our wedding: the details

There were many decisions that went into the planning of our wedding, but I spent the most time focusing on the little things. The style that would make all the difference.  Anyone can choose a venue, a dress, flowers, the music, but it's the little things that make your wedding reflective of you and your husband.  It was important to us that if we were going to have all of our favorite people together for one whole day, that the day feel personal, understated yet appropriate for the gravity of the big day. So throughout the process, we focused on what would make the day unique to us.  What we could look back on and give meaning to.  Here are the details that made all the difference for our big day.

The Dress
I tried on so many dresses.  Too many dresses.  There became a point when I went to a dark place, "Will I ever find a dress?" Surely I couldn't be the only girl looking for a timeless, detailed yet modern dress?  I went from boutique to boutique searching for the dress.  I finally found the one when I re-tried on a dress I had tried on weeks prior and found the potential in what would be my dress.  Once I finally found the one, I asked myself "How can I make this my own?"  Removing the belt it came with, I had a custom sash made to give it just a hint of sparkle and a flirty bow to give the back a little movement and visual interest.

The Ceremony
When we decided on The Parker, it was clear we wouldn't have to do much to the croquet lawn to prepare it for the ceremony (which is exactly what we were hoping for with the perfect venue). Opting to forego the garden chairs that came with our agreement, we chose walnut chivari chairs to compliment the nature of the space.  We hung vintage lanterns in the trees, sprinkled rose petals and adorned the altar with two oversized arrangements of white blooms and lush greens.  To help set the tone for the party that would follow, we introduced nude shimmery linens on a welcome table that held our programs and hankies.  As guests arrived, they were greeted by string music humming in the background and mint lemonade hand served on silver trays.

Cocktail Hour
This is where we took the most liberties infusing our personal style.  An escort table layering textures of sequined linens and lucite trays filled with tumbled marble held our escort cards that carried our invitation suite's font.  A seating area featured pillows to match the linens and our very own coffee table and side tables were borrowed from our home.  Bars featuring gold leafed napkins, custom signage and family wedding photos helped to give it a more personal touch.

The Reception
Wanting the focus to be on entertaining our closest family and friends, we thanked our guests via custom thank you cards placed at each place setting, we set up a large dessert display featuring ours (and our family's) favorite desserts and as a favor, we asked Zach's father to harvest honey from the family farm.

As in all things in design and life, it's the little things that makes all the difference.

Need to catch up?: The ParkerThe ReceptionCocktail HourThe Big DayRehearsal DinnerThe Shower

*images via Jessica Kettle 

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