We’re well on our way toward the winter holidays, and as a December bride myself, I always love seeing how couples bring this festive season into their weddings. Larkyn and Jim included red flowers and linens and a jingle bell send-off – plus how gorgeous is the bride’s vintage-inspired look?!
“I didn’t even look at traditional white dresses,” says Larkyn. “When I found the Jenny Packham dress, it became the focal point of our Southern winter wedding”
Larkyn and her bridesmaids carried bouquets of red ranunculus, pale pink roses, privet berries, lamb’s ear, and brunia berries.
“I always knew I wanted to get married at the church I which I grew up, in my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama,” says the bride.
Your wedding ceremony in three words. Glamorous, Vintage, Classic.
How did you go about planning your ceremony? The upside (in my opinion) to getting married in a church is that the choices are sometimes limited – I actually spent much less time thinking about our ceremony than our reception because I didn’t have a desire to stray too far from the traditional vows, the traditional music, the traditional processional. We did feel like it was very important to have family involved in the ceremony, so all of my cousins’ children played roles, which was really special.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding ceremony? We incorporated bagpipes at the end of our ceremony and it felt pretty magical – I studied abroad in Scotland and thought the unique sound of bagpipes would be pretty remarkable in the grand church in which we were married – and indeed it was!
What was the best advice you received as a bride? Try to throw your stress out the window once the wedding day arrives – I admit I didn’t take this advice myself, but I would pass it along to other brides! Also try not to lose your new husband at the reception. You are talking to so many friends and family, but you can’t forget the party is to celebrate your new life together, and you should enjoy that celebration together.
What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding? If your parents are helping to plan (and/or pay) for your wedding, find a middle ground that reflects your style as a couple but also allows for some compromises (such as the guest list) that will ensure they feel appropriately represented. It’s not going to be perfect, but some give-and-take is important on both sides.
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? It was helpful for us to start with an overall number to keep us organized and to prioritize. Often during the planning process, I wanted to splurge on everything, but there are many ways you can save money, and having a budget helps you identify which elements are the most important to you and where you want to splurge (the band and the photographer, in our case).
“My grandmother was a collector of all things vintage and antique – furniture, clothes and of course, jewelry. One of my favorite memories as a child when going to visit her house in Alabama was going through her piles of jewelry – and on special occasions, receiving a token of my own. I grew up with an affection for vintage jewelry and carried this with me to New York, where I currently live. When I got engaged, I knew I would get married back in Alabama and I wanted our wedding to feel classic and Southern, and to reflect my affection for vintage style. I didn’t even look at traditional white dresses; when I found the Jenny Packham dress, it became the focal point of our Southern winter wedding – with a bit of glitz, plenty of glamour and a nod to my grandmother who inspired it all.”
Why did you choose this location for your reception? I knew I wanted to do something somewhat traditional and vintage-inspired, but within a non-traditional venue, and BridgeStreet fit that mold.
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? One of my favorite traditions is one my college friends began when the first of us got married in 2009. We have passed around a garter – monogrammed with our maiden initials and wedding date – to each friend on her wedding day. The most recent friend to have gotten married presents the garter while we are getting ready. It’s always a very special moment!
Please tell us about any special details from your wedding. I wanted the boys to look classic and really honed in on finding the right bowties. We found them at Billy Reid, a vintage-inspired clothing store based in Alabama – I got stuck on herringbone, so when we found them, we grabbed them all! // The flower arrangements that Buffy Hargett created were absolutely beautiful and really stood out as a uniquely winter element of the wedding that I was excited to incorporate – I gave her a general color scheme but let her run with it, and on the wedding day she emerged with bouquets that were richly colored and textured – a subtle acknowledgment of the holiday season but not overtly so. // In addition to my dress, my paper suite also served early on as a blueprint for the wedding – simple and classic but with uniquely vintage, art-deco elements. Mary came up with the idea to use the shell pattern found on F. Scott Fitzgerald book covers and we incorporated that into the save-the-dates, welcome bag cards and church programs (we kept the formal invitation simple and classic – a hint of red on the edges and a gold band).
Signature Drink: Bourbon Apple Cider on Ice
Cake Flavor: Red Velvet and French Vanilla with Cream Cheese Buttercream Frosting
First Dance Song: Book of Love by Peter Gabriel
Did you include any DIY elements in your wedding? Although I would not qualify my wedding as DIY, there were a few homemade elements that were very special. My mom hand-embroidered the initials of every member of the wedding party onto vintage handkerchiefs of my grandmother’s that she had been saving away for the right occasion. We also used pearls from one of my grandmother’s many strands to create bracelets for each of my bridesmaids and readers. My dad and sister also get credit for a truly DIY element – as a family, we created an assembly line of hole poking and jingle bell threading to create the mini jingle bell tambourines that guests shook as we were departing.
What was your favorite moment or part of the day? As I was getting ready to leave for the church, I snuck away to read a letter that Jim had given me the night before. I didn’t have any photographers around, so it was a special moment to have alone. Although I won’t say all nerves dissipated, it was very special to read those words and remember the reason I was about to walk down the aisle in the first place!