This time last year, we got married on a cold Fall day surrounded by our closest family and friends….it’s hard to believe it’s already been a year. It seemed like yesterday we were getting ready for our wedding and finalizing all of the last minute details (including lots of hot gluing the morning of the wedding…!). Our first year of marriage has been an incredibly blessed year, not only because we both get to work alongside each other every single day, but we also have gotten to work with the most amazing couples this year…together…married. We love our job so much and are thankful we are able to share our photography with other couples. As I was prepping this blog post, I was excited to relive our wedding through our beautiful photographs by Stephanie and Isaac of This Modern Romance…an incredible husband + wife team based out of California. We knew from the moment we saw their work they would be our photographers. They were by far one of the best decisions we made for our wedding and we are thankful to have such amazing images to keep forever…we love them!! While writing this post, I was definitely fighting back tears as our wedding was so special to us and truly symbolized our entire relationship and how the Lord worked so meticulously through our relationship to bring us to the point we are today. Everything you see from our wedding was either handmade, collected, or borrowed from family. We really wanted our wedding to reflect us as artists, so we had to either make, grow (yes…grow…), or collect most of the details. We spent months working out every single detail that we wanted to incorporate in our wedding. My incredible sister-in-law, Lynn of Sunshowers and Rainshine was the one who executed everything you see…she is unbelievable…seriously, she has extraordinary talent and is a genius when it comes to creating just about anything. Let’s just say she hand embroidered just about every single sign you see in our wedding…hand embroidered!! who does that?! soooo amazing!!
As our anniversary post, it was only fitting to finally showcase our wedding. We actually had been waiting a year to post anything, as our wedding will be in the new issue of Southern Weddings magazine, coming to stores on October 25th (eeee…10 days away!!!). We are incredibly excited to have not only our own wedding in their new issue, but a wedding we shot this past year as well! This wedding magazine is full of so much goodness….it’s truly a work of art, so be sure to pick up an issue!
we got married on my aunt’s farm, a farm that has been in the family for generations (it dates back to the Civil War)…we knew it was the perfect location for our wedding…actually a lot of our decor was pulled from the farm, there were so many antiques!!
so happy we did a First Look!!
we were determined to use something camera related for Kurt’s boutonniere…the lens was a bit heavy, but we loved it!
Tim, Kurt’s best man, had film negatives for his bout…Lynn is a genius!
these doors were taken from the old farm house on the property and my dad created this door frame so I could enter them as I walked down the aisle
Lynn hand embroidered everything…everything!
we borrowed quilts from my family…some of these quilts were ancient!
we had a mini worship set during our wedding and in-lieu of programs, we passed out these hymn sheets…each one was sewn together with fabric flower petals and buttons
my family’s dog, Abby, attended our wedding, but it wasn’t intention for her to be roam free for the ceremony…she stayed with in the front the entire ceremony
I was an absolute mess during our ceremony (gushing tears…) I was so overwhelmed with emotion, luckily Abby provided some comic relief…the image on the left is during our vows
Our pastor had approached us about doing a communal prayer, where everyone prays over us aloud and at the same time. During the entire ceremony it was super overcast and cloudy, but during this prayer the clouds parted and the sun shined right on Kurt and I. It was such a beautiful blessing from God! Hands down our favorite moment from the day…
it was overcast, windy, and cold our entire wedding…it actually rained everywhere around us, except for our ceremony/reception locations
our gorgeous florals were created by Janie Medley of JMFlora (The Bride’s Cafe)…loved them!
for months we collected 120 china bowls and plates and sewed 120 napkins
these doilies balls were definitely a labor of love…we hot glued them together for weeks…
Since we had a 1:00 ceremony (photographers, I know that is NOT the ideal time to get married for an outdoor ceremony), BUT we wanted to have lunch instead of dinner. Our food was definitely not the typical wedding cuisine, we had soup, bread, cheese, and pie. We wanted something lighter, but something that would warm everyone up seeing as it was freezing! Kurt and I actually grew all of the butternut squash for the soup on the farm (we ended up having hoards of it so we pawned it off on people). Kurt made all of the food you see, except for the pies, we had family and friends make a variety for our pie hutch. All of the food was served family style and we scattered different soup toppings all over the tables.
my amazing husband also brewed all of the beer for our wedding, he spent several months working on his batches…they were all gone by the end of the wedding
Kurt also made “bacon snaps” as our wedding favor…they are basically a ginger snap cookie, but instead of butter, he used bacon fat…SOOO good
in college I lived in a house with 11 other girls and they ALL made it to my wedding!
to top it off, we had a double rainbow!
and again our wedding film, created by the amazing Josh Gooden!
We had a pretty extensive vendor list, we were absolutely blown away with everyone we worked with…
photography: Stephanie + Isaac of This Modern Romance (an amazing team!!)
videographer: Josh Gooden Cinematography (love Josh!)
stylist/mastermind: Lynn of Sunshowers and Rainshine
ceremony/reception venue: family farm in Mt. Crawford, VA
florist: Janie Medly of JMFlora Design
pies: family and friends | cameos for napkin rings: Poppy Loves Paris
bluegrass band: Shenandoah Travelers
dress: Monique Llhuillier | shoes: JCrew
earrings: Ten Things | hair accessory: made by Lynn using my dress lace and my grandmother’s brooch
bridesmaid dress/cardigan: JCrew | makeup: Erika Nixon