Rustic Americana Engagement Photos

Categories Real Weddings

We absolutely adore Ben and Linsey’s California e-sesh. Norman Rockwell meets rustic-vintage with a modern twist. With multiple setting and clothing changes, their engagement photos are chocked full of interesting colors and textures. LOVE! Are you looking for unique engagement photo ideas? This session has a ton of creative colors, poses and places to stir your imagination i.e a greenhouse, in front of an old trailer, a vintage gas station, a red barn, and a blue picket fence. Oh, add in a field, a couple of horses, a tractor, and a stellar sunset. Need we say more?


California engagement photos by Ian Andrew Photography

California engagement photos by Ian Andrew Photography

California vintage engagement photos by Ian Andrew Photography

California engagement photos by Ian Andrew Photography

California engagement photos by Ian Andrew Photography

California engagement photos by Ian Andrew Photography

California vintage engagement photos by Ian Andrew Photography

California engagement photos by Ian Andrew Photography

California rustic engagement photos by Ian Andrew Photography

California barn engagement photos by Ian Andrew Photography

California engagement photos by Ian Andrew Photography

California engagement photos by Ian Andrew Photography

California engagement photos by Ian Andrew Photography

Rustic California engagement photography by Ian Andrew Photography

California engagement photos by Ian Andrew Photography

Congrats Linsey & Ben! 

Can you imagine Linsey and Ben trying to choose just one photo for their save the date? With as many photos as fabulous as these, we’d recommend going with a multiple photo save the date to paint a bigger picture from such a fabulous day.

Photo Credit

Photographer:  Ian Andrew Photography
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Behind the Design: Love is in the Air

Categories Inspiration + Wedding Stationery

Today’s Behind the Design inspiration features one of our newer designs: Love is in the Air. Emulating the look of Kraft paper, it celebrates a modern wedding with vintage touches. Here’s Megan to share her inspiration behind this design.MagnetStreet graphic designer, Megan

“I love the possibility of an idea and how it lives in the back of my mind–just waiting to be created. That is where a hot air balloon design lived for many months. When the time came to finally put pen to paper, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go vintage or modern; but, I can happily say that I love the way this design turned out. I imagined a couple that appreciates a vintage look and enjoys the light-hearted moments of life. This couple is head over heels in love with each other and thrive on having fun! Their wedding is one with such simplicity that the creative elements amaze the guests.

Love is in the Air wedding invitation is a beautiful way to introduce that style. With only a few simple design elements and fonts, the beauty lies in the details. This invitation features relevant travel-themed sayings and uses them to capture attention. To be swept away on your journey of love…”

What do you think about Love is in the Air–and including vintage touches in a modern wedding?

"Love is in the Air" vintage wedding invitation from MagnetStreet

Browse the entire design suite of Love is in the Air.


Photo Credits
For allowing us to use their photography, much thanks to …

centerpiece, cake, boutonniere by Logan Cole {via Love and Lavender}
guest book by Totally Salinda on Etsy,
bride & groom by Gillett Photo {via Style Me Pretty}

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Doable DIY: Chalkboard Wedding Signs

Categories Budget + Inspiration

You may remember Mandy and Travis’ DIY southern vintage wedding from a little while back. You may also remember their sweet signage tucked here and there throughout their ceremony and reception. Fun, charming, great communication tools, DIY chalkboard signs are simply irresistible and still hugely popular for any wedding style. Today, Mandy is giving us a behind the scenes look at how she and her bridal party pulled off their DIY chalkboard signs including: where to find frames, supplies you’ll need, plus wording and placement ideas. Enjoy.

Mandy + Travis

Tutorial for DIY chalkboard signs

“I got most of my frames from my work. They were redoing an office space and had frames they no longer wanted to hang on the walls. They were going to give them to a thrift store so I took them off their hands instead. I also had old picture frames that I no longer needed and my mother had old frames in her attic. Most people or offices have a ton of old pictures and frames they no longer want hung up.


