What can we say about this wedding, it’s gorgeous, it’s unique, it’s ridiculously creative, the DIY details are to die for, the setting is so pretty and the images by Jarnett Photography are beautiful. The couple’s inspiration was travel and the incorporation of the details - from the invitations to the shoes to the reception decor - is genius!
From the gorgeous and super-creative bride, Brooke:
I had a problem with sticking to one theme! There were so many beautiful, inspiring images online that got my creativity flowing. I probably changed our style about 2-3 times before finally settling on the travel/map theme. The map theme seemed to fit because geography has played a big part in both of our lives. I was born in Pennsylvania, moved to Virginia, North Carolina, South Florida, North Florida, and back to Virginia. His Dad is from Indiana. His Mom’s side is from Mexico. He was born in Texas, then moved to Virginia (where we met at college). I wrote him letters while he was in Georgia at Army boot camp. We talked on Skype from Virginia to Iraq for 7 months when he was deployed. Throughout our lives, we’ve dealt with distance, yet we still long to see more of the world. I wanted to harness this feeling of adventure and use touches of easy Southern class that still felt like us.
Every project that I created made the day unique - starting out with the invitations. I wanted our invitations to portray the travel/geography feel, so I was determined to make them a wow factor. We lined each envelope with an atlas page, my brother drew the map, I designed and printed them, and my Mom and I tied them up with twine. (see more details about the invitations here: http://brookeshipton.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/our-wedding-the-invitations/)
I loved my map shoes that I made! They got so many interested looks! I also adored the garland of map hearts that we made. We cut out little hearts from atlas pages and used a sewing machine to sew them together to make a long chain. We used this everywhere and it was so cute!
We framed vintage postcards and displayed them on the tables with my camera and snow-gl0be collection. For a guestbook, I had everyone write a message on a postcard and put it in a mailbox with our names on it. Our favors were small S’more Kits with Graham crackers, a Marshmallow, and chocolate, all tied up into a bundle with a tag on it that said “S’more Love”. We also had a custom map-heart pinata and made ‘YAY’ flags for guests to wave at the ceremony and reception.
An element that I LOVED at our reception was the Cake Table. We had one small cake that we cut into, made by my Grandmother. She was so worried that she messed it up, but it tasted perfect! I hand-painted the cake toppers. There were about 8 more cakes, all homemade by our friends and family. Guests went crazy over the variety of flavors and they swarmed the table as soon as we cut our first slice! Since the cakes were homemade , they all tasted AMAZING! We also served coffee and hot apple cider.
There are so many memorable parts of the day:
- Seeing Josiah say his vows to me was the most memorable part of our wedding day. He was so firm and serious - I could tell he really meant them.
- My dad and my mom walked me down the aisle because I wanted to honor them both - it kept me calm but made me more emotional to have them there walking beside me.
- My Dad married us and wrote beautiful, heartfelt words for the ceremony. Surprisingly, that 10-minute span sticks out very clearly in my mind and I’ll always remember the advice he gave us in those precious moments.
- It was also so much fun to walk up the aisle after the ceremony to “I Wanna Hold your Hand” by the The Beatles. The look on our guests’ faces was priceless!
It was so great to see who really supported us. Every important person in our lives was there and it was a blast to spend time with them all together.
And there’s more! Here’s the super sweet video of the day (with even more amazing details) by the talented Jeremy Mitchell, of Jeremy Mitchell Cinema. Enjoy!
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….vendors: venue: On the Johnson’s family farm, Danville, Virginia // photographer: Jarnett Photography // videographer: Jeremy Mitchell Cinema // event design: Design by the Bride, Coordinated by the Mother-of-the-Bride and Connie Frisbie (friend of family) // cake: Made by Bride’s Grandmother // dress designer: Allure // shoes: Created by Bride // hair and makeup: April Fulcher // accessories: Earrings and Flower Hairpiece made by Bride // bridesmaids’ dresses: Modcloth (http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/fluid-dynamics-dress-in-teal // groom’s attire: Jos. A Bank // floral design: S & A Weddings and Events (Jacksonville, Florida) // stationary: Designed and created by Bride // rentals: Riverwalk Part Supply // catering: Mary’s Diner