This darling Linville affair by Watson-Studios is all about brightening your Wednesday afternoon with one heartwarming moment after another and the sweetest DIY details you ever did see. With devoted family and friends pitching in on everything from the eclectic collection of vases to the oh-so-gorgeous florals to the yummy sweets table (pound cake!), this rustic soiree was a true labor of love. And if that isn’t enough to make you completely happy (it is), then the explosion of vibrant colors and adorable bride and groom will most certainly leave a smile on your face. Click here for more.
From the Bride… When Christopher and I talked about our wedding we were certain about some things from the beginning. We wanted the ceremony to take place outside surrounded by the mountains where we live and fell in love. We also wanted not only our wedding party to stand with us during the ceremony but also our friends and family. So everyone gathered around us, standing, during the ceremony. We did have seating for people who couldn’t physically stand, but everyone else gathered closely around us, we wanted it to be as intimate as possible. Our vows were my favorite part of the whole day. Christopher and I wrote our vows together. We tried to keep them strong, simple, and directly meaningful to us.
The cake table was a compilation of pound cakes made by some very special women. Christopher doesn’t really care for sweets but he loves a good homemade pound cake, so the decision to not have a cake was easy. From mothers and godmothers to past teachers and longtime family friends we had around fifteen pound cakes made with love. All the bottles and tins used for the centerpieces were collected by Christopher and I over our year-long engagement. The night of the engagement we had a house fire. Some of my bridesmaids were visiting us that weekend so to get my mind off the fire and bring me back to the exciting engagement they took me shopping. We went to this beautiful antique store down the road and we immediately decided my color scheme and they bought us the first few pieces for our wedding collection. After that, Christopher and I had so much fun visiting flea markets, yard sales and thrift stores in search of center pieces. Half of the bottles and things were from our mother’s, aunt’s, grandmother’s and my maid of honor’s homes. The flowers were from a local nursery called Shady Grove. Christopher and I met them one Sunday at the farmers’ market and found out they would provide us with buckets full of seasonal wildflowers. One of my mother’s best friends is a florist. He came up for the wedding and him and mom made the most beautiful centerpieces and bouquets for us. He took my ideas and made them more beautiful than I could of ever wanted. The sign that stood outside the pavilion was hand made by the father of the groom.
When guests arrived they were greeted with the sounds of sweet bluegrass compliments of a family member’s band. There was also fresh lemonade served in mason jars with old-timey straws. The father of the groom also made a tree stump mimicking our RSVP cards. He came to us months before the wedding and said that he had this great idea. The old tree in front of their home had been struck by lightning and had been dead for years. He had been meaning to cut it down. He chopped it, carved it and mounted it beautifully. We got to see it for the first time the day of the wedding, and it was a beautiful surprise. Over the course of the engagement, I collected all sorts of ribbon and lace with help from the mother of the groom for the photo booth backdrop. My mother and I crafted it the week of the wedding. All the props were donated from both sides of the family. The suitcase they were stuffed in is an antique from the groom’s side. The lanterns that sat on the mantel were all part of one of the groom’s uncle’s personal collection. He collects antique lanterns and gets them working again. He set them all up and lit them for us the day of. One of our dearest friends directed the wedding. Her gift to us was the candy bar. We had small “L” monogrammed bags for people to fill with candy and take home with them. She picked out all the candy and brought in her own jars to fill them with. Guests were also offered hankies for their tears of joy. Not one was left behind! I gave all my bridesmaids actual vintage hankies that I hand selected at different flea markets. But 250 people calls for a ton of hankies so I found them off eBay, and they were vintage replicas … still beautiful though. The tables were covered in burlap and lavender. I am a graphic designer so I designed and created all the paper goods we used, from the invitations to the straw flags. One of my very talented bridesmaids sang the song for our first dance. September 11th, our wedding date, was a special day because it is the groom’s parents wedding anniversary. We are honored they were so happy to share this day with us. It made they day extra special.
Wedding Photography: Dan & Natalie Watson of Watson-Studios / Wedding Venue + Catering: Eseeola Lodge / Floral Design: Donny Langston, Friend of the Bride’s Mother / Flowers: Shady Grove Gardens & Nursery / Music: The Harris Brothers / Wedding Dress: Maribel by Christos via Hayden Olivia / Wedding Invitations: Michelle Lyerly (The Bride)