Starting off this week with the sweetest handmade wedding captured by Anna Marks Photography. The couple really focused on making their day special with meaningful and heirloom details. I love that the bride wrapped her bouquet in one of her grandpa’s ties to have him close.
Lake Arrowhead is a really significant place for both of us outside of our relationship and it’s also the place that brought us together. Both of our families vacation up there and so it was the perfect place to merge both sides together. Bruin Woods is not only where Dylan works, but is a place where we both have personal relationships with all of the staff. We knew that trusting them with our big day would be something they took seriously and the end result was everything we could have hoped for. It made it so much more special to know every single person working our wedding because it felt more like they were there at our wedding and was much more intimate.
The first look by far surpasses any memory of the night. We both feel like all of the raw emotion was able to come out and be processed without an audience and feeling like everyone was watching. It was an intimate moment we have repeated to each other over and over again and we will keep in our memories forever. The vows we made were also funny – it was the last thing we did and one of the most frustrating parts of wedding planning. We were both so tired from planning and our crazy work schedules that we didn’t really have time to put a lot thought into it. The week before the wedding we looked at each other amid googling how to write vows and decided to “pause and live in the moment”, which was an important part of our wedding vows. When we actually said them out loud on the day of, they sounded twice as good as anything we had read. They were natural and our own, which is also something to be cherished about our ceremony.
We stuck with a laid back, rustic, woodsy feel since the wedding was at an Alumni Camp. Stephanie really loves the feel and look of the store Anthropologie, so we pulled a lot of inspiration from there – crystals, succulents, and different types of wood to give it a natural look. Since Bruin Woods is naturally beautiful and very green, we wanted muted colors to really put the emphasis on all of that pure spring green color. The windows we used for our ceremony vignette were purchased at antique shops up in Lake Arrowhead. It was sort of a play on a “green house” by incorporating the elements of a home- we also had a dresser to bring in some symbolism of us starting our life together. Accents like the vintage dessert stands, bouquet ribbon (from my grandpa’s tie), a suitcase holding the cards, and old glass bottles on the table are all antiques from Stephanie’s family that acted as the main inspiration for a lot of the rest of the decor. We really believes that in incorporating those special pieces made it feel like the family history was tied into the wedding and those who couldn’t be there were represented.
Almost all of the decor were items that have been collected by Stephanie’s family or passed down as heirlooms. The dessert plates are all cake stands that were lent to us by my aunts and mom. The glass bottles on our dinner tables were bottles Stephanie and her sister collected out of Lake Arrowhead years ago during a drought and the lake levels were really low. We have had them in our garage in Arrowhead not knowing what to do with them all these years, and we are all very happy we found a use for them. Dylan and the groomsmen’s boutonnieres were handmade by Stephanie’s aunts, which was was a really special touch to design with her. The tie around Stephanie’s bouquet was her late Grandpa’s tie, was her something blue and something old, and was originally purchased in when her grandparents were in Scotland – a place that connects Dylan and Stephanie’s families. It was hard not having him at the wedding, so being able to hold the tie tightly all night was very special.
Get ready for some beautiful bridal inspiration because I have a fabulous shoot to share today! Back in March I styled a fashion editorial for Pretty Pear Bride with my amazing team of Nikki Santerre capturing gorgeous images and Amanda Burnette with stunning florals and design. I really wanted this classic elegant look, but with a romantic spin. We chose Dover Hall Estate as the location, a breath-taking luxury wedding venue outside of Richmond, Virginia. Seriously, the entire place is drop-dead amazing! With a lovely collection of dresses, accessories, and jewelry we created looks for today’s curvy bride who loves elegance and old world romance. What look is your favorite? See more images from this shoot in Pretty Pear Bride.
Photography | Nikki Santerre Photography | Styling | Glamour & Grace | Florals and Design | Amanda Burnette | Venue | Dover Hall Estate | Editorial | Pretty Pear Bride | Makeup Artist | Sparkle Grose of Avenue 42 | Hair | Samantha Wood of Salon Voss | Assistant Artist | Annie Radigan | Jewelry | Thomas Laine | Gowns | Watters, Roz la Kelin, and Kleinfeld | Veils | Three Sunbeams, Posh Veils, and SIBO | Headpieces | Hushed Commotion and Untamed Petals | Wraps | Carol Hannah | Belts | Untamed Petals | Models | Kara Cuba, Michelle Schmidt, and Faye Airhart
Today I’m sharing this pink Asheville from melissa maureen photography. I love the sweet heirloom details that the bride included, especially the brooch on her bouquet that her mother used to wear to honor her heritage.
We both really love Asheville and we wanted our guests to get to experience the natural beauty of the area. We ended up choosing the NC Arboretum because we felt that it would showcase the innate charm of the North Carolina mountains. For the reception, Pack’s Tavern had the combination of space, great food, and a relaxed ambiance that we were looking for. We had a really tough time deciding on our color choices, but eventually we settled on pink and black with touches of silver because we felt it would look great in both of our chosen venues.
My mother passed away when I was 17, at a time when I was just beginning to learn how to be a woman. On my wedding day, my father gave me a beautiful silver box engraved with he and my mother’s wedding date as well as mine and inside the box was my mother’s wedding ring. After wiping away the tears, I slipped it on to the necklace I was wearing to keep have a piece of my mother close to my heart. My mother always wore a beautiful blue Native American brooch to honor our heritage. I attached that brooch to my bouquet to honor her, my grandmothers, and my Native American heritage. It also served as my something blue.
We both really enjoyed the ceremony. It had rained all morning but the sky cleared up in the afternoon in time for our 5 o’clock ceremony so we were really blessed with beautiful weather. My husband loves to quote lines from movies, especially Lord of the Rings. I noticed he was very serious and probably a little nervous during the ceremony so I took a quote from LotR and twisted it for him. While placing the ring on his finger I said “One ring to bring them and in marriage bind them”. He laughed and finally seemed to relax. He told me later that was when he knew he was marrying the right girl. However, the cherry on top for the entire ceremony was the butterfly that flew slow circles around us for part of the ceremony. Lots of people noticed it and commented at how magical it made the ceremony.
I would say that the most important thing to the two of us during the planning process was to keep our sanity :). We are both slow decision makers, and anyone who has planned a wedding knows that the process involves making a ton of decisions. We tried to base our decisions on two questions “Will our guests enjoy this?” and “Does this represent us?” We really wanted our guests to have a great time.
I wouldn’t say we really chose a style during the planning process. During planning we made choices based on what we liked without thinking too much on what the overall style was going to be. Looking back if I had to put a name to the style that we ended up with I would say “Romantic Garden Wedding”.
Photography | melissa maureen photography | Ceremony | The North Carolina Arboretum | Reception Venue & Catering | The Century Room on the Park at Pack’s Tavern | Planning | Asheville Event Company | Florist | Flora Boutique | Cake | Short Street Cakes | Rentals | Classic Event Rental | Invitations | Minted | Dress | Allure Bridals from Curvaceous Couture | Jewelry | Couture by Posh Bridal | Shoes | Hey Lady | Bridesmaid Dresses | Dessy | Hair | Adorn Salon and Boutique | Makeup | Blush | Groomswear | Sarno and Son | Entertainment | Spintastic Sounds | Transportation | Carolina Limosuine