We’ve got a super gorgeous Valentine’s Day free printable AND giveaway coming up (!!!), but we thought we should kick off the week with a ridiculously pretty wedding… mainly because this is a wedding blog, not a Valentine’s Day blog. And it’s easy for we bloggers to lose sight of that during the holidays. You dig? Awesome. But first, a story, obvs…
We started the always enjoyable and not at all frustrating process of moving into our brand new apartment over the weekend (FYI – it’s AWESOME), and we couldn’t be more excited about the whole thing. If you follow on Twitter, you’ve heard a bit about the shenanigans we experienced at the hands of our former landlady. … But if you didn’t, let me just get you up to speed: our old landlady hosted what essentially amounts to an estate sale of our belongings while we were in transition between homes (you may know this concept by its more commonly used street name, *stealing*). Now, while we admit that’s a bit of a major bummer, we’ve still got huge smiles on our faces despite it all, because… drum roll please… she didn’t pawn our brand new super pricey dream bed! She liked it so much that she kept it in our old apartment and had her daughter sleep on it! I realize this is all sounding crazy. And you’re right – it is crazy. I mean, who sells the belongings of their tenants? Our old landlady, that’s who. And we’re definitely trying to get some justice. But, if I’m honest, we can’t help but be overjoyed right now that the bed didn’t go bye bye… and yesterday we got it back in our possession! High kick, woot! You guys, if you’re looking for a really good mattress, and if you want to treat yourself, we totes recommend dipping into your savings and purchasing a Kluft. Best decision we’ve ever made (we’ve had weird bed luck, which is to say we’ve had no bed luck, ever, in our collective lives).
Anywho! We always get a little extra hyper around here whenever the ladies of Simply Bloom, aka the face of our other beloved home, Vendor Love, submit another wedding for us to premiere on TKB. It makes our hearts skip a beat whenever we open up a brand new email from Vania and Christine, and that’s ’cause we know the contents of said email will, without fail, inspire the crap out of you guys, each and every time. :) Their breathtaking photography never ceases to bring oohhhhs and aahhhhs from our mouths, and today’s wedding is no exception. Bride Erin is a truly independent kind of woman, who’s not afraid to break a few rules when it comes to traditional etiquette. For example, her brothers were her “bridesmen” and they stood on her side… which, to me, makes total sense if that’s what works. Etiquette-schmetiquette. I could write a lot more, but I think it’s time to let you guys soak up the inspo… enjoy!
Some details about what went into this gorgeous day, from our bride, Erin:
Our inspiration for the day really started with the location. Mooresville, Alabama is a beautiful, quaint historical town with a shabby chic feel that I think is incredibly romantic. The church was built in 1839; I loved the thought of getting married in a place with such rich history. I chose the flowers for our mothers, Greg’s mom loves blue hydrangea and my mom loves yellow roses, ivory roses were also added as they are a favorite of mine. We wanted the day to feel simple and easy, not fussy. We wanted everyone to just relax and enjoy themselves. Our group was small, only about 65 guests, including our immediate families and closest friends. We broke a few rules of etiquette and didn’t ask the groomsmen to wear jackets, even though it was a late afternoon wedding. Instead we asked them to wear their favorite khaki’s and then outfitted them in the same dress shirt with mismatched yet coordinating ties in various prints. We also had a very large wedding party despite the short guest list. My brothers were “bridesmen” and stood on my side during the ceremony, I think they were relieved that I didn’t ask them to wear dresses. The reception was held under a tent filled with twinkling lights and candles; it took my breath away when we walked in. I loved the “chandelier” mason jars hanging from the tent with a candle burning over each table. We asked two of our best friends to provide the music for the evening; they played songs by Jack Johnson and Ray Lamontagne. I don’t think there’s anything more romantic than the soft strumming of a guitar in the background. Greg’s sister sang for our first dance, as well as two songs during the ceremony. She sang the Lord’s Prayer accompanied by a string quartette which left everyone with chills. It is one of my favorite memories from the day. My favorite moment of all was seeing my groom as my dad walked me down the aisle. Our faces lit up when we saw each other, everyone joked that I “ran” down the aisle but I couldn’t wait to get to him. It all came together in that moment. It was magical.
Congratulations, Erin and Greg! We wish you a lifetime of good health and happiness!
xoxo! – Alison
Photography: Simply Bloom Photography, LLC / Venue: Limestone Bay Trading Co. / Wedding Dress Designer: Liancarlo / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Hair Stylist: Katherine Hendrickson, Terrame Salon and Spa / Make-up Artist: Erin Heider, Bare Escentual / Caterer: Limestone Bay Trading Co. / Florist: Glenn’s / Band/DJ: Jonathan Carter and Tyler Steinfath / #1 Wedding Inspiration (site, blog, magazine) Simply Bloom!