What could possibly be more perfect than an indoor/outdoor wedding in the mountains of North Carolina shot by the ever-wonderful married photography duo, The Schultzes? Susannah and Corey wed with a “lovebird” theme in mind, even handing out bird tree ornaments to their guests after a sweet outdoor ceremony and a rocking dance party. Read on to soak in all the details and hear some exceptional planning advice from the bride:
From the bride, Susannah: From the very beginning stages of my wedding planning process, my vision was very clear: rustic setting with soft pastels, burlap, lace, succulents and a vintage, romantic feel. I’ve always believed that I was born into the wrong decade. As a child, I was intrigued by the romance and magic of years past, and playtime was filled with old-fashioned make-believe in the likes of The Secret Garden, Anne of Green Gables and Little Women. What better way to live out my childhood fantasies than by creating my own fairy tale on my wedding day? My mom and I spent hours upon hours scouring antique shops for vintage birdcages, books, lace, crochet, frames, mirrored trays and mason jars. The chandelier (rented from Party Reflections) was the icing on the cake.
We decided on our “lovebirds” theme due to several factors: (1) Corey proposed on a Christmas tree farm in the mountains. After we got home, we found a bird’s nest in our Christmas tree. (2) We got married under a tree, and birds hang out in trees. (3) We are excited to grow our family tree. (4) We like to think of ourselves as lovebirds. (5) I really just like birds. A lot! I tied the theme together by incorporating birds, bird’s nests and birdcages into the decor, invitations and escort cards. I found a birdcage wall art piece at Francesca’s that I transformed into an escort card holder, and created “Wishes for the lovebirds” cards for our guests to fill out and drop into a birdcage.
I found darling lovebird Christmas ornaments from TheShabbyCreekShop on etsy that were perfect for wedding favors. I explained the significance of the ornaments with a sign that read, “On the side of a mountain, in the midst of hundreds of Christmas trees, Corey got down on one knee and asked Susannah to marry him. And so began forever & a thousand Christmases together. Please take an ornament home in honor of the lovebirds… and hang it on your next Christmas tree!” I also designed all of the table numbers, various signs and framed quotes myself, and printed them from home. (Side note: this inspired me to open my own etsy shop, which allows brides to save money on decor by purchasing digital files that they can print from home and frame themselves.)
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. I dreaded stuffing and labeling 150 favor bags, which caused me unnecessary stress. When I finally asked my bridesmaids for help, they were more than happy to sit with me and knock everything out. Not only did it shave hours off the process, but I was able to indulge in a wine night and catch up with some of my bridesmaids.
Don’t be afraid to speak up. If you have reservations about anything, don’t hesitate to say so. I put down a deposit on linens, then regretted my decision for a week afterwards. When I finally spoke up and admitted that I wasn’t happy with my decision, we were able to make a change and find the lace linens that were more in line with what I envisioned. You only get married once (hopefully)… don’t allow yourself to look back on your day with regrets. Aim to have everything you possibly can have done at least a week before the wedding. Eliminate the need for last-minute scrambling, and allow yourself time to relax and spend time with your fiance and family before your big day.
Be sure to enjoy Susannah and Corey’s wedding video from Crown Alley Films:
Bridal Party Processional: “Hallelujah,” Leonard Cohen
Bridal Processional: “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis
Recessional: “This Will Be an Everlasting Love,” Natalie Cole
First Dance: “First Dance,” Corey Smith
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl,” Tim McGraw
Last Dance: “I’ve Had the Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing (my favorite movie!)
Wedding Location: Linville, NC / Wedding Photographer: The Schultzes / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Camp Yonahnoka at Eseeola Lodge / Wedding Planner: Anne Markey of Favor Me Events / Wedding Flowers: The Bloom Room / Wedding Dress and Veil: Modern Trousseau “Autumn” via Hayden Olivia / Wedding Shoes: Antonio Melani via Dillards / Bride’s Earrings: Nadri via Nordstrom / Hair and Makeup: Maria Josette Navarro of Anjolique Bridal / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J. Crew / Groomsmen’s Attire: JC Penney / Wedding Cake: Wow Factor Cakes / Ceremony Strings: Summit Strings / Wedding Band: Momentum Party Band / DJ: Split Second Sound / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Party Reflections / Vintage Decor: Sleepy Poet / Videographer: Crown Alley Films / Wedding Invitations: Inspire Design Studio