St. Simons Wedding by Jason and Rebecca Walker
September 1, 2011
Garden Weddings

Brooklyn meets budget meets Georgia meets BEAUTIFUL. This wedding by Jason and Rebecca Walker is a culmination of so many wonderful details and a whole lotta love. The crafty couple DIY'ed all that you see with the help of their friends and family, and ended up with the dreamiest of dreamy weddings. Her bouquet, her shoes, her dress, her vision, her handsome hubby - I have a crush on this entire wedding, and you can see all the reasons why in the full gallery of images!

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From the Bride...My husband Wes and I met at art school in Brooklyn 7 years ago, he originally from the South and I a transplant from the Midwest.  Although we still live in NYC, we knew that we wanted to get married down near where he grew up in Georgia; not only for its romantic beauty, but also because he is still fortunate enough to have many dear but elderly family members, who can no longer travel.  We also knew that we wanted to try and recreate the feel of a typical southern-style get together, with touches of a Midwest picnic-- laid-back, simple, and homemade.  Since Wes and I were paying for our wedding ourselves practically every aspect of our wedding was DIY.

While I began with designing our save-the-dates & invites, Wes started putting together our website, then together we letter-pressed our invites in our studio and went bottle collecting for our flower vases here in Brooklyn at Dead Horse Bay.  My amazing mother started collecting vintage handkerchiefs from local flea markets, which she later sewed into our table runners.  Together, she and I picked all of the lavender in her garden which we hung to dry (later to be used in the church).  We also picked about 100 of her roses, pulled the petals and laid them out on two large screens for drying (which would later be used for our guests to toss).  I had already pre-stamped card stock, so when they finally dried, we packaged them up into small wax bags. While doing this, Wes then began to create the central light fixture that was to be hung at our indoor/outdoor reception space.  He ordered wires, sockets, bulbs and some sort of magical tool dip and went on to hand-make each of our 40 hanging lights one at a time!  My dad, brother, sisters, sister-in-law, and best friend folded, sewed, and strung together over 2,00 paper doilies, to create our hanging garland. I made and packaged pins for our guests and letter-pressed dollies for the top our treat boxes.  Then everything had to to packaged and driven from Chicago to Georgia!

We were married at Wes' grandfather's childhood church (built 1864), in front of 80 of our closest friends and family, and had our reception on the ocean on Saint Simons Island.  For dinner we had our favorite BBQ on the island, Beachcomber BBQ, along with our homemade Peach Sangria, Sweet Tea, and an array of our favorite homemade desserts, including a pound cake made by Wes' dear aunt. Our incredible friends and family (almost everyone traveling from far distances) helped set up our entire space,  helped run a thousand errands, and pitched in afterward to clean up.   If all of that wasn't amazing enough, they all suffered through the extreme heat that Georgia was having.. over 95 degrees, with no complaints!  The entire time, I kept thinking how lucky we were to have such amazing people surrounding us. It was all so well worth the time and effort.  We could not have done it without them.  After the lovely night, we, along with all of our friends and a case of beer, went for a midnight swim in the warm Atlantic.  Truly dreamy.

Wedding Photography: Jason and Rebecca Walker / Ceremony Location: Providence Church / Reception Location: St. Simons Casino Courtyard / Wedding Dress: Watters / Bride's Shoes: Anthropologie / Bride's Hair: Bienvenue Salon / Groom's Suit: Banana Republic