Styled Shoot: Vintage Rustic Elegance in Burgundy and Gold

We have a lovely styled shoot to share with you today, featuring a gorgeous red haired bride, at a stunning venue, with elegant touches and detail. Allie from Presh Events sent this my way, and I couldn't wait to share it with all of you! Allie has provided specific details on how this shoot came together:

The Theme

The past couple of years in the wedding world, we have seen a phase of turning DIY imperfection into trendy style with painted mason jars and vintage chalkboards. As wedding planners in one of the sharpest national wedding spots, Lisa and Allie of Presh Events brainstormed on what shift in trends they believe will be hitting bridal shows and Pinterest boards in 2016. A rustic, nontraditional scene to high-end glamour with a splash of imperfection is the direction brides seem to be going in. Brides still want to have the informal fun we’ve seen in recent weddings, but also want to walk into a room of elegant bliss their guests will feel marvelous standing in. By getting ahead of the game, Lisa and Allie decided to turn their vision of a rich burgundy, forrest green and gold color palette paired with mismatched vintage place settings and loose floral arrangements into reality.

The Ceremony Style

The most common request a couple will have with their planner is a unique experience for guests that showcases their story. For this styled shoot, we pictured a couple who wanted a more intimate feel for themselves and their guests of only close family and friends to enjoy. Turning a wedding venue into an unthinkable surrounding is the key to the exclusive experience a couple wants. We decided on Hartley Botanica- a botanical garden wedding venue in Southern California. We chose Hartley Botanica for it’s usual high guest count so that we can show off the garden in was used to.

For the ceremony setting, we chose a variety of vintage furniture ranging from a burgundy tufted chair to an extravagant victorian couch. We took twelve vintage pieces with wooden chairs chosen at random and scattered them around the ceremony site. Instead of the traditional way of lining fold-out white resin chairs in straight rows, we wanted to make guests feel at home, but also give off an elegance of a wealthy setting. Delicate ivory laced cloth was placed on dark walnut coffee tables arranged around the antique couches and chairs. We placed at various eye-levels an arbitrary collection of gold trinkets and loose organic flowers as a centerpiece. The finished feel was cozy and warm with a “secret garden” vibe.

The Reception Look

For the reception, we delicately styled a large dark oak table with rare china place settings, diverse vintage wooden chairs, a burgundy settee for the bride and groom, and a plethora of romantic floral and decor. Although the table decor was picked at random, the gold-rimmed dinner plates and champagne flutes, brown goblets, and marsala linen napkins coordinated together through-out. Our floral designer surprised us all with her chocolate-smelling orchid mixed in the abundance of a deliciously rich garland.

Including something handmade by the couple makes guests feel a connection with the bride and groom. For the styled shoot, we added a splash of DIY decor by a draping a handmade burgundy and laced fabric stripped banner above the dinner setting.

The “Bride”

It is easy for brides to get carried away with current wedding trends instead of considering their own style for the big day. For our shoot, we hired a model that we thought would work really well with our ambience. Haley has lengthy thick red hair and we had to take that into careful consideration when working with the colors and style we chose. Her hair blended exceptionally well with the color composition and contemporary garden scenery. Since we know that from waist up is what people notice most on a bride, we knew that Haley’s hair would stand out the most in photos. Flower crowns are a romantic and whimsical alternative to traditional wedding veils and are a magical choice for a boho spring bride. Our florist designed a bold and beautiful flower crown for Haley to wear that matched her bridal bouquet.

Finding a dress in a silhouette that works best for a bride can be exhausting if she gets caught up in the moment of trying on the trendy dress in the window of the bridal shop. Elizabeth Mackenzie is one of the best custom dress designers in Southern California. She found in her stash a floor-length sheath-style gown that flows straight down from top to bottom for Haley’s tall, narrow shape. With our fabulous team of vendors working together, Haley made quite the statement!

The Cake

An ivory layer of luxurious ruffled fondant, a simple blanket of thick pearly icing and a confident coat of gorgeous gold sequins made this cake dazzling and delicious. With just a couple of small roses to add to the top, Frost It Cupcakery made the cake speak for itself!


With so much decor and design to swoon over, our vision truly came to life! We had the best team of vendors collaborate on an inspiration that was original from the start and finished as an inspirational presentation for future brides to gush over.

Without further ado, I present this lovely styled shoot, captured beautifully by Kimberlee Miller Photography:

Such a gorgeous bride and overall shoot! The dress is gorgeous, and I love how the bride's hair has that sweet flower crown. Love the colors of burgundy, gold and forrest green! The setting of the shoot is perfect for the palette and beautiful touches. 

Many thanks to Allie and all vendors whom put this shoot together! 

Venue: Barbara at Hartley Botanica | Planners/Designers: Presh Events | Photographer: Kimberlee Miller Photography | Rentals: Andrew at Party Pleasers | Tabletop Decor: Gretchen Ulrich at Otis + Pearl Vintage Rentals | Cake: Lesley Bodwell with Frost It | Florist: Krista Ward-Sell at Petaling a Dream | Bridal Gown: Elizabeth Mackenzie Designs | Hair & Makeup: Dani at La Rouge Artistry | Model: Hayley Cariker