Gorgeous Ojai Valley Inn Barn Wedding by sun-dance photography

Today’s wedding is such a beautiful, romantic, chic affair that takes your typical rustic “barn wedding” to a whole new level. I’m talking a swoon-worthy dress. Drop dead gorgeous bride. Dreamy images by sun-dance photography and a pretty pastel palette. All set against an awesome red barn backdrop at Ojai Valley Inn. Fascinated?  No problem. You can see every last love-filled moment right here.

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Photographer:  sun-dance photography // Reception Venue: Ojai Valley Inn // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

La Massaria At Bella Vista Wedding by Ashley Gerrity Photography

This wedding is all about joy – and what is more perfect than the sunflower to represent joy at your wedding! With the gorgeous La Massaria at Bella Vista as their venue, warm rustic undertones and plenty of happy pops of yellow, you want to join right in with the celebrations. And when you have happy snaps captured by Ashley Gerrity Photography, you can bet your bottom dollar those wedding-bells are brought to life in the form of beautifully photographed pictures. 

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Photographer:  Ashley Gerrity Photography // Event Venue: La Massaria at Bella Vista // Submitted via Two Bright Lights

County Line Orchard Wedding by Jordan Quinn Photography

This Indiana wedding at County Line Orchard is the epitome of casual elegance. Relaxed, charming and breathtaking, it incorporates everything from handmade trail mix favors to gorgeous diy rustic decorations to a fun tractor ride and my favorite moment – the stunning pics on the covered bridge! (I seriously had a Bridges Over Madison County moment when I saw those). Beautifully captured by Jordan Quinn Photography and totally planned by the bride AND groom, it’s the ultimate handmade, brimming with down-to-earth goodness, stylish soiree!

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Details from the Bride: 
Wedding Vision

From the beginning, Chad and I were aiming for a wedding that was intimate, unique, vintage, warm, and really something that highlighted our own tastes. Our ceremony was very small, simple and intimate with our friend playing guitar for the ceremony. Not very traditional, but it so intimate and so us. 

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Bridal Style

My wedding gown was ‘White’ by Vera Wang, which I purchased from Davids Bridal. I wore simple gold shoes from Macy’s and a plain pearl necklace.

Color Palette & Flowers

Our color palette included a pale teal, burgundy (this was really only in the flowers and they ended up being more of a fuchsia color), white and gold. The flowers were peonies and hydrangeas. The peonies were supposed to be burgundy but ended up being fuchsia because of crazy weather we had this spring. 

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The bridesmaids’s dresses were from JCrew in a shade called Dusty Shale, which was the “teal” color we were going for. I would highly recommend JCrew! The girls just ordered over the phone and they shipped straight to their homes. No-one needed to get alterations. It was the easiest thing during the planning, and the dresses looked amazing on all of the girls. 


The groom and groomsmen purchased their suits from Mens Warehouse. They were a three piece suit in a light charcoal grey color. I loved the three piece suit with the vest because it looked nice and offered a more fitted look. Later in the night, when the guys took their suit jackets off, they still looked nice. 

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Wedding Reception

We didn’t like the traditional wedding venues with mirrored walls, gold light fixtures, and floral carpet. We wanted something that would be fun and inviting for us and our guests. We chose County Line Orchard in Horbart IN for our venue. The hand crafted cedar barn was very warm and rustic with a touch of elegance which perfectly matched our style and taste. Also, we could decorate the barn as much, or as little as we wanted. It didn’t need a ton of glam to be beautiful.  

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Wedding Favors

For a snack between the church and the reception, we handmade trail mix favors in burlap bags with felt ‘peony-style’ flowers on the front. Chad and I came up with the mixture of White chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, pretzels, craisins, pretzels, peanuts, and cashews. The bags turned out amazing. We also we had water bottles with customized labels. In addition, we offered guests freshly made and packaged apple cinnamon donuts from the orchard. These were to die for and were a major hit with everyone. A good reason for anyone to visit the orchard.

