Notes: Depending on how much simple syrup you added, your limoncello will be about 45% alc/vol.
    • Serve your limoncello chilled in a small cordial glass, a shooter, or in a lowball glass over ice.

Check out more signature cocktail ideas at TheKnot.com.

Image via MyRecipes.com.