A Rustic Elegance Wedding

Updated: Mar 15



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Oh all of the ways to style a wedding. The possibilities are endless. One common style for weddings is rustic. Rustic weddings are very popular. Especially in the southern US and Midwest. Still though, even with the popularity each individual wedding has an incredible way of making it its own.


Last summer I shot a wedding at Rustic Oaks in Moorhead, MN, just right outside Fargo, ND. The venue itself is very rustic. It has a big red barn if that helps get the picture. The entire venue is absolutely stunning. Right on the river, lots of room to walk around, and many large trees. Just gorgeous. In one of my older blogs, I go into detail of the layout of this venue. You can read more about that here.


On the morning of the wedding, I woke up just before sunrise and headed over to the venue. I was doing photo and video for this wedding and wanted some soft golden light b-roll shots for the video. After I got the footage I needed I headed into Fargo for hair and makeup.


When hair and makeup was just about finished I made my way back to the venue to get things rolling! Everyone was getting ready at the main house. There are 3 floors in this house. The girls got ready upstairs and the guys got ready in the basement. I started with the girls for their getting ready pictures.


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Now if there’s one thing I am a sucker for, it’s wedding dresses. I love them all. If I owned a wedding dress store I would play with the dresses all day! I loved Amber’s dress. It was a strapless, slim fitting, lace dress. It was beautifully simple and complemented Amber so well.


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I decided to get shots of this dress in a few different places. On the main floor there was a sitting. It had amazing natural light and dark wooden trim and a dark wooden door. The door itself was decades old. It had this vintage, rustic feel which really brought out the fine details in her dress.


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In the room Amber was getting ready in, there was a long vintage couch. How could I not take pictures of the dress on it?! Some of my favorite dress shots to date!


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When it was time for Amber to get dressed, she requested it just be her and her mom in the room (and me for pictures). She wanted to do a fun first look with her bridesmaids. This is a fun idea, if this interests you.


Now Amber’s dress and many, many buttons on the back. You can fasten the buttons with your fingers, but let me speak from being a witness to this many times….it gets tiring fast and wears down your fingers. Amber’s mother came prepared. She had a crochet hook to assist with the buttons. Genius! Future brides, if you get a dress with lots of buttons, I highly recommend doing this!


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There were two special first looks to go before it was time to move on to the guys. First look with bridesmaids and first look with father of the bride. Both were sweet moments.


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The guys were having a great time down in the basement. There was a pool table to keep them entertained. I got a few shots of the guys hanging out, then pulled Dylan aside to get some groom shots. I decided to take him back up to the sitting room on the main floor. The lighting was just too good not to use!


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Their wedding colors were a dark gray and a burgundy. These two colors pai so well with each other. Overall I’d say this was a great looking group and let’s not forget the energy! I laughed the entire time!


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Dylan and Amber had a special first look. They started with the traditional way to have a first look. Just the two of them, outside under some beautiful trees. Then they stood back to back, holding hands and read each other's letters out loud. It was such a beautiful and unique moment. If you are not sure if a first look is right for you, I break down first looks in a previous blog and share different ways to have them. You can read more about that here.


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The ceremony was being held outside. It was in July, so it was definitely warm enough for an outdoor ceremony. It was actually pretty warm that day (I say pretty warm because there’s almost no humidity this far North. I grew up in Missouri. Dry heat is so much more bearable!) To help, it was very windy that day, which was a little tricky for some things but it helped keep things cool.


The set up for the ceremony was simple but oh so elegant. There were several rows of white chairs. At the end of the aisle, in the back, were two wooden barrels. Subtle hint of rustic! The arch was lined with fresh flowers and white chiffon. Absolutely perfect! Large trees towered over the area, providing an abundance of shade. The entire setting had a soft elegance that was just picture perfect.


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The reception was held inside the red barn. The barn had two stories. On the first floor was where guests could mingle, and where dinner and desert was set up. How beautiful was this desert table?


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There was not an empty seat upstairs. So many people came to celebrate Tyler and Amber. Each table was decorated with candles and a hint of eucalyptus. The head table pulled attention. The dark wood of the barn walls made the candles placed in each little nook, pop. There was a warm calming essence to the room. The perfect atmosphere for a crowd of family friends.


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Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

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After some food and dancing, the happy couple and I made our way outside for some sunset pictures. The golden light continuously painted the couple as they strolled through the grassy walkways. It was a magic that keeps exciting me as a photographer.


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Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

If you are planning a rustic wedding may you find some inspiration in these shots. It truly was a gorgeous wedding!


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Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer


Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer

Wedding Photographer. Rustic wedding. Rustic Oaks. Fargo wedding photographer. Minnesota wedding photographer. Denver wedding photographer. Colorado wedding photographer. CO wedding photographer.

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