I’m just going to start off this pretty little post by telling you that this stunning bride and groom are seriously BEYOND AWESOME. (Yep, beyond awesome in an all caps kind of way.) Not only are they self-described “silly” people, but their wedding was filled.to.the.brim with so much loveliness, it’s almost hard to believe it’s true. I’m talking pumpkins, DIY details and a reading from “The Wonder Years.” Amazing, no?!? Thankfully, (once like a spark) photography captured all of the downright cuteness and there’s an entire gallery just waiting to be loved, loved, loved. Join me there for more.
And a sweet film from Rodinis Films to wrap up the day…
From the Bride… Ted and I are silly. We do silly dances and wear lazy pants. We eat too many cookies, we like old timey stuff, and we have a merry group of weirdo friends. We wanted our wedding to be a reflection of all of these things, including our really good hairdos.
On October 8th 2011, it all came together. We believe with all our hearts that the perfect fall weather was a gift from our dads, who both sadly passed away many moons before we even met. But thanks to them, the sun was perfect as my nine-year-old nephew walked me down an aisle lined with pumpkins, mums and hay bales, all of which Ted and his best men set up two hours before putting on their fancy suits. Our tiny friend with a mega voice sang “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by the Beach Boys as my dress swished back and forth like a bell. I joined Ted under a trellis where our dear friend Bronkar (who is married to the tiny friend with a mega voice) married us in his first ceremony since becoming the world’s only ordained beat-boxing minister. My friend Karen read an excerpt from “The Wonder Years” while Ted’s friend Joe read a rousing rendition of “Thunder Road” by the one and only Bruce Springsteen. And just before our vows, we made our congregation stand and do a silly dance with us to lighten the mood just in case things got serious. And then it happened — we were pronounced husband and wife. And then we kissed and hugged and cried and got the dickens knocked out of us with birdseed.
We rented out a super neat restaurant called Parish for the reception. And we decorated the place ourselves. The tables were filled with sunflowers, daisies, mums, pumpkins and tiny green army men. We served a Southern menu that included fried chicken and a mac and cheese bar. We had a couples dance for all of our recently wed friends. The same nephew who walked me down the aisle gave an amazing speech that included the real reason he loves me: I am his personal homework help line. Ted sang with all his might. Bronkar and his wife serenaded us with song. We gave away favors of Little Debbies and balsa wood airplanes. And then at 2 a.m., the party was over, and our faces hurt from smiling so hard. Nothing quite captures the day like our lovely film from the wonderfully bearded Ryan Rodinis.
Wedding Photography: Carla of (once like a spark) photography / Ceremony: Winn Park in Atlanta, Georgia / Reception + Catering: Parish Food & Goods in Atlanta, Georgia / Day-Of Coordination: Mandy of Ashley Baber Weddings / Bouquets: One Rose Florist & Gifts / Officiant: Bronkar Lee / Wedding Cinematography: Ryan Rodinis of Rodinis Films / Wedding Invitations: DIY by the Groom / Ceremony Music: Cyndi Harvell Lee / Wedding Dress: Custom by Chaviano Couture / Bride’s Hair Accessory + Shoes: BHLDN / Hair + Makeup: Raney O’Keefe / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew + Stop Staring / Groom’s Suit: Brooks Brothers / Wedding Website: Wedding JoJo