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Decorations & DIY Details

They were very simple – lots of white, burlap, and natural colors – nothing too fancy. We did a lot of DIY projects and incorporated a lot of borrowed ideas. My father made a sign for the reception from an old wood pallet. We did our seating arrangements on old window panes. Adding the string globes to the ceiling was a great touch to the ambiance in the barn. All our centerpieces were DIY. The photo frames were from IKEA and we just painted and distressed them a bit. The wood cuts we sourced from a big storm. We went out through the neighborhood with a chainsaw looking for down trees and walked away with the best pieces. All of the projects really made planning a great time and people really enjoyed being able to be a part of it.

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Wedding Cake

The wedding cake was made by Jill and Jacqueline Zientara – vanilla cake with fresh strawberry filing and a butter cream frosting. They mocked the bouquet’s by adding edible peonies and hydrangeas to the cake. It was gorgeous and delicious!

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What was the size & budget of your wedding?

We had 150 people. Our budget went up and down, but the final cost ended up at about $21,000.

What made your wedding unique?

Chad and I planned our wedding together. It was an amazing experience and we were able to learn a lot about each other through the whole process. It made us a lot closer and gave us ownership over the whole day. We felt so proud of ourselves that we were able to accomplish something so big together.

What did you find challenging?

We were planning the wedding while being long distance, so planning meetings and finding the time to fit everything in got complicated quick. We became very reliant on a calendar, and learned a lot about planning.

What were your favorite moments?

There were plenty of awesome moments during the day. The most memorable moment was seeing Chad for the first time. The whole morning had been rainy and cloudy, and I was bummed that we wouldn’t be able to see each other for the first time outside. However, Jordan encouraged us to still do it outside. As soon as we got there the sun started to break out of the clouds, lighting up the exact spot we were in. It was amazing. They placed me in a wooded area they had found right outside the church and had me close my eyes while they brought Chad out with a blind fold on. When they told me to open my eyes his back was to me. As soon and I grabbed his back he turned and threw his arms around me, kissing me and telling me how beautiful I looked. He even took my arms and had me do a turn so he could see the whole dress with the most sincere grin/smile on his face. That was the absolute, most beautiful I have ever felt in my entire life, and he was the most handsome groom I had ever seen.

Any advice for Bride’s & Groom’s planning now?

Plan it together!  Most men are probably not that into doing the crafts and paying attention to the small details about the wedding, but it is an awesome experience. You learn so much about each other through all of the decision making and bouncing different ideas off each other.  I was so thankful to have Chad there to help me with all kinds of things like the seating chart and the timeline.  Planning it on our own gave us ownership over the day. When the day came, and we were able to see how everything came together, we were able to look at each other and say we did this!  It made us so proud and thankful that we accomplished something so great and so ‘us.’  Seeing and hearing the compliments from our guests was satisfying, but ultimately it was about what we set out to accomplish for our big day.  We wanted to make it genuine, intimate, and true to who we are as a couple.  It will forever be a day that we cherish.

Thank you Melissa for sharing with us all your lovely details. Congratulations on creating such a personalized and beautiful wedding day!

 ♥ ♥ ♥

Photography: Jordan Quinn Photography / Makeup Artist:  Makeup by Krissy V / Event Venue:  County Line Orchard / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

Rustic Barn Georgia Wedding By Jenn And Travis Photography

Once upon a time there was a southern California girl who fell in love with a southern gentleman and the wonderful outcome was this sweet Georgia wedding. Every inch of this pretty barn soiree by Jenn and Travis Photography is pure sweet country delight and I just can’t get enough of all the gorgeous rustic details. Surrounded by animals in pastures, hay bales and a magical light strewn barn the atmosphere is romantic, warm and welcoming. And wait until you see the cute lovebird centrepiece, ‘with love‘ vintage keys and the delightful rustic wedding cake. It’s simple pastoral perfection at it’s very best!Rustic Barn Georgia WeddingGeorgia WeddingRustic WeddingsBarn WeddingsReal WeddingsReal Rustic Barn Georgia WeddingRustic Georgia WeddingRustic Barn WeddingGeorgia Barn WeddingsReal Rustic Georgia WeddingsRustic Barn Georgia WeddingsGeorgia WeddingsRustic Georgia Barn WeddingReal Rustic Barn WeddingsReal Barn Georgia WeddingGeorgia Rustic Barn WeddingReal Georgia WeddingRustic Barn Georgia Real WeddingsBarn WeddingRustic Barn Wedding BirdRustic Wedding CeremonyGeorgia Wedding DrinksRustic Wedding BarnRustic Wedding GeorgiaGeorgia Wedding BridesmaidsRustic Barn Wedding GlassRustic Wedding SignReal Wedding CentrepiecesRustic Wedding CondimentsGeorgia Wedding CoupleReal Barn WeddingRustic Wedding Table DecorationsReal Rustic Barn WeddingGeorgia Wedding DecorationRustic Georgia Wedding CoupleWedding Photography: Jenn and Travis Photography / Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Barn at High Point Farms / Submitted via Two Bright Lights

