Eight gorgeous weddings, one heartwarming moment after another and a morning, noon and night of HAPPY… yep, it’s Wedding Wednesday, SMPers – and we just can’t wait to get this party started!  So, cozy on up and prepare yourselves for an entire day of sweet, sweet inspiration.  It’s going to be sooo good.

Up first is a beyond stunning Blowing Rock soiree captured by Emily Lapish Photography.  A DIY extravaganza set against the breathtaking mountains of North Carolina, this rustic meets whimsical fête is just how we like to start our lineup of lovely – with a whole lot of glamour, a whole lot of love and a whole lot of pretty.  Care to join me for a swoon-fest in the gallery?  See so much more right here.

From the Bride… Since we fell in love with Blowing Rock and the area, obviously we wanted to use vendors from around there. We were also working with a very limited budget. Our florist, Peggy Mendel of Pearl’s Garden, did an amazing job on rather short notice (three weeks … eeek!) during one of the busiest weekends (Mother’s Day + AU graduation + Arts in the Park + wedding). Our cake and cupcakes were from Oh La La Cupcakes on Sunset Drive in Blowing Rock. Cake pops and macaroons were ordered from off Etsy from The Sweet Source and Sparkles Macaron, respectively. We definitely wanted to have great food and we wanted to do a BBQ, so when we had lunch at The Woodlands Restaurant we were sold! We also served local beer to our guests.

My dress was from David’s Bridal. The head piece I wore at the church was made for me by my dear and very crafty friend Ashley. I have to say that my friends and I are a very crafty bunch. All the stationery design as well as all the decorations were of my doing. A big part of the area is the Blue Ridge Parkway which was an inspiration for the wedding. Our save-the-date cards were designed in all different hues of blue and white, and with the invitation set I introduced gold and natural wood tones. I also used a lot of ivory since my dress was ivory. So over all we had a mix of white, ivory, taupe, beige, blues and gold! I love my gold stuff….

Since I was making all the decorations home in NYC, I needed them to be as compact and easy to transport as possible. I’m obsessed with Confetti System. I was inspired by their tassel garland, so I made my own tassels and strung them. I made around 100 of them, packed them up in a box and had my cousin who was driving down from NJ transport them for me. So all I had to do was to shake them out, and boom, they were looking like new. The plan for the reception was to move all the furniture out of the main space to the adjacent room. So we had to cover the glass door leading to that room with something. I made the string curtains in white, off-white, taupe, and gold and placed them between the door and its frame and closed the door to hold it in place. The house is so big that I was a little bit afraid that it would feel empty with small decorations. I love Geronimo Balloons, so i decided to fill the space with 7 or 8 giant balloons. I added the tassels to the balloon string and I think those came out pretty neat as well. Since I really love gold, I decided to decorate blue striped paper straws with gold tape flags and make a couple of gold heart cupcake toppers. Also, since we are not too traditional, instead of the a traditional wedding cake topper I went with fun gold tinsel skewer sticks that took about a minute to make.

The church had a rule about throwing flower petals, confetti or rice, so I decided to do ribbon wands in ivory, beige, blue and gold. And they photographed amazingly. We also decided against floral pew decorations, so I made these tissue paper flags that gave a little movement and helped brighten the aisle a little bit. I’m a huge sap, so I decided to include a tissue in our programs, and it turned out that they were absolutely needed. The first reading, done by my mom in Polish, was printed inside of the programs in English. I also added gold stripes to otherwise quite ordinary unity candle. I keep saying “I,” but John actually had a lot of input, especially when I couldn’t decide on something. It was definitely a collaboration. All of the day was filled with happiness and love, and we loved every minute of it.

Wedding Photography: Emily Lapish Photography / Ceremony: Church of the Epiphany in Blowing Rock, North Carolina / Reception: The Home of the Groom’s Parents in Blowing Rock, North Carolina / Floral Design: Peggy Mendel of Pearl’s Garden / Event Design, Decor + Planning: The Bride & Groom / Catering: The Woodlands Restaurant / Wedding Cake + Cupcakes: Oh La La Cupcakes / Cake Pops: The Sweet Source / Macaroons: Sparkles Macaron / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the Bride / Balloons: Geronimo Balloons / Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal / Bride’s Head Piece: Handmade by a Friend