Wedding Trends Look Book 2018: Luxe Lodge

Inspired by the ‘glamping’ movement and the increased interest in close-to-home destination weddings, we married luxury and cabin in a design we titled: LUXE LODGE. Both utilitarian purpose and crafted pieces came together in a juxtaposition with a richness of furs and aged leather. With the over-abundance of farm-inspired weddings, we wanted to translate the desire for a rustic aesthetic to something fresh and new. We crafted a design that brings together a nostalgic feeling through collected embellishments. Our backdrop, the warmth of the raw wood tones of barn-wood siding, encased in a rustic lodge. To this palette, we added light neutrals creating layers of interest.

Rustic wedding lounge

For the ceremony, we selected simple unfinished wood benches, which brought in a casual style. To these, we added oversized fur throws and ceremony programs with a floral motif. We used glowing candles and square iron and glass lanterns, finished in a rich weathered patina, to illuminate the ceremony aisle. An aisle runner of geometric oranges, teals, and creams added a subtle pop of color and texture to the ceremony and complimented the color scheme of the stationery. Above the aisle, we constructed a wood beam structure to enhance the lodge design.

We were inspired by all things woodsy and mixed this with metals of gold, silver, and bronze. Rich browns were the undertone of the design with wood floors and wood furnishings. To this, we added the glow of Edison bulbs in a custom-made canoe chandelier.

We added a graphic touch with neat rows of place cards held in small bundles of hand-tied sticks. When placed on a long wooden sideboard, the place card table became a focal piece to the reception space.

As guests entered the reception space, they experienced a large harvest-inspired table, with a twist. We selected high-top perching tables, which were placed side by side to create a long dinner table. For the seating, we selected distressed leather barstools with a rounded back and silver metal frame. This became the centerpiece of the reception. Around the table, we placed a well-appointed bar, pods of lounge seating, and the piéce de rèsistance, an 18-foot long buffet built out of a canoe that would serve as a confection buffet.

The details on the reception table were precise, but not fussy. We selected a distressed black and white striped linen napkin and beautiful pearlized-handle flatware. To create interest at each place setting and to tie the look together with the place card table, we used more hand-tied bundles of sticks on which we would rest over-turned forks. A tortoiseshell handle on the butter knife would add another level of dimension. We selected simple hand-blown stemware in a trio of sizes that paired with the cylindrical glass votive holders.

Square silver leaf charger plates added a luxury look to the table and the repetition of the place settings created a dramatic impact. Atop the chargers, we placed luminous glass and silver plates that featured an organic tree-like veining along with the colorful menu card.


Down the length of the table, we placed lavender plants growing in a variety of cream and grey ceramic pots.

Lavender and greenery wedding centerpieces

Our lounge featured long black tufted leather sofas, which flanked oversized silver timber coffee tables. Fur pillows were used to repeat the soft texture of the fur throws used in the ceremony.  Woodland accents like acorns, green apples, and wood-hewn bowls would play artfully with trios of lanterns that could be repurposed from the ceremony.

The grandame of all weddings to us is the wedding cake. Trending this year are taller cakes featuring color and hand painting. Hours and hours of handwork bring out the signature elements of this wedding cake. The cake featured hand-stenciled patterns, a deer trophy silhouette, and antlers.


Photos by Anna Grinets Photography

Cake designed by Nadia Cakes

Rentals from BeThings

Stationery by A Milestone Paper Co.