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Handcrafted Southern Wedding

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This bride’s North Carolina event is everything we love about farm weddings. Full of personal details, handmade charm and cheeky surprises along the way, it’s the kind of vision that makes you want to step out into the countryside for the weekend — or is that just me? The bride and groom planned their wedding date around Matt Miller of Our Labor of Love‘s availability, and I can’t say I blame them. There’s so very much beauty to behold, so run on over to the gallery when you can!

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From the bride, Stephanie: We wanted guests to feel as if they were in an outdoor version of our home as they arrived and enjoyed the evening. We hoped they would have little surprises as they walked around. Postcards on a vintage table to write a well wish beside a typewriter with a personal welcome note. A smile booth and tons of props to enjoy and share giggles. A candy table with huge glass jars full of licorice, sweet tarts and nerds to take home and enjoy. As well as little rosemary trees to take, plant and remember the love we all share. Most of all we wanted 28 and 78 year olds to enjoy laughs, tears and dancing together!

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We didn’t start out with a rigid color scheme or theme. Looking back I’m not sure we ended with any sort of theme either. Luckily I have some very crafty friends and family that helped make our DIY visions come to life. We had a ball collecting vintage tin cans, apothecary jars, milk glass and thread spools. And spent many crafty nights embroidering table numbers, making tissue paper flowers and fashioning little twisted metal loops to spools to use as escort card holders. It was so much fun to be together every weekend, weeks on end. I think the DIY wedding is the only way to go. Not only do you end up with something personal in the end but you grow in friendships and love the whole way through.

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vintage handcrafted southern wedding

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vintage handcrafted southern wedding

vintage handcrafted southern wedding

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vintage handcrafted southern wedding

Any advice for future brides? I would recommend picking your top 3 most important aspects of your wedding. This is where most of your budget will go. Ours was photographer, venue and music. We didn’t set a rigid budget which I’ll admit was nice but it can quickly get out of hand. I recommend brides write out a strict budget, broken down into each wedding requirement. It is a daunting task, I know, but you will be so happy to have it. There will be certain things towards the end you’ll want to “throw” your money at just to see go away, so start out smart from the beginning.

vintage handcrafted southern wedding

vintage handcrafted southern wedding

vintage handcrafted southern wedding

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Wedding songs:
Bridesmaids’ procession: “All I Want Is You,” Barry Louis Polisar
Procession: “Scenic World,” Beirut
Recessional: “It’s Oh So Quiet,” Betty Hutton
First dance: “First Day of My Life,” Bright Eyes

Wedding Vendors (Charlotte, NC):

Wedding Venue: Carrigan Farms, Mooresville NC / Wedding Photographer: Matt Miller of Our Labor of Love / Wedding Coordinator: Maurisa Beaver of Momentous Events Charlotte / Wedding Flowers: Taylor of The Place for Flowers / Wedding Music: Adam Huffsteler / Officiant: Will Morgan / Wedding Caterer: Doug Carrigan of Carrigan Farms / Wedding Cake: Charlotte Wedding Cake / Wedding Dress and Veil: Justin Alexander / Wedding Shoes: Steve Madden / Wedding Hair: Sasha Taylor of Cirrus Salon / Makeup Artist: Elizabeth Tolley / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Anthropologie and etsy / Wedding Invitations: Kevin Taylor

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Richard Skins Photography

Hello, my name is Richard Skins and I’m a destination wedding photographer based in Dorset, UK. If I turn the clock back 10 years this is something I never thought I would be doing but I’m glad life has taken me in this direction as I believe it’s the best job in the world, well for me anyway. I feel extremely lucky to have a career which allows me to pursue my love of photography, and use it to capture one of the happiest days two people can share!

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Proving that personality doesn’t have to be compromised for tradition, As You Wish Weddings and Events put together an expedition-inspired shoot that has us oooh-ing and ahhh-ing to no end. From the antlers encircling centerpieces to the marble slabbed menus with painted script, the event design is truly magnificent. Kathy Forrest Design mixes proteas, feathers and palm-frommed foliage in floral elements that become front and center in the photos captured by Katie Nesbitt Photography. All in all, we are wild about this Virginia Zoo shoot!

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From the event designer, As You Wish Weddings and Events: Inspired by Taylor Swift’s music video Wildest Dreams… Taylor Swift has transcended music genres, fashion trends, and is now providing wedding inspiration. This shoot was meant to prove that a wedding can be timeless and romantic while still thinking outside the box. A colored gown, untraditional groom’s attire, and amazing venue lent the perfect amount of spunk to this ethereal styled shoot. It is not impossible to mix traditional place settings, stunning florals, and elegant calligraphy with your own personalities still having a presence. I have had too many couples feel that they need to compromise their fun personalities and quirkiness in order to preserve that feeling of a classic wedding. When you look back on your wedding day twenty or fifty years from now you should have no regrets, no thoughts of how it wasn’t exactly what you envisioned because it made your family happy.
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English Country Wedding

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This wedding sent by Joanna Brown of Browns Photography packs a serious punch. Not only is this sweet couple deeply in love, but they also have a taste for some awesome decor — how great is that reception tepee tent? Not to mention the precious Mr. and Mrs. tent as well! Make sure you settle in for this one… if you’re anything like us you’ll take a while to pore over these pictures!

