These two love birds have been together since high school, and get this: he proposed in a hot air balloon. Um, I’m swooning as I’ve never swooned before. The proposal lead way to a wedding which was perfectly whimsy in it’s floating hot air balloon centerpieces, and, of course, absolutely beautiful. Phindy Studios captured every sweet moment between these two and we’ve filled a gallery with so much love, you’ll be floating all day.
From the beautiful bride … Our wedding day started off with myself and my bridesmaids checking the weather updates every five minutes on every single weather iPhone app in the iTunes store with hopes of the forecast changing from 60% chance of rain and 50 mph winds to perhaps sunny at 70 degrees with a slight breeze… It wasn’t until after hours of door flapping from high winds, moments of rain storms, and a long morning of dreary clouds that we finally saw the sun during what was the MOST brilliant moment of the day for myself and many of our guests. Leading up to this moment were definitely moments of cackling laughter, cheek numbing smiles, and tear shedding equipped for a beach towel, but there was definitely that small element of worry – Will our dreamy outdoor wedding be wiped away in the storm? Will the ceremony spot be ruined by the beautiful oak tree we were to be married under suddenly collapsing and falling down? (Overdramatic, I know.) Many prayers were sent every moment of the day for the weather to change until the moment the ceremony music started and the wind suddenly STOPPED. The ceremony continued as planned still with rainy clouds lingering above, until that brilliant moment happened. Midway through the ceremony, we knew it was so important to us that we take communion to celebrate our union with each other and the Lord as well as have our entire wedding party participate in the “laying of hands” during prayer. Our band began to play “Come to Me” by Jenn Johnson that contains a lyric, “I am the wind and the way”, and just as we drank the wine from the communion cup, the clouds literally parted and the sun appeared in all of its glory with a quaint, peaceful breeze! It continued to shine brighter and brighter as our wedding party, MOH, and best man began to pray over our future as a couple. We all looked up halfway through the song and giggled as we felt a sense of peace and God’s blessing on our day.
As far as special touches and details, they were abound everywhere you looked! We had our dream wedding planned since we were 15 years old when we began dating! With seven and a half years of dreaming of this day under our belt, we definitely went through different styles, themes, and props we wanted over the years until we found what suited us the best; but we indeed created a wedding that reflected us 100% and our so thankful to our family and friends who helped us create it. After growing together through many important stages of our lives from 15-23 years old, we knew that the day that we made our vows to each other forever had to include characteristics and personal touches by our family, friends, and our personal taste in every aspect! As far as inspiration, THAT was a breeze after Kolby proposed to me in a hot air balloon out in the middle of a field followed by an hour long balloon ride across Franklin, TN on a sunny March day only to be carried down for a celebration with our family and friends. After this, I knew that those personal elements would have to reflect the whimsy and dreamy nature of our proposal. Therefore, I had a vision in my head and was determined to seek out vendors who could assist me in my DIY adventures. I tried to find props, DIY projects, and vendors that could help incorporate that whimsical dream in to our classy day!
First stop, find creative vendors and FIND HOT AIR BALLOONS. Thanks to BHLDN we found 13 darling wire hot air balloons with hanging baskets to be our floating centerpieces with little candles as the “flame” for each table. We used spanish moss to fill the baskets to bring in an earthy element to our natural, dreamy day. We both love the outdoors and feel the very connected with nature, it was important to us to incorporate natural elements such as moss, birch wood, and florals in to our day. We also used green moss table runners on our long rows of farm tables from Jamali Garden in NYC. Our fabulous florist, Jasmin Trenary from Artisan Flowers, was so creative in placing white hydrangeas, piano garden roses, whimsical green mini coin, and scabiosa pods in our birch wood table centerpieces as well as in our bouquets. We continued the hot air balloon theme in to our wedding cake as, Nashville Sweets, created a floating hot air balloon cake suspended from the ceiling with two towers of cupcakes in many different flavors on each side that were topped with hot air balloon cake pops! We also created a massive hot air balloon with tissue paper strips draped around the string to incorporate in to pictures. We purchased 200 sky lanterns (Mini hot air balloons) to be released during our exit to Norah Jone’s song “Come Away with Me,” but unfortunately the wind did not allow that, so we quickly went to plan B with sparklers! Still just as dreamy! I utilized my MOH and Best Man who own their own web and graphic design firm (Artpilot Studio) to make our menu cards, wedding programs, and invitations from the stationary found at Paper Source in Green Hills.
Photography: Phindy Studios | Hot Air balloon centerpieces: BHLDN | Bridesmaid gifts: Anthropologie | Videographer: Phindy Studios | Venue: Frontporch Farms | Dress: The White Room | Groom’s Suit: Zara | Band: The Downtown Band | Florist: Gilded Thorn | Rentals: Southern Events Party and Rental | Bridesmaid Dresses: Forever 21 | Groomsmen Attire: American Apparel, J.Crew, and Urban Outfitters | Cake and Cake Pops: Nashville Sweets | Caterer: The Chef and I | Flower girl dresses: Ruffles and Cream | Hair and Makeup: Jordan Byers | Garter, Jewelry, Accessories: Etsy | Props for DIY: Preservation Station