Nontraditional Wedding Inspiration

With trends changing so rapidly, I believe were going to see a rise in more nontraditional weddings. Who says you have to spend thousands on a fancy gown and a huge reception to have the wedding of your dreams? Brides are getting more creative with their styles and are merging traditions to create a more intimate and unique day.

With so many changes taking place during these uncertain times, I wanted to show brides that there is plenty of room to get creative. My vision for this styled wedding shoot was elegant, chic, romantic, and classy.

So how do you plan a nontraditional wedding with your own personal touches? The answer is simple. You forgo the traditions that you don’t value and replace them with the ones that you do. For example, you don’t have to wear a formal bridal gown (have a look at the Cichic gown below). You’re also not obligated to have a formal dinner. If you two share a love for pizza, have a pizza bar instead! Want variety in your food? Bring on the food trucks!

Another idea is that you could forgo the bridal party or even have a bouquet without the blooms. Imagine how beautiful a bouquet of succulents would be!

My husband and I both share a love for appetizers and we’re known for ordering multiple appetizers as our meal. So, at our wedding, we chose to have an assortment of appetizer bars…heavy and light appetizers, of course! Another nontraditional part of our wedding was that I didn’t walk down the aisle. I rode my horse down the aisle.

The wedding day needed to be a day that truly felt like “us.”

Don’t be afraid of how your guests will respond, stick with your vision! Even wedding “rules” can be broken. It’s important to see your personalities and your unique touches come to life on your wedding day.

A huge thanks to sweet Jessie for helping me bring my vision to life in this styled shoot at Old Paths Farm! I hope this gives you a little wedding planning inspiration!

XOXO,

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Hey there!  I'm Ashley!

I'm a small-town, North Carolina wedding photographer, and a full-time spaghetti enthusiast! If I'm not behind my camera or computer, you'll be able to find me at the barn with my horses or in the garden - I'm pretty sure that I'm a wannabe plant lady at heart!

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