You are going to fall for this dreamy and romantic manor wedding captured by j.woodbery photography. The couple didn’t let some rain ruin their big day and even had a magical first look outside! I absolutely love all the hanging greenery, especially the cake table display. So perfect!
When planning our wedding, I had a vision of what I wanted it to be. I was searching for a little bit of boho and a lot of romantic elegance. I chose a color scheme of neutral tone on tone styles – the most color coming from my ivory and blush wedding gown. I feel like the subtlety of those color choices really helped capture that romantic elegance dream I had dreamt. With a vision of a beautiful outdoor spring setting, and large guest list such as ours, Douglas Manor made choosing a venue an easy choice.
My favorite part of our day is so difficult to put my finger on, because I loved everything about that day. I knew that having a first look would be a special moment, but that moment was more than special. It was a fairy tale, like a romantic scene in a movie. Standing there in my wedding gown, with my groom’s back to me, the bottom of the sky fell out and the rain came pouring down. He turned to look at me with tears in his eyes and a smile on his face. Time stood still, we got soaked, but the moment was magical and was one of my favorite parts of the day!
There are so many things to get caught up in when wedding planning. Throughout the process, the most important thing to Kerry and I was to keep our eye on the prize- most importantly, we were going to get married, become one, glorifying the Lord along the way. When the wedding day got near and the stress of the planning escalated, Kerry and the Lord were my rocks that kept me grounded. And on the wedding day, while it poured down rain all day, drenching our outdoor wedding spot, the fact that I had an amazing wedding coordinator and that at the end of the day, rain or shine, I would be married to Kerry, I remained grounded. That’s all that mattered and that’s what was most important to us.
One thing that I was after when planning our special day was really good and unique food. At our age, we have been to a lot of weddings in the last year or two, and every wedding seems to serve the same style of food, generally leaving us still hungry when we get home. We chose an Italian spread that we were sure would leave our guests with a full and happy belly. In addition to the Italian dinner, an amazing strawberry naked cake for the bride and milkshake bar for the groom certainly filled everyone up!
I loved how detail oriented our wedding was. HotHouse Design Studio did an amazing job of making every crevice and corner of our wedding a beautiful site to see. It made our day everything I wanted it to be and made every moment stunning.
Finally, we wanted our wedding to be a blast, and one that our guests would enjoy and remember. We had Blackberry Breeze Band as our reception entertainment- those guys know how to keep the party going. Everyone danced and sang along, while Blackberry Breeze rocked all night long. The whole day was a dream and everything we hoped for it to be.
Photography | j.woodbery photography | Venue | Douglas Manor | Planning | Becky’s Brides | Florals | HotHouse Design Studio | Catering & Cake | Joe’s Italian | Milkshake Bar | O’Carr’s Restaurant | Rentals | PropHouse Birmingham | Videography | Psycle Films | Ceremony Musician | On Site Productions | Band | Blackberry Breeze | Dress | Essence of Australia from Diane’s Formal Affair | Accessories | White Flowers Gallery | Bridesmaid Dresses | Show Me Your Mumu | Groom Attire | J.Crew | Groomsmen Attire | Mr Burch Formal Wear | Monogram Cups | Swoozies | Napkins | For Your Party | Hair & Makeup | Sydney Nelson at Lunatic Fringe
Greenery is a big trend for 2016 and I’m in love with it! If you love it too, you will fall for this romantic garden wedding inspiration from Elizabeth Moore Photography. The florals are out of this world, with greenery draped fabric backdrops and chairs for the ceremony. There are even these beautiful floral sandals, so unique for an outdoor wedding or a bride wanting that boho look! And I love the watercolor greenery detailing in the calligraphy invitation suite too. It all comes together to create the perfect organic garden wedding.
Photography | Elizabeth Moore Photography | Venue | Venue Chilton | Design | The Gala Event | Florals | Sandra L. Porterfield Wedding & Event Floral Design | Cake | Bella Manse | Rentals | Events by Eagle and Swoon Vintage Rental | Calligraphy | Yours Truly Calligraphy | Dress | Posh Bridal | Hair | The Bonafide Ginger | Groomswear | Central PA Tuxedo
A sun-filled seaside wedding sounds like the perfect way to start off the week! This coastal Maine wedding from Sarah Morrill is the sweetest. The couple lives in Brooklyn, New York and got married in Brooklin, Maine, so their adorable theme of from Brooklyn to Brooklin began. I love the elegant, yet rustic style, especially the lace runners paired with the wood picnic tables. And who wouldn’t want to end the night with fireworks and newlywed kisses under the stars?
