Thank you so very much to Kendrick and David of Our Labor of Love for sending us today’s featured wedding. It was a reminder that romance is found in the smallest of details…from the big kiss at the altar to the homemade jam favors and perfect first dance song. I love, love, love everything that this wedding stands for and I know that our readers will use it as inspiration for years to come!
And for all of our readers, here is a little piece of advice from the bride…if you have a budget, give yourself some wiggle room (because it costs lots more than you think) then stick to it. A wedding can get way out of control. Pick your most important elements and go cheaper on the rest.
From the gorgeous bride…
Although we had wanted to keep photos to a minimum during the cocktail reception, we ended up loving the hour we spent with our photographers after the ceremony ended. It was just us and them (Kendrick and David make a fabulous team), goofing off and having fun. Kendrick and David were able to catch the pure happiness and joy of this unique moment in time while Bryan and I had time to steep ourselves in each other’s presence. I would highly recommend setting aside time for you and your new hubby to enjoy each other before you greet all your guests.
We hired a bluegrass band to play the ceremony and cocktail hour yet asked them to play our favorite Paul Simon song, “Hearts and Bones,” for the processional. They also played special songs for the recessional and our first dance. It was wonderful to hear twangy versions of our favorite tunes. To make the ceremony feel more personal, we asked our sisters to each do a reading and Bryan’s best friend to perform a favorite song. Incorporating certain traditions and loved ones and working with our officiant on the text ensured that the ceremony truly represented us.
Credits: Location Claxton Farms, Catering by M7 Events, Wedding Coordination by Asheville Event Co., Flowers by Bloom Room, Short Steet Cakes, Cocktail Napkins, Jar Labels, and Stirrers by Miss Pickles Press, Peach Butter from Ashevilles Finest, School Buses from Emma’s Busline, Cake Topper by Ann Wood Handmade, Make-up by E. Scott Thompson, Suraj, Wedding Dress, Veil, and Flower hairpiece by Melissa Sweet.