Our Wedding Recap

October 4th, 2014 was the greatest day of my life - I got to marry my soul mate in the most beautiful wedding I could have dreamed of.  Growing up, I kept binders of my favorite features from wedding magazines - I've always been inspired by weddings from the event-planning aspect and have been buying them since high school, but oddly I very rarely dreamed of my own wedding.  While there were a few details I knew I wanted (I've loved gray/yellow since Martha Stewart featured pewter and marigold back in 2007; I adore the pop of sequins on a cake table; I love classy-yet-rustic mercury glass; and I've wanted to walk down the aisle to "Prime Minister's Love Theme" from Love Actually since the moment I heard it - could take or leave the movie, but that song just begs to be a processional) - I'm pleased with how my tastes naturally led me to one decision or another.  Over the course of our 9 month engagement, the vision of our wedding evolved a few times, but a few key features remained.

Most of these photos are from our amazing photographers, Joshua and Aaron Moore.  I love their work - just the right balance of photojournalism and art.

I knew I'd do my own makeup.  I gave another person a shot during a trial but was very displeased.  I was very proud of how my look turned out!

Vicki of Carolina Blossoms did our flowers and did such a beautiful job!

 Thank goodness Pinterest unveiled (ha!) unlimited private boards while I was planning our wedding - I had a different board for each tiny feature, like bridesmaids' gifts (one of which were these robes):

The girls' dresses are either Hadley, Cadie, or Parker styles in Cinder Luxe Shantung by Jenny Yoo and were purchased from Sash Bridesmaid Boutique in Columbia.  I knew I wanted the girls to have different statement necklaces but never could find good options, so I made them with beads of the same material but different shapes from Fire Mountain Gems:

The boys each had different superhero cufflinks...a nice whimsical touch for a couple of goofball geeks like us!

I wanted to wear a big statement necklace but never could find the right one.  I ended up making an option but decided against wearing it and I'm glad I did.  I didn't want my appearance to be too dated when I looked back on photos in the future, and my "something borrowed" ended up being a tasteful single strand of pearls that my dad gave my mom for their first married Christmas together.  A sweet touch!

Incidentally, here's the necklace I had originally intended to wear during the ceremony, worn the day before the wedding at the bridal luncheon.

And I changed necklaces for the reception - my new monogram, a gift from my groom:

Insert 50 Shades of Gray joke here:

Ironically enough, pretty much all of this was underwater a year later during the flooding Columbia experienced in October 2015.

MOH Deidra made the cake with the help of her grandmother - a touching detail that means so much to me.

 Lego cake toppers.  Because nerds.

Ranunculus have always been a favorite of mine.

The gorgeous sequin tablecloth with our cocktail napkins featuring our wedding logo designed by Jason's aunt.

The silver toasting goblets my parents used at their wedding.

 Mr. and Mrs.!

We danced to "You Are the Best Thing" by Ray LaMontagne and had a slideshow with photos of us growing up and during our courtship.

I danced with my dad to "Father and Daughter" by Paul Simon - such a sweet song.

Another Martha detail...stamped drink stirrers:

 Our favors were jars of jams from Four Oaks Farm:

Displayed on a door we helped sand and stain at my in-laws' shop, Chalk lettering by Jason's aunt to point out the different flavors (different fabric tops for each flavor):

Tasteful white pumpkins alongside mercury glass candleholders and brass odds and ends I picked up at consignment shops.

One of my favorite pictures...I loved my dress!  The ladies at Evelyn's are fabulous!

A great picture of us with our logo in the background.

However trite it may be, I love a sparkler send-off!

I never dared to dream of my own wedding as a little girl, but this is better than I ever imagined it could be.  And it was just the beginning of our happily ever after!