The Great Juxtaposition

juxtaposition

[juhk-stuh-puh-zish-uh n]

noun  an act or instance of placing close together 

or side by side, especially for contrast

 

Barn weddings are super on trend right now - Pinterest and the internet are full of images of these rustic chic events. While I love barns, I like to challenge the trend by taking a primitive space and making it into an elegant affair. Throw in the unexpected.

Ally and Dave were the perfect couple for this.

I liked Ally right away and knew she would be a wonderful bride to work with. She is clever, has great taste and is full of laughs.  Dave, her then fiance, is kind and intelligent. They found each other online (Interesting sidebar: about 90% of the couples I talk to have met online), met at an open air market in the DC area and the rest is history. They are a really great team.

Although her wedding was in the fall, Ally wanted the color pallet to be white, silver and green - this is a woman who blazes her own trails! 

To achieve the soft and just picked look Ally wanted, I used Cafe Au Lait dahlias, dusty miller, astilbe and Queen Anne's lace for her bouquet.

I love everything about this image. It depicts the feel of the ceremony so well: soft, romantic, warm and natural. This portrait and all the other pictures are the work of http://www.dawnjosephphotography.com. She has such a lovely touch.

The reception was at Jack's Barn in Oxford, New Jersey (www.jacksbarn.com/the-loft.html) and was delightful to style. This is where the real fun began (for me anyway). Taking these rough farm tables (love) and dressing them with elegant napkins, formal chiavari chairs, and tons of reflective glassware created the contrast between primitive and elegant.

The juxtaposition.

The muted tones, textures and reflection make this table so beautiful.

For interest and a pop of color, I placed one deep plum oak leaf on each napkin - bucolic yet polished.

As a surprise, I dressed the center chandelier with soft baby's breath. 

The monochromatic pallet of this sweetheart table decor is amazingly interesting because of all the gorgeous textures. I loved putting this together.

The monochromatic pallet of this sweetheart table decor is amazingly interesting because of all the gorgeous textures. I loved putting this together.

I had so much fun expressing Ally and Dave's personalities  through these designs. I think their wedding was a true expression of who they are. The wedding was a blast, such fun people. This was a party to remember.

One last look...

I love this shot taken right before we opened the door for the reveal. 

It was a great day with such fun people. I loved being a small part of it.