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.

For the ceremony we selected simple unfinished wood benches, which brought in the 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 placecards held in small bundles of hand-tied sticks. When placed on a long wooden sideboard, the placecard 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 placecard table, we used more hand-tied bundles of sticks on which we would rest over-turned forks. A tortoise shell handle on the butter knife would add another level of dimension. We selected simple hand-blown stemware in a trio of sizes which 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.

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 brings 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.


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