What is it about this garden wedding from Sarah Gawler?! From the whimsical venue, to the wildflower-inspired bouquets, to the bride’s gorgeous curls… everything about it has me feeling like I’m in a dream!
Says the bride: “My something old was the bridesmaid’s dresses which were all vintage; my something blue was the little flowers in the bouquet; my something borrowed was a beautiful little beaded purse my bridesmaids gave me on the day (which I haven’t actually given back – whoops!); my something new was my veil.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We instantly fell in love with the barn. We knew we wanted the day to be centered around a big feast and the barn was the perfect setting.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? I was inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite look of long flowing hair and flowers headpieces. It kind of worked with the gardens and lake at the venue.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Walking into the barn with Freddy and seeing the beautiful smiling faces of everyone we loved all there together.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Let others help you! It saves money and takes some of the stress off your plate. Freddy’s mother made the beautiful cake, friends helped with catering and supplies, other friends did the music, and everyone was there on the morning helping to dress the venue.
What advice do you have for other brides? I became utterly addicted to blogs, saving pictures and making mood boards for food, dresses, location dressing, hair, make up. It helps to define your vision and be clear with suppliers about what you want.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Choose the things that matter the most to you and spend the money on those things. The guests aren’t obsessing over every tiny detail like you are.
I’m always such a sucker for a Gatsby-inspired wedding! Take this glam celebration from Love Me Do Photography for example: elegant bow ties, gilded paper details, a champagne tower… not to mention the beautiful photography!
Says the bride: “What inspired me most for the reception was Gatsby itself; the novel was always a transcendent, sensory experience for me, and I tried to envision what it would have been like to attend one of his epic parties. Our aesthetic vision was to keep everything white and textural, with touches of gold, and for our guests to have everything they could possibly want, right at their fingertips.”
“What inspired us most for our ceremony were our very strong feelings about how we wanted our marriage to begin. What meant most to us was crafting a ceremony that was intimate, personal, and authentic, and we did that by writing our own vows and asking our friends and family to help us create the rest, from having a friend as our officiant to other friends and family performing music and reading love letters from famous couples in history (and having our beloved Yorkie, Dexter, be part of the ceremony!).”
“As an English teacher, The Great Gatsby has been close to my heart since the first time I read it 15 years ago, and the second we walked into Cairnwood Estate, I felt like I had been dropped right into Gatsby’s house. The house itself is impeccably maintained and truly captures the ornate beauty of the Gilded Age; its incredible detail and non-traditional layout was perfect for us, since it required very little additional decor and allowed us the chance to create “rooms” for our guests, each one home to a different experience.”
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? The ceremony was definitely our favorite part of the day. Michael and I really put our hearts into our vows, and our friend Dan did an incredible job as our officiant. The ceremony was so honestly and authentically “us,” and I cannot imagine our marriage beginning in any other way.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? The best advice I received was to just be present and enjoy the day. After all the planning and careful attention to detail, something will still go wrong, but it really doesn’t matter because you are marrying the person you love, and that is the most important part of the day.
What advice do you have for other brides? At some point, you just have to let things go. Not everything can be perfect, but no one else is going to know that except you, so stressing over those little details isn’t worth it. Choose a few things that matter most to you and stand by those choices, because in the end, the rest will not matter that much.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? I was lucky enough to have a pretty open budget, but I did try to save money in some places so I didn’t feel so extravagant spending money elsewhere. If you are crafty, DIY as much as you can, within reason. I saved a lot of money making my own menus, programs, and photo booth backdrop and props. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family to help, too, because they all want to!
From the bride’s gorgeous lace gown to the elegantly rustic ceremony backdrop, this Nashville wedding is beyond beautiful and romantic – not to mention the whole thing was captured by Elizabeth Messina, my dear friend (and wedding photographer!). Breathtaking is really the only word. There are literally hundreds of jaw dropping photos of this wedding; do yourself a favor and check them out in the gallery…
The bride’s bouquet incorporated peonies, garden roses, ranunculus, anemones, and jasmine. I love the way the deep burgundy ranunculus and black anemone centers add depth to the pale pink and white blooms.
Says the on-site planner: “Romantic blossoms in pastel pinks and ivory were displayed in our collection of pink depression glass, medicine bottles and milk glass, for simple yet magically romantic decor. Heather added additional texture to the tabletops with pale pink tulle overlays and slate heart table numbers [from BHLDN].” A garland of cascading ribbons adorned the back of the bride’s chair.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? John and I love to travel and on one of our trips we fell in love with the city of Nashville. We decided it would be the perfect destination for our wedding. We wanted our wedding weekend to reflect us as a couple, letting our guests experience the city as we would, exploring the local sights and culinary scenes in the days leading up to the wedding. We fell in love with the simple charm and beauty of Cedarwood. Their all inclusiveness allowed us to plan the wedding from afar, focusing on the details that mattered most to us – photography, food and the overall comfort of our guests, letting the rest fall into place.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?We envisioned an intimate outdoor wedding surrounded by the beautiful Southern landscape and antebellum charm of Cedarwood. Rustic Southern elegance was our vision, balancing the femininity of blush and lace with slate. Fall being our favorite season, we incorporated mercury glass pumpkins in the decor and had tiny pies in mason jars for favors.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? We were engaged for four years before saying I do and everything about that day was so memorable, from the first looks to saying our vows with only our closest family and friends as witnesses. I had an overwhelming joy and childlike giddiness that come over me the whole day. I was just so happy to be marrying my one and only love and best friend.
