The first thing that pops into my mind when I think of “rustic” weddings in an open-field ceremony with a reception held in a beautiful old barn. We’ve all seen that, right? There might even be some burlap in the décor, kraft paper invitations, a vintage typewriter guestbook, wooden escort cards, mason jars and stacked vintage suitcases.

Don’t get me wrong. These can be gorgeous, love-filled affairs. They’re just all starting to look the same to me. Which is why the wedding I attended over the holiday weekend was so refreshing. It was an urban-rustic celebration with a twist.

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Instead of a field and a barn, the venue was an architectural salvage warehouse that multitasks as an event space. Salvage One is that vintage shop where your eclectic friend finds her cool furniture. I could have spent hours wandering around looking at of the bits and pieces they’ve saved from the landfill. I saw lovely old doors, massive concrete columns and a fountain made out of old claw-foot bathtubs.


With so much going on in the space, there was no need to decorate it. The indoor and outdoor areas are filled with plants and texture and felt unique without being weird.

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The second floor of the warehouse has an open floorplan with vintage chandeliers hanging throughout. Because Salvage One is also a furniture store, they provided the couple with a fun mix of tables and chairs from their in-house collection. There was furniture from different design styles — mid-century modern, Victorian, craftsman, Shaker — but it never felt disjointed or overwhelming.

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Having a rustic wedding doesn’t have look like it was pulled directly from Pinterest. The secret to making any wedding memorable is to make it your own in unexpected ways. I was inspired by Salvage One to think about rustic affairs in a whole new way. What do you think?


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