Happy Monday everyone! We are starting the week off with this gorgeous “Old Hollywood Regency on the Farm” wedding from one of our readers, Ashley. Ashley + Kemble were married on her family’s farm in southwest Georgia. They had lots of help from family as Ashley’s father and Kemble built the ceremony backdrop that Ashley + Kemble designed, and Ashley’s sister designed all their paper goods and signage. Such a beautiful day! Big thanks to the lovely Simply Bloom Photography ladies for the gorgeous photos.
From Ashley, “Kemble and I have an appreciation for both the formal/fancy side and the relaxed, playful side of life. We thought the look of “old hollywood regency” on the farm would capture both sides. The wedding was on my family’s farm in southwest Georgia, which means a lot to both of us. I grew up playing there on the weekends, and Kemble would come down to visit with friends starting when we were in college. It is a place full of years worth of memories for us and for my family. Both of my parents and my grandparents grew up within a few miles of the farm.”
How sweet is their first look! Adore. This is why I recommend a first look – such an emotional moment…
My sister and Belle of Honor, Joni Lay of Chocolate Butterbean and Lay Baby Lay, did all the graphics and signage for our wedding. Everything she designed was a personal and delightful gem, and she helped inspire and secure the look and feel of our wedding. I don’t know what I would have done without her! Also, the backdrop of the wedding ceremony was designed by Kemble and me and hand-built by my dad and Kemble with materials from around the farm. The entrance doors were taken from the old house my great-grandparents lived in. Our wedding would not complete in our eyes without these personal touches.
What song did you walk down the aisle to? Postcards from Far Away, an instrumental piano song by Coldplay. It is a beautiful song, and the title is meaningful as Kemble and I dated while he lived in Palo Alto, California and I was in Birmingham, Alabama.
No detail was missed – check out the prettiest powder room sign I’ve seen! :)
And nothing like an ice cream truck to deliver sweet treats at the end of the night :)
Most memorable moment of your wedding day? The most memorable moment was our exit! We felt like 1960’s celebrities as we ran out to “Drive My Car” played by BritBeat, our Beatles Tribute Band, and through the crowd of friends family cheering us on. We kept waving from inside the old white Jeep Scrambler and loved the moment of driving away with a dream wedding day right behind us. When we look back at pictures of us running through the crowd, we can tell that we were truly “in the moment.” Neither of us knew what we were doing with our hands or our faces!
Any advice for those planning now? Know what you want, don’t lose your vision, don’t overcomplicate things, and keep a good team close to you who is crazy enough to make your dream a reality (in my case, it was mostly my dad and my sister – I think my wedding was a full-time job for them both in the spring!) Also, keep something a secret from your guests. We kept the identity of our band (BritBeat, a Beatles Tribute Band) and the fact that we would have an ice cream truck instead of a groom’s cake secrets from everyone, including Kemble’s family! It was fun for us and for our guests to have these elements revealed on-the-spot.
Thanks so much Ashley + Kemble and we wish you guys all the best in your new married life!
photography: Simply Bloom Photography // venue: The Harrison Farm, Ellaville, GA // event design: Chocolate Butterbean // event planner: Angie Moore of Social Graces from Albany, GA // floral design: Gatewood’s Flower Shop from Americus, GA // invitations+paper goods+handpainted wooden signs: Chocolate Butterbean // wedding dress: Monique Lhullier from Ivory+White Bridal Boutique in Birmingham, AL // hair: Doris Phillips of Phoenix Salon and Spa in Montgomery, AL // shoes: Charles David // bridesmaid dresses: Swoon from Bella Bridesmaid in Birmingham, AL // hairpiece: I wore my sister’s veil // groom suit: Calvin Klein; groomsmen’s ties: custom designed from Southern Proper // cake: Cakes by Gail (Gail Lawrence from Dawson, GA) // music: BritBeat, a Beatles Tribute Band from Chicago, IL // catering: Cousins Catering from Americus, GA