Rouille may not be a word you’ve come across before so, if not, let me enlighten you. It means ‘rust’ in French, and it sounds so much nicer in French than English, don’t you think? This rouille wedding shoot uses a colour palette including shades of orange, brown and beige to create such romantic styling.

Creative stylist and photographer Lizelle Goussard took inspiration from a famous quote as the foundation for this concept…

“My soul is full of longing for the secret of the sea, and the heart of the great ocean sends a thrilling pulse through me.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Lizelle explains, “The reason why I paired the rust colour with an ocean location is that things tend to rust when close to the ocean, and old items washed up onto the beach are usually full of rust.

As you’ll see, this styling would be perfect for an intimate beach wedding or elopement, but you could also recreate it on a greater scale for a larger affair.

Bride and groom standing on rocks on beach

Rustic Styling

The busy, rustic table styling using natural elements complements the scenery perfectly. Unstructured florals, candles, drift wood and old glass bottles sit in the centre of linen deliberately draped in an almost untidy manner, creating a rippled effect akin to waves breaking onto the shore. To complete the look, the place settings include rust coloured napkins, wooden table mats, and a sea shell to honour the location.

The bridal styling is just as beautiful, with two gowns specifically chosen to work with the colour scheme. The first includes stunning leaf and floral embellishments and a deep illusion neckline, and the second has hues of brown. The bride’s extra long veil gives a dramatic effect, and her fabulous free-form floral bouquet of peach, blush and white flowers loosely tied with rust-coloured ribbon complements both looks perfectly.

From the textured card used for the wedding stationery, to the rough-iced wedding cake with pops of rust detail, each element has been so carefully thought out. Our thanks go to Lizelle for sharing the beautiful pictures of this romantic rouille beach wedding styling…

Rustic style wedding stationery with beach related items

Rustic wedding stationery

Bridal shoes with rustic wedding stationery

Bride and groom walking across beach holding hands

Bride and groom on beach by rocks

Groom standing behind bride on beach

Bride holding out skirt of her wedding dress on beach

Bride holding wedding bouquet of large flowers

Bride walking towards rocks on beach

Bride standing on beach and holding hands to her chest

Bride holding bouquet on beach

Bride with long veil walking across beach

Groom holding bride's hand to help her up onto rocks on beach

Small wedding table on beach

Wedding table with rustic styling

Wedding place setting with rust coloured napkin and sea shell

Wedding table on beach

Small wedding table on beach by the sea

Wedding cake with rust coloured detail

Bride standing on rocks on beach with veil over her face

Bride and groom walking across beach

Groom helping bride climb up onto rock on beach

Bride and groom standing on rock on beach

Creative Team

Photography and Styling: Lizelle Goussard Photography

Dresses: Nadia May Couture and Chanelle Cindy

Shoes: Bella Belle

Flowers: Foraged

Stationery and Silks: Papier Handmade

Linen: Set the Table Hire

Make-Up: Kailah Gordon of KCG Make Up

Models: Savannah and Dane