It’s safe to say I’ve always loved love, weddings, and strong, old marriages. I’ve been serving weddings in some capacity since I was thirteen and have never, ever tired of the symbolism, the palpable emotion, and the promise of the future.
As my business has grown, I keep coming back to the real reason we have weddings—the celebration of a new marriage and the creation of another family.
Carolyn and I met through our friend, Jess (of Fleurish Design Studio), and bonded over our love of Southern Weddings and serving our clients and their new marriages well. As we continued to grow our relationship, we chatted about various projects and wondered if we could combine our passion for intentional decision-making and weddings together. This week, we’re able to share that result with you.
A Family Affair Wedding: The Design Story
Earlier this spring, we fleshed out the idea for creating an educational wedding inspiration session that would help couples consider their wedding options from a fresh and intentional point of view.
We both believe that weddings should be a meaningful celebration of marriage, and that, sometimes, couples and their unique love stories get lost in all the planning and formalities of “traditional” weddings. It is our hope that these educational sessions will offer couples some alternative ideas to help them create celebrations that are both meaningful and beautiful.
As with any creative project, we first gave it a story. From a design standpoint, having a story helps to weed out unnecessary details, leading to a cohesive look. Any bride can tell you there are millions of gorgeous ideas; however, as they say, less is more! So, by remembering “the story”, we’re able to dig in and get intentional with choices that truly fit. On shoot day, it’s fun to have the story to refer each piece of the day to and to be serving a “client”. Carolyn whipped up this shoot’s incredible story, and I get goosebumps every time I read it.
The excitement this team had for our shoot was amazing. When I sent emails sharing our story and heart, the responses I got were overwhelmingly positive. When you’re in the wedding industry for even a short time, you begin to see how quickly the details overcome the reason altogether. Being able to have beautiful details that focus on the reason for the celebration and intentional budget allocation was a breath of fresh air.
As a photographer and a planner, Carolyn and I often see couples stretching their budget so thin to “cover all the bases” that the design suffers. We wanted to show that even with a smaller budget, it’s possible to have an amazing photographer, a planner to help with design and take care of the day, and beautiful high-end details. (more on the budget on Thursday)
During the design process and subsequent budget allocation, we decided to put a bit more money toward the floral budget since florals can be all the décor you need. Because the wedding was outside, tying in the greenery and lushness of nature to our ceremony and reception was a no-brainer. It also eliminated the need for extra décor because flowers are so beautiful all by themselves!
Our design for Olivia and Ryan was light and natural with hints of blues and greys. We wanted our décor to complement the Westover Inn lawn without taking away from it’s natural beauty. Simple grey textured linen with a soft linen napkin and delicate wooden chargers set the stage for beautiful crystal glassware, copper flatware, and the prettiest menu card to greet the family as they were seated. Pulling in natural hues meant that the reception flowed into nature allowing nature to really be the biggest part of the décor. How perfect!
How cute was the miniature pony that popped by our shoot?!
Curious how this wedding day would unfold? Here’s the timeline.
Our lovely models for this shoot are vloggers and shared this fun behind-the-scenes look at the day.
Photographer: Carolyn Bentum Photography | Planner: Spunky Sapphire Events | Florist: Fleurish Design Studio | Venue: Westover Inn | Stationery: Alicia’s Infinity | Hair: Teased Bridal (Dolce Divas) | Makeup: Love Me Makeup | Gown: Second Dance Bridal | Picnic Boxes: The Pique-Nique Box by Savoury & Cake | Linen: Simply Beautiful Décor | Tableware: Pier One | Models: Matt + Nicole