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Retro Rusticity: A Camp-Inspired Rehearsal Dinner Shoot with Mid-Century Modern Flair
Photos By Double Dutch Photography
By L. K. on Nov 8, 2017 at 4:08 am in Vintage, Rustic, Retro and Colorful
With this frill-free, rustically retro rehearsal dinner shoot, Minnesota-based event studio Rosetree was going for a vibe somewhere between that of storied Camp Wandawega, the great North Woods, and the designs of late Finnish modernist Kaj Franck. “We wanted to create something nostalgic, something with cozy patterns and details that evoked memories of camping during late summer and fall—hiking, canoeing, sipping apple cider, and roasting marshmallows around a campfire with family and friends,” says Paloma Mohler, one of Rosetree’s lead planners. It was important for her and her team to find the perfect setting for the relaxed eventscape they envisoned. “We wanted a charming space with lots of local character,” Paloma says. “The Food Building in northeast Minneapolis was just the right spot, and we were so pumped to do the photo shoot there. Housed in an old industrial space, it’s a new venue in town with whimsically rustic furnishings and a really unique atmosphere. Clients won’t need to invest much to create a fun event here!”
“A rehearsal dinner party offers a great opportunity for couples to maximize their time with friends and family in a more casual setting than a wedding reception,” Paloma says.
Botany Creative Works designed cheerfully eclectic arrangements composed of celosia, chamomile, dahlias, feathers, poppy pods, and billy buttons. The centerpiece was housed in a galvanized metal basket. An array of brightly vaned arrows added visual interest and tied into the camping theme.
Edison bulbs strung along a cinder block wall lent a quirky industrial feel to the scene.
For the place settings, Rosetree paired wood-handled flatware with gingham-patterned trays, jadeite plates, mid-century modern wood bowls, and vintage Pyrex napkin rings.
A camp-inspired escutcheon with crossed arrows was incorporated into the stationery, designed by Tanya Orstad, whose retro décor was also used throughout the shoot.
Plaid was a natural choice for the primary pattern.
Vintage thermoses served as décor pieces at the s’more station.
The Food Building is home to Red Table Meat Co. and Baker’s Field Flour & Bread. It is also connected to The Draft Horse, a farm-to-table charcuterie and restaurant that serves artisanal comfort food. “The Draft Horse makes the catering process really easy,” Paloma says. “Its menu includes specialties from Red Table and Baker’s Field, in addition to a diverse selection of beautifully presented appetizers and entrées made with locally sourced ingredients. The pot pies, served in cast-iron dishes, are divine.”
“Minnesota has a rich craft-brew culture and is home to some amazing breweries,” Paloma says. “To highlight one of our favorites, Lift Bridge Brewing Co., we created a sampler paddle to display a flight of beer. Tanya Orstad also designed a fun tasting sheet.”
“For the signature drink, we wanted something simple that reflected the transitional period between summer and fall,” Paloma says. “We came up with a caramel cider vodka cocktail. The recipe is easy! Just mix an ounce of your favorite caramel vodka with four ounces of apple cider and a splash of grenadine, then pour over ice and stir.”
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Décor, Invitations, and Stationery > Tanya Orstad
Photography > Double Dutch Photography
Event Design and Planning > Rosetree Weddings & Events
Location > Food Building
Flowers > Botany Creative Works
Catering > The Draft Horse
Bar > Lift Bridge Brewery
Stationery > Tonya Orstad
Accessories > Tanya Orstad
Signage > Botany Creative Works
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