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This Dreamy Wedding Tablescape Gives New Meaning to "Rustic Chic"

Think "rustic" means mason jars and burlap? Think again! Event planner and floral designer Chris Hessney from Hessney & Co teamed up with a few fellow New York City wedding vendors to design one seriously stunning reception table that redefines the term "rustic chic". Keep reading for some Pinterest-worthy wedding inspiration, as well as easy ways to elevate your wedding tablescapes (no matter your style).

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Often brides and grooms hire Hessney and Co to handle all décor and production, but have yet to decide on a venue. Luckily, planners can help you find a venue, which is why I always tell couples to hire a planner or find a venue first. Then, go from there. For this project, we collaborated with one of our go-to wedding planners, Laura Remmert. Laura suggested a new industrial-chic wedding venue in Williamsburg called Dobbins Street, a luxury event site with indoor and outdoor space including a light-filled room with 22-foot vaulted ceilings.

We decided to go with "Rustic Elegance" as our theme, showcasing what "rustic" looks like to the urban brides and grooms. Rustic has transitioned from mason jars and cut slabs of birch to sophisticated table settings with seasonal flowers arranged in an organic lush style. We started with a farmhouse table as our base and added elegant cane-back chairs with linen accents from PLEASEBSEATED, one of our favorite furniture rental companies with unique selections.

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Find a Theme or Trend You Both Love

Once you choose the venue and vibe, find a theme or trend—or even an object—that speaks to you as a couple. For this, we went with geodes since they are very trendy in interior design and we wanted to find fun ways to showcase them in our tabletop décor. Agate slices work as the perfect place card setting—especially when they're adorned with some badass calligraphy courtesy of Sara McCarthy, owner of Ink Revival. We used calligraphed agate slices table numbers, too.

But Don't Go Overboard with a Theme

Though you want to choose a theme or trend to tie your tablescapes together, you don't necessarily have to add it into every little detail. These custom torn menus with gold leaf is a great example of mixing your theme into your tablescape in an understated and simple way. The gold leaf brings out the gold in the geode table numbers and place card setting without being too overbearing.

Get Creative with Place Settings

From here we called our friend Cassandra at Borrowed Blu and picked out some stellar hand-made plates from Italy. We always encourage our brides and grooms to spend money where it matters most, and majority of the wedding happens at the reception if you are doing a seated dinner! These details are always noticed and appreciated. We went with vintage crystal cut plates and glassware, along with gold flatware and smoke glass.

Find Florals That Will Brighten Up the Space

Flowers give your tablescape life and color, whether they're vibrant pinks and purples or subtle nudes. These neutral florals by Hessney and Co in volcanic vases make for a sophisticated but earthy touch. We used blush pink and deep red flowers to give the tablescape the right amount of color.

Let Your Tables Inspire Your Dessert

Choosing a cake design is a fun process for the couple-to-be, and a great way to include your theme. We called our friends at Kuramata Cakes and had them whip up a geode cake to take our theme to the next level.

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