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A Vintage-Inspired Shabby Chic Wedding at Cedar Creek Resort in Columbia, Missouri

Allison Buechert (26 and a media planner) and Matthew Freeman (34 and works in IT) met at a wedding. Matthew proposed on an old railroad bridge overlo

Allison Buechert (26 and a media planner) and Matthew Freeman (34 and works in IT) met at a wedding. Matthew proposed on an old railroad bridge overlooking a creek. “I said, ’Is this real life?’” Allison remembers. “Otherwise I was without other words except, ‘Yes!’” For their wedding, the couple chose Cedar Creek Resort in Columbia, Missouri, for its lush woods, large lake and onsite weekend-getaway options. “Given that we were going for a fall wedding, we wanted to take advantage of the beautiful foliage and crisp air Missouri has in the fall and have an entirely outdoor event,” Allison says. The ceremony took place in a large, grassy field with a large tree as the backdrop. With such a large outdoor space, they wanted a more confined area, so they created a white double door entrance. Afterwards, the couple had a simple tented reception nearby. Guests signed little notes with fabric squares for Allison to make into a quilt to remember the day. Inspired by vintage items she found in her grandmother’s basement, thrift shops and garage sales, she made all the centerpieces herself, which were full of clocks, birds, books and flowers. They used shades of blue, white and green for their color palette with rustic wood accents throughout. Though the Allison and Matthew provided most of the decor themselves, they worked with Pretty Little Things Vintage Rental to complete the look. At the end of the night, they had a rustic textured buttercream cake, fruit pies and cookies.

Shabby Chic Gold and White Invitation Suite
White Peep-Toe Wedge Shoes
“My dress had to have two things: elbow sleeves and lace,” Allison says. “I would say I am modest, but more importantly, I wanted to be comfortable and having my arms hanging out and keeping up a strapless dress was just not something I wanted to worry about.”
Allison carried white Veronica, hydrangeas, lisianthus, lavender, seeded eucalyptus, queen anne’s lace and thistle in her bouquet.
The bridesmaids carried hand-tied bouquets including hydrangeas, garden roses, freesia and queen anne’s lace.
The bridesmaids wore navy dresses with lace tops, empire waists and A-line skirts from Nordstrom.
The groom wore a gray tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse with a blue plaid tie.
The groomsmen wore different variations of hydrangeas, thistle, white Veronica, seeded eucalyptus and hypericum berries for their boutonnieres.
Since there wasn’t an actual entrance for their outdoor wedding, the couple made double doors for the bride to walk through. They were accented with vintage details such as a gold-framed chalkboard and old chairs.
Allison and Matthew Recessional
Shabby Chic, DIY Escort Card Display on Tree
The couple decorated their shabby chic escort cards with navy and tan doilies to match the shabby chic wedding theme.
Guests signed little notes and attached them to quilt squares so Allison could make a quilt to remember the day.
Rustic Chalkboard Signature Cocktail Menu
Simple Navy and Burlap Tented Reception in Columbia
Vintage-Inspired Book, Sewing Spool, Flower Centerpices
Blue Thistle and Pincushion Protea Centerpieces
Allison and Matthew created all of the centerpieces with craft paper, vases, books, chalkboards and sewing spools. “We liked the relaxed look of the textured table settings, making each it’s own a little interesting,” Allison says.
Eclectic, Vintage-Inspired Clock and Bird Centerpieces
Vintage-Inspired, Rustic Cake Table
Allison and Matthew enjoyed a two-tier white textured buttercream cake decorated with baby’s breath, dahlias and blue wildflowers.
DIY Chocolate Chip Cookie Wedding Favors
Allison and Matthew Tented Reception at Cedar Creek Resort