Amanda and Ryan at Preston Castle

This week, oh my!  What a treat we have for you.  Amanda and Ryan, first of all, are the two coolest people ever and we love them tons!  They have amazing taste, so working with them was an easy fit for us (not to mention a BLAST)!  Amanda had been in contact with us for some time before her wedding this past weekend.  We knew that we would be a good fit for her, both of us are attracted to rustic vintage trinkets and antique fair finds.  The appreciation for all things anthro-inspired was definitely a mutual feeling.  Just a few days before the wedding we were told that all of the ladies in the bridal party were decked out in BHLDN http://www.bhldn.com/ (if you don’t know what this is, it’s anthropologie’s fabulous bridal line).  The combination of golden mustards and silvery grays were such a nice contrast with the distressed facade of the Preston Castle.

Preston Castle has quite the fun story in itself.  Rumored to be haunted, it served as a boys house years and years ago.  It was closed down in nineteen sixty and has only been re-opened and doing events just recently http://www.prestoncastle.com/.  Basically, this place was screaming for some cool party filled with artsy folks!  ….Needless to say…that’s exactly what it got!  Here are some photos we shot the day of and we will keep you posted on the professional photos when we receive them!  Share the photos and give us your feedback.  Hope this can brighten up your Monday!

xoxo

chels

The Bride’s bouquet was styled to feel free and fun. Fresh white ball Mums and light Chamomile were paired with Dusty Miller and added to a mix of happy yellow hues. Kangaroo paws, Dill, Billy Balls, and Cockscomb lit up in the early autumn sunset.

The front of Preston Castle is amazing in it’s own. We really wanted to keep the ceremony more minimal. Plus all of the dust and rock was an interesting thing to work with. Rather than working against it, we decided to embrace the dust! Dried out giant sunflower heads lined the aisle to play off of the rustic feel.

The first guests coming into our canopy of ribbons and banners! The Bride’s mother made the little flags (which we couldn’t get enough of)!
These guys were hiding in the back of the castle, but we just followed the amazing smell! The groom’s uncle Rick and some of his buddies were grilling up a storm during the set up. They were even nice enough to bring us a plate of homemade sausages to snack on! Whatta guy.

The lovely food!! Wish you could smell it.
They were the nicest guys ever! Not to mention masters at grillin’

These cute little guys were having a photoshoot with their parents, I couldn’t help but snap a picture!
Succulents in wooden boxes and vintage brown bottles added color and interest to the guests’ tables.
The little spidery looking guys are called Gloriousa lilies and they are so so cool!
Picking the Succulents with the coolest look is what we like to do! The neck on this guy is way cool and it would just be a shame to chop it off! Why not use it the way it is and build the design around it?
Centerpiece are just like clothes, they say something about your personality. Playing with layers is not just for getting dressed! Add different elements that play with the eye.

These were put out by the bride and groom. You may not think that some breadsticks would add to the decor….they DO! Just another cool thing to look at. Too many things may overwhelm guests, especially when there are glasses and plates everywhere during dinner. Try and find the right balance.

Dropping off the bouquets!

The Bridesmaids bouquets were similar to the Bride’s bouquets but less yellows and more whites. What a nice pop against that mustard shade.

We found some creepy business going on inside the castle…

Okay so this little cake banner was my baby for the day…a couple of the flags from the large banner in the entrance fell off during set up…so we did an impromptu mini banner. The sticks we used were from flowers that we brought! Mission accomplished.

We are now the proud owners of bistro pens! There is an art to master them, but we did it. Yay for dessert table menus.

An old wooden wheel was the perfect area for displaying these yummy Ginger Snap cookies.

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