It’s all pretty pastels in today’s southern wedding captured by Devon Donnahoo. With charming handmade details (the bride made all the groomsmen ties) and the sweetest color palette, this wedding is perfect to get you in the spring mood. My personal favorite detail is the cute paper airplane exit!
We originally wanted to have an outside wedding, out on a farm or in a field with a big oak tree, but we started thinking it might be hard for all our out of town guests to navigate to and from. We decided on the Old Cigar Warehouse because it was unique, and it had that charm and character that we wanted to have for our wedding. Our colors for the wedding were soft pinks, shades of cream, and a light teal. I would say our style for the wedding was southern, simple, and romantic.
James: My favorite part of the day was our first look, partially because I got to get a good bit of the crying out. And I got to see my wife before everybody else did. It helped relieve the nerves a little, and it felt so intimate and special for us to have that time together.
The most important thing to us while we were planning was our ceremony. We wanted our whole wedding day to be focused on God’s purpose for marriage, to point us back to relationship with Him. We spent time with our pastor in premarital counseling talking and learning about what this would mean for our marriage and how our pastor could share this with our friends and loved ones during the ceremony.
Sara: I have two favorites because it’s too hard to pick one. I loved sharing communion and praying with James after we said our vows. I felt like it really helped us focus on why we were getting married in the first place. My second would be our surprise choreographed father-daughter dances that had all my friends and family cracking up!
We actually had several DIY projects because I love to craft and thought it would be fun to have handmade, personal details scattered throughout our wedding day. I sewed the groomsmen bow ties using different teal patterned fabrics, which was a fun project for me to let their personalities shine through their bow ties. James’s mom made wonderful homemade soy candles of some of our favorite scents as wedding favors for our guests.
My mom made paper airplanes that our guests wrote notes on and flew as we made our way out of the reception. It was neat because our friends collected them for us to keep and read their notes when we got back from our honeymoon.
Photography | Devon Donnahoo Photography | Venue | Old Cigar Warehouse | Coordination | Love this Little City | Florist | Anna Jewel Floral | Cake | Kathy and Company | Catering | Tim Holmes Catering | Linens | Professional Party Planners | Videography | Maggie Calton | Gown | Allure from The Poinsett Bride | Hair | Tabitha from Cotton Rouge | Makeup | Makeup by Artan | DJ | Party Machine | Transportation | GSP Limo | Minister | Adam Gibson from Midtown Columbia Church
We are in full spring mode with today’s gorgeous springtime shoot captured by hay alexandra photography. It is fresh, organic, and effortlessly chic. I love the bride’s whole look with her elegant updo and the back on that gown is divine. Sometimes inspiration can get overwhelming and it is so great to see this less is more approach that is at the same time unique and classic.
Photography | hay alexandra photography | From For The Love of Film workshop with Matoli Keely Photography and Kristen Lynne Photography | Design | Alex Meyer Events | Gown | Alexandra Grecco | Florist | Violet Gardens Floral Designs | Calligraphy | Lydia Robins Hendrix | Cake | Lauren Bakes Cakes | Hair & Makeup | Jordan K Winn & Co. | Jewelry | Suz Somersall | Model | Jeff Bruins and Kathleen Masek | Venue | Pamela Jane’s Studio | Shoes | Jimmy Choo | Ring Box | The Mrs. Box | Hanger | BHLDN
I’m obsessed with the bold magenta hues in today’s California wedding from Lindsey Gomes. With amazing florals (those cabbage roses and dahlias are so dreamy!) and sequin linens, it’s hard not to fall in love with this eclectic styled wedding. And there’s a s’mores bar. I’m pretty sure every wedding should have a s’mores bar around a fire pit.
We met while attending Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, and knew we wanted to get married back on the CA Central Coast where it all started! After visiting the Cypress Ridge Pavilion and seeing the beautiful green landscape complete with a lake and fire-pit, not to mention meeting their wonderful staff, we were sold. The vibe we went for was “one big party,” and both my husband Matt and I agree, mission accomplished! As a bride of course I wanted the event to be beautiful, but with a little bit of quirkiness with all of the colors and textures.
With only 5 months to plan a 200 person affair, we were most focused on finding the right venue–there needed to be a large outdoor space for the reception, but also space for some serious dancing. Everything else came together from there. It also really helped that we based our budget off of what our priorities were when it came down to the traditional elements of a wedding. Planning a wedding from Northern California, having a coordinator was a huge help, and the venue was so accommodating to our ideas.
My mom and I did a few projects: we scrubbed off the labels of clear wine bottles to hang the table numbers from the necks on ribbon, we spray painted other bottles gold and dipped them glitter (cuz let’s face it, who doesn’t love a little glitter at a wedding?) and made frames with pics of my husband and I at the different ages corresponding to the table numbers. I also made our bar signs, and one of my bridesmaids of mine helped me with making our seating charts. Though not necessarily ‘DIY’, one thing I was happy with was using multiple objects from my own house as decor items for the wedding! I realized the colors I’d picked for my wedding were pretty on par with colors I love overall, and I had a lot of different things at home I could bring and use for accents (examples: white lanterns by the fire pit, all of the pillows in our lounges, and various vases/candle holders). I didn’t have to spend any extra money, and I think it all fit in perfectly!
It was a day and evening full of love that we felt all around… I could not ask for more.
Photography | Lindsey Gomes Photography | Venue and Catering | Cypress Ridge Pavilion | Planner | Danae Grace Events | Florist | Adornments Flowers and Finery | Cake | Albertson’s Arroyo Grande | Rentals | Embellish Rentals | Linens | La Tavola Linen | Invitation | By Invitation Only | Film | Him and Her Films | Entertainment, Lighting, and Photo Booth | Kramer Events | Transportation | SLO Safe Ride | Bridesmaid Dresses | Ann Taylor | Groomswear | Men’s Warehouse | Hair and Makeup | Queens’ Bees