They say rain on your wedding day is good luck, and today’s couple must be extremely lucky! With simple and chic details, it is easy to love this backyard barn wedding captured by Michelle Lea Photographie. With the rush of a sudden storm, the outdoor ceremony was quickly moved inside with help of friends and family and this couple took it in stride as they said their vows over the roar of the storm. They included meaningful details and really put the focus on their commitments to each other, resulting in a wedding day filled with charm, joy, and love.
We did everything on our own, and researched a lot of venues, but most were too expensive. Looking for a more rustic and indoor/outdoor feel, we ended up deciding on a barn in a friend’s front yard for the ceremony and reception. The plan was to have the ceremony outside with a backdrop of a quaint pond and magnolias, then the reception would be inside the barn.
My necklace was given to my grandmother by on grandfather on their wedding day. My grandfather passed away about a year ago, and in a strange, roundabout way, his death is the reason Caleb and I met. The bracelets were heirlooms from my mother-in-law and a bridesmaid’s and her mother’s.
Jokingly, I always said that my style for the wedding was rustic sassy. Colors I chose for decorations and flowers were gold, glitter, cream, blush, and other neutrals and pastels. The bridesmaids were to choose any blush or champagne dress they wanted. Groomsmen were to wear light gray pants, and we purchased navy ties as part of their gifts.
Looking back on our wedding, our first look was one of the sweetest moments of the day. The rain hadn’t yet begun and seeing each other alone (besides photographers, of course) was so calming.
So, I’ve lived in Knoxville my whole life and don’t believe I’ve ever seen the amount rain that began to (and continued) fall about two hours before the ceremony. Our friends and family moved everything inside, and we perfectly said “I do” inside the intimate barn while thunder and white sheets of rain came down outside.
We both agree another favorite moment was when we were saying our vows and the minister had to yell over the rain and thunder. The thought of what we committing, being surrounded by people who love us, and the intimacy of the rainy barn was overwhelming.
The centerpieces were made by mother and aunt, with wood cut my dad. My mother also arranged the flowers on the tables. The bread for communion was baked by Caleb’s childhood Sunday School teacher.
All of the cake stands and knives were heirlooms of my mother, grandmother, and other important women in our lives. The cross used as a focus for the ceremony was from Caleb’s family church. And, the communion set we used was Caleb’s grandfather’s who is a retired minister.
The most important things to us while we were planning were definitely sticking to the budget and not losing focus. All options we chose felt like they were the most affordable. However, it was difficult. Convenience definitely costs more money. Also, we kept our focus by reminding ourselves we were just planning a worship service and a party to celebrate with our friends and family.
Photography | Michelle Lea Photographie | Florals | Sevier Blumen | Catering | The Brown Bag Catering | Cakes | Mountain View Bulk Foods | Rentals | All Occasions Party Rentals | Invitations | JWalker Boyd | Dress | David’s Bridal | Shoes | Anthropologie | Hair & Makeup | Kellie Taylor | Ceremony Musician | Kyle Tallman | Reception Music | Kent Oglesby
If you thought engagement sessions were only a two hour deal, this lakeside engagement shoot captured by Koby Brown will show you a beautiful alternative. This couple chose to take their time and really enjoy the experience, making a trip out of their shoot and spreading it out over two days. The picturesque setting of Lake George in New York was the perfect backdrop for this getaway, with a little bit of boating, island exploring, and picnics on their schedule. The stunning 1929 wooden boat is a dream and creates such a timeless feel to the images.
Paul and I share an appreciation for exploring the world and try to travel as often as we can. We have traveled hand-in-hand exploring new cultures, eating delicious local cuisine, and seeing inspiring sites. Last September, we ventured to the California coast and decided that this time around, we would drive the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to San Clemente. Along the way, we stopped at many breathtaking Pacific Ocean overlooks and hiked through Red Wood filled forests. Paul planned the entire adventure, and unbeknownst to me, had handpicked each and every stop throughout Big Sur. As we neared the end of the Big Sur stretch, we stopped at the secluded overlook of Sand Dollar Beach. With the beautiful Pacific Ocean as our back drop, Paul asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.
We knew that our wedding and many of its associated festivities would take place in Houston, among numerous family and friends. Despite growing up in Houston for the majority of my life, I really wanted to incorporate a piece of where Paul grew up in to our wedding story. Paul grew up in Upstate New York, an hour south of The Adirondacks, an often overlooked upstate treasure. He spent time skiing the area in the winter and boating along Lake George in the summer. Throughout our relationship, we took many trips to his family’s Lake George lake house, and the beautiful lake, surrounded by infinite mountains, grew to be a place we looked forward to visiting each year. When we were thinking of our destination engagement shoot we could think of no better place than Lake George, New York. The story Koby & Elizabeth, of Archetype, captured of our time exploring the hundreds of islands that spread across the lake and cruising the smooth waters in a classic Hacker-Craft wooden boat will be a treasured memory for the rest of our lives.
Photography | Koby Brown | Location | The Sagamore | Styling | Elizabeth Brown | Boat Rental | Miss Sagamore 1929 Hacker-Craft Boat Rental, F.R. Smith and Sons Marina | Red Dress | Vivienne Westwood | Floral Dress | Nordstrom | Ring | Queen of Heirs
If you just got engaged over the holidays, you are probably wondering where to start when it comes to wedding planning. The ladies at Hello Bride are here to give you a great starting point!
LETS PLAN A WEDDING! 5 STEPS TO START WITH:
1ST | Know Your Priorities
You will see us mention this over and over. That means it’s important! You have to determine your wedding priorities. It may be the most important thing you do together as a couple before the wedding. Knowing your wedding priorities will allow you to focus on what is most important to the two of you. Not anyone else. These priorities will help to make your wedding unique. They also make it easier to stay on track and not be swayed by family, friends or vendors.
2ND | Get A Wedding Planning Binder
You need a wedding planning hub. It may be on your computer or phone but our favorite is the binder. I miss those days where all a girl needed was her binder and favorite pen to plan her dream day. Wedding planning binders are for brides who love REAL-LIFE tangible paper, pens, and pencils. Seriously, when did planning a wedding become so technical? Bring on the checklists, timelines, and step-by-step instructions we can hold in our hands.
3RD | Determine Your Wedding Budget
You should never book venues and vendors before having a budget. With all the wedding excitement it is the quickest way to overspend. Talk to those who may be helping with the wedding financially. Have them be specific about what they are contributing and when. Once you have your priorities and budget in place it will be much easier to decide what items and vendors you want to splurge on and where you want to cut back. Knowing these two things will go a long way in making your wedding unique.
4TH | Start Your Wedding Guest List
Start an initial guest list. You don’t want to book a venue that’s too small. Some couples would rather have a more intimate wedding. Then, splurge on other things like food, alcohol or decor. Big weddings just are not their thing. Some couples would rather invite lots of people and have as many as possible share in their new life together. This may mean cutting back in other areas. There is no wrong or right here. It’s all about your priorities.
5TH | Gather Wedding Planning Inspiration
We call this wedding-spiration. Don’t go overboard! Hehe, or do. Just keep in mind Pinterest and magazines are for inspiration. Your eyes might be bigger than your wallet. Keep your priorities, budget and style in mind as you start researching your vendor and venue options.
Wedding Planning can be fun and crazy all at the same time. Equipped with a wedding binder, pen and a plan you can make your wedding day run smoothly, leaving you plenty of time to fall in love with the details.
Are you in search of an amazing wedding planning binder, notepad or engagement gift? Hello Bride is the shop for you. Get your wedding planning goodies now at www.HelloBride.com!