Rustic Elegance {HGE Shoot with Tonya Peterson Photography}


I am so thrilled today to let you all know that we’ve been featured on 100 Layer Cake! The fabulous ladies over there put the sweetest piece together for my team and I and, I know I am speaking on behalf of everyone else when I say how honoured we all are. You can check it out over here but of course I had to share all of the yummy eye candy over here too. The primary inspiration for this shoot was based off a board created by the fabulous Kathryn over at Snippet and Ink. I loved the neutral colour palette and juxtaposition between rustic and elegant, and wanted to create a shoot that would be easy for brides to duplicate on a larger scale. It was also important that I created something simple, natural and organic with a touch of softness and femininity.

Naturally, picking Crooked Creek Ranch was the best decision I could have made for this to happen. This Wine Country Wedding’s venue is beyond beautiful and absolutely perfect for couples looking to treat their guests to a unique wedding reception that really showcases the beauty of Northern Michigan. Even better, the staff like Michele, the venue coordinator at CCR, are extremely accommodating, welcoming and in tune to making each and every event special and unique.

For the cake structure I combined an aesthetically beautiful and feminine cake with a masculine rugged structure created solely out of vintage crates and boxes. The idea was to give the structure different dimensions, heights and textures. Kelly, went above and beyond with the cake design combining delicate ruffles and a large sugar peony with intricate gray embroidery designs.

The guest book was a life size version of a traditional wish tree. I strung pieces of fabric, lace and ribbon from a tree on the ranch and then using a vintage vanity from the venue, set up a simple guest book station. There was a sign letting ‘guests’ know to adorn shipping tags with well wishes to the newlyweds before clipping them to the fabric and lace.

Liz from The Parsonage really outdid herself with the incredibly gorgeous floral design. I gave her a colour palette and then requested “full, fluffy, textured florals and any quirky blooms and greenery you can think of.” And she did just that exactly and more. The garden, spray rose, and peony centerpieces gave the tablescape substance and warmth. Against the red barn, the little springs of astilbe and ranunculus loosely tied into the arrangements also allowed the shoot to feel more organic and less structured. The bride’s bouquet was totally fabulous too; two peonies slightly out of out place in the hand tied bouquet allowed for a whimsical look that complimented our model perfectly.

Michelle from Papertalk, as usual, did an amazing job with the paper products. Kraft envelopes and signs complimented the rustic vision, while elegant flourishes and fonts allowed the menus, thank you tags, signage, and invitations to feel more formal. The muted blush colour included through the stationary added that hint of femininity. And the menus, which doubled as each guest’s table number card were completely brilliant.

The favors were handmade salted caramels from Nicole over at The Caramel Jar, which I wrapped in kraft paper bags, and adorned with tags made by Michelle. If there’s a caramel heaven I know now it exists that’s how delicious these treats were. I hands down will refer every one of my clients to Nicole for unique and tasty favor ideas. Lydia was on hand to do our models hair and make up and I’m always impressed with her ability to transform a person’s look. And the sweet Maggie from Renee Austin Weddings in Grand Rapids lent us the most perfect gown for the shoot which as you can tell, it absolutely to die for.

Lastly I cannot say enough great things about the three that captured the day so wonderfully. Tonya (who flew in all the way from New Mexico!) allowed the pretty Northern Michigan light to bring the images to life and really captured the softness I was going for. She was an absolute pleasure to work with. And well the video? It speaks for itself. Let’s just say I love Paul and Vanessa from Future Focus Media, so much that I’ve booked them for my own anniversary shoot this fall. They are one talented duo.

Oh and our models; are newlyweds, Jen and Nick. Who I’ve come to learn never got their own wedding photos or video. I am so thrilled they now have wedding-esque photos and a video to showcase their, undeniable love for one another!


Oh and check this out. I am obsessed with this :)

Hey Gorgeous | Style Shoot from Paul Filan on Vimeo.

