{Styled Shoot} Rustic-Chic Inspiration at Barnstar Events

We have a beautiful styled shoot to share with you, featuring some models donning gorgeous bridal couture at a unique venue in Bellingham, Washington.  Courtney Bowlden Photography submitted this stunning collaboration piece with us, via Two Bright Lights, and here is what she had to say about the shoot:
It was important to me as the photographer, to capture a simple yet elegant wedding for those brides who are on a budget. I worked with local vendors and a fabulous new local venue to capture this beautiful styled shoot. At the beginning of the day, it looked like it might rain, so I was so worried. All this hard work was going to go to waste. Suddenly, the sun popped out! We had some fabulous photos with the sun in the background. Towards the end of the shoot, I had Tressa up against the window and she informed me that it was starting to snow! So I pulled her outside for a minute and captured some amazing shots of her in the snow. Barn Star is an incredible new venue that I adore! Its styled so well and so rustic-chic.

We love everything about this shoot, and I hope you do too! Presenting the photography of Courtney Bowlden Photography, the bridal fashion from Alicia's Bridal, the styling of ToTally Unique Designs, located at Barnstar Events:

Just gorgeous!  The styling of the decor is done so elegantly in this rustic setting.  The colors and textures are so warm and inviting.  It looks cozy and perfect for a fall or winter wedding.    

This last image of the snow falling...it almost looks like glitter, which adds to the fabulousness of the shoot!  The dresses, from Alicia's Bridal, have us swooning!  My fave of the dresses has to be the feathered bodice, especially with the feathered head piece to coordinate.  The hairstyles and makeup are done so beautifully as well.  Very "Pinworthy" for brides to pin into their desired wedding hairstyle/makeup boards on Pinterest!

Many thanks to Courtney Bowlden Photography for this gorgeous collaborative submission!  

Photography: Courtney Bowlden Photography, Bellingham, Washington
Event Planner: ToTally Unique DesignsBellingham, Washington
Hair Stylist: Alyssa DubrowBellingham, Washington
Dress Store: Alicia's Bridal, Bellingham, Washington
Makeup Artist: Jennifer @ Hair LoveBellingham, Washington
Venue: Barnstar Events, Ferndale, Washington


  1. I will suggest this makeup look to my makeup artist in Perth because it’s stunning. However I don’t like her other photos because she looks sad and we don’t want that in a wedding album. Her last photo is magnificent because we can actually see a happy bride and she showed a great smile.

  2. I wish the wedding dress stores on long island have a gown that looks like the feathered-up one here, so i can get it for myself when I get married.

  3. I know this is just a photo shoot, but I noticed most brides really has a different aura on their big day. A radiant glow, is what they say. It's like they're blooming from inside.

  4. I love the wedding ideas that were featured here; from the gown, to the hair accessories and veil. It makes my wedding planning easier as I got some ideas here. Next on my list were venues, any suggestions?

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  6. When I get married, I want to just let my hair down with little flowers or clips and it will just beautifully flow around my face. I want it to look natural.

  7. I remember the time when my wife and I got married. She is the most beautiful during that time and she will always be forever beautiful in my eyes.

  8. Nice black-and-white shot for the sixteenth picture. The scene's props and fixtures tend to all fit together to frame the main subject, I suppose, that's why it was rendered nicely.


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