Britney + Mark had an absolutely gorgeous wedding and almost every single element was DIY, down to her amazing dress her mom made and the Anthro-inspired backdrop for their ceremony. They were married right outside of Athens, GA which is where they met playing frisbee. They even had frisbees as their wedding favors!
They were both inspired by the venue (Ashford Manor Bed and Breakfast) and fell in love with the grounds immediately. It had a Great Gatsby/Jekyll Island lawn party feel which they both loved along with lots of antiques. Britney is a Jr High art teacher, so she knew there would be lots of fun craft projects for the day including the giant paper flowers seen at the ceremony, pinwheels, programs, bouquets and more! Thanks to (once like a spark) photography for the lovely photos and congrats to Britney + Mark!
Yes, Britney’s mother made her dress! Amazing, right?? Britney tried on a gorgeous Amsale Dahlia gown and loved but it was way over her budget. So, Britney’s mom made her a custom dress with different fabrics from estate sales + goodwill including two cut-up wedding dresses! She worked on it for several months and it ended up being the dress of Britney’s dreams. It fit perfectly and was exactly what she envisioned, pockets and all. She also made her garter, veil, and shoe clips. Amazing job Britney’s mom!!
The morning of the wedding, the bridesmaids all had breakfast together and then had a bouquet making party where they all put together their own bouquets from flowers Britney bought at wholesale – how fun! Their dresses are from Banana Republic, J Crew, and thrift stores.
Most memorable moment of your wedding day?
Our first look before when we started taking couples photos was really fun and sweet. Talking and hanging out with one another majorly calmed our nerves before the ceremony. We had tons of fun dancing at the reception as well.
Tell us a bit about your music!
Processional: Canon by Trace Bundy and Photographs by Eddie Vedder
Recessional: You are the best thing by Ray Lamontagne
First Dance: The Way They Danced by Jump Little Children
Aren’t the giant flower AMAZE!! From Britney, The giant flowers were inspired by some that we saw in an Anthropologie store here in Atlanta. We made them from torn poster board, bath loofas and hot glue! Most of the table decorations were purchased from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets. And she shared a DIY on how you can make them here!
Neither of us really care for cake so we decided on pie from The Loveless Cafe in Nashville. They taste great and look homemade. We had peach pie, honey chess, and fudge pecan. My mom made the one that we ate. It was my great-grandmothers recipe for chocolate pie. We make it all of the time at home and could think of nothing better to eat on our special day.
Any advice for those planning now?
It is definitely possible to have an amazing wedding on a smaller budget. Start planning early. Get everything big out of the way, then tackle the small really special details. There are so many fantastic tutorials online that will help you get going on fantastic handmade decor. Most importantly, ENJOY YOUR DAY. Go ahead and make the decision that you WILL enjoy the day, even if everything doesn’t get done. You are marrying the love of your life and are having a party with everyone that loves you. What could be better?!
photography: (once like a spark) photography // venue: Ashford Manor Bed and Breakfast // wedding dress + hairpieces: bride’s mother // shoes: Alfani wedge with shoe clip made by bride // groom suit: Kenneth Cole Reaction with custom made vest // invitations: The Aerialist Press // catering: Fox Brothers Barbecue // cake: Wedding Pies from The Loveless Cafe in Nashville