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Photography: Tonya Peterson Photography / Styling and Design: Rhiannon Nicole, Hey Gorgeous Events / Venue: Crooked Creek Ranch / Florals: Liz Andre-Stotz, The Parsonage Events / Cake: Kelly Kobus, A Piece o’ Cake / Paper Products: Michelle Ellen Lee, Papertalk Press / Favors: Nicole Ebbitt,The Caramel Jar / Dress: Maggie Torongo, Renee Austin Weddings / Hair and Make Up: Lydia Terpstra / Wood links: West Elm / Videography: Paul and Vanessa Filan, Future Focus Media / Models: Real life married couple, Nick and Jen Doornbos

58 comments on Rustic Elegance {HGE Shoot with Tonya Peterson Photography}

  1. Naomi on

    Now this I totally and extremely LOVE! Love the new look {wink!} xo

  2. Rhi. Your new blog looks so beautiful. Well done. Thanks so much for your kind words. This was a dream come true shoot and I feel so blessed to be a part of it. You are being referred to every bride who hires me. Why? Because you are the best event planner ever! xoxo. Loves to you!

  3. APB on

    The new site looks amazing! Also congrats again on your shoot. I am very proud of you. ILY

  4. First off, you blog is gorgeous just like youuuu. Second, Andrew’s comment is so cute. And third, this is like my all time favorite wedding shoot. That is precisely why you’re planning my wedding (: You are so fab. You should be so proud of yourself, bff!

  5. Neallie on

    Congratulations on your new look, which is completely beautiful and fabulous!! And this shoot…. Ah..ma..zing!!!

  6. ashley on

    SO GORGEOUS!! that cake. seriously.beautiful. do you have a closeup you can e-mail me pretty please?? btw, the blog looks GREAT!

    xo.ashley

  7. This shoot is perfection on every level! J’adore! The blog looks stunning. {eye candy!} Congrats on the feature and your beautiful blog!

  8. Keri on

    Beautiful shoot and fantastic new site!

  9. what a beautiful shoot. you did a great job pulling from nature. it really does look very organic and is something that any bride could achieve for their own big day!

    I was wondering if you changed your site around a bit because I couldn’t find the comment link at first! love the new look!

    xo Kirby

  10. This dress is gorgeous!!! I love the setting too

  11. Shal on

    Hey Rhi! love it!! you’re so talented :D are the table numbers from michaels??

  12. I love your site, it is soooo beautiful! What an adorable shoot too, you are awesome!

  13. sweet feature, girl! Oh, and like I mentioned on twitter, your blog looks fab!

    Happy weekend!

    xo, chrissy.

  14. Rhi! I am so proud of you. This is truly a piece of art and a labor love. I can see your sharp eye for detail in bringing so many elements into one cohesive theme and feel. It’s completely beautiful, I love everything about it. (and I am a short dress kinda gal, as you know, so that was exciting!)

    Hugs from Nashville! You should celebrate this weekend!

  15. Liesl on

    I adore 100 Layer Cake and I adore you…beautiful, just beautiful!!!

    Liesl :)

  16. Wow, absolutely gorgeous, Rhi! You are constantly wowing me with your talent. Bravo!

  17. Jess on

    I love your new layout! And the burlap sack idea adds an incredible touch! Congrats on your feature :)

  18. OH. MY. LORD. This is incredible. This is everything gorgeous in a wedding. I have died and gone to heaven.

  19. the table looks wonderful with the hessian cloth & i absolutely adore the positioning of the cake, looking so stunning against a rustic backdrop

  20. congrats!!
    that cake is GORGEOUS. i can’t get over it. also adore the floral arrangements.

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  22. Natalie on

    Absolutely gorgeous! I wouldn’t expect anything less! My two favorite things: The shoes & The wish tree.

    P.S. The new site is amazing!

  23. Lena on

    EEP! This is Hey Gorgeous to the EXTREME, and absolutely, jaw-droppingly pretty!

  24. Liesl on

    Loving the neutral color palette of this wedding…so lovely!

    Liesl :)

  25. Kami Olmstead on

    I found this wedding through pinterest and am in love!!! I was wondering if you could please email me and tell me where you got the burlap table runners? I would like to do something similar for my upcoming wedding and the runners are my fav! I would appreciate the info! Your work is amazing!

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  28. Lindsay on

    Anyone know where the tablecloths are from?

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  35. Stephanie on

    My daughter really likes the wood boxes that you used for your centerpieces, where did you get them?

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  38. Charliotte DeWitt on

    Could I possibly get information where I could get the table runners. They are just what my daughter is looking for for her wedding!

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  40. Grace Wilson on

    love the look!!! where did you get all those rustic crates??? are you looking to sell them if you own them??

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