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Coral Pink DIY Tennessee Wedding by Jo Photo

The instant I laid eyes on this lovely outdoor DIY Tennessee Wedding, I immediately knew we were in for one fabulous affair. This coral pink soiree is jam-packed with the prettiest handmade touches and then some. Complete with adorable bird houses, rustic mason jars centrepieces and charming burlap details, it’s like you’ve wandered into a secret garden on a Spring afternoon. Not to mention the amazing contrasting pops of coral pink against the natural hues of soft green and taupe  – you couldn’t ask for a prettier palette. Jo Photo was right there in Maryville to capture every eye-catching moment, so we have a gorgeous treasure trove of swoon-worthy images just waiting to be adored. What are we waiting for?Coral WeddingPink WeddingCoral Pink Wedding ColoursDIY WeddingsTennessee WeddingOutdoor WeddingRustic WeddingCoral Wedding BrideOutdoor Wedding BridesmaidsCoral Pink Wedding CakeTennessee Wedding BirdhouseOutdoor Wedding Rustic DetailsTennessee Wedding Reception TableRustic Wedding CoupleCoral Wedding BridesmaidsOutdoor Coral Wedding CoupleOutdoor Wedding LanternsRustic Weddings LanternsPink Wedding Lantern

From the Photographer: This eco-chic wedding was jam packed with DIY details, including bird houses, wood table centerpieces with mason jars filled with bird seed and tea lights, burlap table runners, silverware tied with twine, a “Just Married” banner draped across the head table, personalized hand fans for all the ceremony guests, and on and on and on! The groomsmen all wore bow ties and argyle socks. Oh, and be sure to check out their wedding cake with the hand made love bird cake topper on the wood cake stand too! At the end of their wedding, all the guests went out into the field at Smithview Pavilion and lit and released Chinese sky lanterns. It was an amazing send off, and a fabulous ending to their wedding day!

Wedding Photography: Jo Photo / Caterer: Betty Ashe Catering / Floral Designer: Blooms & Blessings / DJ: Davis Sound / Event Venue: Smithview Pavilion / Courtesy of Two Bright Lights


Rustic Mountain Wedding At Arosa Guest Ranch

We’re delighted to share Mitch and Michelle’s rustic mountain wedding at the Arosa Guest Ranch in British Columbia. The sweeping mountain views, rolling green hills and natural beauty of the countryside provided the most breathtaking backdrop for their sweet rustic affair. I love the pastel pink florals, mismatched bridesmaids dresses in a delicous shades of pink and plum tones and the cute flower girl and page boy. The whole look is extremely soft,  pretty and beautifully understated. Thanks to Element Photography for sending it our way – it’s pure mountain magic.

