Wednesday, September 25

Recap: A Rustic Burlap and Mason Jars Fall Wedding at Douthat State Park

A few weekends ago, I had the pleasure of helping my best friend Breeze pull off her dream wedding at Douthat State Park.  It was the rustic, country wedding she'd hoped for, with lots of burlap, mason jars, and vintage goodness.

Breeze's grandmother crafted a special gift for her using one of her wedding programs, doilies, twine, and naturally distressed wood from the family farm - it made for a great photo op alongside the engagement photos displayed on the guestbook table.

Having the ceremony and reception in the same place added to the wedding's rustic country atmosphere.  The picnic shelter at Douthat State Park was the perfect venue and I love the way Breeze's vision came to life.

Breeze collected an assortment of vintage and antique blue Mason jars and new ones that she dressed up with burlap and ribbons.  She filled each vase with mini pinecones and an arrangement of daisies.  Silk flowers won out in the end for easy transport to the state park, and the clear vase arrangements doubled as favors for guests' families to take home from the wedding.

The dress code for the wedding was "come as you are."  The bridesmaids' dresses were inspired by the navy blue sash on Breeze's David's Bridal dress - we found them at Rue 21 of all places and spent a Saturday on a wild goose chase driving around Southwest Virginia and calling all of the stores in the state (and some in North Carolina and West Virginia).  While I wouldn't recommend sourcing bridesmaids' dresses at a Juniors store, in this case they were too perfect to pass up and the bride was in love at first sight.  Each bridesmaid wore her own cowgirl boots.  We walked down the aisle to "I Hope You're The End of My Story" by the Pistol Annies, a song that perfectly describes this couple's relationship and love for one another.

Groomsmen wore jeans, cowboy boots, and navy blue polo shirts to match the groom's blue and white plaid shirt.

The guy in the awesome cowboy hat is the groom's godfather, in case you're wondering.

The setup area for food and music - guests were served chips and salsa before the wedding, which was replaced by a cupcake buffet.  The wedding was catered by a local barbecue restaurant and the menu featured the bride and groom's favorite comfort foods - pulled pork, barbecue chicken, macaroni salad, coleslaw, and baked beans, with sweet tea and lemonade.

The DJ was none other than my husband, Mr. Q.

Breeze and I have been best friends since sixth grade. I am so incredibly blessed to have her in my life. She is my rock, she's my sounding board, she can always make me laugh, and she always tells it like it is. She reminds me to be myself and not worry about what other people think. She is such a strong woman and I am so happy that I got to help her plan her special day and be one of her bridesmaids.

Breeze made her own burlap-and-ribbon-wrapped pine cone bouquet as well as all of the bridesmaids' after seeing a similar idea on Pinterest.

You can see that the cupcake table was pretty well decimated by the time the bridal party finihed taking pictures.  I loved the look of the mismatched cake plates against the burlap table runner - do you recognize the white one from my wedding?  How's that for a "something borrowed?"

Looking back at these pictures makes me smile and wish the weekend hadn't gone by so fast!

Linking Up:
The 36th Party at The 36th Avenue
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Fall Into Fall at DIY By Design
That DIY Party at DIY Show Off
Tuesday's Treasures at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
The Inspiration Exchange at Clean and Scentsible
Show Me What Ya Got at Not Just a Housewife
Twirl and Take a Bow at House on the Way
Wildly Original at I Gotta Create
Homework Wednesday at The Everyday Home
Work it Wednesday at The Turquoise Home
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Inspire Me Please at House of Rose


  1. Oh fun! I love the country rustic wedding theme! That was my theme also!

    1. We had a blast and I think Breeze brought her idea to life in a really pretty way.

  2. Love the rustic theme and those mason jar centerpieces! Thanks so much for sharing at the Scoop!...hugs...Debbie

    1. Thanks so much Debbie, and thanks again for hosting!

  3. What a gorgeous wedding theme! Thanks so much for sharing it at my Twirl & Take a Bow party at House on the Way. Have a great week!

    1. Thanks for your sweet comment Leslie, and thanks again for hosting Twirl & Take a Bow!

  4. I love how perfect everything came together! I think the dresses are adorable, but the pine cone bouquet has to be my favorite touch.

    1. Thanks Shoshanah! It was wonderful seeing Breeze's vision come to life and I was proud of her for being such a DIY bride.