Real Wedding: Ali + Matt’s Southern Wedding

Happy Monday everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend. We have some fun things planned for Oscar week, but first let’s start the week off with this fun Georgia wedding sent over to me from one of our favorites, photographer Jill Thomas. Ali is a creative director and photographer, so she was really involved in all the sweet details for the day. Thanks to Ali + Matt for sharing your day with us and congrats to you both!

southern wedding outdoor

chalkboard and hankies for wedding

We used the loose theme of “house and home” to inspire us… mainly because Matt travels during the week for work and we simply are excited to finally get to be together and create a home. We incorporated skeleton keys on our invitations to symbolize home and family.  One of my favorite aspects was the napkins that my Mom made — each embroidered with a bouquet of flowers, sweetly incorporating all the colors from the wedding. It visually tied the design details together, and brought a bit of whimsy to the tables. We will be laundering and ironing them to then give as “thank you’s” to the family and friends who helped out on our Big Day.

outdoor winery wedding father bride walking

outdoor winery wedding

best day ever wedding sign

wedding invitation

skeleton key placecards wedding

For our reception we used the loose theme of “house and home” for our inspiration – so all of our items we incorporated were something that felt like home. Skeleton keys led people to “find their table”, fabric wreaths hung at doors, family photos were placed at the mantle.  Some of the details were the vintage blue bike, blue Ball Jars, found aluminum items (colanders, tea pots, coffee pots), vintage tablecloths and quilts, chalkboards, skeleton keys, embroidered napkins, white shutters, vintage postcards and mailbox, found atlas, sewing basket holding “Happy Tear Hankies”, fabric-covered hand-made flowers down the aisle (over 200!), hand-sewn ceremony programs, jams made from a variety of wines (favors).

guestbook with maps

reception table decor

The one thing Matt really cared about was that we didn’t have a giant wedding cake! He really loves pie, so we ended up getting 10 different kinds from a local bakery and we attached ivory show ribbons with custom centers that indicated the type of pie. I really wanted the tradition of cutting a cake, so my dear friend offered to make a small one for us! She even did a bunch of different kinds of cupcakes for us months before so we could enjoy a traditional “tasting” and she made one layer gluten free just for me so that I was safe to eat it!

pies for your wedding with ribbons

bike with painted cans for wedding

wedding exit with yay flags

Lastly, for our grand exit I made flags from the material used to make the napkins – each imprinted with the word “Yay”. Everyone waved them at us when we left! (I’ve never heard a louder “YAY!”)

Photographer: Jill Thomas
Wedding Design & Coordination: (dear friend) Dawn Gahan
Venues: Frogtown Winery, Dahlonega, Georgia
Florist: (dear friend) Courtney Garvin
Wedding Cake Baker: (dear friend) Andrea Lucas, Pies by Razzle Dazzle Bakery
Caterer: Frogtown Winery
Brides Dress: Jasmine Couture
Accessories (veils, shoes, jewelry, etc.): Birdcage Veil by Fascinating Creations; Shoes by Nina; Flower Belt by JCrew
Paper Goods: (me!) Ali Harper; Letterpress by Mirabel Press
Groom’s Fashion: Suit by Brooks Brothers; Tie and Shirt by Thomas Pink, Shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo
Wedding Favors: Emily G’s Jams of Love
Makeup & Hair: (dear friend) Laura Sian of Laura Goddard Style

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Comments

  1. Absolutely lovely!!! Jill is the best!!

  2. This wedding was just lovely and had such a personal feel. We are planning a wedding in the woods with the reception at our home, and don’t want to pack chairs in and out. Did you have guests sit on vintage quilts for the ceremony?

  3. Hi Jaime – Thank you so much! You’re wedding plans sound lovely! Yes, we placed galvanized buckets around the ceremony site filled with all the vintage quilts my friend Dawn has been collecting over the years. Since we had around 20 children (ages 1 through 10) come to the wedding, it provided a great seating option for them and their parents. For the Grandparents and folks who wanted traditional seating, however, we made sure we had additional chairs. This absolutely helped us cut down on cost since we would of had to rent more chairs just for the ceremony location. Hope that helps!

  4. You sure had fun decorating this wedding. The keys, cans, metal cars, and aluminum centerpieces – what a terrific sense of style! I absolutely love the skeleton key board. It is just perfect, and then you added daisies to make it stunning.

  5. Just gorgeous! We had lots of skeleton keys throughout our wedding theme. Check out some pics here: http://www.oneloveoneday.net/2013/04/key-theme.html

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