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From the Photographer: Mitch and Michelle selected Arosa Guest Ranch to host their wedding celebration. A tranquil setting nestled in the rolling hills atop Anarchist Mountain with gorgeous panoramic views has special significance to them. Fritz Estate is the former property of his grandfather, lovingly remembered as Bumpa surrounds the ranch area. We took advantage of Bumpa’s property for Mitch and Michelles first look! The photos wrapped up just as rain drops started to sprinkle. Just a tease though, as the sky cleared up for a bright and beautiful outdoor ceremony. But Mother Nature can be crazy and wasn’t quiet finished with us just yet! Everyone was tucked away in the white tent surrounded by gorgeous details. Tables were full with plates of delicious warm food as the sky opened up and the rain showers came down. Propane heaters were lit, guest changed out of summery dresses and into their tights, woolies, camo and plaid. We cuddled up under blankets and listened to the stories of Mitch and Michelle shared by wedding party and parents. They were roasted and toasted and laughter filled the tent! It was just before the speeches began the sky cleared momentarily and a bright beam of sunlight pierced through the clouds. Ah!  A perfect double rainbow arched over the valley for all to see. A sign of a promise for the newlyweds! M + M ran out into the sunlight and shared a little dance, and a little love as the cameras fired away!

Wedding Photography: Element Photography / Floral Designer: Polka Dot Door / Event Venue: Arosa Guest Ranch / Courtesy of Two Bright Lights

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Bright Orange Whimsical Outdoor Wedding by Pure Sugar Studios

This bright orange whimsical wedding is a whole lot of gorgeousness and just the thing to put you in a summery mood all day. The whole pretty affair takes place in the glorious outdoor sunshine from the romantic arch framed ceremony to the intimate rustic courtyard reception. Pure Sugar Studios captured every sweet detail and charming vintage touch as well as some amazing light-filled portraits of the bride and groom. And while it is not easy for anyone to show off a bright orange colour theme without fading into the background, this cute couple show us how it’s done with plenty of pizzazz. If you’re looking for fun, colour and a stunning bride who rocks the camera, I can’t think of a better distraction from your work than this bright ray of whimsical sunshine!Orange Outdoor Whimsical WeddingBright Orange Whimsical Outdoor WeddingOutdoor Orange WeddingOutdoor Whimsical WeddingWhimsical Real WeddingBright Orange WeddingBright Orange Weddings OutdoorsOutdoor Bright Orange WeddingRustic Outdoor Whimsical WeddingsOutdoor Rustic WeddingsWhimsical Orange WeddingsRustic Real WeddingsWhimsical Outdoor WeddingOutdoor Whimsical Wedding ReceptionOutdoor Whimsical WeddingsReal Weddings Whimsical OutdoorsReal Weddings WhimsicalOutdoor Wedding WhimsicalOutdoor Whimsical Real WeddingsWhimsical Weddings OutdoorsWhimsical WeddingWhimsical Outdoor Rustic WeddingWhimsical Rustic WeddingOrange WeddingOrange Whimsical WeddingBright Orange Wedding ColoursOrange Weddings OutdoorsBright Orange Whimsical Real WeddingOutdoor Wedding WhimsicalFrom the Photographer: Jami and Charlie were one of the most amazing couples I have had the honour to photograph! If all of my couples were this in love, would my job would be a piece of cake. Even months later when I talk to them, they still gush about each other. They are a representation of the BIGGEST thing I say to brides before a wedding – the more the Bride and Groom enjoy each other, the more amazing their wedding will be – and their wedding images! While this couple was more budgeted, they had a beautiful venue, fun details and were a gorgeous couple! 

Wedding Photography: Pure Sugar Studios / Caterer:  RSVP Caterers / Reception Venue:  Sanchez House / Bride’s Dress:  David’s Bridal / Cake Designer:  Defore’s Cake Design / Jewelry:  Adler’s / Courtesy of Two Bright Lights

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Murphys California Vineyard Wedding by Jessica Gilbin Photography

To complete our gorgeous mini escape to the vineyards we’re going to leave you feeling somewhat intoxicated when you savor every drop of this captivating wine country affair. Nestled in the hills of Murphys California, this autumn vineyard wedding is a pretty waltz through sophisticated chic, rustic charm and rich romance. With a glorious backdrop of overflowing vines, rustic architecture and an underground wine cave, it is so mesmerizing you won’t believe it’s real. Jessica Giblin was behind the lens to capture the stunning couple and all the dazzling details. From the bride’s shimmering Manolo’s to the sun-kissed vineyards, the jewel coloured bridesmaids to the romantic candlelit reception – this sparkling soiree is twinkling from start to finish.Vineyard WeddingsJewel Toned BridesmaidsCalifornia Outdoor WeddingWedding Jewel Tone DetailsMurphys California Vineyard WeddingWedding California Autumn ColoursCalifornia Wine Country WeddingCalifornia Wedding VineyardReal WeddingsReal Weddings Autumn ColoursReal Weddings VineyardCalifornia Vineyard WeddingsCalifornia Vineyard Wedding GlamorousCalifornia WeddingJewel Colours BridesmaidsMurphys California WeddingAutumn California WeddingVineyard WeddingJewel Coloured Autumn WeddingWine Country California Wedding

