- 5 years ago
- Wedding: April 2015
We got married 4/27/15 at Glen-Ella Springs in Clarkesville, GA. The day was absolutely picture perfect. Friends and family joined us from all over the country for our special day. Our theme was enchanted forest/secret garden; our colors were green, purple, and copper. I tried to find photos that still shared the story of the day while not showing too many guests’ faces out of privacy. We also got over 800 photos so narrowing them down was hard!!
This was our location. It was a bed and breakfast with lovely gardens:
My 2 bridesmaids and man of honor got ready together in their room; it was a 3 room suite, so more suitable for all of us together. I did all the makeup and my bridesmaid did all the hair. We then transfered to my room for the putting on of my dress as it was prettier and more bridal for photos.
Dress: Maggie Sottero Rhianna Royale in light gold. Shoes: Bagley Mishka. Flower crown: made by grandma. Veil: materials from Joanne Fabrics; made by my alterations lady. Jewelry:made by my coworker. Garter: etsy.
The men got ready in the garden house. DH had companion cube cufflinks and our recessional song was the theme from Portal– his bowtie and pocketsquare coordinated with my dress. Inside our rings “bind on equip” is engraved, because we like to game.
The ceremony took place in the lower garden. We had moss cones and wedding wands (etsy) to decorate the aisle. The diy chair sashes were tulle from the fabric store. My mom made and printed our programs. We read our own vows and did a Christian handbinding ceremony to represent our union together with God. We also had our rings held by my man of honor on a custom esty ring dish with little bears on it. Our invitations were Etsy. Our whole wedding had a subtle bear theme as that is our nickname for each other: bear.
We took our portraits during the cocktail hour & I found a frog which was very stimulating. Also, the week before we stayed with friends and I was fortunate enough to drop about 6lbs, so I look better in my wedding photos than my bridal portraits. 🙂
My bridal party consisted of my man of honor from NY and my two best friends from Washington State; all DH’s groomsmen and best man were local. All floral was made by my grandmother (boutaineers and bouquets; materials purhased at hobby lobby or gathered from her garden). Inside my bouquet was my something blue (late grandmother’s torquoise ring), something old (great grandmother’s diamond ring), and something borrowed (my late grandfather’s triumph motocycle key)
Our reception was my pride and joy. I planned it all from afar with very little photos of the venue. All of the floral pieces on the tables were done by my grandmother (she’s in red), my mother, and myself. I handpainted the candleholders and our sweetheart table signs, I did a DIY whiskey bar (which we all ended up doing shots at toward the end of the night), and made all the chalkboard signs and favors, our escort cards were handpainted leaves clipped to a bag of custom m&m’s. Our cake had a bear cake topper which was adorable. We basically brought everything with us and assembled the day before…99.99% of what you see was handmade by my mom, grandmother, and myself.
We did all the traditional dances/cake cutting/toasts, but no garter/bouquet toss. We did an iPod playlist of DH and I’s favorite, calm and sweet songs (we are not a dancing crowd and I hate loud, crazy music). We had a sparkler exit to our limo and headed to our honeymoon hotel in Atlanta.