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About the Couple: John and Jana wanted their wedding to be a unique celebration of their love. After the couple found the perfect location, the details seemed to fall into place.
Jana gave her florist, a local vendor familiar with the space, lots of creative freedom, but there were a few elements she knew she wanted -- mixed textures (created by adding berries to her bouquet) and her favorite hydrangeas. The burgundy, orange, chocolate, and plum color palette was perfect for the space and the season.
The couple's rustic location was once a plow mill, but now it's a multifunctional building that holds restaurants, an art gallery, and an event space that was used for both the wedding and reception. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the adjoining gallery while the event space was transformed for the reception.
Jana chose to walk down the aisle in this gorgeous Waters gown. Because of the industrial-feel of the building, she wanted something simple, soft, and elegant. The strapless gown featured rouching on top and pick-ups down the back of the dress.
Because of the high neckline of Jana's dress, she didn't need a necklace, but every girl likes a little sparkle--and who can resist a gorgeous pair of earrings.
Budget Saver: If you're having a hard time finding the perfect piece of jewelry, don't overlook your own jewelry box. Jana bought these teardrop dangle earrings for a formal event and was thrilled to wear them again.
Because Jana's dress was bead-free, she wanted a veil with a little shimmer. She chose this elbow-length, finished-edge veil sprinkled with tiny rhinestones.
Jana had a very special place for her great-grandmother's wedding rings. She tucked them into a pretty blue bag and pinned it to the inside of her gown. She wrapped John's great-grandmother's handkerchief around the stem of her bouquet.
Jana's six bridesmaids wore beautiful floor-length chocolate dresses. The rouching detail mimicked the bridal gown, for a cohesive look. The bridesmaids carried small bouquets of red roses, chocolate cosmos, and greenery tied with a brown satin ribbon.
The men's boutonnières featured pale green hydrangeas paired with red roses, a combination that really popped against the mens' classic black tuxes.
The wedding programs were a simple make-at-home project. Craft-store stationery and a little creativity were all it took to make these stylish programs for 135 guests.
To begin the evening ceremony, John and Jana's nieces marched down the aisle in ivory, bow-backed dresses that were just as adorable coming as going. The pick-ups were similar to the back of Jana's gown.
The florist recommended these charming flower cones to soften the ceremony space. John and Jana rented gold chairs with white cushions, which scored high in both comfort and beauty.
Budget Saver: Because the ceremony and reception were in the same space, the attractive rented chairs were moved and reused during dinner.
For a romantic and intimate atmosphere, the couple chose to fill the space with different size candles. Uplighting. a relatively inexpensive feature, brought a warm ambiance to the empty room.
Bride's Tip:Hire a wedding planner who can recommend reputable vendors. This is especially useful when shopping for services you are unfamiliar with, such as custom lighting.
Photos of the wedding party were taken throughout the rustic building. John's attendants included four groomsmen in classic tuxedos and two groom's attendants who wore the same dresses as Jana's six bridesmaids.
A one-of-a-kind guest book was created out of a photo album with black pages. Guests followed the instruction board, taking photos of themselves and writing notes to the bride and groom with silver pens. John and Jana loved that everyone participated throughout the reception, writing humorous, sentimental, and heartfelt notes.
One event design group was responsible for the flowers, linens, uplighting, and curtains. The ceremony candles were reused for the reception. Long estate tables were set up along the perimeter of the room and round tables filled the middle. In lieu of a head table, John and Jana sat at a "sweetheart table" for two. Their wedding party was seated at one of the long estate tables.
The caterer surprised the couple with menu cards tucked into the napkins. They were a simple, but sophisticated black and white design.
John and Jana chose an artistic, scrollwork-decorated cake that matched the vibe of the space. The chocolate cake with raspberry mousse was displayed in the art gallery. The top tier was carrot cake.
During the reception, Jana surprised John with a special gift. They admired the work of an artist from New Orleans who paints events as they are happening. Jana arranged for Frenchy to capture their reception on canvas. The stunning final product now hangs over the fireplace in their music room.
John and Jana took swing dance lessons leading up to their wedding and wowed their guests with their skills. By the end of night, everyone was on the dance floor and the band created a makeshift limbo pole for an impromptu contest.
Guests left the reception with mini bottles of red wine to remember the night. The wine labels were repurposed Save the Date cards printed with the quote, "You live your life in moments. Thank you for sharing ours."
Close to midnight, John and Jana departed the reception in a vintage Rolls Royce. It was another detail that added charm and personality to their big day.
Decor and Flowers: Event Design Group; www.eventdesigngroup.com
Catering: Bold American Catering;
Venue: King Plow Arts Center; www.boldamerican.com
Photography: Almasy; www.almasyphoto.com
Band: On the Air; Lee J Howard Entertainment; www.leejhowardentertainment.com
Wedding Coordinator: Gooseberry Creative Events; www.gooseberryevents.com