If you asked me to pick a favorite part of this wedding, I just couldn’t do it. Kelly and Rodney wanted a relaxed, handmade, and retro feel for their big day, all of which they were able to achieve thanks to their backgrounds in design. Brett & Jessica not only photographed Kelly + Rodney’s wedding, but also provided some touching insight into the wedding day – don’t miss it at the end!
From the bride, Kelly: I wanted our wedding to reflect our heritage and our families but also us – fun and creative, but not too formal. I kept referring to our theme as “Grandma Chic” – vintage heirloom details with a soft palette and lots of handmade accents. I didn’t want our wedding to feel, for lack of a better word, stuffy. It’s just not us. We share a love for history, art and all things vintage (I worked in a vintage clothing store for some time after college), so it was important for us for our wedding to reflect those things.
At first I didn’t want to confine myself to any specific colors – I wanted the theme more than a color scheme BUT I eventually gave in so that everything would look more cohesive. The colors ended up being, mint, coral, blush, pink, ivory and a little touch of gold. Almost everything was DIY. Rodney and I both come from art backgrounds (he’s a graphic designer, I’m a fashion designer) so it just made sense for us to put our creativity to use. My co-workers helped me cut all the table overlays and fold and tie all the napkins (we design children’s clothing – Peaches ‘n Cream Children’s Wear, so we are all used to cutting fabric and tying bows). I sewed and embroidered our “Bride” and “Groom” buntings for the backs of our chairs, a doily garland for the reception, a “H” monogram art piece, liners for the flower girl baskets, the ring bearer’s bow tie, all of the table numbers and I embroidered the “H” onto Rodney’s great grandmother’s handkerchief that I carried with my bouquet.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It’s really easy to get overwhelmed, especially if you have a lot of other commitments in your life, so ASK FOR HELP and if your budget allows, get a day of coordinator! I found myself feeling like I should do everything myself so as not to bother my friends or family but everyone really did want to help and they were happy to do so! Our day of coordinator, Lisa, was AMAZING and really took a ton of stress off the two of us (and our parents). It was great to just have her there, checking in vendors and making sure everything was going according to plan. The other piece of advice I would say is, do what you and your fiance want. This is your day. If you hate flowers, don’t have them. If you would rather have donuts than a wedding cake – do it. There are no right or wrong answers. Making your wedding what you want it to be is part of the fun and what makes the day memorable. Oh, and don’t forget to breathe – it goes by fast.
From the photographers, Brett & Jessica: Kelly and Rodney love happiness, color, fun times, cats and their wedding! They were married right outside of Asheville, NC on a farm called Yesterday Spaces. Much of the decor and design was done by Kelly herself or with the help of friends. For what they did not do themselves, they made sure to source it locally. Both Kelly and Rodney broke some of the traditional wedding traditions and each of them had bridal people rather than strictly groomsmen and bridesmaids. Kelly, a children’s fashion designer, loves kids! So, they had bubble children during the ceremony, as well as flowers girls and a ringer bearer. Although, because of the unpredictable summer thunderstorms on the east coast, the ceremony was moved inside the barn (see panoramic). They also made cute little story/coloring books for the kids which were adorable. Being the thoughtful and caring people they are, Kelly got her dress from bridesagainstbreastcancer.org to honor her grandmother who passed away from cancer before Kelly was born.
Processional: “Attaboy,” The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Bridal March: “I Want to Know Your Plans,” Say Anything
Recessional: “Close to Me,” The Get Up Kids
Reception Entrance: “When We First Met,” Hello Goodbye
First Dance: “Last Love,” Matrimony
Father/Daughter Dance: “Have I Told You Lately,” Van Morrison
Mother/Son Dance: “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
Wedding Location: Leicester, NC / Photographer: Brett & Jessica / Floral Design: Lady Luck Farms / Event Planner: Lisa McMillan of Exquisite Events and Consulting / Venue: Yesterday Spaces / Wedding Dress: Christos via Brides Against Breast Cancer / Wedding Veil: BHLDN / Bridal Belt: Rent the Runway / Wedding Shoes: Zara / Reception Dress: Betsey Johnson / Hair: Kyle Britt of Instinct Salon / Makeup: Kimber Lynn / Bridesmaid Dresses: ModCloth / Flower Girls’ Dresses: Isobella & Chloe via Chasing Fireflies / Bubble Girls’ Dresses: Peaches ‘n Cream / Groom’s Shirt and Bow Tie: Express for Men / Groom’s Pants: J. Crew / Groom’s Hat: Goorin Bros. / Groom’s Shoes: Converse / Wedding Caterer: Luella’s BBQ / Wedding Cake: Cakes by Jane, LLC / Linens and Coverings: Classic Event Rental / Officiant: Darr Conradson of Mountain Vows / Wedding Invitations: Kimber Lynn of Short And Sweetheart / Videographer: WedFlik