Gold and Blackberry Fall Elopement Inspiration

When I was brought in to style this photography workshop for Michelle Whitley Photography, I wanted to use it as an opportunity to rethink the rustic, rural wedding design. I love pieces that tell a story and that’s definitely one of the appeals of a rustic style. However, I do crave a hint of splendor at a wedding- elements that declare that the day is special, personal, and unique.


Inspired by the sunlight bouncing off the golden cornfields of fall, we designed this elopement to look both elegant and at ease in its natural surroundings. Because Darnall Colonial Farm is a property dating back to 1770, we specifically wanted to honor the history of the location with modern touches for today’s stylish couple.

We started by focusing on modern elements like a couture gown from Elaya Vaughn, an asymmetrical crystal and pearl necklace from J’Adorn Designs, and a raw gemstone in a  hand-forged ring duo from By Angeline.  Each of these are less-traditional elements chosen for the unique, personal touch they contribute.  


To complement the rustic setting, we selected Old World elements like the Villeroy and Boch gold-edged china, hand-dyed velvet ribbon courtesy of Torn and Tied, and vintage furniture from Something Vintage.


In a true “modern meets Old World” moment, a vintage sweetheart table held a three-tiered cake adorned with gold flecked snowberries and blackberries layered above a watercolor ikat wash in more purple and blackberry tones. Nothing compares to the beauty of the golden sunlight as it caught the edible gold leaf on the cake sitting patiently under a cloud of greenery hanging between the trees.


In choosing color for the shoot, we pulled from the season and surroundings. Lush ferns and greenery adorned the hillsides of Darnall Colonial Farm, while figs, blackberries, and plums grew in the gardens. Gold accents came not only from the cornfields, but also from the early fading leaves and the golden-hour sunlight.


The invitation suite perfectly blended the Old World and modern elements by incorporating beautiful and soft calligraphy with a blackberry-inspired watermark and initial.  The serendipitous bleeding of the watercolor initial on the insert and envelope complement the structured type and script of the invitation. To prove the watermark was intentional and not just a happy accident, a berry insert featuring the couple’s favorite quote unites the suite.

By taking colors and themes from nature, this golden fall elopement is perfectly at home in it's historic setting while maintaining a personal, elegant atmosphere.

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Participating Vendors:

Venue: Darnall Colonial Farm
Photography: Michelle Whitley Photography
Styling & Coordination: A. Griffin Events
Florals: Amy Lauren Floral Design
Vintage Furniture and Rentals: Something Vintage
Invitation Suite: Script and Vine
Cake: Buttercream Bakeshop
Make-Up Artist: Susan Lim Make-Up Artist
Hair Stylist: Styled by Anna Fazio
Rings: By Angeline
Jewelry: J'Adorn Designs
Dress: Elaya Vaughn by Kate Pankoke
Ribbon: Torn & Tied
Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Tux: The Black Tux
Models: Ann Katherine and John Hoobler