Wedding Photography: Jessica Gilbin Photography / Floral Designer:  Jackie’s Flowers /  Reception Venue: Ironstone Vineyards / DJ:  Fretty’s Dj Service /Jewelry:  Rodgers Jewelers /Tuxedo and Mens Attire:  De La Rosa Bridal /Photo Booth Equipment:  Wildrose Photobooth / Bakery:  Lilah and Sage / Courtesy of Two Bright Lights

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Canadian Winery Wedding by Drew Gregory Photography

We are going to whisk you away right now and take  you on an stunning escape to lush green vineyards, blue skies and the fresh sunny outdoors. The next three lovely outdoor affairs we will feature next on Love Wed Bliss all take place in breathtaking vineyards. You couldn’t ask for a more romantic and beautiful setting for a wedding than acres of green fields, glorious sunshine and the rustic charm of a country winery. So let’s get started with our mini line-up of weddings and wineries! Winery WeddingFirst up is a pretty Canadian winery wedding photographed by Drew Gregory. The picturesque Summer Hill Pyramid Winery in Kelowna British Columbia sets the stage for this fun-filled affair and a pretty orange colour palette keeps the vibe upbeat against warm rustic tones. Newly weds, Nick and Heidi are so smitten with each other, you can’t help but feel their love and happiness bounce off  the computer screen. I love how (in this instance), it’s groom Nick who shares their love story (below) and thoughts about their special day. Don’t you just love a guy in touch with his romantic side? – Heidi you’re a very lucky girl!Canadian Vineyard WeddingOrange WeddingsReal WeddingsKelowna WeddingOutdoor WeddingsWeddings By The DockCanadian Winery WeddingOutdoor WeddingOutdoor Rustic WeddingOutdoor Orange WeddingRustic Outdoor WeddingBritish Columbia WeddingsBritish Columbia Vineyard WeddingReal Weddings OrangeBritish Columbia Winery WeddingKelowna Winery WeddingReal Wedding Orange DetailsRustic WeddingsCanada WeddingVineyard WeddingsKelowna Winery WeddingsCanadian Wedding

From the Groom: Heidi was born and raised in Calgary. We met at Enterprise while Heidi was renting a car from her brother in law. 8 months later was the first date and the rest is history. We choose Kelowna for our wedding spot because we wanted a destination feel and we both love the lake and wine so the winery had all those wrapped into one. Didn’t have too many DIY elements, though we did have a polaroid guestbook which made it fun for the guests and fun for us to look back on instead of just looking at signatures. When setting a budget always set it a little higher to have some extra cash cause in the end there is always a hidden cost or something costs more than expected. We enjoyed the trips out to Kelowna to plan the wedding, it was nice to have the quality time for the 2 of us to share in the planning stages. Favorite event of the day would def be the first meeting on the dock by the water. It was nice to have the intimate time to share how we felt seeing each other for the first time. No major advice but to just soak up every moment of the day cause it goes by so fast. Savour every moment!!

