In the last several months my shop has taken on a new look. I began to make bridal garter sets and business has exploded. So, although I still make special occasion headbands for babies and little girls, I now do a lot of creating for weddings. I just love to see the pictures of their wonderful weddings and I get inspired by so many of their ideas.
I will be writing about my bridal garters and add some pics in the near future but first i want to introduce you to Emilee. She has recently been married and I asked her if I could share with you some of her pics and she graciously said yes. She also was kind enough to tell me about her planning for the wedding. I am going to be looking for other brides who would be kind enough to let me feature them in my blog. if you are like me you love to see all the wonderful wedding day pictures and hear the stories of how their magical day came about. I hope you enjoy Emilee’s story and her pics. If you know of someone who would like to have their wedding featured please let me know.
“Ever since I can remember, I have been drawn like a moth to a light to anything shabby chic, vintage, rustic, and old. I grew up with parents that would drag me to flea markets and expose me to all the beauty in the “vintage” and “antique.” I was also, always creative and artistic, and as I got older, I discovered photography. I photographed every old barn, every rusted building, and anything chippy and tattered. When I got engaged and it was time for me to plan my wedding, my two loves intertwined and created (what I think:)) a stunning vision!
My husband, (who was my fiance at the time) is a good ol’ southern boy, who also loves anything rustic and vintage- He was so wonderful in letting me plan my dream wedding. We are both born and raised in the South, so we obviously wanted a location that oozed southern romance and vintage charm. That in mind, we found the most perfect barn location. Our venue is located in Harrisburg Arkansas at this awesome little place called Parker Homestead. Not only is it a barn, but it is also an old 1800′s homestead recreated. All over the place are old buildings, sheds, cabins, and odds and ends decorations. The owners were so nice and laid-back, they allowed us access to any of their items as long as we put it back when we were done! They had enough old picnic tables, benches, and chairs that we didn’t have to rent any! That ended up saving us a bunch of money!
After choosing the venue, everything else fell into place. From the start, I knew that my dress had to have a sweetheart neckline and ruffles (which I found!!) and that I wanted my bridesmaids to wear sundresses! Everyone thought I was absolutely insane picking white bridesmaid dresses (except my maid of honor, wore a colored sundress)!! I admit, it was a little offbeat, but exactly what I had in mind. I wanted them to look feminine, and airy if that makes sense! When paired with their cardigans and sparkley gold flats, they looked exactly how I had hoped!
For the guys, I wanted them to dress fairly casual as well… my wedding was definitely not a black tie affair! We ended up going with simple kahkis, a white button up, and ties that matched the girls cardigans. Besides the clothing, I also wanted the entire atmosphere to be casual, feminine, vintage/southern and unique. I choose snapdragons, billy buttons, cabbage roses, and white lavender for my flowers… I was pretty in love with how they turned out, they may have been my favorite part!! Everyone drank from mason jars, ate BBQ off mix-matched vintage plates, and ate off a huge cupcake buffet rather than a formal cake. I spent so much time planning every last detail, from the kraft bag programs, to the buntings, to the poms, to every sign, to the flower girl in the wagon, and to the giant 32″ round pink balloons we released and wished on during the ceremony. I wanted our wedding to be more than just a traditional wedding that was generic and cookie cutter. I really wanted it to show off who we were and what we loved. I wanted our friends and family to celebrate, have fun, eat some good food, and sit back and enjoy the occasion!
When I look back and close my eyes, I was beyond blessed to have been able to do everything I wanted to do for my wedding. It was absolutely the wedding of my dreams and I wouldn’t have changed a single thing! I am so flattered to be featured in this blog, and I truely hope that my wedding inspires another bride out their to plan her own dream wedding! Do not worry about what anyone else says and do not be scared to say no! They may think you are crazy in the beginning, but once it all comes together in the end, they will realize that it is perfectly you! ”
The Beautiful Blushing Bride