Jen + Richard’s Charming Southern Wedding

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Jen and Richard were married October 5th on a farm just outside of Atlanta. Jen, of Miss Pickles Press, designed the invitations, guest favors (pumpkin butters, yum), cupcake toppers, cutlery envelopes, ceremony programs, bridesmaid gifts, gift tags, and s’mores packets. Jen said, “we had a BBQ reception with a bluegrass band, so i wanted all the crafts to reflect a ‘barn’ and ‘fall in the south’ kind of feel.”

Jen designed her dress with the help of Creations Bridal Boutique in Richmond, and seamstress, Jenni Crisci.

Flowers by Gloriosa Design.

Jen ordered the plain birdcage veil from Something Bold, and made the flower and feather fascinator that adorned it with floral and feather supplies from Michael’s!

“Chow Down” and “Good Grub” cutlery envelopes.

Custom made cupcake flags.

Guests left the reception with pumpkin butter in hand!

From top left:
The wedding invitation.

Jen gave her bridesmaids silk pouches that contained custom-made glass paperweights (see the paperweights on the last row on the right).

“Chow Down” and “Good Grub” cuterly envelopes for the reception.

On the far right, you’ll see custom made books (tied with orange ribbon) that contained Jen and Richard’s ceremony (for the minister to read from and for guests who did readings during the ceremony).

Paperweights for bridesmaids.

Detail of the wedding ceremony programs.

I just love Jen’s cake. Here’s what she said about the passage in the frame on top of it, “It’s a passage from Alice in Wonderland about Alice following the rabbit down the rabbit hole. When Richard decided to move to Virginia with me (we had only been dating for about 6 months), he said ‘let’s see how far down this rabbit hole goes’…of course meaning ‘ok – let’s see what this relationship has in store for us’…it was really sweet and was a huge leap of faith on his part. So I wanted some sort of homage to that. I designed a little old-timey graphic using the rabbit from the original illustrations, and found that little frame at Michael’s.”

Photography by Martha Manning for Missy Mclamb Photography and Ashley Blencoe of Studio Blencoe.

Thank you Jen and Richard for sharing your beautiful wedding with us! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Miss Pickles Press wedding designs!

Sneak Peek: Jen + Richard

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

I’m so excited about tomorrow’s post: the wedding of Jen and Richard. Stop by tomorrow for all sorts of goodies!

Sherry + John’s Backyard Wedding

Monday, July 21st, 2008

I’m so happy to share John and Sherry’s amazing backyard wedding! John and Sherry, of This Young House, are self-described “hopeless DIYers.” The couple put the same skill and charm into designing their dream backyard wedding that they did into renovating their charming rancher. John and Sherry said, “From the invitations and decor to the food and entertainment, we pulled out all the stops (without breaking the bank, $4,000 total to be specific) by doing everything with our own four hands. And because the event was at our home sweet home, we were able to put money that otherwise would have been spent decorating a venue into our own home improvements (gifts that keep on giving even a year later).”

John’s cousin officiated the ceremony and a friend played “Here comes the bride” on guitar.

Sherry purchased her dress 2 days before the wedding at Arden B (for a mere $190)! She made her bouquet from 3 large hydrangea blossoms purchased from a local grocery store the morning of the wedding. Total cost: $12.

John and Sherry decided against renting table linens, drinkware and flatware; after comparing costs, they realized it was more affordable to just buy it themselves. They purchased white muslin and yellow fabric at a local fabric store to make tableclothes and runners. Glassware was purchased at Ikea and donated to a local charity after the event.

The couple collected wine bottles, left over from wine tastings, from a local restaurant. Once the labels were removed and the bottles were cleaned, they were filled with water, sweet tea and mint lemonade.

Centerpieces were composed of lemons and limes found at the grocery the morning of the wedding. The tables were sprinkled with about 200 glass votives the couple purchased from a bride on Craigslist for $30.

John’s uncle and nephew wore aprons that read: “You may now kiss the cook.” They served up blue cheese angus burgers with parmesan caesar dressing, sweet apple chicken sausages with honey dijon, and tomato and cheddar veggie burgers with basil ketchup, all made ahead of time by John and Sherry.

A buffet of homemade cold salads, shrimp, chips and fruit accompanied the burgers.

Guests were given mini brown paper bags filled a gladiolis bulb. A photostrip that read “plant one on us…smooch” was attached to the front of the bag, tying in the photostrip idea that John and Sherry wove throughout the wedding from their save-the-dates to the photobooth they rented for their wedding day.

Vanilla cupcakes from Ukrop’s were served for dessert.

In lieu of the traditional photo slide show, John and Sherry hung family and childhood photos on a clothesline by stringing twine between two 5ft garden hooks and using charming wooden clothespins. Total project cost: $20. The clothesline kept guests entertained while they waited to take pictures in the photobooth rented here.

In the end, isn’t this what a wedding should be all about? Family and friends around a big table enjoying eachother’s company? (Tables and chairs were rented at Party Perfect.)
Thank you for sharing your lovely wedding with us John and Sherry! It’s really so inspiring to see how much love you put into crafting your wedding.