When: Oct 14th, 2017 | Where: Mt Gilead, NC | Theme: Rustic, Vineyard | Colors: Pink, Grey |
Be still my rustic loving heart! A stunning DIY filled and Rustic chic wedding is upon us this day and we are ever so thrilled to share through stunning imagery by Candi Leonard Photography!
Rustic Chic Vineyard Wedding
“My vision was to have a wedding that was rustic, and looks like my style. I wanted when guest came to the wedding they saw it and they knew that this was all Misty’s style. I wanted it to feel personal and that it wasn’t just decorations.
I chose Little River Vineyards not only for the location but also because they had a beautiful ceremony site with a gazebo in front of a pond, and they had a rustic barn that is so beautiful. I love old rustic barns and Little River Vineyards was the perfect place to have our wedding.”
“We did sand for our unity “candle” part of the ceremony. We seen this many times but what made us different and special was we both wrote our own vows in a small book. When it was time for us to pour our sand we rolled up the vow book and placed it in the center of the unity jar and then poured our sand over it. So in our jar it has the exact vows we said to each other in the center of the sand. I never seen that done before not to say that it hasn’t been done but it is very special to know that our vow book is in our unity jar”
“We was on the way to Pigeon Forge, TN for a family Christmas vacation. We arrived before the rest of the family so Keith decided that we could visit Cades Cove to “pass time”. As we went through the park we came to an old church. We got out and explored and went inside the church.
Keith went in first as I was looking around the small old church Keith got on one knee at the front of the church and asked me to marry him. It was perfect, and a place where we can always visit.”
“For the groomsmen I had them in light grey tuxedos with black ties. The groom wore light grey tuxedo with an ivory tie. I had seen a picture on Pinterest and I thought it looked so good on the men and I wanted something that was different not just the same black tuxedo that we would see at weddings all the time.
For the girls I wanted them to look like themselves. Each has their own style and I wanted them to choose their own style of dress. I just wanted it to be long and light grey that was the only thing I picked out for them. It was so easy and stress free for me at least for them to pick out a dress they loved.
They each ended up picking out a dress that had lace in it somehow. Except the Matron of Honor but I wanted her to stand out.”
“Another moment that was my favorite was during the ceremony. I also was surprised again. Before Keith said his vows he sang the song “Lady” to me and it was so unexpected but such an amazing moment. I also loved when we said our vows. We wrote our own vows and it was just so special.”
Splurges and DIY Projects
“I made/fixed a lot of the details. I found a lot of ideas online and I created it myself. I made our unity (sand) jars, a greenery “H” on the barn, I made/wrote on chalkboards. I also made a burlap and lace garland/banner for our head table, Mr. and Mrs. signs for the head table. I made tags for the silverware and napkins.
Keith made me some barn doors for my entrance. I had no clue he was that handy they turned out so good.
I would say we splurged on the flowers. The flowers just enhanced everything. We skipped renting/buying tablecloths. We used the ivory tablecloths provided by the venue. We used them for the guest tables .
I chose centerpieces that would stand out and look good to where people would have though that it was just the style I was going for but I was really just saving cost there. I bought two sequin tablecloths one for the sign in table and one for the cake table. I wanted these tables to stand out.
Photography and Videography was also something that was important to us. We wanted the best!”
“I didn’t have specific flowers to be used I just had ideas again pictures from Pinterest and my florist did an amazing job creating each item. I love greenery and peonies. Unfortunately peonies was not in season and would add to the cost so my florists was very good at finding a flower that would be similar and give the same vision that I was going for.”
“I had found a picture online that I loved. It was all white with flowers going down the side. She did amazing job with creating that cake from a picture. We chose to do each layer a different flavor. Guests enjoyed the different flavors.”
Family heirlooms or Special traditions
“My mom had cut a heart from my grandmother’s blue shirt she use to wear and had sewed it to the bottom of my dress for my something blue. Se had passed away about 6 years ago.”
Wedding Planning Advice
“What I did since day one of planning was sit down and made a list on my computer. I divided it into sections such as sign in table, ceremony site, reception etc. I pretended to be a guest at our wedding. I pictured driving into the venue what did I want the guest to see when they pulled into the venue, as they parked their car and walk toward to sign the guestbook (ours was a picture they signed) what did I want that to look like. When they are seated how did I want the chairs to look, what did I want the gazebo to look like.
I did that for the entire day all the way to the sparkler exit. I included pictures with everything. This helped for the day of because I had made copies of the list so whoever helped me decorate (we decorated ourselves) would know exactly my vision that I wanted for the day. I wasn’t bothered at all about questions of how I wanted it to look the day of. It turned out exactly how I wanted.
This also help keep me organized and to know exactly what I needed to do or what project to make.”
“I feel that since we knew Candi from a previous photo shoot that it was like our friend was taking our picture and it felt less stressful. Candi truly wanted us to have the best picture and it shows in her work! she is the best!!”
Photography: Candi Leonard Photography | Ceremony Venue: Little River Vineyard | Catering: Jordan’s catering | Floral: Kinza’s Creations | DJ: vortex DJ | Videography: Whitney photo and video | Wedding Cake: enchanted creations by melissa | Hair and Makeup: red willow hair studio | Wedding Dress: Oleg Cassini | Groom’s Attire: Men’s Warehouse | Bride’s Shoes: David’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Veil: David’s Bridal