Clara and Chris’ wedding at Sugar Grove Vineyards had so many personalized, vintage-inspired details with lots of country flair! Clara found Lavender Blue through a friend, and we connected right away over the nursing profession (I worked as a nurse for over 20 years before starting my business). And once she explained to me that the theme she had in mind was ‘lavender and lace,’ I knew that Lavender Blue had to get involved!

Since this was Clara’s second wedding, she wanted to place extra focus on the details. She has an affinity for vintage decor, so once she discovered that Sugar Grove Vineyards had vintage items on-site, she knew she had found the venue of her dreams! What’s more, she and Chris love country living, so the wide open fields surrounding the venue were the perfect backdrop to their special day.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Sugar Grove Vineyards

The couple’s ceremony took place outdoors, beneath a gorgeous wooden archway that we decorated with lavender and white florals. During the planning process, Clara had some trouble deciding which kinds of florals to include in her day. She wanted something that would fit the lavender theme but also look unique. In the end, she decided on a blend of lavender and cream roses. We suggested adding some white king proteas into the mix, and she loved the idea! We ended up featuring one on the archway and one in her bouquet, and they were the perfect statement blooms.

To emphasize the country theme of the day, the bride, the groom, and their wedding parties all wore cowboy boots. In addition, Chris wore a customized black cowboy hat with a leather band and silver studs. But, perhaps the most unique addition to their ceremony was a customized branding iron! Together, the bride and groom burned a monogram of their initials into a handmade wooden bench. Afterward, their guests signed it so that it acted as a fun ‘guest book’ in addition to symbolizing their unity.

Details from a Rustic Barn Reception

Tributes to the couple's love of country living continued at their reception, but most of all with their stunning cake from Little Blackbird Bakery. Featuring fondant horseshoes, cowboy boots, and a seal with the couple’s initials, it didn’t need much help from us! With a sprinkling of lavender roses, purple carnations, and a few sprigs of greenery, it was complete. A wooden cake stand painted with the couple’s last name and a lace tablecloth rested beneath it, and the finished look was the epitome of ‘lavender and lace!'

For the couple’s reception tablescapes, we contributed wreath centerpieces with more lavender roses and greenery. Resting on lavender tablecloths, the wreaths paired with navy linen napkins, rust orange chargers, and gold cutlery to form a regal color palette. Meanwhile, the rustic interior of the barn and cafe lights glowing from above imbued the space with country charm. The happy couple and their guests danced the night away before heading outside for a spectacular sparkler exit!

I was so glad to work with Clara and Chris on their Sugar Grove Vineyards wedding. If you know me, you know that I adore wedding day details and vintage, so I had such a great time with this one. If you’re on the hunt for a florist, rentals service, or event stylist for your Iowa wedding, look no further! Lavender Blue is a three-in-one vendor with the ability to design the wedding of your dreams from top to bottom. Want to learn more? Get in touch with us today!


Venue: Sugar Grove Vineyards and Gathering Place

Photography: Raelyn Ramey

Floral Design: Lavender Blue

Catering: The Girls Catering

Cake: Little Blackbird Bakery

Cake Stand: Etsy

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