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May 13, 2014

How do you breath life into a tired wedding theme?  Take it to the edge!  That’s exactly what a group of Virginia vendors did when they teamed up to do a music-themed wedding shoot.  Combining hard industrial lines with a natural rustic feel (and throwing in a radical color palette for good measure), they breathed life into this tired theme.  Photographer Traci Brooks breaks down all the delicious details:

A couple of months ago, we decided to take on the “musical-themed wedding” with a fresh and unique approach.  The music sheet details and guitar guest book have been done before, so we wanted to take a more traditional theme and throw in a bunch of whimsical details to change it up.  

The venue screamed of all things rustic with it’s top to bottom wood infrastructure.  We decided to add lots of whimsical details to deter from the rustic route – using a bold orange, peach, and blue color palette, a mix of classical instruments and flowers.  

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The perfect backdrop for the ceremony setup came in the form of handmade backdrops by Rexmake, which featured beautiful strands of paper sewn into chains to decorate the venue.  The bride and groom were styled within our color palette.  The groom in a chic blue suite and the bride in a grey wedding gown, made by local eco-friendly wedding dress designer, Elizabeth St. John.  The pops of whimsy on our couple came in the form of a colored shirt on the groom and conspicuous fascinators made by Ciao Nina. 

 
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For the flowers, we wanted a less structured look.  Bluebells took our idea and ran with it, supplying a garden of blooms to scatter over the tables.  Aromatic garden roses, fiddlehead ferns, and delicate hyacinths created the most amazing smelling bouquet for our bride!  

The guitar strings were the perfect pop of whimsy and “something special” that we hadn’t seen before in other music themed wedding shoots.  We made Mr. and Mrs. chair back signs, a DIY hairpiece, napkin rings, and a cake topper all from the metallic guitar strings – giving the perfect pop of industrial to contrast the wooden venue.  

 
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We wanted to set up a dessert bar, as opposed to just having a cake.  Fresh Bakes provided delicious and beautiful nibbles, including a cake that had wafer paper with music notes on it to tie into the theme.  Typecase Industries designed the letterpress “show poster” wedding invitations.  

 
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Photography:  Traci J. Brooks Studios
Event Design:  Capitol Romance
Venue:  The Bans at Wolf Trap
Dress:  Soliloquy Bridal
Makeup & Hair:  Jamie D’Agnosto Makeup Artistry
Bride’s Fascinator:  Ciao Nina
Floral Design:  Bluebells
Desserts:  Fresh Bakes
Calligraphy & Chalkboard Sign:  Sarah Perez
Backdrop:  Rexmake
Invitations:  Typecase Industries
Rentals:  Stylish Patina
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