{Real Wedding} Amanda and Brett's Backyard "Farmer's Market" Wedding

Sarah Bray Photography, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, couple

Sarah Bray Photography, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, escort card display

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Sarah Bray Photography, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery ceremony sign

Sarah Bray Photography, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, ceremony programs

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Sarah Bray Photography, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, flower girl

Sarah Bray Photography, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, ceremony

Sarah Bray Photography, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, ceremony with guests

Sarah Bray Photography, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery escort cards

Sarah Bray Photography, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, menu

Sarah Bray Photography, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery table name cards

Sarah Bray Photography, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, table name signs

Sarah Bray Photogrpahy, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery tablescape

Sarah Bray Photography, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, favor tags

Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, backyard wedding

Sarah Bray Photography, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, floral

Sarah Bray Photography, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, desserts

Sarah Bray Photography, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, market lights

Sarah Bray Photography, Anna Christine Events, Dogwood Blossom Stationery, couple kiss

Amanda and Brett’s rustic March wedding was beautifully charming! The bride and groom said “I Do” at Amanda’s parents’ Winter Park home, which was transformed into a dream garden.  Amanda had a fantastic vision of creating a “farmer’s market” in the backyard of her childhood home.  When the utterly amazing Christy Subler of Anna Christine Events started explaining their concept and the plan for their wedding day, I don’t think I could have been more excited!  Amanda wanted to spotlight natural goodness of all kinds, from earth-grown goodies to the little creatures that you find hanging around gardens, like birds, caterpillars, snails, and grasshoppers (we even had a conversation about earthworms!).  All of the paper goods that we created for their wedding were loaded with botanical-style fruits and vegetables.

Anna Christine Events designed Amanda’s outdoor wonderland to be “straight from the farmers’ market” using wooden baskets, mason jars and tin pails filled with a bright assortment of flowers. The incredible florals, including bird-cage garden centerpieces bursting with lush English garden roses, succulents, and colorful flowers, and moss-covered risers were created by Flowers by Lesley.  Lesley always blows us away!

We started at the very beginning with Amanda and Brett by designing their postcard-style save-the-dates with engagement photo (shot in a vegetable garden, no less!) by Sarah Bray Photography and featuring delicious-looking strawberries.  Their custom pocketfold wedding invitation followed many months later, and was printed on a speckled creamy paper paired with custom moss-green lattice and featuring a folder of dark brown woodgrain-embossed paper.  My favorite part of Amanda and Brett’s invitation?  It’s a tie between the row of lettuces on their information panel and the mushrooms on their response postcard!

At the wedding we created a directional sign leading guests from the valet drop to the ceremony, and an aisle sign (“Love grows here”).  Guests were then handed gorgeous wedding programs framed with luscious flowers, fruits, and veggies, and introducing some garden creatures–snails, crickets, and sparrows!  After the ceremony, guests were directed to their tables with our seed-packet escort cards: kraft brown envelopes printed on the front with the name and artwork of a fruit, vegetable, or flower that designated their table assignment, and containing real packets of seeds inside.  The artwork for this display was time-consuming and challenging, but the payoff was huge!

Mini bright blue baskets of fresh strawberries awaited guests at their seats with favor tags thanking them “berry much” for attending.  The showstopper of our paper goods, I believe, was brainchild of Anna Christine Events. They asked us to create menu placemats containing Amanda and Brett’s vegan and vegetarian buffet station descriptions.  Arthur’s Catering pulled out all the stops with four (yes, four)  vegan/vegetarian stations: Tex-Mex, Indian, Italian, and Asian.  (Hilarious aside: Amanda’s dad jokingly threatened to hire a hot dog cart to appease the meat-eaters in attendance!).  And in true backyard-wedding style, Amanda, her mom, and other family members created a crazy-huge dessert display filled with 18 types of cakes, truffles, cupcakes, and cookies, with a crowning centerpiece of a vegan wedding cake by Baby Cakes.  We happily created the dessert buffet tags for this amazing display, as well as a pennant banner inviting guests to visit the treats tent, and other vignette signage (Amanda’s dad had a Cigar Grotto – another spectacular personal touch).

We fell in love with absolutely every detail from Amanda and Brett’s wedding, and it was a great honor to be a part of this incredible day.  We greatly enjoyed getting to know this couple!  Here’s their list of truly amazing vendors:

Venue: Bride’s parents’ home, Winter Park, FL

Coordinator: Christy Subler with Anna Christine Events

Catering: Arthur’s

Wedding Cake and desserts: Baby Cakes, bride and bride’s mother

Flowers: Flowers by Lesley

Stationery, invitations, and paper goods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery

Photographer: Sarah Bray Photography

Videographer: Key Moment Films

Tables, Chairs and Linens: A Chair Affair

Ceremony Music: Shannon Caine

DJ: Fred Robertson

Photobooth: Click! Photobooth and Specialty Photography

Bride’s Dress: Stella York, from Carolyn Allen Bridal 

Hair and Makeup: Jennifer Cohen, Istudio, College Park (hair),  Tabitha, M3Makeup

 

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{Inspiration} Royal Blue and Yellow, 1940s Retro Wedding Shoot

Enjoy a little flashback to our feature last May on Style Me Pretty! Retro Americana was brought back to life in this styled shoot by Wings of Glory, and every little detail is absolutely adorable! Everything about the fashion and decor, coordinated by Vows Wedding and Events, will make you feel as if you’ve stepped into 1940s America.

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Dogwood Blossom Stationery - couple picnic

The props from this shoot were incredible! Coca-cola bottles, mason jars and Volkswagens are only a few of vintage décor used throughout the retro inspired shoot. We loved the use of this World War II era airplane as a backdrop.

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This sweetheart neckline strapless dress from Carolyn Allen’s Bridals & Tuxedos was paired with long white gloves and a birdcage veil for an overall classic look. The delphinium bouquet is wrapped in white and blue gingham ribbon, which inspired our designs.

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Inside the Danville Bed & Breakfast awaited a dessert table with treats from past centuries. Lollipops, soda pop, bubble gum and marshmallows were some of the sugary staples – topped off with a four tiered white chocolate fountain from RW Chocolate Fountain Rentals.

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We created a panel-style invitation using old-school paragraph-form wording (just like they did before printed invites became accessible to everyday folk).  The invitation used a heavy bright white stock with gingham fabric layers and bright yellow printed accents.  It opened to reveal a custom wedding map and wedding weekend information, including where to stay, area activities, and additional wedding-related events.  The mailing envelope was lined with a navy gingham fabric envelope liner.

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We continued the use of navy gingham fabric throughout the ceremony and reception papers.  The double-sided fan-style wedding program used the checkered fabric as the mid-layer, with a sunshine yellow grosgrain ribbon tied to the wooden handle. The menus were printed on bright white and layered onto midnight blue and white, with a blue gingham knotted sash, perfect for a picnic-style wedding.

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Want to see more from this retro shoot? Go behind-the-scenes with a video by Key Moment Filmshttp://vimeo.com/47143601

Thank you to all of the amazing event professionals who contributed to this shoot:

Venue:  Danville Bed & Breakfast

Photographer:  Wings of Glory

Videographer:  Key Moment Films

Planner: Vows Weddings & Events

Chocolate Fountain:  RW Chocolate Fountain Rentals

Cake:  Wendy Woo Cakes

Dress:  Carolyn Allen’s Bridals & Tuxedos

Make Up Artist:  Marigold Scott

Invitations and Paper Goods: Dogwood Blossom Stationery