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I’m super excited about today’s contributor. She’s long been a fan of Landlocked Bride and was jumping at the bit to share her ideas and inspiration with our readers. I’m thrilled to have her on board and hope you love her weekly posts as much as I love reading them. Please give Ashley a heartfelt welcome to the Landlocked Bride family.


One trend that we can really get on board with in the Midwest is camping. It showcases the natural beauty of majestic forests, soaring peaks and pristine lakes that people flock to the region for. This trend is especially on point for the couple that has enjoyed the beauty and adventure together through dating and courtship, giving your celebration a personal touch that leaves a lasting impression on your guests and a sentimental touch for the couple.

If you’re a down-to-earth gal (or guy) looking to incorporate a bit of elegance and less rustic to your camping theme, try “glamping.” Popularized by stars such as Matthew McConaughey and NCIS Los Angeles star Eric Christian, couples can mix camping touches with the glamour that comes with weddings. We’ve collected a few items that can be used to incorporate a bit of nature and the rustic yet elegant camping feel into your big day. .

camping-wedding-inspiration-1 Rusticcreek | Custom Love Gifts

camping-wedding-inspiration-2 Lime and Ruby Design | Mannia&Titta 

camping-wedding-inspiration-3 The Rasers Photography | Rusticblend

camping-wedding-inspiration-4 The Rasers Photography

What are some things you’ve seen or would like to incorporate into your wedding celebration that involve a love of nature and/or camping? Feel free to share your stories about how camping/nature brought you and your sweetheart together as well! We’re a sucker for a good love story and maybe it’ll get your brain waves flowing for inspiration on how to incorporate this trend into your celebration

Clean lines, crisp colors, and rustic elements make this styled shoot the perfect balance of details to create a classic look. From the ice blue linens to the birds nests on the place settings, it’s sweet and pretty. Sharon Ivy does a fabulous job of presenting several table decor options to help demonstrate that different looks for a few tables is completely feasible. Sometimes it’s as simple as a switch from a high centerpiece to a low, or a more complicated one to a simple one. Don’t be afraid to mix it up – it helps add depth and variety to a room.












Darbi G. Photography


From the Photographer, Darbi:
This stylized shoot in Kansas City plays out a vision of a soft, earthy and rustic affair that doesn’t succumb to the expected Midwest autumn color palette of red, orange and yellow accented with pumpkins, gourds and leaves. Sharon Ivy’s inspiration began with branches and twigs played up with white, green, shades of blue kissed with some sparkle. The goal was to end up with details and a mood that brides of all budgets could implement in a way that is simple and approachable, yet elegant. We transformed a basic loft space in downtown KC with guest tables featuring chivari chairs, white flowers including roses, ranunculus and hydrangea, and accents of woven chargers, branch balls, delicate bird nests, succulents in mercury glass vases, candles and place cards perched in tiny branches. The sweetheart table stood out with a smoky-blue silk linen, a “love prop” ampersand, and bundles of jewels amidst succulents and bird nests. The bride’s bouquet was a cluster of flowers, succulents and berries wrapped in burlap and finished with a stunning rhinestone brooch that complimented her gown’s brooch. The ivory square-tiered cake was a stage for gilded leaves of bronze, gold, silver and copper; the cake was accompanied by a burlap table-topper and mercury glass votives. Overall, the twist on a fall wedding succeeded in exuding an earthy, rustic, yet very elegant charm.


Photography: Darbi G. Photography | Event Planner: Sharon Ivy Events | Floral Designer: Beco Flowers | Venue: The Berg Event Space | Stationery: Salutations by Mairead | Dress Store: Altar Bridal | Cake Designer: Rebekah – Cake Artist | Makeup Artist: Jolie Artistry | Hair Stylist: Last Tangle Salon