We chose the Lookout Inn in Brooklin, Maine. A huge plot of land on the coast of Maine surrounded by coastal waters, trees, and wildflowers with an Inn and cottages for all our guests to stay. The town happened to be called Brooklin, Maine, so the theme to our wedding naturally became Brooklyn to Brooklin! From there our wedding vision began to blossom: a huge party of friends and family outside in the sunshine near the water, fields of wild flowers and Maine pine trees, kayaking from island to island, lobster dinner for the rehearsal, local Maine beer and blueberry pie, good music we love to listen to, fireworks on the water. It all made perfect sense. A wedding in Maine filled with the things we love.
I wore my mom’s garder belt… funny and old! I also stuck a piece of flowers from my mom’s old flower crown in my hair, tucked inside for only us to know about.
All of our dreams came true when we found the Lookout Inn, a secluded piece of land on the coast with an Inn and cottages for all of our guests, a sail tent in the fields, home cooked local food, farm to table, local flowers and greenery, a “kissing tree” on the coast for the ceremony.
We started seeing planning our wedding like planning a really big party. After pinning down our venue things seemed to get easier. We got excited about things we actually loved and stuck to those things. I can literally say that planning the wedding was one of the happiest times I’ve ever had.
For our colors we chose pale pinks and corals with greenery. I would call our style casual Maine Rustic Chic. With a sail tent surrounded by water and golden fields of wildflowers. Kayaks on the shore, wildflowers and greenery on the tables, local Maine blueberries, beers, and local produce, and lobster locally caught for our welcome party on friday by Patrick’s uncle, a lobsterman.
Our approach was very DIY. Our friends and family are so creative, that it would have been silly to get help from anyone else. For our cake we decided that Patrick’s mom was our best bet! She’s the most amazing baker ever and has always showered us with loads of Maine deserts on our visits: the most delicious apple pies, Maine blueberry pies, and the best and favorite is the to die for carrot cake. We decided that the carrot cake would make us very happy to eat on our wedding day, so that was it: carrot cake for our wedding cake!
As the day unravelled, the things we loved and planned came to life. Farm to table cooked food served family style for our friends and family to pass around, eat, and mingle with unknown guests. Cocktails of our favorite drinks in Brooklyn, the Bees-knees and old fashioned, good ol’ homebrewed beer by Patrick and local brew from Maine, sunshine sparkling on our tent and guests as we sat and ate and relished the moment. Large yellow fields filled with wild flowers that take you to the Maine coasts end. Kayaks for the guests amongst the coast for our guests to wonder off in during the weekend. Music we felt at home to. Bridesmaids in the perfect color pink that I had been daydreaming about for months. Tables filled with white and green Maine Greenery, just perfect to lay on the antique lace runners on top of the lined up picnic tables. Life-sized Jinga and lobster toss for the kids to play with. All the elements we had wanted and more were there. And it felt like home and happy beginning.
One of my favorite moments was when Sarah and her assistant snuck us off to the woods down to the coast for a night time shot! It was magical. We posed for long exposure shots on the water and under the stars, the shots came out amazing! It was the best surprise and present Sarah could have given us. It really was a moment in time to remember, for Patrick and I to cherish forever. A second for ourselves, to take in the wedding and thank our lucky stars.
Photography | Sarah Morrill Photography | Venue | The Lookout Inn | Planning | Take Off Events | Rentals | Wallace Events | Bar | Atlantic Brewing | Paper Goods | Dea + Bean | Videography | McCormick Media | DJ | DJ Denis Howard | Gown | Martina Liana from Wedding Atelier | Shoes | Dune London | Jewelry | BHLDN | Bridesmaid Dresses | Weddington Way and Free People | Bridesmaid Necklaces | Julia Szendrei | Hair | Kimberly Doll | Makeup | Heidi Phifer Aesthetics | Groomswear | Suitable Wear | Officiant | Betty Stookey | Ceremony Musicians | Noel Stookey and Leah Zeger