Behind the Brand: My Rustic-Chic-Garden Wedding

Have you ever wondered what would possess someone to become a wedding planner? You always hear that people hate planning their wedding — it’s stressful, a ton of work, and who knew there were so many shades of blush? I had the opposite experience. I loved every minute of planning my wedding.

As someone who geeks out over anything organization-related, all the spreadsheets, budgets, timelines, venue comparisons, RSVP’s, and inspiration boards totally spoke to my inner nerd. Even though I was working full-time, I didn’t find the process overwhelming like I’d been warned (I admit to a few melt-downs…let’s face it, getting married is a BIG deal and emotions sometimes win). I started to wonder how wedding planners got to be so lucky that they could work full-time just planning weddings?! Who wouldn’t want to start their day by looking at bouquets and table settings?

After a year of planning what I called a “rustic-chic-garden” wedding, the big day finally arrived, and a future wedding planner was born. Here’s a look at my wedding, which convinced a DC public affairs girl to start her own wedding planning business.

The details – Our wedding was on a beautiful fall day in September 2015. The ceremony was at a historic church in downtown Warrenton, and the cocktail hour and reception took place at the stunning Airlie House.


The wedding party – groomsmen wore light gray suits and the groom wore a dark gray Vera Wang tux. The bridesmaids chose their own cocktail-length dresses within a color palette of blush, cream, and gray, while the matrons of honor (my sisters) wore longer blush-colored dresses. My favorite detail? The kids Chuck Taylors paired with tuxedos (to die for)!


The decor – the overall decor scheme was “rustic-chic-garden.” Centerpieces were created by Sweet Root Village and included a mix of tall elegant pieces atop silver candlesticks and lower arrangements in rustic reclaimed wood boxes mixed with lanterns and mercury votives. The wedding party were seated at farm tables with mixed-and-matched chairs, while the guests were at round tables with chiavari chairs. Other fun features included a bar made from old whiskey barrels, an outdoor lounge area with comfy chairs and a couch, and a settee for the sweetheart table instead of two separate chairs, all rented from Paisley and Jade.


The fun – during the cocktail hour, guests had the option to play several lawn games including bocce ball and corn hole. Signature drinks included a “We Do Whiskey Gimlet” and a “Marry Me Moscow Mule.” During the reception, in place of the traditional garter and bouquet toss, we played the “Shoe Game” with the help of the groom’s sisters.



Photographer: Kristine Pringle Photographers

Hair & Makeup: Hair & Makeup Artistry by Claudine

Stationary: Minted

Flowers: Sweet Root Village

Rentals: Paisley & Jade

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hi, there! I'm jamie

I’m Jamie – designer, planner, writer, recovering political junkie, and fur mom to two rescued Boston terrier pups – Blossom and Lucy. A born and raised DC girl, my husband lured me away from the city to quieter Southern Maryland where he’s an engineer for the Navy.  I can’t wait to hear your story and find out how I can help make your wedding day dreams come true!

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