I love all the rich berry hues in today’s Georgia fall wedding from Laura Barnes Photo. The centerpieces are amazing with all the pomegranates and plums!
For our wedding, I knew I wanted something really old world and vintage, that would also pull from the rich colors of fall that I love so much. I wanted it to be classy yet also unrefined, a little wild, and unexpected in some ways, which I think we captured very well in the floral design. We had some very unexpected elements in the flowers that I loved, such as pomegranates, cabbages, plums, and artichokes. I wanted the wedding to reflect our personalities, which are both a little quirky at times, and I think that was captured pretty well too.
The traditional wedding day heirlooms were actually the most last minute thing that we had to pull together. Probably the most meaningful piece that I wore belonged to my aunt- a ring that was given to her by my uncle a long time ago. We also had the old vintage typewriter displayed on the entry table that Sean had used to propose to me. It still had the paper in it that said “Will you marry me?” and people loved seeing that. It is also really special because Sean and my dad worked together to restore it a couple years ago and really bonded over it.
I really loved everything about the day! If I had to choose, I think my very favorite moment was the ceremony itself, when we exchanged our vows. I was so incredibly nervous all day, and i just knew I was going to mess them up somehow (I am terrible at speaking in front of an audience.) But when the time came, i had never felt more calm. I ignored everyone else and only talked to Sean, and it felt really good to be able to think & speak clearly in that moment because I feel like the day just went by so quickly, I was worried I would go through them and not be able to remember it later. It was pretty magical honestly.
I think what was most important to me was to have our day reflect our personalities and for our guests to have a good time. We wanted it to be a celebration that when people left, they could honestly say that had a blast and enjoyed their time there.
I did all of the chalkboard hand lettering myself, as well as the wooden sign that said “here comes the bride” that the flower girls carried in during the ceremony. I also made the “Sweet Shop” sign with hand lettering detail that hung above the candy table. Sean and I also found some of the old silver pieces & trophies that were used for floral arrangements at Roswell antique stores around our house.
As for the location, we simply chose a venue that was set in nature and was the most convenient location for all of our guests & family that live nearby. All of my vendors did an excellent job- I simply cannot say enough about all of them. Along the way, we hit a couple of speed bumps where we had to change vendors suddenly due to unforeseen events & take a leap of faith on the ones we chose, but in the end I was even more glad of the choices we made. The entertainment, catering, floral design…it was all exactly what we wanted.
Photography | Laura Barnes Photo | Venue | Foxhall Resort | Florals | Kudzu Creative Designs | Cake | Bonnie Bedingfield | Catering | Atlanta’s Finest Catering | Rentals | Unlimited Rentals | Paper Goods | Minted | Dress | Judd Waddell from Bridals by Lori | Bridesmaid Dresses | Bill Levkoff | Hair & Make-Up | Indulge Day Spa + Salon | DJ | DJ Tod Entertainment | Videography | Sterling Cinematics | Transportation | Memories in the Making Vintage Car Rentals
If you’ve been dreaming of romance and elegance in a rustic setting, you are going to fall for this farm wedding shoot from Ashley Peraino captured by Laura Lee Photography. The florals are heavenly. I love the lush and dramatic centerpiece, such a fabulous idea for a sweetheart table. The added blueberries are my favorite! And the open back gown has glamour written all over it!
Photography | Laura Lee Photography | Planner & Design | Ashley Peraino | Location | Redner Farm | Day Of Coordinator | A&M Events | Florals | Laura Clare | Stationery | Bella Carte Boutique | Cake | Sweets by Olivia | Dress | Designer Loft NYC | Hair | Trish from Scissor Lounge | Make up | Brittany from Class Act Salon | Videographer | Yamean Studios
You are going to fall head over heels for today’s amazing handmade woodland themed wedding from Alicia King. With sweet heirloom details, cute forest animals, and an ‘Army of Aunts’ helping, this is pretty much the intimate DIY wedding of your dreams!
Our theme was “Tasteful Narnia” nobody could understand what I was saying until they saw it all put together, then it all made sense! The colors were sage, dusty rose and gold. I’m an artist and very crafty so it only made sense that I would make most of the things. And since I have always preferred older ascetics and vintage things it all came together beautifully!
Unfortunately, both of my grandmothers have passed away and both of their death anniversaries were the same week as the wedding. Regardless, I tried to embed them in as many aspect of the decor as possible! In my locket I put each of their wedding photos, so they were both with me all day. I wore Nanny’s veil during the ceremony and over us hung bunting I made from all of her old doilies. Channie’s lace ribbon was used for the flowers and decorating the ladder and her grandmother’s (my great great grandmothers) handmade lace table cloth was on the dessert table under the pies. Brandon wore his grandfather’s pocket watch. And I carried his mother’s families wedding handkerchief, 4 generations later, we all have our initials embroidered in the hem.
My “Army of Aunts” did an amazing job finishing everything while I got dressed, but they did all the flowers the night before, including Rosemary boutonnieres because it’s Brandon’s favorite food. And my Aunt Marjie made all the table numbers! I also made all the little wooden signs directing people around the property. As well as my earrings, which were made of tiny pink pearls from the Philippines, I got in a secret santa gift the year before in Korea! The show stealer (or most stolen object) was the river rocks I crocheted around. One aunt asked “you crocheted sweaters for rocks!?” Basically, yes, and everyone took one with them when they left! We also made the table seating chart out of hanging vintage window, my mom’s going to make them into cork boards now!
I made pretty much everything. My favorite was Nanny’s teacups, I made them into vanilla scented candles, so they were used as decoration but then each of my aunts and cousins got to take one home with them as their favor. Unless, they also wanted our handmade tree cookie coasters! That was Brandon’s big job and my brother helped! I spent the whole summer collecting interesting looking pieces of wood and fallen branches to use as the table settings. Which we then hid dozens of golden woodland animals amongst. There was a corresponding bingo game that you could play with the animals as well if you wanted! They were next to the guest book, which was a vintage recipe scrapbook when I found it, I replaced the hardware, added new pages and photo corners, so that our guests could have their pictures taken with a Fujifilm Instant Camera (like a Polaroid, I’m a photographer too) they added their photo and a message, which was really cool.
The next day we were talking and both of us admitted that our favorite part had actually been Nanny’s old ladder by the entrance to the tent. It was completely covered in little flowers, candles, animals, lace and moss. Decked from the very tippy top, spilling out into the entrance, it would be the first thing you saw walking in! And it was stunning, it dripping with grandmothers and gold and was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen. Later I found out that after my aunts had finished all the flowers my Great Aunt showed up asking if there was anything she could do to help, and they said to go wild on the ladder with what was left over! Amazing!
The other incredible thing was, we actually got all those important people we loved in one place for a whole weekend extravaganza! They all renting houses and hung out for days, helping to set up and tear down, we couldn’t have done it without all of them. Brandon likes to say “you know when you go to a wedding and you have your little group of people and that’s who you hang out with, well when it’s your wedding everyone is your people!” And it’s true, I remember dancing and looking around and seeing only people I loved, that was pretty amazing.
Photography | Alicia King Photography | Venue | The Thorn Preserve | Florals | Wildflower Design | Catering | New World Catering | Rentals | Rhinebeck Rentals | Gown | Ivy and Aster from Lovely | Veil | Heirloom | Bracelet | Cambodian Bomb Bracelet