Thanks for all the great feedback from last week’s post “The Planning of a Wedding: The Gown, Dresses & Suits”. If you missed seeing the pics of the wedding party’s attire and how I decided to design my own two piece wedding gown, then check it out here.
So, now it’s time to show you some of the extras that we spent hours and hours planning. We didn't feel the need for our day to look like anyone else's day or for it to be a perfect Pinterest wedding. So we made it personal by bringing in elements of Jared's Australian roots, his career in music and my love for creative detail.
We wanted everything to be clean, crisp and modern. We decided to go a bit trendier and make our invites a tad mid century modern with the print and icons, but we kept the rest of the wedding as timeless and polished as possible.
It just so happens that my Uncle David is a graphic designer. He helped us with the layout and the unique packaging of the invites and its tedious details. I had never seen anything like it. His vision was much bigger than mine and I'm so thankful for that.
The colors: We wanted to create a branding with the colors, icons, and font. I worked with another graphic designer, Brandee, to create the exact look I wanted.
The ombre of green colors evolved because I wanted something natural, yet unique, to go with the white. We used forrest green, teal, & mint. The outer envelopes were mint and the inner envelopes were a pale sparkly silver, sealed with gold wax. I came up with the idea to use watercolor because it's one of my passions in life and once again...it represented us.
Oh the venue. This was a huge decision for us.
We aren’t the barn type couple. We aren’t the banquet hall type couple either. We are the beach type people, but if I waited for this long to get married...I was going to have some witnesses there!
Leigh, our amazing wedding planner, from A Delightful Day, told us about a modern urban place called The Cordelle that had just opened a month prior to our engagement. As soon as we visited, we could picture the whole wedding taking place at this one location.
I would highly recommend renting a place that is naturally beautiful because you will see a lot of it in the background of your pictures. This was a big selling piece to us because the owners of The Cordelle took obvious efforts to make the place look amazing from the gardens to the main hall to the bridal suite. The details were splendid.
We LOVE Johnny Cash (well, maybe it's more of my thing) so we had to sneak away to get a pic in front of my favorite wall in Nashville. Jared, Jenna, and Johnny forever.
First of all, I’ve never been a flower person. But, after seeing how creative my florist and I could get with the bouquets, I can now say I have a whole new appreciation for them! But, as I described it to her...I like weird, unpredictable flowers.
I met with Mary Love, of Rosemary & Finch, and told her that I wanted something abnormal like a red cabbage. And she did it! I also told her that I needed eucalyptus EVERYWHERE because I have an Aussie fiance. Success. I had pointed out several flowers that screamed to me, not knowing any of the names, and she instantly knew what I was talking about and made everything even better than I had envisioned.
We replaced the bouquets at one point to hold the "How I know the bride" signs. Fun little change to the bridal party shots.
THE ALTAR AND DECOR.
The Altar: Jared actually designed our modern altar. Way to go hubby! His best man, Zac, helped him build it and I was amazed at the majestic outcome, especially under The Cordelle’s stunning tree.
You’ll notice the wave of cones hanging from the altar. This was by far the craziest thing I did. With the help of a few friends, I spent weeks making the cones. We cut, wrapped, glued and strung 1500 of them. Yes, 1500!! It turned out to be as whimsical as I envisioned during the lengthy, paper cutting process.
What would a fall outdoor wedding be without a corn hole game?! Crazy at it was, this was a must for me. Yet not any corn hole game. I dreamt of one board having a USA flag and the other board having the Aussie flag on it...both in our wedding colors.
Um...that’s a lot of stars in case you didn’t notice. (Thank you to Brandee for your amazing painting skills.)
Growing up, there were only two details about my wedding that I knew I had to have. One, I wanted a fall wedding. Two, I had to have pies. Cake is my least favorite dessert, but pies on the other hand...
There’s a backstory here - my mom was a chef and one of her specialties was pies. We ALWAYS had a pie in the house. So, Jared and I bought a small, inexpensive spice cake to cut at the reception. The true treat was having the special women in my life bake a pie of their choice in honor of my mom. The array of 30+ pies was the one thing that made me feel like a piece of my mom was there. What a special treat!
The pies included chocolate bourbon pecan, pumpkin, cherry, rhubarb, bourbon pumpkin with sea salt, dark chocolate ginger pie and more!
To close out the toasts, we did something very Aussie. My (Aussie) bridesmaid, Nikki, sang "Nashville", a song that Jared and I swear was written for us by Kel. I wish I could explain how beautiful it was. What really got us was when our bridal party surprised us by joining in on the meaningful chorus.
Then, after her song, the caterers passed out tea and Tim Tams as she and her hubby demonstrated how to do a Tim Tam Slam as a true Aussie would do. Then, we all joined in on one...well, those of us that could wait to eat the yummy treat.
Jared, being a drummer, took care of the reception music and it HAD to be a live band. He invited Nashville's funkiest soul band, The Jason Eskridge Band, to get the party started. At one point, Jared got on the drums. Yeah hubby!
And the farewell....
All of these pictures could not have been captured without the talent of Teale & Justin from Teale Photography. I cannot say enough about these two. We knew that we wanted them from the beginning because we had seen their work and been blown away by it. This is the one area of our wedding that we knew would last a lifetime and we are so thankful to be able to look back at all the details that made our day special.
Ohhh...I can't wait to share the next post! Our wedding video! It will blow you away! Here's a little teaser by Trenton Alan.