North Carolina Bohemian Wedding
As soon as we saw bride Kelton’s blue floral wedding dress, we knew we were in for a real treat. The rest of the images from Sassyfras Studios surely did not disappoint, with a wedding whose feel was formed loosely around inspiration from patchwork quilts. I can’t emphasize enough how crazy I am about bridesmaids wearing neutral while the bride sports a colorful wedding gown!
From the bride, Kelton: I wanted a very individual feel, something that truly reflected our two personalities. Neither Cole nor myself are what you would call “traditionalists,” so we just embraced it and followed our hearts. In fact, the only theme we followed was ‘stay true to ourselves.’ The only color scheme that recurred was ‘patchwork quilt’ (which is not a color, but the feel for the colors I wanted present).
Cole and I both have graphic design backgrounds, so we designed all the stationery for the event. We had recently bought a foreclosed home and replaced all the old windows. We used the windows for hanging floral arrangements and for mason jar chandeliers which we hung from the crossbeams in the chapel and the reception hall. We used old canning mason jars that my mom had stockpiled for our floral arrangements and candle holders, just attached some twine and shear ribbon to spruce it up a bit. I found old picture frames by the side of the road and used them for our name tags. We attached wire to the frames and hung the frames from the front porch of the reception hall and clothes pinned the names of the guests to the wire. We collected a variety of lanterns for softer lighting and lit the walkways of the property with white paper bags that we had cut out designs for a better shadow to be cast.
On the front porch we had a table with a small reclaimed wooden box, we used the remainder of the 6″x6″ natural card stock from our invitations and a collection of stamps and pens to allow guests to leave us a note or advice or just documentation to remember the day. We got local in-season flowers, whatever they had, and requested a couple buckets be primarily blue and purple. We had a class at the flower farm and they had all floral tape and pins provided and gave us some pointers on bouquet and table top arrangements, and just let us have at it. I had my bouquet made of off-white peonies, my dress was purple/blue/grey pattern, and I had my bridesmaids wear off white dresses of their choosing.
I wanted to play on the color balance, so I had the colored dress with white flowers and my bridesmaids had white dresses with the purple/blue flowers. I also really liked the idea of turning the white on the bridesmaids and my taking a color… role reversal. Being an old kids’ camp, I had spotted some old bunk bed frames on the property, we made cushions from old fabric and used them for an outdoor seating area. Finally, we designed pins in 4 different styles all saying “LOVEFEST BOONE 2012.” It was a theme in our other printed items. They were placed in a bucket next to the note writing station for guest to grab.
Neither of us live in Boone, NC but have close ties to the area, so most all of our guests were commuting from various places. With all the effort needed to pull off this event, I felt that all our guests had a strong tie to the event itself. It was a busy wedding year for our extended group of friends, but universally we continually get the friend leaning in and whispering about what a magical day it was. My overall feeling was that we really went for it… everyone really went for it, dancing, partying, laughing, crying, we did it all and it was everything I thought the day could be and so much more… it makes my heart swell just thinking back on it all.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t fall for the nonsense of well-meaning family and friends, and when you feel like you’re getting overloaded, take a step back and get real with yourself, because in reality its what really matters to YOU that should be showcased. Stay true to your vision. Don’t let yourself get lost in the wants of others. It is a fine line to walk, but a very important one. The benefits of sitting back on your day knowing that its about THE LOVE you share with the person next to you is the best feeling of all.
Bridal Party Processional: “Flightless Bird American Mouth,” Iron and Wine
Bride’s Processional: “Just Like Heaven,” The Cure
Recessional: “As Tears Go By,” The Rolling Stones
First Dance: “La Vie en Rose,” Louis Armstrong
Wedding Location: Blowing Rock, NC / Wedding Photographer: Sassyfras Studios / Wedding Venue: Camp Sky Ranch / Day-Of Coordinator: The Whole Shebang / Wedding Flowers: Shady Grove Gardens / Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka via Neiman Marcus / Wedding Shoes: Steve by Steve Madden via Shoes.com / Hair Accessory: Rusticware by Katie Witherspoon / Hair: Nikki Coley of GrooveJet Salon / DJ: Eric Parson / Wedding Caterer and Cake: The Gamekeeper / Rentals: Miss Match Rentals / Transportation: Elder Transportation / Wedding Invitations: Bride