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  • Writer's pictureBeth Boelter

Moody, Romantic Tiny Wedding Inspiration

Updated: May 11, 2021

Creating inspiration for your tiny wedding is something we love to do, whether in our intimate venue, or at another location that serves your tiny wedding needs! One of our first styled-shoots was in February, 2017, at Milwalky Trace, a streetside restaurant in downtown Libertyville, IL. Lisa Kathan Photography, an awesome elopement photographer, contacted me to see if we'd like to collaborate, and we were thrilled to have our vintage inventory included in this shoot!

tiny restaurant serves as elopement wedding venue in Libertyville, IL

An elopement ceremony generally involves just a handful of people, in a small venue, or outdoor venue, so this was the perfect opportunity to show a few of our favorite pieces staged for a tiny wedding.

With lots of natural light, and hardwood flooring throughout the building, the moody vibe worked so well with the muted colors of furniture and decor we brought. One of the first things we ask our clients is for a mood board, or Pinterest board, because it gives us an idea of the "look" or theme you are attracted to, and gets our creative minds flowing!

Florals were created on site, by the late Alison Buck. Free-flowing and natural, her work was stunning.

Ivory rose bridal bouquet for elopement wedding styled shoot

Natural elements used for groom's boutonniere were stunning

The bride wore a dress from Vanessa's Modern Bridal, while the groom wore a tux from The Black Tux. Rings were provided by Rolland's Jewelers, Libertyville. Stationery was provided by How Impressive, while HMUA was provided by Meghana Prasad.

Bride's dress in getting ready area of tiny venue.

Bride poses on vintage gold settee with floral bouquet

Wooden men's ring and diamond ring styled for photographs

We strongly suggest a few key pieces for your photographer to use for accent piece photos including your invitations, shoes, jewelry, or special mementos and details display. Use a silver tray, some beautiful silver champagne buckets or mercury glass vases to hold your bridal bouquet. Set a beautiful chair for bridal photos in your getting-ready room! Those few pieces will create the tone and theme for your wedding day, and can easily be repeated throughout the space.

Gather the details for a styled photo of rings, flowers, invitations, and vow book, on a silver tray.

Naturally designed florals for mercury glass vase tablescape.

Use one key furniture piece, a settee or sofa, that brings out the colors of your flowers or accents, and provides not only a perfect photo op for family, the bridal party, or the couple to use, but it's also a great place for your guests to have their photo memories taken of the day, too. We brought our Straw settee, which is a rich gold velvet, tufted vintage settee, with beautiful wood trim.

Sweetheart table set for two using vintage furniture pieces, florals, mercury glass.

Set a sweetheart table just for the two of you! And, better yet, use the settee as part of that set up! Not only have you created a perfect place to enjoy your reception together, but the photos will help you remember all the details that made this day special With a few key table decor pieces, your sweetheart table can repeat the color story and theme of your day.

Mercury glass candle holders among eucalyptus table runner.

Couple poses on vintage settee at wedding reception venue

So, whether you choose to hold your tiny wedding at home in your backyard, at a tiny venue, at the beach, or another place that holds special memories for you, we encourage you to consider a rental package that includes the few key pieces that will set your day apart. If you're interested in a backyard wedding package, delivered and set up with no contact, we're happy to offer you several options to choose from. It's simple, though, and makes your day seem as if it's been styled and designed this way from the beginning!

outdoor street-side bride and groom photo against brick building

We're here to help make your intimate wedding day special in every way.


Hair and Makeup: Meghana Prasad

Floral: Alison Buck

Rentals and Decor: Elements Preserved


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