There are too many amazing details to count in this super cute ‘wedding bells’ themed southern wedding from Stephanie A Smith Photography. I love the gold sequin hangars for the bridesmaids, the fun custom programs, and of course, the vintage bells for guests to ring for a kiss!
Some would say our wedding was 8 years in the making Zach and I had a pretty long dating history together. However this past September 14th at the Legare Warning House under the moss covered ancient avenue of oaks we said our vows and dodged rain drops as we had our first kiss.
As most brides I had been planning this day for a while…I had a powerpoint presentation saved with all my favorite wedding ideas way before pinterest was in existence. So when it came down to planning I was ready!!! First thing first I made a folder on our computer and named it wedding bells. Now I wasn’t really planning on having a theme for our wedding but something made me google the history of the wedding bell. Ringing of bells both small and large is viewed as a symbol of happiness and the celebration of the couple’s new life together.
Wedding planning and pinning can be excited and daunting all at the same time. But Zach and I really tried to keep in mind what a wedding symbolizes and the focus on the history and tradition of getting hitched. That’s why we choose to have lots of wedding bells at our wedding!
I loved the vintage look of the honeycomb bells and we had a great time collecting handbells and getting them as gifts during our engagement year! For our exit it was magical hearing all our guests ringing the bells as we made our way to our get-a-way car.
Photography | Stephanie A Smith Photography | Venue | Legare Waring House | Planner | Scarlet Plan & Design | Floral Designer | forage & fleur | Cake | Delicious Desserts | Caterer | Holy City Catering | Paper Goods | Liddabits Design Shop | Rentals | EVENT DRS | Makeup Artist | Dannon K. Collard | Band | Sweetgrass Revival | Film | Before Your Eyes Cinematography | Transportation | Shuttle Hogs
Finding your wedding gown in a vintage shop is every vintage lovers dream. From the gorgeous lace to the retro styles, there is something so special about wearing a vintage gown. I love this beautiful shoot captured by Matoli Keely Photography highlighting some lovely vintage dresses from Vivian Elise Vintage. What do you think, would you rock a vintage gown?
Sweet and fun are the words of the day for this cute Williamsburg wedding from Betty Clicker Photography. The couple fell in love in New Orleans so they incorporated a lot of fun details in their day to reflect their love story. The bride, Christa, is killing the retro short dress look and I absolutely love her hair in a chic pony.
Dan and I met in New Orleans and life has been full of laughter and lots of food ever since! We wanted to make sure we included elements of the place we call home (and where we fell in love!) into our wedding day. While planning, it was important to us to make sure the weekend was filled with time with family and friends – celebrating the beginning of our lives together. From our laid back welcome bbq (in lieu of the traditional rehearsal dinner), to the after party at Dan’s college bar, it was full of love that we will never forget!
Having a New Orleans style second line parade was an element we definitely wanted our family and friends to experience. Since Dan is from New York and myself from West Virginia, it was a big highlight of the day! It was made even better since Dan’s Alma Mater played a role! Dan contacted the William and Mary brass quintet, Bel Canto Brass Quintet, and they were amazing. I will never forget the sound of the trumpet right after we were pronounced husband and wife!
Looking back, we are glad we set aside some time for ourselves during the cocktail hour. Taking a walk around the campus and sneaking a few kisses on the Crem Dell Bridge before dancing the night away was just the down time we needed.
We also wanted to make sure that our family and friends were well fed. We brought a taste of New Orleans to the reception. Since Dan is the editor of a Louisiana food magazine, it was kind of a no-brainer! Seeing everyone try dishes they have never had before was a real treat for us to see! We sometimes forget that outside of Louisiana, gumbo, étouffée, and red beans & rice are not everyday foods!
Some of the moments that always bring a smile to our faces about the day:
Christa – surprising our family and friends with a swing number for our first dance!
Dan – hearing the 1780s organ play Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World while seeing Christa walk down the aisle.
Photography | Betty Clicker Photography | Venue | The William and Mary Alumni House | Designer | The Darling Event | Caterer | Creative Cuisines | Cake | Debbie Does Doberge | Gown | French Knot Couture | DJ | Fat Cat Productions | Musicians | The Bel Canto Brass Quinet