DIY North Carolina Mountainside Wedding: Amanda + Tim

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Amanda + Tim have one of the coolest venue stories we’ve heard! With the help of their incredible family, they were able to purchase a gorgeous, sprawling North Carolina mountainside home that was in foreclosure and completely renovate + transform it into the perfect place to host their wedding! In the midst of one of the rainiest years on record for western North Carolina, friends + family worked around the clock to make the property just right for the big day. And while most of us could only dream of being so lucky, it’s what Amanda + Tim did to decorate that space that’s the best yet! They collected and found everything that was used in the wedding, including milk glass vases for the flowers, vintage plates, linens, decorations, lights, magnolia leaves + more! Here’s more from Amanda about being a DIY bride:

We wanted to save money by making as much as we could, or finding and buying it for cheaper, even if that meant standing knee deep in ivy looking for leaves, sifting through garage sales, attics, basements, or thrift stores. We joked that if we couldn’t make something work, then we would spray paint it gold and it would fit. Tim, our planner Addie, and I made every inch of garland, wreaths, our “Oh Happy Day” banner and the backdrop frame for our ceremony. Another big inspiration piece for us was garden lights. We loved how they give a soft glow or twinkle and make everything really pretty, so, we decided to put them everywhere so that everything would have a magical fairyland vibe.

Sounds like so much love was put into every aspect of the day! Thanks so much to Redfield Photography for the gorgeous images + big congrats to Amanda + Tim!

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We totally adore the ‘maids J.Crew dresses + their pretty, fall-inspired bouquets by Floressence Flowers!

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More from Amanda, Because of all the rain and the fact that the ceremony site was basically on a bog, we couldn’t have chairs because of the risk that they would sink right into the soft ground so my dad designed and built all 44 benches for the ceremony seating. 

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Can you even believe they scored a house AND a wedding venue at the same time? It’s just beautiful!

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Tim: Right before the guests were allowed to enter the house, we walked through it alone and saw everything together: the flowers on tables, the candles lit, the food on the table, the lights on...it was amazing to see all of our hard work come together in that moment.

Amanda: I got ready in the back of the house where I had a view of the back yard and ceremony spot. I loved watching our guests arrive. People came from all over and some even flew across the country to celebrate with us, it was amazing and humbling to feel that support all day.

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Enjoy the time you spend preparing but don't put too much pressure on yourself. The most important part of the wedding is that you're getting to marry your favorite person, so enjoy the day with all of the things that go right and all of the hiccups that could have gone better and have fun.

photographer: Redfield Photography // planning + design: Tim Robison Creative // venue: The Robison’s House in Hendersonville, North Carolina // florals + hair accessory: Floressence Flowers // event coordinator: Adelaide Jones of Twine & Twill // makeup + hair: Sandi Vohs // dessert: Debbie Robison // catering: Kim Burrell of Pop’s Diner // boutonnieres: Toni Jones // dj: Mountain Top Entertainment // band: Pickin’ & Poundin’ // wedding dress designer: Wtoo for Watters // veil: Bonnie Blomberg // jewelry: Brides grandmothers // shoes: ModCloth // bridesmaids’ dresses: J.Crew // groom’s suit: J.Crew // groomsmen’ suits: J.Crew // stationery: An Open Sketchbook

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Modern, Eco-Friendly Wedding Inspiration

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The inspiration for today’s lovely styled shoot started when the photographer, Kate Ignatowski, was making some eco-friendly changes to her small business and felt overwhelmed trying to make everything eco-friendly. She eventually realized if we all just make small changes where we can, it can add up to create a big impact! She thinks that ideology can carry over to weddings, and we definitely agree! Environmentally-conscious couples shouldn’t feel pressure to have to have a zero-impact wedding, but they can totally include a few thoughtful, eco-friendly ideas into their day, while staying true to their style. Here’s how the team did it…

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All of the stationery for the shoot was designed by Smock and printed on eco-friendly bamboo paper.

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The gorgeous backdrop was Pioneer Farm, located about an hour north of NYC.

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Guest favors were fruits + veggies from the farm’s garden, housed in reusable organic cotton tote bags. Dried flowers, foraged from the property, were wrapped together and hung above the table.

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The pretty dress was handmade by Kendal Leonard Designs out of organic cotton sateen, organic cotton cording, and organic cotton thread. It’s pretty much the epitome of effortless beauty. Love it!

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And tell us you’re not swooning over this amazing tablescape! The team built the table from a slab of salvaged wood placed atop saw horses from the farm’s shed. The moss + succulent runner + test-tube inspired vase installation by Mimosa Floral are definitely pin-worthy table details. See even more tablescape inspiration here!

