Meghan and Caleb’s detail rich wedding is a fantastic example of how the little things can have a big impact on the overall style and feel of the wedding. The bride and groom chose to get married at the historic Erhman Mansion in Lake Tahoe, California. The mansion serves as a beautiful backdrop for a rustic destination wedding – and Meghan knew it was the perfect local to showcase her rustic wedding details. We’ve compiled some of the best unique and DIY rustic details from their wedding to give you some great ideas as you plan your big day!

The bride and groom enlisted the help of designer Michael Thomas in creating fun and informative wedding programs. By incorporating design elements like banners and varying the font thickness and style, Michael created a playful yet polished way to display important information about the wedding. The attention to detail continued to the tabletop designs, which showcased the rustic charm of the day. The couple hand-stenciled the table numbers on the burlap table runners, which was a cost-effective yet charming choice. The tables were adorned with muted orange and golden wildflowers and eucalyptus sprigs in wooden planters, which incorporated the essence of the surrounding Sierra Nevada Mountains. Painting inexpensive wooden props from craft stores with chalkboard paint allowed the couple to label the food at the wedding, as well as provide the guests with a fun, handwritten menu.

If you’re planning a rustic wedding, keeping details simple and organic is essential. The couple realized that an elaborate wedding cake would feel out of place, and opted for a simple white cake decorated with blueberries. A simple and elegant cake is not only budget friendly, it adds to the charming atmosphere. Bouquets can also afford to be understated, as Meghan exemplified with her bouquet of pale ivory roses, ferns, and small aspen branches. Incorporating plants that are native to your venue is a wonderful way to embrace the natural beauty of your specific location. Meghan and Caleb continued the DIY feel with their seating cards. The couple used wine corks and ivory cardstock atop sprigs of local evergreen. They got creative with their “guestbook,” drawing Lake Tahoe on canvas, which their guests would then sign. Of course, you can modify this idea by incorporating a landmark of your venue. The best part is that rather than sitting on a shelf, you can hang this memory where you’ll see it daily!

Meghan and Caleb knew that they wanted a lot of pictures that captured the little details of the wedding, and we were happy to oblige! We loved capturing the small things that may otherwise been overlooked – the wedding gown in the dressing room, a young family member dancing in her mother’s heels, the wedding bands on a fig sliver that garnished the meal. When creating a shot list for your photographer, don’t hesitate to ask for emphasis to be placed on capturing the details and candid moments! Of course that’s not to say that traditional shots aren’t important! We were excited to photograph the wedding party – especially since their deep blue and forest green color scheme worked seamlessly with their venue. When planning an outdoor wedding, it’s always a great idea to pull color inspiration from the surrounding area. When photographing the bride and groom, we knew we wanted a mix of intimate shots and photographs that celebrated the natural beauty of the Lake Tahoe venue. If you have access to memorable facets of the venue (such as piers, pillars, or particularly impressive natural features) you can incorporate those in to some of your pictures to capture the essence of your venue and the memory of your big day.

The small details and personal touches in décor and the emphasis of your photography are great ways to create and capture the uniqueness of your wedding. Thinking outside the box when creating the details of your wedding can be not only cost effective, but incredibly personal and innovative – and who wouldn’t love that?