Handcrafted Southern Wedding
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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
Goregous photos! Love how happy and relaxed they look on their big day. Where is the cake topper from?
That dress is fantastic!
I love the table numbers. Such an inspirational idea. I wonder whether I can pull off something as good….I fear not! If you’re looking to recycle them Stephanie!!!
Looks like a fun wedding and a lot of work. The table numbers and the vintage touch are just gorgeous!
I love everything about this wedding, especially the favors table. The simple styling is so perfect. Thanks for posting their wedding songs – I’m listening to their first dance song right now and may or may not be tearing up.
Gorgeous..! Love all the homey deco and table numbers.. Truly unique..!
Love all of the embroidering and the adorable cake topper! So cute!
Where could I maybe find the same or similar letters used on the cards box? I’m on a serious hunt for those:)
Lovely wedding!!!! Thanks for sharing.
yaaay… adam & steph two of my best buds and one of the cutest couples hands down! their wedding was an incredible celebration and the mr and i couldn’t have been more honored to be a part of it!
Oh my gosh, this is insanely adorable! What a wonderful juxtaposition between the rockin bride and sweet handmade details. I love it!
Absolutely adorable wedding, love all the details!
These are really beautiful vintage looking pics that fit very well with the style of the couple, the bride being dressed is a lovely natural moment
I’ve seen this dress before but everytime i see it i swoon, its phenomenal! The colour in this wedding is gorgeous and i especially love the cake!
Thank you everyone for the sweet words!
Sarah- the cake topper is from Milk Tea https://www.etsy.com/shop/bthanari?ref=pr_shop
Jessie- I should have kept them all. Instead we gave many away the day after:(
Katie Jo- The letters are paper mache from Joann.com I doctored them up with a little spray adhesive and gold glitter paint.
Happy planning everyone:) Let me know if I can help further!!
I have been searching the classifieds for this dress! I absolutely love it!
her gown is absolutely beautiful! love the adorable details too!
everything about this is incredible! she’s gorgeous!
Everything about this wedding is fantastic. It’s like dipping into a big jar of sweeties.
Are they vintage wooden cotton reels used for place names? Such a lovely idea.
I heart this wedding!! xo, chrissy.
Absolutly cute! Her dress suits her so well.
I love the cake!!! I LOVE the couple, how wonderful… The joy of the day captured by Matt is sublime.
Such an awesome wedding. I’m in love with the bride. She’s so cute and her dress is to die for. The bow ties of course are such a nice touch and the outdoor setting is perfect.
I love their DIY style – especially the embroidered details and that fabulous cake topper!
Gah, I freaking love that Justin Alexander dress. I got to wear one for a workshop once and every time I see it my heart flutters. She pulls it off better than any bride I’ve seen- it’s PERFECT for her style. Love this wedding.
Judging by the photos, this wedding seems absolutely perfect! Ideas are brilliant and original, the bride is gorgeous and the groom looks fantastic! Where did he get that suit??
how beautiful! where did you find all of the rosemary tree favors?
These are great! I love the soft tones and warm filter effects on some of these and the sharpness of the figures on the cake…beautifully crisp shot on the water too – what fun!