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Thanks so much to everyone below for sharing their ideas for a modern, eco-friendly wedding with us today!

photographer: Kate Ignatowski // florals: Mimosa Floral // location + farm table: Pioneer Farm // invitation: Smock // assistant: Claire Teator // wedding dress: Kendal Leonard Designs // calligraphy: The Left Handed Calligrapher // gold bracelet + ring: Aquarian Thoughts // models: Brooklyn + Patrick Coats

This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryKate Ignatowski Photography is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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Anthropologie-Inspired Camp Wedding: Kristy + Kelly

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We’re kind of in love with Kristy + Kelly! They are two librarians who fell in love, SHE proposed to HIM (check it out at the end of the post!), and their amazing Anthropogie-inspired wedding weekend in the woods is honestly the thing dreams are made of! Nestled in a forested valley in Leavenworth, Washington, they couldn’t have picked a prettier spot to exchange their vows. Tierra Retreat Center is so secluded + dreamy; it was the perfect backdrop for the Midsummer Night’s Dream feel these two were going for. We love that they made a weekend out of it, with a slew of fun and relaxing activities like morning yoga inside a sky yurt, archery, and hiking, for their guests to partake in if they so desired. And the wedding details were just so good! We love the ombre paper-mache flower arch they created for their ceremony + wait until you see the vintage wall-papered cat cut-out that they used as a rad backdrop for their own guest-run photo booth!

Big thanks to The Gemmers for sharing these gorgeous images with us today + congrats to Kristy + Kelly!

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Kristy’s cascading bouquet, by Patti Bosket Au Naturel, is unreal! It’s composed of garden roses, dahlias, scabiosa pods, eucalyptus, spray roses, curly willow + greenery. And love that Here Comes the Bride banner (which says Just Married on the back!).

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Kristy wore a gorge lace Sarah Seven gown. If you’re looking for something similar, check out the Margeaux dress, available in the GWS shop! It’s one of our faves.

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This arch! We couldn’t love it more!

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And don’t miss their sweet wedding film by Mammoth Media!

Kristy’s sweet proposal to Kelly:

On Valentine’s Day 2011 we started discussing marriage. Kelly suggested that we elope the following day at City Hall. My heart was aflutter at the prospect of an immediate impromptu wedding, but I knew that I wanted something more. I envisioned a relaxing weekend celebration in the woods with close family and friends – a sort of destination wedding with the option to camp or bunk in cabins. We both agreed that we should wait and include our loved ones. It may sound unromantic to some, but next we started discussing the proposal. I asked him how he thought he might propose, and he wasn’t sure. I asked how he would feel if I proposed to him instead, and he was visibly relieved. He loved the idea! With the pressure off of him and now on me, I set to plan my proposal.

On July 30, 2011, our two year anniversary, I met Sarah from Arrow and Apple at Volunteer Park. While waiting on a wooded path, I took a sip from my flask of vodka to help squelch my nerves. I had asked my brother to text Kelly telling him to meet him at the park to skate, and I paced nervously, hoping my brother had come through. Eventually we saw Kelly walk by holding onto his skateboard, while we hid behind the trees. He walked past the two Koi ponds, and then circled back heading our way. I clutched the tin containing the Swiss Army “engagement watch,” my stomach a ball of nerves while he approached. Sarah began taking photos while I took a few seconds to figure out what I was going to say. Finally, I blurted out, “Will you marry me?” and revealed the watch I had hidden behind my back. Kelly said yes, and we kissed. I secured the watch to his wrist, backwards at first, and then he got down on one knee and placed the antique engagement ring from my grandma on my finger. After changing clothes (I brought an outfit for Kelly too), Sara shot us in our element inside the Seattle Asian Art Museum’s library. I wanted a library to play a central role in our engagement photos, because our librarian connection was so pivotal in bringing us together.

Congrats, you two! And best wishes from GWS! :)

photography: The Gemmers // venue: Tierra Retreat Center Leavenworth, Washington // wedding planner: Weddings By Dani // florals: Patti Bosket Au Naturel and Roots Produce Flower Farm // dress designer: Sarah Seven // videography: Mammoth Media // wedding ring: Ash Hilton Jewelry // officiant: Daniel Tilton // unofficial officiant: Meghan Mullarkey // band: Slow Bird Band // logo design: Amy Huber // catering: Araya’s Thai Vegan Restaurant // vegan desserts: Beg For More // dj: H&M – Sasha.bianca84@gmail.com // hair + makeup: Jerolyn // sound engineers: Stevie Gale & Brent James // Here Comes the Bride/Just Married Banner: BHLDN

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