Wedding Inspiration : Dark + Moody + Casual

Hello, Hello! If you read Monday’s post, you know that we finally decided on a venue and have a couple dates in mind for our wedding next year which got me all kinds of nervous and excited. Weddings are so expensive and intense even when you’re planning on doing something small(ish) and casual like us!

And the truth is, I’ve wavered back and forth over whether or not it is really worth it to even have a wedding. There have been moments when I just think doing an elopement would be so much easier and so much more us. However, the thing is – I do want all of our people to share in this moment with us. It took us a longggggg time to get here, and now we are finally both on the same page – and well that in and of itself deserves a celebration. SO.. here I am dipping my toes into doing some concrete wedding planning and I thought I’d bring you guys along with me!

I’ve got a Pinterest Wedding Board going, because that’s what you do in today’s world when you have some kind of event to plan. I want our wedding to be simple, low-key, casual, and all kinds of non traditional. 🙂

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I really want the cake to be rustic and moody and most importantly : taste so good that there’s none left afterwards. 😉

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The wedding will be in the late afternoon/evening – so I have visions of lots of twinkle lights draped and hanging. The ceremony and reception will all be in the same place.

For the reception area of the venue I want one to two long banquet tables styled simply with dark table cloths and runners and muted colored greenery. We’re going to have a sit down dinner after the ceremony to eat dinner and just hang out and chat. I’m envisioning free flowing drinks, food, and intimate conversations.

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The venue itself is a piece of art and has a lot of character which is one of the biggest reasons we chose it. There are murals all over the walls by a well-known local artist – so I really want that to be the back drop and all the decorations to be simple + moody.

I want to write the whole ceremony myself and I don’t plan on having the whole traditional thing of the bride being walked down aisle to her waiting groom. I want us to enter the ceremony together – holding hands. At this point, I’m pretty sure I’ll be in a black dress, unless I just fall in love with a cream or white one.

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But yeah, that’s about where my head is at so far! My ideas have changed a bit even since when we first got engaged around Christmas – sooo I’m sure things will continue to evolve along the way. Thanks for reading along as I think out loud and get my thoughts down in writing.

— Ashley