I had a December wedding, in San Francisco, at a restaurant. And I loved every minute of it. BUT. I sure do love the idea of an outdoor summertime wedding in the countryside. Something that’s equal parts rustic and elegant. That takes its cue from the surroundings with earthy tones of honey and oak, and the summery green of grasses and vines. Instead of worrying about what’s trendy or overdone, worry about creating a lovely day and taking care of your guests: time your ceremony to miss the hottest part of the day, serve spiked sweet tea, keep decor to a minimum and let the natural surroundings shine. As complicated as planning a wedding can be, it can also be quite simple if you set your mind to it – I promise!

Mood: rustic at its most elegant
Palette: rich earthy hues, fresh cut green


Top row from left: bouquet with ferns and sunflowers by Ariella Chezar, photo of huge oak tree by Michelle M. Waite, photo of jar of honey by Justin DeMutiis via Style Me Pretty
Row 2: sepia photo of benches by Elizabeth Messina, vintage dishes from Matthew Mead Style, chocolate cherry cake with meringue mushrooms styled by Rebecca Thuss for Martha Stewart Weddings
Row 3: mint juleps, photo of Twigs & Honey veil by Elizabeth Messina, centerpiece with dahlias by Ariella Chezar, photo by Aaron Delesie
Row 4: bumblebee pin by Ruby Spirit Designs from Folksy, vintage getaway car from Brides, invitation with tree motif by Oscar & Emma, photo of sunset at a vineyard by One Love Photo

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Elizabeth Messina’s blog Kiss the Groom is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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  1. Sarah

    How lovely! I’m getting married next September and we plan to use similar colors for our palette. Your site is full of so much inspiration–thank you!

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  2. Michele

    Beautiful! My ceremony was outdoors and reception held in an old green house, it had a similar feel to this board. I love your note of placing the focus on the guests as it is their presence that makes the day special.

    Simply lovely.

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  3. karen

    Do we get to see any pictures from your wedding? I’m so curious!

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  4. the Perfect Palette

    All kinds of rustic goodness!

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  5. Susan (BravoBride)

    I love the bumblebee pin – so sweet!

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  6. Shana

    Yes, when are we going to see your wedding photos? :)

    Another lovely board!

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    • KATHRYN

      Wedding photos will be up soon! Keep an eye out for them in the next several weeks.

  7. kelley

    this board is wonderful! the plates remind me of my grandmother’s transferware! nothing better than the brown!
    -kelley

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  8. Michelle

    Love it! I was thinking..Since all of our weddings are over, maybe we should start renewing our vows so we can see each other again! Then we would also get to have different weddings than our original. I’m sure our guys would agree! hehe.

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  9. Emma

    I just want to say that I have been a fan of your site for so long. It is so beautiful has made me more and more obsessed with everything wedding! Thank you for your beautiful features!

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  10. ArticulateArt

    I love the natural simplicity and elegance of these pictures!

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  11. Pretty Domestic

    Elizabeth Messina is one of my favorite photographers. Such inspirational ideas. Xo

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  12. myra :: twigs & honey

    Goodness! I love, love this – love the earthy vibe!

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  13. Michael and Anna Costa

    We love the freshness of this board!

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