Ivy & Joe | Rustic Fall Wedding in Alabama

One last real wedding feature for 2012, full of rustic fall details…

Save-the-dates were laser cut wood pieces in the shape of the state of Alabama. (Photo on the right by the bride. All other photos by W&E Photographie.)

Several barn cats made appearances throughout the ceremony and reception.

The buffet-style dinner was served up in cast iron skillets. What a perfect way to play up the rustic vibe of the wedding.

What a clever “guest book”! Says Ivy, “Our guest book was a photo puzzle that came together throughout the night. We took a photo from our engagement shoot and enlarged it and then had it cut down into 3″x3″ squares. Each square was signed by the guests and then hung on the board. The squares had a number on them that had a corresponding number on the board, so it was easy to do. It is now a piece of art hanging in our home and we have fun looking at the backs of each square to see what guests signed.”

Why did you choose this location for your wedding?  We both have a love for the outdoors and Joe kayaked all over the U.S. and Canada for several years. We really wanted to find a spot by a river for the ceremony. This venue has been a well-kept secret and is truly a special place. My father is friends with the owner, and I had been out there a few years ago to visit. When we got engaged, I knew it was the place.

What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Well, for starters I have been a long time reader of Snippet & Ink. Blogs and magazines were a great start and the venue was a great inspiration in itself. I knew I wanted something that was personal to us. Joe’s nickname when he kayaked was “Alabama Joe.” This helped me get started by wanting to incorporate Alabama somehow in our wedding, so we included some Alabama references in our paper suite, koozies and napkins, and the food was Southern supper with lots of local food incorporated.

What was your favorite moment or part of the day?  I have two favorite memories. Walking down the aisle and seeing Joe waiting for me was a moment I will never forget. It was like time froze and he and I were the only ones there. The other was being able to snap off the bottom part of my dress when it rained at the reception. I had this alteration made so I could wear the dress for an anniversary later on, but didn’t intend on wearing the short dress at the wedding. When it rained and the dance floor got muddy, it saved my dress from being ruined and also was a fun reveal when I got back on the dance floor and could enjoy myself without worrying about the dress.

Did you include any traditions in your wedding?  Our ceremony was traditional. Joe built the arbor and we hung a flower cross from it to give our outdoor venue a religious feel. I had a cameo necklace wrapped around my bouquet that has been worn for years by brides in Joe’s family. We also drank from my family’s Parker Goblets that have been in our family for a long time and were loaned to us by my grandmother.

What was the best advice you received as a bride?  To take a moment at the reception and take it all in. I made my self stop several times and look around to appreciate all the people that had come together to celebrate our marriage.

What advice do you have for other brides?  The week of our wedding, one of the bridesmaids still didn’t have her dress because it got lost in the mail and one of the groomsmen’s vests was the wrong style the day of the wedding. I was so upset about the dress and didn’t even know about the vest until after. In the end everything worked out though and it makes a fun story now. On your wedding day, not everything will go perfectly, but it’s not even worth worrying about. In the end you will be married and that’s all that matters.


See lots more pics from Ivy and Joe’s rustic fall wedding in the gallery.

Vendor Credits

Photography: W & E Photographie / Venue: Swann Lake Stables in Birmingham, Alabama (book through Mariee Ami Wedding Planning Studio) / Bride's Dress: Olia Zavozina purchased at The Carriage House / Veil: SIBO Designs / Groom's Suit: J.Crew / Groomsmen Suits: JoS. A. Bank / Flowers: Buffy Hargett Studios / Event Design & Planning, Custom Invitation Design: Mariee Ami Wedding Planning Studio / Letterpress: Patrick Masterson / Laser Cut Wood Save-the-Dates: RobertoSand / Ceremony Pews: P.E.W.S. / Catering: Savoie Catering / Cake: Barb’s Cakes / Valet: Intelligent Parking Systems

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