ElopeNC & Green Wedding Guild love co-sponsoring the annual Green Elopements Challenge because it’s incredible to see how different vendors can infuse a design with their brand styles, ideal clients’ vibes, and eco-conscious wedding details. Two Hearts, One Song: A Musical Elopement was filled with vibrant, warm colors and incorporated vintage details with a love of music and Asian cuisine.
GWG member An Event to Remember said, “We were the planner and designer of our set up. We handled organizing all items, coming up with the design and doing florals as well. We worked with local florists to add to the overall look of the tables… We love Asian food and music so incorporating a little bit of us in this shoot was fun!”
The Two Hearts, One Song styled shoot had 1940s inspired attire and decor, including wooden crates, picnic baskets, and a crochet tablecloth overlay. The bearded groom wore a light blue jacket with a tweed vest, suspenders, and dark blue pants, with a Newsboy hat atop his brown curls. He carried a pocket watch and was donned with a burlap-wrapped boutonniere made of rosemary and mini pink and white flowers. A brown watch and shoes rounded out his vintage groomswear. His bride wore a sleeveless dress covered in pearls with a detailed back. She was accessorized with a pearl necklace and long earrings, and her blond hair was styled into a low bun with a pearl headband. Her spring wildflower bouquet featured stretching stems and flowers in warm colors like purple, peach, and yellow, with accents of white, wrapped in burlap to match the boutonniere.
This groom is a musician who plays many instruments and brought along a lightweight option that was easy to travel with – his banjo! It’s easy to imagine a couple going for an old timey romantic picnic where the gentleman serenades his lady. Rachel Abi Wedding Photographer in Raleigh NC said, “It’s always fun to see things get created, chat with people, and help the couple have a great time in the process. Integrating the Banjo in the details was fun!”
The ceremony was on a grassy area in front of a wall of bamboo. Two stacks of vintage wood nesting crates framed the ceremony, decorated with warm-colored spring flowers, clear vases filled with pampas grass, and lanterns with wood and gold accents. The couple celebrate their vows with a glass of champagne at the ceremony site before heading to their sweetheart table.
Their sweetheart table featured a green floor length linen with a cream crochet overlay. Rustic galvanized water pitchers sat atop vinyl records and were filled with orange, pink, and white flowers. A large matching floral arrangement sat at the foot of the table across the flowing green linen. Place settings consisted of green glass vintage goblets, gray dinner plates, vintage green salad plates, and black bowls for their Asian-inspired meal.
An Event to Remember shared, “Even if it’s a small event, make sure to make it look like it’s YOUR wedding and not just anyone’s. Figure out what you both like as a couple and develop around that. There can be so many ways of doing this, from the food , to the drink, to the dress, to the design, to the dessert and location.”
Alongside the sweetheart table sat a rectangular guest table featuring wooden X-back chairs and a purple tablecloth with green linen napkins matching the sweetheart table. The simpler place settings included a mix of gray and green plates, with dark gray vintage water glasses. The centerpiece was a garland of greenery with flowers interspersed, and a black three branch candelabra held dusty purple candles. Music sheet notes were interwoven with the guest table greenery runner, and a ukelele sat at the end of the table.
Two picnic baskets were stacked on the other side of the sweetheart table, featuring the cutting cake. The top basket was open on one side, overflowing with wildflowers and vinyl records, and the other side supported a cake stand and vintage plate and cake cutting set. The tall white cutting cake was decorated with tall branches and a warm tone floral arrangement. At the base of the picnic baskets, a chalkboard showed the elopement date and the words, “Two Hearts, One Song.”
Rachel Abi said, “The fact that it was focused on who the couple was and what they enjoyed speaks to the freedom you can have in planning your wedding!!”
A few other designed areas helped enhance the experience and build on the elements of Asian cuisine and a vintage music experience. A seating chart had a chalk sign that said Pick Your Way to Your Seat atop a crochet runner pinned with sheet music featuring guest names and guitar picks with table numbers. The chart was surrounded by a green vintage suitcase, records, and a vintage jug filled with flowers. After cutting their cake, the couple moved to a cocktail table for a Sake toast before exploring the woods with the banjo and a blanket to snuggle up in.
An Event to Remember shared, “We are part of the Green Wedding Guild and wanted to support but also [joined the event to] meet new vendors and loved the location. We had a great time doing this event! It was great meeting the other vendors and even the other teams that were there that day. Made it even more worth it. Got to chat about the industry and brainstorm with other vendors for future events. We loved our look and had fun playing with a tablescape to keep our design juices going.”
This styled shoot was part of the 2022 Green Elopements Challenge sponsored by ElopeNC + Green Wedding Guild.
*Photographer: Rachel Abi Wedding Photographer in Raleigh NC
Venue: Old Lystra Inn
Planner, Florist: An Event to Remember
*Dress: Beautiful & Borrowed Bridal
Stylist: Reverie Hair Co
Rentals: Southern Vintage Table
Food: Sage and Swift Catering
Linen Rentals: American Party Rentals
Models: Jessica and Andrew