  • thrift stores
  • parents’ attic
  • estate sales
  • work/office spaces


  • Frames of all shapes & sizes.
  • Spray paint chalkboard paint {we used Rust-oleum}
  • Sidewalk chalk {we used Crayola, 24 different colors, 52 sticks}
  • Cardboard {optional}

NOTE: We also used cardboard. We wanted a double-sided sign to hang so we took cardboard and cut it to the size we wanted. We then sprayed both sides to be able to write on both sides with chalk (the chalk on the cardboard does not erase well, so this type of sign can really only be used a few times).

DIY save the date chalkboard signage

DIY wedding chalkboard signage


1. Take out the glass, clean them off and spray them with the chalkboard paint.
2. Let them dry and then put them back in the frame.


  • Keep a cup of water sitting beside you.
  • Wet the chalk before writing as this will brighten the color and thicken the line.
  • Keep wetting the chalk between writing. It makes the wording brighter, cleaner, and stand out more.

DIY Chalkboard signs

DIY wedding signs


Chalkboard signs can be used anywhere and everywhere at a wedding. We had a total of 12 signs:
2 really big, 4 medium, 4 small, 1 extra small, and 1 double sided.

Here is where we used them:

  • Timeline/schedule at beginning of ceremony site
  • Food menu and bar menu by food/drink
  • List of names for Bridal party in front of the head table
  • Photo booth directions
  • “Sit anywhere” sign in front of the reception area
  • Shout-out to the hand painted parasols hanging from the tent
  • Parking
  • “I spy” photo game at the reception site where most visible by guests
  • Our love story at beginning of reception site
  • Cake table
  • Memorial table for loved ones lost
  • Dancing in front of DJ table


Bridal party in diy southern vintage wedding


What’s best … chalkboard spray paint or chalkboard paint?
It was easier to use the spray paint on the glass and cardboard but the paint could work too. I think the spray paint leaves it smoother {and with no streaks} on the smooth surface of the glass.

Styling the chalkboards according to wedding style
Since our wedding was a vintage theme, I did not alter the frames I had since they were older and vintage looking already. I also used all color chalk to give it a fun, vintage feel.

Styling the chalkboards according to your wedding style
Upcycling: I just gave all my frames to another bride who then painted all the frames a teal color to match her wedding colors. She is also using one color chalk to align with her other wedding color. This allowed her to make all the frames match her wedding theme. TIPS: You could also embellish the frames to match your wedding style whether that is adding a certain type or color flower or bow to each frame or even writing in a certain style font. Keep in mind your overall wedding style, theme, and ambiance to keep your project in line with the rest of the look and feel of your wedding.”

DIY chalkboard wedding signs

DIY wedding chalkboards

DIY wedding chalkboard sign

DIY soutern vintage wedding

Thanks for sharing your DIY wedding signage “how to” Mandy! See all of Mandy and Travis’ southern vintage real wedding and how all of their DIY chalkboards fit into their vintage theme.

What kinds of wedding signs will you be using?


Photos by Jamie J Photography

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Rustic New Hampshire Love Shoot

Categories Real Weddings

We have yet another beautiful, colorful, fall session for you today–this one from Roberto Farren Photography. Brittany and Chris hail from New Hampshire and their love shoot involved three difference area locations. First, they started out with some fun shots around a vintage truck. Next, they ventured into an open field for a few wider shots. One unscheduled stop at Brittany’s family garden store led to a couple of super cute shots–and the inclusion of pumpkins and balloons! Finishing up this gorgeous get-together, was the final stop at the Nashua Airport, where Chris works as an air traffic controller. They even got to shoot with a plane that Chris had flown in before.

Fun, colorful, meaningful. Enjoy.

Rustic engagement photos with vintage truck

Rustic engagement session

black and white engagement photography

Rustic engagement photos with vintage trucks

Cute shoe shot in rustic engagement photos

Greenhouse engagment photos

Fall New Hampshire engagement photo

Rustic engagement photos with balloons

Balloon props in rustic engagement session

Nashua Airport engagement photos

Nashua Airport engagement photos

Nashua Airport engagement photos

Engagement photos at the Nashua Airport

Nashua Airport engagement photos


Need color and inspirational ideas for your rustic wedding?
Visit a few of our most recent rustic inspiration boards and browse rustic save the dates and rustic wedding invitation designs at MagnetStreet.

Photo Credits
Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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