This wedding sent by Whitney and Dustin of Oh, Darling! Photography is all about sweet country beauty. Kelly and Brian’s wedding had so many things to love: the Blue Ridge Mountains, the screenprinted handkerchiefs, and the wonderful charm of the old tobacco barn in which the reception took place. The most endearing detail? Kelly wore her mom’s vintage lace dress that her grandmother had handmade!
From the bride: We were inspired both by my dress, which my grandmother made for my mom’s wedding, and the loveliness of the venue and setting where we got married (which has an organic garden, old tobacco barn, and wild meadow). We wanted to incorporate as many vintage elements as possible. Because our venue was high up in the Blue Ridge mountains in a verdant and rather wild setting, we ended up with a vintage garden party theme – with lots of prints. I am obsessed with prints!
I wore my mom’s wedding dress, which her mother made for her wedding in 1976. She had kept it stored in a cardboard box and it was in amazingly good shape! My mom got married in NJ in April and I got married in the South in August, so the dress needed some updating for both weather and to reflect more of me and my style. We made a new under-dress (my mom’s was heavy satin) and removed the sleeves, made a more defined waistline, and that’s pretty much it. And I loved the results.
Keeping with the print theme, my ace seamstress aunt made table runners for each table, from fabric I picked out. I also wanted as much vintage tableware as possible – so all the vases were vintage milk glass and some friends lent their own vintage cake plates for the cake table – no styrofoam stands for us!
My awesome matron of honor made fabric garlands that we strung all around the deck. They looked fantastic and definitely helped set the cheerful, celebratory tone for the party!
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Start early, try not to stress, pick a few key elements of the wedding that are important to you and don’t negotiate on them!
Wedding Vendors (Asheville, NC):
Ceremony and reception location(s): Hawk & Ivy / Florist: Eve Davis who, with her husband, runs the Hawk & Ivy / Photographer: Oh Darling! / Wedding Dress alterations: Dame Couture in Evanston, IL / Bridesmaid Dresses: JCrew / Groom’s suit: Kenneth Cole / Band: One Leg Up / DJ: Paige and Karthik (Jungle Fever) / Caterer: Saffron Fine Foods / Wedding Cake: West End Bakery / Wedding invitations: Paper Stories / Transportation: Young Transportation