Wedding Photography: Drew Gregory Photograpy / Hair Stylist:  Eveline Charls / Event Planner:  Stage right etc /Reception Venue:  Summerhill Pyramid Winery / Courtesy of Two Bright Lights

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Rustic Louisiana Backyard Wedding by Amelia J. Moore Photography

DIY Backyard WeddingI am SO excited about this next wedding – so much so, my feet are doing a happy dance under my desktop. This amazing Rustic Louisiana Backyard Wedding from the talented Amelia J. Moore is overflowing with southern charm, vintage touches and pretty personalized details, you won’t stop thinking about it anytime soon. Angela and Carson married in the most picturesque natural setting ever, and only had to travel to Carson’s parent’s backyard to find it. Plus, can you believe this creative couple created all the DIY elements themselves (impressive!) and kept the whole event eco-friendly (REALLY impressive!) There is so much I love about this natural charmer, I don’t know where to start – but I’ll try! There’s the rustic table settings with recycled items and dried flowers – so darling. Soft muted bridesmaid dresses and lavender bouquets – too pretty for words. Exquisite flower-filled vases and sentimental picture frames hanging from the huge Oak tree for the intimate ceremony – breathtaking. Then, the cool getaway sports car, restored by the groom himself! – so sexy.  But, the absolute highlight in my books – the stunning images taken in the old greenhouse. This amazing structure with overgrown surrounds gave each picture an impressive artistic editorial feel – Amelia you’re a legend! PLUS, Angela kindly shares with us their story, her inspiration and the planning behind every detail in this incredible DIY event. So, be sure you gobble up every gem she reveals. Phew!  . . .  ok, time to let you take all the fabulous in – and I’m going to need time out for a breather!Rustic Louisiana WeddingRustic Louisiana WeddingEco Friendly Rustic WeddingDIY Rustic WeddingBackyard Louisiana WeddingRustic Vintage Backyard WeddingRustic Vintage WeddingReal Rustic WeddingLouisiana Backyard WeddingLouisiana Rustic WeddingReal Backyard WeddingWedding Eco Friendly DetailsRustic Wedding DIY DetailsRustic Backyard WeddingRustic Wedding BridesmaidsWedding DIY DetailsDIY WeddingsRustic Vintage Backyard WeddingVintage Inspired Rustic WeddingDIY Louisiana WeddingRustic DIY WeddingVintage Inspired Backyard WeddingRustic WeddingBackyard Rustic WeddingWedding Rustic DetailsLouisiana WeddingReal Weddings

From the Bride: Carson and I have known each other for 15 years. We met each other on a blind date our sophomore year of high school. We attended rival high schools so he asked me to his homecoming. However, he broke the date a few days later and I cried for a week straight. Despite the heart-breaking homecoming incident (which we still joke about today), a lasting friendship developed. We remained friends fading in and out of each other’s lives over the years only to be brought back together last March 2010 when I flew to visit him in Lafayette, LA after not seeing him for 4 years. Months later we were engaged and a year later we were married.  Our “first dance” was literally our first dance at our wedding and I’d trade all the sophomore homecomings in the world for the moment we danced as husband and wife.

Carson and I are both artists and love to be creative. I knew when we started planning our wedding that we would want to pay close attention to the little details and have a ton of hands on projects. Carson is also an engineer and has a love for figuring out how things work which also came into play throughout the wedding.  Our inspiration came from our love of all things outdoors (rustic) with romantic and vintage touches. Carson’s parents so graciously agreed to let us throw the wedding in their backyard. The site had everything we were looking for: a laid back environment, tons of character/southern charm and beautiful natural elements with their centuries-old live oaks and the flower gardens.

We had 15 tables for seating and no two table-settings were alike (I loved the idea of giving each table it’s own identity). To create unity, we used décor objects such as the hurricane lamps (borrowed from my mother-in-law and her sister’s collection) in the center and moss around the smaller arrangements. In an effort to cut down on costs we saved glass jars from food we bought over the previous year to use as vases on the tables, giving the wedding an eco-friendly spin. Any vases on the tables that weren’t recycled were vintage vases borrowed from my Mother-in-law and her sister.  They are avid antique collectors and have been collecting for years (lucky me).  The plates for the wedding were made up of about 15 different sets I picked up from flea markets and borrowed from my mother-in-law’s collection.

