Oakhurst Farm Wedding by Kaitie Bryant Photography
July 17, 2012
DIY InspiredLakeside
This couple provided more than just super cute thoughtful DIY touches for the guests at their Oakhurst Farm wedding. When their big day turned out to be the hottest one of the year, they moved the waterside ceremony they had planned indoors for the comfort of their guests, keeping only the releasing of the doves outside afterward, complete with sweet custom hand fans made by the bride, of course. Details of the Gardens made creamy off white and punchy orange florals for the perfect color complement to the cool blue linens and bridesmaids dresses. Kaitie Bryant Photography + Texture Photo shot all the lovely thoughtfulness and it's all here in the full gallery!
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From Kaitie Bryant Photography... I'm in love with this wedding. They are such a gorgeous couple and couldn't take a bad picture. Ana is a DIY queen, and so many of the details of the day were the product of her hands and time. She made fans for the wedding programs, used old shutters for table seating place cards, wooden hearts that said, "I DO" for the cake topper, and combined blue and orange to create an awesome color palette for the wedding day. Brayden and Ana even had a "ring man" and "flower man," breaking the traditional rules of using children for these roles and instead including special friends in the ceremony. And it made for some fun laughs during the processional! But what sticks out most to me is the thoughtfulness of Ana and Brayden. Their wedding was on one of the hottest days of the year here in Georgia (reaching 104 degrees in LaGrange), and the wedding was supposed to be outdoors. Oakhurst Farm is a beautiful venue for outdoor ceremonies, but Ana and Brayden wanted to take care of their guests (especially elderly family members) and felt like the 100+ degree temperature might be too hot for their guests. So they thought creatively and did most of their ceremony indoors and saved two special parts of the ceremony for outside. The guests went out to the veranda to watch Ana and Brayden release doves from a basket and the pronouncement of their marriage/the first kiss. I was so struck by how Ana and Brayden were thinking more about other people than themselves on their wedding day and make changes accordingly. And it was still so beautiful! I liked how they creatively came up with a solution and were still able to enjoy the outside property for the ceremony. To top it off, I loved seeing the basket of bug spray they had for guests when going outside — anyone from Georgia knows how bad the mosquitos can be, especially near water. Truly, they were thinking about their guests and wanting this day to be a celebration for everyone to enjoy. It ended up not just raining but also hailing before the ceremony, which made it difficult to figure out when we would take pictures. But right before the ceremony the rain stopped, the temperature dropped a bit — maybe even into the 90s — and it made the world of a difference.  By the time Brayden and Ana stepped outside, it was beautiful after-storm light and a perfect cloud covering to keep everyone cool. I thought what they did was such a great idea for weddings in hot summer months, and I'm still so impressed that they wanted to take care of their guests. Love it!

Wedding Photography: Kaitie Bryant Photography + Texture Photo / Wedding Venue: Oakhurst Farm in West Point, Georgia / Floral Design: Details of the Gardens / Wedding Cake: Fran Papenfuss of The Cake Lady / DJ: Travis Gilbert of Fonix Entertainment / Wedding Dress: Venus Bridals (Pallas Athena Collection) via A Formal Occasion / Hair: Aarika Anderson of Oohs and Ahhs in Newnan, Georgia / Makeup: Beautiful You by Nancy