Says the bride: “Andrew and I met through Teach for America. We were both assigned to teach in Kansas City and actually met while doing our training in Los Angeles. We both ended up teaching 5th grade and got to know each other throughout our teaching.”
The bride’s mom took on lots of DIY projects for the wedding, including custom cornhole boards, flower arrangements, and homemade jam favors in strawberry and apricot. A friend of the couple created all of the wedding day signage.
Why did you choose this location for your wedding?We wanted to choose a location that our family and friends could spend the weekend relaxing and celebrating together. We also loved the beautiful barn and outdoor setting.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We focused on bringing together our family and friends. The bride’s mom Nancy served as the creative force being all of the thoughtful details for our wedding day.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? Spending the evening celebrating and dancing with our family and friends!
What advice do you have for other brides? To utilize the amazing talents of your family and friends to help make your day special. From jam making to flower arranging, our family and friends played a huge part in making every part of our wedding amazing!
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Our wedding was on the Sunday of Labor day weekend and out of town for most of our guests. Our rehearsal dinner included most of our guests, which turned our wedding day into more of a weekend. We loved being able to spend so much time celebrating with those we love!
Wanting a small, intimate wedding, Sam and Reid headed to Wales, where they were wed under a canopy of umbrellas in a sweet little garden, surrounded by their closest friends and family. The bride wore her mother’s dress and a ring of flowers in her hair; the groom wore a key on his lapel. Select vendor Kate Murphy was there to photograph everything, from the big moments to the little details.
Says the bride: “Although we wanted a relaxed and low-key wedding, the small details were important to me, and I took extra care with them. There was a hint of a “Secret Garden” theme, as this story was very special to me and my mother who passed away 5 years ago. My sister-in-law made my beautiful bridal headpiece with tiny keys woven into it, and the men’s boutonnieres were keys as well (alluding to finding the key to the secret garden).”
“The flowers for the table and my bouquet were gathered on the morning of the wedding from the nearby fields and arranged by my good friend Rachel, who also set the table with beautiful books, tea cups and doilies that belonged to my grandmother. Our family style dinner was made that day by our parents and friends. It was all a labor of love that we are so incredibly grateful for. The efforts of our loved ones resulted in a day that was deeply personal.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? “Why Wales?” We got that question so many times I started betting people I could guess what their first question would be after I told them where Reid and I had decided to get married. We chose Wales for a few reasons: 1. We wanted a very small, intimate wedding; 2. We figured the best way to do this was to have a wedding very far away; and 3. We know people in Wales and believed their beautiful home, garden and village would be the perfect setting. Dwygyfylchi (prounced Dew-guh-vul-key) is a little village in North Wales tucked into the mountains near the sea. It has a charm, a rugged beauty and a family that I adore dearly…and I knew all of those components would magically meld to create the wedding of our dreams.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day?It is so hard to choose one moment, as they were all so dear to us. I think my favorite part of the day was dinner. Originally we had planned to eat outside on the terrace overlooking the garden, but because of the rain we relocated to the dining room. We cobbled together two long tables into one giant square table we all sat around. It was a family style dinner, with delicious homemade food that had been lovingly prepared that morning. We were able to relax, laugh, talk and eat with everyone since we were all so close together around the table. It was intimate and lovely.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? We did things a little differently for most of our wedding decisions, from having a destination wedding to making all our own food to gathering our own flowers. But I did wear my mother’s wedding dress, which was one of the most special aspects of the wedding to me, as she couldn’t be there with us.
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Be in the moment. Don’t get sucked into all of the details that can take time and attention away from just being present. And don’t get upset over the things that happen that you didn’t count on and can’t change. It’s better to laugh and move on than get upset on what’s supposed to be one of the happiest days of your lives.
What advice do you have for other brides? Stick up for what you really want. It was very difficult to tell our extended families that we were getting married overseas and only inviting our parents as family. But because of certain family dynamics, it was what was going to be best and least stressful for us as a couple. As a bride, you get advice coming at you from all directions, but you really have to be true to yourself and not be bowled over by everyone else’s opinions of what your wedding should be. Make it what you want.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides?Spend your money on what’s important to you. Being photographers ourselves, photos were the most important investment to us, so we put most of our budget there and then had our close friends and family help with everything else. But DEFINITELY invest in a wonderful photographer.
Is there anything else that helps tell the story of the day? Being photographers ourselves, our photographer choice was of utmost importance to us, so we asked the incomparable Kate Murphy, who captured the moments, big and small, with such grace and perfection. And our dear friends Jeremiah and Rachel Spray (the same Rachel who styled everything!) created a beautiful video for us that transports us back to the day immediately.