Another way we cut costs and created a more eco-friendly environment was to use dried flowers in place of live flowers (also gave the wedding the rustic, natural look we wanted).  The only live flowers purchased for the day of the wedding were the flowers hanging in the vases in the trees during the ceremony. My bouquet (which I also created) was picked from my mother-in-law’s garden the morning of the wedding. I wanted to add elements of nature but still keep my theme romantic and warm. I did this by not focusing on just two colors for my wedding palette but introduced lots of colors throughout the table arrangements and kept the bridesmaid dresses color palette very muted, pale and soft. The boutonnière’s and bridesmaid arrangements were also created and arranged by me and both included touches of lavender (one of my favorite scents), which was a flower sprinkled throughout the table décor as well. Another advantage to using dried flowers is that we were able to do a lot of the preparation in advance and after the wedding I have been able to recycle the décor and use a lot of it in my house.

The centerpiece of the ceremony was one of the century-old live oak trees. At the base of the tree, we created a tribute to those who have passed on by placing framed pictures of them on the trunk. The mason jars lining the isle and around the cowhide rug we were married on were my grand fathers jars.  I loved that I was able to include little pieces of those who had passed away in the details of my wedding.

Other details Carson and I created for our wedding day included:
  • Carson restored the 1972 black Karmann Ghia featured in the pictures as our get away car – How’s that for DIY?
  • The wedding sign (ceremony, groovin’, food) was created by Carson and his father.
  • I created the burlap signs on the pie table, bar table and gift table using scrap pieces of burlap, stencils and acrylic paint.  The burlap pillows were made by my mother-in-law.
  • I wanted to give Carson and some of his friends a little area of their own since a lot of the décor was feminine.  We created a cigar lounge area using cigar boxes, a table made by Carson’s father out of pieces of a live oak branch, and some nice scotch for the guys to sip on.
  • The hay bales were borrowed from a farm and returned after we used them.
  • We created an area for the kids with a vintage quilt on the ground and a basket of toys along with a separate table for the them while eating or to use for reading/coloring as they desired.
  • Carson and I designed AND SET UP the lighting over dance floor.

I don’t think there was one element of décor or design that was not touched by either Carson or myself. We had a great time preparing for our day together! Even on the wedding day, we wanted to be a part of setting everything up. My bridesmaid’s were a little shocked to see me running around on the day and offered to help but I described it to them like this – 

”It’s like a painting I’ve started and I have to see through to the finish.  The artist in me wouldn’t have it any other way!”

Greenhouse Pictures

Carson and I requested to have some of portraits taken at an old greenhouse around the corner from his parent’s house. Yes, this unique old building was a green house for an interior commercial plant design business. This house was about a mile from the wedding site and I would gawk at it every time we drove by it on the way to Carson’s parents over the months leading up to the wedding. I finally decided I needed it to serve as a backdrop for some of our wedding photo’s and called the owner to get permission. We ventured all around the outside and inside taking photos. I loved the adventure of finding this hidden treasure literally in our backyard! These are some of my favorite photo’s of us and I’m so happy we ended up there!

Favorite Memory of the Day

I feel like the wedding day flew by but as I look back I still remember it as the best day of my life. One moment that sticks out to me throughout the day is one that I didn’t think would hit me in the way that it did but as I was walking down the isle to the Swell Season, Star Star, I started to approach my friends, family and Carson and I could feel so much warmth and love radiating from everyone. That’s when I knew how loved I was.  It was an amazing feeling.

Advice for Brides Planning Now

It’s stressful and a lot of work at times especially if you are very hands on. However, I do believe that you can create the environment you want at any cost and sometimes that may mean more work on your end and/or honing in on your creative side. The hard work pays off and you can see it in your guest’s faces. It really is one of the best feelings; to know your guests had just as good of time as you did at your own wedding because of the environment you created. I think that feeling will stick with me forever!

Congratulations Angela and Carson! Your creativity, heart-felt details and love for each other, shone through every inch of your amazing day. Thank you for taking us there.

♥ ♥ ♥

Wedding Photography: Amelia J. Moore / Hair Stylist:  Bath Haus / Event Designer: Breathe Easy Event Planning / Ceremony & Reception Venue: Private Residence / Bride’s Dress: Annette’s Bridal / Band: Lil Buck Sengal Blues Band / Linens and Coverings: Party Central / Calligrapher: Randol’s Catering /Courtesy of Two Bright Lights
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