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From the bride, Kelly: We wanted a relaxed day without too many formalities where everyone could hang out and most importantly have fun. Also, I get bored easily so we wanted to have loads of stuff going on (we had fireworks, fancy dress photobooth, a DJ, an awesome band, a lindy hop dance lesson, old black and white movies, a cake competition and a hot tub (obviously!)). I guess it was inspired by all these festival/country house parties we go to a lot, events like the Last Tuesday Society , Wyndstock and Secret Cinema. I basically ripped off all the bits I loved best about them! I work in publishing so the wedding quickly took a literary theme too – all our stationary was library-ish and the table’s were named after our favourite books. My obsession with the mid 20th century meant it was always going to have a vintage vibe too. I think it was very English.

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[I’d describe my wedding as] English country house party. Quirky. Vintage inspired. Literary. untraditional, fun (I hope!)

As above, I was inspired by the trend for quirky, vintage-y house parties so it had, I like to think, a mid-century country house party, but in tipis with a hot tub! We didn’t really have a colour scheme but we did try to work with the spring colours generally around – primrose, greys and wisteria blues.

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I tried to do as much DIY as possibly. I made all the stationery myself. I typed all the invites on my 1940s typewriter which was a real mission! They were supposed to look like library cards. My step dad made the table plan. It was supposed to look like old library cataloguing draws and I made escort cards to look like cataloguing cards with the cataloguing number and book (which was the name of the table) on them. I got an old date stamp to stamp them all with (we used this on the order of service too). I made all the orders of service stealthily on my work printers! Henry and I made all the signs and i spent what felt like forever making paper pom poms and super gluing bunting out of old lace curtains from ebay because I didn’t have a sewing machine. We used a 1960s typewriter for the guestbook. My mum made the bridesmaid dresses by taking apart one of my favorite dresses which I’d found in vintage store Beyond Retro. We arranged all the flowers for the venue ourselves using flowers from my mother in law’s gorgeous garden and supplementing them with wild flowers from a brilliant florist call The Wilde Bunch.

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now?

I REALLY wish we’d had an event manager on the day. I event manage as part of my day to day job so thought it would be easy but I was so wrong! With so much going on on the day I don’t think I really relaxed until about 10pm, which was fine but it would have been nice to leave it to someone else by that point, especially when the band came up to me during dinner and asked for money to go down the pub!

Other than that, if you’re going to DIY start early – especially invites. I had no life for about 3 months doing those! Don;t be afraid to ask for help. Everyone loves weddings and are probably desperate to help you. I was overwhelmed with offers of support. I also think if people invest time in a day they have loads more fun.

If you have a back garden type wedding where you are doing everything yourself I really recommend booking yourself in for something the night before the wedding so you can take a step back from it all, relax and focus on what’s really important (especially then you find out the best men have run out of petrol on the Clifton Suspension Bridge and only made it in time because they managed to flag down an ice cream van).

Also, you can never have too many paper pom poms.

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Wedding Songs:
I walked in to Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve and out to The You and Me Song by The Wannadies. Both really 90s songs! They were played by the Bristol String Quartet. We really wanted to sing at the wedding so everyone sang Stand By Me by Ben E. King. I was worried it might not work or that people would think it was odd but afterwards people said how much they enjoyed it. We didn’t have a first dance.

Location: near Bristol, England / Wedding Photographer: Joanna Brown of Browns Photography / Ceremony: Mansion House / Reception: groom’s parent’s backyard / Florist: Wilde Bunch / Wedding Dress and veil: vintage from Fur Coat, No Knickers / Wedding Shoes: Vivienne Westwood’s Lady Dragon from ebay for £50 / Jewellery: Rust / Hair and makeup: Isabel While of Bridal Styling in Bristol / Bridesmaid Dresses: handmade by the bride’s mother / Groom’s suit: Henry wore a bespoke suit from Saville Row taylor Oliver Benjamin it was supposed to be a modern twist on a ‘50s style. All the other boys wore dark grey suits of their own. The bride made Liberty print handkerchiefs for them all / Band: Brassroots / DJ: Ollie Lyles / Ceremony Musican: Lindy hoppers were Hoppin Mad, String Quartet were the Bristol String Quartet / Caterer: Catering was Anne Guy / Dessert: Cake competition and caterer served them all for pudding / Wedding invitations: handmade by the bride / Transportation: We had a 1948 Bristol bus from Quantock Motor Services

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Anna Campbell

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Inspired by vintage romance, yet influenced by the relaxed elegance of modern weddings, Anna Campbell creates breathtakingly beautiful dresses that enhance, rather than define, the natural beauty of our bohemian, romantic and free-spirited brides! Featuring decadent, sparkling hand-embellishments, intricately hand-beaded laces, soft pretty tulles and floating silk organza, every sparkling Anna Campbell gown is handmade with love in our local Melbourne studio, and shimmering hand-embellishments are similarly finished in-house.

From the beautiful collection of dresses that Anna designs each year, every silk gown is custom made and customizable for our brides, ensuring each wedding dress is specially tailored to our bride’s shape, style, wedding and dreams!

Find your dream Anna Campbell silk dress or shimmering accessory at the flagship Melbourne boutique, via our exclusive network of Australian and international retailers (across the US, UK, Europe, Canada and Brazil), or by working direct with our Online Stylist.

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